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    webshots is going away

    If you currently use webshots to store photos, you need to read about the changes they're making. First off, any photos or videos currently on webshots will be deleted by November 15. If you don't want to move them to "Smile", the replacement for webshots which will not be free, you need to download them to your computer or to another service before they disappear.

    http://smile.webshots.com/landing

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    thanks for the warning.,.. i think my sister uses this site
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    I don't use it. Seems everyone is trying to find ways to make money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I don't use it. Seems everyone is trying to find ways to make money.
    Or another way of looking at it -

    Everyone wants something for free.

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    duplicate post

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    Yeah, that was an unpleasant surprise.

    The way I found out was totally by chance.
    While linking to a picture, I noticed a typo in my notes and went in to edit it.....but no changes are allowed.
    Instead of the box with all the editing options, there was a big SMILE logo instead.

    It's not so much that the site is going away, it's that the new version, SMILE, has a totally different business plan than Webshots did (even though it's the same founders), which excludes a ton of current users in the hopes, I guess, of acquiring new users for the new service.

    So it's not just a case of now charging for the basic service - which I would have been fine with - I think most rational people can understand it costs money to store all those photographs and maintain the site.
    And I was NEVER bothered, or quite frankly, even noticed, any advertising as an unpaid member.

    To be honest, I just used it for my quilt album - at the time, it was the easiest-to-use site out there, and had enough features for my limited needs.
    I'm glad I did because after the Great Hard Crash of 2010, those were the only photos I had left.

    Apparently, even if you opted for the new service, the automatic transfer over was/is a hot mess - instead of nicely organize and annotated albums, they just got dumped.
    Including those of paid webshots users.

    The level of anger and ire on the boards/blogs associated with users was the highest I've seen in a long time - especially about the almost total lack of communication about the change-over.

    You have until Dec 1 to download your photos off of the old webshots site before they go POOF for good!!
    Last edited by MTS; 10-09-2012 at 06:35 AM.

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    I think most people are more or less okay with being charged with a service 'up front'

    I know I get upset when a service was 'free' or 'included' before - and THEN I start to get charged for it.

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    I have some photos on webshots that I don't have anywhere is because of partial crash and/or lazy repair guy and cannot, at this point retrieve them. Thanks for the warning. I will have to work on this.
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    I have my photos organized the way I want them. Now, I need to figure out what I want to do. I think I would have been ok with them saying they can't be free anymore, I just don't like they are changing it completely.

    What other photo sharing sites do you use? I have some on fliker, but it limits the free ones to 200.

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    I've used photobucket but that was mostly for eBay auctions - linking additional pictures so I didn't have to pay more in fees.
    I never bothered to organize it nicely since it was just my "workspace."

    And I noticed on their blog that they're in the process of testing a beta revamp - so who knows how that will end up.

    Flickr is only $25/year (to view more than of the most 200 recent pics) -which is fine - but I've never been crazy about the interface.

    I'm guessing all those sites are all moving in the same direction - assuming that users are trying to/want to consolidate their photos, currently located on multiple sites and devices - and want to share them with the world.

    Not me.
    I'll deal with the next week.

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    Thanks for the heads up. I have photos on there from my fostering days I will most definately move them to my computer.

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    I don't like that they are automatically uploading the photos from your computer. I didn't see anything about being charged for the service when they changed.

    I can't get it to change the wallpaper on my computer. Anybody have any suggestions? Using the normal Microsoft won't work with the Webshots/Smile to change it either.
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    Haven't tried it yet but it should make life a bit easier - download all your photos into zip files:
    http://help.getsmileapp.com/customer...os-and-videos-

    @MaggieLou:
    Smile is having a free trial period before the changeover. Then it's paid membership only.

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    I'm so darn "technical dumb" that I have no idea what to do. Can anyone here help me with "non-tech" instructions? Or what will happen if I just ignore their instructions?

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    If you ignore their instructions and do nothing, then on Dec 1, any photos still on the webshots site will be gone.
    As in...POOF.

    If you follow the link I posted upthread (in the post right before yours), it will take you to a page where you can elect to download all your photos - webshots/smile is providing this service.

    You sign in and click on DOWNLOAD and you'll shortly (not immediately) receive a link to the .zip file(s) you can download to your home PC or laptop.
    That file will only be available for two weeks.
    You can request it again, but only if the photos are still on the webshots site.

    Not difficult at all.

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    I did the download from webshots , got an email with a little orange bar that says download your photos and videos and it doesn't do anything. I tried to click on it. Back to the help section over there I guess but it is progress? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts View Post
    I did the download from webshots , got an email with a little orange bar that says download your photos and videos and it doesn't do anything. I tried to click on it. Back to the help section over there I guess but it is progress? lol
    Okay, I did mine.
    Weird.
    I got the email and clicked the link. My webshots email is an old aol.com address.
    When I went into AOL webmail, the link (orange bar) would not work.
    However, when I went in via the AOL portal, the link opened a web page that allowed me to download it.
    Mine was one zip file, but I had under 300 pictures.


    So that's weird. I open links from within AOL (web) all the time so I don't know what's going on.
    And it seems your issue is similar.
    Like I said, weird.

    And what a cluster&(&W the download is - it's like SMILE doesn't even care about wooing existing users over.

    My zip file, when unzipped, opens to contain 14 files (= 14 albums I had online, so that's a good sign).
    And each folder has the pictures that were online ..but now with some long arbitrary alpha/numeric name.
    Certainly not how I ever named them.

    And all my notes that were associated with each picture aren't attached in anyway.
    So I guess I'm going to have to go in manually and CAP them into word or something temporarily if I want to save them.

