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Due to a series of unfortunate events our site went offline on Monday. This was due to a series of database failures which we haven’t experienced in our 16 years of operation. It took us awhile, but we were able to fix this issue and now all database servers are restored and everything is back to normal.
Thank you for your support and understanding!
Latest Fotki updates:
1. All issues with Java certificate errors in uploaders are fixed now.
2. New Block Member option added. If you don’t want a certain member to see your account, you can block him/her and your account will not be accessible to this member.
3. Language switcher on a homepage fixed.
4. FTP upload is available to all types of memberships, including free membership.
5. Facebook photo sharing bug fixed. When you share your Fotki link on your Facebook page your photo will appear, instead of your avatar.
Dear Fotki members!
We have a lot of news and updates for you.
1. Privacy options
Some members reported that their photos are showing on our home page even though their settings were set OFF (not to show on a home page). It is fixed now.
2. About Fotki
We added prices for our additional services - check it!
3. Replace Photo
We used to erase all of the photo details when you re-uploaded a photo, but now when you replace the photo, all of the details will stay untouched.
4. Report photo/video page didn’t work in some cases, now it’s fixed.
5. The Copyright frame is now using HTML5 Canvas technology instead of old Flash, now it works on mobile devices as well.
6. Permanent links to your photos
Earlier when you uploaded your photos we stored them on several servers for more reliability. When you copied direct links of your photos and wanted to use them outside of Fotki (on forums, websites, eBay, etc), sometimes your photos stopped being displayed. You then had to go to the photo pages, get new links and update them everywhere you used your direct links. Now we offer permanent links to your photos which will work all the time. This service is available to all who have activated Original Storage service. Permanent links are available in Share menu item. New permanent links start with “media.fotki.com/...."
7. Minimum lowered to $5 for additional services
Now the minimum amount to activate Storage of Originals and Video storage is reduced from $30 to $5.
8. Possibility to buy Fotki Credits for less than $30.
Additional choices are: $5, $10, $15, $20.
9. Share button for free users
Share button is available for free users. You can use it to get URL to share your photos on other sites, to get links to send your photos via email/instant messenger and also to get codes for a Fotki Journal.
10. Photo sellers are now able to use both dot (.) and comma (,) symbols to delimit cents in pricing page.
11. We are working on fixing Java Certificate issue, and hopefully in a week we will be able to release new Java uploaders signed with our new Java Certificate. For now, we recommend to use drag and drop upload (from your computer to the browser).
12. And for those who are still waiting for some of the photos and videos to appear back in their albums - we are still working on copying data from old hard drives, which didn’t survive well our long journey from New York. Also, in parallel with data recovery, we selected number of drives which we think may fail soon, and we are moving data from them to newer, faster and bigger drives.
13. We have also updated and optimized our pages, and now they load faster.
14. And we don't show advertisement anymore. Yes, Fotki is an Ad-Free Service from now on.
P.S. In case you missed our last blog update, already very low prices for additional services have been seriously cut. Enjoy Fotki!
1) By now you might have heard about the internet bug Heartbleed, which has impacted up to 2/3 of companies on the web. Without getting too technical, Heartbleed affects the OpenSSL framework used by many online businesses to privately send data to and from internet servers.
We conducted a prompt investigation on April 8th, 2014 and all of the issues were immediately mitigated. We have no evidence that any account or data was compromised, however we are recommending that our customers change their passwords as a precautionary measure and as a matter of good practice.
So, to be safe online:
- Protect your password and change it regularly.
- Don't reuse your password.
- Ensure you use unique passwords for each web service you are subscribed to.
2) We started accepting Bitcoin, and we offer 10% off to all Bitcoin payments! For those who don’t know about Bitcoins yet, check this resource https://www.weusecoins.com/en/
3) As we cleaned up from spam (more than 100,000 spam records were deleted) we decided to disable forums and journals for free users. For those who still need this and rely on this functionality, please contact us, and we will enable forums and journals for you.
4) Complaint page is now working.
5) We fixed adding geolocation on a map.
6) Now, when you share a photo or album on Facebook we will display your photo instead of an avatar. Please test and let us know if this works for you.
7) We returned few elements from old home page, like many of you have asked. Please let us know what else would you like to see.
