Aharon

This Can Ruin Everybody's Fun Of Creating & Post Screenshots

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Shalom and greetings all my pals,

Photobucket had made important announcement 2 days ago that could potentially ruin everybody's fun of creating and posting screenshots.

PhotoBucket now charges $399 for third-party hosted images.

Here is new rule for Photobucket:  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.

Photobucket's new pricing system:

 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 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.

Here is the link for specific explanations by computer analyst experts as seen on this link:

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/06/30/photobucket-now-charges-399-for-third-party-hosted-images/

This is going to destroy flightsimmers' important hobby of creating beautiful screenshots.  Guess I will have to look for another very reliable and superb photo image hosting site. Shesshhhhh.

Regards,

Aharon

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To be honest, in recent months Photobucket has become more and more of a pain in the arse to use, with it popping up a ridiculous amount of adverts, some of which you can't even close the windows on. I don't mind such free sites banging up the odd advert to pay for what they do, but it's damn near unusable these days with all the ads it pops up now. So if one really loves posting pics all over the place, then sure, a small subscription fee is okay, but it would have to be small for me to consider it, otherwise I'd just host them on my own server.

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Just use imgur. You don't need an account if you want to post a one-off image(s), and you don't need to publish it to their "community" if you do get an account. 

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I used to use photo bucket but now they are simply worse than unusable. I use Flickr now but Imgur is a good option IMO. 

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+1 on imgur recommendations, it's been great. Photobucket has been a misery for ages now.

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Imgur seems to work great for posting screenshots.  Great news is that in this space there are lots of options.

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I use Google photos. I copy the image address and when posting to a forum I add .jpg to the end of the URL. Free account and unlimited storage. 

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Which one is better: Flickr or Imgur or FsFiles?

I need same method found in Facebook where I can see a page of 25 screenshots with BBB code below each of screenshots where I can click on, copy on and paste on aviation forums.

Regards,

Aharon

 

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Someone here recommended tinypic for web image posting.  No account needed, no nasty stuff about picture size resolution, works great on avsim for all the screen shots I posted I'm the last few years.   Using it feels a bit slimy, something got to pay the bills, but safe and no problems so far.

 

 

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I gave up on Photobucket years ago and now only use SmugMug.

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Thanks all for very interesting comments.

I have been using Photobucket for almost TEN years for millions of my screenshots published in various aviation forums and NOW I have to look for a new image hosting site that can offer BBB code below each of 25 screenshots per page so that I can click on BBB img code and paste on forum post for fast work writing a flight screenshot report.

Got to evaluate Imgur and Flickr as well as FSFiles to see which one offers me painless and fast copy of IMG codes.  Remember I publish an average of 45 screenshots per post.

Regards,

Aharon

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There are plenty of options aside Photobucket.  So I can't see how people's enjoyment of screenshots is under threat.  We could just use one of the many alternatives to Photobucket.

I tend to use http://fsfiles.org/flightsimshotsv2/

or ServIMG

Works fine. :smile:

 

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While Photobucket is ruining all aviation forums' screenshot or photo subforums by replacing screenshots and photos with black boxes,  Photbucket also is ruining many virtual airlines' websites and homepages by replacing screenshots or photos with black boxes as seen on example of the following link:

http://www.virtualaca.net/index.php/tour/category/3

Regards,

Aharon

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TBH, I have never been able to see anyones images hosted on Photobucket. Over the years I have found it far to tedious to even try and solve the issue.

If I see Photobucket hosted links to images on forum Screenshots threads I know it's not even worth trying to see them. As Chock said, the page will display copious amounts of ads and the like but no actual users image.

Shame but there you go.

 

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1 hour ago, Aharon said:

While Photobucket is ruining all aviation forums' screenshot or photo subforums by replacing screenshots and photos with black boxes,  Photbucket also is ruining many virtual airlines' websites and homepages by replacing screenshots or photos with black boxes

I'm not surprised, but I am also not particularly sympathetic. If you're using a product that you're not paying for, then you really have no control over your assets and how (if) they are served. I'm even less sympathetic if a VA does it.

At the very least, just get an AWS account and stuff everything in an S3 bucket. It's dirt cheap, reliable and you control the data.

Cheers!

Luke

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Hi

I've never used photobucket or another such service to host screenshots. But I get it, that anyone using photobucket might be pretty upset now.

There's no lack of alternatives, but I decided to add yet another one for anyone who's interested. I've set up https://sharescreenshots.com primarily for simmers. It's free and so far experimental. Feel free to try it out and let me know if it's useful.

cu
Roman

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Back in the day, PB put the squeeze on its users and I paid them for a (fairly reasonably priced) upgrade for a year. I see the linked images are now gone, too. I suspect the greedy ones might have forgotten their own terms of service for that period. Reminds me of one of the recent ransomware exploits, actually. I wonder if the Internet will revolt and hack their picture base in return.

4 hours ago, Luke said:

At the very least, just get an AWS account and stuff everything in an S3 bucket. It's dirt cheap, reliable and you control the data.

This no doubt will vaporise in due course, too, leading to the question: where shall I store my Precious Pictures Forever?

Meanwhile I am happy with Imageshack as it has a usable and forum-friendly interface.

 

 

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1 hour ago, WingZ said:

This no doubt will vaporise in due course, too, leading to the question: where shall I store my Precious Pictures Forever?

I am pretty confident that S3 will outlive me and you, but the bigger point is that you're paying for storage, and using the same services and APIs as people and organizations who spend millions a year with Amazon. That's the advantage - your interests are aligned with people who have a lot more clout and who can ensure that your little photo stream survives.

If the service is free, you are the product.

Cheers!

Luke

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4 minutes ago, Luke said:

I am pretty confident that S3 will outlive me and you, but the bigger point is that you're paying for storage, and using the same services and APIs as people and organizations who spend millions a year with Amazon. That's the advantage - your interests are aligned with people who have a lot more clout and who can ensure that your little photo stream survives.

If the service is free, you are the product.

Agreed. I know that not everyone can afford paid hosting, but I'll bet many are just taking advantage of "free" (with strings attached) when they could afford a small site hosting bill. We're all presumably paying for our Internet access anyway, it's just a small amount on top of that.

I've maintained a personal web site for years on hostgator. It's mainly just for some POP3 accounts, but there is enough web storage and bandwidth allowance to stash images I want to insert on various forums. It isn't a "forever" solution... I won't be around forever to continue paying the monthly, and hostgator might go under eventually. AWS is probably a better near-term bet. But at least I'm not hassled with ads, and nobody clicking an image link is hassled with ads. 

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When testing Imgur and FSFiles,  I have discovered that those two image hosting website do NOT automatically resize my screenshots from 1920x900 to 1024x500 during uploadings that Photobucket can do.  

I really need any image hosting website that can automatically resize DURING UPLOADING any number of screenshots from 1920x800 to 1024x500.

Regards,

Aharon

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Can also recommend http://abload.de - Used it for years. Free, no nonsense site, allows direct linking, can also resize your pictures during upload, creation of galleries etc. It's only in German but once you've learned what the few buttons do, it shouldn't be a problem. Most browsers have some form of real-time translations too I reckon. 

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WARNING!!  Earlier today a poster at a photo enthusiast website I frequent tried to upload some images hosted by Photobucket.  The mix of images included some graphic porn!  The poster is a respected member of the website, and members there have little doubt that he had nothing to do with the graphic content in the posting.  Like Avsim, that website is family oriented, so please be cautious and careful if posting images from Photobucket.

Greg

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