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Very large images: has anyone tried hyperlinking?
Posted: Jun 28, 2012 2:52 AM
 
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Hello all,

I have a stupendously huge and detailed map that goes with my novels. Rather than try to insert it somehow into them, I thought it would be a nifty idea to provide a hyperlink to the Dropbox location of where the map is. The link appears at the top of the Table of Contents, and my thought was, anyone reading the books who had internet access could easily see the map. I created a TinyURL to make the link look more reader-friendly.

However, it's not working. Dropbox keeps trashing the URL--returning 404 errors--and I need a more reliable way to handle this map. Does anyone have any experience with a situation like this? What's working for you?

Thanks very much,
Mike

P.S. Map here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qdx0pp7tx2iup4f/Keri%27s%20Chronicle%20Map.jpg
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Re: Very large images: has anyone tried hyperlinking?
Posted: Jun 28, 2012 3:02 AM   in response to: mike_canino in response to: mike_canino
 
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MIke:

How are you testing the utility of the dropbox, please?

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Re: Very large images: has anyone tried hyperlinking?
Posted: Jun 28, 2012 8:00 AM   in response to: mike_canino in response to: mike_canino
 
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Try this one. It works for me!

http://tinyurl.com/blueempire

I have done this same thing, only pointing to my own website. I chopped off both sides of a long diagram and included it in my book, then in the caption I linked to the web page.

Do you know how to build a hyperlink? In this case it would look something like this:

<a href="http://tinyurl.com/blueempire">Go here</a>

Which in the real world gives you Go here

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Re: Very large images: has anyone tried hyperlinking?
Posted: Jun 28, 2012 1:31 PM   in response to: mike_canino in response to: mike_canino
 
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Hi Hitch, and thanks for your question. When I got the idea to set it up this way, I used Dropbox's Link function to capture the map's url. I then tested it in a different browser (not signed in to Dropbox). Then I TinyURL'd it and tested again. The TinyURL worked fine in a couple of different browsers, so I thought I'd be good to go.

Instead, twice now, Dropbox started returning File Not Founds. I don't know why this should be: the source file (the map itself) hasn't moved, and TinyURLs are supposed to be good indefinitely. So, I'm a bit stumped.

--Mike
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Re: Very large images: has anyone tried hyperlinking?
Posted: Jun 28, 2012 1:34 PM   in response to: mike_canino in response to: mike_canino
 
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Hey notjohn, thanks for the tips!

It sounds like you did what I did--created unique TinyURL that points to the url of the map on Dropbox. Seemed like a good idea at the time; but it's been unreliable. The books don't have a website yet. I experimented with Google docs (can't see the map at full resolution) and Smugmug, where I store my photos...either way though, I think it would look better (more readable) to come back to a TinyURL, which seems to be experiencing difficulties, I don't know why. Hmmmm.
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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 5:08 PM   in response to: mike_canino in response to: mike_canino
 
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Worked for me, four times out of four, mostly recently just this minute.
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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 5:09 PM   in response to: mike_canino in response to: mike_canino
 
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Mike:

Hmmm.....does a Kindle use an encrypted connection to browse? if it doesn't (I mean...I'm sure it does to go "to the store," right, but...just normally?), then the dropbox link won't work, with or without the TinyURL, because [u]doesn't DB indicate that it desires an encrypted hookup[/u]?

(I'm thinking aloud here. I don't KNOW if this is the answer. I'm chin-scratching.)

I don't think it's the TinyURL, per se; I think it's the secure connection request.

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Posted: Jun 28, 2012 5:10 PM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
 
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nj:

Are you using a TINY to point to an https or an http?

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Posted: Jun 29, 2012 2:00 AM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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Well, I pasted in the url as the OP gave it, which was an https.

For those of us who just thrash about until something works, it's a bit dismaying to discover that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't!
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Posted: Jun 29, 2012 2:13 AM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
 
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Sorry, nj:

So you used TinyURL--precisely--not Bit.ly or whatever, right, and embedded it inside a MOBI, which you ran through KG, and that works? Just trying for clarity...

BW--I'd HIGHLY recommend AGAINST using spaces in file names. It can really bollix up file delivery on servers. FWIW.

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Re: Very large images: has anyone tried hyperlinking?
Posted: Jun 29, 2012 2:36 AM   in response to: mike_canino in response to: mike_canino
 
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Hello all,

I have a stupendously huge and detailed map that goes
with my novels.


map is fine at web location but needs to in enlarged mode SO you need to tell reader to click ON the map to enlarge it.

as for url, just use normal html code so all that appears in your kindle is "see map" ie the url is invisable
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Re: Very large images: has anyone tried hyperlinking?
Posted: Jun 29, 2012 5:59 AM   in response to: mike_canino in response to: mike_canino
 
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Thanks very much everyone, this is really educational.

Regarding spaces in flienames--I don't see why it should be an issue. Apache (or whatever) just inserts the character string %20 and that's it. Machines are machines and the behavior [i]should[/i] be consistent...of course, on the other hand, something about my arrangement isn't working, so who's to say that's not it...? :-/

I'm going to try the hyperlink solution this weekend. Its simplicity is pretty appealing. Again, thanks everyone for your thoughts on this. I really appreciate the help and support. --Mike
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Re: Very large images: has anyone tried hyperlinking?
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 11:06 AM   in response to: mike_canino in response to: mike_canino
 
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Annnnd...nope. Hyperlinked the text "Visit this link" direct to the map in MSWord, uploaded the new file to the Dashboard, downloaded the .mobi and ran it through the Kindle Previewer, and got the same 404 error. So that took the TniyURL out of the equation and it's still a fail.

It ought to be easy as cake though: the Dropbox page about sharing links even has an https address in their example. I wonder why it's not working...?

https://www.dropbox.com/links/features?source=links
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