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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:56 am 
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Please be aware that in order to save overloading the web server, we will be disabling the use of the Image Attachment feature. Because this feature was not available on previous versions of UKASTLE, most members normally upload images to 3rd party websites and link to the images from there.

However, if you are unsure on how to do this, or feel a bit too lazy to load up the 3rd party website, you can use the image hosting tool I have added into the "post a message" page.

Below the main body of the page where you type your message, there will be a link with small text stating "add an image to your message". When you click this, a new window/tab will be opened with a box for you to browse for the image you wish to upload. Once you have selected the image and the box is filled, click the "family friendly" round button, then click the upload image button. (if you need to resize the image to make it smaller, then make sure the "do not resize image" text is not selected before uploading image)
Once the image is uploaded, the window will dissappear and within the message you have typed out will be an IMG line of text with the address of an image and a link to an image - there is no need to adjust this as your posted message will then contain a small thumbnail image of the picture you uploaded, with the link to the fullsize image... a bit like this:
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:31 am 
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An update on this:

Ukastle now has an integrated Image Gallery which runs parallel to the phpbb forum software. To access the gallery, please use the link in the top right of the main content area of the forums (next to the links for FAQ and User Control Panel). Images uploaded to the gallery can easily be linked to and displayed in any posts made in the forums.

To do this you may either upload pictures into one of the existing photo albums or upload to your own personal album. to upload to your own album, you must first activate it in your User Control Panel. In the UCp there is a set of links in a box on the left, the last link is entitled GALLERY - and it is this that you click on...
Next there will be some new links below the word GALLERY:
   *  » Personal settings
   * » Manage personal albums
   * » Manage subscriptions
   * » Manage favorites
- to create a personal album, you will click on the link MANAGE PERSONAL ALBUMS. Text will state that you do not have a personal album, and there will be a button to create one - click that and confirm (if asked) and then you will then have your personal photo album.

TO UPLOAD into the personal photo album:
go to the gallery at gallery/ and take a look down to about 1/3 of the way down the page. After the album for Collections, The first few albums are the regional photo albums for pictures related to regional discussions - and these are then followed by the Photo of the Month photo albums. After this is a section called USERS PERSONAL ALBUMS, and if you have activated your album it will then read "your personal album: " followed by your username - and this is a clickable link.

Now, on the page of your personal photo album, there will be a button to UPLOAD IMAGE in roughly the same position on the page as the "new topic" / "post reply" buttons are in the forums.

UPLOADING
You can upload up to 10 images in Bulk, however the only restriction on Bulk Uploads is that they will share the same description and Image Name within the set. you can append the description of each image when typing out the description by including "Image {NUM} of 10" for example, and the {NUM} will be changed by the software to give the number of the image within the bulk uploaded set. If you wish to add further descriptions to individual images within a bulk uploaded set, you will have to view each image seperate and then either comment on it or use the Edit link to alter the description.

LINKING TO AN IMAGE
there are several ways you can show a gallery image within your forum post. This will be used as an example image:
gallery/image_page.php?album_id=19&image_id=110
On this page you will see the image, followed below it by three different boxes of code. Each box will give a different way of the image being shown in the forum. By copying
Code:
[album]110[/album]
into your post, you will get the following appear:
110 <- this is a thumbnail image, and clicking on it will take you to the image viewing page within the gallery. this page has the code boxes in, as well as links to next/previous images and any comments the photo may have.

If you copy the code from the second box
Code:
[url=http://www.ukastle.co.uk/discussion/gallery/image.php?album_id=19&image_id=110][img]http://www.ukastle.co.uk/discussion/gallery/image.php?album_id=19&image_id=110&mode=thumbnail[/img][/url]
you will get this result:
Image <- again this is a thumbnail image, but clicking the image will not take you to the image page in the gallery, but will instead open up the image in full size

Or finally, you may decide to copy the code from the last of the code boxes
Code:
http://www.ukastle.co.uk/discussion/gallery/image.php?album_id=19&image_id=110
which will give you this result:
gallery/image.php?album_id=19&image_id=110
so you will need to add the
Code:
[img][/img]
tags before and after in order to show it as an image:
Image
It will be shown as a full sized image with no links contained within.


If you have further questions regarding this, please use the thread entitled "the all new GALLERY" within this announcements section of the forum

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:01 am 
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Another update to the image adding procedure has been incorporated specifically for thumbnail images.
And this can be used to save space when you're posting images.
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Now you can post images and write text around the images!
(and smilies too!  :) )
if you don't type much then your signature will be placed alongside the image you post, if you decide to use this alignment. You can also use a box for the right hand side of the page, but this one only works for thumbnails and not full size pictures.
However, if you are typing out a lot of text,
or just like using line spaces,
then you will find the text wraps around the image and the signature goes to the bottom as normal. It's ideal if you're using the ALBUM tag from the gallery to show thumbnails. It won't work for large images though, you will instead get the magnifying glass to see an image (and will only get a zoomed-in image which is thumbnail sized anyway).

Code:
[block]some stuff[/block]

this will put the "some stuff" content on the left hand side of the main content
Code:
[right]some right stuff[/right]

This puts "some right stuff" content to the right of the main content

Anyway, the bbcodes for these layout boxes are as follows.
And if you are unsure how to format the text to get a good looking layout
then simply QUOTE this message
and then take a look at how I've formed this one.
If you are having both left AND right content, then you MUST put the right hand content directly below the left hand content, otherwise it'll end up somewhere near the bottom of your post by the signature, which will look wierd and out of place; and if you're using both left and right boxes, then do not put a line space between the two box codes, as this will drop down the box one line - in a line of left hand boxes, they will go down like steps if you do this! The example I have done here is a little overkill I am aware, as most times this may be used will just be for one thumbnail to the left of the main content (for example)... However, you may want to do something like this:

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2
149
3
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4
146
5
145
And now you are probably seeing how this may
get used in the near future!

you can still put normal content in the middle though
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:10 pm 
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Rojojnr wrote:
Why are none of the pictures showing up? I've copied and pasted the links and placed image tags at either end of each, but the link seems to be broken! Could my pics be too big for the gallery, or do you know if you've got any technical issues with the gallery? The pics show fine in the gallery (but for some reason they don't show in the thumbnail versions).


The main problem is a RAM issue. The PHP script which generates a thumbnail image works fine on images up to 2 or 3 Megapixels, but beyond this it demands more memory resources than our webhosts currently allocate to a single script - and so the script crashes and no thumbnail image shows. The full sized images can still be seen by right clicking on the "Image" word, and clicking "view image"....

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Thanks Mazeteam! Yes, you just right-click on those broken link icons and click "Open Image in New Tab" and it loads the image no problem! Because my camera is 1080P HD, the file sizes come out REALLY big and I'd have to do a LOT of cropping to get them to display properly on this site! But just as long as people can view the images in one way or another, it's fine!


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I do have plans on contacting the site hosts to see if we can get the RAM allowance increased a bit, in addition to a script on the image page to fit it into the screen size... all as part of some big site work.

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I've just put in a script that should scale the big images to fit the screen, once you're viewing the images within the gallery area. It's not totally as I would like it, but it'll do for a month or two...

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Members can always resize their images (using MS Paint or alternative packages) to say 1024x768 (or smaller) to avoid these issues and make it easier for those members on a slower broadband connection to view them. There really is no need to upload a 5MB image!


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