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Mods apologies if posting this isnt allowed.. I just thought many BM'ers would appreciate this workaround. Gents, Ive been trying to look at some of the excellent models in some of the older Group build albums, I was perturbed to see that photobucket had wiped out large chunks of the image galleries A bit of googling found me on reddit looking at the musings of many a disgruntled forum user, they posted this chrome extension https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/photobucket-hotlink-fix/kegnjbncdcliihbemealioapbifiaedg Now I've added this to my browser (not sure if a version exists for firefox etc.) I can happily look at images on here without coming across the dreaded ''please upgrade your account to third party hosting'' Cheers chaps!
For those who may be interested, here is a screen grab from Fotki.com, a photo storing/selling service. They offer assistance in recovering your photos from Photobucket. I have used them for 2 years with no issues. I signed up for for storing 300GB of photos for 5 years for a total of $185.00 US. It isn't free, but it works with no gimmicks. I have no commercial or emotional interest in Foiki -- I'd just love to see all the old pics restored to their proper articles!!! I don't care whether you use this or not -- JUST RESTORE YOUR PHOTOS! Ed
I noticed some threads where people asked for a comprehensible guide to using Flickr, mainly due to the recent Photobucket drama. I'll give it a try. Introduction Having used Flickr for 6 years now (pro account) I never had any big problems with it. Very incidentally an upload server has been down (never had any previously uploaded photos been unavailable for viewing) but it is usually swiftly repaired by Flickr's staff. One problem they have been having is their use of an onsite photo editor. That thing has been unavailable for months due to bugs. A new one is currently being developed. The pro account costs $50,- per year. No ads, unlimited storage, advanced statistics, et cetera. I think the free account offers 1 gb. of data but I'm not sure; also not sure about traffic limitations but I only know that my photos (on a pro account) have always been online as far as I'm aware. No guarantees that Flickr will always be great, up and running, but this post is just for those who are looking into the website, its facilities and its workings. How to upload photos to Flickr Once you've signed up, you can upload your photos to Flickr. If the photos are on your harddisk, you can choose 'upload' at the top right of the screen (the cloud with the arrow): Click 'choose photos and videos to upload', select a few of them and click 'upload photos'. To view your uploaded photos, move your mouse button over the 'you' submenu and click 'photostream'. Of course there's a multitude of options you can use, such as sorting photos into maps (for example, one map per project) or seeing statistics. An alternative way to upload photos is by using the (free) Flickr app. I use that 95% of the time. On my iPhone I just select the photos I'd like to have uploaded (to enter the photo gallery from the app, hold the 'camera' image for one second; if you just tap it you can make a picture but I never use that feature), choose 'next' and 'post'... all selected pictures are now brought online. How to use Flickr-hosted photos on Britmodeler To share the photos on Britmodeler, you only have to copy the image link. Keep in mind though that Flickr facilitates the use of different image sizes. So you'll have to fetch the correct link. Choose 'share photo' on the bottom right of the screen (the 'arrow' icon). You then get a screen that looks like this: Here, choose the size (in the example I chose 'Medium 375x500 pixels' but usually I'd choose 'Large 1200x1600', don't worry if it is slightly too large because the forum will automatically reduce it). Then, use the key combination "ctrl-c" to copy the link to the computer's memory. If you have a mac, use "cmd-c". On the forum, go to your thread, post a reaction and use the key combination "ctrl-v" to paste the link into the text field. If you have a mac, use "cmd-v". Option: Finally and alternatively (you're not required to do this!), select and delete all BBCode before and after the link. That's a short bit of text starting with "[ url" and ending with "img ]" before the link, and all text from "[ /img" after the link. Selecting by pressing and holding your left mouse button, then deleting the selected parts, works fastest for me. If you don't perform this step there's no problem but a link to your picture and Flickr account appears in the text. I personally feel that slightly distracts from the picture. In all, taking one photo and having it on the forum typically takes me less than half a minute. I hope this is of any use to some.
It seems that PB are changing their t&cs and will no longer allow direct linking unless you pay for a Plus account. Does anybody know anything more about this ? im not sure if this is posted in the right place. Perhaps a mod can move it if necessary Below is copied from their web site. Types of Accounts, Pricing and Limits Visiting : There is no cost to visit the Site or to register as a Member. Free account : Each individual Member gets one free account that provides 2 GB of free storage or space available for your original photo files, or videos under 10min. The free account does not allow any image linking or 3rd party image hosting. If a free account Member exceeds their Content Limit, their account will be immediately suspended and they will need to become a “Paying Member” (defined below) in order to continue accessing their account. You can upgrade to a Plus account at any time. Ad-free Account : The Ad-free Account offers Members the ability to use the Site without seeing any third party banner advertisements when logged into your Ad-free Account (note, viewers of your images within Photobucket will see ads unless they, too, have Plus accounts and you will continue to see Photobucket offers and announcements). This account level is available for $2.49 / month, payable by the Member on a monthly recurring basis. Plus Account : The Plus Account offers several paid options that may give the Paying Member more storage, bandwidth, 3rd party image hosting, image linking and/or other services as outlined below. Once and during such period of time in which you subscribe to and pay for a Plus Account, we will consider you a "Paying Member." Please note that all Plus Account subscriptions are billed annually at the commencement of the service. Photobucket may also offer a monthly billing option for its Plus Accounts (see terms and restrictions, below). Available Plus Account Plans : Photobucket offers the following Plus Account Plans: o Plus 50 Plan: 52 GB of Storage for $59.99 / Year. The Plus 50 Plan does not allow any image linking or 3rd party image hosting. o Plus 100 Plan: 102 GB of Storage for $99.99 / Year. The Plus 100 Plan allows for unlimited image linking but does not allow 3rd party image hosting. o Plus 500 Plan: 500 GB of Storage and unlimited bandwidth for $399.99 / Year. The Plus 500 Plan allows for unlimited image linking and unlimited 3rd party image hosting. Read more: http://photobucket.com/terms#ixzz4lRSXtyvT