Assistance with adding images and sound

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Assistance with adding images and sound

Postby frog » Fri Sep 16, 2005 9:41 pm

Small is beautiful

The Community discourages large images inline with the content. Many users of the Community live in rural environments and have no access to broadband internet. As the purpose of the Community is to transfer information, images that do not directly educate or inform are kept small (like avatars) and even important images are presented as thumbnails allowing people to chose to see the larger image.

Adding an image

Images are added as attachments. For help, see the Attachments section in the FAQs.

Preparing an image

To upload an image, it must be of a reasonable size (dimensions and filesize). Most importantly, images must be less than 256kb.

If you're unsure how to resize an image (or if you don't have the software to do it), we heartily recommend IrfanView. It's totally free and will do all kinds of simple image modifications. You can learn more and download it at the IrfanView website.

Adding a sound

Sounds are added in exactly the same way as images - as attachments. For help, see the Attachments section in the FAQs.

Preparing a sound

Sound is an important aspect of frog identification. In many cases, it is the easiest way to identify a frog and in some it is the only way. However, sound files can be enormous and so we also limit the filesize of a sound file.

Sound files can be in several formats (.mp3, .wav, .wma) but the maximum filesize is 512kb. We recommend mp3 as you are likely to get a longer running time with a smaller download.

The program Switch, a sound file conversion application, is very easy to use and can convert just about any sound file into a suitable mp3 file. You can learn more and download it at the Switch website. (Choose the freeware version.)

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