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Bill Edwards

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Dear IPS

A lot of my members access the forum via a mobile connection. We have a lot of images posted. To assist those on slow connections we limit image size to 640x480 in forum topic posts.

However, a lot of our members don't understand resizing, so we regularly get uploads of 20 lots of 3000x1600 photos.

PhPBB used to take these photos at upload stage and turn them into 640x480 - BRILLIANT :)

IPB Doesn't - BOO :(

I've looked for a hack/mod with no success.

Please, please, please consider this for a future update. Or can anyone point me in the right direction??

Many Thanks

Bill

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Is it me, or is the handling of images about the only major thing that IPS doesn't do well and doesn't seem to give good feedback on?

Don't get me wrong.. I REALLY LOVE IPB.... but that said, the handling of images from the forums, to the blogs, to IP.Content there sure isn't a nice clean way to dealing with them and yet the members are continuing to ask for help in these matters..

Don't make us take Charles hostage until you guys get a great image system together! You know we're capable... we'll take him and keep him, from you for as long as it takes!! %7Boption%7D

Jamie

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Add my vote also, it was not that long ago that IPS actually added the picture upload functionality to its software. Pictures have become a major part of forums these days and I just don't understand why IPS has never spent much time in this area (or is way late adding this feature compared to other forum software). There needs to be an admin settable size and the software will automatically size whatever the upload is to that set size. It CAN be done with not too much effort as there are tutorials on the IPS forum how to do this (I use this tutorial and it works great) but the coding does need some help and it is not admin settable in the acp for easy access. Come on IPS please do this!

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I didn't even realise IPB didn't have this feature until now. I figured it was in the options somewhere and I didn't play around with it yet, I would expect any sort of forum that deals with images to have this built in. :o

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The way I got around it was to modify the IMG BBCode, so instead of:

<img src="{content}" />


I point it to my thumbnail script, which outputs a thumbnailed version using PHP-GD:

<a href="{content}" target="_blank"><img src="/forum/thumb.php?src={content}" border="0" /></a>



So it's not simply taking the large 3000px image and squashing it into 400px (still forcing the user to download 2MB!).
Instead it sends them a 400px thumbnail (probably only 100KB).
They can click on the thumbnail to view the full size version in a new window.

It's not perfect, I had to create a second BBCode for Full Size Images. That's for when people want to post an image without it being thumbnailed.

Also it means you can't link the image to another URL, like this:

[/img][/url]

[url=http://www.google.com][img]		


Because the BBCode automatically adds a link to the full size image.

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You should be able to set a picture size and that is what the user has to abide by, if they do not they get a message saying your image is too large. If you do not do it this way, you will have images taking up major portions of disk space. Many people do not have much disc space and like to control it the best they can. I have over 13000 pictures in just one forum category, users uploading imnages way too big has now become an issue that I never had to deal with before. Hope to see a change in this.

Regards

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You should be able to set a picture size and that is what the user has to abide by, if they do not they get a message saying your image is too large. If you do not do it this way, you will have images taking up major portions of disk space. Many people do not have much disc space and like to control it the best they can. I have over 13000 pictures in just one forum category, users uploading imnages way too big has now become an issue that I never had to deal with before. Hope to see a change in this.



Regards



Instead of the message saying the image is too large, I'd prefer to have it automatically re-sized to the maximum values defined. Well, I guess there should be a setting to do this.

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Instead of the message saying the image is too large, I'd prefer to have it automatically re-sized to the maximum values defined. Well, I guess there should be a setting to do this.




That would be great as long as the 3000px wide photo wasnlt stored at that size taking up mass amounts of space. I don;t think People realize how much space photos take. Got a camera? How long does it take you to fill a gig card at max picture def? Change that size to something more managable then see how many photos that card holds. Now, I got 13.000 plus photos in just 1 forum category, Imagine how much space that takes up on my dedicated server. This is a major issue with forums that have heavy picture uploads. Wasnlt much I lkied about the last siftware I used, but that one feature made my mods and my life much much easier when it was there.

Regards

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So what happens now in the "IP Board Feedback" forum?

Does someone from the company:-

a) acknowledge our request & action it?
b) acknowledge our request & ignore it?
c) ignore the post altogether?
d) none of the above?

Answers on a postcard.........

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I personally read every single suggestion (and virtually every single reply) in this forum.

We can't possibly reply to every suggestion and reply, however. There are simply too many. Just because we don't reply, however, doesn't mean the suggestion isn't considered. :)

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Not wishing to be agumentative, but I ask if I am getting feedback, you say we don't always have time - clearly in this case you DO have time (two of you have answered!), but neither will comment on the merits of my suggestion?

This is, in my opinion, a massive gap in your software. Lots of people think so. I am actively looking at other software packages with more versatility and no one can give ANY indication as to weather the suggestion has merits?

I'm disappointed!

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Not wishing to be agumentative, but I ask if I am getting feedback, you say we don't always have time - clearly in this case you DO have time (two of you have answered!), but neither will comment on the merits of my suggestion?



This is, in my opinion, a massive gap in your software. Lots of people think so. I am actively looking at other software packages with more versatility and no one can give ANY indication as to weather the suggestion has merits?



I'm disappointed!




We simply don't have any information to give you at this point, we're wrapping up 3.1, when that's done we'll be able to comment more on potential future features. We just wanted you to know that your feedback was heard and will be considered when we get into the next version of IPB. I agree, more image handling options would be nice, and will think about it for a future version.

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I vote for this as well. Image resize is strangely missing in a lot of forum software, and IPB could help lots of people by implementing it first.




They would not be the first as MyBB has had this feature for a while already. I do not know of anyone else whoever that handles images the way I mentioned. It would be nice to see yes. I also am impressed with how the Invision development team listens to their users. So I have faith something will be done at some time not to very far away.

Regards

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We launched our new website with an Invision Power Forum about seven (7) weeks ago and 90% of our issues involve our users uploading oversize photos. We have instructions posted in numerous place but it remains our most time consuming problem in administering our forum.

We really need an admin solution where we can set a size limit and the forum software will automatically re-size the uploaded image under the set size limit. This feature would save our moderators a lot of time.

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While I am in agreement with the Admin option to resize an image I honestly don't think the 'upgrade' of images and how they are handled should stop there.

IPB has done great on most things.. well thought out and very forward thinking, however with the aspect of handling images I feel they are missing the bar.

I have posted a post that shows that the RTE can be upgraded to handle images in such a great way that it would work for Forums, Blogs and IP.Content.

The post/topic can be found here: [url="


Please IPS staff look into this and recreate it or come up with something much better than the example as we need a way to better handle images.

Thanks,
Jamie

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It would also be nice if there's an image editing tool within IP Gallery where moderators can edit a large image and have the ability to RESIZE it and save it. Fixing a maximum image size input is nice, but in case we need to set selective images to be smaller, an image resizing option would be helpful.

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