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Register for Carl's Sims 3 Gallery - Phasing Out
« on: December 14, 2010, 12:42:03 AM »
Update:  Effective January 1, 2014, Carl's Sims 3 Gallery will start being phased out.  Please read this thread for details.

Please note:  members must have a minimum of 10 posts to be eligible to register for a Gallery account.

I now have an image posting solution for us that many of you will love. I've installed Coppermine Gallery on the server at http://www.carls-sims-3-forum.com/gallery/. This web app will allow you to share pictures on the Gallery and link to them in posts. We'll soon have an ugly thumbnail shortage around here.

I do not want anyone other than our Forum members to register at the new Gallery, and I'd like to make it a rule that you use your Forum name when registering. I need to know who's who to keep track of resource usage and to prevent confusion.

In the interests of security, I'm requiring admin approval for registration, so only actual Forum members will have access to post in the Gallery. At this time email notification of account approval is broken so you will not get confirmation that your account has been activated. Rest assured this will take less than 24 hours and probably far less as often as I tend to check these things. Of course some of our mods may want to volunteer to approve accounts as well.

I would have preferred a solution better integrated with the Forum but this stand-alone app will be easy to back up. It looks like I'm going to need a bigger hard drive down the road! Keep in mind these have to be backed up and don't use the Gallery for storing hundreds of images you aren't going to use on the Forum. However, some use as a vehicle to show off pictures from your Gallery is fine by me. I'll just be watching for people with way too many pictures that aren't tended to. The server automatically scales images into the jpeg format at a width of 800 pixels, and it's small. But multiplied over thousands of pictures it begins to seriously add up.

So, as a rule of thumb, if you aren't using an image in a Forum post but will be nurturing it -- giving it keywords and a description, then feel free to use the Gallery for that. In fact, that could be helpful as in the future running an ad slot on the Gallery may help to cover the expenses of the inevitable storage backup needs. The Gallery will eventually make its way to Google and guests may view these. Giving your images keywords will help people find them through image search.

That's just it - you have control over the pictures in your Gallery and we can browse them. Multiple image upload is as simple as holding Control and clicking the files in the browse interface. Make things easier on yourself by naming your folders something distinct. You need to make a folder before you can make your first upload. That one's for you, Dynasty bloggers.


Rules and Guidelines
1. The Gallery's primary role is to serve images for the Forum.
2. Do not upload non-Sims material.
3. Do not upload masses of screenshots you won't use.
4. If not using an image in a forum post, describe/keyword it to show why you want to share.
5. Be responsive if I ask you to whittle back the collection.
6. The above is easier if you sort your content into folders so that you know what you are using on the forum and what's just in storage.
7. Use of the Gallery is restricted to Forum members with a minimum of 10 posts.

Instructions for Inserting Images in Posts
1. After uploading your image to the Gallery, click it to see the full size.
2. Right-click the image and copy the path (Copy image location, destination, URL, etc.)  This URL is the path to your image.
3. There have been reports that this option doesn't show up sometimes.  In this case, it might be a browser issue.  If you have another browser you can try, it might work.  Otherwise, a workaround is to right click, select Properties, then copy the URL from that window.
4. Back on the Forum and in your post, put the cursor at the spot you want the image to be and click the Insert Image button (located below the italicize button).  This automatically drops the image tags into your post and places your cursor in the exact spot to copy your image URL. 
5. Right-click and Paste or use Ctrl-V to paste the URL of your image.
6. The image is fed to your post from the server.
7. Inserting multiple images is easy, just copy the code for image 1 and replace the file names.

Note:  It is recommended that you upload images directly from your Sims 3 file Screenshots folder.  The path is:  C:Documents/Electronic Arts/Sims 3/Screenshots.  Depending on which version of Windows you use, it may be My Documents.  For Mac users, the path is basically the same.

Below are some images to help walk you through the upload and posting process (courtesy of samoht04).



This tutorial will show you the stages and method in which you can upload and share your pictures on the forum, this method is designed for use of the Gallery, if you use Photobucket to upload images please see this tutorial. Your first step should be to go to the forum homepage, as seen below.



To access the Gallery you should click on the "Gallery" button shown below on the navigation bar, between "The Sims 3 Guide" and "Help".



You will then be redirected to the Gallery page, this is where you will need to log in, or register.



To login click the "login" button on the navigation menu, between "Register" and "Album List". If you have not registered for the Gallery you should click "Register" instead.



Once you have clicked "login", proceed to enter your user information of your username and password - whatever you entered when registering for the gallery. It would make sense to have those details the same as for your Forum account.



