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Reducing image size for mailing
Q: Is there some software (preferably free) that reduces 2.5-3 MB photograph files to a smaller size that I can email on dialup? These are photos received, not my own. I am using Windows XP but can find nothing there to help
When saving the image you must give it another name or you will overwrite your original file with this reduced image. IrfanView will warn you if you forget. Finally in the Save Quality select a value of between 75 and 80%. My guess is that your resultant image will be less than 5% of the original size but will look identical on the screen. However, if your recipients want to print A4 size then a significantly lesser reduction in image size will be required.
Picasa from http://picasa.google.com is another good free product to consider that will automatically resize images for e-mail as well have having many other good features.
Password protecting a file
Q: How can I put a password on to a particular file so that it is only ever Read Only and, if it is copied it remains Read Only, so that no one in my absence from whatever cause, can get the bright idea of amending it before they print it off.
Q: The Consumer magazine CHOICE send out a bi-monthly newsletter to all online subscribers. I have never received this and have been advised by the Consumer organisation "Please check your spam filters because they could be getting blocked." How do I do this please? I use Microsoft Outlook and McAfee Viruscan and Firewall.
A: This is not being prevented by the firewall, which is designed to stop human hackers from accessing your computer, nor by the anti-virus software as Viagra ads and Nigerian offers to give you millions which are not viruses. As the Choice article has similar attributes to other unwanted commercial mail, you have to add the sender’s address to the anti-spam filter. This may be done by some other anti-spam software on your computer or if your ISP has applied the filter to minimise your flow of spam mail. Many ISPs will allow you to have your own ‘white list’ which will allow publications such as Choice or the Economist not to be stopped as spam.