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« on: April 25, 2012, 03:16:52 PM »

I hope this is the right place to ask about this.

So I have learned how to move photos to a 'folder' in the computer. I even learned how to crop them.

So now I have them in the folder, how do they get put on the forum? I seemed to recall that when DH helped me do this before, we used a separate site where we posted first, like 'flcker' or 'tinyurl'. If it's too click intensive, I'll really have to go slowly, as just searching for pics and moving them really wears me out. But, I also see, in options over this writing box that I never looked at before, something that says, 'insert image'. I sure hope it is that easy!

Now, complicating factors that may make this an even slower process: The computer has been cranky a loooong time. Over the last week it began locking up, not responding to the mouse, and the only thing to do at that point is turn it off and reboot. So yesterday it began doing that about every 15 minutes.

We realized we needed to transfer to another computer, so we did, but it's going to take some time, like weeks and weeks, for overextended DH to get stuff like photos and files transferred out of the old computer into the one we're using now. (Most, but not quite all, of the data is backed up so we can recover it even if this one quits totally.)

Except... today he opened the old one and carefully using a can of air, cleaned it out, removing a lot of cat hair, no kidding, and that seemed to help and it did remain OK all day today. So then I could do it sooner maybe.

And then...about a half hour ago, the power went totally off for no reason, and the old computer went into sleep mode, so I shut if off manually. We'll see if it comes back OK. The other computer came right back.

And, I swear, the newer computer more or less locked up today a couple of times. Whenever I go to post, it takes it forever to get the posting page to come in.

Are we living over computer-glitch-radon?

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012, 04:05:35 PM »

Yes, the best way to post photos on the forum is to first put them on a site like Flickr or Photobucket.  You then copy some codes from there to here, between the "image" tags that you get by clicking on the button above the posting box, and the photos show up.  It is possible to post them as attachments, but we have run into problems when there are a lot of them posted as attachments, so posting via Flickr or Photobucket is preferred.

If your new computer is a Mac, it's one click in iPhoto to load the pictures to Flickr.  I don't know about the recent versions of computers that use other programs to handle photos.

OTOH, there are some "quirks" with Flickr codes now.  Photobucket doesn't have those same quirks and is much more straightforward once the photos are there.

Let me know if I can be of any help!
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2012, 04:39:01 AM »

OT (sort of)
I have my photos on flick'r, but if photobucket is easier to use and post photos from, is there an easy way to move them all? I'm so techie-impaired that it has to be easy. All of my photos are in Picasa on my home computer so I do have back-ups if I happen to do something really stupid (like deleting them all).

Thanks from an old lady who is willing to learn . . .
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2012, 04:55:21 AM »

If you move all of the photos, they will not show up on any place you have them posted unless you go back and edit all of your posts. If it were me, I'd just leave them on flicker and upload a new batch to photo bucket. That way they will be at both places.

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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2012, 04:58:23 AM »

If you know the wrinkle, Flickr still works fine.  I can help.
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2012, 12:27:14 PM »

Thx very much for the reply! We don't have a Mac...I've been looking over the Photobucket site, too timid yet to try to create the account...the old computer is working but did freeze up once.

We figured out that the old pics we posted were on Tinypic (I think) which is a part of Photobucket (also I think). But we can't find them since we don't know (can't recall Grin) what name or password we used to create the account. They must still be there since they are still displayed in the threads here. I'd sure like to use the same account. May try to do an image search tonight if we can.

Getting closer . . .
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2012, 09:28:29 PM »

catwoods,
Most sites have a way of indicating that you lost your password, and I think most ask for your e-mail address to create an account.  Look around on the Login page and see if there is someplace to click to get access to your lost password.  Try your e-mail address to Login and see what happens.  When you indicate you have forgotten your password, usually they will ask you for the answer to your security question and send you an e-mail telling you what the password is. 
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2012, 04:21:23 AM »

   
We figured out that the old pics we posted were on Tinypic (I think) which is a part of Photobucket (also I think). But we can't find them since we don't know (can't recall Grin) what name or password we used to create the account.

The name you used to create the account is usually part of the URL - address of the picture - so if you can find where a picture is posted, do a right click on it and when the little menu box appears go down to the place where it says "open in new window" and left click on that. A new window will come up and the picture will appear. Look over the address (URL) at the top of your browser page to see if the name you used to create the account is there as part of the address. Then do as Mandycat has posted above.

Hope you can understand these directions - I'm sometimes not very clear in what I want to say.

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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2012, 03:23:55 PM »

Thanks very much for the tips, everyone!

