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Image and Subtitle Changes

  1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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    Christy Kirwanposted 5 months ago

    Check out today's blog post for some upcoming updates to images and subtitles. Let me know in this thread if you have any questions. smile

    1. theraggededge profile image99
      theraggededgeposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      All sounds good to me smile

    2. snakeslane profile image83
      snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      Wow! Good work Hub Pages. I am excited about the Gifs! I only have one at the moment (that didn't actually work) but this could be fun. Will the Gifs work in forums too?

      1. paradigmsearch profile image90
        paradigmsearchposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        With paradigmsearch lurking around, that might not be wise.

        1. snakeslane profile image83
          snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          Well when you figure it out please share. My Gif is not Giffing. It's a YouTube link. But it doesn't Gif on You Tube either. It's still just a really really short video. Help! It works on the site where I made it. But that url is not recognized. Maybe I need to add more frames to my original movie? Any ideas?

      2. Fawntia profile image
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        Fawntiaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        Animated gifs should work in articles and the forums now. They have to be real animated gifs, though, not videos that look like gifs (such as .gifv files). It won't work if you try to use an animated gif as a profile pic or in Q&A.

        https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/13783200.gif

        1. snakeslane profile image83
          snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          Thanks Fawntia. Is there a Gif button in edit mode on Hubs now? I'm not seeing it.

          1. Fawntia profile image
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            Fawntiaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            No, you upload or import them the same way that you do with any other photo. Please see my earlier reply to you for some clues about what might be happening.

        2. Ashish Dadgaa profile image58
          Ashish Dadgaaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          @Fawntia,

          Thanks for telling this.
          Is there any limitation on animated gifs?
          Such as 2 or 3 animated gifs per articles?

          1. Fawntia profile image
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            Fawntiaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            There is no limit to the number of gifs in an article. However, I hope that your gifs are well-chosen and helpful to the reader, especially if you're trying to get an article moved to a Network Site. Otherwise, the gifs are likely to be snipped (removed) by the editor.

            An individual animated gif can be no wider than 520 pixels, as Christy's blog post mentioned.

            1. paradigmsearch profile image90
              paradigmsearchposted 5 months agoin reply to this

              Yes, there could be some fun to be had there. big_smile


              '
              Now there's something I would like to see, a "helpful" GIF. big_smile

    3. kenneth avery profile image83
      kenneth averyposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      @Christy--(seriously) "I am truly thankful to be a member, just a small part of the Hub Community. I sometimes wonder where I would be without having HubPages to read,write and connect with true friends throughout the nation and world.
      I am also thankful to have a friend like you, Christy, who is not just an elite talent at HP. but a warm, down-to-earth person.
      I wish you, your family and friends, HP staff and all of My Value Followers a Warm and Safe Thanksgiving."
      Love you ALL!

    4. Ashish Dadgaa profile image58
      Ashish Dadgaaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      @Christy Kirwan,

      Thank you so much for the update.

      I loved animated GIFs on articles. It will look hubs more attractive and live. This is going to be an eye catchy for the readers. smile

      https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/13783556.gif

  2. Rochelle Frank profile image93
    Rochelle Frankposted 5 months ago

    Sounds like you are taking care of it in a reasonable way. Thanks.
    I always liked the half width pictures and capsules to make a attractive layout... but totally understand the need for full width for mobile users.

  3. Glenn Stok profile image98
    Glenn Stokposted 5 months ago

    Both items are great news!

    I'm ready for this. I've worked at removing all my floating capsules ever since July when this was first announced.

    Also glad to see the update for the subtitles. I’ve been waiting for that ever since I was told to stop highlighting my subtitles with extra white spacing. I always felt the subtitles are hard to find when someone quickly scans an article. The new larger font will solve that problem and make reading our hubs much more user friendly.

  4. snakeslane profile image83
    snakeslaneposted 5 months ago

    Holy Mackerel! It works!


    [img]https://i.imgflip.com/1yzmlt.gif[/img]

    1. kenneth avery profile image83
      kenneth averyposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      it looks great--but I am very scared.

