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Carbonite Updates Photo Backup Service

Boston — Carbonite announced today that is has upgraded its online PhotoBackup software and service and announced plans to launch an omnibus data backup service next month.

This new version of PhotoBackup offers expanded support for image file formats, include JPEG, RAW (including proprietary formats from the major d-SLR makers), DNG, PNG and PSD, and movie clips in the MPEG, AVI, MOV and ASF formats. The service backs up nineteen photo and movie file formats and includes a simplified, easier-to-use interface.

Carbonite offers a version of the software through Staples, where it is distributed free with the purchase of a digital camera. The service costs consumers $3 per month/$29.95 per year.

Once Carbonite is loaded to a PC and configured once, it will automatically send copies of new images (or existing ones that have been edited) to the company’s servers over the Internet. If the photos are deleted, the software will prompt users to replace it with a copy of the file from Carbonite’s archives.

In April, the company will launch a general PC backup service to support a wider range of file formats such as documents, photos and music. It will be priced at $5 per month/$49.95 year for unlimited storage.