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FurBuy - Image Management How-To

This document was designed to give you a quick reference on how to use the new Image Management system of FurBuy. Find the topic you wish to learn more about below and click on it to be taken directly to it. We strongly recommend reading the sections on Content and Quota so you have a better understanding of the system.

Contents:
1. Image Hosting Policies and Guidelines
   1a. Image Content
   1b. Image Quota
   1c. Misc Image Restrictions
2. Uploading and Using Images
   2a. Uploading Images
   2b. Using Images in Auctions
3. Managing Images
   3a. Deleting Images
   3b. Confirming Unconfirmed Images
   3c. Resizing Images (Hot Item and Art Show)
 

1. Image Hosting Policies and Guidelines

This section gives details on the rules and restrictions of using the FurBuy Image Management system. Please be sure you completely read and understand these policies before proceeding to use the system. These policies are enforced both through the programming of the system and active administration by individuals with administrative priviledges.

1a. Image Content

The majority of image content falls under our standard Terms of Use document. The exception is the Hot Item images, which falls under a special content restriction which is explained in greater detail in the Listing Policies page. It basically states that NO ADULT content is to be apparent in any Hot Item images posted to your auction(s), and suggests some ideas for tastefully using the Hot Item image location for adult pieces. If adult content is found or reported in the Hot Items listings, an administrator will replace that image with a placeholder until the user can establish a new Hot Item image URL through the Auction Control page for the auction in question.

1b. Image Quota

Due to the massive increase of filespace and bandwidth required for the Image Management system on FurBuy, we have enacted an active quota which limits the sizes and numbers of files hosted by FurBuy for the user. Currently users are limited to a maximum of 80 images in the system, totalling no more than 2000 KB (2 megabytes) of disk space, whichever limit is reached first. That provides an average of 25 KB per image for 50 images or, more realistically, 80 KB per image for 20 images plus 16 KB for Art Show and 4 KB for Hot Item per image. These limits can be easily changed in the future, and will once we have more feedback from users and statistics from testing with these limits.

1c. Misc Image Restrictions

Additional restrictions on image files has been added in order to help maintain quality and performance on the FurBuy system. Each individual image is restricted by graphical size to 800 pixels in width and height. Additionally, no individual image may be over 150 KB in total disk space. All images must also be a recognizable internet format - FurBuy (and web browsers) currently support only the GIF, JPG and PNG image formats. These restrictions are enforced in the File Upload system, which will give you errors if you attempt to upload images that are in violation of these restrictions.

Additional restrictions apply to specialized image types:
Hot Item Images: Must be no more than 80 pixels in width or height and must be no less than 1/3 the width of the height or 1/3 the height of the width.
Priority Art Show Images: Must be no more than 160 pixels in width or height, must be no less than 81 pixels in width or height, must be no less than 1/3 the width of the height or 1/3 the height of the width.
Standard Art Show Images: Must be no more than 80 pixels in width or height and must be no less than 1/3 the width of the height or 1/3 the height of the width.

2. Uploading and Using Images

To use the Auto-Image feature of the New Auction process, you must upload any images for the auction before you begin placing the auction. If you want to upload images after an auction is placed, you must have had images in the auction already - use Auction Control to change the image URLs to the newly uploaded images. Read the following for more detailed information on uploading images and placing them in your auctions.

2a. Uploading Images

Uploading images is currently only supported from the My Images page under the My Account section of the site. (Note that web-based images can be uploaded/managed from the New Auction forms now as well.) Login to your account by clicking the My Account link in the header or footer of any page, then click on the Images tab after you've successfully logged-in. At the bottom of the page there is a small upload form. Simply click the Browse button or type in the location of the file you wish to upload from your system (if you'd like the image stored and hosted from FurBuy's servers) or place the URL to your auction image in the URL field to have FurBuy verify and index a web-based image and create thumbnail(s) for it. Once you have selected the file or URL, simply click the Upload of Fetch button (respectively) to proceed to Image Confirmation.

