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New Image Sharing Features!
Over the past week or so, we have run in to several road blocks when sharing pictures on the forum. The issues included small filesize limitations, resource limitations on the server, poor sharing functionality, and the tedious nature of having to upload them one by one as thread attachments. After reviewing the avaible forum addons for photo sharing and hosting limitations, I decided it would be best to just write a custom photo sharing feature specifically to meet our needs. I took several of the great suggestions made in the Site Updates thread.

You will now see a "Upload Images" section under the text editor when creating a new thread or replying to an existing thread. It's a very simple one-step process! All you have to do is drag/drop your image files in the white dropzone area. As soon as you drop them, the images will automatically be uploaded, thumbnails generated, and inserted directly to the text editor (where you position your cursor at). The uploader will accept up to 15 files at a time and files up to 10MB in size. To save bandwidth and disk space, large files will automatically be compressed with no noticeable quality loss.

Additionally, when you post a new thread, the first image in your post will be used to generate a thumbnail for Facebook sharing. So if you want a specific image when you share to Facebook, make sure it is the first image in your post! The Facebook thumbnail generation will only use images uploaded through this tool. It will not look at externally-linked images.

Please test it out and let me know what you think. The Photo Updates section has been created to share random photos as you work through your projects. If you find any bugs, let me know. Please also let me know if there is any additional functionality you would like to see. This feature was designed specifically for us and can only be improved with your input!

Happy picture sharing!

PS: Up next on the list - Facebook sharing buttons...
Ok, this is plain awesome had the chance to mess with it for a day or so and I'm in love. FB we are coming for you !
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