8) You can login to Fotki with your Facebook and Google accounts! Much faster and easier!
9) We hired one of our old Fotki member to help us with customer service issues, you will be getting answers much faster now.
10) And, we reduced prices for data transfer and storage! It is only 3 cents a GB.
Our personal move and datacenter move is over. We have settled and we are back in business. We have a long long to-do list, but we are open for your ideas and suggestions!
Dear Fotki members,
Sorry for the long silence. It was very hectic time for us. Not only did we move Fotki servers from New York to Tallinn but also our team moved to Europe as well. It took us three months to get our stuff. We are finishing packing and organizing. While our stuff was traveling we were working hard to bring all of your photos and videos back online. We would like to report that move is done but there are some unresolved issues. 90% of photos and videos are back online. We are trying to bring the rest back online as fast as possible.
Our datacenter which we built last year is working perfectly. We are glad that we made the decision to move here. Now we have full control of our servers. Connection is much faster and we are far away from east American regular hurricane issues.
Starting next week we will improve our customer service response time. We would also like to involve you again our members to improve Fotki site to make it better community. If you would like to get involved, we would like to hear from you.
Let’s work together to innovate and make our life online more enjoyable!
Dear Fotki members!
There is no time more fitting to say ~ THANK YOU ~ and to wish you and your family the very best for the holiday season and a year of health, happiness and prosperity. We are deeply thankful and would like to express our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. Happy Holidays!
With your help and support we were able to move servers from New York to Tallinn, Estonia. We still have some work to do but most importantly your photos and videos are back online. Have fun!
Starting December 25th and until January 20, Fotki Premium Membership is just $1.27 a month!
We have always been saying how lucky we are to have our community knitted of such kind, amazing and talented members like yourselves. It's incredible how diverse we are and how many different careers, hobbies and good causes we pursue all the while not forgetting to capture a few great photos to share and remember.
A few days ago we've learned the story of one of our Fotkins - Gary G. Schempp, and would like to share it with you here. If you know GaryGS1, you are probably familiar with his work, but if not, we invite you to his page
where he keeps visual journals about what he does day after day - helping the Nature! Many of us know that it has been struggling from human actions and so sometimes human actions are needed again to counterbalance. Gary does his part by relocating honeybees from house structures and other inappropriate places to the bee farm where they can live, flourish and keep pollinating! For the past few years researchers have been concerned about the drop in honeybee population but if Gary and people like him continue to rescue the bees and ensure their survival, there will always be hope.
In one recent case
in April, written about by The Inquirer, Gary had removed an astonishing 30,000 honeybees from the attic of one couple's home in New Jersey where his organization - Busy Bees NJ
Busy Bees is also part of the The New Jersey Beekeprs Organization
that has over 2500 active bee savers! These people really love what they do and our Gary is ever so brave and passionate about helping people and nature around him and changing the world in his own way little by little that we feel greatly proud having him with us.
Thank you, Gary Schempp, for making our world a better place, showing your work in photos to inspire others and setting a wonderful example for all. Please keep going and know that we supports your cause and wish your great achievements now and in the future. We hope that other members will learn more about honeybees and the work you do for them and will give you and Busy Bees NJ all the support it needs!
We know Gary's story is not the only one amazing out there and we encourage our members to share what they do - we're interested to hear all about it!
We hope you all had a wonderful April and will be enjoying its last weekend before starting fresh in May. To make it even sweeter for you, we have released a new Fotki Mobile version you have been waiting for! If you haven't been prompted to update by your device, simply visit the App Store and search for Fotki. You will see our new 1.1 version and a brief description of what's been added or improved in this release.
The most important things that everyone was asking for are the ability to create albums right from your iPhone or iPad, view more than a 100 pictures at a time and have your photos and videos the right side up when you upload them!
Once you download the new version and log into your account, you can choose between Public or Private home and then check out the new "Actions" menu:
From there, you can either opt to take a second create a new album for your next upload:
or refresh a folder to view your latest upload. The latter will even happen automatically once your current upload is complete and you click "Done".
To simplify the process, we have removed the unnecessary extra steps of choosing between uploading from your roll and uploading a freshly taken shot so now you can go straight to your roll and pick the photos you want to upload. They will now upload as original, high-quality pictures and have their complete EXIF information attached to them!
