by Jeff Moore
I can't say with certainty where the problem has come from, but it appears that if you're using OS X 10.5.x or 10.6.x, and use the Drag & Drop Image Uploader, you may run into a new issue. If you suddenly see a coffee cup (Java) image with a red exclamation point on top of it instead of the usual three-pane folder view window, you are affected.
Since Apple provides the Java software for all Macs, they have complete control over it. If you are affected by this issue, re-running Apple Software Update will not solve it. Apparently Software Update only looks to see if the software is installed. Not whether it's installed and operating correctly.
The solution to this issue is to manually download and install the latest Java for Mac software from Apple. I am providing links for Leopard (OS X 10.5.x) and Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.x). I have not seen this occur with Tiger (OS X 10.4.x) or any earlier versions.
For Leopard (OS X 10.5.x) click here: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL971
For Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.x) click here: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL972
Click the Download button on the resulting page. Download the file, then double-click it to mount it and execute the installer. Accept the defaults throughout the installation process.
Once you've completed the manual installation of the Java for Mac software, close all browser windows (Safari, Firefox, etc.). Open a new browser window and navigate to your Drag & Drop Image Uploader page. You should be able to upload photos without issue now.
If this does not solve your image uploading issue, please contact Image Uploading support at firstname.lastname@example.org.