July 25th, 2004

Feedback Post

I thought I was pretty net saavy. I code my own websites, and am fairly familiar with LJ. And yet, I was completely lost with the photo service.

I managed to upload pictures. That was easy. No problem.

But then I tried to figure out how to post the pictures.

From skimming previous posts here, I was under the assumption that there was a button or option or something, but I couldn't find anything like that. Finally, I just went to the "View Your Pictures" option, and clicked on a photo until I got to the full sized picture, then copy/pasted the URL. This can't possibly be the intended method of using the program but it's the only way I could figure out to do it.

I also must second someone else's complaint about the file names changing. The random number/letter combinations make it really hard to tell what's what when just looking at filenames.

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate all the hard work ya'll are doing and I think this is great. I'm really glad it's getting tested to high-heaven before it goes "live".


1. There needs to be a means to view, move, and delete pictures that are not part of a gallery - at present, I cannot find any means to do so.

2. A Mac client (OS X, specifically) would make things so much easier for me; even though I am using 10.3.x, something that works on 10.1.x would work quite nicely.

No response from server on upload?

While it's entirely posssible that my FotoBilder client (SVN-42 as I write) is quite b0rken, I seem to be getting a lot of incidents where I get *no* acknowledgement from the server (no HTTP headers or body)- although the image uploads sucessfully. Either I've made an error in the socket handling, or the server's being incredibly recalcitrant.

If anyone's familiar with PHP and can eyeball the HTTP transmit code, it's the function http_request->send() in backend/core/httpfuncs.php that's responsible.

Feedback on the Perl client

I seem to recall seeing this before: the Perl client gives the error "No disk space remaining for your account." if you don't have any galleries defined. I just tested it, and it does not do it if you have a gallery, even if you don't specify one on the command line.

It might be worthwhile adding the ~/.fotoup.conf documentation to the usage printout if you don't have one yet. I was expecting it, but only because I'd read the code.

Other than those minor issues, it's a fine piece of work. The ability to back up your photos is just wonderful (though I haven't tried it yet).