Safari tool bar issue:
If you are a Mac user running the Safari browser you may be unable to see the edit toolbar in the Reply editing window. If so you may need to enable bbcode rather than WYSIWYG in account preferences.
Edit: Apparently the edit toolbar is now enabled in Safari with the exception of the Safari Mobile version used on the iPad.
If you are using Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) as your browser you will need to use "Compatibility view" in order to post pics. Click on the Compatibility view icon circled here:
You can configure your IE8 browser to always use Compatibility view when visiting UMGF. Under the Tools menu, select Compatibility view settings and add www.UMGF.org
Embedding photos / images on UMGF (updated for Yuku)
So, you’ve got a pic of your new Martin on your computer and you want to share it with your friends on the forum. Where to start?
all, any photo or image you want to include in a post must be
"hosted". This means you can't directly post a photo that resides on
your personal computer, it must first be uploaded to an internet hosting site
such as Photobucket, Flickr, or Yuku. If you already have a Photobucket or
Flickr account, you're set to go, if you don't, accounts are easily set up.
However, you can simply use your Yuku account and not bother with off-site hosting, according to your preferences.
If your picture isn’t already hosted somewhere, the simplest and quickest approach is to upload the picture to your UMGF Yuku account.
How to upload images to your Yuku account:
From the UMGF home page, click on the "Images" link circled in the screen shot below:
This should take you to your "Images Top Directory". You will need to create an album for the images you are going to upload so click on the "Create New Album" link:
Enter a name for the album in the text box provided. In the example below the album name is "Tutorial".
If you wish you may add an album description and/or search tags (optional).
You may also set viewing permissions by making a selection from the drop down list as shown below:
When finished, click the "Submit" button and you will return to the main "My Images" Top Directory.
the album you just created (in this example entitled "Tutorial") to open the album:
Now, to select the photo or image you want to upload to the open album, click on the "Upload File" button:
Click on the "Browse" button:
Navigate to the file you wish to upload. In this example I have selected "D28S top":
Click "Open" and in a few seconds you should see a thumbnail version of the uploaded file. If you click on the thumbnail you should be able to view the image at full size.
Proceed similarly for additional photos and albums.
Now for embedding the photo in a post:
example we'll post the photo in a new topic in the Test section, but the method
remains the same if you are posting to an existing thread.
From the editing window click on the "Insert Image" icon in the tool bar:
then see a pop up menu of your image albums:
In this case we click on the
"Tutorial" folder, and click on the thumbnail of the desired image.
Then dismiss the pop up by clicking the "X", as shown:
Click the "Preview" button to make sure the post looks the way you want, and once it does, click "Post" and you're done.
Embedding images from Photobucket:
If you have a Photobucket account you can access it by clicking the "Insert Image From Photobucket" icon rather than the Yuku icon:
Posting images from other sites:
The trick here is to get the URL of the image rather than the URL of a page containing the image and "other stuff". I'll try to explain:
Example: you visit the Wikipedia article on Martin Guitars and you want to post the image of the 000-28 EC soundhole you see there:
If you click on the image you are taken to a larger version:
Note however, that there is still text on the page along with the picture. If you click on the image once again you are taken to yet another page:
Note that there is no text and the URL is different from the preceding page. This is the URL that is needed to embed the image in your post.
In most instances when you click on an image you will not automatically be taken to the image URL. In that case you need to call up a context sensitive menu that will allow you to find the image URL. To do this place your pointer anywhere over the image and right click (PC) or Command click (Mac). You should then see a pop up menu like this:
If you select the "View Image" option a new page will load that contains the image and nothing else. Copy the URL to the clipboard.
Alternatively, you can select "Copy Image Location" from the context sensitive menu.
Now for embedding the image in your post:
As before, click on the "Insert Image" icon. When the pop up image menu appears, click on the "Add From URL" button:
Paste the URL from your clipboard into the pop up text box, and click "OK".
should appear in the post editing field. Click Preview to check the layout.
Remember to limit image sizes to no greater than 800 X 600!Images that exceed those dimensions force the viewer to scroll horizontally and vertically to see the entire image, which can be very annoying.
Some notes with respect to Yuku hosted images ...
Image file size limitation:
Yuku won't allow you to upload image files larger than 2MB. If you try you'll see the hourglass for a few seconds then be returned to the image directory with no sign of the image therein. There's no error message generated so it can be puzzling. Obviously a 2MB file is pretty big but I can confirm people have tried to upload files of that size, unsuccessfully.
For those who may not have software that resizes images, there are online utilities that do the job. Chris W962 of Yuku support recommends this one:
I've tried it out and it worked well, easy to use.
Image hosting space:
Yuku supporters receive 100 MB of image hosting space. Non-Supporters receive only 30 MB.
(Yuku supporter benefits listed here: http://www.yuku.com/home/supporterstory/ ....not pushing subscriptions here, just info.)
Comments and suggestions for improvement are welcomed ...