Once you have logged in you will see the Gallery Page with new options in the Navigation bar.



Now to upload an image you should click on the "Upload" Button on the Navigation Bar. Between "My Gallery" and "Logout [YourUsername]".



From there you will see the following page, this is where you choose the album you wish to upload the images to as well as which images. To create a new album see this post.



Select the album you want by clicking the drop-down box, then select the album you want.



With your album selected you can now click the "Browse" Button to add the images you wish to upload.



You will then see your Computer Folder open, depending on where the window opens to you will have to navigate to where your The Sims 3 Folder is on your computer. For most this will be in "My Documents, Electronic Arts, The Sims 3". This may not be the same folder that your actual game is installed into, this is the User Data folder for the game where downloads etc. are stored.



Once inside your The Sims 3 Folder locate your Screenshots folder.



This is the path for my screenshots folder:



Inside your screenshots folder will be any screenshots taken in game, either via the Camera Button or the use of the "C" Key. You can have any number of screenshots in this folder, depending on how often you clear the folder out. I have recently done this and only have one image in currently. The oldest screenshots will have the lowest numbers, the first screenshot will be simply called "Screenshot".



Select the image you wish to upload, or images by Control-Clicking or Shift-Clicking to set two points and select all between those two images. Click "Open".



The image will then process and upload.





Once the image has "Completed" and all thumbnails appear, select the "Continue" button. You will be taken to the following page. Here you can edit the details of an image, add tags, a description and a title. You also have a link to the direct URL you need.



Highlight the URL Code shown below, it will be unique to your image and this is the URL you will need to add an image to a post. Copy the code either with Control+C or Right+Click+Copy.



Make a new post, where you want to share the image or images. Paste the URL into the Post Body.





Highlight the URL again, then press the highlighted button above the URL, it had the image of a painting on. This will add the [ IMG ] tags, or you can type the IMG tags out yourself.



Preview your post and the image should appear above:



You can then post and the image will appear in the thread.



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Re: Register for Image Posting Solution
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2010, 01:39:52 AM »
To create an Album, go to the Gallery Home Page.



Hover over "My Profile" and in the drop-down menu select "Create/Order my albums".



You will be taken to a page displaying all of your current albums, I have a lot of albums just to show you how many you can make. Albums are simply ways to organise your images, say one for a Story, one for Uploads and one for Random images. Or you can have a variety of different albums.



Scroll till you reach the bottom of the list and see the following buttons:



Click the button "New Album". A box will appear next to the button.



Fill in the box with the name of your album and click "OK".



The album will appear on your list and will now be available to choose as an album to upload your pictures to.





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How many Folders are we allowed? Is it just One or could I have say 3? (Characters, Jades and Others)
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Re: Register for Image Posting Solution
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2010, 01:42:05 AM »
How many Folders are we allowed? Is it just One or could I have say 3? (Characters, Jades and Others)

More folders is not a problem. You can get as organized as you want. I'd prefer that to chaos anyway. Some people might get an email from me down the road to clean up their account a bit and this would make that easier on them.

You've been activated, have a look around.

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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2010, 01:44:03 AM »
Okay, I like Photobucket but I find it hard to organise after uploading which is a real pain.
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2010, 01:53:37 AM »
This is going to be awesome, folks!  Having images hosted on our own server will make it so much easier to manage them.  This is really exciting!  :D
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Re: Register for Image Posting Solution
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2010, 02:08:52 AM »
Awesome, I'm signing up!

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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2010, 03:05:02 AM »
Great, I'm signing up. I'm sure to use this later. ;D
Since I'm in another time zone, maybe I could help to approve some accounts as well?
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2010, 06:31:10 AM »
Thanks, Swede!  I sent you a PM about it with instructions.  :)
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2010, 06:53:08 AM »
Sounds good to me.  Let me know what I can do to help too.  This sounds alot easier.
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2010, 11:26:55 AM »
Just testing a picture I uploaded.

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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2010, 11:43:02 AM »
I like the idea of a different posting of images.  I tried to register but could not find the place to type those funny letters that prove you are human.  Maybe that in itself proves that I am human.  A robot could probably figure it out!  OOPS!  I went back and tried again.  I clicked every where except right beside it.  I'm registered.

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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2010, 12:44:04 PM »
So to access our screenies we have to use the link you provided to get to the Coppermine site?  Then we somehow upload our images and using your directions can then place them in our posts?  Sorry, I'm very slow when it comes to pc stuff.
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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2010, 12:47:48 PM »
The best thing for you would be to try it out yourself somewhere. ;) You can also get to the gallery by clicking on the gallery button up on the forum console where it says Home, Help, Search etc.
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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2010, 04:24:45 PM »
So to access our screenies we have to use the link you provided to get to the Coppermine site?  Then we somehow upload our images and using your directions can then place them in our posts?  Sorry, I'm very slow when it comes to pc stuff.

