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    Making posts easier

    Many is the time I want to use a screen capture in a post, but never use it again. The process involves:
    1. <LI>open a screen capture program
      <LI>capture the region
      <LI>save to file
      <LI>browse for file
      <LI>attach file to post
    The attachment then appears at the end of the post. The graphic then lives on on my HD somewhere.

    I've come across this rather neat website/ software combo: Memodepot - Extend your memory to the Web that eliminates many of these steps. I'm going to use it now, to capture some of this screen, then have it appear right here. Here goes:

    <IMG SRC=http://www.memodepot.com/noteserver/public/attachment/127707/temp_capture_2089876334.jpg>

    This took 4 mouse clicks/ drags, left no file on disk, and the image appeared inline and in context with the help of the IE context menu extension, described in Pulling URLs.

    BUT PLEASE NOTE that it's often better practice to include graphics as normal attachments. This way they become a permanent part of the post - particularly important if the continuity/ substance of the thead depends on it being visible. The more appropriate usage of image links is probably in forums where posts have a limited life:
    - Pix Place (90 days)
    - Scuttlebutt (60 days)
    - Test Area (3 days)

    I'll post up step-by-step instructions if anybody's interested; although the whole show is pretty simple and intuitive. Have fun!

    Alan

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    Re: Making posts easier

    We tend to actively discourage the use of in-line off-site graphics - if the referenced site is down or slow, or there is a DNS problem, rendering of the web page hangs until the image loads, or it times out after about 30 seconds. There is also no size limit on referred graphics, and it would be possible for someone to (unreasonably) link to many MB's of graphics, just because they can!

    As you say, it would be more appropriate a method for the short term forums where there would be no great loss if the link failed in the future.

    BTW, it is not necessary to always 'browse for the file'. 99% of all my attachments are saved as <code>c:x.gif</code>. My screen-grab prog saves it as such automatically, and it could not be easier to remember what to fill in in the attachment box! The only overhead is one file on my C-drive!

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    Re: Making posts easier

    is it ok to use in-line graphics from the lounge? if the lounge was down, we couldn't read the post anyway <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20>

    <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/Leif.gif>
    <img src=/w3timages/blueline.gif width=33% height=2>
    <big>John</big>

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    Re: Making posts easier

    All good points of course. And another good point is that the software I mention actually stores your screenshot (or whatever) on an HTML page. It even takes one less click to reference that: Make a New Post - Forum (Software Finds and Wants) <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Of course, discretion is the key here and I'm tempted to modify my script for inserting an inline image URL, to first check the size and allow or not, in accordance with the Lounge 100KB limit and the potential problems you cite. Watcha think?

    Alan

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    Re: Making posts easier

    Yes <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Making posts easier

    Fine - As long as it is not a breach of copyright <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20>

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Making posts easier

    It's OK to use Lounge graphics, but keep in mind that userpics can change - if I include officespacer.jpg in my post:
    <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/officespacer.jpg>
    and you change your userpic, the picture in my post will change too.

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