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As many of you know, in an effort to keep the board running smoothly, we've set a policy that limits the file upload size to 250 KB per post.

What does this mean? The total file size of each post must be under 250KB, including pictures. There's no limit to the number of pictures that you can put in a post as long as the post's total size is under 250KB.

There are a few important reasons for having this limit:

  • Not everyone uses high-speed internet, so having large files affects their user experience. By keeping the file size lower, it ensures that all users can view the thread and pictures.
  • Server space and bandwidth. Pictures take up more space than text and use more bandwidth when downloaded. In order to balance the user experience with costs, we've decided to create a generous limit for the file size.

Problems

The most common problem encountered when trying to upload a picture is that the file size is too large.

Of course, not everyone has experience with resizing pictures for use on the web, so this post will give you a few suggestions that can help make posting images to the forum easier.

Background on Image File Sizes

One confusing thing about posting pictures is that the physical size of the image (4" x 5", or 640px x 480px) doesn't necessarily indicate how big the file size is. It's possible to have a physically large image that doesn't take up much space and vice-versa.

The most common file type for posting pictures to the web is jpg (jay-peg) as it provides great compression of images.

Other file types like bmp and gif are better used on flat-color images, not for photos.

Digital Cameras

Most digital cameras save images in high-resolution jpg without compression, so their file size is initially very large - often over a Megabyte (1024KB); these images are too large for use on the web without some tweaking.

Most cameras come with software that you can use to edit, resize and compress your photos so that they will fit under the file size limit. Since there are so many different camera and software manufacturers, we can't tell you exactly how to do this, but you should be able to find help in the software or on the camera manufacturer's website.

Online Services

There are many online services that provide photo editing, storage, and social networking capabilities. The most popular at this moment is Flickr (http://www.flickr.com), where you can get tons of free storage and some easy-to-use online tools to edit and share your photos. In fact, Flickr automatically makes smaller versions of your photos and compresses the file size so they still look great, but take up less space.

Once you've got your photos into Flickr, you can easily download them or simply link to them in your posts.

Image Shack (http://imageshack.us) also offers free image hosting and editing.

Free Software

There are lots of free software packages for photo editing on the Net. Some of them, while powerful, can be rather techie and hard to learn, such as Gimp (http://www.gimp.org), which works on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Recently, Google made Picassa (http://picasa.google.com) software available for free which is software that you download and install on your PC. This works on Windows 2000/XP or Linux. It will catalogue your pics and allow you to easily edit them. This is much friendlier software for novice users.

There are plenty of other image editors for free online - a simple search should give you more than you care to look through.

Deleting Old Photos

In the past, administrators have deleted old photos from the forum. There are a few reasons why this is not the best 'solution':

  • It reduces value of forum posts - When people visit old posts that had pics, they don't see them. If you posted an image of a fix or a diagram, it's just gone.
  • Creates extra work for users - having to re-upload your pics is a pain.
  • It only affects the total amount of space used on the server, but doesn't ensure a better user experience.

The Wrap

If you take pictures using a digital camera, you may have software from the camera manufacturer that helps with picture editing. Depending on the manufacturer, this software can be very helpful, or somewhat confusing.

A better option may be to signup for a free account at Flickr or ImageShack, which can resize and compress pics for you while preserving the quality. You can build up your own photo album that you can share with friends and still download pics with a smaller file sizes that still look good and upload them to your posts.

Whatever tool or method you use, please help the community out by trying to keep your file size as low as reasonably possible.

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I can't post a picture now.Same steps as before.Push brouse, bring the photoshop resized pic down but and it shows the file name;. now when I press enter it go's poof and it's gone. I have posted other pics since the forum change.What am I doing wrong

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What is the file size of the picture you are trying to post? Also is it a jpg file or bmp file?

BJ

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I can't post a picture now.Same steps as before.Push brouse, bring the photoshop resized pic down but and it shows the file name;. now when I press enter it go's poof and it's gone. I have posted other pics since the forum change.What am I doing wrong

Samething happening here.

