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Graphics (photos) uploads - optimizing
« on: July 14, 2014, 01:50:26 AM »

One of the commonest problems that our members encounter when it comes to attaching or uploading photos to posts, is the size of their photos (in pixels). The ideal size should be 800 pixels wide. Any graphics file that has a pixel size larger than that is usually not practical to view on the forum without having to use the scroll bars, and even then (when the picture is really big) it cannot be viewed properly.

Most people who use digital cameras often have them set to very high quality, which means that the pixel dimensions are ridiculously large. When the photos are viewed on a web-site they are not of a practical viewing size. To overcome this the camera's resolution should be lowered for photos that will be used for the web OR photos that are purposely taken in very high resolutions will need to be 'optimized' i.e. their pixel dimensions will need to be changed - they need to be resized. If Photoshop, The Gimp or other similar software is installed then those programmes can perform an optimization. However most users do not have an use for such complex programmes.

For this reason we have provided a simple optimization programme for you on our server. It is absolutely free and VERY simple to use. It quickly optimizes large pixel dimension photos & provides two viewing window frames so that you can compare the original quality with the quality after optimization. Optimization is performed by simply typing in the pixel dimension that you require your photo to be optimized to.

RIOT is a FREE very easy to use 'standalone' programme that can be installed on any computer that uses Win XP/ Win Vista/ Win 7/ Win 8/ etc. It is very fast and simple to use. We therefore recommend you download & install it on your computer - if you want to attach or upload photos to the Gardeners Chat Shed Forum.

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