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Maximum Picture Size is 640 Pixels

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  • #2095

    Joe Stebbins

    Our maximum image size for posting pictures is 640 pixels x 640 pixels. Images larger than that will not display and you will receive a popup error message alerting you to the problem.

    There is no visual advantage to posting images larger than our optimum 640px. size and it places a higher demand on our server. Resizing images only takes a few seconds with any photo manipulation program and I believe Photobucket provides an easy means of reducing image size.

    #33569

    Anonymous

    I just discovered that our photos size restriction features have not been functioning lately and I have been seeing some really huge images being posted recently. There is no benefit whatsoever to posting pictures any larger than 640px wide on our message board. In fact, the images will be slightly distorted if they are larger than our optimum size and the page will take a long time to load.

    I am elated that we have so many members who are willing to take the time to share their vacation experiences with everyone. However, even on a semi-dedicated server there are certain limitations and we are starting to have a negative effect on our site?s overall performance.

    Noah is working on fixing our image size restrictions so in the very near future any images in excess of 640 pixels will not display; instead, you will see an error message instructing you to reduce the size of the image. In the mean time, I would appreciate it if you would take this opportunity to resize your images to their optimum size for our message board, which is no larger than 640 pixels wide.

    I believe that there is a resizing option at Photobucket and most of the other free image hosting sites. If not, and you do not have a program to resize your images, you can download a free image size manipulation program here:

    http://bluefive.pair.com/pixresizer.htm

    Besides resizing, it will allow you to crop, straighten and a few other things. 😀

    #33580

    Joe,

    If we have pictures in old posts, before the size restriction was in place…..would you like us to go into photobucket and resize those? Would that help?

    Char

    #33581

    Anonymous

    Char – Yes, I am hoping that everyone will please do that. And thank you for bringing that up. I’m not sure if Noah’s fix will be retroactive and effect the images that have already been posted or not. He’s working on it now.

    #35696
    Rjsimp
    rjsimp
    Member

    Joe,

    I don’t have a problem with the fact you are putting a size restriction on the photos, but why 600 pix? Photobucket only allows 640×480 and 320×240 (and this is for a paying customer, the free accounts only size by %).. so you can’t resize them once they are in there to a size that works decent. It would have been nicer to use 640 pix..

    BTW, there is absolutely no overhead on your server to reference an image from photobucket or other hosting site no matter how large the photo is. If you were hosting them, then yes, there is overhead. The only overhead is on photobucket’s server and the viewer’s own internet connection.

    Again, your board, you can of course do as you want. I just wanted to point out a few issues and misconceptions. And it would be VERY helpful if the limitation was set to 640.. instead of 600.

    Thanks..

    #35744

    Just tried entering some photos the same way I always have with the assistance of Photobucket and I received the following message:

    “Image tags restricted : Image urls can now only be entered with the image button.”

    Anybody else experience any problems lately?

    gd :diving:

    #35745
    Rjsimp
    rjsimp
    Member

    Yeap.. I am having the same issue.. what used to be easy to post pictures has now become a real chore and takes forever WHEN it actually works. If you use the image button, I can sort of get it to work, but doesn’t work good. 😡

    I guess they don’t want to have many pics on the forums, I know I am not inclined to post anymore pics until they resolve the issues..

    I had several messages with Scubachar about this yesterday and he said “they are working on it” so we’ll see. :thumb:

    #35748

    rjsimp,

    Yes, there are problems at the moment with the ability to post pictures, as well as the appearance of pictures in older posts (if they exceed 600 pixels in width). Noah, our webmaster, has been notified of the problems and I’m sure he will be able to fix it. Please be patient.

    I’m sure that anyone who has spent any time whatsoever on this site, knows very well that we want pictures to be posted, since we go out of our way urging, almost to the point of nagging people to do so. Please don’t misinterpret what’s happening now to be an indication that we don’t want pictures. That’s a little unfair. I know you are frustrated, and rightly so. Please know that we will get this all sorted out.

    One thing I will say is that I posted many pictures using the Image Icon until just recently…..if the Image Icon was working properly, it wouldn’t take long at all. Again, this is a temporary problem and I’m confident it will be resolved.

    gd, by the way, when you tried to paste your image tag into your post like you always have, it was asking you to use the Image Icon instead…..so it will just mean you’ll have an extra step, but as I just said, the icon isn’t working at the moment.

    The problems are simply stemming from the fact that many people have been posting some really huge pictures on the site, which I guess, is affecting the performance and speed of the website and page loads and such. Sure, the pictures are externally housed, but for reasons way beyond my knowledge base, it still slow things down if they are too big. When Joe reads this, I hope he can explain it better.

