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Offline 12oh2alarm

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Is there a way to have images in-line?
« on: August 23, 2015, 03:26:57 PM »
I know I can add images to a posting using the "img" tag. As far as I can tell, I must provide an http link to an external site. Since my computer does not have a static IP, I went to the trouble of uploading a picture to some free image hosting service.
That sucks^Wis more cumbersome than necessary.
Most forum SW I know allows to upload an image as an attachment and then reference it in-line with a tag such as [attach=1] to inline the first attachment.
Reading SM help and googling whether Simple Machines can do this was inconclusive.
So, is SM is still in the AGC class of computing or has it taken a giant leap to the third millennium?  ;D

Offline LunarOrbit

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Re: Is there a way to have images in-line?
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2015, 09:39:54 PM »
Development of the forum software does seem to be progressing more slowly than in the past, but I don't think it has stopped completely. They still release security patches from time to time.

I actually prefer that you host your images elsewhere simply because I don't want to fill up my disk space or exceed my bandwidth limits. I would like to avoid the added expense of upgrading my hosting if at all possible. Also, the larger the forum becomes, the more difficult it is for me to manage as far as backups etc. are concerned. This forum is no where near as big as the old BAUT and JREF forums, but I know they became rather difficult to manage due to their size.
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Offline Kiwi

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Re: Is there a way to have images in-line?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2018, 10:56:23 AM »
Hi LunarOrbit

Can you please update us on this? And for new members, post somewhere permanent the actual procedure for including images in posts and recommend places where they can be hosted. Occasionally new members have asked for help with posting images and not stayed around.

I was keen to post screenshots of Google Earth images in the "Apollo mountains on Earth" thread where I found the locations of the hills
http://www.apollohoax.net/forum/index.php?topic=1523.msg47943#msg47943
but then remembered you saying something about how it can cost you extra. This is the only thread I could find so it's possibly not your only comment.

As 12oh2alarm said three years ago:

Reading SM help and googling whether Simple Machines can do this was inconclusive.

It still seems to be the same. I couldn't find any help at all. What's there seems to be for those who know all about BB Code, which isn't the case for all of us, and particularly for some new members.

« Last Edit: August 20, 2018, 11:01:05 AM by Kiwi »
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Re: Is there a way to have images in-line?
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2018, 08:20:34 PM »
Hi LunarOrbit

Can you please update us on this? And for new members, post somewhere permanent the actual procedure for including images in posts and recommend places where they can be hosted. Occasionally new members have asked for help with posting images and not stayed around.

I was keen to post screenshots of Google Earth images in the "Apollo mountains on Earth" thread where I found the locations of the hills
http://www.apollohoax.net/forum/index.php?topic=1523.msg47943#msg47943
but then remembered you saying something about how it can cost you extra. This is the only thread I could find so it's possibly not your only comment.

As 12oh2alarm said three years ago:

Reading SM help and googling whether Simple Machines can do this was inconclusive.

It still seems to be the same. I couldn't find any help at all. What's there seems to be for those who know all about BB Code, which isn't the case for all of us, and particularly for some new members.



Get yourself a free Dropbox account. You can post images in line directly from the Dropbox folder on your computer. Once you have done that

1. drag and copy the image into the Dropbox folder on your desktop

2. right-click the image in your Dropbox folder and choose "copy Dropbox link"

3. paste the link between [img] tags (change "dl=0" at the end of the link to "raw=1" to ensure it displays properly in all browsers)




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Re: Is there a way to have images in-line?
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2018, 09:51:59 PM »
Can you please update us on this? And for new members, post somewhere permanent the actual procedure for including images in posts and recommend places where they can be hosted. Occasionally new members have asked for help with posting images and not stayed around.

I still recommend hosting images elsewhere for several reasons:

1. It prevents the forum from becoming too large too manage. Backing up the forum or transferring it to another server becomes difficult if I have to move large numbers of large files.

2. It prevents the forum from exceeding the disk space and bandwidth limits imposed by my host. We have several hundred members, and the forum is nearly 20 years old. If I had been allowing members to upload large image files for all this time the forum would have outgrown my ability to host it long ago.

3. Other hosting services (like Dropbox) are ultimately more reliable, and they allow those images to be shared on other forums in addition to this one. Image hosted by the forum can't be shared on other forums in order to protect my bandwidth.

4. The forum does allow you to attach images to your posts, but they do not appear inline with the text. This is out of my control.

I have increased the limits imposed on image attachments. You can no upload up to 10 images as long as their combined file sizes don't exceed 10mb. Individual file sizes must not exceed 1mb.
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth.
I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth.
I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
- Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)