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I've just uploaded v2.70 to the Play Store, which removes the 500px-supported upgrade to allow pinning for 7 days.
500 Firepaper to me has been one of those apps that was fun to build and I actually used daily myself. Every Android device I use runs it as its background.
It used to be optionally-donate, as in, all features were free and you could buy Pro to buy me a beer. About 1.5 years ago, the guys at 500px let me know they wanted half the 'revenue'. In exchange, they would allow paying users to keep images cached (and pinned) for 7 days instead of 24 hours. Fair enough, they're providing the bandwidth, after all.
About half a year ago, 500px started to watermark 'their' images. According to their own documents, you can get a watermark-free stream of images for a fee. Of course, I immediately started lobbying to have those watermarks removed for images shown in 500 Firepaper - if not for all users, then at least for paying users.
I'll be the first to admit that earlier this year, some of my payments to 500px were late and batched together - my bad. They made some comments about that, so I started making sure the payment were done within the terms of the contract. Terms that were negotiated at length when it was signed, and now apparently forgotten.
They have become first unreasonable (and they're Canadian...) then completely unresponsive. After months of this, it is clear to me that they have no intention to either work anything out, or remove the watermarks, even for users they have received revenue shares from.
To me this is completely unacceptable. I cannot justify taking user's money and giving it to 500px, while at the same time 500px presents those same users with watermarked images that go a long way to ruin the experience.
As such, I am no longer making payments to 500px, and have removed the paid functionalities from the app. It is now once again an optionally-donate app, with all features available for free.
Pinning for 7 days will still be available for users who purchased when that feature was offered, for anyone else it will be limited to 24 hour cache time limit.
Note that I fully expect this is the beginning of the end for 500 Firepaper. It wouldn't surprise me if they just disabled the app's API key out of spite. I'm sure they don't agree with me keeping the 7-days-pinning feature available for those who have paid in the past either.
Last but not least, it has happened several times in the lifetime of 500 Firepaper that the app's API key was disabled by a photographer's request. Photographs uploaded to 500px are spread through the API for public consumption (with cache time limits). It seems a large number of photographers aren't aware of this happening, and just see their photos appearing somewhere - to their logic without their permission. Of course, they have granted 500px permission to do this when they signed up, but not realising this, they file complaints. If that happens again, I fear the API key will never be reinstated.
That's it, enjoy it while it lasts.
Quickpic joining CM, Lastpass to someother spooky company , SuperSU lost their true owner and now 500 firepaper going down.
2015 was a bad year
+OsmDroid don't forget to add the recent moves of ES File Explorer to the 2015 disaster year...
Sorry to hear about 500px becoming more unreasonable, and about the bogus copyright takedowns by overzealous photogs. Had no idea.
I've been using 500 Firepaper on all my devices since it was first released a few years ago, and would be sad to see it go. To be honest, though, I never really noticed the light watermark in the lower-left corner until you mentioned it (added 6-months ago - really?), AND, and I can't recall ever pinning anything because I rather enjoy having a NEW awesome background image every couple hours.
GL & thanks,
that's a shame. this is my favorite application.
+Maarten Fonville actually we never were fan of ES . We're in team Root/Solid explorer
How about accepting user-supplied photos, then letting all other users vote on them to find the most popular ones?
This idea could be spun much further. Users could set a rating limit to get only the best photos displayed (except that they would still get a few new ones from time to time for some first ratings). The photographer could have his name shown. Users could ask for a full-resolution image. Photographers could set a price, zero or higher, and ask for acknowledgement if their photos are published elsewhere.
Hey i got a problem whit my galaxy s4 root i can't downloading anything anymore from normal browsers its says everityme download fails i try it on 3 divrent browser and it al says the say pleaze help me ?
use unsplash.com as a new source? they have an api and the images fall under Creative Commons Zero, so free use, even commercial.
+OsmDroid since a short time I am also in that team ;-)
Wow 500px is shamed out break terms with you +Chainfire
Bad news indeed. Thanks for this great app... maybe another provider could feet hopefully. Daydream isn't working in M also, which was my primary use for firepaper.
I agree with +Mauro Luyten. Though there is an app called Wallsplash, but it's functionality is totally different. Unsplash is imo, the best source of high quality wallpapers which are free to use anywhere. Maybe you can take some time from your schedule, and look at it.
and thanks for all the fish
To clarify, it isn't entirely their fault, nor it is entirely my fault. Things just went belly up. I blame them for some parts, I blame me for some parts.
However, the 500px API is so ingrained into the app, that switching providers is not something that I would quickly or easily do.
