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I have tried converting the photos to gifs, PNGs, and BitMaps but they all look terrible when viewed through AOL's browser. Does anyone have experience with detailed photos and how to get them to look good on AOL? What format is best to use? I have Photoshop LE & Adobe PhotoDeluxe.
Sometimes I go for the obvious, but are your images sized specifically or are they larger and you size them by setting width and height? I know a lot of sites tend to use larger images, say 200 pixels square, then resize them to say 100 pixels square using width and height. Regardless of the browser, they often look bad depending on the image.
My images are sized specifically.
What do you mean by 'cutting big images into smaller pieces'?
The photos are already in jpeg format. Do you know what programs I could use to convert the photos to adaptive gifs (or progressive 3-pass jpegs as mentioned in NetMechanic) to overcome this problem.
AOL's compression seems to have problems with big images. To get around this you take a big image and cut it up into smaller pieces and then combine the smaller images with tables
Image Ready & Firworks seem to be the most popular, although I'm sure you can find cheaper alternatives....
It is a setting that you can disable and show the images non compressed. The default setting for aol users is "show compressed images" but you can change it.
I offer that in case you have a client go spaz, you can just tell them to fix their settings.