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MobileMe Web Galleries to End in 2012

Apple has announced the end of its MobileMe (formerly .Mac) service, effective 30 June 2012, and has also announced that many of its functions will find equivalents in the new iCloud service from Apple, due to debut sometime in the last quarter of 2011. As it turns out, however, Web galleries and iWeb hosting on MobileMe are not going to be replaced by equivalent features in iCloud. Apple provides some details what iCloud will include and what it won’t in its Mobile Me transition page (you can also read more about the transition in the TidBITS article, “Apple Details Transition from MobileMe to iCloud,” 24 June 2011).

Specifically, the capability of using MobileMe/.Mac to host your photos, as described in “Creating Web Galleries” (p. 120) and in “Managing Web Galleries” (p.121) will end on 30 June 2012. In addition, the capability of using such Web galleries in an iWeb site, as described in “Publishing Photo Pages in iWeb” (p. 122), will end at the same time.

Apple provides instructions for saving any photos you have in Web galleries in its support document, “MobileMe: How to save your MobileMe Gallery photos and movies”; however, at present Apple provides no guidance to users about what to do with iWeb sites that currently rely upon such galleries. We suspect you’ll have to find a new online home for your photos and movies and redesign your iWeb sites accordingly.

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