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How important is it for a site to offer their pics in a zip file for easy download?

Type: General
Very important 63% 22 Votes
Somewhat important 6% 2 Votes
Not really that important 9% 3 Votes
Not important at all 20% 7 Votes
Undecided 0% 0 Votes
Other 3% 1 Votes

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35 Votes Total

Aug 25, 2013

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Marcus (47) For me, it's very important. The latest site I've joined, Miss CJ Miles, doesn't have zips and I don't know where to start in downloading them, particularly as it's not even a case of right-clicking the thumbnail and saving the target file.
08-25-13  12:30am

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Capn (28) Very important.
Preferably user defined custom zips.

Cap'n. :0)

08-25-13  02:51am

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pat362 (373) I don't particularly care for pics myself but a site always looses points when it doesn't offer that option because I wouldn't like to be the one that has to manually download a 100 photos.
08-25-13  05:22am

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Cybertoad (Disabled) I will often take a look and either won't join the site or will pick a few and move on.
Personally any picture site that has not learned to zip photos and realizes its 2013 needs some serious modifications on their understanding of what users want. IN the land of photosets equaling 100 in one set why would they think we would want to right click and save every picture. Furthermore downloading zips are far, far easier on bandwidth then slide shows, the MYSQL and Java and Flash used in the slide shows are huge memory hogs much more is used in bandwidth them the DL of a few MB sets.

08-25-13  07:08am

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rearadmiral (384) I don't often download pics, but when I do they need to have a zip option. Not having a zip option makes the site seem outdated.
08-25-13  07:14am

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LPee23 (24) REPLY TO #5 - rearadmiral :

Zips make my life so much easier as someone who really likes pics. Flash and Java based slide shows are the worst. They make it very tedious to get all the pics that I want. My biggest complaint is that most of them actually degrade the quality of the photos in the slideshow. The webmaster will set up the gallery by uploading the pics in whatever size the photographer has taken them. This is almost always different from the 5 or so size options offered by the slideshow program. So the program takes the original photos, and re-sizes them. This is done by overlaying the pixel array of the smaller photo on the large photo and determining the color for the new pixels by a weighted average based on the percent overlap with the original pixels. If you do this process once and don't decrease the size much the pictures will be perceived as slightly different by the human eye, but one will not be clearly better than the other. If you were to do this process a second time, the loss of quality would become apparent in the re-sized photo. Of course, if your original is much larger than what is offered by the slide show, you are getting a huge loss in quality right away. I think most sites either don't realize this is going on, or don't think their average users will know or care. But if you are paying for high quality photography, using an expensive DSLR camera, and especially if you take pride in your work and consider it an art, why would you ruin the quality of your work at the last phase in bringing it to your customers? With slideshows like some of the bad ones I've seen, why not just take pictures with your iPhone?
08-25-13  10:49am

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Monahan (42) I'm a video guy so Zip is not that big an issue with me. However, I agree with RA. No zip means the site is second or third class and not worth my investment in it.
08-25-13  01:04pm

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Denner (235) No zip for downloading sets - no join. So simple is that.
08-26-13  05:25am

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martinlongbow (0) dealbreaker
08-26-13  05:09pm

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Buckhead (13) If I cared about pics, I would want the zip.
08-26-13  08:54pm

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Thedebilman666 (Suspended) No zips, no join
08-27-13  04:16pm

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tangub (155) Very important. No zips and they don't get my money.
09-09-13  01:47pm

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