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How do you do....it? Thread, Damn JPEG's....how small to make them... in Technical; Originally Posted by SteveBentley But that just applies JPEG compression and removes bits that have been cropped. If somebody takes ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBentley View Post
    But that just applies JPEG compression and removes bits that have been cropped. If somebody takes an image which is 3000px wide and scales it down to fit, the Word document still contains the 3000px version - it doesn't resize it, just drops the quality.
    Not true - you can specify the px density you wish to compress it to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennysarmy View Post
    I personally don't even think the ART department need to be saving at 3488 x 2616 IMO...
    When all they are doing is printing the whole image, I would agree with you - sometimes, however, they might wish to print a part of it in detail, so would take the 2x2cm bit and print it 20x20cm, at which point you may start noticing if the original had been 1024px. Potentially also true of media or theatre students, if they've taken pictures of performances, stages, set design or whatever from some distance away.

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    Find a teacher has saved 1.75GB of photographs
    WOW!! 1.7GB thats neary 50p's worth of disk space, Major big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpittaway View Post
    Call me dim if you want, but how is this script supposed to be run? Is it supposed to be saved as a .bat file or something similar?

    Sounds very useful, if I can understand what to do with it!

    Also, how does it work? Do I need Office 2007 on the computer I run the script on to do the convert, or does it just do it the dirty way and edit the file's properties?
    Sorry; should have added that much :-)

    Save it as (say) convert.vbs (change the path, and number of days at the top if you want different values)

    You need to have Office 2007 installed on the machine where you're going to run it

    Open a command prompt and type:

    cscript convert.vbs

    and wait for it to run; you'll see it showing a list of filenames as it works.

    What I would suggest you do the first time is to put a couple of existing Word files in c:\temp and let it run on that folder. Once you're confident it does what you expect then point it at a server folder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by registerforfree View Post
    WOW!! 1.7GB thats neary 50p's worth of disk space, Major big deal.
    No, that's 3.5GB (1.75GB x2) on a share that only had 20GB spare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by registerforfree View Post
    WOW!! 1.7GB thats neary 50p's worth of disk space, Major big deal.
    Ah, but what you're missing is that after the teacher does this, each class member saves their favourite ten into their own areas, then each one decides to print them out full-page but has to wait half-an-hour for the print spooler to deal with it, by which point the lesson is over and the children have gone. The print-jobs remain, however, meaning that over the course of the rest of the day, huge amounts of ink get wasted while subsequent classes are unable to print their work.

    Later on, you realise that all these extra gigs of photos on the network are causing the virus scans and backups to take longer to execute, which is having a knock-on effect to other processes, or impacting performance the following morning because they're still running while users try and log in.

    A bit later still, you realise that all the extra gigs of photos have also meant that your backup no longer fits on your tapes, meaning that other files have been omitted. The Headteacher or an A-Level student then asks you to restore an accidentally deleted or changed file, and you find you can't because their area was in the bit of the backup which got missed.

    Still thinking this isn't a big deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    A bit later still, you realise that all the extra gigs of photos have also meant that your backup no longer fits on your tapes
    That's how I noticed initially, the fact that the backup job had increased by 6GB overnight! (Other stuff was legitimate - filming of Drama coursework)

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    Quote Originally Posted by registerforfree View Post
    WOW!! 1.7GB thats neary 50p's worth of disk space, Major big deal.
    look after the pennies my friend, look after the pennies....!

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Not true - you can specify the px density you wish to compress it to...
    You can but I've never found it that effective - you still end up with massive files compared to taking the image out and resizing it in a proper graphics program and reimporting it at the correct size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBentley View Post
    You can but I've never found it that effective - you still end up with massive files compared to taking the image out and resizing it in a proper graphics program and reimporting it at the correct size.
    Probably true. The "compress" option still buys quite a lot of space back, though, plus it is only a few steps to remember and takes about 3 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by registerforfree View Post
    WOW!! 1.7GB thats neary 50p's worth of disk space, Major big deal.
    Not on a RAIDed set of 15k U320 SCSIs running the biggest discs possible it's not! The users here saving personal photos by the GB in their My Docs will fill the server fairly soon. Bigger discs for it is not an option due to none being available on that interface. That means new server/SAN = £1000s. Therefore I'm pretty hot on regularly scanning user areas for oversize files and mp3s etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Therefore I'm pretty hot on regularly scanning user areas for oversize files and mp3s etc.
    Let us also consider the potential legal implications behind these files. The issue with MP3 files is (fairly obviously) one of copyright, but that could also apply to the photos, especially those which were taken by people outside of the school.

    Issues surrounding consent, the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts must come into it somewhere too.

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    In addition to this thread - I've just seen this, and it looks pretty cool

    Photo Magician Batch Converts Your Images with Drag and Drop Ease - Batch Conversion - Lifehacker

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    Photo Magician Looks like it could be useful. Portable app aswell.

    Curse you Domino

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    Mwhahaha!

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