If you go to the galleries page, you'll see that there has been no update since March 10th. You'll also see online discussion about what's going on. Not everything is clear, but it seems possible that this site is "on the ropes."
It's a shame. I think I can attribute to Patrick Ryan an outstanding ability to get the models to look very sexy and happy. The genre might not be to everyone's taste, but I think he's excellent at what he does.
I haven't been a member of this site for a while, but I pay it a "lurking" visit every once in a while. The Jan. 17th, 2013 gallery of Joysen (aka Jana, Lisen, etc.) looked strangely familiar. Then I checked my stash and there it was. The earliest date on the photos was June 20, 2009, which just happened also to be the date that I had joined the site for the first time. The girl has been a favorite of mine so I probably snapped up the gallery the day that I joined.
Sometimes, sites will use the same name of a gallery series, and different parts are posted on different dates. Errotica-Archives does that, for instance. However, the photos matched in the case of the Teen Models "Savage" gallery.
Gee, I hope this site hasn't started recycling content.
Through this site, I joined the whole Diesel Access network for a 5-month subscription. I was expecting photo sets in various sizes and both portrait and landscape orientations in them as they've done in the past.
However, lately, the site seems to have gone more to just landscape shots that max at close to 2000 px on the long end. The shoots are also shorter, and they emphasize pussy closeups so much that they're more about that than they are about the girl.
To me, that gets old. Maybe Diesel is saving on prep time by doing shoots more this way. If that's the idea, then good for them. And I'll have wasted some of my money on a pay site again, which is something I'll not easily forget.
Daphoz now has zip files. I did some looking around and downloaded a few from earlier months just to get an idea of the extent of this change.
There's good and perhaps bad about this. The zips came through at a nice speed, 2-2.4 mhz per second. (That's fast for an old-timer like me who remembers the days when an OS was installed from a series of 1.2 mb floppy disks and modems maxed a 52Khz, theoretically.)
However, only one size is available, the probably-taller-than-you 42xx pixels!
Still, if you've got an up-to-date machine, it probably won't put a dent in the performance when you crack the zip and oggle the goodies.
Susana Spears is the girl of the month. So far, there's just a bts type photoset and one of her showing off her splendid Czech masterpiece on a stairway. It's the first new stuff I've seen of her in quite some time.
When you go to the join page, there's now a notice that the site is a "closed project." It's still going to be up (for how long, who knows) and the entire collection will be made available for $79 US.
It's sad to see this go. Martin Krake, the photographer, has given us some excellent work over the 8 years he's been active with the site. I can still even remember in 2004 when he earlier had a pay-per-set site and was going by the pseudonym "Victor Lindenborn."
Hopefully Martin will be getting his work on to other sites, at least.
I joined this site and in fact, it was me who asked that it be listed at PU. There's some nice exclusive stuff of babes like Bambi (long time no see!), Sandra Shine (still hot!), Dominika C (yeah!), Lauryn May, Kami the Redheaded Czech Sweetie, and Melissa "the Butt."
The stuff of Melissa is particularly awesome.
However, the big letdown is that there are no zips and the site isn't download-manager friendly, either, at least not in my hands.
Basically, they have a girl-of-the-month system with updates once a week or so, but actually they come at irregular times. You'll get more of earlier girls sometimes as well, and then there will be a dry spell.
So this is a recommendation with a big caveat stuck in the middle of it.
PS: They're crossing the Big Pond a bit. Sarah Peachez is the currently featured girl.
"It's gonna be a long time before it's done ..." (For the voice, think David Crosby on the first CSN album)
I joined a while (well, a long, long time) ago on their $10 per month discount special. The issue at hand, though, is the time it takes from clicking to log in to BEING logged in. The wait is quite exceptionally LONG.
Just wondering if anyone else has time to refill the coffee cup between login "click" and login "done" with this site. Does it appear to be a long, long time?
Just following through a bit on the comment in Tangub's review (06-28-11) about links that go to the wrong photo sets. (And each pic set is numbered.)
I've run into it a few times here. Links to the wrong set of a model, and sometimes links to the wrong model! Like the Nikky Case (Irena) set being put, set for set, under the thumbnails of Cassy, who's next to her chronologically.
Sure, people make mistakes ... because they're careless. And if they don't bother ever to correct them, well, maybe they just don't care.
Boy, I kept wondering if I was doing something wrong here at Aziani. I'd be going through the material just fine, with everything running at a good speed. Then I'd click on a single pic to view from one of the galleries and BAM! It was like time standing still.
Then shutting down Firefox took forever, with ctrl-alt-deletes and all. Reboot, and the damn Firefox was still in a coma. And shutting it down was another coffee break. Reboot again.
There are sites with pics much larger in file size that don't give me this problem. And I've had it again and again, even after taking the precaution of rebooting and visiting ONLY the Aziani site.
I like the site. It's got nice, new sets of models like Breanne Benson, Monique Alexander, Kagney Lynn Carter, and the still fabulous Kirsten Price (just one so far). Plus, there's recent stuff of Nikki Nova at her "ClubNikki" that prove that she's as dynamite as ever, too. And it's all exclusive stuff.
