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What happened to photopost?
by Bernard4366
07 Oct 2015 03:58

Photopost hasn't been available for purchase for quite some time. It's hugely popular, but I can't find anything about why it's gone of it's coming back. Does anyone have any information about this? Any good options for a substitute? I've tried DB galleries, it's just not going to work.

RichieBoy67 07 Oct 2015 06:51

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bernard4366 (Post 2556475)
Photopost hasn't been available for purchase for quite some time. It's hugely popular, but I can't find anything about why it's gone of it's coming back. Does anyone have any information about this? Any good options for a substitute? I've tried DB galleries, it's just not going to work.

I have Photopost on my forum and have set it up on 3 different client sites with in the last year. It has not been updated in a while but works fine.

You can still get it here.

friendlymela 07 Oct 2015 08:36

Is there any photopost lite?

Bernard4366 07 Oct 2015 22:06

Quote:

Originally Posted by RichieBoy67 (Post 2556481)
I have Photopost on my forum and have set it up on 3 different client sites with in the last year. It has not been updated in a while but works fine.

You can still get it here.

Nope, tried that already. "PhotoPost Pro / vBGallery License is not orderable." when you click the buy link.

bremereric 09 Oct 2015 00:26

I have a it and moved to another site. I tried to contact them via their contact us and got no reply. Poor customer service maybe?

TheLastSuperman 10 Oct 2015 00:47

From what I've been told by clients of a certain hosting company I work for... per their ticket replies and the responses given by staff recently there will be no further updates or development to their products. I may or may not have the in-depth details correct yet so I'd rather not say for sure, this is speculation based on what I've seen copy/pasted in replies from the support they have active now however from what they have on the home page it seems like something occurred recently to warrant this, whatever that is I do not know.

If you visit their home page it specifically states this:
Quote:

PhotoPost is not actively accepting new license orders or renewals. For existing customers, please contact us with any questions, or, feel free to post to the forums if you have active members area access.

So while I can appreciate Richie sharing the link to the page where you can purchase... I'd certainly contact them directly to inquire before purchasing using any of those links.

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Originally Posted by Bernard4366 (Post 2556527)
Nope, tried that already. "PhotoPost Pro / vBGallery License is not orderable." when you click the buy link.

Edit: ^ I overlooked your reply, don't know how I missed it but thanks for sharing, now we know and more importantly now I do lol :p.

*Normally we don't discuss paid modifications on this site unless its a very general inquiry and never really pricing honestly. With that being said, every few years a particular and popular software such as vBSEO and now Photopost either end up buckling or "simmering" down for whatever reason whether it be expected or completely out of the blue then we're left with tons of vBulletin owners asking questions and just needing to know so I don't see an issue discussing this here but unless you know for sure please don't speculate and if you do speculate in the slightest do as I did above and be sure to iterate the fact that its in your opinion OR that you're not 100% sure or simply don't know for sure :cool:.

I'd like to leave this thread open for future discussion on those who happen to be curious about this but since its a third-party paid modification I'm moving it into Community Lounge and out of the vB4 forums respectively because it's borderline allowable so to me that's considered off-topic at best. Again I'm going to re-iterate that I'm only leaving this open for a positive and helpful discussion to take place if this thread becomes inundated with poorly worded or disruptive replies it will be closed immediately and thanks for your understanding on that!

Edit: For an alternative you can try DB Tech's Gallery product.

bremereric 13 Oct 2015 00:11

They are very rude. I used the contact us form and never heard anything back. I found my user name and password to enter the members area. They said my license expired. I tried to order a new one and bingo nothing in the shopping cart. I tried to call the sales phone number and the message said it was a blocked number. You would figure after making lots of money they would be more helpful. M2C and rant.

TheLastSuperman 13 Oct 2015 00:32

Eric I don't believe they're what they used to be i.e. seems like something happened that they do not wish to disclose - after all why state on the home page that you've quit selling your products unless something is "up" good/bad/ugly - what that is we may never know or perhaps will find out soon enough. So calling them rude for lack of replies when things are clearly not as they used to be is your prerogative and perception but not ours :cool:. I don't think (unsure of this) that they even have the same support staff anymore and if so it's very limited at best.

On a side note yet related: Remember everyone, any third-party modification can be susceptible to any number of scenarios including this one so assuming you'll have a modification and support "forever" despite license agreements is not a good way to think about modifications. Internet based companies have more chances for failure than most in my opinion.

bremereric 13 Oct 2015 01:35

Sorry but the rude is because I have a license from them that expired in 2012. I bought it and had the owner paid to install it on my site. I would change the message on the phone to "sorry we are no longer in business" or something close to that. Why continue to have a website with buy a new license and then don't let you do it. Sorry to be negative. I really liked the product and wish I had downloaded the executable so that I could install it again.

Lynne 13 Oct 2015 02:11

I don't believe they have been actively supporting their product in a few years now. Onto other things in life...

