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[*] posted on 3-23-2007 at 03:50 PM
Downsizing images to upload them here (updated)


Note: as of March, 2015, the information below is now outdated. Please see the updated information posted in this thread from May 17, 2015 (or other newer announcements that may follow). Thank you.

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To upload attachments - including photos - the file size must be under 50kb.

There are many ways one can go about this - from commercial software packages to figuring out the quirks of the free software.

An online suggestion to make it easy - as I just found both of these online resources after being asked this question again by a member...

1. Size the photo down if necessary (no more than about 600 pixels wide). Note the width you'll need, and then figure out what height you need to keep the aspect the way you want it:
http://www.thumbnailing.com

B. Then bring the file size down to under 50KB:
http://www.sitereportcard.com/imagereducer.php

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[*] posted on 3-23-2007 at 04:07 PM


Doug,

If the photo is stored on a site like photobucket, I know it should still be no wider than 600 pixels wide, but does it still need to be under 50KB?

If so, I will change the ones I have posted.

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[*] posted on 3-23-2007 at 05:24 PM


If they are stored elsewhere, it's of little concern on this end. My concern is the storage space over the long-term on the BajaNomad equipment as more and more images are uploaded to the system.

Third-party storage is thusly not a factor in this concern (although I'm concerned about the long-term availability of those photos stored at photobucket, etc in appearing here. It's nice to see some of them years down the line, and most of those will be removed at some point by then - usually anyway).

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[*] posted on 3-23-2007 at 05:27 PM


Doug, how is the progress on restoring the posted photos lost when you upgraded the site?

Of primary interest is the Baja Trip Reports Forum photos... as most posts are describing photos...

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[*] posted on 3-23-2007 at 06:10 PM


I know there are a lot of ways to reduce the file sizes, and there may be a down side to the technique I use, but with so many people using PCs and Windows XP. I find this pretty simple.

1. Open MY PICTURES, assuming that is where you've stored the image.
2. Hover the cursor over the image until the properties come up, and note the size of the file.
3. Determine the approximate percentage of reduction required to get below 50 kb.
4. Right click on the image and choose EDIT
5. The image will come up in MS Paint
6. Select IMAGE
7. Select STRETCH/SKEW
8. Reduce the Vert and Horiz size to your estimated requirements
9. Select SAVE AS
10. Rename the file to prevent losing your original image
Browse to the reduced image from the Nomad page, and select the image.

Works for me. Maybe it will be what YOU are looking for.
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[*] posted on 3-23-2007 at 06:11 PM


Thanks Doug-- That second site is perfect. I`ve wondered why I have to jump thru hoops to do this, (what took about 2 seconds), on my iPhoto! I think what happens, is the programers get so geeked out on their pet programs, they make simple things complicated!! Now if I just had some pics to post!!!
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[*] posted on 3-23-2007 at 06:44 PM


I think the ideal program does not require resizing the photo to get to 49.9k, but changing the compression ratio. Used to have a program from jdmcox.com but it wouldn't work correctly on my latest computer and now he's not supporting it anymore. Too bad



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[*] posted on 3-23-2007 at 10:13 PM
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[*] posted on 3-24-2007 at 12:30 AM


Quote:
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Fishing Tourny last summer down in La Salina

Remember that item #1 was to resize the width and height - and then reduce the file size.

900 pixels wide here obviously pushes things out - and while it might appear okay on your computer monitor, it doesn't on the screens of many others.

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[*] posted on 3-24-2007 at 08:08 AM


There are lots of free programs to downsize photos but I haven't found one that tells you ahead of time how many KBs you will end up with--just the number of pixels...is there a relationship between pixels and bytes(I would think they would be equal but it doesn't calculate out)? So, one has to a bit of guesstimating and file saving before you get a file under 50KBs.
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[*] posted on 3-24-2007 at 08:27 AM


The second one Doug listed
http://www.sitereportcard.com/imagereducer.php
gives many examples at different compression rates and lists sizees in bytes.




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[*] posted on 3-24-2007 at 08:55 AM


Thanks for the info. Shall go back and check my shots for sizing. Shall post some later today.



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[*] posted on 3-24-2007 at 09:48 PM


Mexitron, here is a free fully funcional, non-time limited Adobe Album 3.0 program that will tell you what size you are going to get - before you resize it:

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/thankyou.jsp?ftpID=29...

Directions for use:

Click
File
Get Photos...(browse to photo you want and click it)
File
Attach to email...
Individual Attachments
Customize
Set to 800x600
Quality - for a 2-4 meg file start with Quality (compression) slider set on 3, Click and it shows the size! Click Customize and it backs up for trying a different Quality setting
Click OK and it puts it in an email, - then save the attachment to My Photos




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[*] posted on 3-26-2007 at 09:51 AM


The fastest and easiest way I've found to resize is Windows Powertoys. It lets you select the reduced size in advance and appears as a menu item on any file manager (I use Powerdesk 6.0). Pics can be resized in one or two easy clicks. Here's the link:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppow...


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[*] posted on 3-26-2007 at 10:48 AM
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Works well, but the closest to 50kb I could get was 40kb.
will have to try some more settings....



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Looks good enough for 40 kb



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[*] posted on 3-26-2007 at 11:04 AM


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The fastest and easiest way I've found to resize is Windows Powertoys. It lets you select the reduced size in advance and appears as a menu item on any file manager (I use Powerdesk 6.0). Pics can be resized in one or two easy clicks. Here's the link:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppow...


[Edited on 3-26-2007 by bajamigo]


When you say it lets you select the reduced size - is that in pixels or in kb?




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[*] posted on 3-26-2007 at 03:08 PM


Thanks Bajalou and Neal for the info.
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[*] posted on 3-26-2007 at 03:13 PM


Bajalou--the SiteReportCard is easy to use!
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[*] posted on 3-26-2007 at 03:20 PM


I'm sticking with Dr. Neal, the paint doctor, long as I'm guessing I'd rather guess the old fashioned way.
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