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Uploaded picture thumbnail size: Microscopic! Answered

Hi, first off, I am aware that I can hover the mouse over the picture to see it bigger.

Would it wreck your servers to make the thumbnails bigger? I am doing an 'able right now that has over a hundred pictures. It is so frustrating to work with these tiny thumbnails! Even if I can see the bigger picture by hovering. There is a lag, and it's still confusing. I don't even think I can write this instructable like this.

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Kiteman (author)2014-06-29

Are you talking about the thumbnails in your image library, or the ones on your actual instructable?

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tundrawolf (author)Kiteman2014-06-29

The image library. They are circular... The instructable isn't published. I haven't even begun to try to add them to it, yet.

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Kiteman (author)tundrawolf2014-06-29

If you add them to your unpublished instructable, en mass, they'll be much more visible.

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tundrawolf (author)Kiteman2014-06-29

Attached is a picture of what I am dealing with. A mouse cursor is literally larger than the thumbnails. I think I already added them to the instructable. Is it a great idea to make the thumbnails smaller than a mouse cursor, no matter what stage I am in?

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Kiteman (author)tundrawolf2014-06-30

There's something wrong there - they should not be that small, or round.

Best liaise with staff (= Mikeasaurus) on this one.

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tundrawolf (author)Kiteman2014-07-01

They are small and round in firefox, and internet explorer. Whether I upload one picture or a hundred. It makes it impossible to use your interface. Mike has stopped replying or run out of options. I cannot be the only one experiencing this issue. Are you guys using a java interface? Or flash? Help me out on this. This instructable could save lives.

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Kiteman (author)tundrawolf2014-07-01

I'm not actually staff, but I believe the interface is java based.

A hundred images is an unusually high number of images to upload to a single instructable. It is most normal to have 2-3 images per step. As Mikeasaurus said, you have (most likely) simply overloaded the editor.

If all the images involved are required for the instructable, I would do as Mikeasaurus suggested, and re-upload the images a step at a time. That is, upload the images for the introduction, and then add them directly to the introduction, upload the images for step 1, and add them directly to step 1 etc.

That way, you will not overload the image bar, and all your thumbnails will remain at a sensible size.

If you find yourself needing to add more than 2-5 images to every step, then I think you need to re-think your instructable:

> Do you actually need all those images? Have you taken lots of photos (a good thing), and then uploaded all of them, even duplicates and mistakes?

> Can you break large (many-image) steps up into two or more steps with fewer images per step?

> Can you break your single large instructable down into several related instructables? (You can cross-link the instructables, and bring them together in a single Collection which you can use as the main thing you publicise.)

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If you need more help, and do not wish to expose your project to publicity before it is complete, I am happy to continue this conversation by PM (just click on my username and then hit the "Private Message" button beside my avatar).

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tundrawolf (author)Kiteman2014-07-01

They are small and round in firefox, and internet explorer. Whether I upload one picture or a hundred. It makes it impossible to use your interface. Mike has stopped replying or run out of options. I cannot be the only one experiencing this issue. Are you guys using a java interface? Or flash? Help me out on this. This instructable could save lives.

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tundrawolf (author)2014-06-30

When upload just one pic it is the same size.

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mikeasaurus (author)2014-06-29

In the editor, when editing a step, try adding the pictures for that step - the uploader will put them in the step automatically. Move onto next step and repeat!

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tundrawolf (author)mikeasaurus2014-06-29

The problem is I have over a hundred pictures, that are maybe ten to fifteen pixels in diameter to add from. How do I know what picture is which? That is my problem. The thumbnails are absolutely microscopic. Even if they were double the size- still tiny, actually, it'd be at least a slight improvement!

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mikeasaurus (author)tundrawolf2014-06-29

They shouldn't bee too small to see. Can you resize your browser window (crtl+0 or MAC+0)?

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tundrawolf (author)mikeasaurus2014-06-29

They are half the diameter of a #2 pencil eraser. Imagine a picture on half of the end of a #2 pencil eraser. (Or maybe it's 2/3 not sure. They are really small.) My screen resolution is 1366*768 on a 15" laptop monitor. I tried clicking ctrl+0 and it didn't do anything. I am using Vista/Firefox. Even if a resultion change did fix it, is that the intended consequence of having the thumbnails so small? I have to change screen resolutions to see the thumbnails on instructables.com, and change it back to use other sites? Maybe it is just this computer, I don't know. Did you see the picture I posted?

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mikeasaurus (author)tundrawolf2014-06-30

I think the editor is trying to cope with having so many pictures and is shrinking them all down to show them all at once. With that many pictures, it's best to upload straight to the step rather than all the photos at once then piecing them into steps.

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