ForceHSS 13 Oct 2015 03:12

http://www.photopost.com/forum

bremereric 14 Oct 2015 00:33

Whom else had a product close to photopost I want a photo gallery across my new forum.

--------------- Added 14 Oct 2015 at 03:00 ---------------

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Originally Posted by bremereric (Post 2556968)
Whom else had a product close to photopost I want a photo gallery across my new forum.

vbpicgallery is what I found to use.

kylek 17 Oct 2015 18:12

By the looks of spammers flooding the forum I would say that Chuck is gone now.

bremereric 17 Oct 2015 20:27

Try this instead.

DBgallery.

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...3.jpg~original

BirdOPrey5 24 Oct 2015 00:25

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Originally Posted by vazonov11 (Post 2557472)
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SaN-DeeP 16 Feb 2016 07:40

I am having serious issues on my forums with photopost.. Need urgent help
We had photopost integrated with vbulletin 3.x and since we upgraded our forums to vbulletin 4.x

Login to gallery has stopped, there are some photos on our gallery which needs immediate deletion.
Can someone help to fix the login issues ?

Trying to contact photopost team since last 10+ days (but my old account registered 10+ years ago appears banned) :/
My old username is now changed to imported_USERNAME
When logged into members area, I can find my 2 licences are expired, I have emailed them but no response for past 10+ days.
I registered using a new account which is still under moderation queue for past 10+ days..

I need to fix the login issues to gallery and delete those photos immediately.
There are many photos and deleting via ftp is become hectic, as there are 3 different versions of each photo, (thumbnail, medium photo, full photo)

RichieBoy67 16 Feb 2016 07:54

Did you install the Vbulletin 4 version of photopost?

SaN-DeeP 16 Feb 2016 10:31

Hello Richie..
No, It completely slipped of mind as we have stopped posting/updating our gallery since years.
But recently, some photos where under vilation reports and hence, wanted to remove those.

Can you possibly send me the vb4 integration file ?

Photopost Staff is not replying and my licenses expired in 2009.

TheLastSuperman 16 Feb 2016 15:57

You need the vB4 product.xml as Richie stated. See if it's available in your downloads, if not then it's time to move on (try the DBTech Gallery some of us mentioned a few posts back).

RichieBoy67 17 Feb 2016 00:16

Quote:

Originally Posted by SaN-DeeP (Post 2565038)
Hello Richie..
No, It completely slipped of mind as we have stopped posting/updating our gallery since years.
But recently, some photos where under vilation reports and hence, wanted to remove those.

Can you possibly send me the vb4 integration file ?

Photopost Staff is not replying and my licenses expired in 2009.

You will need the entire package for Vb4 I believe so you would need to upgrade.

You may be able to delete those photos through the database or the adminpanel for photo post if you can get in.

Hutchinj 21 Oct 2017 22:56

Here's an interesting update on the whole Photopost image gallery software debacle...

Been a long time user of Photopost PHP Pro but as luck would have it, I accidentally broke it by overwriting some key component on the server. Duh. Of course, I didn't have a full backup.

But in my poking around searching for a solution, I found the support request link on the Photopost website was working so what the heck, I submitted a plea for the latest software upgrade.

Much to my surprise, the next day I heard from "Dave", Photopost Customer Support of All Enthusiast, Inc (at least according to his email) with this reply:
"The latest PhotoPost vBGallery is v3.02 from 2/4/14 and the latest PhotoPost PHP Pro is v8.5 from 7/1/14. PhotoPost is no longer being updated, supported, or sold publicly, as of a few years ago. If you would still like to upgrade, please PayPal $199 to [email protected] and we'll renew your access to download the latest, with the caveat that no support or updates will be provided."
The thought of paying $200 for old software with NO support made me shudder, but I really need it so I asked for a PayPal invoice and paid the fee upon receipt.

A day goes by with no word from them and I discover the link to their Members Area craps out with a 505 error. Concerned, I email Dave asking wassup and he fires back with this:
"... as you seem to have run out of patience with us, I have refunded your $199 payment in full and unfortunately we won’t be able to provide the latest version."
WTF??? With this I'm left with just two possible conclusions. 1) They really don't need the money or 2) it's a scam and I just dodged a bullet! I mean, good grief, selling old software with zero support is kind of a no-risk deal for them, right?

Whatever, just thought y'all might find this interesting. Now I'm searching for other more viable photo gallery software options (DBgallery doesn't do it for me).

Brandon Sheley 23 Oct 2017 00:46

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Originally Posted by Hutchinj (Post 2590611)
1) They really don't need the money or 2) it's a scam

Or IDK... they don't have time or resources to support the script, hence why the support is closed. :rolleyes:


If I recall correctly one of the owners had medial issues to attend to butI could be thinking of another script..
You clearly stated you were refunded so why you'd even suggest it's a scam is mind blowing
The site shows how dated the scripts are, showing support for vBulletin 4.02... what's the 4 series on now, like 4.2.5 ish...

