Post by xairbusdriver on Oct 19, 2018 15:57:36 GMT
[slightly off topic] There's another reason for limiting the pixel dimensions of your uploads. I haven't uploaded any images at this forum, but other forum software may have file size limits. The key word there is "may". If the forum you upload to has file size limits, you'll soon discover it and you then need to consider Bailey's concerns.
My biggest complaint about posting "full-size" images comes when I visit a forum with no file size limits! It this case, the viewer will usually end up with horizontal (and possibly vertical) scroll bars around that image. Some older forum software will even force horizontal scrolling on the entire thread!! The worst possible, in my humble opinion, of all.
Bottom line: Don't depend on a site's CSS or software to resize your images. PLEASE don't force viewers to use horizontal scrolling to see your images. And please do not waste a site's storage space on those much too large files that may, if the viewer is lucky, display with less than a 900 pixels max!
I think some of the worst offenders are those who use screen captures. If you have a screen resolution higher than the viewer, your image can easily display much bigger than what you saw. TIP: Never upload a full-screen capture unless you have down-sized it! PLEASE. It's a shame that most free image storage sites now do not allow off-site display of the images.
This is basically a lack of courtesy for the viewers of your images. Hopefully it just a lack of knowledge. It's rather like using ALL CAPS in an email.
I think you are 100% on topic. I forgot all about the scroll bars that a web page can display for over-sized images. I haven't seen any on web pages images for a very long time now, but yes they were/are annoying.
The main "prompt" for my OP is that I notice many members post large-sized images on this forum, which have no visual advantage over a smaller appropriately sized image, which are easily downloadable by anyone who wants to use them for their own purposes.
I am pleasantly surprised that some members have posted earlier in this thread that they are happy for visitors to download their posted images. So for them, posting large size images is not a concern.
But in my experience, many people who post images online are not aware that they are giving them, or at least smaller versions of them, away for free to anyone who wants them in spite of any "image security" (and I use the term loosely) measures implemented in a web page.
[rant, continuing my topic fork...] My irritation of full-size images is irrelevant to theft. It is mainly caused in forums that allow uploading images as an aid for trouble shooting. Obviously, at a site concerned with images/photography allowances must be made or software choices used that take this problem into consideration.
Here is an example of what happens when the poster ignores the size of an image they upload:Probably a very high resolution monitor screen capture Compare the size of the image in the first post with the one on the Reply #1. There is absolutely no need to upload images so large that the viewer must scroll (in any direction). As a matter of fact, the data (which is the whole point of the OP's question) could be presented with just plain text.[/rant]
I help administer a help forum (not the one linked to above) and we use a maximum image size and software that also automatically creates clickable thumbnails for full-size display. Since it is a hobby for us, we originally had a rather small amount of web space that 'discouraged' massive user file uploads. Excitedly awaiting for the Fall color displays, the larger the better!
BTW, I feel that image size does not matter. Large images can be stolen and printed, but web sized images are taken and used (without permission) all the time.
Thank you for the link. The info in it is exactly the point behind my OP and second post.
And yes, size does not matter. Any sized image can be taken by anyone who wants it and they can do what they like with it.
Many people don't realise that they are giving away for free their large sized images, which makes them much easier to be printed and/or edited, when a smaller appropriately sized image will have the same visual effect on the visitor to the web page. Smaller images give image thieves less flexibility in what they can be used for.
And one final way I can think of that people can take online images for their own use, whether or not you are happy for people to download and print your images as some members have generously said they are earlier in this thread, is from your browser's cache.
Every time someone visits a web page, if it hasn't done so on a previous visit the browser will download the images on that page to its cache in order to speed up the loading of the web page into the browser on subsequent visits. They can then get the image from the browesr's cache on their computer and do what they like with it.
This is another reason why I don't upload full sized images onto the www.