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#1 stacaz

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 11:42 PM

I searched all over these forums for "image host to use," etc., and NOTHING. 

 

I have tried 8 hosts so far, and it all says is ""You are not allowed to use that image extension on this community."

 

OK, so which one??


Edited by stacaz, 16 April 2021 - 11:51 PM.


#2 Nicole Sharp

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 12:33 AM

What file format are you using?  Most image hosting services do not allow RAW images such as CR2.  What you need instead is a webhosting service or a cloud drive.  Then you can upload any file format you like.  For free, you can try Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and/or Dropbox.



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Posted 17 April 2021 - 06:18 AM

stacaz,

 

   Any common image format should work. However, if you are hosting the image off of CloudyNights, not only must the image be a supported one (like JPG, PNG, GIF, etc) but the URL link to the image must be direct and not through some software access method. You must drill down to the actual image at the host site to get to the image file directly. 

 

   For example if you view an image at the host site and the URL looks something like:

"https://myimagesite.info/mygalery/php?theimageiwanttouse.jpg"

then the URL will not be accepted and you will get the message about "You are not allowed to use that image extension on this community."

 

   To use such a remote hosted image, you will have to drill down find the actual image file location on the host without going through the php software layer at the host. Usually, you can click on the image to bring it up and then right click the image and select "Open image in a new tab". (Sometimes, you have to do the first click as a right click and select "Open link in new tab".)

 

   Once the image is open in a tab by itself, the URL should look something like:

"https://myimagesite.info/public/media/images/theimageiwanttouse.jpg"

which does not go through the php software running on the host system.

 

   A few things to note:

  1. If you are wishing to link to an image stored on another host to get around the size limit of images on CloudyNights, please don't do that. Instead, copy the image to your local system, edit it to fit the CloudyNights image guidelines (less than 1600 px in each dimension and under 500 KB) and then embed the image into the post using the "More Reply Options" button in the lower right of the Reply pane. You can also post the image to your CloudyNights gallery, make it public, and post the link in your post. The CloudyNights Gallery will take care of making sure the image size meets the requirements.
  2. If you wish to post an image larger than the allowed sizes, you can reduce the size as mentioned above to put in your post as a "teaser" and then also post a link to the full sized image at the host for those who want to see the full resolution version off of CloudyNights.
  3. Also note that the CloudyNights Terms of Use state that in almost all cases, images posted must generally be the property of the Poster.

 

   I hope the instructions above make sense.

 

 

John

 

PS: This thread may get moved to the CloudyNights Feedback Forum where it makes more sense. (It is not related to Equipment, so the other forum is a better place for it as the Feedback Forum is made for questions about how to use CloudyNights.)


Edited by jdupton, 17 April 2021 - 06:35 AM.


#4 nemo129

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 10:17 AM

I searched all over these forums for "image host to use," etc., and NOTHING. 

 

I have tried 8 hosts so far, and it all says is ""You are not allowed to use that image extension on this community."

 

OK, so which one??

Are you looking for a place to post astro images so you can share them with friends and family, or a place to share larger files that cannot be emailed due to size? If the former, I use a free Flickr account and a paid Astrobin account. If the latter, DropBox has both free and paid plans depending upon how much space you need.

 

If unsure of the image format types a site will take (Dropbox does not care) read their TOS. Personally, if I am sharing an astro or any other kind of photo I convert it to a high res jpeg file before uploading it.



#5 stacaz

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 05:27 AM

I am just trying to post a JPG file I took of the capacitor that popped on my EQ6R Pro main board. I need to get a replacement board for it, under warranty. 



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Posted 18 April 2021 - 12:35 PM

I use Imgur: https://imgur.com/

 

It allows direct linking to images, which is needed to embed them into CN posts. I've also used the default webspace that comes with my ISP account, but it periodically works / doesn't work.


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Posted 19 April 2021 - 08:22 AM

I use imgur as well.  It gives you the option to copy the link of a picture you upload, and then use the image icon in the posting box above to put the URL into a CN post. 



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Posted 19 April 2021 - 09:24 AM

I am just trying to post a JPG file I took of the capacitor that popped on my EQ6R Pro main board. I need to get a replacement board for it, under warranty. 

All of the above, or simply upload your one image into your post/comment by using the Image icon in the header of where you are typing your comment here in Cloudy Nights.  Why make it more difficult than it needs to be?  There is no need for an additional image hosting site.

 

Patrick



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Posted 19 April 2021 - 09:43 AM

I searched all over these forums for "image host to use," etc., and NOTHING. 

 

I have tried 8 hosts so far, and it all says is ""You are not allowed to use that image extension on this community."

 

OK, so which one??

For what you are trying to achieve, there's a couple options that work well on CN.

First, for just a "one off" photo posting, open your photo in The Gimp (or similar) then scale it to 640x480 pixels. When you export it to your desktop, ensure you export as a .jpg with 100% resolution. You can then simply attach the photo to your post using the "More Reply Options" feature in the lower right corner of the "Reply to this topic" dialogue box.

Second, if you intend to post photos more often, you can upload your photos to your "Gallery" account provided by CN. You don't have to worry about resizing the photo, the software takes care of that for you. Then all you have to do is use the "My Media" link on the menu bar of the "Reply to this topic" dialogue box.


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#10 Nicole Sharp

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 01:42 PM

Here is a comparison of the image page link versus the image file link for four different free image hosting platforms.

 

 

Piwigo (limited storage for free webhosting, unlimited with paid webhosting or self-hosting):

 

https://www.nicolesh...rk-amphitheater

 

https://www.nicolesh...23-83f3934e.jpg

 

 

Flickr (limited images with free account, unlimited with paid account):

 

https://www.flickr.c...57718850174651/

 

https://live.staticf...012f221a7_o.jpg

 

 

VKontakte (unlimited free hosting but images are reduced/compressed/renamed):

 

https://www.vk.com/p...4574_457244748/

 

https://sun9-31.user...393f&type=album

 

 

Facebook (unlimited free hosting but images are reduced/compressed/renamed:

 

https://www.facebook...67171157057038/

 

https://scontent-iad...1ab&oe=60A62488




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