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CloudAlbums (Free) by IdeaSolutions S.r.l. is a photo management system where you can create, sync and share albums stored on Dropbox. It is universal to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and is free with an available in-app purchase for unlimited folders ($1.99).

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The days of taking pictures to print for your memory book are past us. Most of the time we snap photos to share with the world, or at least our little chunk of it, and some of the time the world even cares. Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Google+ and who knows what in the next few years have streamlined the media sharing process and iDevices are getting more social media integration with every update.

Still, there are times when you just want to share some pictures, privately (gasp!) with a friend or two. Social media hasn’t mastered privacy, so instead there are some great alternatives such as CloudAlbums. This app is sort of a specialized interface for Dropbox, but just for pictures. The free version allows you to create a single folder or view other user’s folders; the in-app purchase allows unlimited.

Once your folder is created, you can share it with your friends through a variety of methods. You can email them the folder, or the much easier method is for both users to have the app. In this case you will receive a notification every time your friends add pictures to their folders.

Another way of sharing, one which sets this app apart from many similar ones, is if you email someone an album they don’t have to have an iDevice to view it. Instead, CloudAlbums creates a webpage for each album that can be viewed from any browser. This link can be posted on Facebook or Twitter so that everyone can see your pictures without actually uploading them to the service.

You can also send pictures from your PC to your device without Wi-Fi, which is a great feature, and your pictures are automatically synced between your computers and devices.

CloudAlbums is another solid option for picture sharing. It goes a little above and beyond by making it easier to share your pictures with those you want to see them. Some features are actually redundant to the services offered by social media sites, but give you new ways to share your pictures. If you often find yourself needing to share entire albums with people, CloudAlbums is a should buy.