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Offline Neco

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Best format for thumbnails ??
« on: June 12, 2003, 04:28:25 PM »
In everyones opinion ??

I was thinking along the lines of PNG ?


I am working on a new idea I had for a more constructive template for my site.   where I'd go the route of Thumbnailing pictures and having them clickable.

So I want to get the best smallest file size I can out of them..  as they will probably only be 100x100,   the quality of the thumbs won't really matter.

Likewise. If you know if a good program for this type of thing, let me know as well

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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2003, 04:43:05 PM »
Interested in php?  it will create the thumbnails on the fly.

www.harmonyphotography.com uses this idea.  The only image stored on the server is a jpeg that is 600x600 (which is the largest size you can see by clicking on "click to enlarge").  the thumbnails are created on the fly (meaning a php script takes the original size and drops it down to 60 quality and 100x100.

Another good example of this is a tutorial at www.webmonkey.com, under programming and php.

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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2003, 05:02:16 PM »
I'm always interested in a little php.. though I don't know much about it at the moment :)

Is this process speed efficient ?  And is it light on the server ?  (I know php can easily be a light  load language , I'm just cautious)

This sounds interesting indeed.


p.s..  got some hot girls on that site ;)

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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2003, 08:05:47 PM »
PNG or Gif would be the way to go. PHP is a great and easy way to thumbnail items. Not too hard to learn or implement, once again, hotscripts.com is also a great searching tool for this type of project.

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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2003, 08:10:46 PM »
I've been searching, but infortunately I don't think I am going to find anything specific to my needs...  I'm juggling a few other ideas at the moment, so I'll see how it ends up

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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2004, 05:54:25 PM »
/to bring this thread from imminent death

i've seen some sites using jpgs for their thumbnails and most using gifs. any advantages to jpgs?

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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2004, 08:46:04 PM »
On the topic of jpg vs. gif :


Gif are used mostly when the resulting images has solid blocks of color throughout. (ie: more than 5*5 pixels on the same color)

If you have different colors all over, you might think of jpg rather.

I dont know if you should use the png format because IE has issues (sadly :( ) with it.
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2004, 10:16:08 PM »
Usually, the best image format for thumbnails is whatever the best image format for the large version is.  If you are thumbing photographs, stick with jpgs.  If you are thumbing illustrations/cartoons/anything with a few solid colours, go with .gif or .png.

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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2004, 04:55:31 PM »
I have a question along similiar lines, hope no one minds me asking it here.

I am looking for a software package that will allow me to store both .jpgs and .gifs on my site. I will need 100x100 thumbs as well as the full size pics up to around 400x400 on occasion. It will need an interface that makes things simple. I use Earthlink as an ISP and they used to have a great little image storage feature free for us until they shipped everything off shore and spoiled it all. Something like that would work.

I am prepared to pay for this but free is great, heh heh. It would need a password feature, and some way I can protect my images. Sounds like I'm asking a lot but I'm sure there is something out there. I've been Googling all afternoon and came up empty.

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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2004, 10:40:11 PM »
I am on cable modem, and they offer not only free webspace with the pkg. but has a place to upload and store your pics, thus freeing up space on your PC. I build pages there with thumbnails that enlarge when clicked, and link to them from my other sites. Also has an option to password protect.  On my website here, we have a photo album module that works within php / MXsystem, usues a table on mySQL database (wish they had SQLserver2000  :cry:   ) and of course any directories can be password protected. Not sure if this is what your looking for, but hope this helps.

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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2004, 04:16:36 AM »
Thanks for the heads up Randy, I'm going on to cable soon when I get my new computer so I'll take a look at that. I took a look at both your websites and was most impressed, you do good work. Good luck with the new one. I will be learning PHP as soon as time permits so my place will be slowly evolving.

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