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Why does forum software resize photos from external sites?
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Author:  Mark_NoVA [ Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:36 am ]
Post subject:  Why does forum software resize photos from external sites?

The forum software currently does something I find rather bizarre: it takes photos from external sites (such as photobucket) and resizes them smaller.
I could see doing that for photos stored on its own server (to save bandwidth) but don't understand why it does it for photos served from other sites.
Doesn't do a very good job of it either. Look at the quality of this photo in the forum, and after you click on it:
Image
Is there any way to make the forum software stop doing this?

Author:  mantis [ Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Why does forum software resize photos from external sites?

In your User Control Panel->Profile->Edit Profile set "Max Photo Width:" to whatever you want. I currently have mine set to 1200, but it doesn't seem to be working. :?

Author:  Mark_NoVA [ Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Why does forum software resize photos from external sites?

Thanks for the tip! Unfortunately it isn't working for me either.

Author:  ghmerrill [ Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Why does forum software resize photos from external sites?

Bill may have it set so that the photos only size up so far so that the folks on dialup dont land on a page with enormous images, and get stuck there waiting for a huge download.
just my thought.....

Author:  Alan_L [ Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Why does forum software resize photos from external sites?

Mine is set to 600 usually, but I just set it to 300 and it didn't make a difference, so it's not a max size thing.

Plus I'm pretty sure it's a display setting only -- the full-size image is being download but resized upon display.

Author:  Mark_NoVA [ Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Why does forum software resize photos from external sites?

At first I thought it might be a display setting too (that is, you tell the browser what size to display and the browser itself adjusts the size), but the source code on the page looks like it might not:
Code:
<img src="http://www.bambooweb.info/resize_image3.php?photowidth=600&image=http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/VYard/IMG_3825-1.jpg" alt="Image" />

It appears that a function called 'resize_image3' is called, with a parameter 'photowidth=600'. That makes it look like the bambooweb server software is doing the work of resizing the image and serving it. [Could be wrong, but that's what it looks like.]

It would be nice for users to be able to turn that off.

Author:  bambooweb [ Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Why does forum software resize photos from external sites?

It is so the people on dialup do not have to wait for large photos. In the old forum software you could adjust the maximum size that you wanted the photos but the new software broke that. After next month I should have more time to work on the site and that is on the top of my list to fix.

Note that you can click on the photo to see the original size.

Bill

Author:  Mark_NoVA [ Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Why does forum software resize photos from external sites?

Thanks, Bill!

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