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    please review imageOX.com (free image hosting, autorun cd presentation, slideshow....

    Hi all,

    Please review our website and do let us know about your likes and dislikes. We have been working on this new project since last 3-4 months and finally it has been completed. We have also tested it but if you find any bugs please report so that we can fix them as soon as possible.

    Note : A visitor can use all features except "Image Randomizer" and "FilmStrip".. So set your profile which would take less than a minute, requires (username, password and email) and you will be able to see "My Images" link in header. (a visitor has different view of "My Images" as compared to registered users.

    What is ImageOx..

    Its a FREE image hosting site with tons of features which were requested by many of our community members as well, we have about 100,000 members of our forums, but yeah not all requested but still a lot of people suggested many features, so BIG THANKS to all of those who emailed us and suggested different features.

    Website Address : http://www.imageOx.com

    Main Features

    The best of all is its FREE service. Following are the major features of this website.

    1. Image galleries / photo albums - manage your galleries (title, description, Styles, add, delete), you can make your galleries public/private, published/unpublished or even password protected.

    2. Image series (folders) e.g family images, my friends, my photography (ad ,remove, rename etc)

    3. Image SlideShow (with wonderful preloaded 17 Flash Effects for your images), also displays image title and description as well.

    4. Autorun Flash CD presentation - create autorun CD presentation with your uploaded images. It supports background music i.e. .mp3 format, you can browse/view the images in Full Screen mode, play imageshow, stop imageshow, pause imageshow, stop music, play music, pause music etc.

    5. Image Randomizer - get code for one of your series which will give you a static code (URL) for your series and each time you refresh the page (image page) it will display a random image. You can get different size code for image randomizer (100x100, 200x200, 480x480, 600x600 and its actual size). Its really a useful feature for forum user specially, because you can display different AVATARS and different signature in each of your thread, you will always have a random signature/avatar in forum. It can also be utilized on auctions or displaying image before google adsense.

    6. FilmStrip - you can create FlimStrip from any of your image series, and get its code, its a Flash movie displaying images (100x100 thumbs) and scrolling from right to left, you can get code for both horizontal and vertical styles. It can be added in website header for displaying your products or anything like family images, avatar galleries etc.

    7. User Profile - Set your profile (register), and all your public galleries will be listed there, any one would be able to contact you(yes/no), (email privacy, public name, biography, website address, location, avatar, address etc. You can also set (yes/no) if you want people to leave comments for you on your profile. Other options are contact, comments/reviews, send to friend, add to buddies. User can "Edit Profile" soon as they register / set their profile.

    Image Features
    Following are the features for the image(s) uploaded.

    1. Resize image to (options)
    2. Watermark image (12 different styles)
    3. Copyright bar (set your text to be written on the image)
    4. Image Resolution information (e.g. 800x600 written on image)
    5. Image Resolution information on thumb (e.g. 100x100 written on image)
    6. Include date - display date (upload) on the left side of image (3 different styles)
    7. Photography border (beautiful shaded (transformed) border
    8. Pixel border around the image (choose colors)
    9. Allow / disallow comments on images
    10. Image rating
    11. Image options - set image title, description
    12. Image View - Author name, title, description, original name, comments, ratings (votes), date uploaded, filesize, dimensions, image views and instant code. If you share image code from one of your gallery, it will automatically include "next image, previous image, and album name and link.

    Miscellaneous options

    1. Search in Images, Galleries and Profile
    2. Browse public images, galleries and profiles

    Webmaster Tools

    Currently we only have Image Uploader tool available. You can place image uploader on your website and set its display style i.e height, width, colors etc. If you are logged in to the ImageOX, it will automatically add images into your account without visiting imageox.com It gives you code within the same FRAME, you don't need to leave the website once you add uploader to your website. Its very useful for tutorials' website and forum users.

    International Languages

    ImageOx.com is designed in such a way that it will support all international languages, currently it only supports ENGLISH, but in next couple of weeks you will be able to browse imageOX in German, French, Italian, Romanian, Dutch etc. If you are willing to help us translate this in your OWN language, please contact us, we really appreciate your help.

    If you use/test it, please leave a review here for us to improve this free service.

    cheers
    - Ali..

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    Looks like you have put a lot of thought into the design and inner workings. Looks great and all the features I tested-- worked.

    There are a lot of sites offering similar services-- what is your business plan? I'm curious.

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    Hi,
    I think you should use a larger font size for headers. Right now the headers don't really call out loud enough, (so to speak).

    Overall the text size is small.

    I think you could use a bulleted list of the sites main benefits, styled to stand out, were you now have the "Welcome to ImageOX !" section.

    The homepage looks like too much reading for me, and that can imply complexity. Your line lengths are up to 128 chrs - I'd say you're pushin' it.

    Your homepage "upload multiple images" box - some wasted space there, and it'd be nice if it didn't span the entire page.

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    QiSoftware - thanks for testing all features. Business Plan ?? not sure, I have my own community where I have about 94,000 registered members and we mostly write web design tutorial for free, and we need a place badly to host our images and make galleries, the idea derived from there, then I added other features i.e. cd presentation becuase I have many clients requesting this from time to time so I put that as a free feature in this new site.

    topher - thanks for suggestions, I will make certain changes to the site to make it look more attractive, can you please tell me what screen resolution are you using, becuase to me the font looks normal, I am at 1024x768..

    regards

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    Design: Very good. Looks professional and is user friendly. Uses DIVs, which is usually bad, but the way that they are used doesn't throw off the other design. 8/10.

    Security: Good. You can't save a file as file.jpg.php and upload, as it checks the content, not the extentions. Search not SQL-injectable, but you can use the '%' sign to get all pics (you have to put it more than once, as it filters out searches which are under a certain amount of characters). Login has most likely got an md5 password protection. Can't use php commands through login box. 9/10.

    Navigation: Not as good. No interaction (e.g javascript onMouseOver). No link to homepage (although clicking the logo works, but that isn't obvious). Welcome message too close to the links, doesn't look proffesional. 3/10.

    Registration: Good. Quick and simple, good for people who just want to get registration over and done with. Would be better if there was a name box, so you could use that on the greeting. On error (e.g. passwords dont match) the form resets. This isn't that bad as there are only 4 fields. Unlike alot of sites, puts values in autocomplete when theres an error. 8/10.

    Logo: Good, placed in the corner and not too big. Quality not too briliant, slightly pixelated around shaded areas. 9/10

    Edit Profile: Good, concise, help boxes come up onMouseOver. More detailed than Registration. 10/10.

    Other Tools: Allows you to make a CD Presentation of your pics. Extremely helpfull and dynamic. 11/10 (yes, thats very good).

    Overall: Brilliant website. Gives you what you want, and better than what i'd expect. Upload rates incredible. 9/10.
    Jake Arkinstall
    "Sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel;
    Sometimes its enough to make that wheel more rounded"-Molona

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    I am looking at it @ 1024x768. What is the font size? Personally, I'd like to see "main body" text a point or two larger.

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    arkinstall - thank you for your time and testing all features, highly appreciated for testng, you have posted some good point, I am currently gathering all the information which users do / do not like and then finally make changes, so thank.

    topher - thanks for posting again. as I said I am gathering al information and will certainly make changes in near future. thank you for your time..

    regards


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