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    Default If you have photos on Photobucket

    Putting this here in case people miss the other places its being discussed.

    If you have a thread that has photos hosted with photobucket, I recommend going through and saving the pages of the thread to your hard drive, as they are likely to disappear soon.

    Photos on several big threads have already bit the dust, but others are still remaining. Phototbucket will block them all and then ask for a $400 ransom each year to fix it.

    I'm not smart enough to save a whole thread at once, I had to do it one page at a time.

    Hurry!

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    Too late... All my threads are now photo-less. Phooey.

    What other hosting options are out there? What do people like?

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    I use Flickr without a problem. People are also suggesting Google Photos.
    What a crime. You'd think they would tell people that any additional photos would cost money or at least give people time to retrieve their photos by a certain deadline or pay the yearly fee. Just holding them for ransom is unethical.
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    Seems very unethical. Many other forums are complaining as well. I wonder if there is any recourse we could take with the BBB or something.

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    I've found the BBB to be absolutely toothless.
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    Default Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Trying again with Google Photos, using the image button above and the url from Google Photos--seems to work (actually seems quite a bit faster to do than Photobucket, which I found a pain to work with):



    Still, phooey. That's a lot of photos gone from my threads, and I doubt I'll bother restoring them all. And I liked some of those threads a lot.

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    Default Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    Trying again with Google Photos, using the image button above and the url from Google Photos--seems to work (actually seems quite a bit faster to do than Photobucket, which I found a pain to work with):



    Still, phooey. That's a lot of photos gone from my threads, and I doubt I'll bother restoring them all. And I liked some of those threads a lot.

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    Tom, sorry for my simple mind not understanding BUT how did you do this

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoody126 View Post
    Tom, sorry for my simple mind not understanding BUT how did you do this

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    Here's how I'm currently posting images from Google Photos:

    1) Click on the photo to open it.

    2) Right-click the photo and choose "copy image address" from the drop-down menu.

    3) Hit the little image button on your Forum post, choose the "From URL" option at the top, paste the copied image link into the box, and un-check the "Retrieve remote file and reference locally" button

    You should then see your image posted, like this:



    Works ok, but I still haven't found a way to resize images--they're pretty big as is.

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    Tom, I don't know what this looks like at your end, but over here, all I'm seeing where the image should be is a gray circle with a dash in the middle... Bummer.

    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    Here's how I'm currently posting images from Google Photos:

    1) Click on the photo to open it.

    2) Right-click the photo and choose "copy image address" from the drop-down menu.

    3) Hit the little image button on your Forum post, choose the "From URL" option at the top, paste the copied image link into the box, and un-check the "Retrieve remote file and reference locally" button

    You should then see your image posted, like this:



    Works ok, but I still haven't found a way to resize images--they're pretty big as is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Noto View Post
    Tom, I don't know what this looks like at your end, but over here, all I'm seeing where the image should be is a gray circle with a dash in the middle... Bummer.
    Hmm. Thanks--this may not actually work, then. Does everyone see the photos below, or just the gray slashed circles? Thanks!



    That's method #2--copy image address and paste directly into the text.

    And this one? (Method #1, using the Forum's image button and url link):

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    I see both
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    Looks like you have perfected your technique, Tom!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    Hmm. Thanks--this may not actually work, then. Does everyone see the photos below, or just the gray slashed circles? Thanks!



    That's method #2--copy image address and paste directly into the text.

    And this one? (Method #1, using the Forum's image button and url link):


    I see only a grey dot with a horizontal bar. I use an Apple computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    I see only a grey dot with a horizontal bar. I use an Apple computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    On a PC, I see the images in your copy

    Oh, those PC's just make stuff up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    Oh, those PC's just make stuff up!

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    Default Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    I see only a grey dot with a horizontal bar. I use an Apple computer.

    Jeff
    I see no image, just the gray symbol using chrome browser.
    Using Firefox, I dont even see a picture frame, no grey circle either.

    Looking for my images in this thread, I still see my postimage.io, my google photos, but no Amazon prime photos, just broken links...
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    Default Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    I don't know what I'm going to do.

