Sometimes we try to do something simple, and then the tech folks toss a spanner in the works and before you know it things start bouncing off the walls and we’re running for the aspirin bottle and holy water.
I purchased an online image yesterday morning for the upcoming Christmas Story featuring Little Red Bear. Now, I am just an old guy writing down stories being told to him by a bear, and not into all of the tech stuff. I still have the old Post slide rule I used in college. So that should tell you something. I merely teach myself what I need as I go along, trying to get by and overcome each new tech hurdle and challenge as I come to it. As usual, I downloaded what was indicated to be a simple ‘jpeg’ image. No big deal. It arrived, however, all wrapped up nice and neat in an ‘eps’ file.
Of course, my little computer had no idea what to do with it and refused to open the image file, approaching it with the same caution as a robot disarming a bomb. Next step, research what is an ‘eps’ file, short for Encapsulated PostScript file, which can contain text as well as graphics. Who knew? Neat, but I didn’t need or want any text, anyway. So then, how to open it? More research to find a free opening app tool, get it to download, and then teach myself how to use it in order to convert the image to the jpeg format I originally wanted in order to include it in the Christmas Story. One simple step turning into six.
But, it’s all taken care of. The sparkling new, converted ‘jpeg’ image is ready to go, and the aspirins kicked in after a while, blood pressure returned to normal and Little Red Bear and I eventually got back to work. Just please know that when you see the wonderful opening image in Little Red Bear’s upcoming Christmas story, there was a whole lot more involved in it than just a simple copy/paste.
We just try to tell stories here and not get involved in all the computer and tech stuff. I try to leave that to the much more skilled and accomplished six-year-olds in the neighborhood. But they were all in school so Red and I had to figure it out by ourselves. Anyway, the situation has been handled, and now we both know what an ‘eps’ file is and how to handle it the next time we come across one.
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Thanks as always for visiting! Best of luck in the Giveaway Contest, and please stay tuned for more updates on Little Red Bear’s upcoming Christmas Story — we’re almost there. And it will have a really cool, hard-fought and won image in it, you know. — Jim (and Red!)
6 thoughts on “The ‘Unbearable’ Work To Get a Simple Image”
Oh, your story had me smiling from beginning to end. Haven’t we all been there at one time or another? Glad you rose to the challenge and conquered the beast. Another alternative, and simple to use, is Canva.com. There are free and paid versions, and the graphics are inexpensive.
Looking forward to your Christmas story! I love your way with words.
Thank You for the information and for stopping by. I have set up an account at Canva.com and look forward to playing with it now. Thanks!
Whoa! Glad you snagged that .jpg and got it to behave for you. “Writing” is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to authoring in the digital age. Bet old-timey authors fretted about their ink wells and quill pens LOL!
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I’m here to tell you. As my old friend Sam Clemens used to always go on about drinking iced tea on the porch, nothing was more frustrating than a snapped quill pen during a fervent writing session, or an exhilarating and inspirational thought lost due to a dried ink well on a late afternoon. Yessiree Bob.
Thanks for visiting with us, Rosie! Always look forward to and enjoy your comments!
I enjoyed this today James! I had to chuckle as I have been there and done that! Oh the things we learn and keep learning!
We are looking forward to hearing more about your Christmas story from you and Little Red Bear. 🙂
Have a great weekend!