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VikingGrandad
01-10-2007, 04:25 AM
AudibleKnight has posted a sticky thread on all Ubisoft forums containing updated rules for signature and avatar sizes. (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/6921088204/m/4061011325)

If you want any help or advice with regard to modifying your sig/avatar graphics, or creating new sig/avatar, feel free to ask me in this thread.


How to check the dimensions and file size of your current signature graphics

1. Right-click on a graphic in your signature
2. Select 'Properties'
3. Check the Size of File. Internet Explorer users - this is shown under 'Size' as a value in bytes (60kb = 61440 bytes)
4. Check the Width and Height sizes. Internet Explorer users - this is shown under 'Dimensions' as two values: width x height.

Repeat for each graphic in your signature.


How to check the dimensions and file size of your current avatar graphic

1. Right-click on the graphic in your avatar
2. Select 'Properties'
3. Check the Size of File
4. Check the Width and Height sizes. Internet Explorer users - the browser's Properties window only shows the *displayed* size dimensions, which may be different to the *actual* size if your original graphic is bigger than 64 x 64 pixels! Checking the actual size in the forum is not straightforward, so either:

- View the original image at full size in your image hosting account (Imageshack, Photobucket, etc.), right-click on it, select 'Properties' and check the 'Dimensions' values (width x height)

OR

- Ask me to check it for you.

If you're struggling to get your file sizes down, I have some professional web graphics software that provides much better image quality vs. file size results than standard graphics packages - just ask if you want me to try and reduce your file sizes for you.

tuddley3
01-10-2007, 04:48 AM
Hey VG, I don't think anybody has complimented you on your new sig, I noticed you had it done when they released the your new forum look(which also is awesome), and goes good with my Firefox Theme(Old Factory, but looks like rusty Uboat Skin) :
http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m65/tuddley3/SH3%20Screenies/UBIStuff.jpg <div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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VikingGrandad
01-10-2007, 07:25 AM
Thanks Tuddley - glad you approve. The new sig came a few days before the forum re-brand, but I was working on them both over the holiday period.

You're right - the colours do work rather well with your Firefox theme http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif It's interesting to see the forum in a script font too!

Maybe someone will create a Silent Hunter FF theme one day http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/U-230.jpg

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Celeon999
01-10-2007, 09:20 AM
Hmmmm...

Looks like i have to make some changes on mine.

Ok, why not, its time for a change anyway http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://img354.imageshack.us/img354/7347/germanyf2t11x2ef.gif (http://imageshack.us)http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/341/sig31lu4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Carotio
01-10-2007, 10:30 AM
Hmm... they did the same once at subsim forcing everybody to edit the signatures!

However, what was most important at subsim was to lower the hight of the images, cause the browsers load the images from top to bottom, not from left to right!

When I look at mine, the images are about 105 pixels high (way below the 150), but 884 pixels wide, which is way above the new allowed limit of 500 pixels. I made a screencap of my signature images and saved it as JPG = 60kb, which also is the exact limit, when speaking of file size. So I guess this will NOT be ALLOWED, just because of the wide?

EDIT:
Gone is this old one:
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/SigTest.jpg

Hope the new one will be accepted then...

VikingGrandad
01-10-2007, 12:42 PM
@Celeon & Carotio

A word of advice... the long string of '_' (underscores) in your sigs does not comply with the new rules (it's wider than 500 pixels) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/U-230.jpg

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Celeon999
01-10-2007, 01:01 PM
Originally posted by VikingGrandad:
@Celeon & Carotio

A word of advice... the long string of '_' (underscores) in your sigs does not comply with the new rules (it's wider than 500 pixels) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

But me thinks this is no graphic but belongs to the 80 characters per four text lines thingy....

It is a text line and there are less than eighty _ in the line of my sig. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://img354.imageshack.us/img354/7347/germanyf2t11x2ef.gif (http://imageshack.us)http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/341/sig31lu4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

VikingGrandad
01-10-2007, 01:22 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

You have a good point there Celeon!

I will clarify that with AK...<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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GoldenEagle8
01-10-2007, 01:39 PM
I got some editing to do! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n126/GoldenEagle8/sig2.gif
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EAF19_Aceman
01-10-2007, 01:59 PM
lol same here<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k61/DanCarey/mustangsigpic.jpg

mastergas
01-10-2007, 03:02 PM
i have a question just so i dont find out the hard way. is there any problme with having an animated avatar

VikingGrandad
01-10-2007, 03:59 PM
Mastergas - there's no problem with having an animated avatar (or signature), as long as it follows the file size and width/height rules.

