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Yahoo acquires GhostBird Software

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If you blinked you might have missed Yahoo’s tweet that the company acquired GhostBird Software. PhotoForge, PhotoForge2 and KitCam owners needn’t despair — the apps will continue to work on current iOS devices. GhostBird promises that PhotoForge2 and KitCam will, at some point in the future, be available for re-download via iCloud. However, the apps will not be updated for new iOS versions.

Yahoo hasn’t announced any specific plans for the apps, although a new PhotoForge Flickr group has been launched for mobile photographers to upload images post-processed with the app. As of this morning, the group had 63 members with a group pool of 478 images.

We’re not sure what Yahoo has in mind for these popular capture and editing apps, but we hope the GhostBird Software team is allowed to advance the software with the same attention to detail — and to serious photographers — they have shown in the past. 

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seeblue
By seeblue (Jun 13, 2013)

"Great news. We sold out to Yahoo. Our software is no longer available for sales, support, updates. We'll keep it available in iCloud for owners. Bye!" (that's basically what they said)

Really? I guess they sold it and walked. Even Yahoo doesn't know what they're going to do with it. Or was this just really poor communication?

It seems a bit of a bird flip to existing users.

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Jonathan Skrimshire
By Jonathan Skrimshire (Jun 13, 2013)

The plan is to merge the GhostBird photo editing capabilities into the disastrous redesigned 'New Flickr'. The resulting photo editing/sharing service will then be relaunched as 'GhostTown'.

Don't believe me about the Flickr redesign being disastrous? Check out the official feedback forum, now approaching 40,000 angry comments and still going strong, three weeks after the rollout of the horrible, bug-laden new interface. Just pick any page and start reading. But a warning: you may become addicted. It's some of the funniest reading currently available on the Web.

Most recent comments:
http://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157633771838324/

First comments:
http://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157633547442506/

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spidermoon
By spidermoon (Jun 14, 2013)

Yes, web site redesign is bad. But their android apps is well done. It's just missing what the to two GostBird apps brings.

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