Why the updates???

Posted by on Sep 8, 2006 in Feature Updates | 7 Comments

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)


  1. Anonymous
    September 9, 2006

    The new resizing method is shit, cause I make Layouts and many of them are bigger than 1024×768 -.- Sorry, but this update isn’t really good, I can’t upload my layouts anymore [some Layouts are 1000×1200]…

  2. Dinie
    September 9, 2006

    Good morning.
    The new bucketfeatures are not working. I cannot create any of them. I hope it will be possible soon. I really love these features.

  3. mara
    September 9, 2006

    The new resizing is horrible. When I upload, my photo is already the size I want it to STAY. Plus, your resizing algorithm is compressing the living daylights them to look like absolute crap. I never compress anything more than about 5% unless absolutely necessary because they look so trashy.

  4. The_Metal_Hengst
    September 9, 2006

    You should at least have an option to keep the normal picture size. I upload a lot of odd shaped images. With the new style of things, I can no longer do that.

  5. bizzyb0t
    September 8, 2006

    While keeping pictures consistant in size may be an issue to some, others prefer to do their own resizing and image optimizing. Are their plans in the works to perhaps give users the option of using the older interface and rules?

  6. natalie
    September 8, 2006

    the new look is awesome^^ but I’m still having a upload problem. thnx you!!

  7. Anonymous
    September 8, 2006

    Some of us have been uploading images that don’t merit it being photorealistic. Some of it may be bitmap exports from Lunar Magic (a SMW ROM hacking tool), which, when compressed, wind up being less than 100K.
    The new resizing algorithm is seriously going to wash out some of the detail people have put into their levels (if they’re quite big, anyway.)