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Hi all,

Hmm.. been scratching your head regarding: "how to attach a chart to your post"? Simply follow the step-by-step guide below. After you have tested the method below, and find someone else asking the same question, please help them by directing them to this thread. Simply copy this: Attaching Chart as a Thumbnail! and paste it in your answer to their query. The underlined text in navy blue are links you can hit on.

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Ok, now let's get cracking:

1) First, pull a chart at www.astro.com by registering yourself there. To create your natal chart/natal + transits/ natal + transits + progressions, follow the steps here: http://www.astrologyweekly.com/forum...8&postcount=67. Then come back here for the steps to attach your chart to your post on this forum.

2) Then, save that chart (as a .jpeg, .gif, .tif....file; image file format) on your computer. Select the 63% version of the chart (select at the 'Image-size' tab) @ astro.com before saving it, so that the file is not too big when you upload it.

3) Back at our forum, what do you want to do:
option a) Start your own, new thread and add your chart as an attached thumbnail? Ok, then finish writing the contents of your new thread in your post. Now, before hitting the 'Submit New Thread' button, look below it (centre-left), and you will see the button 'Manage Attachments'. Now follow Step 4) in this post (right below option b, here)

option b) You want to add an attachment to your post on an already existing thread? Fine, hit the button QR (Quick Reply) that you see below (on the right hand side) of any post you were reading on the thread. Your cursor will automatically land in a little rectangular, white box. Finish writing your post in there, then look right below this white box. Do you see the 'Go Advanced' button? You got it! Hit the 'Go Advanced' button now (not the Post Quick Reply button next to it). The little, rectangular white box (with your post in it) becomes bigger. Now look below it. Do you see the Submit Reply and Preview Post buttons? Ignore them! Scroll further down. That's the button you need: 'Manage Attachments'! Now follow Step 4 below, right here

4) Hit the button 'Manage attachments'. Once the window opens, hit 'Search' to search for the image-file (the chart) that you just saved on your computer. Make sure it is a 63% version you selected at astro.com as explained in step 2. You are doing fine. Now upload it by clicking on the 'Upload' button. Et voilą, it is up and ready for posting.

5) Finally, post your message, and, this time, it will be accompanied by the chart, which will appear as an 'Attached thumbnail', just like the 'example chart' attached to this post.
Should you need further help, just post your question on this very thread!

Hope this helps.
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PS: The advantage of attaching a chart as a 'thumbnail' to your post, rather than simply doing a copy-paste of it into your post, is that it will stay as long as you want it to. Charts copied into a post will elapse after some time, which will frustrate posters that want to read your chart and answer your questions.

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Re: Attaching Chart as a Thumbnail!

Thanks so much Aquarius7000, I've hit my head against the screen a few times about this. I wonder where asteroid Nike (307) was in that chart?
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Most happy with your indications Aquarius! have not done it via the Go Advanced button yet. Thanks very much!

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Kudos 2 u 4 that 1. I was always wondering how they did it. V/r LionKIng
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Thanks for explaining this in a way that even I can understand, aquarius...........hip, hip hurrah - hip, hip hurrah - hip, hip hurrah!

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Re: Attaching Chart as a Thumbnail!

So, as Newbie, I found the www.astro.com, too, and understand, I think so. But, when I'll save the picture on my computer, all datas appears on the top left side, while in yours the personal datas are rubbed out. How can I do this ?
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..But, when I'll save the picture on my computer, all datas appears on the top left side, while in yours the personal datas are rubbed out. How can I do this ?
  • Go onto the image file/chart that you have saved on your computer and do a right mouse click.
  • Then choose the 'edit' option which should automatically open that file with MS Paint.
  • Once in the 'Paint' format, choose the square icon on the top left from the list of icons on the left hand side, and use it to mark & prune the portion you want to hide.
  • Then hit delete on your key board, and that portion should be gone.
Now hit 'save' to save the new version, and post.

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Oh man, Aquarius7000 you are amazing. Maybe you can help me with my problem in uploading an image. Starlink

PS: No need anymore, thanks to your idea of "right clicking" I managed to upload a chart. Thanks a million!
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Maybe you can help me with my problem in uploading an image. I followed all your directions. The problem is, that in astrodienst (and I suppose it is my microsoft Vista programm) I can only save that chart as a HTML or .HML or something like that file. Or as text, but that does not work of course. I cannot for the life of it find "safe as .gif or zip or one of the other one's necessary to upload. Where can I find this?
Star,

I think I know why the system has offered you only some text-format options in which to save your file uptil now, but we shall teach the system a lesson, and do things our way. Let us, however, talk about the don'ts later (at the end of this post), so it is clear for others, who might also be facing a similar problem.