    I have the Sneakeasy thread. What's there was is poofed. I think the restoration of that boat should be documented here. It's kind of an iconic Phil boat, eh? And he was cool, eh?

    I also have a "real" build I thought to document here, a build of a Blue Moon yawl. I owe it to at least one forumite to post pictures of the build, but I'm unsure of how to proceed.

    I don't think anything I've contributed has been any great asset, but my pirogue rehab thread is poofed, too. Punt thread. All my pictures are poofed.

    I want to ensure it doesn't happen again, but I also don't want to delve so deeply into the web that I own my own domain, just to post here. This is 33% of my internet. Really, I visit three places regularly. That's it.

    I like this place, though, and want to continue to contribute what little I can.

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    P.S. I wasn't a leech on PicturePail, either. Just not generous enough, apparently.

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    I think every photobucket based thread is lost, I checked a few like Lofting the Brewer catboat and Una and some other popular threads, their photos are blocked. . .
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    My photos seem to still to be intact. I wonder if they are going to raise the rate on my paid account to keep it that way.
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    Default Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    This may not work for every visitor to the forum. If the thread is still in place and the photographs have been replaced with a DIAL, then try clicking on the this and it may transfer you to the photobucket website and the photograph in question along with others in that specific album....good luck!

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    They killed 3rd party hosting". I just found out also. Posting in forums like this is 3rd party. The threads won't be lost, just the photos,

    I'm sure it's a sign of the times, other sites are going to start finding ways to make you pay also

    I'm already putting photos on Shutterfly I can copy and paste from my my desktop, but not from my cell phone
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    Default Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Probably cheaper to set up your own website than to pay a 3rd party host.

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    My photos are still up too. At one point I did pay for my service. I'm starting to wonder if I'm still paying yearly and haven't noticed, but that is why my photos and jsjpd's are both still up.

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    I've been using Flickr for a year or so now. So far it's been great. I do pay for the "pro" account but that was just so I can bulk upload large numbers of photos. It's not needed for regular hosting. The Flickr app also handles automatic upload from my phone. Of course with Yahoo changing ownership and Photobucket setting an example Flicker might change too. I will be looking at other options for sure. For those who are technically-inclined I think Amazon S3 cloud storage is a great option. Very inexpensive (pennies a month for anything we would be doing here), no limits on the amount of data and it's not going to go away or change policies like a specialized service would. I use S3 for general data archiving now and I may just move all of my photos there as well.

    My ideal system would be a photo upload and management app that sits on top of Amazon S3 or other cloud storage service of the user's choice. No third-party trying to monetize my content. More research necessary but if it doesn't exist maybe I'll have to create it...
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    My photos are still up even from very old threads and I've never paid them a dime. But I expect to be phased out soon.

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    Photo Bucket often crashed my browser, and I hated clicking a link to it to see some one's pics. I like hosting my photos on my own url. I have complete control that way, but my wife is a webmaster so it's easy for me. I would always rather pay to not have ads on my stuff, just like I pay for Amazon and Netflix to avoid network or cable TV garbage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim_cricket View Post
    Photo Bucket often crashed my browser, and I hated clicking a link to it to see some one's pics. I like hosting my photos on my own url. I have complete control that way, but my wife is a webmaster so it's easy for me. I would always rather pay to not have ads on my stuff, just like I pay for Amazon and Netflix to avoid network or cable TV garbage.
    about 2 years ago I was getting tons of spam and redirects when going to or on PB I think it was intentional to get people to buy less ads. now with this new $399 deal it's like Philadelphia with the soft drink tax LOL "not gonna get you nutin"
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    While Flickr isn't causing me any problems (yet), I fooled around with Google Photos today. Works easy enough, but my pictures come out way too large. Can't figure how to make them a tad smaller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    While Flickr isn't causing me any problems (yet), I fooled around with Google Photos today. Works easy enough, but my pictures come out way too large. Can't figure how to make them a tad smaller.
    Yes, I haven't found a "resize" option in the photo editor, so I'm not sure there is a way to do it with Google. Anyone have a way that works?

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    Originally Posted by Norman Bernstein
    Once again, I suggest that you skip any 'photo-sharing' sites, and just establish a domain and service from any of the myriad of companies that offer web-hosting/email/disk space for a simple low fee.

