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Enhanced Photo Streams somewhat rescue soon-to-be-missing Galleries

There was a good deal of gnashing of teeth, including mine, about the loss of MobileMe galleries which will vanish June 30 as MobileMe becomes iCloud.

It was dead easy to take a collection of photos and get them on the web, so clients, friends, and grandma and grandpa could share the images.

Apple today announced a halfway-but-welcome enhancement to Photo Stream in iOS 6. You will be able to select photos from your Photo Stream for sharing. You tap a share button, select the photo or photos, and out they go. Friends and family on iCloud who are running iOS get the photos delivered instantly. Macs running Mountain Lion get the apps in the Photos app or iPhoto. They also can be delivered to an AppleTV.

Here's the big improvement: If they aren't running Apple software and hardware, they can see the photos on the web. It's not quite as slick as the MobileMe galleries, but seems just about as easy. Even better, the shared photo streams don't count against your storage on your iCloud account, and you can share over a WiFi or cellular network.

Of course iWeb and many of the MobileMe features, like iDisk are dead, and if you had Apple hosting a MobileMe website, you've already been warned to clean it out before it vaporizes at the end of the month. Still, I was hoping Apple would offer some worthwhile photo sharing options, and we'll have them in iOS6 and Mountain Lion. Is the enhanced Photo Stream something you are happy about? Let us know in comments.



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There was a good deal of gnashing of teeth, including mine, about the loss of MobileMe galleries which will vanish June 30 as MobileMe...