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  • Once you have the chart in astro.com, which you want to post, in front of you, go over it with your mouse, and do a 'right' mouse click (ie, hit the button on the right on the mouse), while staying on the chart .
  • Now choose the option: 'save image/picture as' from the list that opens up.
  • Now the usual 'save image/picture/file' window should pop open. Here the file format is usually already set as GIF (.gif) :- shown in the file-type tab of the window that just opened up. In the 'file-name' tab (just above the file-type tab), you can now simply key in the name that you want to christen your file/chart with, e.g.: 'A Star was born'. (No need of keying in .gif or any other format type manually).
  • Don't forget to hit the 'save' button after you have given your file a name, and the system will automatically save the file as: A Star was born.gif .
Briefly going back to the 'don'ts' now, *don't* use the normal MS icons in the frame that surrounds your chart, ie, the usual 'File' icon on the top left of your computer screen (that you would otherwise use to save a word/excel etc file), in order to save the chart you did at astro.com.
Be sure to save the chart using the right mouse click - just the way I explained above. This is the easiest way and should work.

And hey, don't forget to choose the 63% version on astro.com (at: Image size), otherwise the file might exceed the size limits allowed to upload it on this forum.


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Re: Attaching Chart as a Thumbnail!

It actually also worked without me highlighting the chart. It all works like magic now thanks to you. You are a truly honorable follower-up of Arian Maverick with your computer knowledge!
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It actually also worked without me highlighting the chart.
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You don't need to highlight the chart, just have your cursor over it, and the main trick lies in doing the right mouse click to save the chart. Wow, that actually rhymes out there.

And hey, thanks for all the compliments, but there is nothing much to it really. Just a couple of clicks & tricks here and there.

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Sorry, Aquarius7000, but my right-mouse-click don't show the "save the image", there is only "copy", "register", "send" and so on .....
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Sorry, Aquarius7000, but my right-mouse-click don't show the "save the image", there is only "copy", "register", "send" and so on .....
Check again, Sunny, if you have an MS office package, then the right mouse click should show at least a 'save' option in the list that appears.

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Re: Attaching Chart as a Thumbnail!

Thanks SOOOOOOOOOO much!! Here I was going into Photoshop and trying to resize everything constantly to get it to the right file size and half the time ending up with blurry pics! :/ This makes it 10x easier!!
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Re: Attaching Chart as a Thumbnail!

Okay, it must be ME, but when I try these steps I get glitches at the end.

When I get to the UPLOAD step, it says INVALID FILE.

I am not sure why that is.
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When I get to the UPLOAD step, it says INVALID FILE.
Katy, did you check the filetype of the file you wanted to upload? I ask because if the filetype is not one of those listed in the 'Manage attachments' pop-up window, it will be deemed "invalid" by the system. So, if it is an .xls (excel) file you are trying to uplaod (just as an e.g.), then it is not a 'valid' filetype for the system. Another thing you should pay heed to is the size of the file, which should not exceed 100 KB. Use the 63% version at (Image size) astro.com for this before you save the chart and upload it. That's all I can think of right now.

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Re: Attaching Chart as a Thumbnail!

This might be cool

http://www.jingproject.com/


features.... http://www.jingproject.com/features/


Not sure.

IT would be fun to find a fast easy way to quicly capture, edit, and upload
charts...it takes so long with the resising etc, uploads that it can be
almost imposible at times....
If this works well it may be worth hanging onto.

Kinda off topic, but I hear it's awesome, someone just tried this and told me about it.....so Maybe worth sharing.
I have no time to fiddle withtrehads, and linking back, and relining etc right now.
BUt this is worth sharing IMO.
Kinda in a rush
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How to choose the 63% size-option at astro.com to upload chart easily.

Well, thank you for giving an alternative.

You also said:
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it takes so long with the resising etc, uploads that it can be
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Well, this is actually fairly simple.

At Astrodienst (www.astro.com), on the front page, right under: Horoscope Chart Drawings, you can choose the 'Extended chart selection'. Once there, on the left- hand lower corner, you see (a drop-down button):

Image size
full size image for good print qualityreduced image size 90%
reduced image size 75%
reduced image size 63%

And you simply pick the 63% option for your chart, which you will then never have problems uploading sizewise.

I have simply used this opportunity to explain the 're-sizing' process above for those, who might not know how to go about it.

Also, to be honest, I like attaching the astro.com charts as a thumbnail direct this way, rather than via imageshack, etc. When you open an imageshack thumbnail, automatically other silly windows (some silly casino stuff, etc) open up, which is really annoying.

Our simple method is actually quite neat.

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Re: How to choose the 63% size-option at astro.com to upload chart easily.

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Well, thank you for giving an alternative.

You also said:
Well, this is actually fairly simple.

