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Image Sizes are a recurring problem on the blog…

04 Jul

We have had bandwidth problems several times recently due to image sizes being huge. Our digital cameras can create very large pictures with a great deal of detail but when these are opened or uploaded to our computers – we get into storage problems and run out of bandwidth before the end of the month, so to avoid this our new Author Graham Howe suggested to me some ideas in a recent personal email. I don't think he will mind if I record here just of bit our conversation:

It is too easy with broadband to send a full size digital camera image, 4 or 5 at full size will soon start eating up storage. For display on the page it really isn’t necessary to be more than 750 kilobytes per picture I MB absolute maximum. Maybe you could give away some piece of freeware to compress image size?

Maybe like this: www.mihov.com… or www.faststone.org…

– there are a bunch of them here including for mac users

 www.freebyte.com…

– just a thought but good to encourage people to think before uploading about size of picture.

I just thought offering it may make people think to reduce it before uploading. It also saves you the headache of having to archive or remove older posts which are nice to see for newbies.

We will obviously restrict size if we upload.

Best Graham

I appreciate the links, Graham! Image Resizer is a freeware I am using quite successfully myself on Windows XP.

— David DeWitt

 
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  1. Anonymous

    July 5, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Since the site is running on Linux with Apache, you might want to looking into controlling other sites which hotlink to any photos here.
    There are several strategies, one is using an .htaccess file, as described here:
    www.htmlbasix.com…
    Russ

     
  2. Anonymous

    July 7, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Thanks, Russ! I will send off an enquiry about this to our blog provider. And thanks again for clearing up the Lankershim photo details for me, much appreciated!

     
 
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