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I can't post a picture now.Same steps as before.Push brouse, bring the photoshop resized pic down but and it shows the file name;. now when I press enter it go's poof and it's gone. I have posted other pics since the forum change.What am I doing wrong

Samething happening here.

Again, what kind of file is it that you are trying to upload? Also what browser are you using?

BJ

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I can't post a picture now.Same steps as before.Push brouse, bring the photoshop resized pic down but and it shows the file name;. now when I press enter it go's poof and it's gone. I have posted other pics since the forum change.What am I doing wrong

Samething happening here.

Again, what kind of file is it that you are trying to upload? Also what browser are you using?

BJ

JPEG 640x480 75.3KB

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Boog, I sent you a PM.

BJ

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Best thing I've found is most camaras have a setting for Email size/website posting in their menu .

Once I switched to that it's painless to post pictures on here , ebay , craig's list , ect. ;)

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Ivy Cat

I'm assuming urls from photo albums are OK using your "Image" icon in the toolbar? If not, please advise. Thanks

Photo below is from my ImageEvents album:

http://imageevent.com/lukowphotos

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Ivy Cat,

I often get the rejection of photo message: "Upload Skipped (Error 500)" They are sometimes smaller photos from my phone but usually they are older scans that I had re sized earlier. Or I've had it happen when I've just re sized it. It will not let you post them.

Old Binder Guy, OBG, Gary

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Look at your picture on Image shake, there should be something about sharing, then look for IMG Code. Once you've found the IMG code, copy it (press ctrl and c at the same time) then go to Red Power forum, create a topic or a reply then paste (ctrl and v at the same time) the IMG code.

I've put a picture on Image Shake. Now how do I transfer it to here?

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this picture file size is a major pain to have to resize all

the time. and then have to make multiple post in order

to get all the pictures posted. surely there is a program

that can automatically resize the pictures and allow for

more that 1 or 2 pictures. this isn't 2006 any more.

the technology is there to make this an easier process.

thanks!

Duane

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Yes Duane. Go to Photobucket.com. set up a acct, easy. You take a pic then from a app on your phone it goes to you photobucket acct. Then if you wanna share the pic you open ypu photobucket acct. Cllick on the pic you want. Click "share" click the "links" option and copy the IMG one. Go back here and click "paste" and voila! It will be a hude code till you post it. Basically it is showing you the pic from another server so rpmf dont have to store all the info. It literally take me about 5 minutes from pic taking to posting here.

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More on photo bucket

I take pictures on my iPhone the normal way, then when i want to post one i open Photo-Bucket, look at my library, hit the little cloud emblem on the bottom, check the photo To send to photo-bucket, after its loaded i touch the "send to" emblem on the bottom (square with an arrow), chose copy, hit IMG bar, then paste it into my post. Confused yet? yeah me to, but it gets easier. just remember that it takes a minute so be patient.

Good luck

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A tip.....i just quick hit the "photobucket" thing right after taking the pic. You also can have it auto do it. Kinda nice if you kill your phone. At least you have the pics you took

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ok, i have a new photo bucket account, when i post a link it just takes people directly to my photo bucket account page, not that i have that much interesting on there or secretive, but how do i make A. thumb nails show up in my posts and B. make it so only the pictures i put up for the post are viewable? i have some customer stuff on my phone that i don't want appearing all over the internet.

TIA

Seth

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Are you on android or iPhone?

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Are you on android or iPhone?

i phone

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Are you on android or iPhone?

i phone

I'll post some step-by-step instructions tonight when I get home.

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Assuming your photos are already loaded onto photobucket.

1. Tap the photo you want to share.

2. Tap the circle in the area I've circled in black

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3. Tap the area I've circled in black. You should see a message that says "Link copied"

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4. Now open Safari. Go to the forum, create either a new post or a reply. Double tap in the text box, then tap Paste. You should see something like this.

13DA4EF9-8703-45B2-9B03-BC83DFF286DD_zps

Hope this helps!

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thank you BJ!

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