      1. snakeslane profile image83
        snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        Sorry to scare you, I'm just fooling around. Can't get it to work on a Hub yet...

        1. Fawntia profile image
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          Fawntiaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          Snakeslane, the cat animation that you posted worked for me in an article. Did you try importing https://i.imgflip.com/1yzmlt.gif ? Make sure that whatever URL (or file) you are using ends in .gif.

          1. kenneth avery profile image83
            kenneth averyposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            We Shall Overcome . . .

          2. snakeslane profile image83
            snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            Thanks, not working for me. Tried many times. Not sure what the problem is.

            Edit: It's working! It worked when I uploaded from my own picture files, but not directly from the site where it's posted. That took awhile...Thanks so much Fawntia

  5. Glenn Stok profile image98
    Glenn Stokposted 5 months ago

    Does anyone else notice these stop animating after a few cycles? Or is it just me? I’m testing both large and small.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/cV0dBd8MxbmH6/giphy.gif

    https://media.giphy.com/media/cV0dBd8MxbmH6/200w_d.gif

    1. snakeslane profile image83
      snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      Still going

      1. Glenn Stok profile image98
        Glenn Stokposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        Thanks. For some reason it’s working for me now too.

        1. snakeslane profile image83
          snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          You're welcome.
          I went way back to a forum post from 8 years ago and found how to format a GIF link for forums.

          [img]LinkLocation[/img]

          Edit Here's a link to that thread https://hubpages.com/community/forum/97 … post106572

          1. Glenn Stok profile image98
            Glenn Stokposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            Yep. That's how I did it above.

            1. snakeslane profile image83
              snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

              How did you know how to do that?

              1. Glenn Stok profile image98
                Glenn Stokposted 5 months agoin reply to this

                I figured since it’s an image it should go between [img]and[/img], So I tried that and it worked.

                1. snakeslane profile image83
                  snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

                  OK, thanks Glenn.

        2. lobobrandon profile image89
          lobobrandonposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          I should learn to read all replies before stopping and staring waiting for it to stop tongue

          1. Ashish Dadgaa profile image58
            Ashish Dadgaaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            @lobobrandon,
            Haha...however, it will not stop :p

    2. Ashish Dadgaa profile image58
      Ashish Dadgaaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      @Glenn Stok,

      It's not stopping after few cycles. I refreshed my page twice and check your gif. and it's working continuously.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image98
        Glenn Stokposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        Yes, that’s been confirmed yesterday. But thanks for also confirming. I think it was as clitch with my iPad, which I was using yesterday when I posted that gif.

  6. Glenn Stok profile image98
    Glenn Stokposted 5 months ago

    https://media.giphy.com/media/10F3MEFpDxgCZO/giphy.gif

    1. kenneth avery profile image83
      kenneth averyposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      @glenn-- why didn't I use this, but I meant what I said.

    2. Venkatachari M profile image42
      Venkatachari Mposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      Love this gif.

    3. Ashish Dadgaa profile image58
      Ashish Dadgaaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      @Glenn Stok,

      Haha big_smile
      This is beautiful smile

  7. Will Apse profile image92
    Will Apseposted 5 months ago

    Animated gifs? Why would they do this? Are they opposed to people reading articles? Okay, some gifs can be sweet but many are not.

    Any kind of flashing gif is going to drive readers crazy, just as flashing ads drive people crazy...

    Most annoying ads: https://www.betterads.org/standards

    Quote

    "Ad Experience: Flashing Animated Ads

    Ads that animate and “flash” with rapidly changing background and colors are highly aggravating for consumers, and serve to create a severe distraction for them as they attempt to read the content on a given page.

    Animations that do not “flash” did not fall beneath the initial Better Ads Standard."

    https://www.betterads.org/mobile-flashing-animated-ad/

    At the very least, provide a way for readers to switch the gif off. Some kind of max speed would help, I suppose.

    1. snakeslane profile image83
      snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      I agree. My gif making is for a Hub I'm working on.

    2. Glenn Stok profile image98
      Glenn Stokposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      I agree with you too. Even though I’m testing it here, I don't intend to use it in hubs for that very reason you mentioned, unless I find a very good reason for it.  It definitely is a feature that should not be abused.

