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    Default Using photos in your posts

    PHOTO UPLOADING
    Use the "Insert Image" button:
    (2nd button from right in that screenshot snippet)
    ... on the Compose Message / Quick Reply toolbar to upload photos to be hosted at Beesource.

    If you are having issues uploading photos directly to Beesource, the most likely problem is that those images are too large. The uploader will not accept oversize images, but IIRC it does not say that in plain English.

    To fix that, reduce your images to no more than 640x480 pixels. If you don't already have a convenient way to resize photos, a free online site like this one works well:
    http://www.picresize.com/

    An alternative to uploading photos directly to Beesource is to upload them to a hosting site and then post the link to that specific photo here. For instance, some here use a free account at Postimg.org to host images that are in their Beesource posts. Some photo hosts also ease the process of uploading from phones by accepting images emailed [to your existing photo host account] directly from your phone.

    You can display images any size you want if you simply provide a clickable link to your Postimg.org image (or other photo host sites). You can also display photos from photo hosts "inline" (no clicking required to display here, the images show automatically) at Beesource, but some hosts default size is oversize by Beesource standards. One may be able to use tools at the host to reduce image size to a smaller size to meet Beesource requirements, or just post a clickable link to avoid resizing issues altogether.

    If you set up a free photo hosting account at Postimages.org, and use their "Thumbnail for forums:" function, the photo is displayed automatically in a 'thumbnail' version and the size of the image when posted to Beesource is well within the pixel size limits of Beesource. The posted thumbnail image can be clicked once to see a large version at Postimages.org, and then clicked again to see a full size version. To see how this works, below is a sample thumbnail image of a bee colony in a hollow tree:



    To see a larger version, click on the photo once. If you wish to see the full size version, click again. The full size image is oversize by Beesource standards, and posting inline a large image like that breaks Beesource rules and runs the risk of deletion of your post by a moderator. So the thumbnail feature solves the size problem but still allows large images to be displayed upon demand. Note, to make this clickable thumbnail function happen with Postimages.org does not require one to make multiple versions of the image - it is all handled automatically at the time of uploading the photo to Postimages.org.

    FYI, that photo above is part of this Beesource thread: https://www.beesource.com/forums/sho...ree)&styleid=2

    Note that previous versions of this FAQ mentioned Photobucket as a photo host. Photobucket has changed their rules and are no longer a good choice. See these threads for more details:
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/sho...-has-gone-ISIS
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/sho...-Photo-hosting




    Fixing "Rotated" photos


    If your photos end up posted "sideways" compared to how you intended, presumably you are taking those photos with a 'phone' style camera.

    The "old" way of phones storing digital photos was to save the file in the same orientation that the device (phone/camera) was being held at the time. Sometimes that meant using CPU cycles (and battery power) to recompute the pixel locations to save the file. But . . . . the "new" way is to store the image without recomputing pixel locations to allow the camera to be ready for the next photo sooner. This also saves on battery power. Instead of saving the image with a "fixed" landscape/portrait orientation, the "new" way is to store the orientation as part of the EXIF data of the image.

    That system works OK if the "post capture" processing (such as posting to Beesource etc) also understands and respects finding the image orientation in the photo EXIF data. But the current forum software is older, and doesn't look for image rotation in the EXIF data, so it simply orients the image the way the phone saved it.

    If you want to change the orientation displayed (on a system that doesn't look at EXIF data), one way to do that is to rotate the image (in a photo editor, etc) and then save it rotated.

    However, that can get tricky because the photo program might be respecting the EXIF data, or it might not - depending on the editor. So you may need to try out a couple of different editors to see which one works for your situation.

    Note that if the sideways photo opens in the editor displayed "correctly", then its likely the editor is reading the EXIF data, and that editor may not be useful in actually saving the file in a rotated format.

    As an alternative to using an editor on a local device, use an online free service. For instance, this tool works well:
    [www.imgonline.com.ua]

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    Last edited by Rader Sidetrack; 07-02-2019 at 06:37 AM.
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