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akimel
Jul 13th, 2009, 07:42 AM
I have been a Mac user now for the past three years. I love it, but it can also be frustrating, given that most websites are geared for PC users. One of the challenges for me on MOL has been the manipulation of pictures. How do we re-size pictures to conform to the stipulated MOL size? How do we upload them? How do we insert them into articles and comments? Unfortunately, the various articles in the forum that address these questions are directed specifically to PC users. Well, we Macs may be an oppressed minority, but that doesn't mean that we can't do all the things that PCs can do, even if the PC world would have us believe otherwise.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/pc-gun.jpg

Here is a process I have discovered through trial and error.

Re-sizing Images

How do we resize pictures and photographs? MOL suggests a maximum width of 800 pixels, but all the photos I take with my little digital camera are wider than that. How do I re-size them? It's simple.

Go into iPhoto and select the images that you will want to upload. You can select multiple images by clicking on them while holding down the Command key. If you want to select all the images in the folder, then key Command-A. Now click on "File" at the top of the screen. This will bring up a box with various options.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/iPhoto.gif

Scroll down and click on "Export." This will bring up another box.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/Export_Photos.gif

Click "Scale images no larger than" and type 800 in the width box. The program will automatically calculate the proper height. Now click on "Export" in the lower right hand corner. iPhoto will now ask where you want to save the selected images. I find it easiest to save them on my Desktop.

Uploading images into the Meguiar's gallery

The process for Mac users is the same as for PC users: simply follow the directions given in the first part of this article: How to place an image in your messages (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26526).

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/881/ClickUpload.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/881/Upload01.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/881/Upload02.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/881/Upload03.jpg

When you have selected the images you want to upload, then click on the "Upload/Submit" button.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/881/Upload06.jpg

Click the "Process" button and you're set.

Inserting an image into an article or comment

The above cited article can take Mac users only so far. Go to Gallery|My Photos. Locate the thumbnail of the image you wish to insert into your article or comment. Click on it. If you hover your mouse pointer over the image and see the pointer change to a different animated pointer (for example, from an arrow to a hand), this means there is a larger image available. Click on the image. Here is where things get tricky for Mac users. The challenge is to correctly locate the image, so you can copy its location into your article or comment. Now I know what you are thinking. You are thinking: "This is easy! All I have to do is to hold down the Control key and click on the pic. I will then be presented with several menu options, including 'Copy link location.' All I have to do is to use this option." Wrong! This won't work. You are thinking PC. Go ahead and try it. You will find that it won't give you the location you need. What you need to find is where the image is saved in archive.meguiarsonline.com. Here is what you need to do:

After bringing up the larger image (if there is one), hold down the Control key and click on the image. When the menu pops up, click on ... taadaa ... "View Image." This will take you to the image you need. Once again, click on the image while holding down the Control key; when the menu pops up, choose "Copy Image Location." This will save the location to your clipboard. Now you are ready to insert the image into your article or comment.

You are composing yet another brilliant MOL post and want to insert an image you have uploaded into your gallery. You have followed the above steps and the image location is saved on your clipboard. To insert the image, find the http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/images/editor/insertimage.gif in the Text Formatting Tools.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/881/Upload19.JPG

If you hover the mouse over this icon, it will say "Insert Image." Click on it. A box like this will pop up:

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/Image_URL.gif

The moment of triumph is now at hand: simultaneously key Control-V (hold down the Control key and press the V key). This will copy the image location into the box. Click "OK." Voila! The image should now be included in your article/comment. If it's not ... well ... hmmm ... that's your punishment for following my instructions.

Good luck!

Cheers,
Al

Ryan L.
Jul 13th, 2009, 08:31 AM
I don't use a Mac but this article is very good!!

Keep it up.

Ryan

Nappers
Jul 13th, 2009, 07:22 PM
Great articles, you can name it .....For Dummies :D

We should have a sub forum of the forum how to's named "For Dummies"

Great article!

Wobblybob
May 7th, 2010, 11:17 AM
I'm new to MOL and also new to Macs. I have a MacBook Pro with Mac OS X Snow Leopard. I've tried to follow these instructions for Macs but I'm having trouble inserting an image into a post. I was able to upload some pics into my Photo Gallery on MOL but when I get to the point in the instructions where I'm supposed to hold down the Control key and click on the image, "View Image." is not one of my options on the pop up menu. I only see the following:

Open Image in New Windows
Open Image in New Tabs
Save Image to "Downloads"
Save Image as...
Add Image to iPhoto Library
Use Image as Desktop Picture
Copy Image Address
Copy Image

I actually tried all of these options without success. All that I get is the written copy of the link (http:// etc). Can anyone help? What am I doing wrong? I feel like such a dummy! Any help would be appreciated.

jfelbab
May 7th, 2010, 01:22 PM
Choose the "Copy Image Address" option then in your post click on the picture button and choose "Paste" from the Edit menu or just hit Command V. You will see the image address posted but when you preview your post you will see the image.

Michael Stoops
May 7th, 2010, 02:49 PM
Wobblybob, you are actually very, very close. Once you've got the larger image displayed in the gallery and you and you Control/click on the image, select "Copy Image Address" from the menu that appears. This does literally that, it copies the html address of the image itself. But you can't just drop this into your post or all that will show up is the actual "http://www.meguiarsonline.com.yourimagename.jpg" (sort of like what I just typed here). So what you need to do now is follow this last part of Al's wonderful instructions - when you click on the little "insert image" icon shown below, it brings up another little box that is already populated with "http://" and all you have to do is paste your image location in there and click OK. Just make sure you don't end up with http://http://www.meguiarsonline.com/blahblahblah or it still won't show. But that original "http://" in the little box is highlighted so simply pasting into that box should overwrite what's already there.





You are composing yet another brilliant MOL post and want to insert an image you have uploaded into your gallery. You have followed the above steps and the image location is saved on your clipboard. To insert the image, find the http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/images/editor/insertimage.gif in the Text Formatting Tools.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/881/Upload19.JPG

If you hover the mouse over this icon, it will say "Insert Image." Click on it. A box like this will pop up:

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/data/500/Image_URL.gif

The moment of triumph is now at hand: simultaneously key Control-V (hold down the Control key and press the V key). This will copy the image location into the box. Click "OK." Voila! The image should now be included in your article/comment. If it's not ... well ... hmmm ... that's your punishment for following my instructions.

akimel
May 7th, 2010, 04:52 PM
Choose the "Copy Image Address" option then in your post click on the picture button and choose "Paste" from the Edit menu or just hit Command V. You will see the image address posted but when you preview your post you will see the image.

Right! It may be that the options have been changed by Snow Leopard. Looks like I'll need to revise my article. Anyway, use the "Copy Image Address" option: this will save the correct URL to your clipboard. You can then paste it into your post, using the "Insert Image" command.

Wobblybob
May 10th, 2010, 07:37 AM
Halleujah!! I was able to do it! Thanks so much to Michael and Al for your help and encouragement! With your help I was able to post some pics of my car (yes, even multiple pics!) in the Detail 101 section. I'm an old dog but I'm learning new tricks! Thanks!

Michael Stoops
May 10th, 2010, 09:25 AM
Glad it worked out for you. Major kudos to Al for putting together this great write up for Mac users in the first place!!

Bill Davidson
May 10th, 2010, 09:43 AM
Hey guys, you should check out a little application called Skitch. (http://skitch.com/)

It's the best Mac image capture, resize, upload, add text app. on the planet.

I've been using the trial version for years. I like it so much, that I will likely buy a copy, just to support the developer.