The average person takes hundreds of photos every year, but when was the last time you printed a photo out?
The chances are, you uploaded your photos to your computer (if they actually made it off the memory card) and they are sat in a file on your desktop.
Printing photos out doesn't have to be time consuming and it doesn't have to be expensive.
Loading your printer with ink and photo paper is the easy bit, but choosing which photos to print (and digging them out from the deepest darkest depths of your hard drive) can be tricky.
Earlier this month Canon announced the release of a handy bit of software that will make printing your photographs simpler and faster.
The working title of this software is 'Project 1709' – kind of dull, we know. The good news is that the name is the only boring thing about this software.
Project 1709 is a cloud-based service designed to seamlessly bring your entire photography collection together. It makes it easy to store and access images, regardless of where they have been saved.
With unique indexing and tagging functionality, you can easily find any image stored on the cloud, or share your collection of photographs with friends, family and social networks thanks to integration with services such as Facebook.
This is great news for all those social media lovers out there.
Rainer Fuehres, head of Consumer Imaging, Canon Europe, said: "Since the advent of digital photography, people are taking more photos on a range of devices, and it’s become more challenging to effectively manage and enjoy these images.
"In Project 1709 we’ve developed a unique solution that makes it easier to manage photo collections across different platforms – whether stored on a hard drive, a social network, or in the cloud. This platform is designed for the modern photographer, providing instant access to their entire collections whenever and wherever they want it."
The easy-to-use platform allows users to view all the images stored on their computer in one window.
The platform’s clean, tiled design gives a fresh and enjoyable new way to view images, with a customisable timeline ribbon and tag-based filtering options that make it easier to find images using important dates, location, user-added tags, and much more.
Focusing around five core principles - store, find, improve, enjoy, access - this software may well be the thing that gets people printing again.
Store. You can upload images to this software from any device – smartphone, tablet or traditional camera. Even if the same image is stored in multiple locations, image matching technology identifies duplicate images and enables users to easily remove them from their library.
Find. The search functionality of this programme allows users to find photos using any number of filters, including EXIF data, device information, dates and geo-tags. You can also tag photos by occasion, names or place in order to create albums or timeline streams.
Improve. As well as storing a library of pictures, a concise overview of EXIF data – including the camera’s model, exposure time, aperture and ISO speed – is also displayed to help you understand camera settings on your favourite shots. Using advanced indexing technology, you can build up a lifetime of images with an extensive collection of contextual data that can be used to theme images, organise collections and make special photos easy to find.
Enjoy. Enjoying your photographs has never been easier. With the ability to alter the way you view your images and share individual photos or whole albums with friends and family (either via the cloud or sites such as Facebook), photos never need to be confined to your hard drive again.
Access. Instantly access any image, at any point in time quickly and easily using a web browser. This ensures you will never be caught without an image to share with friends and family.
Project 1709 will be available to the public in 2013 so you can store, edit and upload your Christmas snaps.
Canon has also hinted at additional features when the 'real' platform name is revealed.