24MainStreet, which I'd thought was long gone, is now here and they've even just started posting pics, just new ones, at a size larger than 1200 px -- FINALLY. Welcome to the future! (I hadn't been there since 2005, so that's another six years of a very naked kind of conservatism.)
Glad I joined, but I'm getting just a little tired of the RAM problem. Just a little ...
From the folks who brought us FuckedHard18 ... But this one is supposedly home video sent in by the pornstars' boyfriends. That's a difference, since at FH18, they pretty much all had the same "boyfriend."
I'd been away from this site for about a year. On the current join, I found some good improvements but also some things that had kept me away since the last time.
Being a pic fiend, I'll focus on that. Since mid-January this year, they've been doing pics in 3 sizes -- 1024, 1600, and 3000 -- with zips for each size. (Funny how the reviews have missed this.)
But they're still reposting older sets in 1024 on weekends. I wonder if they could repost them at least in 1600 instead. They've got some very nice "legacy" material of girls like Breanne Benson, Aneta Smrhova, and the latina Marlena, but these are nothing new to long-term fans of the ATK sites. They're just re-runs. Why not do "encore presentations" instead? ;)
And the thumbs for the newer galleries are bigger (good) than the older ones, so you get this mix of thumb sizes in the gallery listings (bad), the 125px thumbs mishmashed with 200px thumbs. It looks really tacky.
Who cares, you ask? It's why we have building codes, clothing sizes, paper sizes, and layout concepts. What would you think of a product catalogue that mixed different sizes of images on a grid, with big, empty white spaces above all of the smaller ones? Anyway, don't even think of asking me "who cares?" I don't fucking care if you don't. Go write to the International Organization for Standardization and tell them you don't care.
Getting back into the site after a year meant going through the many categories and trying to catch up. They've got 13 softcore categories and 10 hardcore categories. OK, fine, variety is the spice of life and this much has got to be the stuff of five-alarm chili, but why not have a straight chronological list to keep things simple? I mean, I don't want to have to think in terms of "dime pieces" or "masturbation" OR "toys." Just who and when will suffice.
Besides, once you get into a category, the only heading at the top of a list of galleries (this is also called a gallery) is the number of the gallery of galleries. "Gallery 84," for instance, of 16 thumbs to galleries. Of what? Like, where am I? There it is, in the browser's title bar! "nudism 84."
I know, they're trying to keep things organized, and they do, but it doesn't work anyway when you have to struggle to maintain a sense of virtual place while you're trying to enjoy the pictures of naked women.
Still, with the caveats explored above, I'd recommend the site. There's some very nice exclusive material. Quite a lot of it, in fact.
Found this through EBI, and then saw it has been listed at TBP. The tour sure doesn't tell us much. They give the impression that they have a lot of models, but the only updates that show are for January of this year -- very few. And do they have zips? What size(s) are the pics? Video info?
The tour, while colorful, is as brisk as the Alpine air.
Met Art gallery pages now allow you to:
1. Rate the series, the model, or the photographer separately
2. Input tags for each series
3. Return to recently viewed content (their starred "Recent" button)
4. Control viewing options such as number of thumbs per page, whether the thumb opens a pic in a new window, and the default resolution of opened pics.
These are nice improvements, but I did notice one change. It used to be you could change the default photo viewing resolution right on a gallery page, but now it always uses the "browser options" setting whenever you go to a new page. So you might, for example, change the view to "low" but get "high" on the next page.
Perhaps this seems like a quibble, but I did like being able to reset the default without having to go into the browser options area.
Just the same, the overall improvements show that Met Art continues to find ways to enhance the user experience.
UPDATE: They're going to fix the problem I pointed out here (see replies).
Remember Avery Adams? She was at quite a few sites back around 2003-2004, KarupsPC included. This year, they've reposted some of her sets there (now at 1500 pixels). There's one of her in a sudsy bathtub that is especially hot. (And I don't usually go for the sudsy tub scenes.)
Another is "Simona" (aka "Kitty" at LSG). She's like the naughty girl you knew before you knew what a retirement plan was.
It would be great to see them reissue their Evelyn Lory sets, btw. I'm pretty sure that KarupsPC was the first site I saw her at. There's some nice exclusive stuff.
I rejoined through EPOCH. THEN it prompts me to fill out yet another join form with a different vendor. I didn't do that.
Then I logged in. Fine for the first few minutes. Then it starts moving like a snail on a cold fall day and not much later loads nothing and gives me gateway timeouts.
Update, Dec. 8th, four days later: It's STILL having bad gateway problems. I'd actually kind of forgotten about this site, then remembered, logged in (which was slow), started getting into just one gallery, and it happened again! I had to close the site window after several bad gateway messages. There was simply no point to it.
This just doesn't pass muster. A month costs $30. And it's this bad. How long can a site be this difficult for paying users before its listing at review sites comes into question?
The current poll is about nudity and sexuality. So here's a sideshow: Actiongirls has, for this entire month, had nothing in its stock of new photos but non-nude material. And frankly, I think they look pretty awful as well. It sure isn't what I'd signed up for (6 month subscription, stupid-stupid-stupid me!).
I haven't been able to equate any of them with sexuality, btw. ;)
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