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    Posting Multiple Images (Pictures) In A Thread

     



    The question of how to post more than five pictures in a single thread keeps popping up, and Mike (34_40) suggested that a dedicated thread might be better, hopefully where a search might find it. To give credit where due, I did not figure this out on my own, but asked the question after seeing similar threads, and Flipper_1938 was kind enough to walk me through the steps, and then help with some pointers to get me here.

    First, it's important to understand that this approach uses a third party web host where your files reside, and you will be posting links to your picture files as they exist on that web host site. If you revise, rename, delete or otherwise "mess" with those picture files after posting the links the pictures will disappear on CHR because the link will now be bad. Second, we all know that if we post a big, high resolution picture as a direct attachment to a thread (Manage Attachments, Upload File, Attach File) here it doesn't work - it's like looking at a billboard while standing three feet away. We have to reduce the file size to a nominal 1024pixel max width for an attached image to fit the screen. Using the image file technique it is not necessary to reduce your file size, but reducing them will make your upload to the image host much, much faster. My steps will be based on a Windows base, where the browser presentation is "tabs" at the top of the page, and you can have multiple websites open simultaneously, moving between them by simply clicking the tabs. Here's the steps I use:

    1) In the past I used Photobucket as my image host as it's free. Photobucket has recently introduced a new format, and these steps have been updated to reflect the format as of March 2013. I now use SmugMug, which has a nominal annual cost but serves as an unlimited safe backup storage for your full size photo files. It's much the same as these steps.
    2) In Photobucket create an album for the pictures you plan to post on CHR. I name my albums with the show name and year, or the specific subject of the pictures. Upload the picture files that you plan to post to the album you created, knowing that once posted to CHR you're not going to "mess" with the files in this album again. You may want two albums, one for your CHR link, and a second to use for other stuff.
    3) Drag your CHR tab adjacent to the Photobucket tab for convenience. Start your new thread, type in any intro text you want to be shown before the first picture and hit "Enter" twice to space the first picture down a bit below the text.
    4) Click on your Photobucket tab and your album should still be open. Hover your mouse over the first picture you want to post to CHR and you will see a "star" symbol in the upper right. Shift your cursor to that "star" and an "Action Box" will appear. Left click "Get Links", and a new box will appear showing four selections. At the bottom you'll see "Image Code". Hover your cursor over the Image Code (anywhere in it) and left click your mouse. The Image Code space will show "Copied" momentarily, showing that the link to that picture is now on your clipboard.
    5) Click on your CHR tab, scroll down to the space you left for your first picture, right click your mouse and hit "Paste". The Image Code will appear in that space. Hit "Enter" twice to add a bit of white space between photos, and...
    6) Click on your Photobucket tab, hover your mouse over the second picture, and repeat the process.

    Once your Image Codes are in place you can go back into the message and add any amount of text that you want between pictures, or you can simply have a string of pictures without explanation. You can put up to thirty five (35) Image Codes (Pictures) in one message. If you have more pictures in the album that you want in a common thread you can "Submit Message" when you hit 35 images, and as soon as it posts open that thread and "Reply" to add another group of 35. As long as no one replies to your post during your whole posting process it will appear as an unbroken stream of pictures. I generally work very late at night, or very early in the morning if I'm posting a large group of pictures.

    Best of luck. It's really a very simple process once you do it the first time.
    Last edited by rspears; 11-22-2015 at 06:10 AM. Reason: Updated to match the new Photobucket format.
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    Is this a new feature? I used this same process when I posted to OJ's shop event thread (events forum) and all the pics showed up as links..
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    Quote Originally Posted by MP&C View Post
    Is this a new feature? I used this same process when I posted to OJ's shop event thread (events forum) and all the pics showed up as links..
    Not new, but you have to follow the steps as described, not highlight and "copy", but use the Photobucket "Copy" feature. I've never had a problem, and you can look at threads like this http://www.clubhotrod.com/hot-rod-pi...un-2012-a.html , or this Chevrolet Billboards Around Detroit for results. I use it all the time, and have ever since Flipper_1938 explained the ropes to me. Suggest you go into the Moderator/Test Forum and try it out. That's what I did this morning to confirm that the image size does not matter when you're posting this way.
    Last edited by rspears; 01-09-2013 at 02:58 PM.
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    I printed this out so I can study it ---will be gone for a few days sooooooooooooo

    might give it a quick try tonite??????????

    Thanks Roger--got to do a folder at only 680 wide----

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry clayton View Post
    I printed this out so I can study it ---will be gone for a few days sooooooooooooo

    might give it a quick try tonite??????????

