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#131603 - 10/17/03 09:43 PM Thumbnail?
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What on earth is a thumbnail?
Could someone please tell me.
This is probably a simple sort of thing, but I have never known what one is.
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#131604 - 10/18/03 06:26 AM Re: Thumbnail?
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Mike, if you were to go to a page with many images (like a photo gallery) you will see thumbnails. A thumbnail allows you to "preview" an image an gives you the option to expand it by making it larger.
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#131605 - 10/21/03 11:44 AM Re: Thumbnail?
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Also Trumpy, if you are using the Windows XP operating system, you can view the image related files types (jpg,bmp,gif,png) that are in you folders on your hard drive as thumbnails. To do this open Windows Explorer, highlight a folder that contains images, click the "FILE" drop down menu of the explorer window and ckick "THUMBNAILS". From then on the contents of that folder will appear as small thumbnail images of the actual image inside.
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#131606 - 10/24/03 10:43 AM Re: Thumbnail?
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Trumpy;

I can explain the "Hows & Whys" of using thumbnail links if you like.

Got this from an ECN member a few years back.

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#131607 - 10/24/03 11:24 AM Re: Thumbnail?
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I did a quick search on "thumbnail" in the hope of finding a page which might be of interest for you Trumpy.

BIG mistake. The results clearly show what sort of websites are the biggest users of these things.
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#131608 - 10/24/03 01:39 PM Re: Thumbnail?
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Guys,
I was just curious as to the meaning of the term.
I was reading a PDF file recently from the local Electrical Safety Service and noticed a small panel with "Thumbnails" written on it.
I couldn't click on it, so this made me even more curious!.
Paul,
Sorry about inviting that sort of thing into your computer, I've never been to one of them sites, so I had no idea that they used them too.
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#131609 - 10/24/03 04:15 PM Re: Thumbnail?
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No problem Trumpy. I didn't see the sites themselves -- The text extracts pulled back by the search engine left no doubt as to the content.

But it just goes to show how an innocent search can match up all sorts of nasties. You would not want your kids to see those search results.
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#131610 - 10/24/03 10:10 PM Re: Thumbnail?
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Here's an example of using thumbnails on the Internet, for linking to individual items.

They are pictures, but not the ones which Paul is referring to

The site hosts a bunch of my Railroad Pictures, and they are accessed per subject page via thumbnail versions of the picture.

Site is located at this URL:
http://www.railfan.net/railpix/scott/

From this main page, choose one of the subtopic pages - as they have the thumbnail links. Click on a thumbnail to view full size image.

As to the .PDF thumbnails, they are kind of similar, but instead you jump to a page in that document.
Most of the time, when creating a .PDF document, the default settings make a thumbnail frame active - or your reader may be setup to make a thumbnail frame by default.
Unless the document maker has setup thumbnails, there will be nothing in that pane. When there are thumbnails, they work just like Hyperlinks.
Problem is they are like less than 10% of the document's size, so jumping to a page may be more of a "Crap Shoot" than expected!
(meaning just what can be seen on the thumbnail!)

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#131611 - 10/25/03 09:48 AM Re: Thumbnail?
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Ah, now that's a much better use for them!

Some good photos there Scott.
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