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12-28-2009, 08:57 PM   #1
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Linking Images from MobileMe HOWTO

Woot! I figured out (well, a little) how to embed images from your mobileMe with some control.

The basics: If you go into your mobileMe gallery, open an image so its the only one on the screen, and then right click, you can 'copy image location' which gives you a link to paste in between IMG tags, or using the picture button in the post edit tools.

The first time I did this it worked great. I went to mobileMe, did the business, and wham! it worked:

But the next time I tried the same thing, the image that was embedded was BIG!, and made the forum hard to read:


It seems that over the few days between making these posts, Apple changed the way that MobileMe served up links, which isn't bad because now you get much higher res when linking, but its a little too much for forums.

I looked into the IMG tag links and found:

big version (current default):
and the medium version (what I want):
You can see from the code (for the current default) that what you are actually linking is a file called web.jpg in a folder of the same name as your picture's name from iWeb or Aperture, along with a parameter for some version.

To get the small version of the file, we use the old syntax that still works (hopefully love me longtime). we link
But is all this really necessary? It would be worrisome if the version from Aperture changed and our link got broken! lets remove that argument and see if it works
{deleted version argument}
you can also safely get rid of "&type=medium" which i think is compression, and even "&source=web.jpg"! Holy redundancy Jobs Man!

Wow, I'm like a genius. I haven't checked but I assume if you leave the version argument in then the link will be eternal to that version, even if you change the image and re-upload a new version from iWeb or Aperture, either that or the link will break.

I think it's logical to assume that leaving the version argument out will give you the latest version only.

now it's pretty simple to get the version you want.
  1. Go into your Mobile me and find the image you want.
  2. Right-click and copy image location (in Safari, different in other browsers?)
  3. paste between IMG tags or use the image button in the forum edit tools
    (if at this point you want a pretty big screen filler, like for a mini-challenge image, you are done, but if you want a little snap or a huge monster, continue)
  4. go to the point in the pasted link where you see the image name as a directory, and delete "/web." and "ver=xxxxxxxxxx":
  5. add "&derivative=<theSizeYouWant>"

<theSizeYouWant> can be any of these keywords (what I have found so far, please tell me more of them if you find them)
  • medium - pretty lightweight
  • mmedium - a bit bigger
  • <no argument for derivative> - pretty big, actually about right for an images-only thread.
  • large - WAY too big

Please reply if you know any other derivative names. "tiny" and "small" do not work, and large is way too large. Something in the middle would be nice.



<this is full size, so I am leaving it out to keep the thread readable, but it works!>


Last edited by JesseDavis; 12-28-2009 at 09:14 PM.
12-29-2009, 03:24 AM   #2
Damn Brit

You can always use IMGWIDE tags if you want to post the larger images.
12-30-2009, 04:32 AM   #3
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but wouldn't doing that load the whole big image, making the thread really slow? I suppose the days of 56k modems are gone though.
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Well in that case it looks like you'd have everything under control by using the dynamic links to different image sized. If only a large image is available, then yes, resort to imgwide.

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