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Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by pergelator » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:38 pm

Found a cool picture on Photobucket http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/mac ... nBn/?ref=1. Wanted to post it on my blog. No problem, Photobucket supplies a bunch of links. But photos on the net have a bad habit of disappearing, so I want a copy of my own, but no matter how I try and save a copy, I either get nothing, or something that nothing on my Linux box (Image Viewer, Pix, Gimp or Firefox) can display. But Blogger displays it just fine (Monarch 10EE Lathe https://pergelator.blogspot.com/2018/04 ... lathe.html). What's going on?
Last edited by karlchen on Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Moved the thread to "Open Chat", because the root cause is Photobucket. It is absolutely unrelated to Linux Mint and any software it brings along.

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Re: Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by Mute Ant » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:51 pm

That '?' in the html address is a signal to the host machine to do some work... it looks up the file indexed by 'ref=1' and sends it to you. Something similar happens with YouTube, you can't get to the media by simply downloading a file, so you can't get one-of-everything without clicking on each link. For a single picture, a screenshot would do, perhaps? The browser can't stop that.
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Re: Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by AZgl1500 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:58 pm

Photobucket has become a Bad Word that is no longer talked about on my motorcycle forum.

I have 4 accounts with them, and over 10,000 pictures hosted there over the years.

and now, today, I cannot access any of them unless I sign up and account and give them $400/year per account.

bugger that, I went to Imgur.com

They will not allow you to share a picture on any forum unless the account is a Paid Account.
all we see now is a huge horrible blob demanding money to see the picture.

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Re: Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by Moem » Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:51 am

AZgl1500 wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:58 pm
They will not allow you to share a picture on any forum unless the account is a Paid Account.
all we see now is a huge horrible blob demanding money to see the picture.
That is true, but it's completely unrelated to the issue the OP is asking about.
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Re: Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by AZgl1500 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:23 am

pergelator wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:38 pm
Found a cool picture on Photobucket http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/mac ... nBn/?ref=1. Wanted to post it on my blog. No problem, Photobucket supplies a bunch of links. But photos on the net have a bad habit of disappearing, so I want a copy of my own, but no matter how I try and save a copy, I either get nothing, or something that nothing on my Linux box (Image Viewer, Pix, Gimp or Firefox) can display. But Blogger displays it just fine (Monarch 10EE Lathe https://pergelator.blogspot.com/2018/04 ... lathe.html). What's going on?
I posted an answer, and contrary to Moem's comment,
what I said is still the reason you can't get a good download of the picture of interest.

I tried to download my own pictures from photobucket after they came out with their new $$$ scheme.
they limit me to the size now, just thumbnails, and downloaded images are so pixelated, as to be useless.
And, where I used to be able to download an entire album, now they limit me to a single picture.

what I do now, is to take a screenshot and save that when a direct download will not work.
That usually results in less definition than the original, but is usually "good enough" for display on any PC screen in a blog, or post on a forum.

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Re: Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by Moem » Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:51 am

AZgl1500 wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:23 am
I posted an answer, and contrary to Moem's comment,
what I said is still the reason you can't get a good download of the picture of interest.
If you meant 'the new Photobucket rules in general, which also include anti-deeplinking measures which are a pain in the rear, are why you can't download these pictures', then yes.
I read your comment as 'the new anti-deeplinking measures at Photobucket are a pain in the rear' and that is true, but it's a different thing.
I know I'm literal-minded but I may not be the only one here. :wink:
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Re: Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by AZgl1500 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:55 am

sigh, photobucket has become a problem, moving on.

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Re: Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by vansloneker » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:38 pm

I use safe images extension for Firefox that -properly set up- let me save an image by just one touch of a button. Even if e.g. right click is disabled. (often this can be overcome by disabling scripts)
Another method would be to look up the image in cache. Or by right clicking, view page info, media, find the picture you want and save.
Or use a program that let you make a screen capture and save it somewhere.
And as the last resort, display image, print screen and save.
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Re: Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by Flemur » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:24 pm

pergelator wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:38 pm
Photobucket
That is one nasty website -
- the "URL" and "direct link" functions there said "Copied"...but when you paste, you get the string "Copied".
- I tried "view source", copied a .jpg URL and, paste it as a URL, but it displayed a different P-bucket page, not just an image.
- Then, for the first time in many months, maybe years, my computer acted like the plug was pulled: screen black...
- when I rebooted there were 3 new firefox windows with garbage ads in them. That never happened before.

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Re: Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by phd21 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:19 am

Hi pergelator,

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

I was able to right-click the image in Google Chrome and "save image as" which worked.

I use PostImage.org and Imgur for image hosting.
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Re: Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by Moem » Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:59 am

Flemur wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:24 pm
That is one nasty website -
- the "URL" and "direct link" functions there said "Copied"...but when you paste, you get the string "Copied".
- I tried "view source", copied a .jpg URL and, paste it as a URL, but it displayed a different P-bucket page, not just an image.
- Then, for the first time in many months, maybe years, my computer acted like the plug was pulled: screen black...
- when I rebooted there were 3 new firefox windows with garbage ads in them. That never happened before.
I know, right? It used to be quite good. I started using it a long time ago (I think it was 1999) but I've deleted my account. They've gone off the rails.
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Re: Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by smurphos » Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:24 am

phd21 wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:19 am
Hi pergelator,

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

I was able to right-click the image in Google Chrome and "save image as" which worked.

I use PostImage.org and Imgur for image hosting.
I just tried that and it downloads a xxx.jpg.html file which redirects back to the original photobucket page.

In Chrome I get round these types of issues by opening Developer Tools (Ctrl-Shift-I), selecting network, then reloading the page. You'll get a list of assets used for the page, scroll through the previews until you find the one you want and then right click on the image preview and click save to get the original image.

Edit - it appears photobucket has guards against that workaround - it worked once and then on a second try photobucket refused to reload the page :roll:

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Re: Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by Flemur » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:17 am

I'm going to save the entire web-page and see if you can get the pic that way - it works on Instagram.

If I don't post back here with the result, I didn't survive.

Edit: I survived and got the picture:
- "Save Page as " (COmplete)
- Edit the main Photobucket.html file and look for jpg
- wget http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h228/ ... GP0972.jpg
IMGP0972.jpg
Note that I got the image with "wget", NOT thru the browser!
W/firefox Photosuckit sticks .html on the end and shows the web-page again.

Edit: I think the trick is to look at the source to get the image URL, and then download it with wget (or uget, etc), not the browser; and you can "View page source" to get the image URL rather than saving the whole website ... which DIDN'T INCLUDE THE ACTUAL IMAGE anyway.
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Re: Problem with Photobucket pictures

Post by Flemur » Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:50 pm

pergelator wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:38 pm
Found a cool picture on Photobucket http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/mac ... nBn/?ref=1.
I found an easy solution:
- browser -> that URL -> rt-click -> "Copy image location"
- then "wget image-location(pasted)"

You don't need to "view source" or any of that nonsense.
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