Need to vent...

Discussion in 'Support' started by dricketts, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. dricketts

    dricketts Member Supporter

    After over 315 posts I still can't figure out how to manage attachments on this forum. :mad: Am I the only one that feels the interface is clunky and far from intuitive?

    I simply would like to add several attachments in one post with different descriptions between the attachments. It seems I try a different process every time and it never comes out like I intended.

    Is there a tutorial I can study through the weekend to master the process for attachments? :p
  2. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Are you using a computer or a smart phone?
  3. dricketts

    dricketts Member Supporter

    A Windows machine.
  4. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    It is "clunky", and less capable than most bulletin boards. For example, I have not found a way for pics to be embedded in the post so you don't have to open additional attachments to view them. However, this site operates on a financial shoestring and it is only through the efforts of a handful of dedicated few that do yeoman service that keep this site going. Thus, so I am very, very thankful to them and glad for what we have.

  5. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    I think if you scroll down below the place where you type your message you'll find some button to click on that says "Manage Attatchments" that takes you to a place that asks where you want to browse for a photo. Choose to go to where your images are saved (desktop, pictures, etc) and select the image. I think you double click on it. Then go back to Manage Attatchments. I'm telling you this from memory so good luck, man. Oh, when you think you got it, click on preview post to see if it worked.
  6. dricketts

    dricketts Member Supporter

    I understand and I'm also very appreciative to the folks who keep it running. :) Again I was venting a bit and frustrated after two years I still can't manage attachments. It's nice to know at someone else finds it cumbersome.

    Yeah I've tried the manage attachments feature several times but still I have no chance of predicting the results.
  7. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Wow, I totally and very respectfully disagree! vBulletin is the Cadillac of forum software guys. It has more bells and whistles and professional development than any software I've ever seen.

    If you are uploading a bunch of attachments to a post and they need no further explanation, then use the attachment manager and you can upload a whole bunch of photos at once and they appear in this format (example).

    However, if you need to post a picture, then a comment, then a picture, and so on, use the gallery (or albums) feature.

    Create an album and upload your pictures. Then, you can select photos as simply as putting your mouse over a photo and copying the URL and using the add image icon. This will give you total control over the formatting.

    An example follows:

    Here's a photo.


    Here's another one:


    When you do that, it is best to uncheck the box "Retrieve remote file and reference locally." It won't help.

    Here's another photo and this text would describe it:


    This could go on and on and it is really pretty simple.

    Maybe that's easy for me to say but I've been using this software for over 10 years and before that, the software of other vendors.

    vBulletin rose from the ashes of the competition between software vendors of forum software to become the best one out there.

    The bells and whistles will allow you to do a lot and it's pretty simple to learn.

    If someone does not know how to do something, we can do tutorials.

  8. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    After I figured out how to add photos, I now find it easy to load from my iPad. I did see someone talking about costs for the site. I have give some, but don't know what costs are associated with the site. I am sure there are costs, but I wouldn't have any idea. Will someone give some examples. Its just that I have no idea.
    William Jackson
  9. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Here's a little more help.

    When you go to the advanced editor, you see a bunch of buttons.

    See the button in this screenshot:

    [​IMG] Clipboard01.jpg

    This button let's you switch between an enhanced display, and the actual code.

    Now, I don't want to lose people here so hold on. This is pretty simple.

    In Dereck's last post to his Highline thread, the regular post looks like this:


    But, if you hit that button, it looks like this:


    Now, you can edit that stuff.

    More to follow in next post....
  10. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    You can hit that little button and edit the code:

  11. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Now, here's a real easy way to do the same thing. You have to "Go Advanced" and then you click "Manage Attachments."


    Upload your photo(s), then when they are in the attachment manager, you can arrange things the way you want. Use the "Insert Inline" feature to pop them into your post as you choose.

    Once they are in, you can always edit the order or the text between photos, etc.
  12. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Supporter

    Ever since the website/chat board was "up-dated," I never could "mangage attachments" anymore. I used to post pictures and I tried to again after the "update," but now I just don't bother. I've "moved on" and have better things to do (Like model railroading) with my life than to play with a computer...

  13. dricketts

    dricketts Member Supporter

    Thanks Charlie but I feel like you trying to get your head around the Trainz software. :(

    I'll follow your screen shots again but that seems to be pretty much what I've been doing. I don't know what I'm missing but trying to edit the order or add text turns into a complete debacle for me every time.

    I'll try editing my last post in my Highline thread. Guess I can't mess it up any worse than it already is.
  14. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Wow, I'm sorry to hear that you've given up.

    For anyone who has not given up, I will be glad to help you. Just feel free to ask. vBulletin has gotten better with every update.

  15. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    I can assure you that the Trainz software is 10,000 times more complicated that posting here. :)

    To make this more simple let me ask you this, do you see the difference between using the "Insert inline" feature and just uploading a group of photos?

  16. dricketts

    dricketts Member Supporter

    Nope. I was just getting ready to ask.

    Another thing. Why is it some attachments open a new window or tab and some do not? These are attachments in the same post and uploaded the same way. This drives me crazy! I'll be browsing through several attachments that have been opening in a new tab then all of a sudden the next attachment opens in the same tab. Thinking I'm only closing a new tab for the attachment I've now completly closed the forum. Now I have to open again and navigate back to where I was.
  17. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    I understand that would be annoying but I haven't seen that. Let me look at that in one of your posts and I will get back to you.

    Insert inline explained: Let's say you uploaded three images that you are going to put in a post and they appear in the attachment manager. On a post where you uploaded a bunch of attachments and they appear as thumbnails you just have a box that says attachments. I think what you want to do is post an image and then comment and repeat that process.

    You drag an image down into the bottom box (it would have a checkmark in the little box) and then click "Insert inline." That image would go into the post and you can then use the editor to comment under (or above) the photo.

    That can be repeated over and over and what it does is like using an editor to create a web page, You can move the pictures around, etc.

    I have not seen any unpredictable behavior on or TrainBoard. To me this is really easy but everyone sees things from a different perspective. I certainly have not been able to master the Trainz software.

    The picture code (when you use that little icon over on the right (A/A) you can see the actual code and you can move that stuff around at will to make it look like you want.

    Would you like me to do a screenshot tutorial start to finish on this?

  18. dricketts

    dricketts Member Supporter

    Thanks Charlie but I guess the forum software wasn't really designed to add a series of pics or I need a software engineering degree. I've posted on several forums over the years but I've never seen an interface as confusing as this one. Over two years and I still don't know how to use it. I also never understood why the attachment file itself couldn't be viewed in the body of the post.

    I messed up my last Highline post pretty bad trying to manage the attachments so I deleted it. After three hours I think I'm done. I'll probably try again another time but I need a break for now.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 13, 2013
  19. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    I'll try to do a tutorial later tonight if I have time. I am just not sure that I understand what you are trying to do. Is your goal something like what I did in post #7?

  20. dricketts

    dricketts Member Supporter

    Yes exactly but I see a couple of your links in that post just open another blank page in the forum. I might like to add several links or attachments per description.

    Thanks for the help again Charlie. I owe you a Trainz tutorial. :)

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