That being said, 500 Firepaper isn't likely to die today, but don't be surprised if it suddenly stops working at some point in the future.
I'll have to rethink having my account with photographs on 500px. This sucks.
+Chainfire Thanks for all your effort so far and I am sorry that it didn't work so well with 500px at last. I will enjoy your app as long as it works and it also has been my favorite wallpaper since I found it!
+Mauro Luyten you can use unsplash with Muzei and the Muzei-Unsplash-Plugin
wow that sucks man, thank you for the info
+OsmDroid and pushbullet charge highly for what used to be free..
You're very magnanimous, but I'm going to go ahead and say it anyway, they sound like a bag of dicks..
I never sticked to a single wallpaper apps for more than a month. But ever since I found 500 firepaper I have never used any other app. Hope that you would find some other photographer community and use those instead of 500px and solve this issue
Many good apps I like we're either bought by a large shitty company (looking at CM) or made a shitty decision (pushbullet anyone?). Hope nothing such happens to Nova launcher or solid explorer.
I found this app about 3 months ago its amazing I didn't need to go hunting for a good wallpaper or an app plz keep this alive
+OsmDroid Are you working on a Solid Explorer mod?
Such a shame, this app has been my go to wallpaper app for a while now. Maybe we should get users to email them directly and ask them to stop being a bag of dick...
+Oever González ES is still fucking great. Disable notifications from application manager for that apk if the "spam" bothered you.
I never used 500 Firepaper.
That is too bad, like others, 500 FirePaper was/is my wallpaper goto.
So disappointed. It was the best android app in my phone. And I really enjoying see a fresh wallpaper a day.
500 Firepaper has b been my default wallpaper app on all my devices as well, though I don't use the pinning feature very often. Screw those a-holes anyway. Any chance of making it an unsplash wallpaper changer? Unsplash pics are donated and you can do whatever you want to with them for free.
Appreciate your hard work. And grateful for an explanation
Since it's on the way out, how do you feel about releasing the source code so that someone may attempt the work to change providers?
OK, First off 500px can suck on deez. Chainfire is one of if not the BEST contributor to custom fully functional AMAZING feats for rooted phones and all around amazing applications. Chainfire has saved me hundreds of dollars over the years and has a very large (maybe silent) but LARGE fan base, I have a ton of friends who know the name and never post online about anything so you just wouldn't know they are fans, I can imagine it's not just them who are silent fans. Maybe 500px should take the time to actually appreciate the online community outside their walls, I had no flippin clue what 500px was and never would it if wasn't for Chainfire. So maybe they should take their lubed up heads out of their asses and realize how much better the world is with people like Chainfire. How much better the world is BECAUSE of people like Chainfire, not because of head sucking deal snubbin nose in the air troglodytes.
It is what it is
No longer receiving image updates... Have they taken the low road already?
Sorry to hear what happened. I like your app.
How about migrating to other photo hosting services like flickr for example. Is that possible?
Rather pessimistic. Hopefully you haven't forwarded a self fulfilling prophecy.
What a pity! I tried 500 firepaper for the first time today and I love it!
By the way, I'm a big fan of Chainfire!
+Jason Gordon I'm not quite sure what this has to do with Android...
This is so sad. I've been using 500 firepaper as an inspiration for photography. It creates so much exposure to many photographers out there in the 500px community. A pity that this will all be gone soon. I really dont know which wallpaper app to use anymore other than this. :( hoping for it to stay alive...
hope it will stay alive...really like ur apps... :(
Are you talking about the watermark at the bottom of the image? That's not such a big deal. More upsetting is that 500 Firepaper sometimes uses 3 to 10 percent CPU and runs down my battery overnight.
I noticed the watermarks showed up recently, it doesn't bother me too much. I do like the 7 days cache, will be sorry to see that go.
Well, I paid and my pin option now shows 7 hours instead of days. Not sure what is going on.
+Jason Gordon No worries, I was just thinking that had this been an iPhone app, the outcome would not have been any different.
I don't really get it. Why remove the pinning feature which people love, because of an unobtrusive watermark?
Thanks for the great app, +Chainfire. I totally agree with you. Glad to know about their shoddy business practices. This is no-doubt the beginning of the end of 500px as well.
I wonder if firepaper can be repurposed for Flickr or some other image prover that's less.... Hinky.
Hey how can i root my sm-g531f 5.1.1
...and I was going to ask you how I can remove the watermark... oh well, I'll just have to learn to ignore it, I guess! :) great app, makes my smart tv look like a giant photo frame :D keep up the good work!
Today I started getting "no images available." Did 500px shut it down, or do I just have some temporary connectivity issue?
