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    New mail graphic

    I use webpage filtering, which I often have set to freeze animated .GIFs. This usually doesn't create problems, but on more than one occassion, I have failed to notice that I have mail in my PostBox here on the lounge. With a bit of digging, I've discovered the reason. The filtering software I use downloads only the first frame on the ani. gif for display. Unlike most of the smilies used on the Lounge, the newpm.gif file uses a blank/ transparent image for its first frame, rather than the picture of the flying envelope. The effect for me is that the "PostBox" text is simply pushed a little to the right to indicate new mail; a subtle change that easily goes unnoticed.

    My suggestion is to replace this .GIF with one similar to the attached. I simply swapped the two images around so that the first image is the picture and the second is the "blank". This has no effect on its animated behaviour. Although my motivation here is not entirely unselfish <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> it may be that others are using filters that do the same sort of thing, and are therefore also seeing (i.e. not seeing) the problem.

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    Re: New mail graphic

    Swapping the images simply swaps the problem from you to me <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    Because your animation now finishes with the 'blank' image, it is now <big>ME</big> who gets the effect of the "PostBox" text being moved to the right after the animation has played!

    The attached should fix the problem. It comprises multple images, the first and last both being the flying envelope. Let me see what I can arrange....

    FYI, originally the icon used to flash continuously, but this was considered by many, including myself, to be irritating if a new pm came in whilst you were in the middle of a long post. It was subsequently changed to a few short flashes and then became still. (For some!)
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    Re: New mail graphic

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Yes, I see your point - easily overlooked when you only get the first frozen image.
    It's not really a big deal for me, having "trained" my eye to watch for the text shift.
    But if it's possible to satisfy all cases, then why not I guess.

    cheers

    Alan

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    Re: New mail graphic

    Leif, I see you've come good with the goods! Works nicely for me in all "modes" now, thanks.

    cheers

    Alan

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