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Title: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Maxx-7D on May 21, 2013, 11:52:28 AM
I try my best not to be the guy that resists change, just because of change, but so far I am not liking the new Flickr. I will keep at it, but the user interface seems like there are less options.

Anyway, I know it is new and will give it some time to grow on me.

Thoughts from others??
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: vaughaag on May 21, 2013, 02:51:57 PM
IMO they are trying to compete too much with 500px.

To me where Flickr are failing though is the clunky coding of their site. The updated site takes allot longer to load, is not as smooth as the old site (or 500px) with a much clunkier feel.

This 'flat' tile look seems to becoming the trent at the minute and I am sure they will work the speed issues out soon enough :)

Dave
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Maxx-7D on May 21, 2013, 03:06:39 PM
First thing I thought when I opened Flickr up was, oops I went to 500px by mistake! :)
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: vaughaag on May 21, 2013, 05:57:03 PM
I must admit, I am getting a little annoyed with the 'new' site! Trying to navigate around is like accessing the site on old 486. Pictures are taking an age to load if they do at all, the site is jumping all over the place and just not working how it should.

:(
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Frank [aka Wires] on May 21, 2013, 06:25:27 PM
I've not spent a lot of time on the new Flickr site yet - initially it look OK to me and loaded quite well! Could be it misbehaving with other users trying to find their way around the new set up Dave (vaughaag) and the time that's taking.

In mentioning 500px... I'm not sure about that site at the moment. They have changed (increased) the subs for it I feel quite considerably... although there was the option to by as many years as you wanted to - 1 at a time! - before the deadline they gave for doing so. I didn't buy 'extra' years and really don't know if I will...

It will be interesting to see if Flickr will increase the cost of their Pro account later - although they state it stays the same... at the moment.
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Maxx-7D on May 21, 2013, 10:47:59 PM
I must admit, I am getting a little annoyed with the 'new' site! Trying to navigate around is like accessing the site on old 486. Pictures are taking an age to load if they do at all, the site is jumping all over the place and just not working how it should.

:(


Definitely looks like they are having some issues today. I seem to be missing some photos as well. And I have a set of a friend's wedding that is private, took me a long time to verify that it was still private.  Logged on yesterday with no issues. Some growing pains perhaps. Will wait and see.
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Maxx-7D on May 21, 2013, 10:51:25 PM
oops
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: vaughaag on May 22, 2013, 02:16:04 PM
I got fed up last night, backed up all my pictures using Pi.pe and cancelled my pro subscription.

I have noticed that the site has changed a little again this morning, no doubt in an effort to speed it up and make the experience a little better.

Dave
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Maxx-7D on May 22, 2013, 02:57:38 PM
Are they refunding any if your pro account fees?  Just curious cause I had resigned up for 2 years earlier this spring. Would hate to just give them that money if I decided to leave. Gonna give it more time though.

Thanks
Fred
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: vaughaag on May 22, 2013, 03:26:44 PM
Are they refunding any if your pro account fees?  Just curious cause I had resigned up for 2 years earlier this spring. Would hate to just give them that money if I decided to leave. Gonna give it more time though.

Thanks
Fred

It said I was due a refund but I only had 4 days left so I wont expect anything.

Dave
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: vaughaag on May 22, 2013, 06:07:08 PM
http://petapixel.com/2013/05/22/flickr-backpedals-gives-all-pro-users-the-chance-to-renew-and-keep-their-benefits/
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: marc pk on May 22, 2013, 06:59:44 PM
I don't understand the need for Flickr pro accounts; I have been following Gary Friedman's age old recommendation: I have three sets of external hard drives: Primary, Secondary and a third which I update every other week and keep in a safe away from home. Sure, the total is now 9 T, but with the declining cost of drives, not an issue. And I get to keep all my RAW files. I use Flickr only to post on DD Forums!
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: vaughaag on May 22, 2013, 09:36:38 PM
Marc,

For me, Flickr Pro was a financially viable option. I share allot of Photographs and Poster, Flyer etc designs with clients. Often they are large files and having them hosted on my own website would have been an very expensive option. Current projects alone sit at 3.2GB.

As far as backup goes, I have that covered with onsite, offsite and cloud storage.

I have just finished setting up a home 'cloud' system as I dont really want to be paying out any more subscriptions than I have too :)

Dave
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Maxx-7D on May 23, 2013, 01:29:48 AM
Are they refunding any if your pro account fees?  Just curious cause I had resigned up for 2 years earlier this spring. Would hate to just give them that money if I decided to leave. Gonna give it more time though.

Thanks
Fred

It said I was due a refund but I only had 4 days left so I wont expect anything.

Dave

Haha, yep not too much left there..lol.

I am just a month or two into a 2 year subscription. So a little more. Still not sure what I will do. Flickr was always a good place to link to my photos. I have never uploaded full size photos there and have all on mine backed up on hard drives. (thanks for that Pi.pe info, that looks very nice.)

I am thinking if I am going to pay for a hosting site, I am liking what I am reading about smugmug. But I don't sell, so maybe Photobucket will be all that I need. Their update made them better, still the old flickr was just so easy to organize and customize. Oh well.  Something I will continue to think about.

Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: vaughaag on May 23, 2013, 02:17:04 AM

Haha, yep not too much left there..lol.

