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How the heck should I do this?

Back in Sept we did a 5 day trip out to Montana and back. I wrote up a ride report but it got pretty lengthy with the pics and all. Is there an easy way to post it without it getting all messed up?

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Back in Sept we did a 5 day trip out to Montana and back. I wrote up a ride report but it got pretty lengthy with the pics and all. Is there an easy way to post it without it getting all messed up?
Nothing is ever easy!!

I would love to see what you ride report, and perhaps you can look to see what I did for my ride report:

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/ride-tal...nd-2015-a.html

PS: I first compiled the ride report in MS Words (you can use anything, offline) and then copy/paste them into the actual posts. I also had the image insertion codes in the offline compilation, and named the photo to go along with it. Do remember that you can UL only 10 pictures per post, and that is why my reports were broken up into multiple parts.

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Nothing is ever easy!!

I would love to see what you ride report, and perhaps you can look to see what I did for my ride report:

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/ride-tal...nd-2015-a.html

PS: I first compiled the ride report in MS Words (you can use anything, offline) and then copy/paste them into the actual posts. I also had the image insertion codes in the offline compilation, and named the photo to go along with it. Do remember that you can UL only 10 pictures per post, and that is why my reports were broken up into multiple parts.
After reading your Scotland report I was hoping you'd respond to this as I liked what you did. I'm not really sure what "image insertion codes" are? I'm sure my ignorance is showing through here. I did the same thing you did and have it in a word doc including all pics in the right spots; so my idea was to "screen capture" the doc in small sections and post them as separate pics in the thread. Suppose that'll work?

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After reading your Scotland report I was hoping you'd respond to this as I liked what you did. I'm not really sure what "image insertion codes" are? I'm sure my ignorance is showing through here. I did the same thing you did and have it in a word doc including all pics in the right spots; so my idea was to "screen capture" the doc in small sections and post them as separate pics in the thread. Suppose that'll work?
Thanks. I am still working on my "day 5" report! I need to ride when the weather is good, and so took my time doing the writing.

OK, with this forum software, when you upload pictures it will appear as "thumbnails" at the bottom of the post, and not in the body of the post. To get the images into the body of the code, you need to do some simple coding. Basically, wherever you want to show the picture in the body of your post, you need to put in [img] follows immediately with the url of the picture with no spaces and then close with [/img], again making sure that there are no spaces in between the first and last [].

How do you know the url of your picture? After you upload the picture(s), click on the thumbnail, and a new window or tab will open (depending on your browser's configuration) showing that picture. You want to click on the address box of your browser and copy everything in there to paste in between the two [] that I had described above. Here is an example. I will UL a picture, and show you the coding using "{}" instead of "[]" to show you what the coding will look like, because the one with the "[]" will show the actual picture:

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{img}http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=92193&stc=1&d=14453487 39{/img}

Inserted Picture:



With the above in mind, when I do my offline compilation, I will insert the [img] and the [/img] coding wherever I want to show a picture, and since I don't know what the picture's url is going to be, I name my pictures 101, 102, etc instead, and use those id in between the []s. This way, when I copy and paste the compilation into my ride report posts, I can easily replace the 101, 102, etc id with the actual url of those pictures.

There might be an easier way to do it, but this is what worked for me! Oh, if you want to defeat the 10 pictures per post limit, you could upload your pictures to a public picture hosting site, and use the url from those location for your image coding! Personally, I prefers to break up long post anyway, and so the 10 picture limit is fine for me.

I hope that the above is clear! It's beautiful outside today, and so I am going riding now!!
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I'm going to give my idea a try as it may just work. If it doesn't, I'll be going back to what you wrote to learn something new. Thanks.

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You could also convert either the whole Word document or parts of it into PDF files.

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You could also convert either the whole Word document or parts of it into PDF files.
Yep thought about that too...is there an advantage to a PDF over a word doc?

Also considered posting the report to an external site and then just pasting a link into the thread. I think it'd work, but I think people would prefer to have the story already in front of them.

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Yep thought about that too...is there an advantage to a PDF over a word doc?

Also considered posting the report to an external site and then just pasting a link into the thread. I think it'd work, but I think people would prefer to have the story already in front of them.
Saw your posts! That's a new idea!

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Yep thought about that too...is there an advantage to a PDF over a word doc.
No. Just that the PDFs would become non editable. But I forgot that you can attach either type of file on this forum.
I also saw your posting. At first I could not read the text but I double clicked on each jpg file and it opened to the full page.

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Yeah, it was a little different approach to keeping the doc true to it's original. Only down side is that each pic within the story can't be opened up separately and enlarged. You think this approach will work?

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To me, it is a pain to have to open and enlarge each jpg, but it will work. With with a Word or pdf file(s), once opened, you could scroll through multiple pages and enlarge it to take up the full screen (on a desktop pc). You may have been able to get eight or ten pages into one file. But in either case, great write-up!

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To me, it is a pain to have to open and enlarge each jpg, but it will work. With with a Word or pdf file(s), once opened, you could scroll through multiple pages and enlarge it to take up the full screen (on a desktop pc). You may have been able to get eight or ten pages into one file. But in either case, great write-up!
Thanks. I've always thought that the ability to post ride reports with pics is cumbersome. I've been staying away from it for this very reason....could be why we don't see too many reports? Maybe this will spur others to better approaches.....

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