Bring back static URLs for image files. Currently they change every day.
Prior to the month of May, images files stored on OneDrive had static URLs. "View Original" displayed the image using a static, unchanging URL. You could use it to link images to blogs, forums, web-pages, etc.
Since May, posted images no longer get a static URL; it changes at least once a day. It is no longer possible to link an image to a blog because the link is only valid for less than 24 hours. OneDrive is no longer a viable cloud-service provider for image files.
Please try out the new embed experience for photos. You’ll see an “embed” option in the command bar with options for getting the right image size for your site. Let us know what you think!
Anything? It's been months. I need static image URLs to pull into an Esri mapping application and am now bumping up against a hard deadline. Help!
Seriously MS WTF were you thinking. T.T
Nathan Langfield commented
Why is this in the 'roadmap' when it was already a working feature to publicly host images???
Well folks, Microsoft just announced that they are cutting the free space for OneDrive to just 5GB and the unlimited storage has been cancelled.
It just goes to show that if they can pull off this kind of move, forget about solving about this problem. I believe they are just trolling in working on a solution.
I also believe that Microsoft may be trying to shut down/close down/stop service of their OneDrive system like what they did to their MSN Messenger and their Spaces blog, both of which I once used very often in the past. Now if they actually stop this serivce...
I suppose it's just not making them enough money, huh?
What a mess! I'm not sure that Microsoft realise just how ridiculous this makes their flagship cloud storage platform look when the competition seems to be doing it right.
How long before this is fixed?
We will all be here to celebrate the anniversary of this mishap in May 2016.
... if nothing good happens in the meanwhile.
I've been using facebook and tinypic as an alternate since this happened. Traffic to onedrive has ceased.
Douglas, thank you for the update.
To maintain parity with the competition, may I suggest OneDrive include features offered by Flickr, Imgur and others. In addition to static URLs, they provide dynamic resizing; they can render a photo in smaller sizes.
For example, by simply changing the letter-code at the end of the URL, the image is delivered in a different size (small, medium, large, original).
I hope this capability can be included in OneDrive's next or future release.
Thank god it's not just me. Trying to sell car parts on a forum and need the "original image" link to remain static so people can view the thread. This has been driving me crazy the past week and I've probably (and hastily) recreated the links to these 27 images like 5 times. This definitely used to work. Sadly, I can see two advantages for MS on this new method: 1) It allows better load management on the backend (or something along those lines) and 2) people who have linked OneDrive images all over internet technically cause more bandwidth demands on OneDrive, and by breaking the links twice a day, this is no longer a concern. The downside is, OneDrive is going to lose customers over this. MS, your play.
Because the URL of the "View Orginal Public Photo" is no longer STATIC.. I've obteined a embed link like this:
<iframe src="https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=AB8487F893FBFAF4&resid=AB8487F893FBFAF4%214974&authkey=AAngJMnTpAdfB-E" width="320" height="236" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>
This link don't work... The link that works is:
https://onedrive.live.com/embed?cid=AB8487F893FBFAF4&resid=AB8487F893FBFAF4%214974&authkey=AAngJMnTpAdfB-E"width="320"height="236" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"
But the photo is shown "reduced"... changing the with & height dont work.
Is there a parameter that shows the photo in Original Mode ???.
Jordan Mills commented
Wow, an actual reply with something more than "f off". Maybe this does occasionally work. Plans to switch to dropbox are on hold now...
At last someone from Microsoft has responded on "uservoice". Did Tony chase you up on this?
OneDrive actually once supplied the functionality of static URLs for images, and people could use it to post images in forums. Most forum software just doesn't allow any HTML-code (especially, the <embed> tags offered by OneDrive) to be inserted, exactly for security reasons(!), so the URL was the only viable way to implement that function.
For any other features regarding images beyond storage and usage in forums I need to stress out I have neither use nor interest: exactly because all of that extra functionality I'd expect first to change or cease operation.
But now, you and your team actually have managed to cripple OneDrive to a blunt tool. And yes, OneDrive is just a tool, not more.
I have made my own conclusions, and won't add any more content to my OneDrive directory as long as that functionality of static image URLs isn't restored. That most of my 'old' images don't even display anymore in my OneDrive folders I contribute to your efforts to trick people into replacing those and thus lose the capability to link them into forums!
BTW, I also 'fondly' remember the consequences of the name change from SkyDrive to OneDrive, which broke a high 3-figure number of non-image URLs I also had posted in forums, where I actually invested the time to repair all those links. Not once again.
Finally, how come I can't find a OneDrive account of yours, but two accounts at Google+ and flickr?
It's so OneDrive doesn't act as CDN for websites.
Ok Microsoft, enough stalling. Someone please cough up an update. Is this change to non-static URLs going to remain in place or not . . .
This thread highlights how hopeless Microsoft is at tech-support. Simple questions are being unanswered:
Was this an intentional change, or unintentional change?
If the former, please confirm.
If the latter, update the thread with a response on whether it will be fixed or not.
I'll give you til the end of the month to respond. If nada by then, I'll be moving all content to a site that does provide static URLs.
Any updates? Onedrive is sitting useless for me right now. Unusable in forums, which is what my primary use for onedrive is. I've been using Facebook instead.
Joe Farmer commented
unfortunately that type of link doesn't work when posting pictures on most forums. That link allows someone to link to the image and view it on onedrive only, wihich is not a solution to the reported issue.
Roger Siegenthaler commented
This isn't necessary, there's the feature of creating a link by sharing it. By default links should change every day for security reasons.
Jordan Mills commented
So where's the update? This kills onedrive's usefulness for me. I have plenty of options to sync my files, and many of the support peer to peer sync. Public hosting was one of the main things keeping me using onedrive despite the other missing features. Without this, there's even less reason to keep using it.