There are several methods for inserting (embedding) images (.jpg, .gif, .png) or attaching a wide variety of file types in the new AVS format. Click a jump-link below to go to that section.
• Insert (Embed) Images from Computer - Image or Insert Image icon inserts images from your computer files or your AVS Album wherever you place them. With the BB Code Editor, images appear as link text and can be seen only on Preview. With the Rich Text Editor, everything is "live" or WYSIWYG.
• Attach Images or Files - Attachment icon (paper clip) inserts a wide variety of file types with filename link using either editor. The link will appear in a bounding box in Preview or WYSIWYG, depending on which editor you use. Readers will not see a pic in your post, only a clickable link.
• Select and Use Your Editor Format (Important!) - See this section for info and tips on the two types of AVS Editors, which you select in your Profile.
• Insert Images from Outside Host - The "old-fashioned" way. Same as above except you first have to upload images to an external host website, then insert/embed the URL address that website assigns to each of your pics.
- Place cursor in your post window at the location where you want an image from your computer.
- Click the Image icon at top of post window. An Embed an Image menu appears.
- In the appropriate box:
- Upload Files - Click the button. Browse to and select an image file from your computer. Select multiple images with the Ctrl(Cmd) key.
- My Recent Photos - Click a thumbnail to embed a pic you've previously inserted or embedded or added to your Album. One pic at a time, no multiple selection. Also, requires scrolling thru all the pics you've embedded. See "Inserting Specific Pics from Your Albums" below for selecting specific pics from your Albums (going "direct").
- An image URL - Enter URL text (http://www....) in the URL box, either directly or via copy and paste. Then click the Use URL button. You can use this URL method for any image from any source (with attribution and proper adherence to copyright laws). That source can be your Albums... procedure for this described below.
- In the next pop-up menu, click one of the three image-size radio buttons. Size buttons are only for visible size in post.
- Click Submit button at bottom right. After you Submit your post, images from your computer will be "clickable" to isolate the full-size pic in a "slideshow" window over the page, with a "Prev" and "Next" arrow for users to browse each image in your post(s) in that thread.... as well as those posted by others. After the slideshow, click the X or off to the side to go back to your post. (Click one here to test.)
- Repeat for others.
Inserting Specific Pics from Your Albums
You can insert specific pics from your Albums using the An Image URL box in the Insert (Embed) menu (3rd option in that menu).
- Open your Profile, e.g., click My Profile in top bar of any window, or hover over your user name in any post and select "View Profile."
- Scroll down to your Albums and click one to open its thumbnail images.
- Left-click the desired image thumbnail.
- On the actual image that now appears below the thumbnails, right-click and, browser-specific, select FF=Copy Image Location, or Chrome=Copy image Location, or IE=Properties and copy the Address (URL) line in the Properties menu.
- In your post, click the Image icon and, in the Insert an Image from menu, paste the copied text in the URL box using the right-click Paste option or Ctrl(Cmd)+V keys.
- Click the Use URL button.
- In the next pop-up menu, click one of the three image size radio buttons. Size buttons are only for visible size in post.
- Click Submit button at bottom right. After you Submit your post, images from your computer will be "clickable" to isolate the full-size pic in a "slideshow" window over the page, with a "Prev" and "Next" arrow for users to browse each image on that page posted with this method. After the slideshow, click the X or off to the side to go back to your post. (Click one here to test.)
- Repeat for others.
- Place cursor in your post window at the location where you want an attachment.
- Click the paper clip icon. An Attachment menu appears.
- Complete info in Attachment menu and check "certify" box. The Name box auto-fills with the file name and size, but you can change that to a more descriptive name for the link that appears in your post. Attached file types can be images, pdf docs, zip files, and many others. The menu will advise if a certain file type is not allowed.
- Click Submit button at bottom right. Attached file will appear as clickable link text.
Go back to list.
Selecting and Using Your Editor Format (Important!)
You can select your preferred editor in your Profile (instructions in Step 1 above): default is the old BB Code Editor (aka "Basic Format"), but you can also select the new Rich Text Editor.
Once something is created/edited in or converted to Rich Text, it can't be converted back to BB Code. Anything created in Rich Text will always appear as Rich Text, no matter what Editor you've chosen in you Profile.
Using the BB Code Editor
- BBCode Editor uses the old AVS bracket tags, like [B] for bold
- Images inserted via Computer will appear as text with BB Code tags. Any special spacing will be ignored in Preview and in the post. There will be no other options, and the images themselves will only be visible when you Preview. After you Submit your post, images from your computer will be "clickable" to isolate the full-size pic in a "slideshow" window over the page, with a "Prev" and "Next" arrow for users to browse each image in your post(s) in that thread.... as well as those posted by others. After the slideshow, click the X to go back to your post. (Click one here to test.)
- Images inserted via Image Host (described later) will be full-size embedded with no special blank spacing or other formatting available except by typing periods or other characters, which will show..
- Images inserted via Attachment will appear only as [ATTACHMENT] text or link in all windows and actual posts, no actual images, spacing, etc.