Looks like 500px blocked the app
Is working for me
Yeah, working again now for me as well.
Naresh zala no .9898993136
Abhishek Don, does your post have anything to do with this thread at all? There are many others that apply to your question directly.
DAMMIT!!! Looks like it may be gone for good now. ?
Spoke to soon!!! Working again ?
I'm late to the party. I found this months ago, and only JUST started using this. I've been missing this! This is the MOST appropriate app I have seen in a while. It is pretty perfect. It does a spectacular job doing its one thing: providing a simple, easy, highly functional interface to totally show off beautiful artwork. Magnificent in its simplicity. It fits m my tablet screen perfectly in landscape or portrait - something that the manufacturer couldn't do in several releases. It's lightweight, fast, easy.
I really think that 500px should be paying YOU, not the other way around. They're just an aggregator service - a portal for artists. Your app extends their portal and provides added functionality.
I haven't kicked in for your other apps that I use, but I'm on my way to register a Play Store deposit so I can remedy that and give you a little of the reward you deserve for your talents. Thank you.
Just a note. I got the SuperSU Pro - thinking I was paying for your SuperSU. The interal graphics look the same. Afterwards, I noticed that the developer name on the SuperSU Pro is CodingCode. Is that YOU? If not, a) I need to hit up Google for a refund, and b) you have some one that looks like they're passing themselves off as you.
+Marc Visconte That is the right version, same one I have. It is linked from the SuperSU thread on XDA: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1538053
I hadn't noticed the different author before... That's interesting. Probably some scheme to get around paying VAT or something!
No. It is legitimate, Chainfire sold ownership of the app, promises to still be involved for a while,but is done.
Oh, and I LOVE 500 Firepaper! Still works for now! (fingers crossed)
It's dead for me :(
Still working here. I've changed the subjects and cleared cache, and I'm getting new pictures. So try again and maybe reset the cache, etc.
I'm not seeing any images on my background. I can see the images in the history, but my background is just a black screen. I've changed the maximum images, the minimum images, cleared the cache, and the history, but nothing works. Any ideas?
Check your connection settings... I only use mine on Wifi, so all my devices have that checked. Check your Airline Mode, and you might try turning it on/off, then trying again. Just guessing.
Mine is still pulling pictures.
+Marc Visconte Thanks for the suggestion. I have Wi-Fi only unchecked, and I've cleared the cache multiple times, still no dice. I did uninstall and reinstall the app, and it worked for a little while, but then went blank again. No images on the home screen, but when I go into the history, there are multiple pictures shown. Not sure what's going on with it, but it's frustrating, mainly because I love the app and the pics are amazing. I just wish it would work more than sporadically.
Kevin, can you email me?
My email is *@* I don't know if this is the best way to
reach you, but I don't have your direct email. I'm not a huge Google+ user,
so I don't know if this will work.
I'll try this again. kevinmogee AT gmail
Happy Time may be at an end... I haven't been getting new pictures for a while (since April 15 - 16, maybe).
[ Note to self: Before freaking out about new pictures, remember to check the Wifi connection. :-) That fixed it once. ONCE. Heh. ]
I think this app is black out completely now.... :(
It's been iffy for the last last few days... some days it doesn't seem to work. I changed my categories and cleared my caches and it seems to load new pictures, so... maybe it's not dead yet?
+Marc Visconte Me too, I change to a static wallpaper and change back again, new background start showing.... :\
For me, app work great as usual, except, I'm now unable to jump from 500 firepaper to the 500px application using the 500px icon. Therefore, if I see a picture I like and that I want to add it to by fave, no can't do...
Hi everyone, this app is awesome but... How to set to the lock screen wallpaper? I have CM13
Has the app stopped working again?
Nope. It's still working. And, fantastically. I just brought another
device online and added Firepaper.
It works. It works amazingly. I am loving it.
I just noticed, the symbols for Firepaper and Infinity Loop are the same.
And I love them both.
This app is one of the best pieces of software ive ever used. Every device I touch Every device I install it. As a developer congrats for all your work. I hope we can continue to use this fantastic app any how. Cheers
Can you please add celebrity pics to 500 firepapers??
Best app on my android. I really hope this is not the end for 500 fire power!!
Yup. The best wallpaper app out there. I have tried many but keep coming back to this.
Appears today the app got shut down, unable to get any picture since last night
just checked on mine, still working. try reinstall
Tried reinstalling with no success, also not working on another phone. The first phone needed a reset anyway so will see after it is back up from that.
Good idea. "I got 99 problems and a restart fixed every one!" ... hopefully :D
And it's gone.
Can you please share your source code so, others can build app like this and keep it going?
