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    Plutonium Lounger
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    Attach or Embed (Thunderbird)

    This might look like a post about Outlook but it's not, so I post it here. I know that fellow Loungers use many email client programs including several versions of Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Pegasus, maybe even Netscape and several others, so my question concerns not only the operation of those software programs BUT the preference of YOU, the recipient of an email as well.

    For many years I've been in the habit on the occasion where I send someone an email containing a graphic or two, of embedding the graphic(s) in the body of the email rather than including as attachment. The reason I started doing this years ago is the fear that some people have about "attachments" and the possibility of spam or virus contamination. I thought that embedding a photo in an email would not cause concern and in addition might make it easier for them to view the pix I was sending. I still do that to this day.

    This morning I learned, as a result of sending a couple of embedded GIFs to a fellow Lounger, that those graphics CANNOT be saved if they are embedded and the recipient is using Outlook 2007! So, my question is whether that restriction exists in other email programs AND how do YOU prefer to receive a photo (or more) (JPG/GIF/PNG) in an email - attachment or embedded or does it even matter to you? I exchange pictures and other graphics with family and friends (including Loungers!) every day, so I'd like to re-set my "SOP" to something that is useful to as many as possible. Thanks for your opinion!

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    Plutonium Lounger
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    Re: Attach or Embed (Thunderbird)

    Gmail, Outlook 2002/2003and Outlook Express may block images, but they usually provide a way to unblock them too, so it doesn't matter to me.

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    Re: Attach or Embed (Thunderbird)

    I'm a Thunderbird user and usually insert images inline (embed). Although I prefer to receive them this way too, it's really the sender's choice. But given the number of stand-alone and web-based email clients, youse really can't please all the people all the time!

    Cheers,
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    PaulB

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    Re: Attach or Embed (Thunderbird)

    I prefer small images embedded, large (wide) images attached.

    And for your Outlook-using friends who need to be able to save embedded images from Outlook, they need only visit this post on the Outlook board for a macro solution: Saves Pictures Embedded in HTML Messages. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Attach or Embed (Thunderbird)

    If I'm sending an email with instructions including screenshots, the image will be embedded inline. If the images are simply for entertainment (humour, family sharing, etc...), then I'll attach them.

    One of the vendors my employer deals with removes embedded images automatically at their gateway, and reattaches them as non-descriptive files (AT012873.jpg for example). Painful when I have a list of step-by-step clicks displayed in screenshots when I need trouble-shooting help!
    Christopher Baldrey

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