January 18, 2003

Thank You, Folks!

First, let me take this opportunity to thank my caretakers who this week have found me wondering out along the road, or over in the pasture and have kindly brought me back home where it is warm and I have my nice chair and slippers, and the dog what's-his-name.

Well, not exactly that kind of help, but similar. I lost my way on more than one occasion, or couldn't figure out exactly where it was I wanted to go or how to get there if I had known. And my blogger buddies were quick to lend a hand. Thanks to Christine of miriabilis.ca, Michelle of Mandarin Designs, and Feste of Foolsblog who each one this week kept me from wandering too far in wrong directions and making too big a mess of Fragments. I truly appreciate your kind offers of help (or at least not refusing when I begged pitifully).

Now. On to the next project: figure out how to put up thumbnails to all the images I have in storage on the server that are just taking up space there like 35mm slides stuck in a drawer someplace.

Easy, I thot. I know of at least one freeware program that should make short order of it. Not. So I faked it and just made a crude page that will be something to work from. Of course, I am always open to suggestions for improvements. Anyone? Anyone?Meanwhile, here is a very crude beginning at a thumbnail gallery. That's all for tonight. My eyes are crossing, time for bed, y'all.

Posted by fred1st at January 18, 2003 08:55 PM | TrackBack

Great start on the thumbs, Fred. MT 2.5 has the capability to create them for you, you know.....

I can't wait to see what other pics you have.


Posted by: Da Goddess at January 18, 2003 09:36 PM

MT thumbnails for you? Cool. Not sure if Blogger does that. Your photos are excellent and I tried to lift one (as in steal it) but the properties on the browser got confused.

In Adobe you just put your images in and it will gallery them for you. Not at all as much work as you will be in for here if you try to do it all manually, but then again you are a creative kinda guy so it might be interesting to see how it works just doing it
one at a time :)

Enjoying Floyd County. That picture (third one) is where I want to live. So serene.

Posted by: meg at January 19, 2003 01:44 AM

You might think about using frames...so your full size photo is in page with the thumbnails and you have control over the background, etc.

www.noahgrey.com has a wonderful photo layout. This is why I chose Greymatter over MT. Of course I have yet to figure out how to adapt my template. ;-)

I posted a frame set today on foolsblog. GoLive automates the entire process...and while it is not as sleek and well designed as Noah's...it works for now.I am not too proud to use boilerplate. :-)

Posted by: feste at January 19, 2003 12:48 PM

What Meg said...she 'splained it better. Photoshop creates the pages and GoLive allows you to customise the boilerplate.

You might check to see if the college offers a discount program on software. Out here on the Left Coast Adobe sells PS, Premiere and GL at a student discount..summin' like $99 each.

Posted by: feste at January 19, 2003 01:10 PM

I like Mandarin's pop-up window solution to viewing a larger image from a thumbnail gallery much better than frames. Mandarin is a great site and resource. It takes less overhead too.

Thanks Michelle! ;-)


Posted by: feste at January 19, 2003 01:59 PM

You might also want to ask the Goddess about the Opera fix for MT. I've got to call up IE to surf the site.

Not that I mind, and it puts you in good company. It's the principle of the thing.

Posted by: bigwig at January 19, 2003 08:29 PM

There's a little program called ACDSee that I use for 90% of my photo management. It can create thumbnails and so forth in a batch mode, and generate rudimentary HTML. You'll have to fool with inserting the HTML into your templates or your posts, since it's not integrated with MT, but that's not too difficult. I recommend it highly, since it's so efficient, powerful and cheap (important considerations here at TFG Command Central.) You can get a trial version from CNet.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin at January 20, 2003 10:49 AM

Thanks Scott! I'll grab it. One would think ImageReady would generate web-ready thumbnails...sort of a no-brainer for a "web" graphic program.


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