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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Western Digital Announces WD Photos™

Western Digital announced WD Photos™ (photo), the newest release of its photo viewer app, which is now optimized for iPad™ and iPhone®4. Available as a free download from iTunes®, the WD Photos app provides remote access to photos stored on a WD network hard drive including My Book® World Edition™, My Book Live™ and WD ShareSpace™. The images are displayed in native iPad and iPhone resolution, and users can access up to 285,000 of their favorite photos anywhere they can access the Internet by simply copying their pictures into the "Shared Pictures" folder on their WD network hard drive. The WD Photos photo viewer app offers a variety of new features that allow users to stay connected to more of their digital photos, including:

  • Pinch and zoom functionality so consumers can digitally zoom in on the displayed photo;
  • Horizontal split view for iPad;
  • Option to instantly post photos from the WD Photos app to users' Facebook® wall;
  • New slideshow transitions including pan and zoom, page curl, and cube;
  • Increased 5 GB capacity to support iPad's larger memory and higher resolution;
  • iPad full screen support at 1024x768; and,
  • iPhone HD/OS 3 & 4 support.

WD Photos photo viewer app, optimized for iPad and other leading Apple® mobile devices, fulfills the growing demand to view, store, and consolidate photos on the go. Although digital photo viewing is not new, our Consumer Storage Opportunities report found that, 68 percent of broadband households viewed digital photos at least monthly in 2009, compared to 59 percent in 2006.

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