Locating free sources of images to enhance blog posts can be a time consumptive chore even when you have a listing of free sources of images as I so on my resources page. But a year ago now WordPress.com entered an arrangement with PicApp that made that chore and easy breezy one by introducing a shortcode for WordPress.com bloggers to gain free access to PicApp images. The official announcement on October 9th, 2009 was:
We all love adding great images to our blog posts, and today we’ve enabled a new WordPress.com Shortcode that adds millions of available premium images to the mix, all for free.
The Shortcode is for a service called PicApp, which offers up to the minute sports, news, and celebrity images from some of the top photographers and agencies throughout the world. — Free Access to Premium Images
What a difference a year makes! PicApp will no longer be supporting the WordPress.com shortcode. They have introduced a widget and are discussing how to enable the already-published images to stay on WordPress.com blogs where the shortcode has been used with WordPress.com Staff so stay tuned.
Hi Guys ,
picapp just launch its new product , the picapp widget , that turns every static image into a dynamic photo gallery. We built this tool based on feedback we got from many of you guys and are very pleased from the initial results.
Clarification #1 –> do you have to install the widget? :
no. installing the widget is not mandatory at all. you do it only if you like it and see the value in installing it! what we do ask however is for you to register on the new site.
Clarification #2 –> does the new widget is wp.com supported
Clarification #3 –> does the widget “takes over” images you are not interested to be dynamic?
we specifically designed a dashboard function to enable you to control on which site section you want the widget to be active . we also provide in our support page specific instructions for how to disable a specific image .
Clarification #4 –> what will happen with the already used images and with the shortcode support?
due to insufficient interest , we cant continue to support the shortcode for much longer and we are in discussion with the wp.com team to find a solution that will enable the already-published images to stay on the blogs.
hope this is helpful!
Eyal — PicApp.com
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