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!
This issue was reported in May. The "Thinking about it" response from Douglas Pearce was posted 3 weeks ago. Can anyone at Microsoft please provide an update ? Those of us who use OneDrive to post photos on a discussion forum are currently paralyzed. ANY information would be much appreciated at this point . . .
The genealogy of my family is a PPoint that makes links to photos in OneDrive as publics.
The link obtained in OneDrive shows the photo but the "other photos" can be browsed.
1. The link obtained in OneDrive:
2. My link that makes the same:
3. Pls i need to show the photo as ORIGINAL.
Thks / Jaime
Thinking about it is not good enough, this has screwed me over and because of this, I won't be renewing my subscription.
Basically crippling good functionality, to useable.
Off to see many of the alternatives out there
This is the only reason I use onedrive. I use it to post pictures on various websites. If the url's are no longer static, onedrive is useless to me.
I hope the OneDrive Development Team and other management-level executives at Microsoft realize just how many customers it will alienate if OneDrive's image hosting characteristics aren't compatible with BBCode or anything else that utilize a fixed URL address for image hosting . . .
Eulises Melo commented
Hummm??? instagram, facebook? maybe onedrive want to reduce traffic to the servers??
Medium Valuable Customer commented
Microsoft keeping silent for 10 weeks gives rise to speculations that their know-how to manage a cloud is comparable to the unfortunate icloud team. Or even worse, that they legally MAY not disclose what is happening, you know what I mean... Anyway, this is a severe obstacle to "Mobile first, Cloud first". Good luck, Satya!
If this was an intentional change, it was managed very poorly. If this was an unintentional change, it has been managed very poorly.
You have not only broken the ability to post new links to OneDrive content, you've also broken all existing links to content in OneDrive without alerting anyone to the impending change.
Yes bring this back, it's one of the major reasons I'm using Onedrive. If no longer an option I'm forced to go else where, and there are plenty of options.
To the OneDrive Development Team:
It's now about two months since OneDrive ceased to provide static URLs. If you intended for this to happen, please announce it. If is an error, please announce it and provide a target date for its correction. Either way, say something (and something more substantial than "awaiting news from the Escalation Team").
BTW, the "embed" function is a weak substitute for a static URL. Embed generates HTML code for an "iframe" with a small photo of fixed size. It is not only inflexible but cannot be used in forums. May I suggest you look at how Flickr does it. They not only provide static URLs for an image, they can deliver it in a several sizes (user picks the desired size). In addition to generating HTML code (without using an iframe), they also generate BBCode suitable for use in forums. It is vastly superior to OneDrive's embed function.
I really hope you will correct this problem.
I use this service since 2008 and I was quite satisfied ... I have a public folder of images, especially for my blog. But today, direct links change every day ... The "view original" option is unusable. For now, I resign myself to use another service (Dropbox, Google).
I tried the new embed option, but it does not display animated gifs directly. The Web is so sad without animated GIFs...
Just ran into this the last couple days. Created a long thread on a discussion forum - linked photos keep disappearing because the URL changes a couple times a day! Suggestion of using "embed" function doesn't work since site doesn't allow the <iframe> to be embedded.
Please fix this!
Please bring back the static URL!!
Please...bring back the static URL.
Summary of my "Full Disclosure" posted here:
Representatives from Microsoft contacted me twice (June 10th and July 1st) and asked that I create a trace log of my browsing session. Effectively, they asked that I reproduce the problem and record it.
I explained the problem cannot be reproduced on demand; it happens without my input. In addition, I see no benefit in recording a web-session where I view a blog page containing a broken URL. They can easily duplicate the test conditions in 3 easy steps:
1. Upload an image to OneDrive.
2. Select "View Original" and bookmark the link
3. Check the link the following day and it will be invalid.
A trace log will tell you what everyone already knows: yesterday's URL is invalid today.
The fact I have received a request to record a trace log now, *six weeks* after the problem was reported, is very troubling. It indicates either a fundamental misunderstanding of the problem or a tactic to mollify me.
If it is a misunderstanding, I invite the Support Team to read all posts in this thread:
In a nutshell, if you upload an image to OneDrive today, its URL will change tomorrow and every day thereafter. It's really as simple as that. For years I created links to my OneDrive photos (for blogs and forums) and now I can't.
If it is a mollifying tactic, you'll have to explain how a trace log will provide any insight into what is clearly not a foreground issue (how my browser interacts with OneDrive) but a backend issue (how OneDrive manages file URLs). I'm not mollified by responses that do not address the real issue.
Frankly, I feel like Level One Support is following its script and it says step one is to get the user to create a trace log. This problem is well beyond Level One.
This appears to be an intentional change. Looks like that don't want OneDrive to be used for static web hosting.
This is about a scaleable subscription storage service. Eventually, we will all be paying.
Simply, what's the point of it as it is now?
Oh god yes, please bring back the static URL. I don't want to get back to other img hosting services >.>
It really should cause more indignation, than what could currently be observed. Or does the silent majority of OneDrive users just put their image library there without any intention to ever post their images somewhere else, so that the data could quite as well be left on their own harddisks?