      1. Venkatachari M profile image42
        Venkatachari Mposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        How to prepare a gif? I was told that a number of similar images make a gif image. Can photo editor do it?

        1. Ashish Dadgaa profile image58
          Ashish Dadgaaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          @Venkatachari M,
          It is simple and easy.
          Option 1 - You can download

          For Instance,
          1) Search  " Hello gif " Google
          2)  Click on Images tab
          3)  You will get to see tons of images (in gif formats) just click on it and it will work.
          4) Whichever you liked, save it

          Option 2 - Create a small video clip
          - Ensure that it is having format of gif

          1. Venkatachari M profile image42
            Venkatachari Mposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            But, can we use those gifs in our articles? They should be free to use even for commercial purposes if you are having AdSense earnings.
            I am asking regarding creating my own gifs. How to create one?

            1. lobobrandon profile image89
              lobobrandonposted 5 months agoin reply to this

              Option 2 of what Ashish said should be good.

              1. Venkatachari M profile image42
                Venkatachari Mposted 5 months agoin reply to this

                Thanks, I will try.

            2. Ashish Dadgaa profile image58
              Ashish Dadgaaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

              @Venkatachari M,
              Option 1 is just for your idea. However, those gif are not free to use.
              So you can go with option 2.
              Create your own clip and save with gif format.

              1. Venkatachari M profile image42
                Venkatachari Mposted 5 months agoin reply to this

                Thanks for the reply and advice. I will try to create one.

              2. snakeslane profile image83
                snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

                This is good information. I just discovered I can save in the gif format in my Paint program. Thanks Ashish. smile

        2. Glenn Stok profile image98
          Glenn Stokposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          You need to piece together separate images and specify how long each one lasts. There are programs that help you do that. But an easier way is to use apps that make a short animated gif from your phone's camera.

          Two apps that I am testing are Giphy Cam and GifLab. Both make the gif backwards if you make a selfy. Not good. I haven’t found a way to correct that yet.

          1. Venkatachari M profile image42
            Venkatachari Mposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            Thank you, Glenn. I shall look into those apps. Not for the selfie. I may try some natural scenery or other shots.

        3. eugbug profile image98
          eugbugposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          GIMP is a powerful, free, raster and vector image editor. I haven't used it for a while and I thought the interface was a little weird and unfamiliar (I think it was originally developed for Linux). It's very comprehensive though and you can use it to create animated GIFs.

    3. lobobrandon profile image89
      lobobrandonposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      They could be useful in tutorial hubs, it's up to the hubber to know when to use them. Also, I assume the editors will make sure they are good if the article is being moved to a niche site.

  8. GiftsByDiana profile image37
    GiftsByDianaposted 5 months ago

    In many cases, rather than being forced to use huge photos I just deleted them as I do not want an image to be more important then my words.  Often, a small image is a perfect complement.  Something to consider.

    1. Venkatachari M profile image42
      Venkatachari Mposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      But, pure plain text may be not so much appealing, in many cases, when you post lengthy articles. Some kind of divergence should be there. And, HP recommends (or even insists) the use of different capsules!!!

      This may not apply when your content is too much interesting to the reader.

    2. lobobrandon profile image89
      lobobrandonposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      What I do in that case is just add a white background to the image, this ensures the image is large enough pixel-wise but still small that it But the image on its own (with the white background) will end up taking up a lot of space (more than the capsule on the side) which may make it stand out too. It's just an option you could think about.

      1. Venkatachari M profile image42
        Venkatachari Mposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        It's a good trick to implement. Any white or very light-color base layer can do the job.

  9. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 5 months ago

    Well, I came up with a GIF that was so eye-straining obnoxious that if I had posted it our lives would have ended as we know it. A good GIF is time and labor intensive. Unfortunately, I don't see any earnings potential in them whatsoever. I have decided that my hubs and websites shall remain GIF-free; I strongly suspect my visitors will appreciate that. big_smile

    1. Venkatachari M profile image42
      Venkatachari Mposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      True. Hubs need not require gifs. I am not intending to use any of them here. I may use them for greetings and posts related to celebrations.

