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16 December 2016 @ 09:00 am
HELP! Need photo storage advice  
So Dropbox is doing away with their public folder which is where ALL my fic art is hosted.

Some folks are going to Photobucket but I was wondering where other folks host their graphics and the pros and cons of each.

My art needs to be moved fairly quickly so if you could drop a comment here that would be awesome.

kanarek13kanarek13 on December 16th, 2016 02:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I got that email, too, but it looks like the links are gonna remain active for almost another year... it's gonna be a pain updating all of my screencaps links, but most of my art is being posted from various folders that have nothing to do with the public folder...

You can still use DB... my plan is as follows, I will look through whatever I have in my public folder (AFAIK there are mostly preview pics for screencaps posts) and I will setup a new folder somewhere in my DB and copy everything there... and then I will try to work on updating my links... PITA, yes, but a year is more than enough time :D

ETA: Forgot to say, I was once a Photobucket member - yeah, not gonna happen again, their software is nothing like the beautiful DB, plus they spammed the shit out of my email up to a point where I just had to setup a filter and block them, lol :D

I know there is also IMGUR but I have no idea how it works. But yeah, I'm sticking with dropbox :D

Edited at 2016-12-16 02:14 pm (UTC)
sheeniannisheenianni on December 16th, 2016 03:15 pm (UTC)
Ummm, so what is going to disappear and when is it going to disappear? I'm really confused now. Help?
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 16th, 2016 04:24 pm (UTC)
This is the email:

elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on December 16th, 2016 02:30 pm (UTC)
I've just dumped everything into Photobucket as a precaution since I already have an account, but I really HATE Photobucket. It's so product focused and you have to jump through so many hoops to get a public link that it's impossible to use.

The problem with Imgur is the size limitations - it compresses the shit out of everything.

ETA - that's old news. Apparently Imgur doesn't do that automatic compression anymore and for Windows, has an add-on that gives a public link, per this review.

I'm kind of sick about this. All the comms, all the posts, thousands of comments...

I know if I go month my month through my archive, it'll eventually get done. But I need a service with a clean interface. Something that works from the desktop. Where I can right click and get a link.

Something like, I don't, know ... Dropbox?????????

Edited at 2016-12-16 02:34 pm (UTC)
kanarek13: snuggleskanarek13 on December 16th, 2016 04:14 pm (UTC)
Ok, but they are only killing the public folder, not the entire dropbox, so my understanding is that all you have to do is either copy the content to a different folder and generate new links or leave it where it is and generate new links after Sept 2017??

That is how I understood the email.
elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on December 16th, 2016 04:18 pm (UTC)
I don't think the links will create publically visible content.



ETA: And the results are, NOT VISIBLE

Edited at 2016-12-16 04:19 pm (UTC)
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 16th, 2016 04:22 pm (UTC)
it's a web thing, you have to replace WWW with DL, in extreme cases you change www.dropbox.com to dl.dropboxusercontent.com but I always just replace www with dl and that's it... All my art on LJ is posted from a private folder that is nowhere near the public folder :)
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 16th, 2016 04:35 pm (UTC)

Hope you don't mind, I took your link to test, just replaced www with dl ... I just want to help {{{{hugs}}}} ♥
elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on December 16th, 2016 04:39 pm (UTC)
Wait, so what you're saying is that all I have to do is go into my posts, change "www" to "dl"?

Seriously? That's all you did?

Are you a freaking genius or WHAT?????????????????????????????????

{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS SO HARD}}}}}}}}}}}}
Sherylynsherylyn on December 16th, 2016 08:19 pm (UTC)
Hee!! She totally, completely and absolutely IS!! I didn't get the email, but I don't think I've ever used my public DB folder, so it probably didn't apply to me. And I've got an Imgur account, and I will say that it's easy to use, BUT the only thing I have there is the pics I use for posting to the Tim Dekay Daily LJ comm, so I don't care if those are public or not. LOL

But for people like y'all that have so much content... yow. At least they gave a lot of time, but geeeeez!! :-P
sheeniannisheenianni on December 16th, 2016 03:13 pm (UTC)
What?!? I didn't even get that message! They are really doing this??? WTF....
elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on December 16th, 2016 03:47 pm (UTC)
Do you actually have a public Dropbox folder? Free accounts didn't get them after 2014, so you might not be affected.
sheeniannisheenianni on December 16th, 2016 06:37 pm (UTC)
I have a free account which I created in November 2013.

What exactly is the difference between a public and private folder?

Hmm. Above, olena mentions using the dl.dropbox.org coding... which is what I have been using all the time. So that means all my files are private and this doesn't affect me? I think...?

I really hate it when the companies change things like that.
kanarek13kanarek13 on December 16th, 2016 04:32 pm (UTC)
I was just telling Lola that I'm gonna be paying for my laziness now, lol... because when I first started building my caps library, I made a subfolder in my public folder where I was putting the previews - always 2 fav pics per episode/movie/whatever... and then I was thinking that maybe I should move this to the folder where I keep the actual pics but I kept putting it aside... and now DB is sticking it in my face, lol... but now I have motivation to actually organize it better :D
milly_galmilly_gal on December 16th, 2016 06:20 pm (UTC)
I keep all my graphics on lj photostream but I have a paid account.
Laura: Penny laptopcookielaura on December 16th, 2016 06:42 pm (UTC)
I use Imgur, which is okay ish. Not the easiest to navigate if you have a ton of art, but very easy if you only have say 100 pieces.

I hate photobucket, it's so slow on my computer and continually crashes.
aragarnaaragarna on December 16th, 2016 09:00 pm (UTC)
I've been using Imgur for many years. It's fairly simple to use.
They do limit the number of images per folder that you can see to 225 images, but they don't limit the number of folders, so it's basically unlimited as long as you stay a little organized. Also, if you exceed the 225 images in one folder, it's not deleting the old ones, they're just not visible in the folder anymore, but the links still work (so it doesn't screw any old links if you happen not to be organized).

Never had any issue with it, so never had any reason to look elsewhere.
sandy79sandy79 on December 17th, 2016 02:48 am (UTC)
just to clear my confusion: are we talking about the "home" folder, the one that appears first when you open Dropbox in your browser? If yes, then phew, I don't have so much pics there, so it won't be a lot of work to change the links - once I tracked them all down XD

As for Imgur - I post pretty much everything that's bigger than an icon there for some time, since I need the LJ space for the icons. So far, I haven't met any real problems (just some minor issues that had more to do with the amount of pics I wanted to upload in one go than with anything else), and once you got into handling it, it's fairly easy to work with. And as Ara mentioned, you really do yourself a huge favor if you organize things on Imgur. I still have to try it myself to add pics from the general "drop zone" to folders, but I don't think it's gonna be to diffcult. And, as a last note, you not only get sharing links for images, but for folders too (which work even on FB!)

Photobucket is a no-go for me, cause it's a PITA to even open any image link there - it takes so long to generate the whole page - ugh! And I don't want to wait - well, at least not in that case ;)

Another possibility would be SlickPic, but I have no idea how that works exactly. You could ask raloria (http://raloria.livejournal.com/) for more about it, she uses the page since she left Photobucket earlier this year.

Edited at 2016-12-17 03:00 am (UTC)
angelita26angelita26 on December 17th, 2016 03:13 pm (UTC)
My understanding was that they were doing away with the "Public" folder, which was a folder automatically created if you started an account early-ish in their website life. However, things uploaded and linked outside of the Public folder would still work.

I have all kinds of stuff that's hosted publicly that's not in the "Public" folder, so I was just going to move the files I do have in there out and update the links I can find (who knows where some of that stuff is posted, LOL).