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Posting pics from flickr

Discussion in 'Website Support & Feedback' started by tenman, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. tenman

    tenman Well-Known Member

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    I have been trying to post some pics, linked from my flickr page, but every time I get a 'invalid file' error message. Anyone know how to make it work?
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Tenman, where are you getting the url for your images from? It seems you might not be getting the right URL
     
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    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Tenman, be sure to get the url from the "view more sizes/view all sizes" interface and not from the main photo page. To grab a url that will work, you must right-click on the photo and select "copy image location".

    The url should start like this: "http://farm6.staticflickr.com/....."
     
  4. tenman

    tenman Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion, but when I was trying to post the pics, after the first link didn't work, I did open the photo in its own page and selected 'share', copied that link (which, it turns out, is the same as the one I'd get from he above procedure), and still got the same error message. I'm stumped. Here's an example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/7083607345/

    I just went back and found the option "grab the html/BB code, and though it is five lines long, a small part of it is a link such as yours above. So, if I copy it and paste it into a document, then copy out just the link and then paste that in the image manager, it would probably work, but this is a laborious process, so I don't think I want to go that route. I'm going to try posting them on my own page and see if I can work it from there. Probably should have started there anyway, but the flickr thing 'seemed' like it would be easy.
     
  5. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Tennis, I am now hosting mine on my website and don't have to go through the manage attachments thing at all. I paste this in: [​IMG] which links to the file on the server I have reserved for OI images. I think copy the file name of the image that I will upload and paste that in in place of the *********. I don't use flickr so don't know what they url would be, but if you can find the url minus the file name, you should be able to do the same. It makes it very fast.
     
  6. tenman

    tenman Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Marni. In fact, I just did exactly that and it worked!

    I do have one more question: when I have the "insert image" box open and have pasted in the url, there is an option already checked: "retrieve remote file and reference locally"

    Should I leave this checked or uncheck it? I left it checked this time, but what exactly is it doing?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If it is checked, my understanding is that it is copying the image and storing in on OI as well as linking. I find it much easier to just insert this in the text directly [​IMG] and then I don't have to open the dialog box at all or make any choices. I can put text in between the pictures if I want or re-order them by just moving the text for the link where I want it in my quick reply window. I find the manage attachments dialog box time-consuming and restrictive.
     
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    Excellent! I had no idea I could just use html directly. SO much easier! Thanks!
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Glad it is working for you. Credit goes to Jacob who showed my how to do this.
     
  10. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Tenman - glad you figured it out. The reason that url didn't work is because it is the link to the PAGE with the photo on it. You need the actual link of hte file itself, which should end in '...jpg'