    Things will be fixed, rest assured :thumb:

    Char (I’m a “she”, not a “he”)

    #35752
    Rjsimp
    rjsimp
    Member

    Quote:

    Char (I’m a “she”, not a “he”)

    I’m so sorry, I didn’t realize this and didn’t mean to refer to you wrongly. Now I know 🙂

    I understand the large image issue, however, it really only has an effect on the people reading a thread with large images. So, in short, I don’t have a problem putting a size limit on things, lets just choose a size that is more “common” for people using photobucket. 640 instead of 600.

    The problem with the image icon usage (even once it works correctly) is that it requires several clicks along with copying and pasting to insert one picture. It also puts the tag at the end of your message, so if you want it moved, you have to cut and paste it. It also mangles the name so it is not recognizable when you have several images so you know which image is which. Please take these all as suggested reasons why the image icon is not the best option which is how I mean them.

    The nicer way to insert images for most people is to use photobucket’s or other hosting site’s IMG tag it creates for you and you simply copy and paste that into your message where you want it. I can easily add 20 images within a minute and with limited clicking. It wouldn’t take anything to “pre-check” the images at the time of preview/submit for size restrictions as you are already checking in other places and for the IMG tag usage.

    I would be happy to help work through the workflow issues with CAG as I’ve been developing business applications and Web applications since ’85 and understand how things can and should work for a great user experience.

    Again, I like the CAG site, but the type of road blocks that I see are being put in place can really frustrate people and I realize that is not the intended effect, but that is what will happen. If it frustrates someone like me, I am sure it will frustrate many less technical users as well.

    BTW, I realize it is being worked on and these messages weren’t meant to be impatient, I was simply responding and confirming that there are issues and I am having the same ones.

    Thanks for your help!

    Rich

    #35755

    No problem, Rich :handshake: ,

    I knew you were frustrated, and as I said, rightly so.

    I have spent quite a bit of time since yesterday trying to figure out exactly what is happening, so I’m frustrated too. As you know, I couldn’t even see that the larger pictures in people’s posts were getting smaller. I thank you for pointing that out to me. I had no idea that what I see would be different than what everyone else can see.

    I’ve really enjoyed our posts back in forth dealing with this problem, cause it’s obvious you really know what you’re talking about, and I feel like I’m learning something as I go along.

    I spent a little bit of time on the Photobucket site yesterday trying to see if something over there had changed. Evidently, they have introduced a new way of uploading pictures onto the site along with some other new things, and people on their forums are really mad, so they seem to be changing a few things back to the way they were. I read through some of their message forums, just trying to get a feel for it all.

    What I did learn is that, exactly as you said, there are now very limited options for choosing the size of your picture that you want to resize or even now to upload on Photobucket. For message boards, it’s either 640 x 480 (which won’t work here now) or 320 x 240, which really does seem small. The only other option would be for people to resize their pictures themselves on their own computers to no bigger than 600 pixels BEFORE uploading to Photobucket. I just don’t think that many people will want to do that.

    So, I think we’re both on the same page. I totally agree with everything you are saying……I just don’t make those decisions, nor do I even understand what’s all involved.

    I’m sure we’ll be able to make it all work.

    Char (as in Charlene 😀 )

    #35757
    Casher
    casher
    Member

    Hi Guys,

    Being that you BOTH know a ton more than me, could you maybe help me out? I posted all my pics onto SnapFish.com. How could I direct you to my photos, by way of my trip report?? Can I post a URL or something? I want to share my pics!!! :spin:

    #35759
    SHELLNNYNJ
    SHELLNNYNJ
    Member

    Hi casher, I answered this in your trip report..At least tried to. Let me know if you still are stuck.

    CLICK HERE

    #35773
    Jdcpa
    jdcpa
    Member

    I agree with Rich regarding the size and IMG function in posting pictures. That methiod is quick and easy. If I can do it, anybody can.

    Note to the webmaster, I too would like to see it go back to the prior way of posting.

    Sorry that some people are posting such big pictures.

    Good luck on getting it fixed.

    #35780
    Ccobb
    ccobb
    Member

    😥 All my pics are gone too! I did find that on my trip report the links I had that took you to my photobucket site at least still showed up. (except for one that had been deleted) I am going to try to post one like I did then to see if it will still let me do that. Not sure it will based on what I have been reading on the forum!

    #35781
    Ccobb
    ccobb
    Member

    It did work, so if people want to put links up so we can see pics, just takes one click to view the pic. at least can still see the pic.

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