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More [IMG] related bbcodes?

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:58:59

HuggyBear

Hi guys, any chance we can get some more bbcode functionality in terms of image handling? Possibly some auto-resize or even hover tool tips? I had considered reorganizing all my poses in the OP of my threads, but as of right now, my options are a bit limited. Thanks.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:28:36

Ganonmaster

I am aware of the limitations the current image bbcode. Personally I'd love to be able to do more things like thumbnails for oversized images to improve formatting, but because we are not hosting any of the images our members post on our own server, our options are limited. For example, we cannot determine the size of an image before it is completely downloaded. We pre-load every images onto our own server before a page is loaded to create a thumbnail, but that would cost us many gigabytes of traffic every month and would slow down page loads because we have to pre-fetch the image and generate a thumbnails for every new (and previously posted) images on the site. The other option is the one we have now. We send the page over to your browser and let your browser download the image to your computer like any other image on any other page. As the image is loading, it will load in at full size and the page will look messed up. When the page is fully loaded, all images will be resized to fit the screen. It's not ideal for pages containing many large images, but options are limited. I have considered starting a limited image hosting service for dedicated community members that would seamlessly integrate with the site to get rid of the problem, but I'd have to write something from scratch and host it somewhere else. As for the hover tooltips, what do you mean by that?
Sat, 09 Nov 2013 00:17:48

HuggyBear

Ah, I didn't realize DE would have to host the images itself to take advantage of more powerful bbcodes. If I were to create the thumbnails myself and host them on imgur as I do my other images, would that alleviate the problem? By hover tool tips, I mean the pop up text you'd see when you mouse-over images. That would be useful for displaying image names and descriptions if I were to update my thread OPs to just a page of thumbnails.
Sat, 09 Nov 2013 01:19:33

Ganonmaster

"HuggyBear" said ...
Ah, I didn't realize DE would have to host the images itself to take advantage of more powerful bbcodes.
Not exactly what I'm saying. The images do in fact auto-resize, but only after the page has fully loaded. There are cosmetic changes we could make to perhaps improve the way images are displayed, like padding around it, or something like that. Maybe with an image title or description below it... I'm not sure. All I'm saying is that the images do in fact resize, but on image heavy pages, it will take a while.
"HuggyBear" said ...
If I were to create the thumbnails myself and host them on imgur as I do my other images, would that alleviate the problem?
Sure, the pages would load faster, but I'd hate for you to have to go through all that trouble to solve a problem that I as a site operator should be solving. I will hopefully have a working solution before the end of this month.
"HuggyBear" said ...
By hover tool tips, I mean the pop up text you'd see when you mouse-over images. That would be useful for displaying image names and descriptions if I were to update my thread OPs to just a page of thumbnails.
I could totally do something like that. Shouldn't be too much work. Stay tuned.