When I go to the download page and click "save picture as..." it always saves it as a BMP, with "untitled" being the default title. Now, on the preview page, if I click "save picture as..." it will either save as a .gif or a .jpg. The title is also the way it should be.
It is my understanding the .jpg or .gif files are "better." I'm not sure if this is true or not, but if I am going to reduce the size of the pictures to 1024x768 i cannot do it if they're BMPs.
03:34 pm, Thursday, December 18, 2003 (9 years ago)
Well, JPG and GIF files are better, in the manner that JPG files are compressed versions of the picture, you DO lose some quality, but most of the time, the tradeoff is well worth it (i.e. a 5 megabyte BMP file can be reduced to about 150-200K JPG file, depending on size, color depth, etc.) With VERY minimal loss in quality, but, it still bugs some people to lose quality.
GIF files, are also smaller in file size, but mostly due to their 256 color limitations. If the pictures your saving are mostly text and a few basic graphics, I'd say go for GIF as it can reduce it low, but won't seem to give you that loss that JPG does with text. I say that PNG files are the best, smaller file size, but almost no loss in quality at all. Save the pictures as BMP files, and then do a batch convert with Paint Shop Pro, or a manual convert with pretty much any graphics program.
The problem with image files being saved as *.BMP files is related to the cache. If you've been browsing images all day (or for several weeks), then your cache is likely full. Image files aren't cached when the cache is full - in fact, nothing is. What you're saving is essentially the screen buffer.
To save onscreen images as what they are, clear your cache, quit IE, and restart. You may also want to consider increasing your cache size if it happens frequently.