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Jun 01, 2004, 09:12 AM
Sticky Shepherd
Graham Stabler's Avatar

Pictures: Please read this

If you want to post your pictures then they must be two things:

1. About 640pixels wide or less
2. A small file size

I don't intend to bust anyone for a 641pixel wide picture and this is only rough but there are far too many huge pics appearing. All you have to do is resize/resample your image in a paintshop type program before optimising a little. Photos should be saved as Jpegs, something around 75-80% on the quality when it comes to export is normally OK.



p.s. Anyone who might know some simple and free software for this process or likes a particular package then please post.
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Jun 01, 2004, 09:41 AM
Only nerd in the village
JPEG Optimizer from is a nice tool for reducing the file size of pictures by increasing compression.

Jun 01, 2004, 01:36 PM
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There is a WindowsXP PowerToy named "Image Resizer" which can be downloaded for free on the Microsoft webpage. It works by right-clicking any image, then choosing "Resize Image". Choose "small". The image size is usually around 40kb. The nice feature is that you can even use this tool in the file select box which appears when you choose a picture for uploading, so there is no excuse like "I was just in a hurry".

I have to confess that I sometimes have chosen "medium".

Regards, Jochen
Last edited by jberg; Jun 01, 2004 at 01:38 PM.
Jun 01, 2004, 01:45 PM
in persuit of low wing loading
Gordon Johnson's Avatar
Here's the most readily available way to do it. Virtually every Windows computer comes with an application called "paint" which generally can be found under the "accessories" group from the "start" menu. It is a very simple paint program. Just open up your jpg file from within paint, then go to the "image" menu, the choose "stretch/skew" and type in numbers like 30 (for 30% in both "horizontal" and "vertical" boxes, which will shrink the photo to 30% of its previous size in that dimension. Save the file as a new name, and upload this smaller file for your picture in a thread.

Or, go download one of the resizing utility programs mentioned above. The only advantage of "paint" is your computer almost certainly already has it.

Jun 01, 2004, 02:05 PM
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To me, the major problem is that when a picture or drawing excedes 640 pixles, the text box above it is increased to the same width. It is a royal pain scrolling side to side to read the post, which is now in long lines, which are also difficult to read. I am a bit surprised that the ezone software even allows excessivly wide pictures because of that. I would think it could be "globally" controlled to just chop the picture off. Posters would get the idea quick enough. {off soapbox}

Jun 01, 2004, 02:12 PM
Sticky Shepherd
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I aggree Dave!!

So A: resize less than 640 (600 better for printing I think) and B: compress for small file size.

RCgroups has the latter sorted but not the former.

Jun 02, 2004, 01:12 AM
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how to resize videos?
Jun 02, 2004, 04:38 AM
Sticky Shepherd
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Videos are genrally going to be too big to attach but there is a nice bit of software called virtualdub that is free and can be used to convert video into DivX and also compress it if it needs to be. It is much better to get some free webspace and put the video there most of the time.

Mar 11, 2005, 01:15 PM
in persuit of low wing loading
Gordon Johnson's Avatar
I just stickied this thread so people who may not have seen it some time back can read it now.

Mar 12, 2005, 02:23 AM
It's been a while.
Daniel G's Avatar
Picasa 2 from Google allows you to export your pictures into any size and compression you want.
Mar 12, 2005, 11:51 AM
Time wounds all heels.
I use GIMP.

Its free (open source), frequently updated and improved, and much more powerful than I really need.

Plus its a small download.
Mar 12, 2005, 02:48 PM
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I think paint is the easiest
Mar 12, 2005, 03:23 PM
Eat, Sleep, Fly..........
Just thought I'd add my advice, there's plenty here already but.. I found a generally easy way to do this is Powerpoint. No extra downloading and the result is a picture with good quality and in most cases a file size well under 100kb.

Just open a new blank slide
Goto "Insert" on the toolbar menu
Chose "From file" under "Picture"
Find your picture and insert
Resize it (a bit smaller than the slide itself works out well for RC groups)
Go to "Save As" under "File"
Give it a name, then below that textbox in the "Save as Type"..
chose JPEG File Interchange Format
and save!

Make sure you remember where you saved it!

Mar 12, 2005, 06:49 PM
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I like Compupic Pro from Photodex, its a file manager as well as an image manager. You can adjust/resize/convert image's, open /read/modify images/text docs from within zip archives too try a 30day demo
some Linux/Mac support too.
Mar 14, 2005, 12:04 AM
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Kimber's Avatar
I am a screen shot junkie!!

We use Irfanview, it is free and a wonderful photo program, it will resize and
keep quality even in a small file!! You can add effects or correct color or
about anything else you need to do!!

Just do a search at!!