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Allow uploading a new version of an image

Discussion in 'Media Gallery Suggestions' started by owls8521, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. owls8521

    owls8521 Active Member

    Currently, there is no way to replace an existing image. This is strange, because when you edit a video, you can change the video url.

    This option should appear when the user clicks "Edit Media" if they have permission. I am also requesting a new permission for this.
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  2. owls8521

    owls8521 Active Member

    Is there some way for me to do this now by editing the database or a file somewhere?
  3. Bionic Rooster

    Bionic Rooster Well-Known Member

    I think each image is given a unique id when uploaded so I don't think replacing an existing one can be done. What can be done is to delete the one you want to replace then upload the new one.

    I don't think how pics and video's are saved is comparable.
  4. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    There's definitely no way it can be done already.

    Just to explain the rationale of this: this is very different things.

    The reason why it is possible to change the URL of a video is because a video embed is not self hosted, hence you can never guarantee it's on-going availability. e.g. a video on YouTube could be taken down, but it may be hosted elsewhere so you might change the URL.

    With images, though, they are uploaded to your server, so ordinarily there'd be no particular reason for this to need to be changed. What would be your reason for wanting to implement this for photos?
  5. owls8521

    owls8521 Active Member

    I'm a game developer, and I have some of my game's assets in the media gallery. When I update the game, sometimes the assets change, and I'd like to be able to update them without breaking current links and embeds. I have them stored in the media gallery because users can create their own graphics for the game, and they use image templates I set up as a starting point. I want to be able to update those templates easily when I need to.

    I previously used MediaWiki, but since the resource manager combined with the media gallery is so powerful and convenient, I've switched. I'd like to have the piece of mind knowing I can edit an image without all embeds and links breaking.
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  6. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    it probably should be similar as it already is with "Editing a Thread-Post".
    Give it a "time limit" (to be set by Admin).
  7. DragonFlames

    DragonFlames Active Member

    I've used the ability to replace a photo a fair bit over the years....as that ability exists in other gallery software. I tend do it when something is wrong with the original, fixing the problem or getting a better version from the uploader and then putting it in as a replacement rather than a new upload. This leaves all the info in place about views and date of upload and who by and so on so it doesn't come up as new again.

    I've also found it very useful when an image somehow gets corrupted or damaged or goes missing. I can replace it from a backup without making anything else change.

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  8. denam

    denam Active Member

    We migrated from IP.Gallery where replacing an image was possible. Our users did use this feature quite a lot and are complaining that it is not available anymore.

    The use case is that they are drawing images which they constantly update and they do not want to loose the comments once they update the image with a new version of the image.
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  9. gunnar

    gunnar Active Member

    I would really appreciate the option of replacing an image in the edit function.

    I have links going out from the site so I would prefer to not have to upload a new image, as I would have to relink.
    Other external links would also be broken..
  10. Bombardier

    Bombardier Active Member

    I support this
  11. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    You need to like the first post to show support for a suggestion. :)
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  12. Lmccandless

    Lmccandless Member

    I am bumping this request. My site has a gallery in which people's work is sometimes published. They need the ability replace the current image with one that says "out for publication" and then put the original image back after the publication is released. Is there a resource available for this?
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  13. Steve Taylor

    Steve Taylor New Member

    I agree, this needs to be an option. Since 2003 when I was a member at the website we now own 2009, a member could go to "photo options" directly at their photo location and click edit, then browse for the updated photo and resubmit it.
    I've done it many times and it works great, and I know our current long time members have used it too.

    Sometimes they accidentally uploaded the wrong version of a photo, and need to update it and don't want to start a brand new upload and delete the old one if the old one has a lot of nice comments or suggestions.

    I have also been a member over on a photo website Pbase.com since 2003 where I post most of my work and it too allows for reupload of the same image without losing comments.

    So a much needed option :)
  14. sami simo

    sami simo Well-Known Member

    Not be able to replace images is an issue if you have the same image embeded in many threads, or have backlines to those images. I like this suggestion.
  15. Nuno

    Nuno Active Member


    I would like to suggest an option that allows a user to Reupload/Replace images.

  16. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

  17. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I've basically merged all the threads now.
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  18. Nuno

    Nuno Active Member

    @Chris D can this be implemented in a near future?
  19. Aivaras

    Aivaras Active Member

    I would extent this to all attachments. One, for instance, may want to perform a minor edit to a doc that is attached to a message without loosing its prior download stats.
  20. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Let him concentrate on XF 2.0 !!
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