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Show DN: ImgStack - Beautiful image sharing

almost 6 years ago from , Nowhere

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This is a side project I've been working on for a while. Every other image hosting service I've seen is either bloated and ugly or just compresses everything which makes sharing high quality content hard.

There won't be any ads or tracking on ImgStack, drag and image onto the homepage and when it's uploaded you'll be redirected to the image so you can share the URL with friends. If you don't sign up and create an account, your image will be available for 30 days, if you create a free account it will be available for 6 Months and you will be able to manage your images with a limit of 100 images. I am working on adding a premium account which would be around $30/yr for unlimited uploads and permanent storage.

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It's not yet ready for a public release but I'd love some feedback on the design and if you have any suggestions, please feel free to post them!

16 comments

  • Oskar RoughOskar Rough, almost 6 years ago

    Are you sure you want to use cover background images? I don't really see the benefit as a tool like yours is supposed to get out of the way. Adding thumbnails for 'your files' is another suggestion.

    You could also try and stick with a single 'upload button' instead of the two different ones, you're using now.

    Out of curiousity, how's your backend structured?

    8 points
  • Jason CarulliJason Carulli, almost 6 years ago

    You might want to rethink the logo, it is quite similar to StackSocial.

    Overall, this space is quite crowded with hundreds of alternatives. What is your hook?

    3 points
    • E BensleyE Bensley, almost 6 years ago

      Good point, didn't really look around at other sites for that. Might need to have a good browse to make sure I find something more original.

      0 points
  • Hong Yi DongHong Yi Dong, almost 6 years ago

    Adding some sort of legal disclaimer couldn't hurt.

    1 point
  • Nathan NNathan N, almost 6 years ago

    Nice initiative, here are some of my thoughts:

    The text is very light and the buttons are hard to distinguish against the background.

    Your columns for the filename and date are not aligned, longer file names cause the date to be pushed "out of alignment". With longer lists this could affect the scan-ability of the list.

    Drag and drop message + icon goes away after the first file is uploaded. Should this message still be on the page? Would users find it useful after the first use?

    1 point
    • E BensleyE Bensley, almost 6 years ago

      I possible should have gone through the user flow for this, but it's as follows. A user drags and drops a file onto the page (or clicks the button for an upload dialogue) and it is uploaded, the page then redirects straight to the image file so it can be copied or the URL shared. When they visit the site, the upload button is always displayed, the list of files is accessed by clicking he user name or image at the top right. I included the upload button on the file list page as a way to get back to the homepage.

      Thanks for the feedback on the file list, I agree that the alignment of the date could be a much nice looking solution, this will be my next change. For the buttons, I've been playing with a subtle box shadow around them but it always seems to have some strange effects on different parts of the image. If I go with another suggestion and remove the background it looks great.

      Thanks for the detailed feedback :)

      0 points
    • E BensleyE Bensley, almost 6 years ago

      On another note, dragging and dropping onto the file list should work as well, this is an interaction I didn't consider but it seems quite natural. I'm going to work on doing that now as well. Cheers!

      0 points
  • Crampa ...Crampa ..., almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    I made a similar image sharing site as a weekend project. No bloat or ads either, but my goal was to make the process as few clicks as possible.

    Drag and drop a file into the view port then click the uploaded image and the URL will copy to your clipboard.

    Check it out: http://cetan.ca/fastur

    1 point
    • E Bensley, almost 6 years ago

      This is exactly what I had In mind, it's good to see that the problem of being fast and minimal is not just confined to me. My goal is not only to make it as fast as possible whilst providing a minimal set of management tools but also to make it beautiful.

      Nice work!

      Do you still update or change yours?

      0 points
      • Crampa ...Crampa ..., almost 6 years ago

        Thanks!

        I just made it to practice working with the Imgur API. I don't really update it and don't plan on getting a domain. Just for fun =)

        By the looks of it, your UI is much more fleshed out and I'm sure it will be more useable. What domain are you thinking of using?

        Here's the source code for my project: https://github.com/NathanCH/fastur

        0 points
        • E Bensley, almost 6 years ago

          Could be a great reference :) im building my own backend but more drag and drop and the upload button. Thanks! I was looking at some .io domains like imgstack.io but i havent got to the point where im going to register it.

          0 points
  • Raúl De ZamaconaRaúl De Zamacona, almost 6 years ago

    I use CloudApp and it's all very good there already I think.

    1 point
  • Sam Pierce LollaSam Pierce Lolla, almost 6 years ago

    Genuinely curious how this compares to imgur. It's free and hosts uncompressed images w/ drag-and-drop upload with no six-month limit.

    Do you think imgur is bloated? Are you betting that people want to use something with a better visual design?

    1 point
    • E Bensley, almost 6 years ago

      Imgur was my primary motivation for staring this, I used to use it all the time but it's support for tablets is pretty hit and miss and I don't like how it manages images and links, especially its file page.

      I'm not really aiming for a massive success, I just wanted to see how image hosting was done and make my own. If anything I'm hoping to attract a more quality oriented crowd such as photographers or designers who want a fast way to share things on forums.

      0 points