At Astrodienst (www.astro.com), on the front page, right under: Horoscope Chart Drawings, you can choose the 'Extended chart selection'. Once there, on the left- hand lower corner, you see (a drop-down button):

Image size
full size image for good print qualityreduced image size 90%
reduced image size 75%
reduced image size 63%

And you simply pick the 63% option for your chart, which you will then never have problems uploading sizewise.

I have simply used this oppotunity to explain the 're-sizing' process above for those, who might not know how to go about it.

Also, to be honest, I like attaching the astro.com charts as a thumbnail direct this way, rather than via imageshack, etc. When you open an imageshack thumbnail, automatically other silly windows (some silly casino stuffe, etc) open up, which is really annoying.

Our simple method is actually quite neat.

AQ7

Even when I choose the 63% option, it will say INVALID FILE when I get to the UPLOAD step.
It might be because I am using a MAC laptop, which does not have a mouse like most computers. It is a built in metal thingie, and I do not know how to do what you call a right hand click. I was highlighting the image, then from FILE, using SAVE AS to copy and save the 63% image. But when I go to 'manage attachments ' and try to upload, it will say invalid file.

Maybe I will have to get one of my teenagers to try it instead. :60:
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Re: How to choose the 63% size-option at astro.com to upload chart easily.

Katy,

Did you check on the filetype of the file you saved before uploading it? Can you post the complete name of the file here, so we can see, esp the part after the dot '.' in the file name.

Re the 'right'-mouse click bit, if you can't manage that, then try this out:

After you have pulled the (63% version of the) chart at astro.com, simply go with the cursor (with your mouse) over the chart. You should see a 'hand cursor' (like a hand with a pointed forefinger) appear on the chart itself. Now, simply do a mouse click (after that you should not be able to see the hand cursor anymore). This step puts your chart in the 'safe mode', so when people open your attached file, they do not automatically land into your personal astro.com account with all your data in there.

Now, that you have 'done that simple mouse click', go to the 'file' menu on the screen (usually top left), and hit 'Save' there and save the chart (as you would save a file, generally). Then try to upload it. Sorry, but I have never used MAC, so this is all I can help you with.

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Re: Attaching Chart as a Thumbnail!

Well, thank you for giving an alternative.

You also said:
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it takes so long with the resising etc, uploads that it can be
almost imposible at times....
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Well, this is actually fairly simple.

At Astrodienst (www.astro.com), on the front page, right under: Horoscope Chart Drawings, you can choose the 'Extended chart selection'. Once there, on the left- hand lower corner, you see (a drop-down button):

Image size
full size image for good print qualityreduced image size 90%
reduced image size 75%
reduced image size 63%

And you simply pick the 63% option for your chart, which you will then never have problems uploading sizewise.
Yeah, never seen that before in astro.com under the extended chart selection, Thanks.

The one thing I like about the program I posted is that instead of having to find the proper words to describe everything above, I could just take a fast screen shot, automatic upload, with an arrow pointing to exactly what I wanted people to see. I should start another thread when I have time to do so, and after I have finished my updates, been doing some other work lately and I've been extremely busy, looking at apartments etc....

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I have simply used this opportunity to explain the 're-sizing' process above for those, who might not know how to go about it.
Cool, thank you, was in a hurry and didn't read through it all, great way to post an astro chart using the forums thumbnail function. I could never figure it out before, and didn't have the time to tinker with it.

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Also, to be honest, I like attaching the astro.com charts as a thumbnail direct this way, rather than via imageshack, etc. When you open an imageshack thumbnail, automatically other silly windows (some silly casino stuffe, etc) open up, which is really annoying.
That is the one thing I do not like about image shack as well, the pop up windows, etc.

I'm still looking into this Jing Program.
Someone else I know is having allot of success with it, so maybe I hold on it and take a better look later.

I asked them to show me something....a screen shot of their computer.
They showed me a link to the screenshot, in chat, with arrows painted on it a caption, no pop ups, in under 30 seconds...

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Our simple method is actually quite neat.
Yes it is, thanks for sharing it, I wasn't sure how to do things that way.
Always use image shack, been looking for an alternative.
I've seen other people use the forums thumbnail way, and have wonder how.
tried it but have always recived the same, image not vaild message, etc.
Was not sure how to resize.
Never seen that resize image function in astro.com and I use astro.com all the time.

Thanks,
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It might be because I am using a MAC laptop, which does not have a mouse like most computers. It is a built in metal thingie, and I do not know how to do what you call a right hand click.
This seems to be a Mac "feature" :-

http://osxdaily.com/2007/02/20/two-m...-laptop-users/

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My computer doesn't have the option to save as .jpeg, .gif, .tif

When I click on save as, and then click on my picture folder, the drop down only lets me choose from:

text file .txt
webpage, complete .htm, .html
web archive, single file (.mht)
webpage HTML only (.htm, .html)

Where do I go to save as .jpeg when my computer doesn't have it in the drop down?

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