Situation: I am trying to upload some images to the files section of an
eGroup (see egroups.com) I moderate. I want them to auto-display when
clicked on. I am uploading through egroups' own web interface. I've also
tried uploading images as attachments to messages in either Communicator
or EudoraPro. I've also attempted to attach graphics to usenet posts to
see if Communicator would automatically display them when the post was
Image in question (it could be anything): a 400x400 pixel "Yahoo Map"
street-address pic, dragged to the desktop (it saved as a Compuserve GIF).
1. Despite the fact that Netscape *should* automatically display GIFs and
JPEGs, only JPEGs uploaded in any of the three methods I describe above
display automatically display. GIFs it attempts to download as files,
regardless of preference settings. The same problem occurs in Navigator
4.08 and Communicator 4.03, 4.6, and 4.75, so I presume it's intrinsic to
uploading GIFs in Netscape.
2. I tried "tricking" Netscape by pasting the GIFs into an HTML document:
Open GIF in JpegView, "cut", then paste into Claris HomePage, save as HTM
file, direct Netscape to "open page" & select HTM file. Image displays,
perfectly. Drag it to desktop, hoping it somehow got magically converted
to a JPEG. It didn't. Hoping the GIF was somehow rendered "kosher", I
uploaded it to egroups. It didn't work.
3. Yielding to fate, I attempted to convert the GIF to a JPEG, but found
that no matter what application I used (Photoshop, GraphicConverter &
other usual suspects) they *increased* the size of the file by a factor of
5. These Yahoo GIFs are 400x400 pixels with only a few colors, and are
usually 15k-40k in size. They're fairly lame to begin with, so I want to
convert them at 100% quality. Doing so creates files of 150K or larger.
They upload nicely enough, but they're too big. Making blurry 50% JPEGs
results in files still two or three times as big -- and that's *after*
zapping thumbnail icons, comments and so forth, and reducing colorsets,
So here I sit with a bunch of nice & tiny GIF images that I cannot submit
to eGroups in any remotely convenient way.
What are your suggestions?
(Ideally, I'd like a quick-n-dirty application that would convert the GIFs
to JPEGs of the same size, with no "loss", and the same color parameters.
Or even better, a "fix" to the problem of Netscape not uploading GIFs