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Viewing Photobucket-disabled pictures

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:35 pm
by Bob Ionta

I'm not really new here but I have not been visiting a lot recently. Now that I've returned I find I can't view pictures that folks have posted. Instead of a photo I see an icon from Photobucket with some text saying I (or maybe the original poster?) should update preferences to enable offsite hosting of photos. I can't find anything in the MIMF preferences that would affect this. I'm using a Mac and I've tried 2 browsers, Safari and Chrome, with identical results.

Can anyone give me a clue?



Re: viewing posted pictures

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:23 pm
by Peter Wilcox
Photobucket went from a free service to paid a few months ago, and their rates are really unrealistic, so pics posted there are not viewable any more unless the poster pays up, and most don't, so those pics are lost.

Re: viewing posted pictures

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:58 am
by Bob Ionta
Ah. I see. That's a shame. Thank you for explaining.

Re: viewing posted pictures

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:59 pm
by Jim McConkey
There are extensions for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera that can trick Photobucket into displaying old hotlinked pictures. Search your extension store for "Photobucket." There is, of course, no guarantee that Photobucket will not change something else to disable these. I just installed Photobucket Hotlink Fix 1.3.14 on Firefox and can verify it does work as of today (12/3/2017). If you install it (no reboot required), you still need to refresh whatever page you were looking at. It is an open-source project and is available here (source code is on GitHub):

Firefox version: ... x/?src=api
Chrome version: ... apbifiaedg
Opera version: ... otlink-fix

Re: Viewing Photobucket-disabled pictures

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:30 pm
by Peter Wilcox
Thanks, Jim. That's good to know. I just installed it on Firefox and it works seamlessly.