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 Post subject: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:11 am 
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Hi all,

I've updated my homepage. Well, sort of. I'm still almost a year behind, but at least I got some work done.
I realize the quality of the pictures is not great... Also: In the future I would like to have separate pages for the categories. We'll see when that will happen.

Here it is, enjoy:
http://amor.rz.hu-berlin.de/~h0444vtp/collection.html

Celia


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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:26 pm 
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It may just be my ISP but it took forever to load all those images....maybe consider putting groups of them on separate pages? I only got to see the first 10 or so pics cuz they were taking so long to load :/

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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:11 pm 
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Hello Celia, here's a little constructive criticism...
trixter wrote:
It may just be my ISP but it took forever to load all those images...
Well... downloading over 150 files for a total of 10MB to render one unique page will be a little slow for almost any connection and almost any browser. :wink: Celia, this will change when you separate pages into categories like you said. Maybe in the meantime, batch-resave all the images with a little more compression (Photoshop does great batch processing of images).
Celia wrote:
I realize the quality of the pictures is not great...
Maybe you are talking about the final result seen in the browser vs. seen in your graphic editing software. Don't let the browser resize your images; code them to have the exact size they were created in. If you need to resize them a little, go back to the original in your graphic editing software and do it there. Browsers use a fast resampling algorithm and the result is not great.

Besides that, impressive collection Celia, can't wait to see the rest when you update again. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:44 pm 
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Celia,
I've looked at your puzzle page many times over the past year or so-I can't remember when I first found it. I just loved the idea of the prices and attempted to copy that until my husband saw a few, then the prices had to come down. :lol: I'm envious that you have feamarkets and can get such good finds.

If it makes any difference, I have never had problems with the pictures loading. It works fine for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:17 am 
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Hi,

thanks for the replies.

Wow, for me it doesn't take that long to load, either. But you're right about the amount of pictures. That's one of the reasons I want to have separate pages for the categories. So far I've tried to downsize the pictures: They are small (320x240 px) and I have saved them in 70% quality. That way the file size is around 50 KB. That's what I meant about the quality of the pictures.
So far I have no clue about photoshop and such. I guess it will have to be the next thing on the list.

Celia


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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:36 am 
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Hi celia,

First of all, you have a very nice collection. It's not my first time I see your puzzle-side ;)

Additional to the comments from Skarabajo and trixter, I want to say the same thing about the pictures in the web.
I think, it's important to weboptimize all your pictures. Keep in mind: Not everybody in the world has a broadband LAN.
Have a look at IrfanView, it's a small freeware Picture Tool. There is a plugin named "save for web".
You can make a batch conversion to weboptimize all your pictures in one workstep, for this small work you need no Photoshop!
With this step you can reduce smoothly your one HTML-Side from 10 MB to 3 MB without a big loss in quality. ;-)

Here is my example for your picture "tantrixgame.JPG":
Your size is: 154 KB (1)
After weboptimizing with IrfanView: 25 KB (2)

Do you see a big difference between your original picture (1) and my weboptimized pic (2)?
Attachment:
File comment: original picture
tantrixgame_original.JPG
tantrixgame_original.JPG [ 153.02 KiB | Viewed 4131 times ]

Attachment:
File comment: weboptimized picture
tantrixgame_weboptimized.jpg
tantrixgame_weboptimized.jpg [ 24.04 KiB | Viewed 4104 times ]

Attachment:
File comment: IrfanView Screenshot
irfanview.png
irfanview.png [ 49.18 KiB | Viewed 2121 times ]


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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:44 am 
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LosBanditos,

thank you for that comment!
IrfanView is what I use, but as I said, I have no clue about what I'm doing when it comes to pictures. I will definitely give this a try though, your pictures might help me with that.
I'm planning on working on the different pages for each category today. We'll see if that actually happens, as I have to go out and do some other stuff first. While I work on that I will look into weboptimizing the pictures, as well. I'll post again when that's done.

Celia


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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:21 am 
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I was slightly distracted by the pretty girl on the right! :D

Incredible collection, thanks for sharing!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:33 pm 
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tattooed wrote:
I was slightly distracted by the pretty girl on the right! :D


Wooooo! I can feel the love going around. :)

Yeap, she *is* pretty, and she *likes* puzzles!
Brilliant combination I must say.

:mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:18 pm 
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:oops: I'm flattered! :D I suppose I will not update that particular picture then. :D

Okay, I restructured the English part of my homepage. I have not done anything with the pictures yet and also not to the German page. This was already more work than I had anticipated. All (sub-)categories have their own page now.

Here's the link again (saving you the time to scroll :wink: )
http://amor.rz.hu-berlin.de/~h0444vtp/collection.html


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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:25 pm 
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Celia wrote:
:oops: I'm flattered! :D I suppose I will not update that particular picture then. :D

Okay, I restructured the English part of my homepage. I have not done anything with the pictures yet and also not to the German page. This was already more work than I had anticipated. All (sub-)categories have their own page now.

Here's the link again (saving you the time to scroll :wink: )
http://amor.rz.hu-berlin.de/~h0444vtp/collection.html


.. and her URL starts with amor :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:10 pm 
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Okay, the new German version is up, too.

Also I have added the shortcuts to what was new in 2008 (as you requested, Frank :wink: ).

Still no work on the pictures though. I have downloaded Riot but don't know how to get to it. I'll keep trying tough.


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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:42 pm 
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Thoroughly enjoyed browsing through your collection. Thank you!

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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 7:31 pm 
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would you sell your rubik's rabbits?


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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 11:19 am 
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Dino_Cube_69 wrote:
would you sell your rubik's rabbits?


Sorry, no. It's my only one. So far I havn't had the heart to part with any puzzle of mine, not even those I have more than one of. Some of my doubles come to school with me for my students.

Celia


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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 5:01 pm 
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Nice collection and fun-to-browse page. Also the prices you got your puzzles for are great. Congrats!


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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 12:40 pm 
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telephiten wrote:
Nice collection and fun-to-browse page. Also the prices you got your puzzles for are great. Congrats!


Thanks! Yes, I know I'm incredibly lucky with the prices.


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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:10 pm 
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Haha, I think this is the third or fourth time I have looked over your collection! Such diversity. It is nice to look over such a fun collection!

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 Post subject: Re: Celia's "Rubik's Cube and More"
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:45 am 
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funmonkey54 wrote:
Haha, I think this is the third or fourth time I have looked over your collection! Such diversity. It is nice to look over such a fun collection!


Thank you! I very much enjoy looking at the homepages of other collectors as well.

Sorry I don't update more often. There are still some puzzles which I bought in 2008 still sitting in a box in my living room, waiting to be included.


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