What on earth happened to the IMAGE QUALITY?!

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  • #443417

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Wow! :(

    Checking the image properties in FF, both say the image is 340px × 236px. However,

    http://www.firegrubs.com/images/explanation-5j.jpg is 72.8K

    http://tpata.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/explanation-5j.jpg?w=600 (!) is 52.09 KB

    #443418

    starsquid
    Member

    Yea, no we all know by now that WP does compress images (to show pages faster they explained). But nobody really wants degraded quality like that (especially photo bloggers), hopefully itll be fixed soon.

    #443419

    mmadfan
    Member

    Just to give you a little moral support: I checked out the images on your test page, too, and I agree, the quality was poor in the WP-hosted image. And it’s not like the original was some mega-huge file, either. There doesn’t seem to be much sense in compressing files that are already optimized for the web. I hope there’s a solution for this for you soon!

    #443420

    @starsquid: Do me a favor please and run the same test in a flexible-width theme, if possible, and let me know if there’s any difference.

    #443421

    starsquid
    Member

    Alright, I will try that (though, why would only fixed width themes be subjected to compression). Err..you know any flexible-width themes? Im not really sure which are…

    #443422

    starsquid
    Member

    @mmadfan
    Thanks! Best image quality for everybody I’d say :D

    #443423

    @starsquid: The reason I’m asking is that in flexible-width themes you don’t get the ?w= in the source code if you delete the dimensions in the html editor. I want us to see if this makes any difference or not. Try Garland, Rubric or Andreas.

    #443424

    tellyworth
    Staff

    @starsquid thanks for your test, it’s very helpful. We know what the problem is and are working out a solution.

    #443428

    starsquid
    Member

    @tellyworth
    I saw you guys changed the compression thing, it improved greatly actually. Just a question though, I havent checked yet, but is it totally compression free now or just a very little bit?

    #443429

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    @starsquid-There’s still a small difference between the externally hosted version and the one hosted here (69.9K).

    Alex, I hate to be whiny, but when will the rest of us enjoy the solution (and does this mean we have to wait until WP’s caches are flushed)?

    #443430

    starsquid
    Member

    I had a feeling that was the case…

    #443431

    ielweb
    Member

    starsquid I share your frustration! I am not a WordPress.COM user, but I had the very same disappointing issue on standalone WordPress installations, so I would not buy the theory that it is a hosting issue. I created portfolio websites for professional photographers using WP only to find out this nce feature where we absolutely have no way to display our UNTOUCHED jpgs! after holding the client for two months I am left with no choice but to move away from WordPress.

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