How to post photos

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  1. Jeff Jilg

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    Posting photos and other tips

    6/22/05 - new subsection - Adding pictures to "text" postings
    6/28/05 - info about logging in - added to "posting photos" section

    Reference to webpages discussed:
    - Combo page
    - photo gallery & photo forum
    - text forum

    Posting photos:
    It's simple.
    Go to the PhotoGallery by one of the following routes:
    - in the combo page click on a picture or one of the Photo Categories
    - or enter the photo gallery as your initial choice of entering the forum
    - or if you are in the new forum, click AAW forums to go to the combo page
    then click on a picture or one of the photo categories

    Once you are in the photo area, the top menu has a link "upload photos".
    (added 6/28/05) - If you do not see "upload photos" or if you see "Login" in the upper right of the screen, then you are not logged in. Sometimes you have to login a second time to post photos. Once you are logged in, the upper right screen will include "upload photos" and "Log Out" when you are in the photo gallery & photo forum.

    Once in the upload area go down to the photo upload box, click the Browse... button and locate the picture on your computer. Click the file name of the photo and then click the open button on the screen. Go down a few lines and select if you wish to be notified of responses to your photo. Next box, type the title of the photo and then next the description. Skip the rest and go to the bottom and click the Upload button. All done.

    There is an 80kb limit to all photos. If you try to upload a photo larger than that, the forum should automatically reject the photo.​
    Deleting photos: (updated 9/24/04)
    - Go to "My Gallery" - link is upper left in the menu when you're in the gallery.
    - Click on one of your photos.
    - Under the keywords line, there is a button selector called "Delete photo?"
    - If you select it, then click on submit, it nukes the photo and the text.
    Subscribe to messages: (added 4/26/04)
    You can "subscribe" to messages in photos and the text forum. The subscription will email you when someone posts a followup to your photo or discussion thread. You can subscribe through a selection box that shows up when you do the original posting.

    Or you can also subscribe when you're reading the specific item. For photos, if you click on a photo to go to that photo, then you can click "receive email updates" to find when folks posted comments to that pic. For text threads, when you are in the thread, select "thread tools" and click on notification type (email, etc).​
    Most recent photos: (added 4/28/04)
    When you initially go to Member Galleries you get the default view of 20 per page and "most active". You can change the number per page. Also you can change the other setting (upper right) to "Latest" to see the most recently posted photos.​

    Picture resizing: (added 4/30/05)
    When you resize the pictures that you are going to post to the photo gallery you'll be using a photo utility. There must be at least 20 of them. The general process you will use to resize your picture follows. The objective is to post a photo with a size around 640 x 480 which is also within the 80kb maximum picture size.

    1) One option in each utility is to select the pixel height and width. Select something around 500 x 640. It doesn't have to be exact. Now do a save on the picture and determine if it is less than 80kb. If not then you have to do this step and step 2.

    2) If the disksize is still more than 80kb, do step 1 AND find an option to compress the image. Typically this is labeled as "compression" or "compression level" or something similar. Try different compression values until you obtain a picture less than 80kb.

    If this doesn't make sense, please post the question to the forum. There are other people with your utility who have done this before. It is likely that the public answer in the forum will also help more than one person!​

    Adding pictures to "text" postings: (added 6/22/05)

    To add pictures in the text section of the forum you must be in one of the modes:
    "post reply"
    "edit posting"
    "create new thread"
    etc

    Once you are adding text you may notice there are options below the text box. Select "manage attachments" to add pictures to your posting. This will bring up a separate window, as shown in the "Manage Attachments" picture below.

    1) Select "Browse" to look at picture files on your computer. This will open another window so you can select a file. Select a photo file and select "open" within the new window.

    2) Then select upload. Once the file uploads then the window will indicate you have uploaded a file - it will list it under "Current Attachments" (see #3). If you get an error it is likely that your file is too large. Check the file to ensure it is less than 40kb in size.

    To proceed, you can upload more photo files or you can select "close this window" to save the photos to your posting.

    4) Selecting "close this window" will add the picture(s) to your posting. The picture files will be listed under "attach files" (in the edit/add posting mode), below the text window.

    Photo file limitations:
    These limitations apply to photos added to text postings only.
    - each file must be 39k in size, or smaller
    - there is a limit of 4 pictures per posting

     

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    Last edited: Jun 29, 2005
  2. Gary

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    Posting Photos

    I do not see any link even remotly similar to "upload photos"
    in any of the places listed. :confused:
     
  3. arbud

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    register again

    Jeff, lad, you only for got one minor thing; one has to register a second time to establish a gallery, THEN you get the "upload..." icon. :D
     
  4. Chris Wright

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    you shouldn't have to register again but to access the galleries one would have to login (the link next to the register option). Once someone registers and logs into the forum it automatically creates an entry for that user in the gallery. Simply log in using the same credentials and the upload photos link will appear.