Reset did not help, appears that the api key got revoked (see the link at the beginning of this page.
Today it works again, Yesterday Not..? Don't know why..
It's fixed. Thanks once again for an amazing product and great support.
Doesn't work anymore, since a few days
Here for one Day, now it works again..
+Christian Kordein Did you clear the cache? Is it loading new pics?
No longer working for me cleared cache and history and still nothing
+harish varma Yes, cleared Cache etc., Now its working again..
Ok, now its gone.. :(
I am having same issues with no pictures loading. I have tried everything I can think of. Clearing cache and history, reinstalling, resetting both phone and tablet. I even sent email to developers and they haven't replied.
I'm having the same problem here... Cleared all and still not working... Even uninstalled and reinstalled not working on my S8+ at all?!? Please fix this as this is one of my favorite apps! I'd be happy to give you a donation if you can fix it
+Jay Rosengren It's out of Chainfire's hands; this is entirely because 500px doesn't want to allow the sort of access that 500 Firepaper needs to, well, be 500 Firepaper. And that stinks, because 500Fp was a legitimate reason to have an Android device vs an Apple device.
So has it definitively stopped working? Mine hasn't been loading pics for like three weeks or even more now....
My experience is the same. There is a working app with similar functionality:
I have used it for a day so far. Iam not affiliated with it in any way.
Still I would prefer this app if it was working.
It is working now.
Not for me :(
En mi móvil no funciona y la aplicación la compre
How come it's working on my Samsung tablet but not my Samsung S8
Still not working on my S8 too :(
It's working for me now
started working for me after I cleared the cache from the application settings :)
It worked for sometime this morning and stopped again after clearing cache.
i just ran across this post while trying to figure out why it stopped working. 500px seems like a hard company to deal with so i understand moving on. obviously it's up to you, but hopefully you come up with some free time to create a new product that works with a less shady service. if not, it was cool while it lasted.
I cleared app data now wallpapers are not download.. how to solve my problem my device is lenovo k6 power
I've enjoyed using 500 Firepaper for many years as well as other apps and tools you've created over the years. Today was a sad day for me as 500 Firepaper has stopped refreshing and retrieving pictures from 500px. Just wondering if there's anything you can do to breathe a little more life into the app and get it working again?
Boo 500px and their mean photographers!
Have to say though that I, and I expect others would have paid a small sub with watermarks i... I hope you did well with the venture!
500 Firepaper is hands down, the best live wallpaper blur app in the store. But given the author, that's not surprising. :)
It's too bad that 500px just doesn't want to be a bit more cooperative.
As a suggestion, would it be possible to rework the app to pull images from other sources? Reddit, Imgur, Flickr?
I've tried other live wallpaper apps that display the nicely blurred image as a background, but none even come close to working as well as this app does. It will be a shame to lose this one.
I wouldn't mind paying for a premium version of the app. If that would solve the problem. Because 500 firepaper is unique & beautiful.
Things stopped working on the same day I left for vacation. I returned yesterday and I'm looking at what is going on. It seems 500 Firepaper is currently being rate-limited (in other words, can only download X pictures in Y time).
I am not yet sure if this rate limiting is per-IP (more or less per device), per-API-key (all 500 Firepaper users together), or perhaps even a shadowban (500px servers saying we are being rate-limited, but having no intent to ever give us pictures again).
Rate limiting by itself is no surprise, there are more than a few 500 Firepaper users and altogether I don't doubt we generate massive amounts of traffic for 500px. I just hope the problem can be worked around. I don't think we can count on the 500px guys themselves to be any help, though.
+Chainfire Firepaper is the default wallpaper app on all my android devices, I hope it starts working again. The app's muzei extension stopped working a long time back, was it due to lack of support from 500px or does it have something to do with the latest version of muzei?
Sigh, it really was the best, thanks Chainfire for all you do!
No image available!
Please make sure Wi-Fi is turned on, and your battery is at least half full.
This is my new wallpaper from many days...
Battery is full and Wi-Fi is turned on.
Was a great app while it lasted.
This app is the most beautiful I've ever used. .. I totally agree to pay till 10 € for it works again. ... I'm sure that an arrangement is possible with 500px. ..
Please... being it back...
Same Boat :/ I always pay for all chainfire apps but not working now :/
There's a similar app called "500px live", it is not as good as 500 Firepaper as it doesn't change wallpaper automatically but you can change it by 2 finger tap on the home screen.
*correction 500px live does change wallpaper automatically every 2 hours on the lite version.
It started working on all my devices!!!
Yes that's great! Thank's to 500 FIREPAPER and 500 PX teams :)