HP To Acquire Online Photo Service Tabblo

Online photo service Tabblo is going to be acquired by technology giant Hewlett-Packard; HP intends to leverage Tabblo’s technologies to make it easier for people to print images, and graphics from the Web. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed; HP expects the deal to close in a few weeks. HP intends to offer Tabblo’s technology to other companies seeking to improve Web-based printing services.

Tabblo is a popular site amongst users of Flickr and other online photo sharing services, providing a wide range of customizable templates enabling users to turn their images and text into professional-looking online and print creations using a standard Web browser. Tabblo’s services have been well-regarded by many photo buffs, and are often recommended more highly than similar features offered by online photo sites and even desktop photo management applications.

“HP’s goal is to make printing content from the web the easiest and best experience possible for people—whether they are printing a simple map or a book of their favorite blogs,” said Vyomesh Joshi, executive VP of HP’s Imaging and Printing Group, in a statement. “By acquiring Tabblo’s technology and making it available to companies that host popular Web sites, HP will be firmly on the path to becoming the print engine of the Web.”