Turn Your Photos Into WebPage Images ~ Part II
In the last issue's column, Dave (Allstondave) supplied us with a way to get photos from your developed roll of film onto your web page.
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Allstondave's article presented an interesting method of getting your roll of photos onto & useable for a web page. Although it addressed Classic users, the method will also work for Plus users. Due to the different specs of the units, your wait time may be shorter on a Plus & you should be able to use his method with less cache clearing. If you are going to test drive his tip via Ritz's sample "BigPrintNet," be sure you follow his directions! Do not do as I did and click on "Show Current" button when the instructions call for "Show Last." It won't work. Ahhhh, well, it's good to know I'm only human. :~))
ADDITIONAL INFO For us Plus users &/or those who would like to stay within TL/2 to do most of the above, here are a few short-cuts.
You can save up to 12 zipped photos at "one-time" into your TL/2 Pool. This requires a little creative use of your "Recent" key. From within the Ritz site, when you have "downloaded" your first photo and viewed it on a page by itself (gotten it's temporary Ritz URL), do not hit the "Back" key to select your next photo to "download." Instead, hit your "Recent" key. You'll see the Recent thumbnail ("pic") of the Ritz BigPrints thumbnails selection page (the one that has all your BigPrints displayed). Click on that Recent's "pic." Repeat the process to view each desired zipped photo (suggest up to 10 views but you can do 12 views).
Right after viewing your 10th or 12th zipped photo & before you go to TL/2, click on the "Recent" key. You will find the various screens between your "BigPrint thumbnails selection page" & the "temporary URL view of just your zipped photo" are not shown. I'm not sure but I think this is because these steps are done within a frame.
Whatever the reason, each photo that you viewed will be displayed on your Recent page however. Go thru & re-view each one on your Recent's page in sequence by clicking on it's thumbnail, then, use the "Recent" key to get back to view the next one. After you have re-viewed each photo, then go to TL/2. At the Progressive HTML Extractor select "from your recent history" & you will notice the temporary URL of each of the zipped photos you just viewed, listed right after each other. Select each photo & one by one download them into your TL/2 Pool. You can now go back to the Ritz site, select your BigPrints & repeat the process to get the next 10 or 12 of your desired zipped photos into your TL/2 Pool. One advantage of this is you can get your photos into your TL/2 Pool rather timely & not have to worry about them "timing-out" at the Ritz temporary URL.
There are a few things to remember.
BTW, using the "Back" key in effect erases the "current" URL from your URL History. That is the reason once you have viewed your zipped photo in the Ritz site you do not want to use the "Back" key or you will erase the temporary URL of the zipped photo from your URL History. Like most sites that allow you to temporarily store results on their site, the temporary URLs on the Ritz site may only remain for an hour (maybe less). However, that is more than enough time to select and download into your TL/2 Pool.
From talking to Dave & trying this out, I learned even the unZIPped files mentioned above can be from 30k-60k, at least. Considering I have used the Kodak PhotoNet service and my JPG pics averaged 10k-20k, I'd say there was a whole lot more info in the zipped photos. Neither Dave nor I can definitively attest zipped photos are of greater resolution (we haven't yet made a head to head comparison using "identical" prints), but we believe so.
Two other very neat aspects of Ritz Camera is the ability to also have your photos returned to you either on a CD or a disk. If you do elect to have your pics also returned, they will come in a nice, protective & easy to store "RitzPak" (storage case), presumably which will include the CD or disk if that feature is selected. If there is the possibility you will not be able to upload from their BigPrintNet right away, or you just want a "backup" copy of your photos, this may be a viable option. Most such services offer similar features.
In a subsequent issue(s) we hope to detail how to use both Kodak*s PhotoNet and another service called PhotoPoint, along with other similar services. One service may suit your purposes better than another.
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