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Is there a way to add Service Awards and Economics Awards to your Signature section

bill721 Posted: 14.03.2019, 18:39

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Is there a simple way to add Service Awards and Economics Awards to the Signature section of your forum post?  I know adding the command <img src="/Bush-Operations/AdventurePacks/33.jpg"> puts the Adventure Packs there.  Is there a command to add the other?

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jer029 Posted: 14.03.2019, 20:21

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Sorry Bill, 

Currently only the Adventure Pack awards can be added as you describe.  If you're skilled in Photoshop or other digital photo editing software, you can add a jpg picture file to your signature or other things up to the character limit-that I don't recall right now.

You'd have to save the jpg picture to your album and then link the photo to your signature.  It's not simple for non-computer geeks.

 The whole awards thing is a bit complicated, and that adds to the difficulty in coding additional automated award icons.  The Adventures were my creation, and the forum signature award icon addon came next thanks to seeing pilot Dano's signature where he created his own award signature and gave me the idea.

The extensive awards page renovation I did later, and isn't related to the other automated award processing.  Each new Adventure award has to be coded into both the Adventures page and awards page so that the awards will automatically post to those pages when flown.

The signature award icon processing occurs within the Adventures page, containing many lines of code, and isn't easily transferred to the awards page, or the economy page.

I guess I could put a tutorial together to show pilots how to add additional icons to their signature.  Personally, I like it because it gives a quick look at how active pilots are when viewing their forum signature without looking them up on the awards page.  However, the awards page shows larger icons that better show what the award was for.

 I guess I went way beyond the "yes or no" answer you were looking for, but I try to explain why things are the way they are - a gradual growth and development process that doesn't always lend itself to backwards compatibility.

 I may look at what can be added to the signature icons automation, but that can get to be too much for a signature if we don't set a limit.

Regardless, thanks for the question and idea for a possible improvement.  I'm always trying to make SPA better meet the needs and interests of the pilots.

John

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bill721 Posted: 15.03.2019, 08:53

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Thanks so much for the quick and detailed answer.  I'm good and just happened to look at the awards page and was wondering if it was easy to do.

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jer029 Posted: 16.03.2019, 13:03

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Pilots:

I've now added a new tutorial with pictures under Main Menu -> Instructions for Forum Signature Icons.  This tutorial gives detailed instructions of how to select awards from your awards page, load them into a photo editor (including link to the free photo editor used in this tutorial), and how to edit and combine your desired awards into a single icon file for uploading to your album and linking it to your signature.

As always, I'm willing to help any pilot who wishes to do this but gets stuck along the way.  Just email me.

John

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bill721 Posted: 16.03.2019, 14:46

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John, thanks so much..

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jer029 Posted: 16.03.2019, 14:52

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No problem Bill,

It's probably not as long or difficult a process as it looks with all those big pictures.  Let me know if you have any problems or questions.  It was the first for me using that photo editor software - as I just searched and downloaded it so that anyone can do this without special payware.  I didn't have too much trouble just fiddling with it without reading any directions, so with my pictures and directions it should get through most of the hurdles.

Of course, I start with a general idea of how it all comes together - so it' s entirely possible I missed something that might lead to confusion.

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bill721 Posted: 16.03.2019, 19:39

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I don't seem to have access to the photo albums. My login and password don't work?

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jer029 Posted: 16.03.2019, 21:06

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Bill,

Sorry, but it looks like you haven't posted pics yet since the new photo gallery was installed.  This requires a separate sign-in.  I'll email you the details.  

John

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bill721 Posted: 17.03.2019, 13:43

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I fine-tuned the service awards and it looks pretty good now.  Takes time to get it close, but got it there.  John, thanks so much for the tutorial.



edited by: bill721, Mar 17, 2019 - 01:44 PM

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jer029 Posted: 17.03.2019, 14:46

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Good job Bill dance

John

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bilson Posted: 01.04.2019, 14:06

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Anyone doing this and having troubles, make sure you follow John's Tutorial.  If your version of Windows 10 gives you 2 copy options use the Copy image address. Make sure you include < at the Start and > at the End. Don't go over the 255 character limit and most of all if there is an error report at top of the page after you press the Save Button, Read it!.



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jer029 Posted: 01.04.2019, 14:35

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Thanks for the additional information Bill - I couldn't recall the character limit - but I ran into it while trying to add multiple images.  I finally found a program to 'stitch' pictures together for the Adventure Pack awards.  Similarly, you can get around the character limit a bit with further photo editing by including the text in your awards photo - that way the only character count is that of the single image link.  You'd just have to make the photo "canvas" larger than the awards and then use the "insert text" tool to insert the text that you want.  Then your signature and photos will all be a single image unit.  Anyway...yours looks pretty good the way it is laughing.

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