With a little tweaking, I'm sure your avatar could get below 15KB without losing a single frame http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/U-230.jpg

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mastergas
01-10-2007, 04:16 PM
oh i dint even notice it was above 15kb to bad i dont know how to resize would someone care to help

VikingGrandad
01-10-2007, 04:22 PM
Voila!

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/ME15kb.gif

14.4kb, 64x64 pixels.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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mastergas
01-10-2007, 04:36 PM
thx

feinmann_xv
01-10-2007, 04:45 PM
Avatar removal completed... should be compliant now http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

!S<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://homepage.mac.com/fijneman/FEINMANN-SH3.jpg

Goose_Green
01-10-2007, 05:02 PM
What a pain - I've got to do mine all over again http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif Poor timing I guess.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/sig1copy.jpg

VikingGrandad
01-10-2007, 05:07 PM
Originally posted by Celeon999:
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

But me thinks this is no graphic but belongs to the 80 characters per four text lines thingy....

It is a text line and there are less than eighty _ in the line of my sig. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

OK, I've checked this out...

Sorry Celeon, the situation is that if you have have a string of characters like that with no spaces, then it should be less than the 500 pixels so that it doesn't stretch the forums for users with small monitor resolutions.

Hopefully the rules will be updated to clarify this.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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VikingGrandad
01-10-2007, 05:11 PM
Goose - I'm sure your new sig will still look good if you scale it down to fit (needs to be only around 30% smaller) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Goose_Green
01-10-2007, 05:16 PM
I know, but I actually have to redo the whole thing again I made a small error in backing up before starting all over - at least I still have the original picture,I just have to remember where I got the wolf picture from http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blush.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/sig1copy.jpg

tuddley3
01-10-2007, 08:12 PM
@ Goose -Try to get it back from Photobucket, and resize it with Irfanview.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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3.JG51_Molders
01-10-2007, 10:18 PM
Just updated my signature, does it lookng okay now Viking ?

tuddley3
01-11-2007, 12:27 AM
VG, Can you get permission to have the Screenshot and Short Story Banners exempt from this rule. Those banners are like stickies, and help keep users coming back to this site, isn't that important to UBI. So what I am saying, we shout be able to have a 500x150 Sig, 4 rows of text, and one or both of the banners. That seems fair to me, since they cut 4kb from the sig size, lets compromise.

After all, RJ and U301 put extra effort to put on there comps, and do their part to keep UBI a great place to visit.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Goose_Green
01-11-2007, 01:28 AM
Originally posted by tuddley3:
@ Goose -Try to get it back from Photobucket, and resize it with Irfanview.

I could but I decided to do a new one instead.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/sig1copy.jpg

Kaleun1961
01-11-2007, 11:11 AM
Test of my newly resized sig banner, courtesy of Viking Grandad.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a299/K-61/Miscellaneous/untitled.jpg

VikingGrandad
01-11-2007, 04:10 PM
Originally posted by 3.JG51_Molders:
Just updated my signature, does it lookng okay now Viking ?

Almost... Some small adjustments needed:

- Reduce the height of your graphic by 6 pixels (currently 156 pixels)

- Lose one line of text (only four allowed) - maybe move "8th Flotilla" onto the same line as "Kommandant, Gruppe Leiser-Jager"?

Maybe you've not checked your avatar yet, but its file size is around 4kb over the 15kb limit... Should be easy to fix - let me know if you need a hand.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/U-230.jpg

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VikingGrandad
01-11-2007, 04:31 PM
Originally posted by tuddley3:
VG, Can you get permission to have the Screenshot and Short Story Banners exempt from this rule.

I very much doubt it, but I will ask anyway. We may have to look at other solutions for these awards.

The current Screenshot/Short Story Competition promotion and winner's banners are 60 pixels in height, which means two can be stacked within the 150 pixel height limit - but obviously that means there is very little room left for other graphics. That may be a compromise we have to live with. Having said that, I would imagine most members who want to display a promotional or winner's banner only need space for one such graphic, which leaves a reasonable space of 90 pixels for other graphics.

I could try to create some smaller award graphics. I will discuss ideas with RJ and Kurtz.


