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Post by 35005CP on Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:26 am

Hi all,

Just to let you know that it appears as though the Fotopic site/server is down. There isn't any news as of yet. This means that my Fotopic site is not working either. Andy's Steam Photos

Hopefully this will get resolved soon.


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Re: http://www.fotopic.net/ Website is down

Post by 35005CP on Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:00 am

Some new Information has come to light with regards to Fotopic.
http://www.amateurph...ews_306605.html

Then

http://www.amateurph...ews_306612.html

Then

http://www.amateurph...ews_306622.html

Including this little gem:


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Bleazard estimates that Fotopic.net holds around 30,000 pictures, though he was not able to confirm this figure, nor the total number of customers.


And then - from the Google group:

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Hi all --
I received notice about 10 minutes ago that Snappy Designs Ltd has been put
into administration.
Will probably take a few days to show on CoHouse database or on London
Gazette.
Cheers
Joel.
--
Joel Rowbottom
CTO, Pikfu.com Ltd




And also...

Quote

Unfortunately, the WNXX lot are putting the rescue attempt in serious
jeopardy now, and I think time's going to get called



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Re: http://www.fotopic.net/ Website is down

Post by 35005CP on Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:48 pm

It seems the news is now official. The compsny have gone into
Liquidation;

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Snappy Designs Ltd, which owns the image-sharing website Fotopic.net, is heading for liquidation, director Stephen Dyer has confirmed.

Dyer was forced to issue a public statement after Amateur Photographer (AP) tracked down the Fotopic.net boss earlier today.

The Fotopic.net website holds hundreds of thousands of images that users have not been able to access for weeks.

Estimates of the number of pictures missing vary wildly.

A source has suggested to AP that Fotopic.net holds up to two million images and had thousands of active users at a given time.

One user, who did not wish to be named, said he held 33,000 images at Fotopic.net and knew of others who had stored up to 100,000 pictures there.

Though some gallery accounts were free to use, Fotopic.net charged a subscription fee for the use of some features of around £50 a year.

In a statement issued on behalf of Snappy Designs Ltd, Dyer told AP: 'The company has ceased trading due to an unexpected, significant decrease in revenue and I apologise that our efforts to recover from this have not been successful.'

The news will end speculation that the website had merely suffered a temporary technical problem with its server.

Snappy Designs Ltd has appointed Jeremy Bleazard of XL Business Solutions, based in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire as liquidator.

Dyer claims that photographers will be able to access their material 'in the near future' if the liquidator manages to sell the business.

Whether Fotopic.net customers will see their images again is far from guaranteed, however.

Even if the business is sold, the website that hosts Fotopic.net would have to agree to the transfer of images, said Bleazard in an interview with AP.

Bleazard said he has yet to speak to the third party 'web hoster' and was not able to confirm their name to AP when asked.

Bleazard estimates that Fotopic.net holds around 30,000 pictures, though he was not able to confirm this figure, nor the total number of customers.

Among the victims is Richard Hall who said he paid Fotopic.net £90 for a 'Premier Service' and renewed his subscription only recently.

Hall paid £45 a year for extra features offered by the service.

The site also enabled photographers to sell their pictures or buy extra memory to store digital files, for example.

'It's not a lot of money but a lot of time was taken, on an ongoing basis, editing, uploading and captioning photos... All this now appears lost,' said the photography enthusiast.

He added: 'Some people used the site for business purposes. They must have been really hit by all of this.'

Fotopic.net is reported to have had its origins in a website dating back to 1999."


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Re: http://www.fotopic.net/ Website is down

Post by 35005CP on Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:59 am

Unfortunately this has meant that I have lost a couple of groups of photos (Which were never backed up and I am hoping Joel Rowlbottom http://pikfu.com is able to transfer everything from fotopic to here)


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Re: http://www.fotopic.net/ Website is down

Post by Nickt on Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:27 am

35005CP wrote:Unfortunately this has meant that I have lost a couple of groups of photos (Which were never backed up and I am hoping Joel Rowlbottom http://pikfu.com is able to transfer everything from fotopic to here)


Based on what I have seen on other forums, Joel is no longer in discussion about possible recovery of Fotopic galleries. Unless the Fotopic servers are switch back on then there's no way we will ever be able to retrieve the photos. Most people do have copies of their own jpegs, but will have lost captions, etc. These can be retrieved from the cached versions in many cases. PM me if you want to know more.

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Re: http://www.fotopic.net/ Website is down

Post by 35005CP on Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:34 am

Hi Nick,

I have managed to retrieve the captions from the cached version. The issue I have is that I have 2 groups of photos which I don't appear to have backed up. And it just so happens that these 2 groups of photos mean alot to me. Probably because they are some of the better shots i have taken.

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Re: http://www.fotopic.net/ Website is down

Post by Nickt on Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:48 am

Sorry to labour the point, but does that mean that you uploaded the photos from your PC to Fotopic and then deleted the copies on your PC?

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Re: http://www.fotopic.net/ Website is down

Post by 35005CP on Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:55 am

Yes. Not sure how long ago though. I have the XD cards still so I'm trying to find an application that might beable to recover them currently? Do you know of any applications that might beable to do this?

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Re: http://www.fotopic.net/ Website is down

Post by Nickt on Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:05 am

35005CP wrote:Yes. Not sure how long ago though. I have the XD cards still so I'm trying to find an application that might beable to recover them currently? Do you know of any applications that might beable to do this?