Yes, Joria, that's correct.  It's not much different from how you used Photobucket, but I think it's more user friendly.  The difference is that the images will be on our server, not Photobucket's server.  This gives us much more control over the whole thing, which is good for our members and good for the Forum overall.
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« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2010, 04:30:20 PM »
Just put Gabriella's Wedding Photos on my Dynasty Thread using this and it seems quite easy, but sometimes it keeps logging me out? Is that just me?
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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2010, 04:32:25 PM »
Just put Gabriella's Wedding Photos on my Dynasty Thread using this and it seems quite easy, but sometimes it keeps logging me out? Is that just me?

It might be.  I'm not having any trouble with being logged out.
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« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2010, 05:17:59 PM »
I registered this morning (U.K time) how long until I get a confirmation Email.

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« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2010, 05:19:11 PM »
Ignore my last post I just read the bit about email confirmation being broken.

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« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2010, 05:23:46 PM »
If you want to know, you were among the ones I approved of when I first checked through my new powers; so you've been active a while now ratchie. :)
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« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2010, 05:32:15 PM »
Thank you I have just been having a play and I have worked out how to post pictures. It is easier then photobucket no resizing of pictures.

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« Reply #20 on: December 14, 2010, 06:13:42 PM »
Yes, Joria, that's correct.  It's not much different from how you used Photobucket, but I think it's more user friendly.  The difference is that the images will be on our server, not Photobucket's server.  This gives us much more control over the whole thing, which is good for our members and good for the Forum overall.

Thank you, Pam.  I try to be a pretty conscientious forum member but I'm concerned because I tend to use a LOT of photos, particularly in my dynasty, (and I have a few legacy ideas I want to do), and don't want to overload the usage.  I pretty quickly went through the photobucket amount allowed with over 400 screenies, and that was with me frequently removing them as you know.  (messed up the forum that way)  I hate to suggest limiting our usage, but might it not be a good idea?  There are an awful lot of us doing the dynasty/legacy/story thing not to mention the showboat thread.  I can see where this could get pretty expensive if more storage, or whatever it is, has to be bought to keep our shots there.

If I remove a picture from my pc that is posted on the forum via the thumbnails, the pictures are still there.  (tested it this morning)
I do this to keep my pc from slowing down because of being cluttered with too many photos.  Would this still be the case with Coppermine?  (hmmm, I seem to remember using this when I had a business website.  It was pretty cool and easy to use.)
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« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2010, 06:57:53 PM »
I'm not too concerned with setting a hard limit on how many pictures you can have. That's because the situation that got me to begin offering this service was people having trouble with the free options out there restricting their usage. If you are writing a dynasty and it takes a few hundred pictures to accomplish that alone, I consider that to be a fair use of disk space.

We have a terabyte drive on the server, so we might as well use it. On my end, I plan to be getting a new PC and storage for backing this up will not be too big of a burden.

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« Reply #22 on: December 14, 2010, 07:28:57 PM »
Bless you, Carl!  Thanks for relieving my mind and I WILL be careful of my usage.

EDIT:  Ok, it shows I'm a member but after I upload my file and go to the button that says, "continue", it gives me an error message saying I don't have permission to go there.  If I click, or double click on my upload, I get a drop down box but I am unable to view my picture in the larger size.
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« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2010, 07:48:58 PM »
Bless you, Carl!  Thanks for relieving my mind and I WILL be careful of my usage.

EDIT:  Ok, it shows I'm a member but after I upload my file and go to the button that says, "continue", it gives me an error message saying I don't have permission to go there.  If I click, or double click on my upload, I get a drop down box but I am unable to view my picture in the larger size.

I see your images there. Pam got this bug but found that when she returned to her gallery they were all where they were supposed to be. Are you sure that's not the case here?

EDIT: I fixed the issue. It is a security "Feature".  Basically I had the gallery's setup as being http://carls-sims-3-forum.com/gallery/ so when you went in through the link with the www prefix in place, it counted as a separate domain. This shouldn't happen any more unless people visit without the www prefix.

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« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2010, 08:39:13 PM »
Not sure what I am doing wrong, but I followed instructions on how to post the pics from The Gallery and all I get is a red X.  I can usually follow directions pretty well and I caught on to photobucket with copying and pasting the IMG codes, but for reason, I can't get a picture in the post.  good grief, lol. ::)
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