July 2, 2012 at 1:26 PM ET
If you use Apple's MobileMe or the Kodak Gallery, it's moving time for you. Apple announced a year ago it would shutter MobileMe June 30, 2012, with users likely choosing Apple's iCloud as their new home.
Kodak, which filed for bankruptcy, sold its online photo site, Kodak Gallery, to Shutterfly. The gallery shuts down sometime today, and Shutterfly is in the process of transferring an estimated 5 billion photos from Kodak's site to its own.
Victor Cho, Kodak Gallery general manager, said in an online posting that Shutterfly will email customers about the status of their photos throughout the transfer process, which will be "secure and smooth, but will take some time."
While photos will move to Shutterfly, projects, such as Photo Books and Calendars, will not be moved over, and users need to "complete and purchase any projects" before noon July 2, he said.
If you have questions, Kodak has a Q-and-A FAQ page here.
Jeffrey Weber, a Shutterfly spokesoman, told the Los Angeles Times that the company expects to have the very last files moved over by November, although the photos will remain on Kodak's servers for awhile.
Meanwhile, with the shutdown of MobileMe, users do not have access to their old galleries. But, Apple says, "for a limited time, you can still save copies of all photos and movies published to your gallery."
If you have a Mac, the company says, "it is likely that most of your gallery photos are already in iPhoto. If not, you can sync your gallery photos to your iPhoto library. You can also download your photos and movies directly from the Web."
You can get more answers to questions about the MobileMe transition here.
In addition to the services shown in Apple's chart, the company says iCloud includes these as well:
iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, Automatic downloads and purchase history for apps and books; backup and restore; and Find My Friends.
If you haven't had a chance to take stock of what you have and where it is, the sooner the better no matter whether you are using MobileMe or Kodak Gallery, as the clock is ticking.