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    getting thumbnails to link to new page/window (FP2000)

    Going round in circles with this one. Want a page of thumbnails which will link to a popup window showing the 'big' picture and it's describing text. I have sort of managed it with a lot of cutting and pasting after making the autothumbnail, but there has to be a better way. Any suggestions or links to web tutorials would be appreciated.

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    Re: getting thumbnails to link to new page/window (FP2000)

    A couple of tutorials here Idocs and echoecho and an example/code generator here at The JavaScript Source

    When you say "describing text", do you mean you want a new window to open with a larger version of the picture and some text, as opposed to just the picture on its own? If so, and you do not have many to do, it may be simpler just to create a new page for each picture link.

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    Re: getting thumbnails to link to new page/window (FP2000)

    Yes Leif. I want the main, 'catalogue' page to show the thumbnail pictures. When the viewer clicks on the hammer thumbnail a new window or pop-up opens to show the large image with the text that describes the hammer as an Estwing 24 oz ....etc.
    My thinking is that a page with nine thumbnail pictures will take less time to load and the viewer could choose to look at the details which will take longer to load or go to the next page of 9 thumbnails.etc.
    I can get the large image and the text on its own new page just fine. My problem is getting (moving) the thumbnails on the main 'catalogue' page after doing autothumbnail. Is there a different way of creating a thumbnail than using autothumbnail.
    Thank you Leif for taking the time to respond.
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    Re: getting thumbnails to link to new page/window (FP2000)

    Oh yes! I rarely use the auto-thumbnail feature, but then I don't often need to do what you are doing!
    Two ways I use:

    1] Insert the large image onto the page where you want the thumbnail. Click it once to get focus, then move the mouse to the lower right corner until it turns into a double-headed arrow. The simply left-mouse-click and hold while you drag the corner to re-size the image. The image will keep the same proportions.

    2] Insert as above but double-click the image to bring up the Picture Properties window. Under the appearance tab you can specify the exact dimensions you want.

    Having resized, you now need to resample the graphic. While the image still has focus, click on the 'Resample' button on the Pictures toolbar. This optimizes the graphic for the smaller size, making it a smaller file. If you check the bottom right of the screen, you should see the download time drop dramatically.

    Now, when you come to save the page, you should be warned the picture will be overwritten - see the attached example. Click Rename and change it from (e.g.) Image1.jpg to Image1_Sml.jpg - this will easily remind you that it is the smaller version (just as auto-thumbnail does).

    However, from what you say, I suspect this is not your real concern as you say your problem is moving the thumbnails. Do you mean lining them up neatly? I would insert them into a table with the borders set to 0. For neat pop-ups, I would use a window without any toolbars or menus - much like the window you get if you click on Help above.

    The advantage of using Auto Thumbnail is that you will get consistently sized thumbnails (the settings for them are under Tools > Page Options.) However, you will still need to change the hyperlink from the larger image to the new page you have created holding the big pic and description.

    Warning: Always make sure you have another copy of your larger images somewhere. More than once I have accidently let FP over-write the large image with a thumbnail and once that happens, there is no way to restore it to its larger size.

    Hope this helps!
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    Re: getting thumbnails to link to new page/window (FP2000)

    Leif, I think I got it !! Thank you.

    My problem was the auto-thumbnail was created on the same page as the big one, when I wanted it on a different page with other thumbnails.

    So I have my page with a nine cell table for the thumbnails. Create a new page for each big picture and it's text. Then copy the big picture into its cell on the table page. Reduce it to fit the cell. Then that 'resample' thing for the small pic. Then create a hyperlink to the big pic page. Thanx also for that warning about renaming the picture. Fell into that trap when I was trying your instructions.

    Now I can see that my table page, with 9 thumbnails, will now load much more quickly and the viewer can choose to look at the big picture page if they wish which was what I was trying to attempt.

    I can now go on to figure the pop ups now thanx also to your leads.

    Thank you so much. You have been extremely helpful. It's appreciated. You should write a book. Your explanations are so clear and helpful.

    Joan <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23>

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    Re: getting thumbnails to link to new page/window (FP2000)

    Why, thank you ma'am <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    You may still find it quicker to use the auto-thumbnail feature to get consistently sized results - just right click it and edit the hyperlink to point to the popup rather than the original big pic.

    If you are doing what I think you are going to do, you will find the neatest pop-ups are those with minimum frills - i.e. minimum practical size with no toolbar etc. You may then wish to consider adding links to print the window and close it for the end users convenience.

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    Re: getting thumbnails to link to new page/window (FP2000)

    Thanx Leif. Will let you know if I run into any snags.

    Ever wondered why, those (un) helpful files don't have some sort of sequence number on them? If they were printed in book form they's have page numbers wouldn't they? Then when looking at a snippet marked with a 14/23 one would know that on topic 14 you were looking a snippet 23 and could search for the opening, (explaining). information.

    Onward to searching out pop ups.
    Thanx again Leif.

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