Make sure your image filename's extension is in lowercase
(e.g. avatar.jpg instead of avatar.JPG). Our forum software isn't
smart enough to figure that it's the same thing.
If that doesn't help, well, sometimes JPEGs can be tricky. Try
saving it again and fiddle with the options a bit.
Please note that there are also size restrictions on avatars;
both file size (64k) and image dimensions (150x150). If your attempted
upload exceeds any of those, you may get a similar message.
Into every life a little rain must fall. Not to worry,
these things usually work themselves out in short order.
This most often is a result of not signing in under your
membership identification when arriving at the Forum. Unless
you check the box "Log me on automatically each visit" when
you sign in with your ID and password, the Forum software
will not recognize you the next time you arrive, and will
not let you have access to those files which cost the site
money for you to download (such as graphics and films).
To make sure you are logged in on any forum page, look at
the main menu options at the top of the page. If the option
in the lower right is "Login" then you are not logged in.
If it is "Log out [ Your name here ]" then you are logged in
(but it is worth clicking through a couple of threads to make
sure it stays that way).
If you have cookies blocked or disabled in your browser,
you will not be able to stay logged in to the forum.
In some cases, logged in users have reported that they are
unable to see some or all forum attachments, usually graphics.
Although in most cases this is caused by not being logged in
properly (see the previous entry),
there are a couple of other possible explanations.
First, make sure you are looking at a relatively recent
thread. Old attachments are removed after a time (usually
a few months, but it varies based on size and popularity),
so the attachment you see other people responding to may
simply have expired. If this is the case, you will not
see the black box for the attachment (containing the filename,
description, file size and the number of times it has been
viewed); there will be no trace of the attachment at all.
If you're looking at a current topic.
Also, certain pop-up and ad blockers that will silently remove
attachments. The Google Toolbar & Google Web Accelerator
have been known to have this effect, and some people have
reported the problem if using Norton Internet Security without
adding this site to the "allowed" list. If this is the case,
you will see the black box for the attachment containing all
its info; only the thumbnail version of the graphic will be
missing. If you can see some types of attachments (stories,
videos) but not others (GIF / JPEG graphics) this is most
likely to be the reason why.
The Forum software stores each member's email address
at their time of initial registration, but does not make
that information available to any of its members. You can
email other members by clicking the "email" button at the
bottom of each post. From there you will be taken to a text
input page where you can enter the text of your message.
The Forum software will attach the recepient's email
address after you have clicked "send."
If you use this feature, the person you email will
not be able to see your email address. Our system
operates as a double-blind email anonymizer. Your email will
appear to come from "email@example.com" and
replies sent to that address from a board member's email
will reach you (with their real email address similarly
Both you and the recipient must have enabled board email
for this option to be available.
There are so many different variables that go into motion
graphics that you should direct any specific questions to the
Technology Talk Show forum for answers and explanations.
Please post all technical questions concerning this site to the
Technology Talk Show Forum.
If you edit your post before another person has posted
a reply, then your edited post will not leave a datestamp.
But if somebody has already posted after you, then the
"edited" message will be displayed.
There is a table showing all
the recommended, allowed, and discouraged file types.
For drawings, paintings, and most other artwork, PNG
is the recommended image format.
For photographs (and manipulated photographs), JPEG
(JPG) is the recommended image format.
The use of GIF files is not recommended because they
offer limited functionality and colors, most of which can
be replicated by PNG. In some cases, animated GIFs may be
appropriate because not everyone has support for animated
PNGs yet. The use of BMP files is frowned upon because
they result in pictures that are identical to PNG files,
but they are much larger, causing them to be more expensive
for us to slower and more expensive for people to download.
For video files, MPEG-4 variants are the recommended
formats. These include Xvid, Windows Media Video 9 (if
you are on Windows) and Quicktime (if you are on a Mac).
MPEG-1 is to be avoided because the image quality is very
low compared to the size, and the vast majority of board
expense can be traced to the size of video files. MPEG-2
is better quality but even larger, and thus is also to be
avoided. The RealMedia format is acceptable, but may
involve licensing issues. Other wierd/old formats may
If you are on Windows XP and wish to use or convert
to the Windows Media Video 9 format, you may find the
built-in "Windows Movie Maker" tool to be very
helpful. It produces a very good (though not optimal)
video file with essentially no expertise required on the
part of the user.
If you have trouble getting a video into one of the
recommended formats, post in the Deep_Technology forum.
Text files of most types (flat text, HTML, PDF, and Word) are
ZIP and RAR files are allowed. When appropriate, these
formats should be used to compress content is compressible
and would otherwise be allowed. Never use archive formats
to circumvent the file upload type restrictions.
Generally, no. Do not attempt to circumvent the file upload
limit (20 megabytes); it is there for a reason. If you have a
file bigger than that, it's probably a video file. In that case,
your file is either poorly encoded, which will make it
unnecessarily expensive to store and download, or it is getting
pretty long for what we can provide here. You may be able to
re-encode the file to a more appropriate format or edit out
irrelevant parts to get just on-topic material.
If you're sure your file needs to be uploaded as-is, contact
a moderator for assistance.