You mean the jpegs are still on the xD cards? Are they "deleted" on the cards? If so, there may some tool that can recover anything which isn't overwritten. If they're not "deleted" on the cards then (obviously) you can upload them again.

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Re: http://www.fotopic.net/ Website is down

Post by 35005CP on Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:21 am

Latest news on another website states the following;

"The latest news, by the way, is that a potential buyer for Fotopic has been found. It's not settled yet, but according to Joel the deal is all but done. No information yet as to who it might be, but we should find out in a few days."

There is hope for us all getting our photo's back possibly at last... Watch this space.


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Re: http://www.fotopic.net/ Website is down

Post by 35005CP on Tue May 17, 2011 8:58 am

The recent Information on Fotopic states the following;

Fotopic Update
Dear Fotopic Users

Fotopic and its parent company Snappy Designs Ltd are no longer trading.
Discussions are in progress with a new team to rescue part of its service and the images.

The important points to note:

1.The images that have been uploaded to the Fotopic servers are safe.
Our aim is to find a migration path to a new service with similar or better functionality
than Fotopic and a method for users to export their existing images.
2.We cannot give you a date for this just yet – please subscribe to our newsletter to be updated.
3.Please understand that we cannot answer specific queries at this time, but will be able to
give more information once we are live with a new service.
Thank you for your understanding.


Any other Information I am sure will be posted at the following URL in due course; http://www.fotopic.net/

Very frustrating for alot of people. But lets hope something can be resurrected from the depths of the server/s.

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Re: http://www.fotopic.net/ Website is down

Post by 35005CP on Tue May 17, 2011 9:43 pm

Anyone like Rollercoaster rides? Well here is the latest information; Neutral

First one is from Joel;

"There is still hope.

I am currently waiting to find out if the relevant parties involved can
reach an amicable agreement, and I am optimistic that a solution will be
found which will satisfy all stakeholders. This list and the pikfu-users
list will be the first to receive a statement when we have a solution. I
am optimistic and all the parties involved are being very co-operative and
positive. Your patience as former users of Fotopic.net is utterly
admirable and that's appreciated, thanks

Things have progressed to the extent that the Fotopic.net fileservers are
now safely installed in a datacentre, and if the go-ahead is given (in
whatever form that may take) things should happen quickly. What form that
final solution will take I don't know yet, it depends on what agreement is
reached and what the acquiring parties (myself included) decide. I cannot
say any more other than that, I'm afraid.
Thank-you everyone for your patience."


And other news with regards to the defecit;

"The liquidation resolution and statement of affairs have appeared at
Companies House. This appears to be the position of the company after
the assets have been realised and the balance sheet is:

Cash £4,600

Amount owed to Kingston Communications -£8,000
Amount owed to Stephen Dyer -£2,000
Amount owed to HMRC (explicitly stated) nil

Deficit -£5,400

After all the heat, and for all the grief, that is all small beer and
probably lots of minor creditors like me couldn't be bothered or the
Directors did some reputation management, perhaps subbing the company,
leaving a balance sheet that lets them say they are out of pocket etc...."



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Re: http://www.fotopic.net/ Website is down

Post by 35005CP on Wed May 18, 2011 11:07 pm

Hi all,

Joel Rowbottom has posted the following information;

"Good afternoon everyone --

(Rather than suffer from Chinese whispers and absence of context, I thought I might as well join this forum and you can get it from the horse's mouth, so to speak...)

An official statement will be coming soon (in the next day or two hopefully) but in the meantime to allay everyone's concerns I'm pleased to confirm we've 99% reached a way forward on making the Fotopic data/images available for download in the structure it was held in the Fotopic galleries, complete with captions and comments and all that stuff. It'll be available in a couple of different formats for about 3 weeks, assisting in migration to other services as you wish. You will also be able to delete/remove your account and all data from the Fotopic servers if you have made alternative arrangements by now.

The blank 'fotopic.net' page is currently due to the switchovers happening to where the system is currently hosted.

Pikfu.com is back in development and although I've been at pains to point out that it is not fotopic.net (and there is a different featureset/structure), if you want to migrate to Pikfu as a beta-test user you will be able to do that quite easily as well. We've had to change things substantially at Pikfu to enable this, therefore the full site will now not be launching until July 2011 for new users; if you want to use it before then, you'll need to be an 'immigrant'.

I will post the official statement here as soon as it has been approved and the system is live. I am however very pleased that we finally managed to work out a solution to make the images available to the users, thanks to the kind intervention of several different parties and stakeholders.

Anyway, as I said, more soon.

Cheers

j"

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fotopic problems

Post by IanGratton on Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:51 pm

Hi Guys
I wonder if you can help me. I came across your site while trying to find out information about Fotopi. I had a site with them which contained a lot of personal photos from holidays, weddings, family life etc. which I have lost. I did have most of them backed up but then my computer was stolen so they have all been lost of of course they are of great value to me. Can anybody help with how I can recover them or are they lost forever. Your help would be appreciated. Thank you


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Re: http://www.fotopic.net/ Website is down

Post by Nickt on Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:28 am

My understanding is that Fotopic was developed by a chap called Joel, who sold it a couple of years ago. The new owner went bust, and I think eventually sold the rights back to Joel, who started to develop a replacement called Pikfu. However, news of this has gone very quiet and it may never happen. You might like to use this forum:

http://groups.google.com/group/pikfu-users

to try to find out more.

However, my guess is that Fotopic and your photos will never return and the moral is to back up your PC on to a separate drive.

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