If you saw today's update
on your dA watch, you may have noticed that it was a small preview image instead of a shrunken picture of the whole comic. Because as things happen to be, it was!
I've been told before how the shrunken previews has made people aware of what the final panel would entail, so when I saw another comic who completely bypassed this problem by making a preview image of its own, I wanted to get in on it. But the FAQ revealed nothing, so I funneled away a ticket with my discovered example, and got the following reply by Ikue
"Thanks for your inquiry. Certain files require a preview image. This users deviation is a gif file that is larger than 150 pixels so it requires a preview image. If you are just uploading a png or jpeg of your comic you will not be required to provide a preview."
The Submission windows put this in other words:
"If your file is a JPG or PNG image of any size, or GIF image smaller than 150x150 pixels, then the preview file is not required. All other filetypes, however, must have a separate preview image."
There you have it. So what does this internet mumbo actually mean
? All of my future comics won't become spoiler'd, but it also means that the comics you get to see will be less of quality. The file format currently in use is GIF, which do manage to butcher the strip by the use of grainy textures, but I looked around other file types as well aaaand I didn't get them to work (bmp didn't require preview, pdf had to be downloaded, etc). So if anyone else who has known about this feature before and have an absolutely smashing
file type which works with it, then I'm all ears.
BUT HERE COMES YOUR PART:
If you're dissatisfied with this horrendous twist of events, then post a comment here. If you like it, then post a comment here. If you possibly couldn't care any less regardless if you were at gunpoint or not, then you too may post as well. I want some input to get some of your impressions, so if people overall don't like my decision, I can revert it and upload stuff as usual.
also Black 'n' White strips will commence production now.