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Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  OldProfessorBear on Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:54 am

Since there seems to be a bit of interest, I'd be willing to add some member-supplied flags to the collection, as long as it doesn't get out of hand Very Happy

The rules:

If possible, supply a .png, with transparent background. If you can't do the background, I can add it.

The flag should be 32px wide. If you supply the background, it should be vertically centered in a 32x32px square.

Just post a message with the image embedded (or the URL if you have trouble with that) to this thread.


Bear in mind that the forum rules prohibit political and religious discussion (I've always assumed this refers to contemporary issues, right?). So let's play nice.

Simple.


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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  Silas Morgan on Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:40 am

OK... now I'm confused... (not that I never am...) but what is a .png format..... I know .gif. jpg. even Bmp. but I have no idea what .png is.........
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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  OldProfessorBear on Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:14 am

Silas Morgan wrote:OK... now I'm confused... (not that I never am...) but what is a .png format..... I know .gif. jpg. even Bmp. but I have no idea what .png is.........

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Network_Graphics

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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  Silas Morgan on Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:22 am

Cool...cool...cool....

I looked at the Wikipedia link, and then checked Photoshop......

I have never used or saved a graphics file as a .png , but Photoshop will let me do that.......cool... cool ...cool....
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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  TehZorch on Fri Oct 24, 2008 3:05 am

Png's are awesome. They store alpha maps right inside them without separate channels and they are teeny tiny!

I'll try to get around to making the BBT and Victoriana ones soon Smile
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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  von Corax on Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:23 am

Just in case anyone was wondering...

PNG format (either Portable Network Graphic or PNG's Not GIF) was developed as an alternative/countermeasure/protest format after Unisys discovered they owned the patents (which have since expired) on the compression algorithm used in Gif87 and Gif89a, and decided to demand royalties from anyone who wrote software to create GIFs, anyone who wrote software to display GIFS, anyone who used software that could either create or display GIFs, anyone whose website displayed a GIF image, anyone who owned a server that hosted a website that displayed a GIF image, anyone who said "GIF," either as a word or as a series of initials...

Aside from the legal advantage, PNG has technical advantages: it stores 24-bit RGB colour images (vs. GIF's 8-bit indexed colour), it can (but probably never will) support multiple compression algorithms, and (as TehZorch said) it contains an 8-bit "alpha" channel on each pixel which can (for instance) represent the degree of transparency for that specific pixel (imagine a round image that bleeds into its background at the edges).

Of course, the moment everyone got through converting all their GIFs to PNG, the patents (and thus the legal impetus) expired, but it's still a technically-superior format.

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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  B. R. Wilson on Sun Oct 26, 2008 8:27 pm

As much fun as it isn't to live here, one does feel a sort of attachment. So.

Picture:


And link:
http://i76.servimg.com/u/f76/13/06/06/84/texas11.png
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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  OldProfessorBear on Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:02 pm

Republic of Texas duly added. See end of list (all additions will be at the end).

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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  Dr Quack on Sun Oct 26, 2008 11:31 pm

von Corax wrote:Just in case anyone was wondering...

PNG format (either Portable Network Graphic or PNG's Not GIF) was developed as an alternative/countermeasure/protest format after Unisys discovered they owned the patents (which have since expired) on the compression algorithm used in Gif87 and Gif89a, and decided to demand royalties from anyone who wrote software to create GIFs, anyone who wrote software to display GIFS, anyone who used software that could either create or display GIFs, anyone whose website displayed a GIF image, anyone who owned a server that hosted a website that displayed a GIF image, anyone who said "GIF," either as a word or as a series of initials...

Aside from the legal advantage, PNG has technical advantages: it stores 24-bit RGB colour images (vs. GIF's 8-bit indexed colour), it can (but probably never will) support multiple compression algorithms, and (as TehZorch said) it contains an 8-bit "alpha" channel on each pixel which can (for instance) represent the degree of transparency for that specific pixel (imagine a round image that bleeds into its background at the edges).

Of course, the moment everyone got through converting all their GIFs to PNG, the patents (and thus the legal impetus) expired, but it's still a technically-superior format.


The moral of the story is:-

"Beware Geeks bearing GIFs."

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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  Dusza Beben on Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:41 am

Dr Quack wrote:
von Corax wrote:Just in case anyone was wondering...

PNG format (either Portable Network Graphic or PNG's Not GIF) was developed as an alternative/countermeasure/protest format after Unisys discovered they owned the patents (which have since expired) on the compression algorithm used in Gif87 and Gif89a, and decided to demand royalties from anyone who wrote software to create GIFs, anyone who wrote software to display GIFS, anyone who used software that could either create or display GIFs, anyone whose website displayed a GIF image, anyone who owned a server that hosted a website that displayed a GIF image, anyone who said "GIF," either as a word or as a series of initials...

Aside from the legal advantage, PNG has technical advantages: it stores 24-bit RGB colour images (vs. GIF's 8-bit indexed colour), it can (but probably never will) support multiple compression algorithms, and (as TehZorch said) it contains an 8-bit "alpha" channel on each pixel which can (for instance) represent the degree of transparency for that specific pixel (imagine a round image that bleeds into its background at the edges).

Of course, the moment everyone got through converting all their GIFs to PNG, the patents (and thus the legal impetus) expired, but it's still a technically-superior format.


The moral of the story is:-

"Beware Geeks bearing GIFs."

lol!
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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  CaptZaphod on Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:24 pm

Well...until I can do up that "Pirates Who Do Nothing Flag", I have this flag from planet Betelgeuse 5.

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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  TehZorch on Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:11 pm

Yay! I unlaz.



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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  JingleJoe on Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:17 pm


I PNGed my flag Smile It can be for the Dominion of people who like Gears Very Happy

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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  OldProfessorBear on Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:44 am

Four flags duly added.

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Post  Jennette Haber on Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:20 am

JingleJoe wrote:
I PNGed my flag Smile It can be for the Dominion of people who like Gears Very Happy
so that would be... everyone here...

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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  CaptZaphod on Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:29 pm

OldProfessorBear wrote:Four flags duly added.
And that's why you're our favorite admin. pirat Very Happy
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Re: Flags for the Forum (Instructions at top of thread)

Post  OldProfessorBear on Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:04 pm

CaptZaphod wrote:
OldProfessorBear wrote:Four flags duly added.
And that's why you're our favorite admin. pirat Very Happy

Awww. *snuffle* You are too kind. Embarassed

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