I have written about 1000Memories.com a number of times. (You can find all my earlier articles if you start at http://goo.gl/6xdbhz.) The cloud-based service provided an excellent mobile tool designed for digitizing, organizing and sharing collections of photos from the past. It worked with Apple iPhone and iPad as well as with Android cell phones and tablets. You could use the camera in the phone or tablet to scan and instantly share collections of photos and documents that have previously been difficult to digitize - the photos traditionally neglected in shoeboxes, old family albums or archived analog collections. I used the app to digitize a number of my old photos and sent the results to family members.
Ten months ago, in October of 2012, the company announced it was being acquired by Ancestry.com. (My article about that is still available at http://goo.gl/DZnkKa.) October's announcement from 1000Memories.com said, "Our companies are tackling the same problem—helping our users to preserve and share their family history—in different ways. Ancestry is helping people preserve family records lost in the world. We are helping them preserve the family records lost in their closets. We believe we are stronger together."
Today, Ancestry.com announced it is shutting down the 1000Memories operation.
However, there is hope that the technology developed by 1000Memories.com will become available in a future version of Ancestry.com's mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. In fact, images presently stored on 1000Memories.com can be exported to Ancestry.com and apparently will be available for a future product.
Today's announcement at http://blog.1000memories.com/171-1000memories-is-closing states (in part):
"During the next month, you can export your photos to Ancestry.com or download them as a ZIP file by visiting 1000memories.com/export (see instructions below). After September 15th, all photos will be deleted permanently.While I will move my photos from 1000Memories.com to Ancestry.com, I will also be making my own backups of the same photos to keep in my desktop computer's hard drive along with additional copies stored in the cloud. I suggest you do the same. Instructions are given at http://blog.1000memories.com/171-1000memories-is-closing.
"If you created a memorial page, you don’t have to worry about exporting – an archived version of your loved ones’ memory page will remain up on 1000memories.com (we have emailed you links separately).
"We regret that this decision will adversely affect many people, but we are excited to continue serving many of you at Ancestry.com. Since being acquired last fall, we’ve launched a beautiful new way to tell your ancestors’ life stories as well as a new and improved version of our Shoebox mobile app. We will now be working toward a new photo-sharing experience on Ancestry.com."