- An image/post created with BBCode will open in BBCode, but if created with Rich Text Editor (RTE) and opened with BB Code Editor, it will open in the RTE WYSIWYG window. In this state, once edited and Submitted, it cannot be converted back to BB Code.
Using the Rich Text Editor (RTE)
My Internet Explorer 10 browser does not work well with RTE SOURCE code... on Preview or Submit, it can even delete portions it doesn't understand, and those portions are unrecoverable! Chrome seems to work better but even it can hiccup on occasion. I had to use Firefox for a particularly "difficult" edit job on some lists.
- RTE is an HTML editor, so tags are bracketed with angle brackets < and >, e.g., bold is represented by <strong>.
- RTE opens with a WYSIWYG window, with a "Source" button in top left. Click the Source button to see the HTML code behind what you see in the WYSIWYG window. You can edit the Source code if you know or can learn how to do it.
- All computer images, URL images, text, spacing, etc. will appear as you place them in the WYSIWYG window.
- After placement, you can adjust size, location and spacing in "live preview" mode in the WYSIWYG window. Some tips for after inserting pics, text, lists, etc.:
- Left-click to highlight a pic and give you a bounding box with resizing handles.
- Right-click a pic or text for lots more editing options, including pic/table border/spacing (whole numbers), bullet types, etc.
- To add/delete spaces, click open space at left or right of pic to get blinking cursor, then press space bar, delete key, Return, or other normal key as many times as desired.
- To add un-numbered line space below or within a list, use the Shift+Enter/Return key (a "soft" return).
- To move objects, you can use either cut-and-paste or Drag-and-Drop: Alt+left-click to move, Ctrl(Cmd)+left-click to duplicate, Highlight text before clicking.
- PREVIEW complex stuff often before it gets out of hand. Some mistakes might require you to work directly with the Source html code to fix. However, if really screwed up and you're just a "html-code rookie," it might be better to close the edit window and start over. RTE is a "smart" editor that tries to fix your mistakes. Some mistakes can actually cause the html encoder to move portions of your post to the end, such as the items in lists that you screwed up (actually, that I screwed up... all the list items <li> in this Article ended up at the end from a mistake I made, and I had to piece the lists together again!).
- Setting & Editing Links: Highlight text to set a link, then click the "Link" icon. Best not to include end punctuation mark(s) at end of sentence or in parenthesis. This will allow you to add more text easily in the WYSIWYG window, without extending the link to that added text. To fix an extended link, place cursor anywhere in the link, click the Link icon or use Ctrl(Cmd)+Shift+L keys to open menu and copy the link text. The link text should already be highlighted so use Ctrl(Cmd)+C keys. Then click Cancel. Back in the WYSIWG window, select the entire linked text and use the Unlink icon to delete the entire link.Then select just the proper text and re-set the link with the copied link text.
- Have Links Open in New Window: After entering the link text in the Link menu, click "Target" at top and select "New WIndow (_blank)." If you don't do this, your link will open in the same window in which the reader clicked your link, replacing its content with the linked content.
- If you can't use right-click editing options (due to certain browser Security settings), use the Ctrl(Cmd) combo keys.(keyboard shortcuts), Here are the "sacred" (safe) key combos. Highlight text before applying the text/paragraph editing keys. Use again to undo. ONE VERY USEFUL key combo for AVS Rich Text Editor is CTRL(CMD)+Shift+L for inserting a link... don't have to go up to the tool bar for the Link icon!
- Add a table with the Table icon, which opens a menu for setting table parameters. Lots more right-click menu options for table-formatting than with BB Code, like adding or deleting table cells, rows and columns, merging cells, etc. You can paste images in table cells to arrange your pics in creative ways.
- After you Submit your post, images from your computer will be "clickable" to isolate the full-size pic in a "slideshow" window over the page, with a "Prev" and "Next" arrow for users to browse each image on the entire page (not just yours) posted with this method. After the slideshow, click the X or off to the side to go back to your post. (Click one here to test.)
- Images inserted via Image Host (described later) will not have a slideshow, and they'll be full-size embedded.
- Images inserted via Attachment will appear as link text in a (faint) bounding box and a lined box on Preview or in the actual post.
- BEWARE iPAD USERS: Posts you create in RTE can't be edited in RTE WYSIWYG with the iPAD OS. If you use the Mobile skin, you'll only see HTML text. If you use the Desktop skin, you'll be offered an option to convert to BB Code, which does an OK job but some formatting will be messed up, requiring some extra work to get back together as intended.
Separating a Quote for Individual Responses in Rich Text Editor (RTE)
RTE isn't as easy as BBCode to separate a long or complicated Quote so you can respond to individual comments. However, I did find *one* fairly easy way to do that:
For numbered or bulleted LISTS, it works best if you highlight entire list with intro para. That keeps list numbering intact. Highlighting individual LIST items becomes problematic since it can change them to plain text or numbers to bullets, etc., which might not be OK for quote purposes... and could be difficult to recover from. In that case, Ctrl/Cmd+Z (Undo) and Ctrl/Cmd+Y (Redo) are your friends!
