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    Question Neopets

    alright... i feel REALLY stupid asking about this here but i cant figure this out myself.. and i figure that if anyone knew how to do this it would be you guys.

    In case you don't know, Neopets is a Virtual Pets site. I have designed a dot com about this internet game, and I have alot of competition on my hands. I want my site to be one of the best, and one of the most comprehesive... so here is my problem: I have found that the most effective Neopets websites SOMEHOW find out about new items before they actually some out... but the thing is when they do, they never really know exactly what the items do until they are released. So of course, i think the only way they do this is that they find the images on the server before they are actually posted on the pages. all the images for this site at at this url http://images.neopets.com ... and from there I have no idea how these people find this pictures. Google has an image search engine in which you can search for images that come from a certian address... so i did that but i come up with hundreds of images to search through. does anyone know of a search engine in which you can search images not only from a specified site, but also when the image was last modified? or is there another way of doing this that i have not forseen? If you have any input please let me know.... i am determined to figure this out

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    I feel kind of bad that no one has replied yet, because I think this could be an interesting topic. But the reason I think no one has replied is it is pretty unclear what you are asking.

    Perhaps you could give more details about what all this means, i.e. what is an "item"? Where do they get uploaded to? Who does this? Are you sure they are the only ones? Have you checked the img src's of the competitor's images?

    All this and more on the next episode of "Stump LaGorille: It's really easy!".
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    I think the question here is since the images aren't linked to a page as of yet, how do people find out about them? The solution to your problem, but not your question is to only upload an image when you are ready to link it to a page.

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    google image search is quite useful for image searching, you may also try http://picsearch.com
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    Lightbulb sorry

    im sorry if i was too vague, i will try to explain it better this time.

    Neopets is a Virtual Pet site in which you adopt pets... and you can train them to battle, and buy them food and give them items such as dolls, battle equiptment, and medicine... and you can also buy 'paint brushes' that can change the way your pets look.

    With that said... Neopets is constantly coming out with new items that you can give your pets... plus they have many different 'paint brushes' that can be used on your pets to change what they look like... but only so many pets can be painted with each brush, and every once in a while they will create new painted pets. Anyway... i have seen sites that find out about unreleased items and also find out about new painted pets before they come out on the site, and I want this kind of feature for my site.... i just cant figure out how they find these unreleased items.

    The only thing i can come up with, is that these sites find the image files of these different items before they actually come up on the Neopets site. All neopets images come from this server: http://images.neopets.com . From there... i dont know. I hope all this makes since... because I feel like it is critical for me to find out how to do this in order to help my site become as prosperous as I want it to be.

    To further understand what I am talking about... the Virtual Pets game addy is www.neopets.com ... and the sites that get unreleased items is www.pinkpt.com and illuminated.co.uk/neopets

    thanks for you help

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    They either know the people at neopets,com or they have sucessfully found the password to get into the images folders in the directory. One or the other.

    MNS

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