PI7 Post to Web

Included in PI7 (and PI6) is a great, but little-discussed timesaver, the ability to post images directly to your web site without using an FTP or server's file upload utility. To take advantage of the File, Export, Post to Web command, you must download and install Microsoft's Web Publishing Wizard. And of course, you must have a web site.  :o)

I often take advantage of this capability when I want to get an image online fast, directly from the work space. For example, I might want to post an image to display on the PhotoImpact Bulletin Board, so I'll whip something up in PI7 and then post it directly to my site so I can link to it on the bb. Let me state the obvious, though, and emphasize that you must be online to use this feature.

Once you have installed the Web Publishing Wizard, it's easy to upload an image (or a web page). I'm going to post this image to the web.

image to be posted to web

Choose File, Export, Post to Web. You'll get this dialog box.

post to web dialog box

Choose whether to post as an HTML web page or an Image file. I'm sending this online as an image file. Under the Optimizer section, select an image file type (I've selected JPG) and choose an optimization scheme from the dropdown list. Any custom Image Optimizer presets you've created will be available here. I have a 90% JPG preset that I've selected above. Give the file a name and click OK to continue.

The next thing you'll see is the welcome screen for the Web Publishing Wizard. Click the Next button to view the next step.

select a web server

If you've never used the Web Publishing Wizard before, you'll need to click New and give a name to the server, e.g., your domain or site name. Click Next to get to the next screen.

specify directory for the image

Note that in the screen shot above, I've specified the domain name plus the images directory. If you don't tell the Wizard which directory to which you want the image to be uploaded, it will go into your main directory.

Click the Next button to continue. Enter the requested information for the remaining steps. When you've completed the Wizard, you'll see this screen.

wizard completed

Click Finish to post the image (or web page). PI will churn for a few seconds, then you'll get a dialog box that tells you that the image was successfully posted. If your host allows direct linking to images (and many free and budget hosting sites do not), you should be able to enter the URL for your image into your browser and view it online immediately.

It is just as easy to open an image (or a web page as an image) directly from the web into the work space. Suppose you want to quickly edit an image you've posted online? To open it up in the work space, choose File, Open from Web, Image (or Web Page as Image). Remember, you must be online for this to work.

open image from web

The Open Image from Web Page dialog box will appear. It looks kind of like a browser window. Type in the URL for the image you want to open and hit Enter. In a few seconds, the image will come into view, provided your server allows direct linking to images. The bottom of the dialog box will be grayed out until you click on the image itself. Then it will have a red and black outline around it and the Open button will become accessible.

click on the image to make open button work

Click Open to open the image. Note that if there is an original file with a different file type (e.g., it started out as a .UFO or .BMP image) you can also open the original upon which this image was based.

Now you can edit this image to save it for another purpose, or put it back online with the File, Post to Web command.

I feel I must mention that while I have no trouble uploading images to the web, and opening images and web pages as images from the web, my attempts to upload HTML pages directly from the work space have been unsuccessful. Each time I've done it, I get a message that the files were successfully uploaded to my server, but when I go to view the page online, I get a "File Not Found" error page. I don't know if this has something to do with FrontPage server extensions or not, but it hasn't worked for me. Therefore I save my HTML pages using the File, Save for Web, As HTML command and upload via FTP. You may have better luck than me with this capability, however.

This tutorial uploaded 5/17/02

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