The AOL web browser is a version of MSIE. It is a version that has been modified in ways, and one of the ways is that it "compresses" graphics to an .ART format so that they will load marginally faster. The problem is that this compression happens by default. You can turn it off but people seldom do because they see no reason not to, or they don't even KNOW about it! When you save images off web pages while using the AOL browser, they STAY IN THE .ART FORMAT - even if they are named with .gif or .jpg extensions. There is no paint program that I know of that will convert graphics FROM .ART format back into .gif or .jpg.
AOL users DO NOT EVEN KNOW these graphics are in the wrong format though, because when they put them up on their pages, their OWN AOL BROWSERS see them correctly. However, they show up broken to the ENTIRE REST OF THE INTERNET!
I think it's of great importance to get this information out, so that AOL users who intend to save images off of the internet for
ANY USE AT ALL, will be able to turn off compression of graphics so that the images will be in the correct format.
should be able to save graphics in their proper format - and not compress them.
AOL's compression (basically) affects ALL images. They say,
"The object must be in the BMP, GIF, JPEG, or Progressive JPEG format. The object size must be between 1KB and 8 MB."
That means ... basically ... the only graphics AOL does NOT mess with, and compress into a blurry mess, is any graphic OVER 8mb in size
(how many of THOSE are on the 'net, hmmmmm?). AOL has cryptic wording (that most people won't understand what it means), and that is
here: AOL graphic compression.
This information is available on a printer-friendly text file. You can save it to your computer to refer to later.
Okay, I'm done ... *g* return to where you were ... or where you were going ...
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