I am just a month or two into a 2 year subscription. So a little more. Still not sure what I will do. Flickr was always a good place to link to my photos. I have never uploaded full size photos there and have all on mine backed up on hard drives. (thanks for that Pi.pe info, that looks very nice.)

I am thinking if I am going to pay for a hosting site, I am liking what I am reading about smugmug. But I don't sell, so maybe Photobucket will be all that I need. Their update made them better, still the old flickr was just so easy to organize and customize. Oh well.  Something I will continue to think about.

As much as I may not like the new layout, clunkyness, the sites slowness and the way Flickr have gone about things ref the Pro accounts, I see no reason to stop using the site as I have done in the past. I cancelled my Pro subscription as it was due for renewal and the 'Free' account would enable me to do everything that i wanted to.

I can deal with the adverts, my browser blocks most of them already and according to Flickr, I am only using 11.36% of the 1TB storage so plenty of scope there.

Dave


Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Maxx-7D on May 23, 2013, 02:45:52 AM

Haha, yep not too much left there..lol.

I am just a month or two into a 2 year subscription. So a little more. Still not sure what I will do. Flickr was always a good place to link to my photos. I have never uploaded full size photos there and have all on mine backed up on hard drives. (thanks for that Pi.pe info, that looks very nice.)

I am thinking if I am going to pay for a hosting site, I am liking what I am reading about smugmug. But I don't sell, so maybe Photobucket will be all that I need. Their update made them better, still the old flickr was just so easy to organize and customize. Oh well.  Something I will continue to think about.

As much as I may not like the new layout, clunkyness, the sites slowness and the way Flickr have gone about things ref the Pro accounts, I see no reason to stop using the site as I have done in the past. I cancelled my Pro subscription as it was due for renewal and the 'Free' account would enable me to do everything that i wanted to.

I can deal with the adverts, my browser blocks most of them already and according to Flickr, I am only using 11.36% of the 1TB storage so plenty of scope there.

Dave

Now that is quite smart there. With that thinking I will definitely go to a free account. Get my refund. With the size photos I upload there, it may take me 20 years to fill up that space...lol.

Thanks Dave for some clear thinking.

Fred
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Gordon McGeachie on May 23, 2013, 06:52:02 AM
just found out that I cant get the banner picture to change because I am using xp, an o/s that (possibly) flickr does not support fully, if so, are they in cahoots with microsoft to get people to change to windows 7 or 8

I am more than happy with xp, i use outlook express for email, which is not supported by windows 7 or 8
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: vaughaag on May 23, 2013, 09:21:34 AM
Hi Gordon,

The problem wont be the Operating System, are you using Internet Explorer? If so IE8 is old tech now and allot of web features are either unavailable or available with reduced features.

Firefox and Chrome work on XP with the new Flickr setup

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaughaag/8788558015/

Rgds,
Dave
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Gordon McGeachie on May 23, 2013, 04:40:44 PM
thanks for that Dave............

might go and download chrome, how much better than IE8 is it, and how do I switch from one browser to another please
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: vaughaag on May 23, 2013, 08:40:15 PM
thanks for that Dave............

might go and download chrome, how much better than IE8 is it, and how do I switch from one browser to another please

Gordon,

I use all three due to work requirements but I prefer Chrome at home. When you download it and install it, you should be asked whether you want to migrate your information.

One thing to be mindful of, the Chrome instillation often asks if you want to install a tool bar. During the installation, chose 'Custom' and uncheck any box's referring to additional software.

All the best,Dave
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Gordon McGeachie on May 24, 2013, 06:54:31 AM
cheers Dave.

I am a bit confused though about what you mean when it says I will be asked if I want to migrate my information, what info would this be?

Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: vaughaag on May 24, 2013, 09:34:56 AM
cheers Dave.

I am a bit confused though about what you mean when it says I will be asked if I want to migrate my information, what info would this be?

Bookmarks, Saved Passwords, Browsing History etc etc
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Gordon McGeachie on May 24, 2013, 09:24:19 PM
cheers Dave.

I am a bit confused though about what you mean when it says I will be asked if I want to migrate my information, what info would this be?

Bookmarks, Saved Passwords, Browsing History etc etc

ah right, with you now................
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Wildmoreway on June 16, 2013, 11:18:18 AM
Similar situation for me with Flickr but using only 0.24 of available storage. I have therefore cancelled my pro account. Quite a few of my contacts have move over to Ipernity so I have set up an account there.
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: pjjohnson on June 16, 2013, 12:20:43 PM
I have been having an on going battle with Yahoo/Flickr about their service - even before it changed. Slow loading, missing thumbnails and pictures, poor browser compatibility and lacklustre support. What I don't get is that you now pay for a Pro account to basically remove the advertising, no extra functions or facilities above the free account (don't know if it removes the upload limit still).

I'm considering cancelling my Flickr account completely - I'm paid up until September which they extended three times for free due to their mistakes.

I have accounts with 500px and PhotoBucket who are up front with their terms of service and also everything works on their sites!

Peter.
Title: Re: Flickr....Really??!!
Post by: Wildmoreway on June 19, 2013, 09:05:58 PM
I am still finding the new Flickr a real bind so most of my content is now going on Ipernity.