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How to add pics to forum posts

Discussion in 'Support' started by willie59, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. willie59

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    For members who would like information on how to post pictures to the forum, here's a tutorial on how to post pictures using pictures from your computer files, and for posting pics from websites as well. It is our hope that this tutorial provides a usefull resource for the forum members. :)
     
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    The maximum pic size is 640 x 480. The KB size of file can vary depending on format, bmp, jpeg, gif, etc., but the width and height must be 640 x 480 or less. If the pic you are attempting to upload is too large, you will be given a prompt informing you that is the case and you need to resize the pic. We apologize that there is no picture resizer, so you'll have to resize your pics in order for you to upload them to the forum. You can add multiple pics on a post to a thread, with a maximum of 5 pics per post.

    (Edit 10/7/13: there is now an auto pic-resizer, one should not have to manually re-size pics. If anyone encounters a problem please let me know.)

    Additionally, for the ease of the user learning how to post pics using this tutorial, it would best to have two internet browser windows open with HEF running in both browsers. That way, you can have the tutorial running in one window, and an HEF thread in the other window allowing you to perform the steps in the tutorial. There is a Test Forum at the Forum Support and Announcements section that you can test posting pics. So, let's get started.

    First thing, when you want to add a pic to a post reply, you can't add pics using "Quick Reply", you have to click the "Go Advanced" button at the bottom of the thread.


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    Once you've opened the Advanced reply screen, simply type the text for your reply in the text box as you would in Quick Reply. To add pics, click on either the paper clip in the toolbar above text box, or scroll down below the text box and click the "Manage Attachments" button.


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    This will open the File Upload Manager in a new window. Click on the Add Files button in top right corner of Upload Manager.


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    This will open an Upload window where you can select pics from your computer files. Click on the "Select Files" button at bottom of window.


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    This will open a new window that allows you to search your computer files for the pic you wish to upload, such as My Documents, My Pictures, etc.


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    Once you've searched and found the pic file you wish to upload, place your mouse cursor over the file and double left click the pic file.


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    This will close the window and take you back to the Upload window. You will now see the selected filed in the upload window.


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    At this point, you can either click the "Upload Files" button to upload the selected pic, or, you can click the "Select Files" button once again and add more pics to the upload box with a max of 5 pics.


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    Once you click the Upload Files button, the Upload Manager will process the attachment, and move it to the Attachments box. The pic, or pics, are now ready to be uploaded to a thread reply. You now click the "Done" button to upload pic(s).


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    Once you've clicked the "Done" button, the downloader window will disappear and you'll be back at the Advanced reply screen. Simply move your text cursor where you want to post the pic by using your mouse or the enter button on the keyboard. I typically drop the cursor 3 to 4 lines below the text that I have typed in the text box.

    Then click arrow next to the Paper Clip with your mouse cursor, this will open a small window that shows the downloaded attachment(s). Move your mouse cursor over the desired attachment, and click on that attachment.


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    Once you click the desired attachment, it will be added where you placed the text cursor.


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    If you have downloaded multiple pics, simply repeat the steps above, place text cursor in desired location, click arrow next to paper clip, click attachment, etc.

    Once you've completed adding desired pics, you can either select the "Preview Post" button to view your post to see if there's something you want to edit, or you can select the "Submit Reply" button and your post with pics will be added to the thread you were viewing.


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    If you want to post a pic that's on an internet website, you can do that as well. Keep in mind the size restrictions still apply. You can post a stand alone pic from a website, or you can post a pic that's part of a website page.

    You need to have HEF running in one browser window, and open an additional browser window to access the website you wish to post the pic from.


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    Open the browser tab that shows the webpage you would like to obtain pic from.


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    When you have found a pic you desire to post that's part of a webpage, such as this one, you can typically just grab that pic and not the entire page. You can do this by placing your mouse cursor directly on top of the pic and right click. That will open a menu. Click "Properties" on the menu.


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    This will open the properties info of the pic only, not the entire web page. Highlight the "Address: URL" by placing your mouse cursor to the left side of the URL address, hold down left click, and scroll your mouse cursor across and down the URL. Make certain you highlight the complete URL as there is sometimes 3 or more lines to highlight, scroll mouse across and down the URL.


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    Once you have URL highlighted, place mouse cursor directly on URL and right click. This will open a menu. Left click on Copy.


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    Now that you've copied the URL of the pic your desire to post, click your browser tab to open HEF. Click the "Go Advanced" button at the bottom of the thread that you wish to post at and click either the paper clip in tool bar above text box, or scroll down below text box and click the Manage Attachments button.


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    This opens the Upload Manager, click the Add Files button in top right corner of Upload Manager.


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    This will open the Upload box. Click the "Website" button


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    This opens a small file upload box. Place your mouse cursor in the text box below "Enter URL of file". Right click in the text box, this will open a menu. Left click on "Paste".


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    This will paste the URL of the pic you copied at webpage in the text box. Once the URL address is pasted in text box, click the Upload Button.


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    Once you click the upload button, the upload mananger will process the attachment and move it to the Attachments box. The attachment is now ready for posting on the forum. Simply click the Done button in bottom right corner of Upload Manager.


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    Once you've clicked the "Done" button, the Upload Manager window will disappear and you'll be back at the Advanced reply screen. Simply move your text cursor where you want to post the pic by using your mouse or the enter key on the keyboard. Again, drop the cursor 3 to 4 lines below the text that you have typed in the text box.

