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This new service looks really great. I'll probably extend my paid time because of it. Anyway, I have a suggestion, but I've no idea how feasible it will be. I already have alot of pictures stored elsewhere on the web that I'd like to transfer over to fotobilder. Rather than me downloading the pictures to my computer and uploading them again, would it be possible to add the fucntionality to do this? Obviously, with the way other photo hosting sites organise their sites, it'd be hard to automate the process for those sites, but for plain /user/gallery/picture.jpg format, it might not be too hard to do?

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Date:September 4th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
I know nothing about programming, but I've wondered the same thing. What I have imagined is an application that would fetch images the same way a journal post does; You paste their current URL onto a page or into a client and then, instead of fetching them just to the computer reading the page, the ap would put them into a folder on the new hosting site, to be sorted into galleries later. That way, I would only have to send for those images I wanted to keep, and not entire galleries. Of course, I have no idea if such a thing is even possible, let alone how complicated it would be to make it, assuming it could be made at all.

And even that would still leave the problem of going back through my old posts and changing the HTML so the images can be fetched to them from the new URL, and that's an even bigger pain in the ass. (In fact, I'll probably never find all the image posts I've made to communities.) It would be exptremely cool if LJ had some sort of internal search by which it could find all those old posts with image files in them, by checking my journal and communities against the incoming URL's, and then attaching some sort of automatic re-direct to the image URL's original posts. But I'm probably fantasizing about something that isn't anywhere near doable at the current state of the art.
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Date:September 5th, 2004 01:27 am (UTC)
The perl client can do this, if you have command-line access to the servers your pictures are on. Get it here:

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Date:September 5th, 2004 06:22 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks!
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Date:September 5th, 2004 07:42 am (UTC)
When I read this, I was imagining another box on the upload page that instead of hitting the browse button, you paste or type in a URL, and then hit upload.
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Date:September 5th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)
We've talked about writing some conversion tools from popular image gallery software like iPhoto, etc. As far as import support from third party websites, we won't be screen scraping from them or anything, so it all depends on what type of export functionality they have. :-/
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