Here are some pics inserted, sized with border handles, and spaced with Rich Text Editor, then 1px borders added with right-click options and entering 1 in the Border box.
Go back to list.
Insert Images from Outside Host
This procedure is the same as above except you must upload your images to an external image host first, then insert the URL text from there.
At first glance, this procedure may seem long and complicated, but there are only four simple steps to start posting your images this way:
1. Set up free account at image-hosting website.
2. Upload pics to host site.
3. Copy the URL (web address) for your pic.
4. Paste URL in your AVS post.
This procedure describes the steps and provides additional info, but once you paste your first pic, you won't need any procedure to remind you...it's really very easy.
SET UP FREE ACCOUNT AT IMAGE-HOSTING WEBSITE
To insert an image directly in a post, you first have to set up a free account on an image-hosting website. Luckily, there are many of those sites, such as photobucket.com, imageshack.us, freeimagehosting.net, AOL, your ISP, and many others. Google "image host" to find one you like.
During account setup, a good hosting site will ask if you want your pics/albums to be "Public" and viewable by anyone or if you want them restricted somehow. Choose "Public," "share with anyone," "view by anyone," or similar option so they can be viewed wherever you link to them. A good site will also allow you to set up "secure" albums for pics you want to limit to certain people, or to no one but you. Just make sure you upload pics to the right album...could be embarrassing.
Caution: People will be able to see your link text by right-clicking on the image and checking "Properties." Since that text will have your user/album name, you might want to use a screen-name rather than your real name when setting up your host account?
UPLOAD PICS TO HOST SITE
Once you've set up a free account at a host site, use its "UPLOAD" feature to place your .jpg, .gif, or .png pics in your "albums."
Warning: If you use your personal or business website as your host, be aware that pictures you post will give others a path (URL) to the "insides" of that website, from which they could "explore" other things you or others have posted there depending on the "snoop's" expertise. For such sites, you can either: (1) make sure your other folders and files are "restricted" (need password, etc. to view), or (2) make sure you don't post anything, anywhere in the website, that you really don't want others to see.
COPY THE URL (WEB ADDRESS) FOR YOUR PIC
When you are ready to paste a pic in an AVS post, go to your host site and copy the URL for that image, which is text that describes its address on the web, for example "http://your host site/your acct/picture.jpg." Just copy the http text, no front/back tags.
Common Mistake: In some image-hosting sites, people often mistakenly copy the URL for the thumb or thumbnail rather than the full-size pic it represents. Make sure whatever URL you copy DOES NOT have a "th" or "thumb" or "thumbnail" in the text... it usually appears at the end, just before the file extension (.jpg, .gif or .png).
Tip: For pics you use often (once they are on the host site), you don't need to go to your host site to copy the URL. Just paste the URL text one time in a document on your computer, then you can copy that text much more quickly. There's no "magic" in the URL copied from a host website vs. the same text copied from a personal document; it just has to be plain text in the structure/format of a typical URL link ("http://...").
PASTE THE URL IN YOUR AVS POST USING THE "IMAGE" ICON/BUTTON.
- Place cursor in your post window at the location where you want an image from the host website.
- Click the image or Insert Image icon/button at top of post window. (Name depends on what type of post.)
- In the Embed an Image menu, insert copied text in An image URL box at bottom of menu using the right-click Paste option or Ctrl(Cmd)+V keys..
- Click the Use URL button at right of box.
- In the Pick the size... menu, select a visible size in post, then click the Submit button.
- Repeat for others.
OTHER METHODS FOR LINKING
You can also link to your pics, or other peoples' pics in other sites, by right-clicking on the full-size pic (not a small thumbnail) and selecting "Copy link location" (or similar option), then paste that in the Use URL box in the Embed menu.
You can also right-click a pic and select Properties at the bottom of the window that pops up, then copy the "Address: (URL)" for that pic, which should start with "http" and end with jpg, gif or png, then paste it as described above.
You can only use these "Click-and-Copy URL" method on other peoples' websites that allow open and direct links to their pics...some do and some don't...depends on the website design and security. (Make sure you give proper credit to the site for a pic that's not yours....copyright laws apply.)
One common mistake is copying text with extra stuff in front or back, i.e., it doesn't start with "http" and end with jpg, gif or png. If you see a link with "extra" text in front or behind, sometimes it works to copy all the text, then cut the "extra" parts.
Always a good idea to "Preview" links that you make to pics in another person's or company's website and, again, make sure you credit the other site.
SIZING YOUR IMAGES
Best to size your images/pics to make them draw on screen as quickly as possible. Some host sites allow you to size your images/pics once they're uploaded. I like to size my pics before uploading to the host.
Either way, a good starting point is 320 PIXELS WIDE and "proportional" (which sets the length proportional to your specified width). 320 pixels wide is a 50% reduction in a typical 640 x 480 pic that many applications produce as their default size.
Experiment with dimensions, etc. and you'll find what works best for you and the AVS post window.
I hope this helps...explaining all this is a lot harder than actually doing it!