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Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by dragon1, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. dragon1

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    As a "newbie" can anyone recommend any s/w that will allow me to convert my digital photo's to thumbnails so i can put them on my web page but in a way that viewers can click on them to see the full size pics.

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    You'll need two versions of each photo - a small one (preferably with a lot of compression - as much as it will stand and remain identifiable) and the larger one - again, compressed, but less so to preserve its quality as far as possible.

    Any half-decent photo editing suite will create these for you. The more sophisticated ones have an export optimiser, so you can preview the effect of compression - you can thus select a level of compression that suits the purpose. The same suite will also have a resize option whereby you can take a copy of the original, and reduce its resolution and size, for the thumbnails.

    I use Serif's Photoplus for both. Depending on when you buy it, its price varies hugely - when they are doing a promotion it can be bought for GBP10 +P&P.

    Once you have your images - you use whatever tool you already use to create webpages to position the thumbnails, and the same tool to add a hyperlink (to the larger photo) to each thumbnail. Even MS Word97 can do this, as can Netscape Composer, Serif Pageplus and presumably all the dedicated web page designers like Dreamweaver.
     
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    you could consider a slightly different approach - sites like http://www.pbase.com/ allow you to upload images to your own little gallery on the web, it sorts out the thumbnails for you. You have to pay a small annual fee (US$23 yearly for 100 Megabytes or US$60 yearly for 300 Megabytes of storage) but in my mind its a relative bargain. I can simply zip up, say, 50 photos and in one single upload they're in a fully thumbnailed, easy to navigate gallery complete with 3 sizes for viewing and full exif info. I swear by it.
     
  4. dragon1

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    Nigel,
    Thanks for the post, I will give it a try

    Andy
     

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