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Standards for submittal of material to FAI Power dot com:

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OK.  So you have a photo, plans, or printed article that you want to submit for including on this web site.  We encourage you to submit your material, however, just because your material is ďgood enough for youĒ DOES NOT mean that itís good enough for us.  To maintain the level of quality that you see here, we have minimum standards that we must insist you comply with.

These requirements are very easily met by most modern copy equipment that is available around the world.  Most importantly DONíT COMPRESS ANYTHING.  For our purposes, the larger the file the better it is.  Compressed files loose detail that can not be recovered! 

If you donít know how to conform to these requirements, we are ready to help you in any way possible. Please contact me for assistance if you have any questions and Iíll gladly talk you through the process.  If you donít want to comply with our requirements then please donít bother sending material that we canít use.

Remember this site is your site too, so the more material you contribute the better it will be!  The purpose of these standards is to help make sure that the material received is of good useable quality.

Ideally I'd like to receive material electronically, but I realize everyone does not have that capability.  If you don't have the capability to send me electronic material to the standards below, contact me and I can make suggestions for other arrangements to capture the material.

Looking forward to seeing some really neat stuff!

Thanks in advance,

Joe Mekina
PO Box 33
Donnelsville , OH
45319
USA

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Identifying Your Material:

If you donít let us know what it is, how can we know?  Please label everything!

Required information for all pictures

needed at time of submittal

  • caption
    (limit 255 characters, including spaces)
  • date
  • photographer
  • location

Required information for all plans

needed at time of submittal:

  • model name
  • designer
  • date
  • source
  • country of origin
  • additional text if it helps describe the plans
    (limit 255 characters, including spaces)

If all of the required information is not available, that is OK.  For example, if you don't know the photographer that is OK, but I need to know what you know so I can properly integrate it into the site.  A bad example of a submittal would be if you send me a picture and tell me it is a picture of your Uncle Bob flying his model plane, that won't be enough for me to properly post it.  The same goes for plans, don't just say this was a plan for a plane designed by your Uncle Bob.  I need to know the model name, designer, date, etc.

Electronic Material:
(This includes pictures from digital cameras, digital video cameras, Word Documents, Excel spreadsheets, CAD drawings and Portable Document Format (PDF) files)

Requirements for pictures directly from digital cameras:
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If you donít understand any of this please contact me)

Please send the original full size pictures, taken with the highest resolution available for your camera.  Typically these are stored in a compressed JPEG format.  Please do not edit them, as the compression process is cumulative and each time the file is re-saved it looses quality.  Simply put, give me the best you have to start with, we will then pass them through our applications and produce a quality end product for the site.

Ideally, it would be best for you to email me the digital pictures, along with the required information about them (as noted above).  Please try and keep the total size of the attachments to your email to under 10 Mb.  You may have to mail them is small groups or even individually.

If you have a lot of pictures to contribute, it might be better to send me a CD with the pictures on them. If that is the case, please email me a sample before you go thought the process, I want to make sure they are of suitable quality for the site before you send a bunch of them. 

If you are unfamiliar with saving and sending digital pictures via email, and don't know how to burn a CD or DVD, there are other options available to you.  Most drug store and other processing facilities (like Walmart, Happy Harryís, etc.) have a procedure where you can get prints, and they will take the files from your digital camera media disc and put them on a CD for a very nominal charge (about $2).  You can pull up the files from your media disc on the store computer and select what you wish to put on the CD, or a store photo person will do it for you. It would benefit everyone involved, if you got 2 CDs, one for yourself (which allows you to keep a record and also clear your camera media disc), and one to send to us.  You then would not have to deal with any of the details and we would have the higher resolution files to work with.

Requirements for all types of Electronic Material:
(If you donít understand any of this please contact me)

Electronic Material typical format typical file sizes notes:
digital pictures JPEG (,jpg) 100 Kb to 4 Mb
  • Please send your original pictures, do not cut them down in any way to email them.
  • If you must edit a picture, please do so only once because the degradation to the picture quality when re-saving a JPEG is cumulative.
  • I have the capability to touch them up here and can do so very easily if needed.
digital video varies varies
typically large
  • Please contact me before sending digital video files.
Word Document (.doc) varies
typically small
.
Excel spreadsheets (.xls) varies
typically small
.
CAD drawings (.dxf) varies
typically small
 to medium
.
Portable Document Format (PDF) files (.pdf) varies
typically small to medium
  • This format should only be used if the original format of the material is not available.
  • Please do not send pictures in this format.

Printed Material:
(This includes printed pictures, printed magazine articles, newsletters, slides, negatives and full size plans)

Requirements for Scanned Printed Material:
(If you donít understand any of this please contact me)

Printed Material typical print scanner settings notes:
printed pictures reasonable sized prints
(4 x 6 inches and larger)
300 dpi
  • Save all scans as uncompressed TIFFs, color or gray scale, whatever applies.
printed pictures small prints
(less than 4 x 6 inches)
600 dpi
  • Save all scans as uncompressed TIFFs, color or gray scale, whatever applies
magazine articles with text and pictures magazine articles
 and newsletters
300 dpi
  • Please Scan one page at a time, and save each page separately.  I will re-stitch them back together when I prepare them for the web.  
  • When scanning you must use a de-screen setting to smooth out the screen within the printed images, otherwise a definitive moirť pattern will appear interfering with legibility.  
  • Save all scans as uncompressed TIFFs, color or gray scale, whatever applies
3-views or black and white line mini-plans magazine articles and newsletters 300 dpi
  • Please Scan one page at a time, and save each page separately.  I will re-stitch them back together when I prepare them for the web.  
  • When scanning you must use a de-screen setting to smooth out the screen within the printed images, otherwise a definitive moirť pattern will appear interfering with legibility.  
  • Save all scans as uncompressed TIFFs, color or gray scale, whatever applies
 mini-plans with lots of detail or color background magazine articles 600 dpi
  • Please Scan one page at a time, and save each page separately.  I will re-stitch them back together when I prepare them for the web.  
  • When scanning you must use a de-screen setting to smooth out the screen within the printed images, otherwise a definitive moirť pattern will appear interfering with legibility.  
  • Save all scans as uncompressed TIFFs, color or gray scale, whatever applies
slides 35 mm or greater  
  • Please contact me about scanning or sending me negatives.
negatives 35 mm or greater  
  • Please contact me about scanning or sending me slides.
full size plans good quality prints  
  • Please contact me about sending me full sized plans. 

The resulting TIFF files may be large, on the order of 8 MB for each page, but they are worth capturing at this level.  We can better work with them, producing quality screen viewable material in carefully compressed forms, as well as archiving the originals.  The original uncompressed TIFFs will then be available for those who require them.  As with digital pictures, when emailing TIFFs of scans, please try and keep the total size of your email attachments to under 10 Mb.  You may have to mail them is small groups or even individually to do this.

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