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AOL Offers Digital Photo Service

June 30, 1999

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ All those shoeboxes filled with snapshots may be history.

America Online on Tuesday began offering a service that allows subscribers in Orlando, Tampa and Cleveland to take conventional film to 38,000 Kodak photofinishing stores around the country and have digitized copies delivered to their computer for an extra $5 to $7 a roll.

The service, called ``You’ve Got Pictures!″ allows subscribers to store photos in a private, online photo album. They are able to personalize the albums by adding captions and backgrounds and cropping or enlarging the pictures. The photos could either be downloaded or transmitted online to friends or family.

The service will be available to all of AOL’s 17 million customers by the end of the year, said Debbie Fletter, AOL’s director of programming and promotions.

Customers will still be able to pick up their negatives and prints from their photofinishing stores.

Orlando, Tampa and Cleveland were chosen as test cities because they have large numbers of AOL subscribers, Ms. Fletter said.

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