Photobucket vs. SmartVault

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Photobucket
Score 6.7 out of 10
N/A
Photobucket headquartered in Denver offers their cloud services for uploading, sharing, linking and finding photos, videos and graphics. Service plans may include hosting, photo editing, private album sharing or sharing to social media, and caption and title creation and editing.N/A
SmartVault
Score 3.9 out of 10
N/A
SmartVault is a file syncing and sharing option from the Houston based company of the same name.
$16
per user/per month
Pricing
PhotobucketSmartVault
Editions & Modules
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Starter
$16
per user/per month
Professional
$20
per user/per month
Accounting Pro
$40
per user/per month
Enterprise
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
PhotobucketSmartVault
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
PhotobucketSmartVault
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
PhotobucketSmartVault
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Photobucket
7.6
2 Ratings
9% below category average
SmartVault
8.3
2 Ratings
0% below category average
Versioning7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Document collaboration8.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Access control7.52 Ratings5.02 Ratings
File search7.52 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Device sync8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud Storage Security & Administration
Comparison of Cloud Storage Security & Administration features of Product A and Product B
Photobucket
9.0
1 Ratings
5% above category average
SmartVault
7.0
2 Ratings
20% below category average
User and role management9.01 Ratings9.01 Ratings
File organization9.01 Ratings5.02 Ratings
Device management9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud Storage Platform
Comparison of Cloud Storage Platform features of Product A and Product B
Photobucket
8.1
2 Ratings
3% below category average
SmartVault
5.0
2 Ratings
51% below category average
Performance7.52 Ratings5.02 Ratings
Reliability8.02 Ratings5.02 Ratings
Storage Reports9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
PhotobucketSmartVault
Small Businesses
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Score 10.0 out of 10
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Score 10.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Druva Data Resiliency Cloud
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Score 9.5 out of 10
Druva Data Resiliency Cloud
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Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.5 out of 10
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Score 9.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
PhotobucketSmartVault
Likelihood to Recommend
5.9
(2 ratings)
1.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
2.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
PhotobucketSmartVault
Likelihood to Recommend
Photobucket
Photobucket used to be great in the late 2000s to early 2010s. Even free account holders could enjoy many of its features and quickly and easily share photos. However, these days there are so many better alternatives, while Photobucket's feature set has been limited to premium and higher-tier accounts. Cloud storage providers now offer generous bandwidth caps, so offloading media is a thing of the past - even for the most budget-conscious freelancers. Photo-specific features provided by these service providers are constantly improving. [...] As time goes on, the list of reasons that used to differentiate Photobucket grows thin given their [in my experience,] shady past in holding photos hostage without a premium plan, I can no longer recommend this service. Price-wise, only their unlimited plan is worth considering since, for capped storage plans, the usual suspects (Apple iCloud, Google Photos, Amazon Prime) have them beat. Likewise, Photobucket's built-in image editor is very convenient for making basic changes without having to fire up a separate photo editor
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SmartVault Corporation
SmartVault sends out a cover letter with the tax returns that includes a link for them to download their tax returns, avoiding the insecurity of an email attachment. It does not include a statement retrieval feature but does work very nicely with a third-party app called FileThis. The majority of the users in the office have not been able to install the Outlook plug-in due to "a certificate error." In five years, SmartVault has not addressed this issue.
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Pros
Photobucket
  • Houses very large photos that I don't have the capacity to store on my computer
  • Allows for a great online backup just in case something happens with my computer or external hard drive
  • Allows me to quickly and easily share photos with clients after their photoshoot is done
  • Organizes photos into a streamlined setup
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SmartVault Corporation
  • Easy navigation
  • Email notifications
  • Document previews
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Cons
Photobucket
  • Plans are awkwardly priced compared to competitors
  • [In my opinion,] made shady practices in the past forcing users to their premium plans
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SmartVault Corporation
  • They have cut back on support as have many SaaS companies recently.
  • The documentation can sometimes be a little difficult to follow.
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Support Rating
Photobucket
No answers on this topic
SmartVault Corporation
Reaching someone is more difficult than it should be. Also, they don't take possession of known issues always suggesting it is a local PC issue in initial conversations. That, of course, can be frustrating for the end-user.
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Alternatives Considered
Photobucket
[I] also had an ImageEvent premium account, and it was far easier to manage images in Photobucket. ImageEvent's UI is very dated, and its feature set has largely remained stagnant. Photobucket has evolved over the past decade and offers a clean enough user interface to quickly accomplish what needs to be done.
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SmartVault Corporation
Sales team was responsive, price was good, functionality was acceptable
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Return on Investment
Photobucket
  • The peace of mind is priceless. Time is money and I spend a lot of time stressing over accidentally losing files. This helps.
  • I no longer have to use multiple services to send files to clients. It's more specifically designed for photos rather than documents of all types
  • I want the positive experience for clients to continue from beginning to end and I like that this system is simple for them to use as well.
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SmartVault Corporation
  • has made sharing documents with large numbers of clients easier
  • has forced us into using their service, or spending time to find a better alternative, in my experience.
  • Speaking personally the product has cost us several thousand dollars over predicted budget costs for a 3-year projection
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