locked Re: cover photo
Shal, just about anything is better than having to figure out if the imagetoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
will fit, find out it doesn't and have to try again. I finally had to have
a friend of mine that is very good with Paint Shop Pro to fix the image for
my group so it looked right.
This has really been a sore point with a lot of Yahoo owners/moderators
trying to resize so it meets the criteria.
SW Florida - USA
From: Shal Farley [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 3:04 PM
Subject: Re: [beta] Re: cover photo
> I don't understand why there's any need for width matching or any >
other processing of cover photos.
I don't speak for Mark, but is usually done because every member's window
might be a different width, and modern design sensibilities abhor having
variable blank space around a fixed size image. And a fixed size image is
inevitably a screen hog on one's mobile device but a postage stamp on
another's large-screen monitor.
> Why not just let people upload images as they like, and display them >
as sent, possibly with an option to have them aligned left, centre or >
right (with centre as the default). Obviously some people will need >
guidance as to what size is reasonable in term of pixels so they show >
sensibly on different screen widths, ...
Those are additional complications. It isn't "simple and easy to use" if you
have to tell the user to pre-process the image into a certain pixel size.
Many users aren't proficient with any image editing tools.
What might be nice is an uploader that allows the user to upload any image
and see a "live" preview that allows the user to zoom and pan the image
within a rectangle representing the cover image display. In other words,
provide a simple size and crop tool. Maybe it needs both a "max"
and a "min" rectangle: always crop down to the max, but never crop smaller
than the min. Then users with a logo or other specific art can use the min
rectangle to ensure that the important part of the image shows.
What I suggested was a lot simpler (for Mark, but maybe not for the
user): a simple checkbox that's useful for users that have a logo or
otherwise fully prepared image, but not too helpful for a user with a photo
of which they'd like to use only a portion.
And note that none of this required the user to think about pixel sizes:
the pixels would be resampled automatically as needed to fit the selected
portion of the image into the display window.