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« on: October 25, 2016, 22:46 »
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With today's "positive" news from iStock I think it make sense to start deleting our portfolios at iStock as soon as we can BEFORE they make any further changes to contributor's agreement. They want us to wait 30 days to close our accounts - it requires a 30 day notice. I just cannot allow them fooling me another month, sorry. "Deactivate" function in "manage file" is still available and I start to deactivate file after file right now. I noticed that when you clicked on "Deactivate File" you get basically the same URL in your browser:

www.istockphoto.com/file_status_change.php?id=xxxxxxxx

- where xxxxxxxx is a ID of your image, so if we just copy/paste image ID at the end of this URL - we can make the whole process a little bit faster. If only there was a way how to get a list of all your files IDs. Any ideas?


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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2016, 23:59 »
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Update: I found out how to make it much faster:

if you go to My account > My Uploads and select the whole table which is displaying 1 to 20 of xxxx matches - you can paste it in some smart HTML-editor like Adobe Dreamweaver - it has that very nice function "Find and Replace">"Replace All". So I just made bulk replacement of

https://secure.istockphoto.com/file_closeup_edit.php?id=
with this
http://www.istockphoto.com/file_status_change.php?id=

and I got ready-to-use HTML-file filled with files deactivation links. Then I just saved it and open it in my browser and clicked on all those links (it's easier to to that in new tabs in the same browser window): I can perform bulk images deactivation - 20 files in one window!  ;D

drd

« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2016, 01:58 »
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You could also donate your images to a public domain and then join the $1 billion lawsuit against Getty, read here: http://petapixel.com/2016/07/29/getty-responds-1-billion-lawsuit-will-defend-vigorously/
That is because if you deactivate your files Getty/Istock will keep selling them anyway!

« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2016, 02:12 »
+2
As RetroColoring suggested - once you have links/text just paste them http://linkrr.com and you can open them all with a single click :)

« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2016, 09:13 »
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Update: I found out how to make it much faster:

if you go to My account > My Uploads and select the whole table which is displaying 1 to 20 of xxxx matches - you can paste it in some smart HTML-editor like Adobe Dreamweaver - it has that very nice function "Find and Replace">"Replace All". So I just made bulk replacement of

https://secure.istockphoto.com/file_closeup_edit.php?id=
with this
http://www.istockphoto.com/file_status_change.php?id=

and I got ready-to-use HTML-file filled with files deactivation links. Then I just saved it and open it in my browser and clicked on all those links (it's easier to to that in new tabs in the same browser window): I can perform bulk images deactivation - 20 files in one window!  ;D


I guess you don't even need a HTML editor, to replace texts in a file, a simple text editor can do that

lemonyellow

« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2016, 09:36 »
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Update: I found out how to make it much faster:

if you go to My account > My Uploads and select the whole table which is displaying 1 to 20 of xxxx matches - you can paste it in some smart HTML-editor like Adobe Dreamweaver - it has that very nice function "Find and Replace">"Replace All". So I just made bulk replacement of


Nice!

However if you want a list of IDs for ALL files and not just 20 per page:
use DeepMeta
fetch statistics
in the "Files" tab, select everything and right click to copy
paste into a text file and save as .csv
open in Excel: IDs in first column, or full edit links in column AE
replace as per your post





« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2016, 14:08 »
+2
Update: I found out how to make it much faster:

if you go to My account > My Uploads and select the whole table which is displaying 1 to 20 of xxxx matches - you can paste it in some smart HTML-editor like Adobe Dreamweaver - it has that very nice function "Find and Replace">"Replace All". So I just made bulk replacement of


Nice!

However if you want a list of IDs for ALL files and not just 20 per page:
use DeepMeta
fetch statistics
in the "Files" tab, select everything and right click to copy
paste into a text file and save as .csv
open in Excel: IDs in first column, or full edit links in column AE
replace as per your post

Haha good idea! I was about to remove Deepmeta from my computer, but now i think it can have some more use :D


 

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