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Release notes (Website: Upload image to cache & trackable description; hosted images going forward) - September 15, 2020

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Using a gc logo on a gc page isn't likely to be an issue, I shouldn't think.  What's seen above is targeted to use outside of their purview.

 

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21 minutes ago, Max and 99 said:

Am I just imagining it, or is adding an image via the admin tools a new thing? 

 

I'm pretty sure that's always been there, or at least as long as I can remember.

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13 minutes ago, barefootjeff said:

 

I'm pretty sure that's always been there, or at least as long as I can remember.

I was hoping you wouldn't say that. This is what happens when I browse the forums when I should be asleep. 😁

I see the confusion for me now. It's only available under admin tools after publication. Before publication you have to use the edit function to add photos. 

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Is anybody monitoring this thread?

 

Will png files uploaded to the Groundspeak servers continue to be converted to jpg format? 

 

If so, why?

If not, when will the change occur?

 

Please, pretty please give us some idea of what is going on!

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Yes, Release Notes threads are monitored both by Lackeys and by Volunteer Moderators.

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1 hour ago, fizzymagic said:

Is anybody monitoring this thread?

 

Will png files uploaded to the Groundspeak servers continue to be converted to jpg format? 

 

If so, why?

If not, when will the change occur?

 

Please, pretty please give us some idea of what is going on!

 

The deathly silence on this issue makes me wonder whether there's something underhanded behind the transcoding. Maybe, my evil twin whispers, maybe it's adding a secret watermark that's used by third party data miners in return for brown envelopes stuffed with unmarked currency and if so, maybe that's the real reason third-party image hosting is now blocked. Nature abhors a vacuum so all we can do is speculate and my speculative imagination does have a tendency to run off in all sorts of wild directions.

 

I'm sure there's an innocent explanation, but if so, what is it? And why do uploaded PNG files still have the .png extension even though their content has changed to a jpg? This in itself is inherently wrong and causes some image processing applications like Photoshop to reject the file as invalid, which is not what you want to happen when trying to unravel a devious puzzle.

 

If the transcoding really is a necessary evil, can you please be upfront about it so puzzle-creators will be aware that it's happening, and correct the file extension and Content-Type headers to make sure the result is at least a valid image file? Is that too much to ask?

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On 9/16/2020 at 5:29 AM, on4bam said:

 

 

If GS is really serious about taking away all possibilities of tracking and protecting privacy then a good start would be to remove trackers (google analytics/ads) from their sites. :ph34r:

 

 

 I read through these 4 pages and this is about the only thing that made sense!  Without becoming a web developer, only allowing Google to host is a real slimy decision.  For someone not in CE or IT, this change makes it very frustrating to even create an interesting cache page.

 

I just learned of this change while trying to correct a typo on an old published listing and not being able to save it because it has an animated gif. It won't let me save the page again.

So is this the end of animated gifs for new cache pages?  I haven't seen that answered without a bunch of felgercarb mumbo jumbo java mocha latte.

 

Upload with the user-friendly editor?  NOT.  Nothing is labeled "user-friendly editor".  All the icons on that section are greyed out.  The only thing I can click on "Source"  says "Content you have added in HTML may look different in the user-friendly editor as unsupported code is removed. Better save it somewhere else."  Really? Thanks for the warning at least. So everything I have typed in is going to change so I can't read it or make sense of it with the spacing I added.

 

Like others, this is very upsetting.  I have geo art cache pages in development I have been working on all year and I can't edit some of them now because they currently have animated gifs.  The animated gif was the puzzle on some of them!

 

I consider myself computer savvy in the general sense but now awaiting the HQ video (ETA 2026?) showing me how to add an animated gif to a cache page makes me feel dumb very frustrated.  Will geocaching.com host animated gifs?  That would fix it.

 

But seriously, how do I simply add an animated gif to my cache page? or edit the old ones?

 

 

 

 

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10 hours ago, OwenfromKC said:

But seriously, how do I simply add an animated gif to my cache page? or edit the old ones?

 

Store your gif to any approved site and then use HTML IMG-tag to link your image to the cache description.

Example:

<img src="https://www.dropbox.com/s/1edsigndbe78l7x/rain.gif?dl=1">

 

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3 hours ago, arisoft said:

 

Store your gif to any approved site and then use HTML IMG-tag to link your image to the cache description.

Example:


<img src="https://www.dropbox.com/s/1edsigndbe78l7x/rain.gif?dl=1">

 

 

I have been trying to do this for over an hour and finally figured out how to get the link.  You can't just open it and copy the address bar.  It is a preview version.  

Need to click share and then choose Create link instead.  Very small print at the bottom of the pop up. Then click Copy link.  

 

Then after pasting it on the website, you then still need to manually edit the dl=1  at the end of the string to raw=1

 

Now it works.  If there is an easier way, please let me know.  

Thanks arisoft for putting me on the right path. It seems simple now albeit convoluted.  Now to start moving about 100 animated gifs over and editing all the pages.

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On 10/25/2020 at 11:49 PM, OwenfromKC said:

 

I have been trying to do this for over an hour and finally figured out how to get the link.  You can't just open it and copy the address bar.  It is a preview version.  

Need to click share and then choose Create link instead.  Very small print at the bottom of the pop up. Then click Copy link.  

 

Then after pasting it on the website, you then still need to manually edit the dl=1  at the end of the string to raw=1

 

Now it works.  If there is an easier way, please let me know.  

Thanks arisoft for putting me on the right path. It seems simple now albeit convoluted.  Now to start moving about 100 animated gifs over and editing all the pages.

Thanks man, you're a life saver. Tried everything for days, nothing worked for my GIFs. This solution works (for now), but seriously, is this kind of sorcery the only way to put an animated GIF in your listing?? I really hope that we'll get a response regarding this issue (and many more) soon...

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I include a small dynamically-generated graphic (hosted on my own domain) on each of my cache pages.  This is still displaying correctly on my non-mystery caches (Trads, Multis, LBHs and Events), but it's no longer working on the Mysteries.

 

On the Trads, etc. the image url is still going through the geocaching proxy, e.g.:

 

https://coord.info/GC2QMP7

src="https://imgproxy.geocaching.com/835be751c6990ae03971b99496810995460db2b7?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.icecoldinalex.co.uk%2Fmisc%2Fgeocaching%2FIceColdUK-hidecount.php%3Ftext%3D6"

Capture.JPG.90e879dc5bfbe05837890783b5f6d6b6.JPG

 

On the Mysteries, the proxy has been taken back out, e.g.:

 

https://coord.info/GC29YJM

src="http://www.icecoldinalex.co.uk/misc/geocaching/IceColdUK-hidecount.php?text=2"

Capture.JPG.f0520c84ac58cf08fad59c5d9c352d0b.JPG

 

Very disappointed, but I'm guessing this is the death knell for my little cache counter.  And I really don't understand the inconsistency.

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1 hour ago, IceColdUK said:

Very disappointed, but I'm guessing this is the death knell for my little cache counter. 

You're running into the same issue as StratOman a few pages ago. The image shows in other browsers. You need to make your server support https.

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