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I am working on my website and my pictures for my gallery are downloading incredibly SLOW. I have dialup so it is a good representation of what others would have to deal with when accessing my site. I know that I probably wouldn't wait. I have no patience. If I set my camera to its lowest quality it helps make the image "smaller" so it loads a little faster. But I am looking for other options as well. Especially for the pictures of soakers that I have already mailed and therefore already taken the picture in the hightest quality. I can't find anything that is very helpful on the web. My camera is Kodak and its photo editing really only allows me to crop and change the brightness. Nothing about quality that I can see.<br><br>
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The rule of thumb is that every 3k of file size will take 1 second of loading time on the slowest modems.<br><br>
So a picture that is 18k will take 6 seconds to load and studies show that people will click off your site if it takes more than 6 seconds to load the page!<br><br>
If I were you, I would shrink the images down to thumbnail size. Then people can click on the picture to see a bigger image (either on it's own page or in a pop up window).
 

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I edit my pics on a photo-editing program, and resize them to 72 dpi and 6"x4", approximately. Seems to work well, and I can still keep my high-resoloution originals.
 

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Even cropped & re-sized photos should be optimized for viewing on the web. I optimize mine after editing in Paint Shop Pro. You can download a free trial for 30 days & if you have a Costco nearby, it's only a $59.00 program after the rebate (super expensive to buy it on the website).<br><br>
Optimizing a photo as a .jpg or .gif in a good paint program like PSP or Photoshop will keep the image clear & crisp, yet eliminate colors that aren't web friendly & reduce the overall file size. All graphics should be optimized as well or you'll have one slllloooow website.<br><br>
Hope this helps!
 

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I use software from xara.com to downsize (pixels) my photos and then crop and optimize them in xat.com 's Image Optimizer. You can get the $39.00 version with minor bells and whistles or the professional version for $99.00 with all the works.<br><br>
Does make a difference!
 

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I use Thumbs Plus, available for free here:<br><br><a href="http://download.com.com/3000-2192-10108127.html?tag=lst-0-4" target="_blank">http://download.com.com/3000-2192-10...ml?tag=lst-0-4</a><br><br>
It's shareware, I have been super happy with it.
 

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Thank you for your replies mamas. I got the xara webstyle and decided to go the thumbnail route. It is so much better it is amazing.<br><br>
Thanks again.
 

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Oooh, you'll have to tell us how you like the software. They did not have webstyle when I first purchased the software that I have from them! Glad you found what you needed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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