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About pics in posts… 28 Jan 2018 08:06 #93744

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Your grumpy Mod from Germany speaking here …
Frequently posters fail to add pics in their posts, so, a few remarks from the janitor:


• Size/Format
pic/file size is restricted - for various reasons.
Unfortunately, well known screen-grab shortcut cmd-shift-3 creates full-screen png - nice & detailed, but huge. Too huge.
=> before uploading, use Preview.app to resize&reformat, suggestion: max 1200pix wide (or long) and as jpg.

• What
Cmd-shift-4 allows to drag open a selection rectangle… less is more!

• Attaching
To attach a pic, use the Attach button in the Post Editor.

• Inserting
To insert a pic in your text, you have to Attach it first, then hit Insert

• Does it need a pic? This pic?
Sometimes, a pic tells more than a 1k words, sometimes it lefts the watcher clueless. Mentioned Preview.app has an impressive toolset of circles, arrows, a loupe, colors etc to direct attention. I’m talking to movie-makers, hey, you should know! ;)

• Does it illustrate the problem/post?
A full-size screen-grab of your About-this-Mac doesn’t add any info you couldn’t write in half a line of text. When you discuss a before/after prob, it should be two pics, shouldn' it? Trouble with Inspector settings should show … you got the idea.

• No full-quotes! Please. Just for me.
… ok, there’s no board-rule telling this, just personal preference, sort of politeness … esp. a mile-long full-quote with dozen of pics and an added “yeah, right on” or like makes me arghgh.-

• Ext. Storage
Some prefer to attach a link to some external service … be kind to us, use services which don’t make my Mac going rogue popping up all sorts of ads and ‘polls’ ask membership or whatever.

• Links to pics
Check your link. Which leads to: …

• Check your post after posting it
When I don’t see a pic in your post, you don’t do either. Edit it. No ‘fire and forget’, please.


… this post is beyond 140characters and includes no pics - hmmm? Not so smart. ;)

THANK YOU for listening!

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About pics in posts… 28 Jan 2018 12:46 #93745

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Thank you for this post, Karsten!

I'd like to tell what I do when posting screen shots. Open in Preview, 1st thing, Tools > Resize, set width to 1200 (height is going to be whatever). Then Export to a JPEG, 80% quality. That pretty much always works here.

Bear in mind the Mac, and depending on the monitor it is using, can do screen shots at 144dpi, and at a full screen size (in pixels) that makes for a very needlessly HUGE image.

Yeah, your Mac is powerful, but the internet is not that powerful...

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About pics in posts… 21 Nov 2020 21:14 #110977

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In addition to what Ben said, you can also use Preview to do this on multiple images at once. E.g, import 10 images to Preview, resize all of them to 640 x 480, export them at medium JPG quality. No, do not post 10 images on this forum, but if you email in-line images to someone else they will thank you for this:


Also the default Mac image capture format is PNG. That is good quality but much larger than JPG, which is normally adequate. To change image capture format to JPG, see this article: www.lifewire.com/change-location-and-fil...-screenshots-2260844

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About pics in posts… 21 Nov 2020 21:29 #110978

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We might have to write the instructions as the way images are displayed is/has changed

Has anyone noticed the pop-up if you click??
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About pics in posts… 22 Nov 2020 18:24 #110992

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I had an urge to try uploading a photograph, to see if it is as difficult as this thread makes it out to be....

Seems to work easily, except in preview the text is white on white.

Say hello to Conrad Heyer, said to be - in 1852 at age 103 - the earliest born man to ever have his picture taken.

BUT; When I submit it, instead of Conrads photo, there is a box with the text “you do not have permissions to access this page”

You do not have permissions to access this page.

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About pics in posts… 22 Nov 2020 20:17 #110994

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Are you working in dark mode? Picture should load ok - what size was it?
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About pics in posts… 23 Nov 2020 19:18 #111007

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No, not in dark mode.
Image was 1mb, will now try with 78kb version


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About pics in posts… 23 Nov 2020 19:24 #111008

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And there he is, looking very skeptical at this newfangled contraption, on behalf of all the men and women who came before him.

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