Why Can't We Upload Images?

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This is great, very useful guys. But why can't we upload a large image and get it converted? Most of the images that are on the web cannot fully benefit from being viewed like this, we should be able to upload our source, large images and then apply zoom.it to it. Maybe just apply a rational limit like 6000x6000 pixels?
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Nathanael Lawrence

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Honestly, I would like this feature too.

However... finding a place to temporarily upload your image to so that you can point zoom.it at it shouldn't be terribly difficult.

If your image is smaller than 50MB, you can store 25GBs worth for free at http://photos.live.com

Of course, if you have another free image hosting service which you prefer, that is good as well.
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Yeah, I hear you guys. It ultimately boils down to the fact that we're a labs group and this is an experiment. In other words, we're not a product group, and this isn't an officially supported Microsoft product.

Because of that, we were (and still are) very wary of actually hosting user photos, because we might go away at any time and all those users would lose their photos. That's something we greatly want to avoid.

By setting up our site to take URLs only, it frees us of that burden; we become a cache (since we have the source URLs, we can reconvert them if they're ever purged from our cache).

With the new API, we're hopeful that actual products that take and host user photos will integrate with Zoom.it to automatically send uploaded photos to Zoom.it. That will hopefully get you the best of both worlds.
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Hmmm.. you're right about uploading the stuff to photos.live.com is a viable alternative. Yes.. I guess that would work.
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Chris

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Is anyone else having difficulty getting images from photos.live.com to work? All I get are grey blobs.
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Aseem Kishore, Former Employee

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Sorry to hear Chris. Are the URLs you're giving it "https" URLs? We seem to have a bug where "https" websites get rendered as a gray page; here's the thread.

If you are indeed giving it the "https" page URL, one workaround would be to give it the URL to your image directly, because on photos.live.com I believe these image URLs are "http". You can get the image URL in Firefox from right-clicking the image and selecting "Copy image location". In IE, you have to right-click the image and go to Properties, and you'll find its URL in there.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but thanks for getting this on our radar!
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Aseem - Thanks for quick response. Doing it the way you recommend but getting the grey box. Here's the photo URL: http://cid-11d8f206b9982135.office-df... and here's the Zoom.it URL: http://zoom.it/U7cu

Doesn't appear to be the HTTPS issue.
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Aseem Kishore, Former Employee

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Is the photo a private photo?
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Chris, when you are signed into Skydrive as yourself, the URL in your address bar will only work for you.

For other people (like Zoom.it) to even see the page that the photo is on, you'll need to copy the "Web address" in the lower right of the page. This is not what you want, though.

When you are looking at an image in one of your public folders on SkyDrive, just click on the image itself and when you see it alone in the browser window (which is to say - no page surrounding it - no next button or Windows Live header or anything other than the image and empty space around it) then copy the URL that is in your address bar and paste that into Zoom.it.
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Nathanael nailed the answer so I'm good now with pictures. I guess, however, that SkyDrive won't work for Docx and PDF since it only provides folder location web addresses.
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Glad it helped! Thanks Nathanael for the awesome tip. We'll look into this more when we have a chance to see if we can make the process easier.