Large email image attachments : how to avoid them

How many times have you received emails with huge attachments? Large attachments are becoming more and more common as bandwidth and transfer rates increase. However, they were and still remain a nuisance to most of us. Number one on my list are photo attachments.

Today's digital cameras take multi megapixel resolution photos. These are fine for printing but obscenely overkill for the internet. Your screen resolution is at most around 1.3 mega pixel (1280x1024 on a 19-inch). If a photo is above that resolution, it will require zooming out from the viewer.

Furthermore, having large attachments is a phenomenon that impacts on your server and network performance. Attachments fill your inbox and when working in a virtual private network, they can slow things down pretty significantly. What are the solutions then? If you plan to send photos to your colleagues and friends, why not use one of the numerous services on the internet. Flickr, photobucket and imagehoster are a few of the many picture hosters that exist.

They very often go beyond their role as image repositories and offer quite a number of free options like archiving and image distribution. They will even automatically resize images for you and most importantly create thumbnails that you can insert in emails which give the option to the person on the receiving end to click and get the enlarged version.