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Re: Dropbox public is gone ...
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2017, 05:35:58 AM »
>Does this help in anyway?
https://www.lonniewest.com/2017/02/dropboxsharedurl/

Thanks. That's helpful (will start using 'raw=1'), but still doesn't seem to allow one to embed a dropbox picture directly into a forum post.

Yay, this works too. again, check my post above; the photo of the green guitar is posted this way (the "add-raw=1-method").
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Re: Dropbox public is gone ...
« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2017, 07:18:46 AM »
Pro tip for WordPress sites:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/enable-media-replace/

Allows you to replace a file with a newer version but keep the same filename/URL. I'm a WP developer by day, and we use this on every site we build.

Also, I think it's just Dropbox's public folder that is gone, i.e. the ability for people to open the folder and browse through your files. Direct linking to files is still allowed. All my docs are hosted by Dropbox and they still work - for instance:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/dnizjzbetec84gu/aion-lab-series-preamp-documentation.pdf?dl=0

I also have a local mirror on the website in case Dropbox is blocked, so I end up using both solutions.
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Re: Dropbox public is gone ...
« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2017, 07:47:34 AM »
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Also, I think it's just Dropbox's public folder that is gone, i.e. the ability for people to open the folder and browse through your files.
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Yes and no. Basically you are right, as far as you still are allowed to share files/get public links from dropbox. The main muddle is that every previously shared link - to specific files, not just to the public folder - is invalid today. Which means that literally everything I (and many with me) have shared on e.g. this forum, is gone.
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Re: Dropbox public is gone ...
« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2017, 08:29:14 AM »
^indeed. Dropbox have fallen a long way down my list of esteem as a result.

Bengt - Thanks, that's great news about the 'raw=1' option.

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Re: Dropbox public is gone ...
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2017, 08:51:20 AM »
Yes and no. Basically you are right, as far as you still are allowed to share files/get public links from dropbox. The main muddle is that every previously shared link - to specific files, not just to the public folder - is invalid today. Which means that literally everything I (and many with me) have shared on e.g. this forum, is gone.

I haven't changed my links and they all still work... although, they were outside the Public folder to begin with so maybe that has something to do with it?
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« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2017, 09:17:36 AM »
Yes and no. Basically you are right, as far as you still are allowed to share files/get public links from dropbox. The main muddle is that every previously shared link - to specific files, not just to the public folder - is invalid today. Which means that literally everything I (and many with me) have shared on e.g. this forum, is gone.

I haven't changed my links and they all still work... although, they were outside the Public folder to begin with so maybe that has something to do with it?

Really?! Does that mean that you could create "public" files earlier, files that was not located in the public folder? I missed that... If I get you right: Does that mean that you have a few old "dropbox-shared-photos" (etc.) right here at this forum and your photos still show up in the threads? If so, it twists my brain a bit...

...and to have it said: I gladly stand corrected if so. But my posts are still ... gone.

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Re: Dropbox public is gone ...
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2017, 09:18:05 AM »
Testing ?raw=1 ...



It works! :D

Pro tip for WordPress sites:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/enable-media-replace/

Allows you to replace a file with a newer version but keep the same filename/URL. I'm a WP developer by day, and we use this on every site we build.

Yeah, but I only use free wordpress sites (not running any shops or anything) and I'm pretty sureI can't install plugins. Though I haven't checked for a while ... I also actually rebuilt all my sites in HTML and CSS (and actually better than the WP site because I could do scaling better) but that didn't end up being very useful because I don't want to pay a monthly fee. It turns out that I, too, appreciate cheap over functional. :P
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Re: Dropbox public is gone ...
« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2017, 09:21:04 AM »
^indeed. Dropbox have fallen a long way down my list of esteem as a result.

Bengt - Thanks, that's great news about the 'raw=1' option.

yep, "raw=1" seems to solve it. At least for now ::) ...
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Re: Dropbox public is gone ...
« Reply #23 on: May 09, 2017, 09:24:19 AM »
^indeed. Dropbox have fallen a long way down my list of esteem as a result.

Bengt - Thanks, that's great news about the 'raw=1' option.

yep, "raw=1" seems to solve it. At least for now ::) ...

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that they might eventually have to kill that functionality in some way. My sense is that public was nixed in the first place because people have been using DB like an FTP instead of a collaboration, and that's a lot of extra stress on their end (and a lot more costly). If there's a workaround that recreates the problem, I would expect it to die.
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Re: Dropbox public is gone ...
« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2017, 08:53:21 PM »
Just as a followup on my previous post, I've been testing iDrive for the past few days. It does pretty much all the things I like about DropBox and it offers backup functionality as well. Integrates with smartphone photo streams, has synced folder capabilities, recognizes different devices in the same account, and allows for cloud and local backups.

5GB is free. The 1TB option is $70 a year, but they offer it for $16 for the first year.

You guys seem to want image and file hosting that has permanent public links, which this service seems to be able to do, but maybe not as well as a dedicated file sharing service. Maybe imgur would be better?