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joeimage compression problems
by on Nov 25, 2005 at 6:19:48 pm

Ok I made a website for a friend's dad and when he goes to the site he is saying the images look really crappy like they are highly compressed or something. He is accessing the internet through aol dialup, I had him look at the through IE on his computer and he is saying they still look crappy. To me and on every other computer they look fine. I think the issue is aol is compressing them but he dosn't like that answer b/c that would mean other ppl on dialup w/ aol will see the images really crappy also, Anyone have any suggestions ? the site is here:

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Craig SeemanRe: image compression problems
by on Nov 26, 2005 at 1:35:55 pm

Using Safari 2.0.2 on OSX 10.4.3 they look VERY NICE.
Using Internet Explorer 5.2 (which is old) on the same Mac also looks just as nice.
Using Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP Pro also looks just as nice.

Does he have his monitor set to Thousands of colors instead of Millions?

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Bret WilliamsRe: image compression problems
by on Nov 26, 2005 at 4:07:01 pm

I'd have to disagree. They're acceptable. Some are pretty soft. I hope you didn't use the "blur" effect to eliminate artifacts. I'd rather see artifacts. However the front page looks pretty bad. Artifacts everywhere.

Overall the images look very soft. They could also use some photoshop adjusting. Most don't have anything that is 100% white in them, although there's white ceilings, fridgeds, walls, etc. Use image>auto levels in PS to start.

So maybe they're not pristine, and AOL is compromising them even further. I'd kick the quality up a bit. I usually use around 60 in PS. But it all depends.

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GordRe: image compression problems
by on Nov 26, 2005 at 3:13:32 pm

Somewhere in the aol preferences there is a "Always compress graphics" setting which defaults to on when using dial up.I think its under:
Settings > Preferences > Graphics ? or Images? or something.
Reset this to off.


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GordRe: image compression problems
by on Nov 26, 2005 at 3:58:10 pm

Any AOL surfers who do not turn off the compression will see a bad image.However, presumably they are used this and expect to see poor quality.

The only other thing I can suggest is to test the site with a .PNG image instead of a JPEG.
The AOL compression guide makes no mention of this format . It may work??


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