Uploading process itself is now more convenient with a clear progress report:
and you can always send it to the background to continue using your device while your photos upload. Once the process is complete, you will be notified with a reassuring green checkmark and that's that!
Please enjoy the new conveniences and don't forget to share your thoughts with us. As always, feedback and new ideas are most welcomed!
We're excited to let you know about our new Desktops for both Windows and Mac users! Although we have long been having a desktop uploading option for for our PC members, we keep working on it to make it even better and convenient for you. We invite you to download and check out the new Fotki PC Desktop that eliminates the old problems you've made us aware of and also makes it a little easier to upload your pictures.
One of the most important improvements is that if, by any chance, some of your photos fail to upload, new Fotki Desktop will automatically catch those missing pictures and make up to 5 attempts to re-upload them without your interference. No more incomplete uploads! Another great news that we know you'll love is that re-size feature is now fixed and your can go up to 1600px in size with all your Exif info still in place! To make your life even easier, we have also included an auto-sign-in feature that we allow you to be automatically connected to Fotki whenever you open your Desktop. Other changes include a different header image and the ability to see the exact number of pictures you are uploading to any particular album, and if you find that you're missing your "upload automatically to new album" option, don't worry - it's just been moved to the "options" section and is still available for your convenience. Please enjoy and let us know what you think!
Mac users who have previously been uploading mostly via Java uploaders now have their own Desktop to enjoy! We know you have been waiting for a chance to easily upload from your iPhoto and now you can. As always, Fotki Desktop is free for all of our precious members and can be found at the all-familiar app Store. Just type in "Fotki" in its search bar and you will see our icon with the yellow folder on it:
Download it, find it in your launchpad and voila! Don't worry if it seems like nothing is happening - we simply don't want to disturb your session and are staying quite discrete. Look at the very top bar of your Mac and you will see our little icon:
When you need to work with the desktop, simply click on the icon and you will see a small drop-down menu that will allow you to log-in and upload your images:
You sign in as usual, but you will only need to do this once and the Desktop will automatically remember you so you can always be ready to upload without any additional hassle:
Now that you're ready to upload your pictures, choose this option from the menu and you will see a window that looks like this:
If you click the "+" sign, you will be able to add pictures for uploading from anywhere on your Mac - any folder or application! You can either do it by browsing, or you can simply drag and drop your selection into the window. Even better, you can drag and drop batch selections right onto the little icon, without opening any windows! It will work too. You can drop your pictures, then take a pause, work or something else if you want, or add more pictures later on and when you're done and ready to upload, choose this option from the menu to open the uploading window. Pick an album, click "Upload" and the process will start. You will see each picture's path highlighted in green as it gets uploaded and in the end you will see the final report which will tell you if you have accidentally tried to upload the same picture twice or if any of the uploads have failed:
Once you make sure everything is alright, you can go right into your newly updated album. Clicking the link at the bottom of your uploading window will take you right to your Fotki page and, without any need to sing-in again, you will be in your album, enjoying the pictures you have just added. It's that easy!
Whichever Desktop you choose, we hope you will find it one of the most useful tools you have when working with your pictures. Life is easy when it comes to uploading photos to your Fotki page! Want to make it even better? Tell us how! We're always here to hear you out and take your advice seriously, so please come and share your thoughts.
We have another exciting update for you! Don't you just love when it's good news all around, one after another? We know you've been patiently waiting for this one and now it's finally here, up and running. Fotki app will work for your iPhone, iPad and iPod and is extremely easy to use. We aimed for simplicity and functionality but it's up to you to place the final verdict which we hope you'll leave in comments for us to read.
So, here's our app in more detail:
1) Look for it in the app store. Just type in "Fotki" and the first result you'll see will be it. You'll recognize it by familiar Fotki logo :)
2) You can read more about it and what it does when you click on the icon and install the app for free. It will only take up 2.8MB of your space, less that a good-quality song.
3) Once the app is installed and you open it up, you'll see the usual log-in screen where you enter your user name and password
4) You can then click on "My albums" and see your again familiar Public and Private home domains
5) Enter one of your albums and you will see the pictures that are in it. You can then use your device to view them full-size and enjoy on your own or show to friends and family.
