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Basic Rules For the BidAmount Asian Art Forum: Talk about whatever you want. You can even discuss and offer things that are for sale if they are authentic. Maximum image file size per post is 2 MB. Images of 700pxl x 700pxl are optimal if saved at a medium resolution. Be respectful of others and enjoy yourself. Click the YouTube link for a brief tutorial on using the forum. You can also EMBED Videos by cutting and pasting from You-Tube, Vimeo etc.
Most PC's come with a free program called Paint. You can easily reduce the size of photo's in Paint even I can do it. I find that to load photo's on forums that have size restrictions if you select resize in Paint and type in 25% in the boxes provided you get a photo that is an acceptable size with no loss of details. Not sure how a reduction of 25% fits in with the current restriction on Bid Amount but might be worth a try. Hope this helps.
Thank you Peter for your incredible work, for all these sources, for your videos, for the possibility to communicate with other people. It is like I am doing a PhD in antiquity.
I think at this time people can share pictures in "clouds" or it possible to do simple 1 page web on weebly or somewhere else for free.
I am happy to be a branch on your tree and grow together.
your suggestion is a simple and valid one.
If, instead of reducing the % (which is practically the number of Bytes) you select "Pixels", then if you have uploaded an image of let say 4MB you type in "1000" in the "Horizontal" field, your image will be become 1000 pixels wide and the weight will drop to from 4 MB to 129 kB.
I use a very simple freeware program called JPEG resizer which is extremely simple and light, that have the BIG advatage of allowing you to resize all the images of a folder at once. It can be found in many places:
I always resize my images before sending them anywhere.
Yes, paint is good and I also use that a lot for re-sizing. I just get confused as to how many pixels / percent equals how many bytes but I suppose you need to know first of all how large the image is. Is it possible to give an idea of how many pixels one should have in say the horizontal field in order to have a photo that will be of a decent size for this site? Or are pixels always in ratio to the bytes of a given photo?
Am I making sense?
An UPDATE on the Image upload issue.
Since yesterday we've been working with the site platform provider to vastly expand yet again the capacity of the site's storage capacity and BANDWIDTH to increase loading speeds. Within the next day, the site will be migrated to a totally private server aka VPS.
We had to do it. The Bidamount site currently has over 113,000 files on it of one kind or another and around 60 gigabytes of images after we cleaned out some closets yesterday. Plus all the other widgets and so forth that make it run. i.e. imaging software, Embedding plugins, the Catalog sections (over 400 auction catalogues and books) and on and on.
Once the transition is completed, upload issues should be no longer an issue.
- Going forward, a number of folks here have suggested reducing the sizes of image files before uploading them. 99% of the time an image under 200 KB is more than adequate for the typical 1000 by 1000 pixel image. NOTE: Images taken directly from Phones are massive overkill as they create files suitable for printing, on-screen images need a fraction of the data and will result in no loss of quality.
- So if users can cut those file sizes to under a perhaps 300 KB each, it would be a big help. As an example, the Auction Catalog PDF files from Christie's, Sotheby's and Bonhams from which we generate the catalogues, contain hundreds of images and text, as far as size goes they typically are in the 10 MB to 30 MB range before conversion. Yesterday we found hundreds of single images in the 12 to 18 MB range on the site. It's an easy mistake to make, going forward it would be a great help if file sizes could be checked before uploading.
I'll post a general bit on the transition once it's done. Shouldn't take long at this point, we worked on it till 2 AM this morning and a few hours today so far. A lot of moving parts to hold onto all at once I learned.
Best to all, and thanks very much for your patience while this was being squared away.
if you count on having smaller images simply by inviting the posters to resize the images before uploading, you are really too much optimist.
The great majority of users will not do that, either because many have no idea about what pixels and Bites are, or because too lazy.
If you want smaller images, as it is correctly expected (un-necessary waste is always a stupid attitude), you must set limits by software.
People will resize the images to a more correct and clever format only if they will not be able to upload those useless giant images.
Hi, been a while since I posted. I assume that a lot of people probably use their phones for taking pictures? There is a nice free app for android called Photoshop Express (made by Adobe) that I can recommend for image editing and to reduce file sizes. 🙂
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