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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 07-04-2015 12:28 PM 807 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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07-04-2015 12:28 PM

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This is driving me batty.
When I click on image to insert a picture, windows automatically brings up “One Drive” and it’s components. If I use any component such as “pictures” or “Documents” to find my picture, LumberJocks won’t accept it.
I’m too dumb to figure out how to tell Windows to not bring up “One Drive”.
Can anyone help?

I’ll be away from the computer until 7/11 so I’ll thank you in advance, and again when I’m able to read your solutions.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#1 posted 07-04-2015 01:12 PM

I have always taken a picture that I want to post and first opened it with paint. The first thing I do there is, “re-size” it. This you have to experiment with to see how big or small it will be after the re-size. Then I save it in a special folder that I call e-pics….. This is just my way of organizing pictures to post. A lot of times, your pictures will be too big to post. I hope this helps you a little. But, experiment with a picture using the paint program and you’ll figure it out. Good luck.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 07-04-2015 01:19 PM

Hi Gene. I sympathize with you. I cannot figure out computers or new electronic stuff. I’m left over from the analog world and liked it a whole lot better. I had heard that Win 8 had problems so I had my new computer built with Win 7.

When you want to bring up an image, you hit Browse and that must be where the One Drive comes up. Is there any selection at that point to go to Your Pictures file?

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-04-2015 01:37 PM

Gene, my best advice for Windows 8 involves a sledgehammer!

I don’t know why choosing a picture defaults to One Drive, but here is a workaround strategy that might work for you:

Since One Drive is coming up, I assume you must have opened an account at some point. If you click the upload button at the top of the One Drive screen, it should bring up your regular explorer window with documents, pictures, etc.. Now you can go ahead and choose the photo you want to post and upload it to One Drive. Once it is in One Drive you can select it to upload to Lumberjocks.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-04-2015 01:38 PM

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#5 posted 07-04-2015 05:46 PM

Get a Mac

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 07-04-2015 05:56 PM

I am with Gerry all the way …. Get A Mac.

The buzz in a iMac store is an experience all by its self. Kick windows to the curb and start living well with a mac.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#7 posted 07-04-2015 09:33 PM

I just use an HP

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#8 posted 07-05-2015 12:30 AM

Gene, My new ‘puter has Windows 8 as well and I hate it! Getting pics from my camera into the ‘puter is an ordeal that only my wife can accomplish (and then only after a lot of swearing!)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Mark Wilson

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#9 posted 07-10-2015 06:42 AM

1) You’ll get used to it. B) You’ll figure it out. Also, you’re smarter than any old computer.
I have a new machine with 8.1. I’ve long used a photo editing program called GIMP. It’s free and it’s powerful.
Save or move your photos from your camera’s card (Drive F) to a folder you can find easily. Open and edit in GIMP (or your preferred program (skip those built ins like One Drive – whatever that is – and the others [get a dedicated editing program. They’re reasonably easy to learn.] For instance, I’ve found that in GIMP all I have to do is, 1) Re-size the major axis to 1080, hit enter, and the minor axis re-sizes proportionately. This is an appropriate size for the upload. Enlarge it with the + key to a size you can see clearly. 2) Right-click on the screen and go Color>Brightness, and monkey with just those two things til it looks good (it works wonders, and there are presets to make it all quicker). Now in the newest version, photos have to be exported (I don’t know what that means, I just do it) to be saved as a Jpeg, otherwise, it automatically saves as an .xcf which is a GIMP-only thing and unusable. So, 3) goes like this: Ctrl>Shift>E; name the file in the top bar; Create a folder for your edited photo>Enter>Enter. It’s saved to that folder as a Jpeg. Close the window and click “Discard Changes” (this keeps your original where you can use it later, when you get to know the program and get excited about all the things you now know how to do, like making multi-images and adding text). When you go to upload to LJ, find your folder and your edited photos and simply double click them one-at-a-time, being sure to hit the “insert this image” button for each one. When you’re done with the photo uploads and your always entertaining words, click the preview button, proof it, go to the bottom and post it. (The photos don’t show unless you hit “Preview”). The really important thing is that you must hit the “insert image” button to get the photo into the text field, where it initially appears like those things we USED TO use to symbolize naughty words. I do hope this is helpful. And, it really is easy, once you step out and do yourself some schoolin’. I usually manage to move, edit, and save 3 or 4 photos a minute in GIMP. Once you have the program (and it’s stunningly better than any of those silly built-ins), you simply open the program, open the location of your photos on top of it, control/click as many photos as you want to work on (five to ten at a time seems to work well – any more than ten tends to slow the program down to, mebees, 1 every two minutes), click and drag one of the lit-up thumbs (the rest will come along) onto the GIMP window. Now you’re cookin’ with gas. Good luck. This is what a 1080 X 810 image looke like. Any questions?

-- Mark

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