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

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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 StaffSubscriber
feillyne

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


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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
lance0010

what game is the first person shooter from

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Ichiman94
Ichiman94

crysis

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Kosire
Kosire

Which one?

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Ichiman94
Ichiman94

the first one (with alpha HUD mod)

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Apst
Apst

It's an alpha screenshot of Crysis, actually.

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Silverfisk
Silverfisk

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
Rigelblast

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█
█Black/Brunez█

Really good news

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moci
moci

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
KodY

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
moci

Agreed!

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feillyne StaffSubscriber
feillyne

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)!

E.g.:
Media.moddb.com

LOL!

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

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moci
moci

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 StaffSubscriber
feillyne

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!

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_Nemo
Admiral_Nemo

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
FW:ToW_Sushi

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

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Apst
Apst

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!

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_Nemo
Admiral_Nemo

I promise :)

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Nilghai
Nilghai

ya :D

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MrMattWebb
MrMattWebb

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 StaffSubscriber
feillyne

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

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Admiral_Nemo
Admiral_Nemo

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!

Is the image quality of the thumbnails really that bad?

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Admiral_Nemo
Admiral_Nemo

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

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COLONELWOG
COLONELWOG

hum why don t accept cooliris for domain cross ?

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infl1ct1on
infl1ct1on

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

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Angerfist219
Angerfist219

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
ChrisPage

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!

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
aerozol

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
StoneCrowUK

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
Eagle19

lol

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formerlyknownasMrCP
formerlyknownasMrCP

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

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.
Kyou.

i havnt seen any ads while i watch db videos?

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COLONELWOG
COLONELWOG

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

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anthonylau
anthonylau

Zstar Electronics Co., Ltd. is registered in Hong Kong, with production base in the financial center of Shenzhen. We are a professional memory storage devices manufacturer integrating development and international trade. Our main products are memory cards, flash drives, MP3/MP4 players, and phone cards.

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Dj_KnureX
Dj_KnureX

Wow, nice stuff

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Noktis
Noktis

Yeah...

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