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Uploading Design Files, Images and Video

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The Wood Designer forum gives you the opportunity to get feedback on your stair and furniture projects.

When you click on ‘Add Topic’, you’ll see a button called ‘Upload Attachments’ near the bottom of the screen, which allows you to add images and design files.

The file type and size restrictions appear, again near the bottom of the screen, when you click on that button. We need to set a limit otherwise the forum load time will slow down too much.

Media file uploads like video clips are restricted to moderators only.

File size restriction = 204800 bytes = 200 kb = 0.2 mb

Image size is set to a maximum of 1000 x 1000 pixels

Resizing images quickly

If you don’t have something like Photoshop Elements or another image editing package on your computer, search for image resizer in your browser, and you’ll find some easy to use services that let you select how much you want to shrink your image. Here’s one I just found: http://www.picresize.com/

Upload your images and in this case choose custom size then something like 600 x 800 pixels for a portrait image, 800 x 600 for landscape. This should be well within the max file size limit.

Tips for posting images and video of your screen…

Although you will sometimes want to upload your design files for other members to save, open and feed back on, another way to quickly show your design work, or highlight something your software does, is to create an image or video of your computer screen.

You can use the ‘Print Screen’ button on your keyboard and resize the image in your computer’s photo editing software to comply with the maximum dimensions mentioned above, then upload it.

However, a really quick option I would recommend is to use Jing which is entirely free and captures images and short videos of your screen. You are prompted to sign up for screencast.com during the Jing install process. If you do this, Jing can post your image or video automatically on Screencast.com and copy the link to your clipboard.

Then just paste that link into the forum and you’re done. No need to resize and you’ve got video as well as image capabilities.

Here’s a photo of me writing this post…taken with Jing and uploaded to Screencast.com.

Posting images from your phone

The only problem we’ve discovered uploading files is when using an iPhone with the Safari browser. We recommend using another browser, for example Chrome or Mercury.

You will also need to resize the images on your phone. 2 apps we’ve tested that work well are ‘Resize Image’ and ‘Auto Resize’. The first is nicely made and presented. The second allows you to get a bigger picture when setting the maximum file size to 200 kb, so that’s my favourite.

Thanks for reading!

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