    Once in the upload area it looks a bit daunting, so here is the quick version of the instructions:

    Go down to the photo upload box, click the Browse... button and locate the picture on your computer. Click the file name of the photo and then click the open button on the screen. Go down a few lines and select if you wish to be notified of responses to your photo. Next box, type the title of the photo and then next the description. Skip the rest and go to the bottom and click the Upload button. All done. :D
     
  5. Jeff Jilg

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    Chris is correct and I'll reiterate one point. You only have to register once and it registers you into both the forum and the gallery. And you do have to login to post messages or photos. Please let us know if any of the above is confusing and we'll work up a short tutorial.
     
  6. arbud

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    Oh, yeah?

    Chris and Jeff: I had to register again on the gallery page. The program wouldn't let me until & unless I did so. Perhaps your program has a bias against Oregonians? By the way the Governor of TX asked the the Governor of OR to change the spelling of the State name from Oregon To Orygun so that Texans could pronounce it. :D ;)
     
  7. Jeff Jilg

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    Hey...I resemble that remark. That's curious that you had to register twice. There are 2 pieces of software here but they use the exact same registration data. If anyone else encounters this please let us know. I'll turn off the Oregonian software filter now - so it should work fine at this point. :)
     
  8. michael h

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    problem uploading a pic

    Hello there,
    I am having a problem up loading a picture. I don't have any problem getting to the up load area and selecting a pic from my computer, ( there is no line to write a name or description) but when I hit upload/submit a few seconds go by, 30 or so, then a page comes up informing me of a fatal error. Yesterday it disconnected my computer from the internet, not so today, but after repeated attempts still the fatel error page. Is the problem with my computer? Any suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Michael Hampel
     
  9. Chris Wright

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    additional info...?

    Michael,

    I just tested the upload function and everything worked. Can I ask some additional questions to help resolve this?

    #1 - what speed do you connect to the internet?
    #2 - what type of picture file are you trying to upload (jpg, gif, bmp, png, etc.)?
    #3 - what browser are you using?

    Thanks, hopefully we can get this figured out quickly for you.
     
  10. michael h

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    Hi Chris,
    I think we have a 56 modem, but due to our remoteness the line is basically a 28.8.
    The file I am trying to upload is a jpg.
    And our browser is microsoft internet explorer.
    Thanks,
    Michael Hampel
     
  11. Chris Wright

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    another question

    Sorry for not getting back to you sooner Michael, aside from a very busy day, I wanted to try a few things out. I could not duplicate the problem with the upload, either on my account or the test account. Looking at things, the only area we differ in is connection speed, which leads me to another question: how big is the file you are trying to upload? #1 - If the file is over 80k the gallery won't take it. #2 - if the file is under 80k and the gallery will take it, but the slower connection takes too long to upload, you might be getting the fatal error due to a server time out, either on your end or ours.

    Let me know how big the photo file is and we can look at things from there.
     
  12. Phil Axtell

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    Had to re-login

    Hi all,

    I, too, had trouble getting to the upload photo page. I finally re-logged in and then it worked. The combo page said I was already logged in. Do I have to log-in twice each time, or are us Floridians a little slow? Or is it us AOL users?

    I enjoy the new format and all the photos.

    Phil Axtell

    Space Coast Woodturners
    Central Florida Woodturners
    Orange County (CA) Woodturners
     
  13. michael h

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    Chris,
    Aha, my file is bigger then 80k, so probably the source of the problem. I'll try a smaller pic. Thanks again,
    Michael Hampel
     
  14. Chris Wright

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    Phil,

    We have had a few members find it necessary to login twice. It doesn't seem to be a specific ISP yet, but it doesn't happen with all users. The most common denominator is firewalls and proxy servers, as I have the same problem at work, but not at home.


    Mark,

    Let me know how the upload of the smaller file works out. If you need assistance bringing the file size down, drop me an email.
     
  15. michael h

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    Hello Chris
    I got it, the pic must of been too big. It went off without a hitch once it was 'downsized'. Thanks again.
    Michael Hampel
     
  16. Chris Wright

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    good to hear

    That's good news Michael. And it was a good test, we now know what one of the possible outcomes of a file that is too large is. I tried to load a large file in testing and it simply wouldn't accept it. It's nice for us to know all of the possible ways the gallery might reject a large photo.

    Thanks,
    Chris
     
  17. darita

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    Photo Size?

    What size photo are you finding works best?
     
  18. Chris Wright

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    80k

    Darita,

    The maximum file size for a single photo is 80kb. Usually, if you have a photo whose file size is larger than this, reducing the size of the photo to approx. 800 x 600 pixels will get it down there. If not, there are a couple of programs on the web that can help optimize the digital photos for web use.
     
  19. Jim Becker

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    Chris, the photos I uploaded the other day were considerably larger than 80kb. Did you change this parameter since then? For example, the Maple Burl Hollow Forum is at about 200kb since I didn't bother to reduce quality/increase compression when I retouched and cropped it.
     
  20. Chris Wright

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    ok troublemaker....

    Jim,

    I didn't make the settings, that was Jeff's job, but that is the file size we had discussed. It may be that the system will allow over 80k (I'll have to confirm you didn't just get lucky or something). My main thought in all of this though was that given Michael's connection speed, the file size and time to upload was probably causing the server to time out on him, creating the error.

    I'll verify with Jeff the file size information and see if it is a requirement or a suggestion. Thanks for letting me know about it though. :cool2:
     

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