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2012-04-28
10:23 PM

Update for Fotki iPhone app is now available!

Hello Everyone,

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!

2012-04-14
11:05 PM

Introducing Fotki Desktop for Mac and Releasing a New Version for Windows

Hi Everyone!

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.


Always Yours,

Fotki Team



2012-03-04
6:52 PM

Fotki iPhone/iPad App is here!

Dear all,

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!

Always yours,

Fotki Team





2012-02-14
11:04 PM

Fotki Announces Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Publishing Service

Hello All!

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.


Always yours,
Fotki Team

2011-07-26
10:20 PM

Tips&Tricks. Drag&Drop upload.

Greetings Fotkins,

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.

Contest Types

  1. Open album you want to upload to.
  2. Select photos you want to upload.
  3. Drag them to the opened album on Fotki
  4. Click "X" sign when upload is completed (you will see "OK" sign next to uploaded file).
  5. Reload the page to see uploaded files.





Please share your feedback and enjoy uploading new photos to your Fotki.

Experiment and have fun!

Always Yours,
Fotki Team.

2011-07-04
10:04 AM

Tips&Tricks. Public Home vs Private Home.

Greetings Fotkins,

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!



Public Home

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 or hide them using other privacy tools).

Private Home

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" folder.



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!

Always Yours,
Fotki Team.

2011-06-27
12:43 PM

Tips&Tricks. Weekly contests.

Greetings Fotkins,

Fotki photo contests are the best way to get your photos noticed and a good start if you wish to get valuable feedback from fellow photographers. Of course it's also just plain fun to compete, vote and simply look at great photography.

We would like to encourage you to participate by voting and submitting your photos.

Contest Types

  1. My photo of the week- no particular theme. Anyone can participate. Submit a photo you've selected to show to Fotkins this week.
  2. Digital Art Contest - this contest is for digital art artists. We run this contest once a month.
  3. Themed contest - for this contest we pick one particular theme. Examples : "Waterfalls", "Fog and mist", etc.

Themed contests are the most challenging once, since you are limited to one particular theme. If you like more freedom of imagination, our "My photo of the week" is perfect start for you. Digital art contests are for creative minds and masters of Photoshop.

NB! Remember that you can always suggest a new theme or a new monthly/weekly contest series. Your ideas are welcome.


Submit your photo

  1. Find contest available for new entries.
  2. Click "Submit your entry" link.

NB! If you don't find any contests for photo submission, don't forget to check other open contests and cast your vote.


  1. Check description.
  2. Read and accept our contest rules.
  3. Choose uploading method. You can use Flash uploader (preferably), use HTML upload (works on all computers) or URL upload (allows to upload using direct link to the hosted image)
  4. Fill in "Title" and "Description" (optional).
  5. Submit your photo.

NB! You can always check your entry status here: http://contests.fotki.com/myentries/


Share and follow

You can invite your friends to participate in Fotki contests using either Facebook or Twitter icons on top.

You can also follow us on Twitter by adding Fotki to your "follow list" or subscribe to our RSS channel.



Don't miss our next Tips&Trips article next Monday.

Experiment and have fun!

Always Yours,
Fotki Team.

2011-06-20
9:39 AM

Tips&Tricks. Virtual Gifts.

Greetings Fotkins,

Did you know that you can send Virtual Gifts to your friends straight from their user pic?

  1. Hover your mouse over the user pic to bring up hidden options.
  2. Click on "Send virtual gift" link.
  3. Choose your gift.
  4. Enter your text and send it either under your user name or anonymously.




Another way to send your friend a gift is to click on "Send a virtual gift" link on their page. Check the following screen shot.



Don't miss our next Tips&Trips article next Monday.

Experiment and have fun!

Always Yours,
Fotki Team.

2011-05-30
10:31 AM

Tips&Tricks. Rearrange, rotate and other bulk actions.

Greetings Fotkins,

Fotki makes your photo organizing task easier with bulk options. Now let's take them down one by one


Rearrange.

To rearrange your album photos, you don't have to select them, just click on Rearrange to select appropriate method and order.


  1. Filename numeric.
  2. Filename alphabetic.
  3. Title. Sort your photos by title name and ignore filenames.
  4. Upload. Sort photos by upload order.
  5. Exif date. Will check image exif date.
  6. Manual. Allows you to put numbers beneath your photos in desired order.

Move/Copy/Edit selected.

Allows you to select photos you want to move, copy or delete and then apply bulk action to selected files.

