Mini-Browser or Asset Manager on Steroids

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 06-14-2007 12:39 PM 1706 reads 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know we all love fancy time-savers.. don’t we? How would you love accessing your pictures or videos (maintained on the third party dedicated sites) directly below the text area when writing your loooong blog entry, project story or even new comment.

Well, now this is possible here on the LumberJocks through our embedded mini-browser. You don’t need to open new window to paste in that picture anymore – do it 5 times per post and you’ll see how tedious this can be ;) Just click on the Open mini-browser button located directly beside the I need more room button and the additional browser will slide down instantly. There you can choose from the prepopulated list of the most favorite photo/video sharing sites or enter your own directly into the Address field:

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

There you have it – Asset Manager on Steroids. It allows you to use any dedicated photo/video sharing site you like and still access/upload/embed the assets elegantly while using LumberJocks. Using 3rd party site to host your assets gives you the power to use them also on the other sites easily. Well, not as easy as here but it is possible ;)

Note that you can use this mini-browser to browse any site on the Internet so you can also use it to locate those important links you need in your posts etc.

Enjoy and test it out please – any feedback is appreciated as always.

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#1 posted 06-14-2007 01:03 PM

testing testing … one, two ..three!!
lookie at what I can do..
here’s a picture of ME!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 06-14-2007 02:21 PM

It does work, Thanks Martin!

Debbie is always testing us.

Get Gas (Get gas)

I’m a picture taker also Debbie.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 06-14-2007 02:37 PM

Sherrill is funny :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 06-14-2007 03:21 PM

Thanks Martin

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

All we need now is a spelling checker!!!!!!!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#5 posted 06-14-2007 03:23 PM

Here’s a test…

This is a drive in restaurant near where my wife grew up…

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 06-14-2007 03:24 PM

lol I wonder what kind of customers they got stopping here???! !!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 06-14-2007 03:29 PM

Hey guys, if you want a spell checker, use Firefox 2.0. If you type a word that is spelled incorrectly, it gets underlined in red in any form you are filling out on a webpag !

If you right click on the underlined word, you get options for spelling, including adding to dictionary. A word that is conspicuously absent is Lumberjocks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 06-14-2007 04:12 PM

I use Google tool bar and there is a spellchecker built into it.

Martin: I also use LumberJocks toolbar. The mini-browser looks great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Bob Babcock

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#9 posted 06-14-2007 08:06 PM

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#10 posted 06-15-2007 05:50 AM

Lick A Chick? That like canadian KFC (KPF in Que)... or a tasty way to cool down on a hot summer day?

I’m not using an online photo host, so this doesn’t exaclty fit my needs, though i’ll play around and see how it can come in handy.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 06-15-2007 06:07 AM

If your on internet explorer download this IE spellchecker, it’s free.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 06-15-2007 07:37 AM

cool…my turn…
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Wow…that is a huge phot of my MUG…enjoy!!!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 06-15-2007 07:39 AM

so…why cant i just add pictures straight from my computer—-in my “My pictures” folder??? like I can when i load 3 photos on a project…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 06-15-2007 11:36 AM

aaaaaaaaaaaw !!
why? Cause. It’s just the way it is :)
I think Martin said earlier this week that the two areas of the site are set up differently. Apples and oranges.

KFC .. finger lickin good.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Martin Sojka

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#15 posted 06-15-2007 12:12 PM


the project and workshop pictures were originally the only pictures available here on the LJ. The reason is that we have picture viewer directly in these 2 kinds of posts and you cannot even post a project without the picture.

Later our content text areas got enhanced with the rich formatting options – bold, italics, links images… From that moment it was possible to embed the images directly into these texts – project stories, comments, replies etc. (the ones with little B, I… buttons above).

Embedding picture means – find a picture that is already online on the Internet and enter its special code into your content.

Yes, it would be possible to create special asset manager here on LJ that would allow you to upload your pictures/videos directly from your computer and then embed these into your writings. Let’s see why this is not implemented still:

  1. Specialized photo and video sharing sites offer you excellent asset management tools as well as easy copy-paste sharing codes. Implementation of these management features (e.g. resizing, format conversions, organization into albums) would require lots of development hours and constant maintenance. Remember that photo and video sharing is the core business of the sites like flickr, photobucket, blip, youtube…
  2. Having our own asset manager would dramatically increase the costs of files storage as well as bandwidth
  3. I believe that it is much better to manage your pictures or videos on these specialized 3rd party sites because of the reasons mentioned in the point #1. Plus you can use your assets anywhere on the Internet – not just on LumberJocks.

These sites offer free accounts for low-volume users so it is easy to create the account on one of the recommended ones and try it in action. And once you become comfortable with your favorite site our mini-browser will provide you the easy access to your media library.

Who knows – maybe we will have our own asset manager in the future but right now I think this is ideal solution…

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