    Then click the small arrow next to the paper clip with your mouse cursor, this will open a small window that shows the downloaded attachment. Move your mouse cursor over the desired attachment, and click on that attachment.


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    Once you click the desired attachment, it will be added where you placed the text cursor.


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    Once you've completed adding desired pic, you can either select the "Preview Post" button to view your post to see if there's something you want to edit, or you can select the "Submit Reply" button and your post with pic will be added to the thread you were viewing.


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    Keep in mind that when your uploading pics from a website by pasting URL, some pics may not transfer, such as pics that require clicking a link at a website to view the pic. When that happens, you will get a prompt that informs you the URL won't work. If that's the case, simply go back to the webpage that has the pic you wish to upload, place your cursor over the pic, right click, open the menu, and click "Save Picture As". This will allow you to save the pic to your computer files and you can upload it to a thread post using that method.
     
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    Another feature the new HEF forum format allows is to post pics that you have already posted on the forum at other threads. The previous HEF format wouldn't allow you to post pics more than once. With the new upload manager, whenever you upload a pic, it stores that pic in the upload manager. Every pic you have uploaded is at the manager.

    The process for posting a pic that's stored in the upload manager is actually quite simple. Open the upload manager as was covered previously by clicking on paper clip, or click the Manage Attachments button.

    If you have uploaded pics to the forum on previous occasions, when you open manager, you'll see icons in the mananger, it's the icons with question marks in this screenshot. Each one of those is a pic that I have uploaded to the forum. The pic with the arrow pointing to it is a pic of my fireplace that I posted previously on the forum.


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    To post that pic at a thread reply, simply place your mouse cursor on top of the pic icon. Hold down left click button on your mouse, then drag the cursor down to the attachments box and release left click button. This will move that pic to the attachments box shown by red arrow.


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    The pic is now ready to upload and post on forum. Simply click the Done button in the bottom right corner.


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    The upload manager will now close and you'll be returned to the advanced reply screen. Add the attachment to your post in the same manner as was previously covered in this tutorial.


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    Wow, excellent work Paul! Thanks for all that!

    I guess the problem I was having was that my image was too big.

    640x640 - wow that's pretty small. Didn't it used to be bigger?
     
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    Dud we for the most part are just mechanics.
     
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    Yes, it was 640 x 640 when HEF was running on the previous format Trevor. I suppose most folks didn't realize that because the previous format provided an automatic picture resizer when you uploaded pics. So a person would simply upload a pic and it would go through and post, no reason to give size a thought.

    With the new format, no auto resizer is provided. I don't know if one will be eventually incorporated, but for now you must make sure your pics meet the size requirement. If it's too large, the upload manager will reject it. :)
     
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    I thought the pics had to be 640x480. 640x640 might be a little easier to resize.
    One question though. Is there any way to see what the picture is under the question mark? I have no idea what picture is what when I look back through the manager.

    Nice job on the expalination by the way! It took me about an hour to figure it out a month or so ago.
     
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    I don't know JTL. If it's supposed to be a thumbnail view, maybe it's a feature that's just not working. I typically give pics some kind of name that is recognisable, then in most cases I have an idea what the pic is.

    One thing you can do, place your cursor over one of the pic icons and you'll see a small question mark pop up in right corner of icon. Click on the Q mark and it will give you a link to where you have posted that pic on the forum. Admittedly, that's not as handy as a thumbnail pic, but you can at least see what the pic is. :)
     
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    Multiple pictures

    Great write-up Atco! I can appreciate the time it took you to do that. The new method is a lot more confusing than the old.

    One problem I had while posting multiple pictures is that they wouldn't always insert in the correct order and the attachment name doesn't match the file name. I discovered that in your post #3 pic 1, one can select multiple pictures by holding down on the Ctrl key while left mouse clicking the picture. When you upload, the app downloads them all in a random order, not the order selected. This is what caused me problems. But in the attachment box you can drag and drop the pictures in the order you want. Then when you insert inline they're in the correct order.


    Also, here's the easiest free resizer I've found. Instructions are listed on the website. You can drag and drop multiple files at a time so it's really quick.

    http://www.rw-designer.com/picture-resize
     
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    Looks like a cool resizer boone. My computer came loaded with a pic program that I use to resize, but I'm sure there's some out there that may be looking for a resize program for their computer.
     
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    That's what I shoulda done--named ATCO the "HEF Upload Manager"... :D
     
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    Oh heck no...don't give me a computer term reference name...we've had enough puter difficulties doing this! LoL :tong
     
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    Boone, I believe the pictures will be loaded from left to right starting with the last image you ctrl clicked. Haven't tried for myself on this site but that's how it works for me in other programs.

    I use a Microsoft Powertoy ImageResizer. (Google it because there's different versions for different operating systems.) It's super easy- just highlight the images you want, right-click and select "Resize Pictures." A dialogue box will appear, select your size, and press "Ok" - I can't imagine an easier way. :)
     
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    Ahhh...ok that may be. I didn't study the order of download too much . It just didn't put my pictures in the order I clicked. Thought the drag and drop in the attachment box to get them in the right order was pretty nifty though.

    That sounds like a good resizer too. I'm all about free and easy!
     
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    For some reason there is no "paper clip" button or manage attachments when I go advanced. I don't know if it's because I'm a new user or maybe the browser I'm using (chrome). Can some one help, please?