October 13, 2012

Testing a new feature

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And thank you, Pixy!!!


If you're wondering what's going on, Pixy added a new feature that allows us to put a bunch of pictures into a single zip file, to be uploaded alone. Then we can access the individual images in the zip file using a new syntax. So when we want to have a huge number of images in a post, we don't have to upload each image individually.



For future reference:

Step 1, create a zip archive containing all the images. The archive extension must be "zip" in lower case. (Untl Pixy fixes that.)

Step 2, upload the zip.

Step 3, to include the images, use this inside square brackets:


Presumably this would also work for png and swf. Note: I have an "images" directory I use for this. It'll work in any directory, but if you use a different directory then you have to include that in the path to the zip file.


Further notes to me for myself, how to create the zip file

1. put all the images in an empty directory.

2. Open 7Zip and go into that directory.

3. Hit the "add" button and do the menu

4. rename the resulting zip file, which appears in that same directory

By the way, I'm perfectly happy with 7Zip and don't need any suggestions for alternatives.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Site Stuff at 09:59 AM | Comments (11) | Add Comment
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1 7Zip is a good program (and encoding system).  It was nice to see a break up of the WinRAR/WinZip duopoly in data compression.

Does this mean more screenshots per post, for the future?

Posted by: sqa at October 13, 2012 02:44 PM (R4ww4)


I dunno. It might.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 13, 2012 04:48 PM (+rSRq)

3 I use 7Zip as well.  It's fast, reliable, and supports all the main formats.  And it's open source.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 13, 2012 07:07 PM (PiXy!)

4 Whee!  It might change my workflow a bit, but that would probably be an improvement.

It does mean changing out individual images might be trickier.

The one other thing that would be very helpful is a visual preview before you make a post live.

Posted by: Mauser at October 13, 2012 07:31 PM (cZPoz)

5 Definitely has a performance advantage against the other programs - takes advantage of multiple cores to work faster. We zip a LOT of stuff at work (right now I'm zipping, even) and 7zip regularly gets those multi-GB jobs done much faster.

Though it's also been the case that, every so often, we'll get a zip that 7zip just can't open up, and we'll need to drop back to WinRAR...

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at October 13, 2012 07:35 PM (pWQz4)


It does mean changing out individual images might be trickier.

Not really.  You swap the new image into the zip file, and then upload it again. It's slightly more complicated, but not really.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 13, 2012 07:36 PM (+rSRq)

7 The next release will make zip files act like virtual folders, so instead of /images/zip_file_name.zip:image_file_name.jpg, you can just have /images/zip_file_name/image_file_name.jpg.  Because the handling of file paths in Minx is kind of funky, it was easier to put in the zipfile:imagefile syntax for now.  I'll have a little converter script in place when the time comes to cut over.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 14, 2012 12:03 AM (PiXy!)


This should work when the pictures are invoked out of a flash, too, right? Which means I should be able to use this in the top rotation, so that I don't have to bug you any more to unpack zip files for me?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 14, 2012 09:52 AM (+rSRq)

9  This makes me want to watch SW2 again.

Posted by: tellu541 at October 14, 2012 02:31 PM (G0RNj)


It makes me want to watch the movie, which should arrive here week from this coming Friday. Even without a translation I think it'll be good to watch. With a higher budget and a longer production time I expect the animation to be excellent.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 14, 2012 02:41 PM (+rSRq)

This should work when the pictures are invoked out of a flash, too, right?
Yep, it should work for anything that requests files via HTTP, including Flash.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 14, 2012 10:57 PM (PiXy!)

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