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Use iPhoto's Mail button to make image thumbnails Apps
I often find myself wanting to FTP a photo so I can use it in my blog. I take my photos using a 6MP digital camera and store them in iPhoto.

I don't want the full size photo in a post, but a smaller thumbnail. This involves opening the photo in a graphics program, scaling it down, saving the scaled down version to a temporary location, and then uploading with an FTP client. Afterwards, I need to delete the temporary file. A hassle.

Here's an easier way:

Select the photo in iPhoto and click on the Email button. This will prompt you to select what size you want to mail. Select small or medium (depending what you want). This will open a Compose window in Mail.app with the scaled down photo already in place. You can drag the scaled-down photo directly onto your FTP client and the file will be uploaded. No need to use a graphics app. No need to save intermediate files. A nice time saver! Close the compose window in Mail.app and you're all done!
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Use iPhoto's Mail button to make image thumbnails
Authored by: Chewieez on Jan 29, '08 08:24:35AM

External image program??

You can export directly from iphoto in whatever size you want. Granted this email method takes one step out and allows you to not have to erase the photo from your desktop.

Click on a photo, hit shift/command/e and choose how big of a file you want to export. Drag from your 'clean' desktop, into your FTP program and there ya go.



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Use iPhoto's Mail button to make image thumbnails
Authored by: club60.org on Jan 29, '08 08:31:03AM

File -> Export is much more convenient as for me.



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Use iPhoto's Mail button to make image thumbnails
Authored by: Skidmaark on Jan 29, '08 08:51:00AM

File > Export. Final answer.

How do these non-hints get to be hints?



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Use iPhoto's Mail button to make image thumbnails
Authored by: osxpounder on Jan 29, '08 11:28:49AM

It's a fine hint, and it saves some of us time.



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Use iPhoto's Mail button to make image thumbnails
Authored by: kirsch on Jan 29, '08 08:56:21AM

The whole point is to avoid creating the intermediate file on the local machine, because you just want to upload it.

File->Export does not accomplish that.



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Use iPhoto's Mail button to make image thumbnails
Authored by: captainhaddock on Jan 29, '08 06:38:37PM

This is the sort of thing Automator is for. You even get much finer control over details like the exact dimensions you want the photo to be.



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Use iPhoto's Mail button to make image thumbnails
Authored by: Dave1439 on Jan 29, '08 11:41:25PM

well here's a thought. Most FTP addresses can be loaded up in the Finder into a Finder window can't they (and then be accessible in open and save dialogs, right)? so umm.. how about File > Export... and save the result straight into the FTP site?



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Use iPhoto's Mail button to make image thumbnails
Authored by: zpjet on Jan 30, '08 01:55:07AM

have you ever tried it? in tiger, mounted ftp servers were always read-only.



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Plug it in!
Authored by: zpjet on Jan 30, '08 02:04:46AM
i've been using flicker exporter for iphoto and facebook exporter for aperture, so it made me thinking, there must be a plug in to save photos from iphoto directly to an ftp server. google gave me this link: www.photouplink.com - i haven't tried the plug in but if you want to avoid middle steps, this one makes sense.

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Use iPhoto's Mail button to make image thumbnails
Authored by: Spinnetti on Jan 30, '08 04:25:37AM

Wow.. I had no idea about the shift/command/e thing.. thats handy, but too many steps. I downloaded the app mentioned for uploading pics too, but haven't tried it yet (learning lots of new stuff today, so its all good people!)... You can do in automator in two steps and then save as an app: "get selected items" then "resize image". it automatically figures out which is the longer dimension and just asks for on input - pixels. I used to use mail for this, but I hate the new "small, medium, large" - I want to know exactly. Drag one or more to the desktop, right click and hit resize (defaults to my usual 800pix for the long side).

Cheers...



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Use iPhoto's Mail button to make image thumbnails
Authored by: Spinnetti on Jan 30, '08 04:38:18AM

sorry, forgot.. just extend this by putting in a ftp step and then deleting the intermediate files in the automator script and its one stop shopping.



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Use iPhoto's Mail button to make image thumbnails
Authored by: norz on Feb 02, '08 04:44:38PM
If your photo is available in the file system (rather than in iPhoto), Quicksilver can do that very nicely, with the Image Manipulation plugin:
http://lifehacker.com/software/lifehacker-top-10/top-10-quicksilver-plug+ins-322363.php


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