October 23rd, 2012
Storing your photos with DropShots has a lot of advantages – your photos are securely backed up in the cloud, you can share them with your friends and family whenever you want to, you can access them from anywhere, no matter where you are. Plus it’s an efficient way to organize your photo collection. Plus it’s FREE. However, there are people who still prefer organizing their photos the traditional way because they think that uploading them online will take a lot of time. But that’s not so. With DropShots you can upload your photos really quickly and easily.
DropShots offers two ways to upload files – the traditional browser uploader and DropBox, a desktop tool that allows you to drag & drop files and folders to upload them. While the browser uploader is great for uploading one or two photos, DropBox is ideal for uploading albums. The advantages are obvious – you can upload folders with your photos by simply dragging them into the app window.
Using DropBox is really easy. When you log into your DropShots account for the first time, you will be offered to upload some photos. The first option will be to download the app:
Click on Get DropBox and download the installation file. When the download is finished, install and run the app. You will be prompted to enter your DropShots username and password and then you are ready to upload your photos. To upload your photos, simply drag & drop them into the app window in the Windows notification area:
Once your photos and videos are uploaded, your account will be opened in a new browser tab, so that you can view your photos and organize them in your DropShots storage space.
As you can see, uploading photos with our app couldn’t be easier!
February 17th, 2012
I just came across a great little utility built by one of our brilliant programmers that I wanted to share with you. I thought this item was especially neat and worthy of blogging about. This little widget allows you to display thumbnails of your most recent DropShots photos anywhere on the internet with just a single line of code. These thumbnails are clickable back to the larger view on your DropShots page. As you add new images to your DropShots site, the thumbnails in your widget will automatically update. Don’t worry, in keeping with DropShots’ montra of making things simple, yet powerful – you can pick up this single line of code and simply past it into your site in less that a minute.
Here’s where to find the code: just click on a thumbnail from the user homepage to get to the day view. Now click on the "Widget" icon below the main image and a dialog window will pop up – see example below. Now just make your selections of vertical/horizontal and number of images – then copy the code where you like. Now whenever you update your DropShots images, your widget images will be updated as well, keeping your site updated – without even trying.
Please keep in mind that you will need to be logged into the account from where the images are to be fetched – or just change the user="user id goes here" in the code. So if it looks like images are being pulled from the wrong account, that’s because that was the account you were "logged into" at the time you grabbed the code snippet.
December 31st, 2008
Dear Valued Customer,
I wanted to give all our valued DropShots users an update and some information regarding the service interruptions our users may have have experienced over the past 36 hours. First and most importantly, the site is back up and functioning – better than ever. Now for what happened: the interruptions began when our server hosting facility suddenly lost power. Immediately following the power failure, our engineers went to work solving any and all problems caused by the loss of power. While this is an extremely rare occurrence, our engineers were prepared with all of the necessary backup hardware and software to get DropShots back on-line as quickly as possible without any loss of information.
In the wake of an event such as this, we at DropShots will again be reevaluating how to make the site, and most importantly, your information, as safe as possible. I want to reassure you that everyone at DropShots knows how much you value your images and comments, we all use the service just like you, as do our families and friends.
Several questions were repeated by our users, during this outage that I wanted to address. The first question was "is DropShots a viable business" – in these tough economic times, that’s a valid question. The answer is that DropShots is doing very well, even in these tough times. DropShots experienced a growth rate of 80% in 2008 and we just finished adding 15 new storage servers last week to accommodate continued growth in 2009. While I expect that many more photo printing and sharing services will close their doors in the coming months and years – DropShots will not. Our growth will likely be accelerated as other companies cease to exist. We are now storing and serving over 39 million photos and videos…and growing every day.
The second question frequently asked was "are my photos gone?" I think everyone knows the answer to that question now that they are all back on-line. It’s important to know, however, that we take extreme precautions to protect and back up our users’ images. The bottom line is that our users’ images were not ever at risk of being permanently lost during this past outage. We’ll work on a better way to communicate this to our users during an outage, should it occur in the future.
I thank you for your continued use of and trust in DropShots, we will continue to take the responsibility of this trust very seriously.
June 16th, 2008
Based on your requests, we’ve change the way Albums are organized in the left navigation pane of your DropShots site. In the past, each Album (or folder) stayed in the order in which it was created – with the newest Album at top and the oldest Album at the bottom. Many of you wanted them in a specific order, for example your "favorite pictures" always on top, and this just wasn’t possible – until now.
Now your Albums are in alphanumeric order (numbers first, then a-z). We concluded that this methodology would provide the most flexibility – you can now label your albums so that they can show up in any order. For example; if you want a specific folder to show up at the top of your list you can just give it a name with a number or letter that falls before any of the other names in your list. Here are some ideas to help out with your organization:
Let’s say you wanted everything to continue to be ordered by date, then just put the date in the name like "08-06-15 Zoo Trip." Using this method will result in all of your Albums in chronological order with the oldest at the top and newest below like the example below.
