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    Ritalin Poster Boy rob nye's Avatar
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    Smugmug (photo sharing) affinity program

    Greetings,

    I am pleased to announce that we have made an arrangement with Smugmug to offer our members a discount on this service. If you are familiar with photo sharing and want to get started simply follow this link to get started. For further explination of this service please see below.

    As you have noticed here in the BMW MOA Forum users have the ability to include pictures in their posts. There are two ways to do this, either by attaching the picture or linking to the picture on the Internet.

    Attaching a picture means that when you compose your post you include a reference to the picture which is on your local computer. When you click submit post the picture is transferred from your PC to the 'MOA server running this forum. Because we pay for the size of our site and the transfer of information (bandwidth usage) we limit the size of attachments and the number (one) you can include in each message. When you attach a picture if you want to have any of your non forum friends to see it you must either send them the picture as an attachment to an e-mail message or send them a link to your forum post.

    Linking a picture means that your photo is already posted to the Internet, meaning folks can view it as they view these pages. The advantage here is that you can include multiple pictures in your post, you a not restricted to the size of the picture and if you want to refer friends outside of the forum to the photo you can do so.

    There are many free services for hosting (sharing) your photos. The drawback to the free services is they either require registration, include advertisements or limit the amount of transfer per day. Each time someone views your image the data file is transferred to their computer. This uses bandwidth, so when you reach your bandwidth limit your photo is no longer available until the next day. This can be an issue with a picture you link to a forum post as each person who views the thread will be downloading the pictures which would count against the bandwidth limit. If you have ever noticed that once in a while you will see a white square with a red x, this would indicate a broken photo link, i.e. the picture is no longer available.

    There are some pay as you go services for hosting your pictures. Our favorite is Smugmug. Smugmug is simple to use and in addition to being very user friendly Smugmug offers photo tools and a simple way to post your pictures to forums.

    We have set up a community in Smugmug and have selected Smugmug for hosting many of the photos you will see on the BMW MOA website including our new feature, the picture of the week (coming soon). For a small annual fee Smugmug gives you 2 gigabytes/month of traffic. That's about 30,000 medium-sized (600-pixel) image views/month. Smugmug also offers photo tools, prints and tools to make it simple to include your pictures in forum posts or share with friends.

    To sign up for Smugmug and receive the $5 discount available to 'MOA members to get started please follow this link. Our cupon is entered automatically however for your reference our cupon code is: v6FeTKhJQ1cFE.

    As always if you have any comments or questions we are ready to assist.

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    I use Image Shack It's fast, free and super easy to use. No registration, advertisements or transfer limits.

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    Thanks for getting this set up Rob.
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    Hi Rob and all who helped with this.
    May I suggest you keep this up top as a sticky?
    Sometimes,nothing is a real cool hand.

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    Yes, thanks a bunch Rob. I've been using Snapfish because it's free. But has all the drawbacks for others you mention.
    I hope this paves the way to have "Photo Classifieds".

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    OK, I admit I'm a computer illiterate (Born in the 50's)

    I can't figure out how to link the photos I have on Smugmug so that they show up on my post. Only the link shows up, no photo. What is the drill for having my pictures show up in my post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GS Tom
    I can't figure out how to link the photos I have on Smugmug so that they show up on my post. Only the link shows up, no photo. What is the drill for having my pictures show up in my post?
    Smugmug has a nice tutorial on the subject here.

    Basically what you need to do is find the URL for the image itself. In windows, right-click on the image to bring up a small menu. Select "properties". Highlight the URL of the image, copy it (ctrl-C), and now you've got it ready to paste it (ctrl-V). When posting to the forum, select the "insert image" button above the message window (looks like a little mountain on a postcard), and then paste the URL there. Hit "ok" and there you go.

    On a mac, control-click or right-click on an image, select "open image in new window". This will open a new browser window with only the image in it. Copy the URL from the address bar and paste as described above to include it in the message.

    Make sense?

    hint: if the URL you are pasting doesn't end with ".jpg" or ".gif", you don't have the right URL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Nye
    To sign up for Smugmug and receive the $5 discount available to 'MOA members to get started please follow this link. Our cupon is entered automatically however for your reference our cupon code is: v6FeTKhJQ1cFE.
    While I couldn't automatically get the coupon code to enter on the link, I was able to enter it manually. I've been "meaning" to sign up on smugmug for some time now, as my FrontPage skills are minimal...

    Thanks for the opportunity, Rob, and for setting up this "group share" for us.

    Sadlsor

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    here it goes

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    Quote Originally Posted by GS Tom
    I can't figure out how to link the photos I have on Smugmug so that they show up on my post. Only the link shows up, no photo. What is the drill for having my pictures show up in my post?
    Tom - Send me the address of your smugmug account and I'll get a photo linked for you. You can hit the Quote button and see how the address gets stuck between the two image markers.

    I'll pick a good one.

    Here's one of mine. Take a look at the post by pressing the quote button. You'll see two "tags" with IMG in the middle of them, surrounded by square brackets. The one with the / is the one that tells vBulletin to stop looking for characters to interepret as a link to an image. I got that address by right clicking on the picture I liked and looking for the URL that had the full name of the file, all the way to ".jpg".

    It'll make sense when you look at it. Those Quote markers show that this text will be a quote in the post. Up at the top is another QUOTE marker, no slash preceding it.

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    Thanks for setting this up. Oh yes & thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperMoto7
    I use Image Shack It's fast, free and super easy to use. No registration, advertisements or transfer limits.
    Thanks for the tip, SuperMoto7.

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    I was finally able to post a smugmug image to a thread but I can't get the image size to increase so you can see it. Any suggestions?
    Last edited by dzimbric; 01-03-2005 at 08:54 PM. Reason: can't spell or type well

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    Quote Originally Posted by dzimbric
    I was finally able to post a smugmug image to a thread but I can't get the image size to increase so you can see it. Any suggestions?
    Are you trying to do something like this?


    (click on image)

    While this can be nice, simply posting the appropriate sized image from smugmug is probably more than enough most of the time. Adding all the links and extra text can get fussy for both the creator and the reader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dzimbric
    I was finally able to post a smugmug image to a thread but I can't get the image size to increase so you can see it. Any suggestions?
    Got a link to the post? I'll take a look at it for ya.
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