    For example, GoDaddy will give you 100 Gb of storage, unmetered bandwidth, and even cover your domain registration for $3.99/mo in the first year ($7.99/mo thereafter). You can build your own website.... or just use FTP to access the 100Gb of storage:

    https://www.godaddy.com/hosting/windows-hosting

    ANY of the 'free' photo-hosting sites will inevitably subject you to changing policies, and even 'ransom', like Photobucket, when they decide that they need to monetize the effort. Having your own account with a provider frees you from that risk.... and gives you 100% freedom to post whatever you want (no censorship, etc).

    To access the disk space, the simplest method is to use FTP, which has been around since the Internet wore diapers. Nowadays, FTP clients are super-simple to use, intuitive, and often free... the one I am using presently is called 'Filezilla', and it's ultra-simple to use.... I used to use WSFTP, but I recently saw that they eliminated the free version. There are many others. Filezilla looks simply like a dual-window file explorer, with your local disk on one side, and the directory of your disk space on your provider's disk, on the other.... you simply drag from one side to the other, to transfer files.

    I've been doing it this way, for many years now.... and never had a hassle.




    Yes. I have been preaching this line for years Norm. If a person is able to build a boat, then that person should be able to establish a domain and upload images to it.

    However, there is an even better solution. Wooden Boat Magazine should advance past the medieval times of the internet and allow image hosting on their own server. I do not recall ANY other similar site which requires visitors to arrange their own image hosting!

    I can imagine only two reasons for this.
    1. The first (and the one announced by the management here) is that image hosting would slow down dial-up customers' experience. The problem is that dial-up comprises approximately 1-2% of net connections these days. It is no longer 1996.
    2. The second is that perhaps the management is concerned that hosting images will require additional storage ability on the part of our hosts here. I checked the size of a typical image on this forum. It was about 150KB; thus a MB would contain about seven similar images. There are 1,000,000 MBs in a TB. A TB hard drive costs far less than $100!!!

    It appears that this forum software, though antiquated, is capable of being reset to an environment with reasonable image hosting is enabled. This will no doubt take some engineering. However, I am sure it would be to the benefit of WB. The people that are confused by the anorexic hosting are the newcomers...Wooden Boat is discouraging exactly those that they should be encouraging!

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    They lost me as a loyal customer a year or so back. I'd been paying for additional bandwidth for a few years - at the $30 level, but the "pay for no adverts" rort led me to Smugmug. I pay $60 a year there for hosting. Smugmug is family-owned and operated - by the owners of ADVrider website. There's no guarantee that won't change... but their operation is SOOOOO much nicer to deal with than P'bucket.

    My level of linking is interesting (to me at least). I've popped into the Smugmug activity app a few times. I often have over 3,000 views a day, so I guess I understand why P'Bucket wants to clip the ticket a bit more.

    I still have 11,500 or so photos on P'bucket.... which I use solely for 3rd party linking. I was surveyed by P'Bucket a few days ago - and answered to that effect. No email from them yet, but I'm expecting that I'll be in a future ransom tranche. They seem to have started with those who don't pay... and are working their way through.

    As a self-declared expert in customer service and pricing policies (and as a consultant who has developed some contentious pricing policies), I feel that I can confidently say, they've gone about this the wrong way. So many wrong ways.... Quite frankly, I'd like to see them drop off the face of the earth.

    btw.... I still actively avoid SONY products and services... and it was their Imagestation fiasco that drove me to P'Bucket many years ago.

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    Default Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    i would recommend http://imgur.com/ for simple photo hosting - the upload and link copying is painless, you can even do it without an account. they have no paid option and since 2015, images will not be deleted unless requested. Policies can change but so far it has been a pretty reliable service.

    It's less (not) useful for multiple albums and storage, but for thread photos it's perfect.

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    Very annoying to discover the photos from my year long build thread expunged by PB--I stopped using them a year or so ago because it kept crashing, posting images was becoming severely glitchy, and the program was full of unwanted adds. It would be one thing to prospectively create a paywall, but to retroactively hold images hostage for usurious rates is just......charming.

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    building albums on a new host site is TYME CUNSUMING!!!

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