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So are we staying with Flickr?

04/06/2013

I must confess, I was horrified at the changes wrought on Flickr this past week. Even more horrified when I see that in spite of the mass of negative feedback, both from the beta test group and subsequently from users, Yahoo/Flickr are as usual ignoring it all and making no noticeable effort to change what they have done.

Flickr is now unusable on my iPad unless I add
?details=1
to the URL of any of my contacts photostreams, or my own. The banner remains but the view is like the previous version. I dont get out of memory errors on the iPad if I use it. Sadly that workaround doesnt work for sets or anything else. Just the photostream.

Time to look for something new. I’ve been trying a few since the 20th..

1. Ipernity
2. Mejuba
3. Smugmug
4. Zenfolio
5. Photobucket

Only ipernity gives a Flickr-like experience and it carries, in its free version, the same restrictions as the free Flickr did… upload as much as you like (but no more than 200 a month, and only 200 of your photographs will be visible. You’ll get ads as well). To get full access with no restrictions, its around 40EU a year. On the exchange with AUD that makes it more expensive that either Zenfolio or Smugmug, and less appealing than the free Flickr which carries ads, but gives you 1TB of space. Guess I’ll stay put for now and consider the others.

oh yeah, Mejuba has not yet made the cut: it seems to have lost all my flickr imports… they appear to be there but you cant actually see them. It might have been my Flickr replacement and may still be if I can get some notion of where my imported shots landed. And Ipernity is trying to find out for me why it rejected a photograph of a lens I tried to post.

These things are sent to try us.

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  1. Luca
    12/06/2013 at 5:49 am

    Actually, Ipernity’s 12 months Club subscription costs 24.90 EUR (about 35 AUD). Or did I miss something? Cheers! :)

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  2. 12/06/2013 at 6:02 am

    Luca :

    Actually, Ipernity’s 12 months Club subscription costs 24.90 EUR (about 35 AUD). Or did I miss something? Cheers! :)

    Yes, You are quite right. I must have been looking at the 24 month which translates to around $63 for two years.

    Either way, I’ve decided to stay put at Flickr for the additional space and the lack of restriction that exists for free accounts. I dont want to go back to only having 200 images on display and no way of getting at them should I need to download.

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  3. 12/06/2013 at 6:33 am

    Absolutely. Good points. Nevertheless I can’t wrap my head around that brute-force way of change. It’s not even about the layout. As a web designer I understand the need of innovation and site overhauls, but they ripped a whole platform/community of its “PRO” roots. But I’m off topic here; this already being discussed ad nasueam in the Flickr forums.

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  4. 12/06/2013 at 7:56 am

    de:code :

    Absolutely. Good points. Nevertheless I can’t wrap my head around that brute-force way of change. It’s not even about the layout. As a web designer I understand the need of innovation and site overhauls, but they ripped a whole platform/community of its “PRO” roots. But I’m off topic here; this already being discussed ad nasueam in the Flickr forums.

    Yes, it was pretty nasty, how they went about it, but lets face it, in most of these large entities, they know exactly what they intend, and all they hope for with beta users is to get a stamp of approval. That means nothing, in the long run, when they intend to go with what they wanted. That was pretty clear when in the forums everyone was moaning about the changes but were told, basically, tough shit, its not going to be as it was.

    So what are you doing? a move to iPernity? I had them import a bunch of stuff from flickr, but then the plugin failed and wouldnt import more than 70 and it told me I had reached my limit (huh?) … so I am going to be deleting my iPernity accounttttt (again) and won’t go back.

    Mejuba never bothered to respond to my enquiry about where my Flickr imports landed so I deleted that account also. I noted in their forums, others had had random deletions of photographs as well. Mejuba is dead to me.

    Photobucket might be OK but its fugly.

    So… Flickr.

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