It's always nice when humans do a little research before jumping to conclusions and broadcasting their opinions.

cellarius 23 Oct 2017 09:52

It is perfectly obvious that Photopost has been abandoned. Why anyone would want to invest another 200 bucks into that is beyond me; this may resolve an immediate issue, but there's no future in it. Even if it wern't for security issues with a years old script, it will stop working with newer versions of PHP for sure.

The way will be to find an alternative. You don't say why Dragonbyte is not viable for you, but whatever the loss of functionality, it's probably not as bad as running an abandoned script for any length of time.

Also, why you would accuse them of scamming when you got immediately refunded is beyond me.

RichieBoy67 23 Oct 2017 13:12

I do not believe it is a scam but I was a little ticked off that they closed down shortly after they sold it to me with no updates.

We did fix it to work with php 7 and it works fine right now.

There are not really many if any alternatives but the db one that will allow you to import from Photopost. I actually tried it but it just did not import correctly and one of my client sites has almost a million images in a Photopost gallery.. It would be nice to not have to change it seeing as years ago I had to manually mass upload all those images.

At any rate, I do not think it is any kind of a scam. Perhaps he was going to do the updates just for you... I have tried to contact them awhile ago to no avail.

TheLastSuperman 24 Oct 2017 00:15

IF and I mean this is a very big if... If I recall correctly (lol I tend to say that quite often, me being here for so long I 'member things haha!) it was a similar situation as Drive Thru Online products. What I mean by that is, a person can have a great idea, they may not know how to "code" it though so they may pay a developer or hire one to tend to "updates" but if things go south (sour) and the developer is no longer employed or there is a falling out of sorts then the script will also seemingly fall off the face of the planet after a while.

First it was Inferno Technologies (name right? been so long) who made tons of great products but the coder was a teenager, feel off the face of the planet. Next it was vBSEO, there's just too much to list with that fiasco so I'll spare you all my semantics hardy har har! Then it was Drive Thru Online and one or two smaller companies that also seemingly stopped support and making all mods, then it was photopost with good ole' Chuck (I say that with much sarcasm).

So needless to say, while the sites may still be there offering mods with "disclaimers" for their old and outdated products saying you can purchase the "old" version - I would not. Think of it like this, the companies are no longer supporting or continuing development so what happens if it breaks like the OP in question? You want to spend $200 on a broken product that is no longer being developed or supported? Who is doing security updates to all these "older" mods? When you see me state the obvious and follow each with a question mark it means be cautious and be wary.

Careful folks, you may really really "want" something like an older mod but do you truly need it? Want VS Need. Don't forget that there are free scripts and some basic free mods that with a little adjustment/tinkering can accomplish much of the same.

Prince 16 May 2018 18:24

Quote:

Originally Posted by RichieBoy67 (Post 2590649)
I did fix it to work with php 7 and it works fine right now.

any chance you would be willing to share how you did this?

RichieBoy67 18 May 2018 11:49

Been a very long time. I really can't remember what we did but it was relatively minor.

Silver_2000_)! 12 Jul 2019 22:39

I k now its dead - anyone have recommendations for a stand alone gallery that can import the PPpst images ? I have a family gallery with a couple thousand images - dont really need the users or evern the comments just the images and the way they were organized

SaN-DeeP 31 Jul 2019 11:47

Shit happens with all modifications, some are made on dignity and rest on hatred !!!
I have worked with most developers, since era 0.x of vbulletin..

There are lot of people fortifying growth of software scripts they had been with, (I know most of them still working on vbulletin.)

Photopost lost as it was never able to do SEO optimization when entire community required same.
Till they achieved the same it was malfunctioned and completely obsolete product..

Main Developer (whomsoever, never responded back)..
They failed a very good script, which could have done miracles today on INSTAGRAM specially !!!!!

Zachariah 13 Sep 2019 01:01

I may have to take some time and rip apart my gallery again.
Been so busy doing other things.

Prince 13 Sep 2019 01:38

I still use it on one of my boards, is there an alternative and a way to migrate it to a different photo gallery script?

RichieBoy67 14 Sep 2019 00:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by Prince (Post 2600636)
I still use it on one of my boards, is there an alternative and a way to migrate it to a different photo gallery script?

This one is great: https://www.dragonbyte-tech.com/stor...e-gallery.193/

Prince 20 Jan 2021 03:15

Does anyone know if PhotoPost works on PHP 7?

Hostboard 20 Jan 2021 14:32

Quote:

Originally Posted by Prince (Post 2605861)
Does anyone know if PhotoPost works on PHP 7?

Answered here:

https://vbulletin.org/forum/showpost...2&postcount=15

Prince 20 Jan 2021 16:56

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Originally Posted by Hostboard (Post 2605876)

Thank you.


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