The Members Gallery is a free service of TheBeachcats.com. You must be logged in with your member username and password in order to create an album and upload photos, but that too is free! All submissions to TheBeachcats.com are governed by our Terms of Service.
Putting an image into a forum post is pretty easy, you just need the location (url) of the image and then use that in your post.
There are some basic concepts you need to understand, such as the fact that the url of the image itself is different than the url of the page the image is on. The instructions below will explain how to put your image into the photo albums here at TheBeachcats.com and then get the url to post in the forums. If your picture is already on the Internet (Picassa, Photobucket etc.) then skip down to "Adding your pictures to a forum post."
You can upload your images from your computer to TheBeachcats.com by creating a new album that you control. You can create a new album inside most of the main albums, so pick the most appropriate.
Here is a list of the main photo albums and how they are meant to be used.
Beachcat Beauty: artistic pictures involving beachcats, that great shot of the sunset behind your boat, the perfect beach, artsy sail photos, or beautiful crew members decorating your boat. Show your artistic side here.
Beachcat Hull Flying: obviously this album is for that perfect shot you finally got of flying your beachcat.
Beachcat Identification: for documenting all the beachcats ever made. If you have good shots of a particular model with an emphasis on showing their shape, rigging, and construction details, post them to the appropriate models album. Inside this album is "Unknown Beachcats", if you find a beachcat that you can't identifiy create an album in there that shows lots of shots so other members can identify your boat. When you post a new unknown, create a topic in the forums to alert members to look.
Beachcats Regattas: most of the yearly regattas have an album here, if you have pics from a regatta then post them to the appropriate existing album or create a new regatta album if it's new.
Beachcats Situations: funny-scary-weird things that happen to beachcats and beachcat sailors go here.
Beachcats Technical: use this album to both document your repair/modification/invention or to post pics of a problem/damage/question to request help in the forum.
Beachcats People: here is where members can have their own personal album to document their beachcat sailing to share experiences and just show off. Create the album with your real name as title so others can locate your album.
Beachcats Groups: similar to Beachcats People, create an album for your local sailing club/group/buddies and post the pics here for everyone to see.
Beachcats T-Shirts: post pics of regatta shirts and of you and your crew wearing t-shirts from TheBeachcats.com.
Beachcats History: do you have old photos from the early days of beachcat sailing? Please scan them and post here. If you can't scan them yourself pease contact Damon at TheBeachcats.com and arrange to mail them to me, I'll scan and return.
So go to your chosen album (open it in a new window so you can keep reading here) and create a new album by following these steps.
Now that your pictures are up on the Interweb here is how you add them to a forum post.
When you are typing the forum post you'll see a bunch of buttons like
With your cursor on the spot where you want the picture to go, click on the Image button.
That will produce something like this
Which designates that whatever is typed between those two tags is an image url. So now we need to find the url of your image.
Finding the Image URL
Open a new browser window and go find the image you want to insert on the web. Once you see it on your screen you can right-click (control click for Macs) directly on the picture. What happens next depends on the browser you are using.
Once you have done one of those the image url is now in your clipboard, ready to paste.
So go back to your forum post and use one of these two methods.
Now you should have something like
Now preview your post by clicking on the preview button, if the image shows up you can complete your post and submit it.
First, you must register for a free membership on TheBeachcats.com to be able to upload photos. Rules for acceptable use of the photo album:
As creator of the "artistic material" you hold the copyright to your images, and that does not change when you share them with TheBeachcats.com. As copyright holder you grant to TheBeachcats.com free use of your images. This includes but is not limited to:
Change the album title and description by using the "properties" selection on the drop-down administration list inside the album.
Just go the your album and copy and paste the URL from the address bar into your email. The link will be very long and might break in email, so you might consider using the Tiny URL service at http://www.tinyurl.com. You can copy the url into their form and it will be converted into a very short URL that won't break in email.
You can only sort the items in an album you create, or one where you have been set as the owner. In that case follow these steps. 1. Go to your album page http://www.thebeachcats.com/index.php?module=pictures&g2_itemId=53380 2. If you are logged-in you should see some links at the left column, one of them is "Edit Album" click it. 3. Now you should see a page with some tabs, one of the tabs is labeled "Album", click it. 4. Under the "Sort Order" section you have a drop down list of ways to sort the album. Two are confusing, Creation Date = the time you added the picture to the album. Origination Date = the time the picture was taken, based on the data from the camera. If you have edited-cropped-resized the picture before uploading it, the camera data may have been erased, so that won't work for sorting. 5. Once you have selected your sort type, be sure and submit the form with button at the bottom of the page. 6. Visit your album to be sure it sorted the way you thought.
You can add small videos (under 4mb) directly to a photo album the same as photos, just click on "Add Item" in any album you have either created or have permission to add into. For larger videos, put them into the Videos section of the site. Click on the Catamaran Video link in the main menu and then on the Add link in the Video menu. Fill out and submit the form. Large Videos cannot be uploaded directly to the site, they have to already exist on the web. YouTube is a convenient way to share videos, just enter the link to the YouTube video in the URL box if that is the way you go.
You cannot currently move an item to different album. You’ll need to delete the item and upload it to the new album instead. This functionality will be available in the future.
You can upload PDF documents into the photo albums the same way you upload pictures. PDF’s will not automatically create a thumbnail, so you would have to manually create a 150pixel square thumbnail to represent the document. It’s best not to mix photos and PDF’s in the same album, so create a new album in the album where you want the PDF to appear and upload it there.