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Compressing Large Files?


I have WindowsXP Home Svc Pack2, Intel Celeron 1.70 GHz, 256 Ram, 74.5 GB with 80% Free. Dial UP (AOL 9.0 Top Speed)

I was trying to send some pictures to someone, and Aol (who is my internet provider) said I cannot send files larger than 16 MB as an attachment.

Is there someway for me to compress these files or change format? They are important pictures really need to send. I am not highly skilled in graphics, but I am easily taught...bring on any suggestions! Thanks

Lora Risso

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In reply to: Compressing Large Files?

Image files are not typically compressible to any worthwhile degree.

If the files are that big, I'd suggest finding a free web hosting place, or even a free image hosting place, and upload them there. Sending them via email seems a bit impractical.

For that matter, if you're on dialup, and you're hitting a 16MB limit, it might be better to just burn the images to a CD and send it through the postal system.

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Compressing Large Files

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Another option is to file transfer the pictuers via a messenger program like Yahoo or MSN Messenger. 16MB on a dial up will take a LONG time though...the burning to a cd and mailing it just might your best bet.

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16 MB is the max for AOL, compressing is a no-go option

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I have AOL Dial-up also and when I send pictures over the internet, check size of ur pics. Best way is to copy and paste into an email and they can be resized, you may get 6 or more that will send as embedded pictures. I have 468 kb with six pictures in My Pictures, go to view and select icons. 3 800x600 wallpaper pics, 1 cam pic, a regular pic and one of me & no problem. 3 large, 2 medium & 1 small. AOL, hotmail can accept this. They do return to their regular size but just send out them in small bunches. The recipient can right click and copy them on AOL as ,bmp or .jpg. If your download site is My Documents they will be in there also. I deleted the email and Pictures Downloaded to AOL file in My Documents. that is a lot quicker than trying to compress them and send as an attachment. I have WinZip Pro 10 and could create a executable file but that would be too long and may still exceed the 16 MB Limit. Darrell L.
PS-I did get one with 10 pictures in it from from my aunt in CA to FL, faster than snail mail.

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DarClew2 Your Answer

In reply to: 16 MB is the max for AOL, compressing is a no-go option

Yours was the winning answer, I copied 4 of my pictures and pasted in my e-mail and no problem! It only took less than a minute to load and send.

Thank you...I'll use this info everytime I send pictures.

Thank You,
Lora Risso

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