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Gallery image quality (and embeds) have been tweaked slightly, to boost quality.

Posted by INtense! on May 24th, 2010

We have noticed quite a few people are uploading images to ImageShack, Photobucket and other image hosting sites. Now I'm not sure about you, but i'm getting a little annoyed constantly seeing stuff like:

  • Image bandwidth exceeded
  • Image not found
  • No direct image links allowed
  • etc... type error messages that these sites show

So I asked myself why are people not always uploading images to their gallery pages and then using the embed code we provide? Our image links will never break, they are fast and best of all every time you add images your watchers are notified, your profile looks better and you can track comments, stats and community feedback.

To encourage more images to be uploaded, we just tweaked the image system to produce *much* higher quality and less blurry thumbnails. To achieve this we have:

  • Upped image quality from 80% to 90%
  • Tweaked our image library to sharpen resized jpgs
  • Changed big thumbnail size from 540 to 560

While the results are by no means perfect (lots of differences if you look really closely), they are much better than what Photobucket, ImageShack or any other large scale image hosting site provides so please USE your gallery! If not for the quality of the hosting but for the longevity of the project and having all your content in one place for your fans to browse.

What's next? Well we have a ton of updates we'd like to make (see list below), however it will be a while as Desura remains priority. Thankfully Desura is getting closer to launch.

  • HD videos
  • Ad free videos
  • Group images and videos in galleries (i.e. so you can separate and categorize media)
  • Set title for all bulk image uploads
  • Feedback is welcome...
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feillyne Staff Subscriber
feillyne May 24 2010, 7:27am says:

Quote:Group images / videos in galleries (i.e. so you can separate and categorize media into many galleries)

Can't wait! O.o

So there won't be any private (hidden) image depository here on Moddb, and personal gallery can be used? :-) OK.

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lance0010 May 24 2010, 7:36am says:

what game is the first person shooter from

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Ichiman94 May 24 2010, 7:38am replied:


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Kosire May 24 2010, 7:40am replied:

Which one?

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Ichiman94 May 24 2010, 7:44am replied:

the first one (with alpha HUD mod)

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Apst May 24 2010, 10:18am replied:

It's an alpha screenshot of Crysis, actually.

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Silverfisk May 24 2010, 7:43am says:

This is all great stuff, I always use the image uploading on ModDB and these changes makes it that much sweeter. It annoys me so much when people use another host that is SO SLOW! ModDB rules! :D

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Rigelblast May 24 2010, 7:44am says:

Quote: Gallery image quality (and embeds) have been tweaked slightly, to boost quality.

That is great news.
Also the planned features (HD videos, media categorizing, etc.) sound really nice.

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█Black/Brunez█ May 24 2010, 8:32am says:

Really good news

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moci May 24 2010, 8:32am says:

I think it just wasn't brought to people's attention enough.
But also, there are times when people just want to link to some random image.

I don't want to include all of the bad/random images on my profile page as well.

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KodY May 24 2010, 8:48am says:

I'm kinda glad that pictures linked in a news post are hosted somewhere else.
If I have to watch an image here on Moddb, I have to click 3 times just to actually see the full picture.

1st click I get taken to the gallery with the same small image
2nd click to view the original image
3rd click is a 'rightclick' -> 'view image' because the picture is fitted to the size of the browser and isn't fullscreen

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moci May 24 2010, 8:49am replied:


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feillyne Staff Subscriber
feillyne May 24 2010, 9:11am replied:

You can always right click on the "view original" option, choose opening in a new tab, and link directly the picture on Moddb to news post!!! O.o OMG(osh)!



People are lazy and they simply don't know the (HTMLedi) Ways. Hahaha. ;-D

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moci May 24 2010, 10:39am replied:

Yes people are lazy, that's why people use things like imageshack & others because it's easier.

I bet you rather use a command prompt (terminal) instead of a good UI and mouse.

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feillyne Staff Subscriber
feillyne May 24 2010, 1:05pm replied:

HTML is childishly easy.

I would, because sometimes typing in a command is faster than browsing through files... O.o If you know where your STUFF exactly is, why would you need graphical UI? ;-) But when there's too many files, then then it's truly useful - that's why graphical OSs were thought up - for users who steadily lose the count of & control over files they have...

Still, about 2 minutes for thinking up & writing HTML for appropriate images isn't that much, is it?

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INtense! Author
INtense! May 26 2010, 12:08pm replied:

Hmm, well 2 possibilities here. We can make moddb galleries like Desura which dont show the image in such a small space but fit to full site width.

Also i'll make it so that "view original" shows the image in original dimensions and does not fit it to the browser. That change will come in a week or so

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Admiral_Skeybar May 24 2010, 8:51am says:

I've tried to upload from ModDB but unfortunately it doesn't always work and all I get is loads of text. When I tried it with Photobucket later, it did work. I'm not sure if this is just an error but I hope you will correct it or, if I made a mistake, correct me haha :)
I will use ModDB more often now, thanks for such an amazing website.

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FW:ToW_Sushi May 24 2010, 10:03am says:

Wow. Awesome. I'll be sure to upload all my mods images to MODDB now with these changes.

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Apst May 24 2010, 10:17am says:

I don't have a mod page here, but as a user I generally don't like to browse galleries because of the loading times between each image and the time it takes to simply view the image directly, full size.

I'd love to see a more simplistic design overall, really, but especially for browsing images...

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INtense! Author
INtense! May 26 2010, 12:11pm replied:

The full size image loads the uncompressed original, which can sometimes be a few megabytes.

And yeah originally the image gallery system was super fast and "ajaxed" but the problem is with the ajax approach, is that I decided I prefer to show comments with every image. i'll certainly welcome mockups and ways to improve it... as changing the template isn't that hard.

Just make sure you DO upload your images here, so when we do enhance everything your images benefit as well

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Admiral_Skeybar May 28 2010, 10:58am replied:

I promise :)

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Nilghai May 24 2010, 10:35am says:

ya :D

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MrMattWebb May 24 2010, 12:54pm says:

I use flickr because moddb's image quality sucks.

Also, because the gallery system is so linear and takes forever to browse through. It should be like a folder with thumbnails.

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feillyne Staff Subscriber
feillyne May 24 2010, 1:58pm replied:

Do you know what you're asking for?! Basically, you'd like to have a new version of Moddb!

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Admiral_Skeybar May 24 2010, 2:01pm replied:

Yes, you are asking for something that would make moddb function in a completely different way. Trust me, it is good the way it is now.

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INtense! Author
INtense! May 26 2010, 12:12pm replied:

Is the image quality of the thumbnails really that bad?

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Admiral_Skeybar May 28 2010, 10:56am replied:

Hmn... Not THAT bad but it could be better...

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COLONELWOG May 24 2010, 1:53pm says:

hum why don t accept cooliris for domain cross ?

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infl1ct1on May 24 2010, 3:50pm says:

Can't wait to see some other new changes take effect as well! Nice job.

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Angerfist219 May 24 2010, 3:53pm says:

The only thing about this website I dislike is the advertisements that pop up EVERY TIME you try to watch a video. I understand seeing one once in a while but not 100% of the time.

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ChrisPage May 24 2010, 4:21pm says:

This is good for image hosting however (and I'm sure I may get some flack for this) the video hosting on moddb has a lot of significant hiccups. Such as watching 30 second advertisements for 15 second videos, videos simply not buffering, the seeking being broken, and just general unreliability in comparison to vimeo / youtube.

The image hosting to me is fine, in fact I use it plenty! But the video hosting is quite horrendous in my opinion.

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INtense! Author
INtense! May 26 2010, 12:13pm replied:

Totally agree - we've got a system inplace to drastically overhaul it, just need additional revenue to cover the bandwidth costs!

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aerozol May 24 2010, 5:18pm says:

I haven't used the image gallery yet, because I've just been using a bunch of small images, that I don't really want comments on etc, just for my blog.
If I can categorize everything, eg a folder called 'insignificant sh*t', I'm sure I'll use it...

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StoneCrowUK May 24 2010, 5:21pm says:

Apart from smaller images/demonstrations i use this website to host alot of images i use regularly for projects. its already a great system but improvements are cool
Great Job guys!

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Eagle19 May 24 2010, 6:02pm says:


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formerlyknownasMrCP May 24 2010, 7:44pm says:

If you look at the helicopter you can REALLY notice the difference. great job.

Can't wait to see the HD Video feature.

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AJ_Quick May 25 2010, 12:06am says:

I'm still waiting for a paid Membership service so I don't have to watch Toilet cleaner adverts every time the site loads.

I mean seriously.

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Kyou. May 25 2010, 8:35pm says:

i havnt seen any ads while i watch db videos?

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COLONELWOG May 26 2010, 8:55am says:

i still waiting about an activation for rss xml for cross domain of Cooliris

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anthonylau May 28 2010, 11:39pm says:

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Dj_KnureX Jun 12 2010, 5:39pm says:

Wow, nice stuff

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Noktis Jun 12 2010, 5:54pm replied:


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