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IMPLEMENTED: 1/4 width formatting retired for photo capsules

  1. Tranquilheart profile image89
    Tranquilheartposted 3 years ago

    I went into one of my older hubs to add a photo and got this message:
    "It looks like some images in this capsule appear to be reduced in size. Note that saving any changes made to this capsule will update the size of these images to fit the capsule."

    After adding a new photo, all the existing photos resized themselves to their original size. And there is no longer the option to resize them.

    Why can't we resize our photos now?  Some of the images look ridiculously enormous.

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image74
      Matthew Meyerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Due to consistent issues with formatting, the half and quarter width photo capsule options have been retired.

      1. psycheskinner profile image81
        psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        REALLY?! Is this a joke?

        Just like that?

        With no announcement?

        While the template we are told to follow still includes them?



        PLEASE RECONSIDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        I use 1/2 sized all the time to make the article look nice and have the illustration next to the text describing it. Even thinking about changing this make me decide I just can;t be bothered any more.

        Hubpages income is okay if it is passive.  But having to constantly change 100+ hubs means it is just not worth it.

        1. Matthew Meyer profile image74
          Matthew Meyerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          If you would like a half width photo in your new Hubs, you can float the image to the right of the Hub.


          http://s2.hubimg.com/u/8331473_f248.jpg

          1. janshares profile image89
            jansharesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Okay, cool. I actually did that with my latest hub yesterday. But still need to eventually check on the rest if I decide to edit the pics, especially when the link breaks, as they occasionally do.

  2. janshares profile image89
    jansharesposted 3 years ago

    Seriously? So does this mean we need to get to work and check which hubs need reformatting? It would be embarrassing if they looked weird to readers. Did we miss the memo on this?

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image74
      Matthew Meyerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      The change only affects Hubs that are edited.
      The images will stay the same size unless edits are made to the image capsules containing the 1/2 and 1/4 photos.

      1. psycheskinner profile image81
        psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        So it is only a pain in the ass for active hubs who strive to stay up to date with all your new guidelines.  They rest can just get idled. (Catch-22?)

  3. Writer Fox profile image78
    Writer Foxposted 3 years ago

    What this means is that if you used the 1/2 width or 1/4 width to get a clear image, you will now have a pixilated image when it is blown up to the 520 pixel width.  It means that you will have to check every Hub on this site again. It seems to take effect when you edit a Hub.

    1. janshares profile image89
      jansharesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Yup.

  4. FatFreddysCat profile image90
    FatFreddysCatposted 3 years ago

    (SIGH OF RELIEF)

    I do that with my photos all the time anyway. I was about to freak out.

  5. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    Ooookay.  So half width pictures are *totally* allowed, in half width capsules.

    Panic over.

    [fans self]

    1. Marina Lazarevic profile image83
      Marina Lazarevicposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, half width photos are still doable! smile The old options actually created confusion because technically, a half width photo and a full width photo floated to the right are the same thing. The only option that's truly gone is the quarter width size. These were used much less frequently and would rarely look attractive on Hubs.

      1. Tranquilheart profile image89
        Tranquilheartposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I'm not breathing a sigh of relief.  One of my hubs is mostly photos.  And I can't just ' float them to the right ' -- I have to resize them in a photo editor & repost them.  Sucks!

        1. Writer Fox profile image78
          Writer Foxposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Same here.  You can add white space around the picture so it won't distort.

          1. Tranquilheart profile image89
            Tranquilheartposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Yeah, that's what I'm doing

  6. Sue Adams profile image91
    Sue Adamsposted 3 years ago

    I'm beginning to think that HP are overstaffed and have nothing better to do than make idiotic changes that give us more and more work to do every day with no time left to write new hubs. Some people here have nearly 2000 hubs (like Patty Inglish for example), how on earth can they manage all the changes? Does HP want to get rid of all the faithful long term hubbers? What the f**k is going on? Get a life HP staff and leave us alone for just maybe one week?

    An angry Sue who is still busy trying to deal with the images attribution saga.

    1. Tranquilheart profile image89
      Tranquilheartposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Exactly.  Improvements should make things easier for the hubbers, not worse.

      1. Jean Bakula profile image93
        Jean Bakulaposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I see that if the picture is put to the right, it gets smaller than the ridiculously large size it comes out at first when you add it. But it is still a stupid change that does nothing to add to our quality of writing, and time consuming to have to fix yet another thing. I don't think the administration knows what they are doing. I think you are throwing any idiotic change at the site to see what sticks. Why did you have to mess with the picture sizes? Don't you have enough to do when the site is getting less visitors than ever and nobody is making any money?

        1. profile image0
          calculus-geometryposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          While I agree that HubPages staff is the most "idle" thing on this site, I don't think this is change is as annoying as it sounds from the wording of the announcement.  You will only have to resize your photos if you go in to edit the hub, otherwise your 1/2 and 1/4 scaled photos will remain as they are on the page.  And if you float the image to the right, it's the same difference.

          What you call "ridiculously large" others might call "user-friendly."  A larger image is more likely to be pinned, and as Will said, larger is better for mobile users.

          1. Jean Bakula profile image93
            Jean Bakulaposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            I guess that's the issue, I am in the process of editing almost all of my 137 hubs, that's why it seems so annoying. I am changing many of the images. I had one hub that had 10, and it took me over an hour to fix it up. Plus I had put my name and a copyright symbol at the top of my best hubs, since they were stolen, and got the "tip" that is illegal. But all HP offers is at the bottom of the hub your name and the year you wrote the piece shows up, much lighter than the other print, and especially if it's a long hub, it will not deter anyone. I know a lot of people who are artistic who leave a little warning on their work, and they never got told it was illegal.

            Anyway, calculus-geometry, I will try to think of it as "User Friendly", as once I'm finished I can leave them alone. I am not adding any more content after one more piece I need to finish a series. Thanks.

            1. Tranquilheart profile image89
              Tranquilheartposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              I'm going to leave mine alone too.  Thanks to those who are helping to clear things up.  In future it's be better if HubPages made an announcement. They have sent emails in the past about changes. But not this time.

              1. Jean Bakula profile image93
                Jean Bakulaposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                Hi Tranquilheart,
                I usually recall getting or seeing notices about changes, so I guess that one snuck up on me while I was writing on another site for a few days, or offline. I am putting way less pictures on the ones I have still to edit, It's just not worth the time.

  7. Will Apse profile image87
    Will Apseposted 3 years ago

    Mobile is now nearly half of traffic. Quarter size pics are almost invisible on a smartphone without zooming (and most people will not bother). So I cannot see much point in using them anymore.

    A lot of the care we put into aesthetics is wasted, sadly.

  8. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
    DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago

    They encourage the use of photos and illustrations in hubs to garner reader interest and "points," yet invent changes to make doing so inconvenient and even troublesome.

    SMH!!  mad

  9. WuckingFurries profile image84
    WuckingFurriesposted 3 years ago

    I spent a while looking for where the 1/4 width was 'hidden' only to find this forum. There's a saying in Australia "Not Happy Jan" OMG frustrating!

    1. Jean Bakula profile image93
      Jean Bakulaposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      At least it's not just me. I spend so much time online and reading, I need my first pair of glasses, and thought perhaps I couldn't see the size change thing anymore. Really, it's so stupid. I wonder what the next waste of our time will be? Let's guess. Oh, they will make up a new rule about punctuation. We can't use semi colons anymore.

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