I wanted to shed a little light on today’s release. Over the years, we have continued to look at the everyday usage of Photobucket. Believe it or not, the resizing of images has been the #1 complaint for a long time, and trust me, with 23+ million users it adds up to a lot of complaints over the last 3 years. The previous algorithm for resizing made an image under 1 and 2 megabytes respectively (free and pro). The biggest issue with this is that depending on the depth and detail of a photo, each picture might have ended up totally different dimensions in your photobucket album. When you upload 10 pictures from your camera, we feel it is appropriate that they are all scaled the same and this wouldn’t work w/ the old resizing method. When you post pictures on eBay, a blog or mySpace, it is nice that they are all the same size. We spent a lot of time coming up w/ the new algorithm and rules around resizing. Most people are familiar with dimensions and to help, we give little hints of what is the appropriate size to use depending on your use of the picture. I apologize if you had gotten used to the old method and are unfamiliar or unhappy with the new method but I can promise you that we at Photobucket are listening to you and trying to improve the service over time. We did a lot of testing and I can assure you that the quality of images uploaded are much better now for sharing and printing.
Please also try out the new widget creator, it is very simple to use and gives you many more ways to share your photos both on and off of photobucket.
Have a great weekend and thanks for using Photobucket.
Alex (ceo and co-founder)