    And my pictures on the SMILE site-
    Just one file with all the pictures in no recognizable order.

    You know, they're quilt pictures of my quilts mostly, so they're easily identifiable and I could probably reorder them relatively easily.
    But I really feel for people who had thousands of photos...where do they even begin?

    Were you successful in downloading your pics?
    Last edited by MTS; 10-10-2012 at 04:59 PM.

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    mine is a yahoo address. I tried to go into my mail different ways and it didn't help. I still can't open it. I sent them a message it says to wait 72 hours. I can't even copy and paste my pictures. It do have some of my foster babies on there that I don't have anywhere else anymore. I am NOT amused.

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    The more I keep reading, the more I just don't get it.

    This from the Smile site:
    How is Smile different from other photo services?

    Smile focuses on two things: 1) creating one secure place for your family's images and 2) making it easy to effortlessly share photos with close friends and family. Many people nowadays have their photos scattered on various computers, phones, disk drives and cameras, not to mention sites like Facebook and Flickr. And they’re worried about losing them. Smile solves this problem by organizing all your photos in one place and securely storing them in the cloud. Smile also lets you share life’s experiences and events with close family and friends instantly, without having to upload, tag or edit photos.

    So even if I wanted to send you a link to my quilt pictures in my photostream, and you were a paying member at Smile as well, I don't see a way to direct you to only certain pictures in my photo stream.
    Or vice versa.
    I want to see your new quilt but could care less about your latest cruise pictures.

    Maybe, just maybe, people had their pictures all over the place because they wanted/needed it that way.
    Certain blogs use certain photo hosting sites.
    What happens to all those links that were webshots based.
    You can't even do a mass change to map from webshots.com to smile.com because the names/ID's have been altered.

    And the $15/year they'll be charging - or even the $30 for the upgraded account - is really peanuts.
    I would have gladly paid it if things stayed relatively the same.

    Anyway, back to your problem.
    If you go into your pictures on webshots.com, click on the picture, then select full screen.
    You should be able to right-click and save the image that way.
    A PITA if you have a ton, but if there are some you HAVE to have, then that's a quick way.

    Now I have to go back up the zipfile because I have a history of HD fatal crashes.

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    I have a gmail account. You can download "Google Drive" to your computer. I upload documents, pics, anything else that I want available to my Android phone. I use it as a back up drive. Hope this helps.

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    I finally got them but not from the email they sent. I tried different ways to yet to my yahoo even rebooted just in case that helped. Well it does on some things. lol
    Anyway I ended up going to the webshots /smile site and going through the help questions and the link there took me to the zip files. What a PITA it was. Well in the greater scheme of things maybe not but I just don't want to have to mess with it. Changing my drivers license over was enough to do for one day. LOL

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    Hmm just got an email from Webshots customer service. BTW I don't have Firefox, I don't want Firefox.


    Thank you for contacting Webshots Customer Support. We're sorry that you had this trouble downloading your photos. If you have received notice that your photos are ready to be downloaded, you can use these steps to locate the zip file(s) and save your photos to your computer. Please note that we recommend using the Firefox browser (www.mozilla.org) to access Webshots to download and save your photos.
    1. Go to www.webshots.com by typing the URL in the address bar of Firefox. Sign in to your membership.
    2. Paste http://community.webshots.com/features/downloads in the address bar of Firefox.
    3. Click the "Download my personal photos" button. If your photos are ready to be saved, you'll see the zip file(s) after clicking the Download button.
    4. Your photos will be bundled into manageable Zip files. Your videos and Picture Show videos will be listed as individual links for download.
    5. When you click on the link for a zip file, winzip will open. This will show the albums (folders) included in the zip file. Select a folder and then click Extract. Now, choose a folder on your computer to save the photos to and click extract at the bottom of the window. Repeat this process for each folder in the zip file.
    7. If you have more than one Webshots membership, you will need to log in and initiate the download process within each of your Webshots accounts.
    SPECIAL NOTE: The files you download in this process will be available for 2 weeks. Please DO NOT DELETE OR MOVE YOUR PHOTOS AND VIDEOS from Webshots until you have downloaded and saved all the files to your computer or other storage media! If you miss the two week window, you can initiate the download process again, but ONLY IF YOU HAVE NOT DELETED YOUR PHOTOS from Webshots.
    PLEASE be aware that once photos are deleted, we are unable to recover them! DO NOT DELETE any personal photos or videos until after you have securely downloaded and saved them to your personal computer or storage media.
    Eventually, the Webshots site will completely close and all photos and videos will be deleted from our database. After the closing date, personal photos or videos will no longer be available. Please save your personal photos as soon as possible!
    Thank you,
    Dennis R.
    Your Customer Support Representative
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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts View Post
    Hmm just got an email from Webshots customer service. BTW I don't have Firefox, I don't want Firefox.
    Huh.
    And I was using Firefox when I tried and it didn't work for me.
    Go figure.

    Well, at least you have your photos.

    eta: Here's a more detailed explanation of what and why the changes were being made.
    It does explain a lot.
    This is a webshots community set up on Flickr:
    The email from Penny Adams starts a bit further down.
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/wscommu...7631725916517/

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    I'm glad I never uploaded any of my pics to webshots. I just used them for the wallpaper and screensavers. Does anyone know if that will still be available and if there will be a cost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou View Post
    I'm glad I never uploaded any of my pics to webshots. I just used them for the wallpaper and screensavers. Does anyone know if that will still be available and if there will be a cost?
    I would suggest....reading the posts in this thread.

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