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Have searched on Macromedia site for an answer - to no avail.
Am considering switching to another imageing software out of frustration but would rather stick with Fireworks as it's integrated with the rest of Macromedia Studio MX. Have I missed something basic? I'd be most grateful for pointers.
me personaly, as a designer, and an end user, i cant stand them. i would rather look at no image (for a few seconds), then a horribly pixelated image.
also, the size of jpegs really shouldnt be _too_ big, that it would force me to wait for long. even on a 56k modem, it shouldnt take more then a few seconds.
just my opinion :)
One of my pet peeves since the browser was released, they've turned an advantage into a disadvantage.
davis, I do get your point and agree with you on the aesthetics of a progressive rendering. However, if the end user can't see that something is happening, then you may loose them, aesthetics or no. In the end, marketing considerations trump art, and "ugly sells".
So I don't use progressive jpegs at all these days, thanks to IE. The small file size savings it can also give isn't worth the trade-off of having an empty space while all the packets get assembled.
Thanks for your info - the thing is though that if I look at other sites with my IE6, I can see the jpegs downloading progressively, thus I assumed it the pics that I had created with Fireworks. I remain puzzled. I wonder if you have any further thoughts on this.
I think that I have been misunderstanding the exact meaning of'Progressive'. I always thought that the IE way of displaying Progressive was displaying .jpg in horizontal bands top down until completed whilst Navigator was by displaying 'blurred' .jpg, improving with successive passes until completed. Perhaps I was wrong.
Done some tests, created two new large graphics in Fireworks MX,one (A)with progressive NOT selected in Fireworks and the other(B) with Progressive YES selected. Uploaded.
In IE6 and in IE5.5 & Netscape 4.6(the latter two on another computer),(A) downloads in horizontal bands from top down - great just what I am looking for. However (B) in both IE 5.5 & 6.0 doesn't display at all until download is complete whilst Netscape 4.6 displays 'blurred' image improving with successive passes until complete.
Conclusion - I had misunderstood what 'Progressive' means and what I need to do to ensure .jpeg s appear band by band in IE and Netscape until completed is NOT to select 'Progressive'.
Please, somebody pat me on the back and say I've got it right now - or put me right if I'm still misunderstanding. Regards.