    Thanks Roger--got to do a folder at only 680 wide----
    Yep, give it a shot Jerry. As noted, with this method you don't have to mess around with your image size like you do with direct attachments, but the smaller files upload to Photobucket much, much faster. See the test images, all loaded as image files, to see if the file size mattered - http://www.clubhotrod.com/moderator-...size-test.html
    I had about 75 pictures from Christmas in the 6.5MB file size that I uploaded to Photobucket so the kids could get them, and it took almost an hour for them to upload because of the size. All a matter of how much time you want to spend.
    Last edited by rspears; 01-09-2013 at 03:26 PM.
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    I found a new feature in Photobucket today that makes it even better! When you create a new album and click "Upload" there's an option box that appears offering a bulk uploader for faster uploading of multiple images. Using that tool I uploaded twenty two large format pictures (~6.5MB each) in less than three minutes. Super cool!!
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    Try clearing the cache of the browser you are using, also the history, it would be a wise move to go to the preferences and have those auto cleared every 15 to 30 days, you will loose no advantage doing that.
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    Brent, Thanks for whatever you did. I was able to log on "correctly". Even so the way I discovered to post about 30 pictures recently was a bit indirect. Let me post a picture here and then come back in edit mode and tell Bat how I did it. OK Bat it does work as you can see. 34-40 helped me with setup of a thread so here is my contributed tutorial on posting a picture. It's complicated to write out but once you do it it is not difficult.

    1. Name the pictures you want to post some easy name in your "pictures folder" somewhere in your computer or write their ID on paper.

    2. Log on to the thread you want to post on and click on the little blue button on "post reply" at the lower left of the page.

    3. Type in anything you want since you can edit it after posting the picture and clean up spelling etc.

    4. Click on "Go Advanced" at the lower right of the page.

    5. Skip over all the options and click on "manage attachments" This is where it gets messy Brent but this is what works for me.

    6. A small box should appear in the upper right. Click on "Add files"

    7. Click on "Select files" at the bottom of the box and a box will appear refering to your computer. Now be careful and navigate in your disc files till you get to the exact folder where the picture that you want to post is.

    8. Look at your list or remember the name of your picture and enter it in the line below the file window and click to enter it. The name should come up in the "add files" window. You can do this for several pictures in a row. The most I have done is five but some other folks just string together maybe as many as ten. The window only holds five so I stop at five.

    9. At the bottom of the "add files" window click on "upload files" and wait about 10 seconds.

    10. At the bottom right click on "insert inline" and wait untill the number is "0", then click on "done".

    11. click on "submit" or edit the text message. Note the order of multiple pictures is unpredictable in my experience so if you want to comment on each picture of several you need to edit the post after it appears in the thread. After editing/changing the text click on "save".

    ***** If you type the text directly the pictures will appear at the top of your post, If you want to put the pictures at the bottom of the text start your post with a few blank lines. Once you get it to work you won't need this list and there are probably other pathways, but this is the only way I have found/learned. Good Luck!

    Brent, I know I have avoided some fancy frills/options but this sequences works and I hope Bat can enter his pictures now.

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    Important to note, this procedure of posting the files direct from your hard drive limits you to not more than five pictures in a single post. The "other" method, using image files from a third party host, lets one post up to thirty images to a single post if you have lots to share.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rspears View Post
    Important to note, this procedure of posting the files direct from your hard drive limits you to not more than five pictures in a single post. The "other" method, using image files from a third party host, lets one post up to thirty images to a single post if you have lots to share.
    This is true Roger, however, if after you've posted pics from your Photobucket account to your CHR thread and then either edit or delete those pics in Photobucket, it will also delete them on your CHR thread. That's why we occasionally see threads with missing pictures.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by randyr View Post
    This is true Roger, however, if after you've posted pics from your Photobucket account to your CHR thread and then either edit or delete those pics in Photobucket, it will also delete them on your CHR thread. That's why we occasionally see threads with missing pictures.....
    You are 100% right Randy, and that's exactly what I pointed out in the thread on the subject of multiple images - see the lead in to paragraph two, linked here:
    http://www.clubhotrod.com/hot-rod-lo...es-thread.html The way to handle that is to make a folder on PhotoBucket (for example) specifically for the CHR Post, and once images are linked leave that folder alone, period.
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    I'm hopless,I guess ,I'm not getting to happen 4 me,I don't use photobucket at all,so maybe I'm out of luck,I did it be4 with out photobucket,why not now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bat View Post
    I'm hopless,I guess ,I'm not getting to happen 4 me,I don't use photobucket at all,so maybe I'm out of luck,I did it be4 with out photobucket,why not now?
    Bat,
    Don gave you the step-by-step instructions in post #9 above for posting direct attachments. That way lets you post up to five pictures in a thread. The photobucket process is only for those times when you're trying to post a whole bunch at one time, like pictures from a show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bat View Post
    Thanks,but that didn't work ether,I loged off and came back by goole and loged back on,still can't add photos.
    When I say clear the cache and history, that does not mean just to close the browser. With the browser open look for the word TOOLS on the same line as file; edit;view. In the drop down for tools the first thing you see is DELETE BROWSING HISTORY. Under the same drop down TOOLS bottom look for internet options. See general set those to your liking, also see privacy set slider 1/2 way. Then close the browser and try again, sometimes things just get clogged up and trip over each other, keeping these clean will also speed up the browser in general.

    Good luck

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