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NetBoy

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Posted: 02/07/05 01:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, this topic may end up getting moved, which is OK, but I wanted my fellow truck camper owners to see it first.

A digital photo transferred to your PC from your digital camera generally will have a large filesize. It varies depending on the resolution the camera is set to, but for example my digital photos are typically around 1 megabyte or more in size. If you post a photo that size, people who are using a telephone modem will suffer a long wait while the photo slowly downloads.

If you are using Windows XP, below is a very easy way to resize and compress digital photos before posting them to the forum.

Here is a screen shoot showing the file sizes for one photo of my truck camper which has been saved in various sizes:



The original photo transferred onto my PC from my camera is called IMG_2846.JPG, and as you can see is over 1.2 megabytes in size.

You can also see resized versions of the same photo. The one labeled (Large) is 1024x768 pixels; (Medium) is 800x600; (Small) is 640x480; (WinCE) is 240x320. Notice that the file sizes of the resized and compressed photos are only 10% or less the size of the original camera image. Here is what IMG_2846(Small).JPG, which has a filesize of about 71,000 bytes, looks like:



Here is how you can resize your images. Do a google search on "windows xp powertoy image resizer" -- open the first choice, which will be the Microsoft site, find "Image Resizer" on the right side of the screen, and download and install it. Now when you are in Windows Explore (or whatever other file manager you use), and you right click on a photo filename, you will be offered a menu which includes the choice "Resize Picture". When you choose that, you will be offered several size choices. The "Small" size is 640x480 pixels, which is a good size for posting. Choose that, and a new photo will be created on your hard disk with the name of your original photo with the word "(Small)" appended to it. That is all there is to it.

In the screenshot you also see a file named IMG_2846(640x480-Compressed). That is the same as the 640x480 image displayed above, but further compressed using some older graphics software I have to a lower quality but still acceptable image -- here it is:



The software I used, LViewPro, is old and I don't think is available any longer, but I'm sure other graphics software has options to vary the .jpg compression. Anyway, if you look close at the photo you will see a little distortion around details on the camper, but the image is only 40K compared to the 1.2M original photo -- that is, only 1/30th the size of the original. That photo is very telephone modem friendly.

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I used to use LViewPro a LONG time ago!!!

The best freebie program I've found is Irfanview. Located at this link. Go to the website and you'll be directed to a Tucows download website.

It quickly and easily resizes images and even allows editing. Excellent freeware.


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Thanks so much for the information. Have a great day





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Posting pictures is out of the question, I have a hard time remembering my username and password, never mind resizeing pictures!

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I know how to scan pictures and resize them and add them to my documents and send them e-mail but don't know how to post them on this forum. Wish I did. I got some jim dandy pictures like my Model A truck with a home made camer on It I made Its nicer then a Bigfoot.For a Redneck to understand how to do anything you got to type slow and no big words.

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Thanks NetBoy and Robert for the links!


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Big Readneck
When you figure how to post a picture let me know. I tried useing the help thing at the top of the page and I think it said they must be on a web page before you can link them in a post. It would be nice if you could link them from your own computer for those of us that don't have a website.

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TJ and Redneck,
You don't have to have a website. You can use a free image hosting site like Photobucket. It's free and you can upload any photo that's on your computer to that sight and link it to your posts here.


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There are many free webhosts for pics to post in your signature. Mostof the folks here use one of them and do not have their own website, like me. i use this site and it is very easy to up load and then include in your signature.

http://www.freesites.cyberosis.net


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TJ and Redneck,
You don't have to have a website. You can use a free image hosting site like Photobucket. It's free and you can upload any photo that's on your computer to that sight and link it to your posts here.

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