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  1. Stax

    Stax Minister of Fire

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    During the switch over, it adjusted my avatar and now looks funny. Any recommendations on resizing it.

    P.S. My mac gives me large, medium or small export sizes but they all are still too large. If you go custom, it asks for pixels but the site asks for KB's. What's the conversion?

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I notice that my avatar is clipped as well and it's no longer animated. In my profile it shows the animation, but not in the threads.
  3. Admin

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    This forum software lets you upload large images for your avatar. It will resize it to fit. And it lets you click and drag the image to position it after you have uploaded the image.

    Animated avatars can be enabled by changing image libraries on the server. But I find that people who try animated avatars always end up changing back. Animated avatars are very distracting in this new forum software given the extent to which avatars are used (e.g. in the thread listing).
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    What is the actual dimension in pixels for the avatar? That would be more helpful to have listed for those that don't want to have their avatar resized.

    I'm not understanding the library deal because they animate correctly in the user's profile setup. Shouldn't the choice be up to the user and not the overlords?
  5. Admin

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    There are many different sizes used by the software. It takes the larger image that you upload and then resizes it for use in different areas:

    small = 48px (used in the thread listing)
    medium = 96px (used in posts)
    large = 192px (used in the profile)

    It automatically resizes any image you upload to fit these standard dimensions.

    Well, strictly speaking the software doesn't disallow animated avatars. It's just that the default image library (GD) doesn't support animations while resizing, so the animation is lost everywhere except inside of your profile (as you have observed) because the profile displays the full-sized image that is not resized. If a different image library is installed on the server (ImageMagick) then avatars can be resized while preserving the animations.
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  6. GAMMA RAY

    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    I noticed my avatar at first was a lil off...my head was partially cut offo_O
    I went to my avatar page and just clicked and dragged it over some....easy peasy...
  7. Stax

    Stax Minister of Fire

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    Admin...you are not correct. I just tried uploading a larger image for my avatar and got this message...
    The following error occurred: Your avatar's file size is too large. Please upload an avatar no bigger than 14.6 KB.
  8. Stax

    Stax Minister of Fire

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    The following error occurred:

    Your avatar's file size is too large. Please upload an avatar no bigger than 14.6 KB.
  9. Admin

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    Oh that's a group permission. I forgot about that. I just sent this to Craig so he can increase it if he wants.
  10. ScotO

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    Yeah it just ain't the same with BeGreen's avatar not being animated....thats a comfort blanket for me here on the forums....fix it, Admin, or yer fired.....:cool:.....lol.....
  11. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    I enlarged the allowable avatar - in the old forum you had to make it tiny in file size and in size.
    In this forum, it does a resize.
    As to the clipping, maybe your avatar needs to be square?
    I notice that attached file not inserted into a post are also clipped......that is, if they are left at the bottom as attached instead of inserted. Let me do that with this post to illustrate...

    Attached Files:

  12. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Let me try same file as thumb in post. - Ah, that works correctly.
    So, y'all - put the images into posts as thumbs when possible. That is done after they are uploaded.
    bimini.jpg
  13. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Ah thanks. That's very helpful. If one does not want their avatar resized in the posts, then make it 96 px square correct?

    FWIW, I vote for installing the ImageMagick library, especially if the resizing is also better and it offers more future options.
  14. Admin

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    Hmm. That might work. I have never tested it. I don't have a 96px animated gif off hand.
  15. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Nope, I made my avatar 96px square and still no animation. But at least the aspect ratio now looks better.
  16. OhioBurner©

    OhioBurner© Minister of Fire

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    Yeah I noticed my avatar is not animated now either. I dont really care, I just dislike when 'upgrades' happen and we loose features. I was soon going to try and animate my Rockland burning like BG but I suppose that project is now on hold.
  17. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh, I read up a bit.
    The animation is lost because this software processes the avatars - which means that members can upload larger ones and they get resized. That messes up the animation...
    BUT,
    there is a different image processor that I may be able to install which would keep animations....but, sorry, it's way down on the to do list.
    But there is hope......someday....to have them back,
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  18. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    When I click on your Avatar it animates.

    zap
  19. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Wow, good find...you are correct! Strange....
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  20. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    A ride in the new boat will be fine, :D I might have to send Gamma!

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  21. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    If the avatar is put in the body text it animates. Are they using a different lib for the body text and image preview?

    T6avatar.gif
  22. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Don't think so....I guess attachments are not resized at all when attached, but the avatar upload must always process the pic whether it is right sized or not.
  23. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    I just looked - avatars appear to be processed into jpg, which is what does away with the animation.
  24. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    That makes more sense. It's thwarted by design. Not a big deal for now. Put it on the back burner for a research project on a rainy summer day. Maybe the Xenforo crew will come up with a better solution. There seems to be demand from other sites as well.
  25. pete324rocket

    pete324rocket Feeling the Heat

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    Yes my avatar doesn't work anymore...is this permanent? My avatar was really great.Click on it ,it should move.
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