The Image Confirmation page will show you a temporary copy of the image, along with some basic image information. Confirm that this is the correct image and it's details are correct, then fill in the name field. The name must be unique (you cannot have any other files of the same name or you will get an error), and can only be made-up of letters, numbers and the period (.), dash (-) and underscore (_) characters. A best-guess for a new name will be made by default based on the upload information available to the system. Please do not include the file extension in the image name (such as '.gif' or '.jpg') - this will be added automatically by the system based on the file type of the image. This name is only for your reference. Once you have confirmed the image and entered a name, click on the 'Confirm' button to add the image to the system and view your current image listing. Alternately, if you have uploaded the image by mistake or decide not to post the image to the system, clicking the 'Delete' button will remove the image from temporary holding and prevent your file quota from being increased.
Please note: Your image is NOT active until you complete the Image Confirmation process! Temporary images (made on initial upload, before confirmation is complete) are removed from the system automatically.

Additionally, you have the following options in the Image Confirmation screen:
If the image is larger than 80 x 80 pixels in size, you will be prompted for the automatic creation of a thumbnail image. Thumbnail images are used in auction listings to show a smaller version of the auction image in order to attract more viewers. The options available are for an 80x80 Aspect Maintained thumbnail, an 80x80 Forced Aspect Skewed thumbnail, or no thumbnail at all. The Aspect Maintained feature keeps the aspect ratio of the image, shrinking the smaller of the sides to a proportional size compared to resizing the longer side to 80 pixels (i.e. a 600x800 image becomes 60x80.) The Forced Aspect thumbnail will distort the image to be exactly 80x80 pixels in size, even if the aspect ratio was not 1:1. If you choose not to create an image thumbnail, no thumbnail will appear in listings next to any auctions that use this image as their main auction image.
If the image is larger than 160 x 160 pixels in size, you will be prompted for the automatic creation of an Art Show image. Art Show images are used in Art Show listings to show a smaller version of the auction image in order to attract more viewers. The options available are for a 160x160 Aspect Maintained thumbnail, a 160x160 Forced Aspect Skewed thumbnail, or no Art Show thumbnail at all. The Aspect Maintained feature keeps the aspect ratio of the image, shrinking the smaller of the sides to a proportional size compared to resizing the longer side to 160 pixels (i.e. a 600x800 image becomes 120x160.) The Forced Aspect thumbnail will distort the image to be exactly 160x160 pixels in size, even if the aspect ratio was not 1:1. If you choose not to create an Art Show thumbnail, you may not be able to make use of the Priority Art Show feature when creating a new auction. Note: Automatically generated Art Show images count against your total Image Quota.

2b. Using Images in Auctions

Before you can use images from the Image Management system in auctions, you must first have uploaded the file (see the Uploading Images section above). Once your images have been uploaded, there are two methods for linking them into your auction(s). The first is by creating a new auction using the New Auction Forms - after you have logged-in from the first page of the form, the image fields in the following pages will have pre-populated drop-down fields with image names for images you've uploaded that fit the image type. The field for the main auction image will show ALL of your images in the system, however the Hot Item, Art Show and Priority Art Show fields will only show images that are correctly formatted to fit exactly into the height and width for those image types. The second method of adding your images from the Image Management system to your auctions is to copy the URL(s) to the images you wish to use from the My Account - Images page, then paste them into the New Auction or Auction Control form fields manually. Keep in mind that image URLs on FurBuy are Case-Sensative and you should always confirm that an image is displaying correctly after you add or update it in the system.

3. Managing Images

3a. Deleting Images

Deleting images from the system is very easy. Simply login to your My Account pages and click the Images tab. This is also the page you Upload images from. Simply check the boxes next to any images you wish to delete, then click the "Delete Selected Images" button at the bottom of the image list. The images will be deleted from the system immediately and the image listing page reloaded to show that they have been removed. Your quota will immediately go down by the number of files you've deleted and the amount of disk space they freed up.

3b. Confirming Unconfirmed Images

3c. Resizing Images (Hot Item and Art Show)

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