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Online DarkPrinceTopic starter

Picture Thread Formatting
« on: July 31, 2016, 10:50:58 PM »
I recently started a picture thread and I have not experienced any loading issues with it but my computer is stupid powerful* and doesn't even notice things like large amounts of pictures. I have been notified that not everyone is having so smooth a time with them. Which is a problem since I am trying to use the thread to drum up story ideas and partners. Are there any good tricks to making this less intensive on the loading end without spoilering them?

* Seriously. This isn't a brag. This is a hand me down computer and it is literally more powerful than every computer I have ever owned together. I have no idea what to do with this thing. I don't even want to know what his new computer is capable of.

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Re: Picture Thread Formatting
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2016, 10:56:14 PM »
For me, I load only (with exception) about 6 or so in one post. Another thing that might help you is limiting the picture height or width. This is what I personally use in my thread:

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[img height=400]imgurlhere[/img] [img height=400]imgurlhere[/img]
Limiting them scales them down but if you click on them, a full size loads. If you want to do more work, I would suggest uploading them to an editing website and scaling them down to decrease the file size. You might have files that are very large and if you have a lot on one page, then that would be why other people are having issues.

I think perhaps a combination of both scaling down the image and the file size will work for you!

Hope this helps (:

Edit: I just looked at the thread and decreasing the file size should be your first option. I think there is so many and such big files that it is a lot to load at once.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2016, 10:58:44 PM by Beautiful Mystery »

Online DarkPrinceTopic starter

Re: Picture Thread Formatting
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2016, 11:02:07 PM »
I can make them smaller. I'm actually already scaling them down but more might not be a terrible idea. In the future I will limit the number per post too.

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Re: Picture Thread Formatting
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2016, 11:07:22 PM »
The biggest issue is picture size. If you resize them before uploading to the wiki or linking from your host site it will help. Changing the size in the BBCode does not make the load time shorter. ; )

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Re: Picture Thread Formatting
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2016, 11:28:39 PM »
That helps a lot. Thank you!

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Re: Picture Thread Formatting
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2016, 01:43:50 AM »

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Re: Picture Thread Formatting
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2016, 08:46:10 AM »
Still bit laggy.

Alternatively and more time consuming you could use two image copies.

Original size one and smaller scaled down one to reduce load time.

Hyperlink the original size one into the smaller scale one, therefore if clicking on it, they can be taken to the larger size image. Bit time consuming, but eh.

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Re: Picture Thread Formatting
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2016, 03:15:09 AM »
* Seriously. This isn't a brag. This is a hand me down computer and it is literally more powerful than every computer I have ever owned together. I have no idea what to do with this thing. I don't even want to know what his new computer is capable of.
Try getting into 3D rendering. You really don't want to know how much computer power a large render in Poser can use if you crank up the quality and have multiple light sources and shadows going on.  ;D


Edit: I just looked at the thread and decreasing the file size should be your first option. I think there is so many and such big files that it is a lot to load at once.
I agree. File size is important. From what I saw, your images are all JPGs. You can usually get away with quite a bit of jpg compression unless you are dealing with an image that will be closely examined. A few small compression artifacts shouldn't be a problem. I doubt many people will notice them unless you go completely overboard with the compression, and your images seem to be intended to create a strong first impression. They will still do that if you use a bit of compression.

You could also try to crop a few images just a little. An image cropped (not resized!) from, say... 1000x1000 to something that's 900x900 will reduce the are of the image by 20% (from 1mio to 810k pix). That's 20% less data to save into the file at the cost of maybe cutting out a few minor background elements.

Something unrelated that I noticed is that I scroll through the image thread pretty fast, once it has loaded (which happens at a reasonable speed - not great, but okay) until I spot an image that grabs my attention. If you want to use this to capture writing partners you might want to think about adding a bit more text to the thread that describes your ideas and/or make the text you already have more noticeable (boldface, font size, etc.). At the moment it strikes me as "whoa! cool images", but not so much as "what does this person want to do with this inspiration", if you know what I mean?

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Re: Picture Thread Formatting
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2016, 03:20:19 AM »
I found the extent of my working on the pictures in uploading them in a smaller file. It seems to work well enough.

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Something unrelated that I noticed is that I scroll through the image thread pretty fast, once it has loaded (which happens at a reasonable speed - not great, but okay) until I spot an image that grabs my attention. If you want to use this to capture writing partners you might want to think about adding a bit more text to the thread that describes your ideas and/or make the text you already have more noticeable (boldface, font size, etc.). At the moment it strikes me as "whoa! cool images", but not so much as "what does this person want to do with this inspiration", if you know what I mean?

This I have been considering.