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How would I send a JPEG graphic which my Get Info identifies as 594K to an IBM user in England [from US]. I have been sending text enclosures to that user in the WordDOS format, Uuencoded, non-compressed and this has been perfect. When I tried to send this graphic as an enclosure, I noted that even though I set it up in Claris as non-compressed, my Mac automatically compressed this file to a Sit. (naturally the IBM does not have Stuffit). Claris Emailer Lite has only the option of Binhex, Base 64 or Uuencode, compressed or non-compressed. The latter always works with this IBM, but this file may be too large to send  non-compressed.  Any suggestions????
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KevSpencer earned 800 total points
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Hi!

JPEG graphic files are already compressed; you may not be able to compress them further. Generally the size of a typical JPEG file is smaller than, say, a GIF file, because JPEGs sacrifice image quality for size.

If you're using Claris Emailer Lite, using uuencoding is your best bet. JPEGs can be read without changes by both PCs (IBM-type computers) and Macs. I can't help with the image size except to say that your image has a LOT of color data in it. To reduce the size of the image before you send it, try opening it in a graphic program such as GraphicConverter (shareware, available through many Mac download sites). Then, find the commands that allow you to save the graphic with medium or lower image quality. For JPEGs, this is not usually a big deal as the quality still looks good to the human eye. Chances are that you can drop the image size by as much as 60-70%.

From there, save the image under a DOS-compatible filename such as KUMQUATS.JPG, where you use no more than 8 characters for the first part of the filename, a period, and the JPG extension (without this, a PC user might not be able to open the file). Then, send the file in Claris Emailer in uuencoded format but BE SURE NOT TO ALLOW EMAILER to compress the file. That should do it for you. Practically all PC e-mail programs understand uucode format.

Alternative #2 is to ask your PC friend to download and install StuffIt Expander for Windows (http://www.aladdinsys.com/), which is the same as its Mac counterpart, including its price (free). It should be able to decompress AND decode anything you send your friend.

Good luck!  --KS
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Hi KS: Your comments make so much sense; I've been mulling them thru. I neglected to mention I had sent that JPEG as a Windows Bitmap graphic (using MacLinkPlus 10 to convert it from JPEG) but I see can send it as a JPEG graphic as you mention both IBM Dos machines and Macs can read JPEGS. I will try converting it in MacLinkPlus (which I have on my desktop) and sending it Noncompressed, Uuencode.Let's see what happens. And I will suggest Stuffit Expander for Windows as you suggested. Let me get back in a day or two.   Judy Beiss
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Kev Spencer: your answer was perfect. Received message that graphic opened immediately when sent as Claris Emailer Lite JPEG enclosure. I thank you and have checked ACCEPT above. you earned your credits.  JBeiss
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