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Old 07-13-2017, 12:48 PM   #1
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Hello,

Photobucket.com has recently changed its terms of service for free users on their platform. As of June 20 images hosted by Photobucket and shared on our forum, or any other third party sites, will no longer appear. As a result, you may notice a higher amount of broken images on the forum.

If you do not have access to edit your older posts please contact an Administrator or Moderator for assistance. Please provide the new URL for the image that needs to be edited and a link to the thread the image in located in.

More information on the change and what it means for Photobucket users can be found below.

Photobucket Terms of Use http://photobucket.com/terms

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Old 07-13-2017, 11:31 PM   #2
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I have been advised of this as a Photobucket user and will be looking at and testing alternatives over the weekend.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help to reinstate cancelled Photobucket image links.

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Old 07-14-2017, 05:48 PM   #3
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Thank you for your assistance Silver.

We are working towards a fix for this issue. We do not have anything to announce as of yet, nor an ETA. But we will keep you guys updated as we worked towards finding a solution.

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Old 07-15-2017, 04:44 PM   #4
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Photobucket are charging 300 to allow third party hosting, I for one wont pay.

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Old 07-15-2017, 10:25 PM   #5
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I can rationalise the commercial use of Photobucket by members active in on-line retailing/Ebay listings being chargeable due to the profit-making by the users. Photobucket are entitled to have a share of these profits.

Our situation is different because our work is voluntary, it is free to access free-of-charge at any time and we do not obtain any financial reward.

I will be closing my Photobucket archive as soon as I find a suitable alternative.

If any one has any suggestions, they will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:42 PM   #6
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Hi-

There is also on-site attachments, with unlimited storage here. You can attach your photos directly to your posts, then you wouldn't need to worry about another hosting site doing this

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Old 07-17-2017, 10:17 PM   #7
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There is also on-site attachments, with unlimited storage here. You can attach your photos directly to your posts, then you wouldn't need to worry about another hosting site doing this

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I am aware of this facility however it has the major disadvantage of the on-screen images being too small to show much detail especially where the images are intended to illustrate the location, nature or appearance of the subject of the post.

I have always used 640 x 480 pixel [6in x 4in] images in portrait or landscape mode as appropriate for this reason. On the other car club forum I moderate, members can direct post images of this size without having to resort to a hosting service and there has not been any problems requiring my intervention.

Is there a possibility the current forum software has the capability for direct uploading of images into posts?

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If you click on the image that I have uploaded, you will see that it will open up with the full image on another page. So there should be no issues with not being able to see details in the image.

Let me know if you have any issues.

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Hi Glenda,

Yes, it did open as a viewable image despite its small size [100 x 67 pixels, 1.4 x 0.9 inches] and resolution [72 pixels/inch].

Will run some test images and write a guide for members to use to post images.

The last time I tried direct posting images [probably 6 to 8 years ago] the images only appeared as "thumbnails" possible due to software restrictions on the host server.

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Old 07-19-2017, 02:32 PM   #11
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Somebody else hosting images for linking into other sites has always carried a risk the hosting site could go down or they introduce charges when their business has grown. I think this is why so many internet startup companies offering 'free' services make little money - until they grow and change their terms. All my images are kept locally on backed up local hardrives. If you want to keep a thread as a pdf with embedded photos for your own personal use, look at Acrobat.

The advantage of members using links to other sites is this site is not consuming so much bandwidth and needs less server storage, but should be looked at in respect of size and what this means in practise.

I pay a small amount to have my email accounts with an independent service provider after I got fed up switching names with different ISPs and lack of privacy from free webmail services. I think you only get what you pay for, if its free and comes with strings and ads, that's the business model you accept. Otherwise look for guaranteed (cloud?) storage where a regular payment obliges them to keep and serve your data. A maximum image size of 1200 X 800 is sufficient for most monitors to see detail and you can compress that down to about 140 kb without too many artefacts. It's the compressed image file size that's most important for uploads/downloads and website costs. Printed picture size can be a confusing measure unless you specifically want prints.

Best thing is to download and save your Photobucket archive and close your account before they want to start charging! I'm not so savvy on this network stuff, but it's a pity Photobucket can't offer a 'lookup service' for a small charge so the placeholder urls are passed and translated to another host service holding your tagged photos.

All my images posted here are1200X800, but I make sure the final file size is around 125K. Some images with less detail will do 125Kb in medium to high quality, whereas those with more detail may have to be medium to lower quality, but still look good on a monitor. I think you'll find the site restriction for image size is the compressed file size and not their resolution. Attached is a medium to low quality jpg downsampled to 1200X900 coming out at 112kb.
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Like Vox says it really is not quite so much of an issue nowadays with cheap hard drive storage.
I rarely use off-site cloud storage these days, the security risks just are not worth it.


May I suggest that the way the admin staff should tackle this is to restrict any uploaded image size to say 200kb. That is more than enough for a standard .jpg file with as much detail as you could possibly want.


For forum users who want a permanent record of say, a forum how-to, Vox's suggestion of saving to a .pdf file is sensible.


In my linux system there is an option to print to a .pdf file in the print dialogue, I seem to remember Windaz has a similar function. I have never used any Apple product so I don't know about that system.


Just highlight the text and pictures in a how-to and paste into a word processor, then save as .pdf.
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That is already the limit we have in place

Though we have storage space to spare. We could up that without much worry

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Freeware Apache Open Office also allows text documents with images to be saved direct as PDF files although I do use Adobe Acrobat afterwards to reduce the file size when necessary to meet posting restrictions on certain websites.

https://www.openoffice.org/
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I use LibreOffice from the same stable, moved across because the group seemed more active with improvements and releases.

I got really fed up when I was abroad once and got a load of MS licence nags for my genuine MS Office, only to find afterwards it was actually a time limited version. Can't be doing with a wordpro app. that lets me down! If I'm archiving text info without pictures, I use Notepad because the simple format is future proof at the moment.

There are some issues with opensource alternatives, but tolerable: A bit slow because they are Java based and don't use MS system level hooks. I also had some compatibility issues with existing Excel spreadsheets, macros and embedded hyperlinks. On the plus side, you can keep the install file locally and always re-install or recover without hitting MS licence issues.
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