Animated Avatars

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Hello. I have seen a few animated avatars appear on the forums, however, whenever I try to upload an animated picture, I get told that animated pictures cannot be uploaded.

Is there a trick around this?

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Ivan Seeking

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Save the avatar gif file on your computer. On your userpage here at PF, enter the source for the avatar as the url, and your saved gif as the file.

There may be an easier way, but that's what worked for me.
 

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Save the avatar gif file on your computer. On your userpage here at PF, enter the source for the avatar as the url, and your saved gif as the file.
Isn't that just the same procedure as uploading a normal avatar from ones computer? I think Math Jeans can do that, but the problem is when the avatar happens to be an animated gif. Which is weird, because I upload animated gif's the same way I do normal avatars without any problems.
 

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Isn't that just the same procedure as uploading a normal avatar from ones computer? I think Math Jeans can do that, but the problem is when the avatar happens to be an animated gif. Which is weird, because I upload animated gif's the same way I do normal avatars without any problems.
It may be that I'm doing it the hard way, but that was the first thing that worked for me.
 

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I upload animated gif's the same way I do normal avatars without any problems.
I get a message saying no animated images allowed. You must be special.
 

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I wonder if it has to do with the date on which one joined. Perhaps the older accounts have some restriction that the newer accounts do not?
 

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I just tried with redbelly's and loaded it fine and I'm ancient in PF terms. Remember there are other restrictions on avatars such as file size and pixel size.
 

FredGarvin

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Size shouldn't be an issue. This is the only response I get...
 

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I just tried with redbelly's and loaded it fine and I'm ancient in PF terms. Remember there are other restrictions on avatars such as file size and pixel size.
The pic that I am trying to upload is well under the size and pixel restrictions. I just cant get it to upload.

Lucky me.
 

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A while back [at least a year ago], when I saw someone had an animated avatar, I tried to update mine to one. But I got the same "cannot upload animated images" error. More recently [a few months ago], when I saw that someone had updated theirs to an animated avatar, I tried the same animated avatar again... and it worked. [My "Recognitions" have been the same for at least a year.]

So, try, try again... (?)
 

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The pic that I am trying to upload is well under the size and pixel restrictions. I just cant get it to upload.

Lucky me.
Did you try what I suggested? Are you uploading from a website or your computer?
 

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Hmmm, not that there should be any connection here, but:

Redbelly98, robphy, Kurdt: CAN upload animated avatars, and have received Visitor Messages on their profile page.

Math Jeans, FredGarvin: CANNOT upload animated avatars, and HAVEN'T received any Visitor Messages on their profile page.

Just for the heck of it, I'll be posting a VM to Math Jeans after posting this. MJ, see if that does anything with your avatar ability.

EDIT: I had a similar theory with Blog entries, but Kurdt has no blog entries yet can do animated avatars. Anyway, this totally a long shot, it would mean some weird bug or glitch is at work.
 
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Kurdt

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I managed to upload it and it was animated but I had to resize it to the 75 x 75 pixel limit rather than the 100 x 100 of the original.

It still doesn't explain why some get error messages though.
 
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Ok. I renewed my membership, and luckily for me, it also restored all of my previous contribution status settings. Horray!

What my real question is is whether the edit that prohibits animated avatars was deliberate or accidental. Something with such a clear message doesn't look like it came accidentally, but it could also be an inherint program built into this particular web format.
 
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Well, I was just poking around the general discussion threads, and I saw Janus with the animated avatar that I've been trying to upload. No fair!
 

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Ivan PMed me to see if I could help, so I was playing around to see if I could get it to work. I came up with the same solution as Kurdt. Re-size the image. As you saw, it worked for me. I have now gone back to my original avatar. (It took awhile as I has to find which CD-ROM I had archived it to.)
 
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Ivan PM me to see if I could help, so I was playing around to see if I could get it to work. I came up with the same solution as Kurdt. Re-size the image. As you saw, it worked for me. I have now gone back to my original avatar. (It took awhile as I has to find which CD-ROM I had archived it to.)
Yes. I just noticed that you had changed it back and was just about to edit my post to say so :biggrin:.

OK. So I went ahead and tried re-sizing the image to 75x75. Same problem, unfortunately.
 

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Thanks, Janus.

Kurdt or Janus, how exactly did you enter the information in the user panel? Did you just link the url or upload it as a file from your computer?
 

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I uploaded from my computer. I don't think the url upload is working very well. redbelly made a thread about that a few days ago.
 

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The symptoms are completely different when trying to enter an avatar from a URL, at least for me. Animated or not, I get this when I try to use a URL:

vBulletin Message
Upload failed due to failure writing temporary file.​

FYI, Kurdt is referring to this thread:
https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=279096
 

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Thanks, Janus.

Kurdt or Janus, how exactly did you enter the information in the user panel? Did you just link the url or upload it as a file from your computer?
Uploaded from my computer. I had to save the animated GIF from the link to my computer first, and then re-sized it with Animation Shop Pro.
 

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