Crafty Cove DaveN
Shaved 2 pixels of the height:)
Oooh... good eyes there, 4eyes! I need to start shopping for glasses the same place you do... ;)
>(MacGuru gets special mention for "most appealing technique")
Hey, that was lunch break a few hours late!
If I was Liane, I would choose for a better quality image, over 10k.
Thanks to mivox for taking the time.
Wow! This is wonderful. I have gone through all of them and think I know which one I want to use based on clarity of resolution. When I say that (which is probably the wrong description) ... I mean, it looks nearly as good as the original and I can read it easily.
I have very, very poor eyesight and at this time of day, everything is pretty blury. I need to squint to see anything at all. To be fair to everyone, I'd like to look at them all again in the morning to see if my first impressions are correct.
Who makes the final decision about the overall winner from WmW point of view? mivox ... is that you or is there going to be a vote?
I think everyone who's mentioned it agrees that you're the final judge...
To be honest, I've been so busy keeping up with the StickyMail and compiling all the descriptions, I haven't taken an extremely close look at the entries themselves! ;)
I was mainly interested in just seeing a comparison between different software and techniques! I'm a geek, not a judge. :)
There could be a "smallest" and a "closest to the original" award in every category and subcategory, and which two those would be is obvious to the observer...
So which one do you like best, Liane?
>>Who makes the final decision about the overall winner
I think the one that gets chosen for your site has to be the winner. Which one did you pick?
there goes mivox being just that much quicker on the trigger than me---again :)
(edited by: oilman at 10:14 pm (gmt) on Oct. 11, 2001)
|I need to start shopping for glasses the same place you do.. |
Nah - I'm just a sore looser flailing around for an excuse:)
Hmm, looks like DaveN also shaved off all the borders on the land masses.
As I said ... I have very bad eyesight and at this time of night I am lucky to be able to read brail! With that in mind, I reserve the right to review and possibly change my decision in the morning.
For now, it comes down to three entries.
With macguru as the favourite (at this time). That could change. I realize that not everyone is as blind as I am and even I am not as blind as I am in the morning ... so that's when I will take a really good look again and make a final choice.
Thanks mivox for doing this and thanks everybody for spending so much time on this. Now I am going to have to get the software which will allow me to do this for myself!
Thanks everyone ... I'll get back to you first thing in the morning.
Now the next question is ... how do I stop people from stealing my stuff cause I am now going to have the best and fastest loading maps around?
how do I stop people from stealing my stuff
ROFL! You don't... when MapQuest comes-a-knocking, tell them you'll be happy to fix their maps, for a FEE! ;)
A watermark or logo on the map! Won't prevent theft, but will make it more of a hassle to steal.
I don't think MapQuest is going to want my amateur maps. Heck, I had to estimate where most of those islands are and then hand draw them because they weren't on my original map.
Bummer, that anyone can take whatever they want. I spent about three days on that darned thing and the rest of the 16 maps I plan to produce are a LOT more complicated.
Perhaps I should stop being so ethical and just steal like everyone else huh?
Looks like I got the contest all wrong... I thought we were COMPRESSING the image, not altering it. ;-)
If we can change the image dimensions and colors I've got a 5k entry for ya!
Either way it was fun.
As I said, I have not made a final decision. I haven't looked at things like what may or may not have been altered because ... frankly I can't see it.
I only was going on resolution and my ability to read the map at this time of night. When I can actually see what I am looking at, things may change.
Check back in the morning!
...all the rules said was: "squash it down as far as you can while leaving all the nice crisp text fully readable" ;)
That said, the "winner" won't be chosen by size alone. The image does, after all, belong on a *business* website.
oops sorry my mistake i have posted the correct size image pixel for pixel at the same compressed 8095 bytes
convert to 4 colour gif (no suprise there)
but GIF images are encoded in horizontal lines so by changing the hanging single pixels to match the colour of the sea you can gain a few bytes here and there
sorry size now 8058 bytes also added second map
(edited by: DaveN at 12:16 pm (gmt) on Oct. 12, 2001)
Well, even with a fresh pair of eyes ... it is a tough call to make a choice. Several of them are really, really good! Others are just really good.
