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AOL AND WEBTV USERS:

What is the .art file format?
WebTV: What do I need to do to use your graphics?



WHAT IS THE .ART FILE FORMAT?

AOL users sometimes have problem with graphics they download. The graphics get converted (compressed) to another format (.art), which can't be viewed in other browers. Here is some information from AOL support:

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If you are trying to save a graphic from your Web Browser and your WWW preferences are set for 'Compressed Graphics', the file you save will be in the .ART format, instead of as a .JPG or .GIF. If you try to open the file in another program it will not recognize the file as a valid format. The best way to take care of this is to follow these simple instructions:

1. Once at the 'AOL Sign On Screen' click 'members' from the 'AOL Menu Bar'.
2. Select 'Preferences'.
3. Click 'WWW'.
4. Choose the 'Web Graphics tab'.
5. Uncheck the box for 'Use Compressed Graphics'.

Then you will also want to poke around and find the area that says 'Temporary Internet files' and then delete all of them. This will clear your web cache so you will notice the difference in pages you visit on a regular basis. (Don't forget to hit the 'reload' button too.)
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WEBTV: WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO USE YOUR GRAPHICS?

I'm aware that WebTV users don't have any hard disk, but because many website owners pay for the traffic to/from their sites, directlinking is a big no-no. (Direct linking means linking to an image on someone else's server instead of downloading it.) It uses bandwidth, and it is most unfair toward the webpage owner who ends up having to pay for other people's bandwidth usage. There ARE ways to do it though. :-) Here are a few links with information about how to use graphics without direct-linking:

Web TV user info
How to upload graphics on Web TV
Transload service


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