Jeannette and other Mac users,
If you have iPhoto on your Mac you can use that. I don’t use it, though, so I can’t help you with that. I use a shareware program called GraphicConverter. (Shareware means you’re supposed to pay for it if you like it, but you can use it for free.) I have used it for years and like it enough that I have paid for it. It does way more than you need—but I’ll tell you how to do what you’ll need for this forum. Your son may be able to help you with some of this.
Here’s the link for the GraphicConverter web site:
Click on the “Download” links at top or bottom of page to get to the download area.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed the program, start it up and use it to open the “raw” pictures from your camera.
If you are only viewing a tiny portion of the image, go to the Picture Menu and choose Zoom > View at Window Size.
Next, crop off any unwanted parts at the edges of the picture. Imagine the area you want to save, click at one corner and drag to the diagonally opposite corner. (Your son may be able to help you with this, it works the same on PC image manipulation programs as well.) Once you’ve selected the area you want to keep, go to the File menu and choose New > New Image from Selection. Adjust the Zoom ratio on the new image if you need to.
Now for the good part—we will resize the new image and save it as a much smaller file. Under the Picture menu, choose Size > Scale. Ignore most of the stuff on the window that comes up. Type 800 into the Width area and see what new number comes up in the Height area. If the Height is now less than 600 you are good to go. Click OK at the bottom. If the Height is more than 600, click in that field and type in 600, then click OK.
You’ve now resized the image so that this forum will accept it. It is no larger than 800 by 600 pixels. Now you need to save it in the appropriate format. Choose Save As from the File menu. You know how to give the file a name and put it where you want it, I presume. At the bottom of the Save window, make sure you have selected the format of “JPEG/JFIF” and that you have checked the boxes next to Set format from extension, Save web ready, and Make filename ready for the web. To tell you the truth, I’m not sure what all the other boxes do, but it seems to work to leave them unchecked. Now, click the Save button.
Yet another window will come up (I did say this program had way too many features!) There are really only a few things you need to worry about on this window: there’s a slider bar at the upper left that allows you to trade off between image quality and image compression. As you slide it back and forth, you will notice that the New file size down under Calculate File Size will change. Slide it until the New File size is small enough to use on this forum. Remember that the forum gives you a maximum of 400 KB per post, and a maximum of 4 pictures per post. If you’re posting 1 picture, it will need to be 400 KB or less, but for 4 they will have to be 100KB apiece (or something else that adds up to 400KB).
That’s it, now you have pictures ready to post.
If you’re interested in finding more shareware for the Mac and making sure your commercial software is up to day, here are two useful sites: