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Colin Bishop16/12/2018 14:05:15
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Posting Images on the Forum

The Forum facility is a bespoke add on to the MyTimeMedia system and it is not possible to insert images directly into posts. It is first necessary to create an album and select images from this. The process is explained below. Once you have created an album you can add further images to it at any time. There is no need to create a new album every time you want to insert an image into a Forum post.

All images to be uploaded must be in Jpeg format (.jpg file extension). This is the default for most digital cameras.

However, the image files from today’s cameras are now very large and this can cause delay and timeout problems when you try to upload several image files in a batch. It is therefore necessary to reduce the file size to around 500k or less. A common ‘standard’ image size suitable for albums is 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels high in landscape orientation.

There are many free image resizing programs available on the internet which are simple to use plus you can also utilise options in Microsoft Paint or specialist image handling software such as Photoshop to do the job. Save your resized image with a different name, preferably one which will make it obvious what it is such as ‘Lifeboat superstructure’ rather than ‘IMG_9999’ for example.

Log on to the forum as though you were going to add a post to one of the topics.

From the bar across the top of the page click on the Albums tab.

From the options that appear click on Create a photo album

Give the album a name and description

If you want the rest of the world to have access to the album tick the Public box. This is usually the default setting.

If you want other people to be able to upload photos to your album tick the Allow member uploads box (not recommended if you are saving images to put into posts),

Finally, for this stage, click on the Create album box.

You now can upload pictures into this album, firstly by clicking on Chose file. This will open your computer files and you need to find the first photo you want to upload. When you have found that file, click on Open and it will appear in the list. Repeat this process for up to 5 photos.

When you have selected your photos select Upload and they will appear on the page. When they have uploaded be sure to click on Save changes at the bottom of the list and they will all be there, accessible to anyone from the Albums tab on the top of the normal forum page.

If you want to include one of these photos in your post on the forum, type in any text normally. Then leave one blank line and set the cursor to the left hand edge of the page.

In the box above where you type in the text there is a camera icon. Click on that and a new box will appear which lists all your albums.

Click on the appropriate album and the list of all the photos in it will appear.

Click on the one you want and the picture itself will appear on the right of the box.

If that is the correct one, click on OK and it will appear in the right position in your post.

Put in another blank line and then start typing the next bit of text or add another photo.

It all sounds more longwinded than it actually is once you have set up your album.

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harry smith 123/12/2018 05:54:47
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Hi Colin

A very handy help for all, thank you.

Also if you add your last picture first, then back up to your first picture on your post.

They will follow in the right order.

Harry Smith

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