Originally posted by tuddley3:
Since they cut 4kb from the sig size, lets compromise.
Apparently, the previous limit of 64kb in our forum was in fact non-standard! Most (not all) other Ubi forums have always had a 60kb limit. That's one of the reasons that AudibleKnight has provided a universal standard - so that members and moderators from all forums have common rules to follow.

Minoos
01-11-2007, 04:44 PM
The banners can be mixed to the sig picture. Let's say VG won the November short story....

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/4546/sampleyo7.jpg <div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/7010/u46progressik8.jpg

VikingGrandad
01-11-2007, 04:50 PM
Good idea Minoos http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/U-230.jpg

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3.JG51_Molders
01-12-2007, 06:51 AM
I updated my signature again, was able to get my main sig down to specified limits but my avatar, even in lowest quality, I can only get to 5.8kb so that is the only problem thats left. By the way, I love your new signature VK http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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TheRealPotoroo
01-12-2007, 07:33 AM
Originally posted by 3.JG51_Molders:
... but my avatar, even in lowest quality, I can only get to 5.8kb so that is the only problem thats left.
The avatar limit is 15KB so what's the problem?<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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3.JG51_Molders
01-12-2007, 11:09 AM
The avatar limit is 15KB so what's the problem?

Alright I misread http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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VikingGrandad
01-18-2007, 05:18 PM
Bump!

A small nudge to those of you who still need to fix your avatar and signature: the new rules (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/6921088204/m/4061011325) come into effect soon - January 23rd.

Let me know if you need help checking, resizing or compressing your graphics.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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TheRealPotoroo
01-18-2007, 07:36 PM
Originally posted by VikingGrandad:
A small nudge to those of you who still need to fix your avatar and signature: the new rules (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/6921088204/m/4061011325) come into effect soon - January 23rd.
It's a shame they don't say anything about posts with excessive numbers of embedded full sized images. There are a few threads I simply can't or won't read because there are so many pictures the damn page takes 20 minutes to load.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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VikingGrandad
01-19-2007, 04:38 AM
Originally posted by VikingGrandad:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by tuddley3:
VG, Can you get permission to have the Screenshot and Short Story Banners exempt from this rule.

I very much doubt it, but I will ask anyway. We may have to look at other solutions for these awards.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>
The answer is that we can't exclude winner's sigs from the new rules. The rules are set for all forums, so there can't be any exceptions.

I'll talk to RJ about a new design for winner's sigs that takes up less room.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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hueywolf123
01-19-2007, 04:48 AM
How about mine? If mine is too big ( http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif) how can I reduce them?<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l239/Huey_Wolf/huey01.jpg
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Realjambo
01-19-2007, 09:42 AM
The current Screenshot/Short Story Competition promotion and winner's banners are 60 pixels in height, which means two can be stacked within the 150 pixel height limit - but obviously that means there is very little room left for other graphics.


So, If I understand you correctly I'm Ok then VK? Do I need to remove the gap between my two banners?<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/posted-sig.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/november-ssc.jpg

VikingGrandad
01-19-2007, 11:29 AM
Originally posted by hueywolf123:
How about mine? If mine is too big ( http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif) how can I reduce them?

You are too big Huey! Total size of your graphics is 500 x 230 pixels, so unfortunately you're 80 pixels over the 150 pixel height limit.

You would have to shrink everything down a lot to fit within 150 pixels, so maybe some adjustments to the design are needed... How about this?

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/huey01.jpg

I've shrunk the graphic uniformly so that its height is 130 pixels*, and then extended the area either side of the sub to fill out the 500 pixel width.

* The limit is 150 pixels, but I've allowed 20 pixels for the new winner's sig graphics I'm working on http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif (hopefully they will be ready in time for the January 23rd deadline)<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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VikingGrandad
01-19-2007, 11:31 AM
Originally posted by Realjambo:
So, If I understand you correctly I'm Ok then VK? Do I need to remove the gap between my two banners?

Nope - total height of your graphics is 120 pixels so you're well within the limit http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/U-230.jpg

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Michiel_88
01-19-2007, 02:03 PM
What about a small badge instead of a winner's banner? Like the 100k symbol. Fits easily in banners<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q121/Michiel_88/signature.jpg
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hueywolf123
01-19-2007, 03:20 PM
Is this better? Hope so, it's all so slow on dial up<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l239/Huey_Wolf/huey01.jpg
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