All my other maps (although the height will be quite a bit smaller on most) will have at least 4 colours and some of them require one or two more in order to denote specific things which need to be easily spotted. I'd like to keep continuity throughout the map guide. Ergo, the red stays.
stavs: sorry but I want to keep the red.
Kapow: lost too much detail for my liking.
IanKelley: although very good, the map seems a little blurry even in the morning.
DaveN: tried to shave off part of the map and got rid of all outlines. Sorry Dave.
Drastic, NFFC and 4eyes: Very good, but all lost resolution in the type. There's something funky happening to some of the letters like the "C" in Caribbean.
Oilman and pageone both get "honourable mention" for different reasons, but upon clear(er) eyed inspection did not make the final cut.
I hope nobody takes offense for not choosing your entry ... I was amazed at how small you were able to make the file sizes. But some pushed it a little further than I would like to go.
There are two winners:
Evinrude wins overall for not altering the map in any way. It is crisp, very legible and he left in "Property of" which appears on the map twice and which many of you did not consider when converting to 4 colours. However after Mivox's "ROFL" comment, I suppose it is futile to worry about people stealing stuff, so it may as well come out.
Macguru also wins because he and several others saw no need for keeping black as one of the colours. After thinking about it, neither do I. The only reason it was there at all is because that's how I started out drawing the various islands, and it never occured to me to change it ... but its a great idea. He also changed the dark blue type to a darker blue to give the map just a little more contrast ... making it slightly easier to read and that's important to a lot of people who don't have 20/20 vision. Also a good idea.
After spending an hour hemming and hawing over which of the two to pick ... I can't!
If I go back to the original, and steal Macgurus ideas of changing the black outline to blue and changing the dark blue type to the darker blue ... will you compress it again without any changes from the original?
I think that is the only way to pick the real winner overall. Are you two game? What do the rest of you think ... is that a fair way to pick the final winner of the "squash-athon"?
Thanks everyone for giving this a go!
Hi Liane, If I where you I would pick Evinrude's map. Frankly, it just looks better to me. I think most of us compromised too much on quality for the goal of making the file as small as possible. Either way you win compared with the original map. The difference in size between all submitted images is so negligible that you should pick the one that looks better.
If you don't feel there would be any gain in making the changes I mentioned ... then evinrude it is.
Just wondering if it would matter overall?
PS. Thanks to DaveN for the last minute entry ... but the choices remain the same.
The map is up and running on the site. If anyone wants to take a look, sticky mail me for the url.
Well - that was fun. What shall we do next?
Ho, ho! Now mivox is in trouble! :-)
Wow. I missed out on all of the fun. I'm surprised nobody tried Irfanview. I just tried:
Image>Reduce Color Depth>Custom 16 colors. - Save as .gif
Got a nice one weighing in at 11306 bytes. Not close to the 8k ones, but on my monitor it's hard to tell the difference from the original jpg (1589 colors)
PS - tried it with 8 colors - not good with the antialising on the red text, but that one saved at 10401 bytes.
What shall we do next?
::chuckle:: give me a few days to catch up on other things, will ya? ;)
If there's enough interest shown, I could post up a photo to use for a JPEG Shrink-a-Thon on Monday... any takers?
(edited by: mivox at 5:34 pm (gmt) on Oct. 12, 2001)
I will have 14 more maps to do in ... oh probably 6 months or so! Sigh. I hate doing these things. Makes me crosseyed!
<post up a photo to use for a JPEG Shrink-a-Thon>
Sounds good to me. Thats going to be interesting - there is so much variation possible with a jpg. Opinions of 'quality' are very subjective.
Anyone can make a tiny file that looks bad - but can anyone make a tiny file of good quality :)
Hehe...and I thought my image was still too large. :)
There are just way too many size-related jokes I could start making...
(edited by: mivox at 6:26 pm (gmt) on Oct. 12, 2001)
Perhaps by your standards ... but if you look on the internet, I can't find anything that downloads faster or is of better quality/resolution.
I think its just right! Thanks a ton.
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