6) Perhaps one of the greatest things about our app is that it allows you to upload photos right from your device! No more transfers required!
Look up while in album view and you will see the upload button
7) Click on it and see the following two options:
Please note at this point that uploading from a gallery will work only if you have Location Services turned on. Otherwise, the following message will appear:
You can easily get out of this situation by clicking "settings". Your device will forward you to a section where you can turn on Location Services for Fotki app:
8) Once you're done, you can get back to the app and upload pictures from the photo gallery into one of your albums. Remember, you can only upload if you picked an album and are in it because our app needs to know where exactly you want your photos to be.
When you click "upload" you will be transfered to your device gallery and be able to choose the pictures that you want to upload. Click "Done" located at the top of the screen and your upload will start:
9) You will receive a notification once your upload is complete.
To view your newly uploaded pictures, move back into the album and refresh it by exiting and entering it again.
That's it! Try it and let us know what you think. We hope you'll enjoy it!
It's been some time since we've last met here and we know we have promised some of you that we will revive our blog very soon, so at last, here we are!
As before, we will be sharing our news here, drawing your attention to everything important and exciting so you can make the best out of Fotki.
Today, we're happy to let you know that Adobe Lightroom plugin is finally available. Some of you have been asking and waiting for it, so please enjoy! For those of you who are not familiar with this application, Adobe Lightroom is a photography software program developed by Adobe Systems for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, designed to assist Adobe Photoshop users in managing large quantities of digital images and doing post production work. You can read more about it at http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/
Here are detailed instructions on how to install this plugin:
1) Go to Fotki download page and download Fotki Lightroom Publishing Service at http://downloads.fotki.com/
2) Unzip it and place it somewhere where it will stay (after you add it to Adobe Lightroom, you can not delete it)
3) Press + icon in Publishing Services panel on the left, and choose first item “Go to Publishing Manager...”
4) In the Lightroom Publisher Manager, click on “Plug-in Manager...” in the left bottom corner:
5) In the Lightroom Plug-in Manager, click on “Add” at the bottom left panel and tell Lightroom where you stored Fotki Lightroom plug-in, and press “Add Plug-in”.
6) Now press “Done” in Lightroom Plug-in Manager, select “Fotki” in the Lightroom Publisher Manager and enter your Fotki username and password and press “Login”. You also need to select which album will be used for publishing, press “Save” and you are ready to go!
Also, we tested and made sure that our plug-in works on beta version of upcoming Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 as great as in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.0.
All feedback is welcomed! Leave your comments and questions for us and we will try our best to address them in the next release of the plug-in.
Today we would like to tell you about our new uploading tool. Please welcome Drag&Drop upload.
Please follow steps below to start your upload.
- Open album you want to upload to.
- Select photos you want to upload.
- Drag them to the opened album on Fotki
- Click "X" sign when upload is completed (you will see "OK" sign next to uploaded file).
- Reload the page to see uploaded files.
Please share your feedback and enjoy uploading new photos to your Fotki.
Experiment and have fun!
This Wednesday, please meet a great photographer from Greece Zlatko-Visko
and check this amazing collection of boats
, underwater creatures
and more. Take a trip to Lake of Como
and magnificent Venice
, featured by ambra2006
Check other beautiful photos we have discovered for you this week.
Enjoy and share your Fotki findings.
Today we will talk about the difference of Public Home and Private Home folders.
As you may know Fotki offers more privacy features than any other photo web site. Private Home is one of them. But let's start at the very beginning!
This folder is your general sharing folder on Fotki. All albums and folders uploaded here will be visible to your visitors (unless you password protect
them using other privacy tools).
This folder is for your very private photos. Private Home is invisible to your visitors, search engines and so on. Only account owner can see it after login.
However if you wish to share this folder, you can adjust its "Sharing settings"
. Go to any folder under "Private Home"
and click on "Sharing"
link in the menu on your left. Authorize another Fotki member by choosing his/her user name from the list of your Fotki friends and "Save" changes.
After this change, your authorized friend will be able to see shared content on your account, under new "Shared Home"
This new folder will be visible only to him/her, so you won't notice any difference, except now all your shared folders will get a "hand" icon.
Don't miss our next Tips&Trips
article next Monday.
Experiment and have fun!