Well, there's been another setback. We found this morning that part of the eudora files in the old computer have gone missing overnight. Something is definitely amiss with that machine. So, I'm afraid to use it, and for awhile we'll have to concentrate on trying to back-up this machine more - we weren't quite up to date - trying another backup hard drive in it, before trying to do something with the pics again. My folder I made of pics to post is in there too, and I was just going to post from there to the hosting place, then to itchmo, using the old machine - but now we can't, groan. (I did also move these pics to my fb pictures, so maybe I could put them in the hosting group from there, and then post, but even that will take us awhile.) Thousands of our photos, as well as lots of writings and records of email contacts, research, etc...are in that old computer, most backed up, but not all.

Caylee, your directions were clear. I did find the photos as posted here and with a right click I could get the list of options. When I clicked on "open in new window" it didn't open, I don't know why. That's in the new computer, not the one it was originally posted from.

Mandycat, will try those when we get back to trying to find the old hosting location.

When computers don't work right I turn back into a luddite...



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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2012, 02:24:45 PM »

We were able to confirm that the old kitty photos were on tinypic by using caylee's instructions. Although "open in new window" didn't work, clicking on the "properties' did open up the information. However, DH was still not able to trace the old password. Kitty pics were posted in 2009, and some landscapes in 2008 - I could only find one of those but it had vanished leaving a space mentioning tinypic. I assume tinypic did that and wish we could get into that old account to be sure the pics all remain 'active'.

However, probably will have to open a new photo hosting account. I don't know how soon, but it's on the to-do list.
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2012, 02:38:27 PM »

If you remember the email account you used to register with tinypic  and can tell the name you registered under, you can write to tinypic and request that they send you an email to that account with a way to request a new password. They will most likely ask you to answer the secret question that you gave the answer to when you first registered. The secret questions are like, the name of a pet, the make of your first car, your grandmothers maiden name, etc.

If your answer to the question matches what they have on file, a new password will come in a return email. You can then go into the files and reassign another password of your choice.

If the open new window did not work for you, you can still get the picture to show up in the same window by selecting the view this picture or just clicking on 'open' option. Or another way to get the URL of any picture posted to this forum is just to click the 'quote' function in the reply. The URL will appear in the reply box. I tried to find a post of yours that had a picture on this forum but didn't find any within the short time frame I had that night to  search.

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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2012, 03:17:33 PM »

Here are some of the picture URL's from your thread in the den. Maybe if you emailed these URL's to tinypic they might be able to help you find your account name, and then send you an email asking you the secret question.

It is worth a try anyway.

http://itchmoforums.com/the-den-show-off-your-pet-family/fur-instants-t8159.0.html

http://i42.tinypic.com/2chs6jb.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/21erl3p.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/vern2p.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/21lq4o5.jpg


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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2012, 12:01:09 PM »

Caylee, thanks. I did write to tinypic with all the information over the weekend. They haven't gotten back to me yet. It might be because my email has now been 'acting funny', groan.

We'll probably just start a new account but even that's going to take some time.
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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2012, 12:32:11 PM »

There is another way to post a pic to the forum directly from your PC without having to upload them to a hosting site. When posting a topic or reply, you will see "Additional Options" below the bottom left corner of the box you are typing in. Click on it and will open a small menu and you will see "Attach" with a box next to lit labeled "Choose File." When you click on choose file, you can then browse to where the file (image) is on your PC. (usually you would click on the "C" drive, then "My Documents," then "My Pictures," etc.,  depending on which version of Windows you are using, and how the hardware in your machine is set up). To make things easier, you can always put the image you want to upload on your desktop, then you will only need to browse to your desktop, and select the image.

I attached this image of Shakespeare and I using this method. Viewers then need to click on the attached image to view it full size.

Personally, I use ImageShack for photo hosting. I used Photo Bucket, and some others several years back. I use Linux primarily for my operating system, and had difficulties uploading images using the others. ImageShack works regardless if I'm using Linux, or Windows, and I believe the user interface is more friendly, especially for those who are inexperienced.


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« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2012, 03:19:34 PM »

Yes, this method is OK for a few photos.  However, we discourage the attachment method of posting because it takes up space on our server (which we pay for), and if a person uploads many pictures this way, we keep having to up our capacity in this file area.  Hence, while one or two photos as attachments are OK, we prefer that in general photos be hosted on other sites like Photobucket, since these do not fill up our server.

We like to keep the attachment file space open enough for spreadsheets that people sometimes post.
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