  10. Titia profile image96
    Titiaposted 5 months ago

    OMG animated GIFS on Hubs??? I hate those stupid repeating and flashing GIFS. They just drive me crazy. Facebook is already full of them and I don't click on any of them. If I would visit a hub with an animated GIF I'm out of there as fast as I can, even if the hub looks very interesting to me.

    1. Will Apse profile image92
      Will Apseposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      Glad I'm not the only killjoy, lol. Some people obviously still love them, but the novelty wore off a decade ago for many.

  11. bernicestockstill profile image45
    bernicestockstillposted 5 months ago

    ohhh thanks a lot)

  12. snakeslane profile image83
    snakeslaneposted 5 months ago

    Yes, I've heard you can make gifs in GIMP, but there is a steep learning curve to using this photo editing program. I found a free Gif making site called imgflip. You just submit image(s)  and Voila, it's a gif.

    1. eugbug profile image98
      eugbugposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      I agree there's a steep learning curve, but as with a lot of these packages, you can just do basic stuff first and then learn how to use more of the features as needed. The advantage of an editor/drawing program like this with vector capabilities is that if you draw graphics for hubs, they can easily be modified later, which isn't the case if a basic raster editing program such as Paint is used. Layers are an almost essential feature also for all but the simplest images.
      I did a search and there seems to be lots of tutorials on HubPages about how to use the program.

      1. snakeslane profile image83
        snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        Hey Eugbug, Yes, I tried GIMP for awhile, I really tried, but I got bogged down. What can I say. I'm a GIMP failure. Fortunately I don't really need it. I'm just exploring options for a Hub, and appreciating all this input. That said, I do admire the proficient GIMPers of the world. Thanks. smile

  13. tritrain profile image86
    tritrainposted 5 months ago

    I suggest Paint.net.  It was created by a bunch of Microsoft interns and is still supported.  It is like Microsoft Paint, but much better.  You can do a lot, and it's easy to understand.  Paint.net is completely free.

    Gimp is great, if you understand layers, and all the fanciness of it (like Photoshop).

    1. snakeslane profile image83
      snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      I'm going to check that out later. Thanks

    2. kenneth avery profile image83
      kenneth averyposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      @tritrain .  . . .EEEE--UUUUU---RRRREEE--KAA! Finally. A program that is FREE and well, uhhhh, FREE! Thank you!

  14. snakeslane profile image83
    snakeslaneposted 5 months ago

    I just discovered that the GIF I posted in this thread links directly to the imgflip site...which was not my intention when posting it. Now I'm wondering if that link is 'allowed' in forum thread? Would I be notified if it's not allowed? Not wanting to rock the boat here.

    1. Venkatachari M profile image42
      Venkatachari Mposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      I already clicked it many hours ago and visited that site also.
      But, I do not want to make it online.
      I wanted to download some app and make it myself through my mobile which Mr.Glenn Stok already solved and many other hubbers also.

      1. snakeslane profile image83
        snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        Great, I don't have the mobile capability, so I'm still looking for other ways to do this.

        1. Venkatachari M profile image42
          Venkatachari Mposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          You can download the free GifMaker from cnet.com or if you have the windows Paint tool, you can create there.

          1. snakeslane profile image83
            snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            Thank you, I will be trying everything, appreciate the tips.

  15. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 5 months ago

    Ya know..., I think I've actually come up with a GIF money maker. However, two skills are involved. Both are labor and time intensive. Can't decide whether to do it or sell it.

    1. snakeslane profile image83
      snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      Still waiting to see the GIF moneymaker update...

      1. paradigmsearch profile image90
        paradigmsearchposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        Still undecided.

  16. snakeslane profile image83
    snakeslaneposted 5 months ago

    Some neat GIF images I found today:



    https://tmblr.co/Zh3t3t2S7cMl5

    1. snakeslane profile image83
      snakeslaneposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      This link not working. My bad maybe.

 
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