Or perhaps you want your "Favorite Picts" folder to always stay on top: you could label it like: "1 – Favorite Picts."
I’m sure you get the idea, you now have total control of how your albums are ordered.
June 16th, 2008
The DropShots software development engineers have outdone themselves again as it relates to making your images look as good as possible on DropShots. I won’t get too technical here – but will say that the DropShots upload software was modified to make your images even brighter, sharper, and more vivid than ever before. The new sharper images take a little more room to store on our servers, but we feel it’s worth it to make everyone’s images look as good as possible. Please take a look at the images below to see the difference (it’s subtle, but we feel significant); the image on top uses the original uploading software and the image below was uploaded with the new uploader.
Your images will be enhanced the same way whether you use the Dropbox or the web uploader.
The DropShots team is always looking for ways to make your images look as good as possible – and we won’t stop here.
December 18th, 2007
Hopefully you have noticed by now that you can easily transform your digital pictures into lasting treasures directly from the photos you already have posted on DropShots!
Not only can you instantly turn pixels into glossy Kodak quality photos, but you can also create these fun products as well:
Photobooks, Calendars, Posters, Greeting Cards, Post Cards, Mouse Pads, Mugs, Key Chains, T-shirts and more!
Personally, I know I have some fun things planned for the holiday… I am going to be taking LOTS of photos then compiling all those memories into Photo Books and Calendars and sending them to my participating friends and family.
Another thing I am doing is taking all my photos from all of 2007 and creating a "The Year in Pictures" Photo Book… kind of a year book of sorts. It’s a great way to memorialize, archive and make use of all the photos taken from the past year.
DropShots wishes you and your family a warm and wonderful holiday!
December 3rd, 2007
To improve the speed of video streaming and viewing experience you will notice we changed the size of the video viewing screen.
When we first introduced DropShots 2.0 we deployed a screen size of 650X400. Because it requires a considerably bigger and "heavier" video to display in that size it caused extensive buffering and viewing interruptions on some internet connections.
To eliminate this problem and to make viewing video nearly immediate and seamless we adjusted it to:
Premium User: 480X360
Standard User: 400X300
As an aside, the previous version of DropShots was 320X240 for both Premium and Standard users.
How can we deliver a bigger video faster? We greatly improved the video encoder which allows us to deliver the bigger video with an improved viewing experience.
As always, thanks for all your enthusiastic support. We appreciate you!
November 26th, 2007
Everyone here at DropShots wishes you a warm holiday season.
We have been busy!
Drag-n-drop thumbnails from ANYWHERE!
Now you can drag-n-drop thumbnails into albums or trash from every page – including your user home page! This makes moving and organizing your photos SUPER easy!
Another notable enhancement is on the Large Photo View (the view after you double click any thumbnail). You can scroll by either -
1) using the scroll bar on the right,
2) clicking on the the next thumbnail and now
3) if you roll your cursor over the right or left side of the photo you will see a "previous" or "next" function.
This allows you to go from picture to picture without moving your cursor at all.
LOTS more enhancements behind the scenes to make it even faster and more reliable as well.
Features coming soon:
Star (Premium User) Identification
# of pics and vids you have
And much, much more!!
October 4th, 2007
This is why YOU were Time Magazine’s Person of the Year… YOU have great ideas!
We have taken many your feedback and ideas and released a new version of the User Home page today.
Now you can…
- See that the TITLES are back!
- See many days worth of pictures "above the fold" regardless of how many photos are in each day.
- One-click to the large photo view.
- Familiar, clean and simple user interface.
Tell us what you think… not that I had to tell you that!
Note: If you need customer service click on the Help at the top right, comments for needed assistance left on the blog don’t get to the proper place.
September 12th, 2007
There has been a lot of request for the "Classic" DropShots style as you have called it. Well we are working on a modification to the User Home page view that I think you are REALLY going to like. We are working out the technical issues now so I don’t want to get too specific with promises, but I will tell you it includes:
- Cleaner, less busy or cluttered look.
- Ability to see multiple days above the "fold" regardless of how many pictures are in each day.
- Titles/Commentary above each day <-yeah!
Simply stated, MUCH like the User Home page of the "Classic" DropShots but technically improved with much more attractive design. This really brings together the best of both worlds – the simple, clean and useful user interface of "Classic" DropShots with the technical advancement, speed and elegance of "DropShots 2.0".
Give us a couple/few weeks as Ryan and his team are having to pull out all their tricks to make this work (and work excellently!) on this new architecture.
All your ideas and feedback has been exceptional! Thank you!! We do appreciate it all