This article explains how to add photos to the Pathable platform using a URL.
Note: Any URL that requires log-in to access will not work, as the import system in Pathable wouldn't know how to log-in.
- Add the image file to OneDrive
- Select "Get link," then select "People with existing access" to get the direct link to the file
- The URL provided will be a direct path, similar to this example:
- Remove everything after the ? and replace with download=1
- Add the image file to Dropbox
- Select "Share," "Share with Dropbox," and under "Share a link instead"
- Make sure the link settings are set to "Can View - Anyone with this link can view the file" and select "Copy Link"
- Before you paste the link into Pathable to upload, change the final number at the end of the URL from 0 to 1
LinkedIn or Facebook
- On LinkedIn or Facebook, find the photo that you want to upload to Pathable.
- Right click the photo. Select the Open in new tab option, and use the resulting URL to upload to Pathable
How to get a direct image link in Google Drive (revised procedure added to the bottom based on the new UI in Google Drive link sharing)
Google Drive might be the most complicated image hosting service. At least if you want to get a direct link.
- First, let’s add an image. Either drag & drop your image (and skip to Step 3), or click New>File upload.
- Now choose the image you want to host in Google Drive:
- Now, you can access your photo. Mind that this is not a direct link yet, it is a shareable link. Copy this link, you will need it in a second. Next, click the Sharing settings button below the URL.
- If you want your online image to work right (display for everyone, that is), you need to change the sharing option to “Anyone on the Internet can find and view”.
- Now, if you copy the shareable link (step 3) and paste it into any text editor, you will see a link similar to this one:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1evNxiyU9A5yB8LYnUVsOq3--Y6hc4JJq where the (case sensitive) series of letters and numbers after the ?id= part is an image identifier, which you need to copy and paste to your direct link. This direct link has the following form: https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=*img_id*
So what you need to do now is to replace the *img_id* part from the sample direct link above with the series of letters and numbers copied from the shareable link (in this example, it is 1evNxiyU9A5yB8LYnUVsOq3--Y6hc4JJq). This way, you get the proper direct URL For example:
Process to change the links so as Google will upload the image:
- Right click on the image on Google Drive.
- Click on Share.
- Under "Get Link" Change the share permissions to "Anyone with the Link" and "Editor".
- Copy the link and paste into a word file, which will give you something like this: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FFOVPaRU1Im7dkbN4MsBpBX8SYTcnFm4/view?usp=sharing
- Delete everything except for the part shown in bold.
- Add what you now have from step 4 to the end the following link: https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=
- The result is: https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1FFOVPaRU1Im7dkbN4MsBpBX8SYTcnFm4
- Add this link to the column for photo url including at a minimum your unique identifier column (this will be either the event id if you are using them or the attendees email address)
- Then perform an import: MAKE sure you click "Overwrite" next to the field for "Photo URL", on the Map Columns page of the import steps so that when you import the new link it replaces the old one.