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    Apologies, but have i missed something?

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    I only seem able to add microscopic pixellated attachments to messages - and even then they come up as an address to click, not even a thumbnail in the message.

    I'm still seeing lovely big attachments in the DS appreciation thread, so what's the difference? What am i doing wrong now? Are these being added as links back to a URL?
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    See 100Kb Limit

    Smaller attachments mean smaller loads on the server. Older attachments are usually larger.

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    The 100kb limit for images has been around for quite a long time. There was once a higher limit for some other file types such as pdfs, but I'm sure that's now quite low too. It adds a lot to storage and server load when someone wants to post a dozen 3MB images of, say, a small and insignificant rust hole, where you could do just as well with a couple of 50kb pictures.

    For those using Windows, you can end up with a decent small image using the inbuilt snipping tool to capture part of a page of interest.

    If you insert a link to a 3rd party hosted image, it loads from that site when loading the page.

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    Thanks both. It looks as though the last time I posted a 'big' images was back in October - and so it feels a new a change to me.

    I understand the reasons why the change was made, it's just handy to be able to zoom in and see details sometimes.
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    The changes to how photos are displayed have been terrible for the AussieFrogs desktop experience but have not changed if i'm viewing this forum on my AussieFrogs ipad/iphone app (which is more image friendly)
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    You are compring your high resolution pad with your desktop monitor, probably designed for office work.

    Large images are usually quite degraded to fit into 100 kilobytes. You will normally have to increase jpeg compression, which loses data. It may help to very slightly gaussian blur the image before lowering the jpeg quality, depending on sharp transitions in the photo. Exif information and other comments should be stripped first.

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    For years I just loaded photos of any size and the webpage software reduced them as they were uploaded from my computer. So they ended up just under 100 Kb and I had no trouble. Now, even with manual reduction ahead of time, I don't seem to be able to drag the image into the correct box in "Manage Attachments". Very frustrating. Webmaster???????????? Please….
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    Most browsers and nearly all GUI file managers have provision for user scripts, applets and user-defined right click menus. Just set up the command line instruction you need and hard wire either the browser or file manager. See the help files for your system.

    For people willing to rebuild engines this isn't too hard.

    For what it's worth the convert command (from Imagemagick, which runs on all xommon systems), is convert image.jpg -define jpeg:extent=100kb out.jpg. It will attempt to get a <100 kb image.

    Be warned, however you do it, for very large images what you want at 100 kb isn't always pretty, so cut exif, crop or scale or even blur a little first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    For years I just loaded photos of any size and the webpage software reduced them as they were uploaded from my computer. So they ended up just under 100 Kb and I had no trouble. Now, even with manual reduction ahead of time, I don't seem to be able to drag the image into the correct box in "Manage Attachments". Very frustrating. Webmaster???????????? Please….
    Have a look at this thread, posts 27 and 28 describe how to post photos now. Two different methods.

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    Thanks Fivedoor and Seasink. I'll look into ImageMagick for Mac - though i might as well stick with what i'm doing in Preview. That link to the other thread confirms what i thought: yes - I missed something! However it wasn't posts 27 and 28 that caught my eye, it was post 19. now i understand how/ why Aussiefrogs exists and that while 100kb is inconvenient, as one of the posts says, it could be a lot worse without the generosity of a benefactor. So if that is what it takes to keep it going, then compromise is a necessary evil.
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