A picture is worth a thousand words, but you don’t want to go through too much hassle to share that picture. Many people don’t want to bother with overly robust interfaces, because all they want is a reasonably reliable place to stash photos that can then be shared with their friends and acquaintances online.
For those of you looking for a simple image hosting solution, you may want to have a look at Pict. As you’ll discover over the course of this review, Pict Image Hosting is about as clean and straightforward as it gets. Better still, it’s completely free.
Sharing Pictures Online for Free
With some of the other free image hosting services on the Internet, you can get bombarded with all sorts of ad banners and other clutter. Further still, most of these require you to create some sort of user account. That is not the case with Pict. The homepage is your album, giving you the ability to quickly and easily upload pictures on the fly. It’s also free of ad banners.
By clicking on any of the boxes within the Pict homepage grid, an upload dialog will pop up. While it may seem like you can only upload one image at a time, this picture hosting service actually lets you enjoy multiple simultaneous uploads.
As you can see above, I uploaded three screenshots to Pict, including one of Beyond the Rhetoric and another of Dot Com Pho. As it stands, Pict just gives you space for one giant collection of pictures, though they are working on the introduction of albums in the future.
Albums, or some other form of organization, are an absolute necessity when it comes to an online photo sharing site. Moreover, the barebones approach of the Pict photo sharing service may be a little too minimalist. There does not appear to be any way to add tags or a description to any of the pictures.
Automatic Resizing and Share Links
A very handy feature that you’ll find with Pict is that every picture uploaded will automatically be resized and saved. In addition to the original size, you will also have access to two options under “mini size” and two more under “medium size.” With the former, the typical image widths are 320px and 640px. For the latter, the typical image widths are 800px and 1024px.
In order to access the different sizes for your images, you first click on the “share” link that pops up when you hover over a picture. From there, switch to advanced mode. There will be code provided for the URL, discussion boards, basic HTML, and a direct link.
When sharing a picture with a friend, they will see the available sizes directly below the image itself. For example, check out the page with the BTR screenshot. I should note that Pict supports JPG, PNG, and GIF formats with files as large as 3.5MB each.
Because there is no need to register for an account with Pict, you may be wondering how you would go about accessing your own uploads after you leave the site. Near the bottom of the main page is the URL to your current album (remember that Pict only supports one album at a time for now). That URL will direct you to the gallery and if the session cookies are still there, you can click on the upload link to add more pictures.
What if you’re on a public computer or you cleared out your cache? After you complete each uploading session, I suggest you use the “save to email” feature near the top of the page. This will send you an email message with a specialized link, directing you back to your current album and giving you the ability to add more pictures.
FireFox Plugin for Instant Screenshots
Whether you’re troubleshooting with a friend or you just want to share something on Twitter, it can be a little bit of an effort to take a screenshot, save the image, and then upload it to an image sharing service. Pict takes care of this scenario as well with its FireFox Add-On.
This adds a widget to your FireFox toolbar from which you can save a screenshot with a single step. This add-on also lets you upload images from your computer.
How Does Pict Make Money?
Since Pict.com is a free image hosting service with absolutely no ad banners on the site, it is not entirely clear how Pict manages to make money. From what we can see, there is no visible monetization at the site at all. Looking at the terms and conditions, it does not seem like we run into the Facebook effect where they effectively own anything you upload, so it’s not like they can resell the rights to your photos either.
Oh well. Free is free and you can’t beat that kind of pricing plan.