  1. Select files you want to apply bulk action.
  2. Click "Move/Copy Selected" if you wish to move or copy files to another album.
  3. Click on "Delete Selected" to delete selected files.

Show Links.

This options allows you to get URLs of your images for posting on other websites, forums and blogs in a bulk.

  1. Select images you want to post on another site or click "Select all" if you want to check all images on that page.
  2. When they're selected, click on "Show Links" option in the menu on your left.
  3. Now you can easily copy and paste links to your images on other sites.
Read more

Don't miss our next Tips&Trips article next Monday.

Experiment and have fun!

Always Yours,
Fotki Team.

2011-05-23
10:18 AM

Tips&Tricks. Several ways to rearrange your albums.

Greetings Fotkins,

Today we show you different ways to sort and rearrange your albums.

Account Settings.

This is the most easiest way to create general sorting rule for all your albums.


  1. Go to your account setting and click change next to "Folders".
  2. Find "Sort Albums in Folders" setting. It allows you to sort albums ascending/descending by album Create Date, Update date, Date taken and Album name.

Manual Sorting.

Click Up and Down arrows to move your albums.


To move some of your albums to another folder follow these steps:

  1. Select albums you want to move.
  2. Click "Move Selected To" link in the menu on your left.
  3. Choose the destination folder.


In our next article we show you how to rearrange photos inside your album and copy/move them to other albums.

Experiment and have fun!

Always Yours,
Fotki Team.

2011-05-16
2:32 PM

Tips&Tricks. "Account Information" and "Affiliate Program" settings explained.

Greetings Fotkins,

We continue to explore most interesting parts of your "My Account" page. Today learn something new about "Account Information" and "Affiliate Program" sections. Click here to begin.


Account Information.

  1. "Albums space used" - total amount of space used by your photo originals.
  2. "Video space used" - if you use our video hosting service, then you can see here total amount of videos uploaded to your Fotki account.
  3. "Total space used" - this is the total of your photos + videos.
  4. "Photo space limit" - if you have a Premium account, then there is no limit on amount of photos you can upload.
  5. "Email" - this is the contact email we use for sending important notifications, newsletters and to verify your identify.
Here you can also find links for renewing your Premium subscription, changing contact email, resetting your account password and PIN protection.


Affiliate program. Click here to learn more.

  1. "Affiliated members" - number of new members who used your link to open their Fotki account.
  2. "Registration link" - click this link to get referral link, which you can use to invite friends to Fotki.
  3. "Affiliate statistics" - check how much you earned through our referral program.

We hope this brief introduction to your "My Account" page was useful to you and you are ready to discover more. Check our next Tips&Tricks article soon.

Experiment and have fun!

Always Yours,
Fotki Team.

2010-04-24
11:59 PM

Finally on Fotki - upload VIDEO to your albums!

Video
Uploading
Great news today! We know a lot of you waited for this service for a very long time and finally we did it. Now Fotki offers video hosting service to all its members at unbeatable price (as always).

Please check our HELP article about video uploading. It is EASY.

Do things that other video sites will NOT let you do!

  1. You can organize and archive videos into albums and folders (no video sites offer that).
  2. There are no text and video ads in the videos, or around them.
  3. You can store videos mixed with photos in albums like "My wedding" or "Jim's birthday. It's easy to store and share your media files from the same even this way. One link to your videos and photos.
  4. Organizing, tagging, archiving your videos and photos in one place.
  5. PLUS! You can actually monetize your video content by keeping it in a password-protected album and selling access to it for money!

All this for absolutely unbeatable price of 8 cents per Gigabyte of storage per month and 8 cents per Gigabyte of traffic. Activate here, and start with depositing just $10, that should last you a long-long time.






Frequently Asked Questions: Video Hosting.



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2010-02-10
5:13 AM

Updates & releases - Fotki Feed Updated.

Hi Fotkins,

Fotki Feed just got some new upgrades from our developers. Let us briefly tell you about them. Here is a quick list of what has been added & updated:

  1. Track your friends Journal updates broadcasted directly to your Feed.
  2. Check out latest entries submitted to our fun and competitive photo Contests.
  3. Now you can also see last comments left under a specific photo right in your Feed by hovering your mouse over the photo.
  4. Some minor bugs you reported to us along the way have been fixed in this release.



Thank you all for your suggestions, interest and overall support. We really appreciate that.
We keep working on improving Fotki Feed, so your suggestions and feedback are welcome, as always.



Quote of the day : “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”

Always Yours,
Fotki Team.