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Photo Stream allowing images to be downloaded when viewed on web

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Nov 8, 2012 12:50 PM

I have created a photo stream with Aperature 3.4 and sent it to a freind that doesn't have a icloud account. When he receives the email and clicks on the Web link to view the images it works fine. He then clicks on the image to view it in the player and at the bottom there is a download button and he can then save it on his machine. I would like for people to see my images but not download them. Is this possible or should I find a better solution. Im worried about using it and having people steal my images that are copyrighted.

Thanks Ken

Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • phosgraphis Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    Your observation is what I have also seen, and there is no option or control over that "feature", at least as far as I can tell. Not having the option to disable downloads is a bad feature, to say the least, and it's omission is pretty troubling.

     

    I recall that in MobileMe galleries, the option to disable downloads did exist, so I don't understand why it was not included in Photostream which is the presumed replacement for MobileMe galleries.

     

    Hopefully someone will jump in with some hidden option they've found that prevents downloads, but I would also not be a bit surprised if there isn't such an option.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,410 points)

    the "Shared Photo Streams" and Journals are for sharing - you invite persons and send them photos. Only trusted, invited  friends can access the images. Use these sharing options only for images that you want to truely share, not for images that you do not want to send to somebody.

     

    For general photo galleries better look somewhere else.

  • phosgraphis Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    leonieDF wrote:

     

    Only trusted, invited  friends can access the images. Use these sharing options only for images that you want to truely share, not for images that you do not want to send to somebody.

    If that were solely the case, then why are there "public" photostream galleries available?

     

    The option to disable downloads should be provided, regardless. That's just good design. The current one isn't.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,410 points)

    If that were solely the case, then why are there "public" photostream galleries available?

    Do you have to ask? The public streams are for showing off your public photos to everybody, if you do not care who will be viewing them.

     

    Shared streams, only viewable by carefully selected few persons are great to send your family photos to your relatives or photos from special events to your friends. And in this case you will want them to be able to download the photos.

     

    The option to disable downloads should be provided, regardless.

    That does not help much. You can always make a screenshot. A watermark will give more protection.

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