advice on adding pics to ads please

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advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby barrycollins » 26 Jul 2009, 12:24pm

does anyone out there please know how to add photos to an ad in the for sale section

I have exported a couple of pics from Picasa to My Documents, and now can Copy but cant Paste..

having used Autotrader a couple of years ago, I remember the same problem, but due to Age, cant remember the Solution

any ideas folks
thanks barry c.

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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby thirdcrank » 26 Jul 2009, 12:40pm

Have a look at viewtopic.php?f=14&t=26091

I think that was the last time it came up but it's been discussed a couple of time in the help section down at the bottom of the forum In the midst of the chit chat I think the 'instructions' link in gaz's post gives chapter and verse.

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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby braz » 26 Jul 2009, 4:22pm

Hello, how do I know what 256 whatsits looks like?

regards to all, Braz.

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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby Mick F » 26 Jul 2009, 6:16pm

Sadly, my pleas for something simple to shove piccies into our posts are falling onto a black hole that is software and the internet!

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could just drag and drop!

Anyway, here's a quick guide:

1. You need a small file of a picture. My camera is set to take shots of 1.2MB or more, so I need a software package that can shrink my photos down to a couple of hundred KBs.

2. Click on the Browse button below this window when you're posting a message.

3. "Navigate" through your files to find the piccie you want. I always make sure the one I want is on my desktop first.

4. Click on "Add the file" button below.

5. A window will open showing your piccie uploading to the forum.

6. When it's done it, the window will close, then you click on "Place inline" below here.

7. A string of gobbldygook will appear on your text. It will have the appearance of something like:
[ attachment=0]IMG_(a number).jpg[/attachment ]

8. Click on Preview to see if it's worked. If it's ok, click Submit.
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IMG_0144.JPG
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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby anniesboy » 26 Jul 2009, 6:25pm

See my earlier post about this
http://tinyurl.com/nubfca

Life (posting pics) should be simpler than this

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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby braz » 26 Jul 2009, 7:54pm

Mick, the only way I can make my pictures smaller is with scissors - I really am sorry, but it's all over my head - I still don't know the difference between Mb & Kb - and how many of each you get to the pound.

As you rightly say, why can't I just 'copy and paste' - it works with Word and Excell!

And - my Allen keys won't fit in the CD slot either....

regards, Braz.

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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby Phatman » 26 Jul 2009, 9:35pm

I found a way round, a bit cumbersome but it works for me!

1. right click on the picture you want to post
2. select send by email - a dialogue box pops up asking if you want to reduce its size - say yes
3. an email pops up with the reduced picture as an attachment
4. save the attachment somewhere convenient and upload that to the site instead of the much larger original

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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby Mick F » 26 Jul 2009, 9:41pm

Excellent idea!
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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby patricktaylor » 26 Jul 2009, 9:55pm

Mick F wrote:Sadly, my pleas for something simple to shove piccies into our posts are falling onto a black hole that is software and the internet ...

Camera pics tend to have large file sizes by default - too big for the web.

(1) They would take ages to transfer (upload) from my computer to this website.
(2) They would take ages to transfer (download) from this website to anyone's computer to see them.
(3) They would occupy far too much storage space on this website.
(4) Images of this size are far too tall and wide for a computer screen.

A digital image is measured (width and height) in pixels (computer millimetres, so to speak). You have to reduce them down dimensionally so that they are less than 0.256 megabytes - 256 kilobytes - to make them manageable for this website. If you don't already have a program that does this, I believe Google's free Picasa does - although I haven't tried it myself.

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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby Mick F » 27 Jul 2009, 7:29am

Agree, Patrick.

But I can't see why the software in the website can't re-size the picture as it loads.
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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby patricktaylor » 27 Jul 2009, 8:09am

Some website software does that sort of thing, but I think the large image still has to be uploaded (for the software to 'know' what size it is) and for the images to be displayed - even at a smaller size - they are still stored at their original size on the website's disk space. Someone might correct me on that, but I think that's it, and I would guess is the reason why forum software is how it is - lots of users, lots of images with big ones rejected instead of being stored.

[added later] I see you managed an 617.56 kilobyte image on another thread.

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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby Mick F » 27 Jul 2009, 9:14pm

The old forum used to reject, this one doesn't seem to do.

Hang on a sec, and I'll try a bigger one! ..................................


Helmsdale.jpg


According to my info, this one started from my desktop as 1.8MBs.
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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby Mick F » 27 Jul 2009, 9:34pm

PS:

Seeing that you can all have a good gawp at my bike ....

1994 on my way JOG to LE.

Mercian Vincitore in Ruby Flamboyant etc
Cinelli 64 bars with a Cinelli 1R stem
Campag ??? steel headset
Campag Record hubs on SS plain with Mavic MA40 rims 36h front and back
Can't remember the tyres, but they wore out by the time I made it to Taunton!
Maddison G14 saddle on Campag Victory seatpin
Campag Victory brakes with Aztec SS white cables
Campag Ralley rear mech
Suntour Ultra 6 freewheel - perhaps 13-28
Stronglight 99 chainset with 52/36 rings
Stronglight 651 BB
Campag Victory Leisure front mech
Campag Victory DT friction levers
Campag Victory pedals
Campag bottle and cage
SKS silver chromoplastic mudguards with SS stays
Alu racks with some panniers - make?

We still have the headset on Barbarella.
We still have the Stronglight 99 with the 36t ring on Barbarella too with also the Stronglight 651 BB, the spare rings I had are in a box in the workshop - 53/52/42/38
The bars and stem are still in use on my Mercian, along with the seatpin still.
Mercian Vincitore underwent a full respray and checkover in 2007 that cost more than the whole frame did in 1986!
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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby patricktaylor » 27 Jul 2009, 10:00pm

Admin must have changed the settings, I think.

PS: Nice bike. Not really my taste, but very nice.

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Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

Postby Mick F » 27 Jul 2009, 10:02pm

Not really your taste?
What's wrong with you? :lol: :lol:
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