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1. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

just got the info from Yahoo that they will close the photo storage.
now I have time till 20.September to move all my photos otherwise the will be deleted from yahoo.
yahoo is reccomending to transfer the photos to flickr,shutterfly,snapfish,or photobucket

I'm absolutly not happy about this since I have 28 albums at yahoo photos and this means round 2000 photos in total.

Where should I create a new account,at flickr or snapfish??
I dont have a clue about shutterfly or photobucket.

can I get some help from somebody here please?
to transfer all this photos one by one will take endless...

thanks for any info

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Interesting they don't recommend Facebook, which aparently is the biggest site in the world now in terms of photos uploaded per month. It's easy to do there, so that would be my recommendation (yahoo probably aren't recommending them because they've tried to buy the site a few times and have been turned down!). The one key consideration with that is that Facebook resize the photos before uploading, rather than keeping the original stored for you. Don't know if this is your only copy of the photos, but if so, then this is not a good option.

Isn't Yahoo offering an easy way to transfer/copy them across to flickr (which they own)? It would be STUPID if they didn't!

3. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

thanks Sam for your fast reply,
yahoo is sorry that it is not possible to move more then one by one photo
if I understood it right it means I cant move a complete album to a new account.It says,upload your photos back to your computer and then to a new account like flickr or snapfish...

I have a lot of my photos at TP but a far bigger amount at the yahoo albums.OK,I still have most photos at picasa,but in case my Computer breaks down then they would be lost,right?
I also dont have the photos resized,I would like to keep them original.
cant tell you how "happy" I am

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4930 posts) 9y

Wow. When news of this broke two months ago, they promised a one-click process to transfer all your photos to any of those services. And now they're saying that won't happen? Yikes...
Uhm, what I would do is wait two or three weeks. If there's anyone technically inclined amongst the yahoo photo users, or if yahoo offers any api whatsoever that a competitor like zoomr could make use of, I'd expect a third-party website to come into existence by then to allow you to automatically transfer your photos. It's a gamble, but it'd be worth it.

Meanwhile, since you have your photos on your computer in picasa, there's no need to download the photos from yahoo first, right? So what I'd do is go make some backups of those photos on DVDs (assuming you have a DVD burner); just in case. Always a good idea to have multiple redundant backups anyway.
And you could start uploading a couple of dozen at each of those various services to see which one has the best workflow in case you want to do it for real (wish we offered multi-photo upload here at travellerspoint, but alas, that's still on my todo list). That way if no such third-party service comes into existence, you'll know which one you want to go with.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4930 posts) 9y

Uhm, actually, googling on this, I see a lot of people mentioning that yahoo does offer easy transfer of all photos in one go. This yahoo blog says: "The next time you log in to Yahoo! Photos, you’ll see your options for moving your entire collection with just one click."
Are you absolutely certain that isn't available for you? It could be that the album hierarchy wouldn't come over, but most services should allow easily recreating that once the photos are there. (No, actually, this page says that album information would come over as well, and while there, this one has instructions on how to move over your photos at once. (Which might take a couple of days, as there could be lots of people doing the same, but should otherwise be completely painless.))

(Also, word is to stay away from kodak, shutterfly and snapfish.)

Finally, here's a page that basically creates a website showing all 2000 of your high-resolution photos at once. If that doesn't crash your browser, you can then save them to your computer using "save page as", "complete page", which will create a subdirectory containing all the images. (Shouln't be too useful for you, since you already have them in picasa, but mentioned just in case.)

Ah, reading more on that blog post I linked to, I'm starting to see the problem. Flickr (at least, probably other services too?) doesn't offer unlimited photo hosting/upload. They'll give you a pro account for three months, but after that you'd need to pay to see more than 200 of your photos. Wow... that just sucks so much.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 3, 2007, at 9:56 AM by Sander ]

6. Posted by dajaga (Budding Member 27 posts) 9y

another good one is webshots,

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

If you want to keep the online version as a backup of the offline photos, then Facebook is not a good option since it resizes before uploading (unlike most services, which resize after uploading). Based on Sander's reply, it looks like the biggest problem is going to be the limited free storage most of these services have. That's a bummer! So, if for backup purposes only, I'd probably go with the burning of a few dvd's and then have your real favourites uploaded on a website or two. That way not all is lost if your computer crashes but you also have easy access to your absolute favourites online.... Bummer though to see something like that happening!

8. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

hi Sander,
thank you for taking interest to this problem.
I was looking again at the yahoo offers for the transfer of my photos.
It is only possible to use 1 of the services {flickr,Kodak......
go to each photo and select download.
unfortunately we do not technically support the abitility to download more then one photo at a time,but for many of you it won''t take much time to download your favorites.

Thats exactly what I had done when I created my albums at yahoo.
Now I think I just let it go,I think you are right,wait and see what will happen.Have anyway not the time right now to make CDs or DvDs,to busy to arrange my business before I go to Cuba and Jamaica in 12 days,coming back 11.of Aug.and yahoo will close at the 20.of September.I'm still in the good position that I have a lot of my favorit travel photos at TP and the big amount still at picasa.
hopefully you are right that yahoo will offer something better or give the users more time,I'm sure that there are more user then me with thousends of photos in there account.

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4930 posts) 9y

Quoting marlis

I was looking again at the yahoo offers for the transfer of my photos.
It is only possible to use 1 of the services {flickr,Kodak......

This transfers all your photos to one of these services in one go. (Even if after a while you won't be able to access them anymore without paying.)
If you're not certain which service to go with, start an account with each and just upload a few photos manually (separate from yahoo photo) to try them out. Then when you've decided, use the transfer option at yahoo photo, and a few days later they'd be there.

go to each photo and select download.
unfortunately we do not technically support the abitility to download more then one photo at a time,but for many of you it won''t take much time to download your favorites.

Downloading is separate from transferring to another service. Downloading means moving the photos to your own computer. Yahoo offers only one-at-a-time downloads, but I already linked you to a page that allows all-at-once downloads. However, neither should be necessary, since you already have them locally in picasa. (If there are any photos you don't have in picasa anymore, do take the time to download just those from yahoo photo.)

10. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

thanks a lot Sander,
I will take your advise and try out the different opportunitys offered first.