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What to do With all Those Digital Vacation Pictures

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Okay, so you've mastered your digital camera. Suddenly you have hundreds of pics socked away on your hard drive: the kids canoeing, seeing the Washington Monument, straddling the International Date Line. Now what?A number of Web sites provide a place where you can stash those shots (many offer unlimited free storage); make prints from regular film or digital files that they will then mail anywhere for you (average price for a 5-by-7 is about 99 cents; less if you pay an annual fee); and create photo albums that can be viewed by anyone you've tipped off to your password.

Members who sign up with ShutterFly (www.shutterfly.com) can customize their photos by cropping them and adding borders. A nice feature lets you remove the dreaded "red eye" (although we'd prefer a way to get rid of those teenagers' nose rings).

At Snapfish (www.snapfish.com) you can add captions to your stored images, and turn pictures into greeting cards, choosing from a variety of borders. Snapfish makes some of the best prints around, which is hardly surprising, since the site recently partnered with a little company called Kodak.

If you think your two-year-old is too cute to be confined to a wallet-sized photo, visit Club Photo (www.clubphoto.com). The prints might not be as good as those from the other two sites, but here you can plaster your rugrat on a mug, jigsaw puzzle, calendar, even a layer cake.

The newest way to show off your digital pictures?Upload them into an electronic frame. Because they use color LCD technology and large memory devices, these digital displays aren't cheap, but they do present up to 36 images that can be changed or made to slowly dissolve in an automatic slide show. Many companies now offer them, including Kodak (the Smart Picture Frame, $349; www.kodak.com/go/smartframe), Ceiva (Internet-Connected Digital Picture Frame, $199; www.ceiva.com), and Polaroid (the PhotoMAX Digital Picture Frame, $199; www. polaroiddigital.com).

If you're looking for a lower-tech (and more affordable) way to share that great shot of the kids covered in mud on Cape Cod, check out e-frames (www.eframes.com). Once you've uploaded your digital images, the site will make prints (up to 11-by-14), put them in frames (from beveled mahogany to filigreed silver—your choice), and send them anywhere in the world, for $20 to $40 total. And speaking of affordable, how about free?Now you can store digital images on your color Palm-compatible personal digital assistant: just download Album to Go software at Palm's Web site, www.palm.com.


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