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Uploading Files and Images

Members, do you have some knock-out equine related images you would like to share with others? Or perhaps you have a WORD, HTML, PDF, or other document you would like to upload. Using the "Upload Attachement" button at the bottom of the posting form you can do just that.

Images

Here is a stepwise method for uploading images to insure the best looking images. If you do not have an image editing program check these 2 free programs recommended by members: IrfanView and Picasa by Google.

Step 1: Be sure the images are in the right format.

To post images your image files should be in either gif or jpeg (jpg) formats as these are universially read by all internet browsers. If they are in some other format they should be converted. This can usually be done with any image viewing software by opening the file and hitting the save as button and then choosing the desired format. Photos will look best in the jpeg format while simpler images and icons are usually best in gif. It should be well noted that the following steps should be done in the order they are listed to maximize the appearance of the image.

Step 2: Be sure the images are less than 600 pixels wide.

Images displayed on a screen are made up of dots and a pixel could be defined as the smallest dot possible. Given a fixed computer screen resolution, the number of pixels an image has determines the size of an image on the screen. This information is in the image's file and usually set by the device that created the image file. The higher the resolution of the image the more pixels it has. In order to create high resolution images many cameras create images many thousands of pixels wide and then to get it on your computer screen the imaging viewing program reduces the displayed size to fit your computer screen. Unlike most image display programs you cannot adjust the size of an image in a internet browser window high resolution images need to have the number of pixels reduced to fit on average internet browser windows.

Most internet users have a browsers set to greater than 900 and less than 1300 pixels wide. Horseadvice.com pages have a navigation frame on the left and internal margins in the page that take up space so this leaves you a maximum safe space of about 600 pixels wide to fit an image. If you allow your image to be wider it will cause the frame to scroll off the right side of the browser dragging the whole page with it. Once this happens the whole image is not viewable in a single window. Instead you must scroll left and right repeatedly to see and read the whole page.

All image editing programs are capable of taking images and reducing the number of pixels but the process for doing this will differ from program to program. In order to find out how your program does this check out the help file of your imaging editing program. Note well: If you just reduce just the width, the image will appear squeezed as you have changed the horizontal aspect of the image but not the vertical aspect. The program should offer a "maintain aspect ratio" option during the process and this keeps the image in the proper proportions and should be used.

Step 3: Check to be sure the image's file size is less than 64 kilobytes.

It is a sad fact that many of our members still have slow dial up connections and large file sizes make surfing slow or even crash their browsers. For this reason we put an absolute file upload size of 64kb.While this is much smaller than many high resolution images, these images will display nicely if properly reduced, after all the maximum display resolution in a browser is also much lower than high resolution images. Often a images file size will reduce somewhat when it is resized smaller when resized but may not be quite enough to meet our limit.

Image editing program will reduce the file size for you while maintaining the width and height but may do this by several means. To see how your image editing program does this, check out the Help file.

Step 4: Upload your image

At the bottom of the the Horseadvice.com message posting form. push the "Upload Attachment" button and instructions will appear in a popup window. If you don't see the pop-up be sure your popup blocker is turned off. Follow the instructions carefully.

First it will ask you to name or give a short description of your image. This description appears when the internet user places his pointer on the image. Second it will ask you for the location of the image on your computer is. This is the location on your computer where the file resides. A handy browse button is provided to make this task easier.

It is important that you seperate the text from the images and each of the images from each other with a blank line. Not following this will create pages that scroll off the right hand side of the page.

Non-Image Files

Files are uploaded in the same way with the same 64 kb limit. The file will appear in your post as a link the member uses to access the file.
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