Tech help with adding attachments please?

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Tech help with adding attachments please?

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Hi Guys,

Tried to add an image via attachment tab (add files) computer says no: Its a BMP file

any advice?
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I don't know what a BMP file is Des. Can you do jpeg's ?
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I guess that problem then.. I try convert - thanks a ton !!

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BMP is a bitmap file.
They are usually quite bloated (no compression), so we use jpeg here.

To convert BMP to JPEG (or.JPG) is simplicity itself, if you are running Microsoft.

Find the BMP file in the directory.
Move the cursor over it, and <right click>.
Select <Open with MS Paint>
When open, then select (from the toolbar) : File / Save as
(You can change the name, or leave it the same)
File type underneath needs to be changed to JPG / JPEG

You should then be easily able to upload that file (assuming its under 1,000 pixels maximum dimension).

(Please declare your config, if you need instructions for a MAC, or Linux, or whatever).

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Is it possible to add an image on Stampboards, from, say the internet, by cutting and pasting, or copying and pasting (as would normally be the case)? Having to save the image on my computer and then attaching it to a post is time consuming and that's not counting having to go back into the computer and deleting the extraneous image.
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deshill,

I am not sure if this works in Windows (because I have not used Windows for this in quite some time) but if you click on the file once and (after a second or two) then click on it again it will be highlighted. This means that you can change the name of the file, but also you can change the file format. Try changing .bmp to .jpeg or .jpg or .png. Once you have made the change, you should be able to upload your image. :)
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RevRed+ wrote:
02 Dec 2020 11:21

Is it possible to add an image on Stampboards, from, say the internet, by cutting and pasting, or copying and pasting (as would normally be the case)? Having to save the image on my computer and then attaching it to a post is time consuming and that's not counting having to go back into the computer and deleting the extraneous image.
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.png
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.jpg
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BMP was rejected as an invalid format.
TIFF said cannot verify dimensions so not loadable.
But .GIF .JPG and .PNG all good.

JPG by far the smallest file.

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Hi all, and thanks for the help and advice .. clearly a novice on this board, did my images show?

I generally use BMP to keep images "clean" to upload into my collecting software,

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Allanswood wrote:
02 Dec 2020 11:47

JPG by far the smallest file.


Yes it takes SEVEN times less space. They all look identical to me. Does anyone see the slightest difference? :)

And as I pay the now massive hosting bill around here, on over a million images, I hope EVERYONE uses jpeg where possible please.

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deshill wrote:
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I generally use BMP to keep images "clean" to upload into my collecting software,

You simply need to buy a better scanner, and not find a board that for whatever reason, supports BMP images.

Those above are all 3rd rate for quality I'd suggest, all fuzzy, blurry and pixellated, so as ALWAYS - rubbish in = rubbish out - no file format will make them look better. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Buy a Canon Lide scanner like most of us here use, and you will get this grade - even using a humble jpeg -



GB 1840 1d black PB 12-20.jpg

This Canon Lide image I did yesterday scan above of a 1d Black as a jpeg, takes up about HALF as much less bandwidth than this .png small image below - so please folks we do not need to re-invent the wheel - ONLY use jpegs here please -


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And this Specimen Roo is HALF the hosting size of the small non-specimen one.


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OMG.. was not my intension to compare... but grateful for the advice on scanners - which would you go for the 70 or 90?

Actually, my question was about the ID of stamp even if they were 3rd rate.

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Hi Sheriff...

I now get what you mean .. and of course, in future, I will only use jpeg on posts .. and have taken your advice an bought a cannon LiDE400... a bit annoying that it does not do Wifi ..but can live with that if it produces the great images you guys are producing ...

My point on bmp, and am no expert - was that I use EzStamp / Ezimage, which helps me with inventorying and scanning.. can scan 20 stamps and auto separate, deskew and clean up background ... and am advised bmp is best for this as those functions impact pixels - and the jpeg after.

Sorry for misunderstanding

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The difference between BMP (Bitmap) and JPEG (Joint Photographic experts group) is that the Bitmap is an uncompressed Bitmap images and JPEGs are compressed digital images. Key word there, compressed. This means less bandwidth to store image.

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22028 wrote:
02 Dec 2020 11:38
RevRed+ wrote:
02 Dec 2020 11:21

Is it possible to add an image on Stampboards, from, say the internet, by cutting and pasting, or copying and pasting (as would normally be the case)? Having to save the image on my computer and then attaching it to a post is time consuming and that's not counting having to go back into the computer and deleting the extraneous image.
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Most if not all members were very happy to have a direct upload feature we added recently, instead of the previous system linking images from the internet from an external source ...
There was no mention of "an external source"!

If I rightclick on an image anywhere on the internet, or on a board such as this, or in an email, or anywhere else, I can then click "once" to paste into an email, or to a word document or wherever. No external source is involved. A most straightforward process, I would have thought.
That is not the case here and that is fine. I merely made the enquiry. :)
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