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jordi.c
2008-01-30, 11:51
I want to put a folder.jpg in all my folders.

Now I have scanned all my covers of the cd's I'm going to resize it for showing in Slimserver as thumbnail (left panel) and showing in the status display(right panel) in skin 'Fishbone'.

I have some questions before doing this.

I read this in the wiki

There are two file sizes in use in the current skins. One image is used when you select tracks from an album, the image size should be about 300x300 pixels. A second image is used as a "thumbnail" in the browse-by-coverart, and is displayed in the status pane of the Fishbone skin. This image should be no larger than 100x100.

I have some albums that are not on Amazon so I will resize them from my own scans. Do I need to make two files i.e. folder.jpg and thumb.jpg because they use different sizes (100x100 and 300x300)?

When the covers are on Amazon what size is preferable 300x300 or 500x500?

I have already some 'folder.jpg' files with a size of 500x500.

Will I get better quality result when I only use 300x300 images, so SlimServer don't have to resize?

In the future I will maybe buy another Squeeze Controller what pixel size is the best for the screen?

Any tips are welcome how I should resize the current scans.

Best Regards,
Jordi

Mark Lanctot
2008-01-30, 12:07
You shouldn't have to resize anything, SS/SC and the SBC do all the resizing for you.

I would go with 500 X 500. It'll be reduced from there. Anything larger is probably wasteful.

jordi.c
2008-01-30, 12:08
You shouldn't have to resize anything, SS/SC and the SBC do all the resizing for you.

I would go with 500 X 500. It'll be reduced from there. Anything larger is probably wasteful.

Hi Mark,

I had images of 1600x1600 tif those were 7MB each pretty big. Therefor I am going to resize :)

jordi.c
2008-01-31, 06:00
I'm doing some tests with resizing.

Now I see if I use maximum jpeg quality in Adobe Photoshop (12) the result is the best. The filesize is ~350KB.

When I use medium quality (5) the filesize is ~80KB.

I use the skin 'fishbone'. I load all the thumbnails when I browse through the albums.

I have sometimes more than hundred albums in one page. Will a larger thumbnail i.e. 350-80KB slow it down?

Will higher quality thumbnails slow rendering?

SlimServer is connected on a Gigabit connection.

Does SlimServer cache thumbnails?

probedb
2008-01-31, 06:18
Bigger filesizes will always slow it down as there's more to download. It honestly depends on what you're prepared to look at. I'm quite happy with medium quality for album art as I don't spend all day looking at it so it's just there as a reference :)

mherger
2008-01-31, 06:32
> I have sometimes more than hundred albums in one page. Will a larger
> thumbnail i.e. 350-80KB slow it down?

100x0.35MB = 35MB

35MB of images, and this is for 100, not hundred_s_. That's not only slowing down because you have to download them, but because the browser has to handle them as well.

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Michael

jordi.c
2008-01-31, 06:39
> I have sometimes more than hundred albums in one page. Will a larger
> thumbnail i.e. 350-80KB slow it down?

100x0.35MB = 35MB

35MB of images, and this is for 100, not hundred_s_. That's not only slowing down because you have to download them, but because the browser has to handle them as well.

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Michael

Mherger,

What is your advice according to keep the album art size/pixels when you have thousands of albums?

mherger
2008-01-31, 07:03
> What is your advice according to keep the album art size/pixels when
> you have thousands of albums?

The images size doesn't matter that much, as resized versions are cached on SC7. But if you really want to display _hundreds_ of albums, the transfer of hundreds of files will take its time. And processing the images before caching them will also need considerable CPU power and memory.

Most of my artwork files are below 300x300 pixels. I only use them for on screen display.

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Michael

Rick B.
2008-01-31, 07:54
I also use 300x300. The 100x100 ones are too low-rez IMO.