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The photo upload process is detailed on our photo upload page.

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Photo Specifications

Geni does a great job of resizing photos or you, but photos with an aspect ratio of 4x3 are ideal. Some common examples of 4x3 aspect ratio are 640x480, 1024x768, 1600x1200, and 2048x1536. Once your photo is uploaded to the site, you may crop and rotate it if necessary. If you use the 'Identify' option it will automatically crop any photo, including group photos, so that the image may be used as the Profile photo. You may also crop photos within the Tree by selecting 'More' on the node and then 'Resize Photo.'

Geni accepts the following file formats: jpeg, png, gif, and PDF. When uploading a PDF you may view multiple pages by selecting View Original while viewing the main photo page.

Uploading Photos

There are three ways to upload your photos to Geni:

Advanced Photo Uploader

Geni's Advanced Photo Uploader is a browser plug-in that supports up to 40 photo uploads in a single session. The plug-in supports JPEG, PNG, and GIF formats and reduces and compresses large photos down to 640x480 pixels for faster upload. A photo that is reduced down to half it's original dimensions results in a 75% reduction in file size and therefore upload time. The plug-in is packaged as an ActiveX Control in IE and a Java Applet in Firefox and Safari.

Simple Uploader

Geni's Simple Photo Uploader uses the standard http file upload mechanism and is therefore compatible with virtually all browsers. Once uploaded, Geni creates two versions of your photo: a reduced 640x480 pixel version viewable through Geni, and the original full resolution version where the integrity of the original is preserved. To view the original image file, click the View Full Size button while viewing any photo. Because the original image files are uploaded, upload times may be very long.

Picasa Desktop

Geni's Picasa Desktop enables you to upload from Picasa on your Windows desktop.

Photo Uploader Comparison Table

Attribute Advanced Uploader Simple Uploader
Max number of photos per upload session 40 10
Resulting photo dimensions 640 pixels x 480 pixels (640 pixel max height if portrait orientation 480 pixel max width if landscape orientation) original size no maximum or miniumum
JPEG quality 10 setting from original file is preserved
Copy exif data true setting from original file is preserved
Auto rotate based on exif data true false
Rotate option in the UI true, during upload available soon
Supported file types jpeg, png, gif, PDF All formats that imagemagick is configured to support
Minimum image width 100 pixels none
Minimum image height 100 pixels none
Keep original file false true
Overall upload progress indicator yes no
Per file progress indicator no no


After your photos are uploaded successfully you will have the opportunity to associate the photos with an event, tag the photos, rotate them and add captions.

Photo Tagging

'Tagging' a photo is a way to indicate who is in a photo on Geni. You may use the 'Identify' feature on the photo page to select and identify the person in the photo you would like to tag. You can also add a photo to a person's profile by clicking the 'edit' link next to 'In this photo' under any photo. You can choose a name from the pop-up list or start typing the name of a family member or a family friend. When you have added the name of each person in the photo click done. Note that all names included in an album are automatically shown when tagging photos in that album to make it easier to identify people in multiple photos.

You may also tag family members using their relationship to you, for example, you may tag your mother, father, brother, sisters or cousins. By entering the relationship, a list of members that fit that relationship will be included in the tagger.

This photo will now be associated with each person you tagged. If this is the first photo tagged with a person's name this will be their profile photo.

See also: How to Upload Photos on Geni.com (YouTube video)

Photo Notifications

For information on the Photo Digest and Photo Comments notifications please view the Notifications page.

Troubleshooting

Remove Image Uploader from Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 6

  1. On the Tools menu of Internet Explorer, choose Internet Options.
  2. Click Settings on the Temporary Internet Files box of the General tab
  3. Click View Objects
  4. Choose Image Uploader Control and delete it.
  • Note: To delete ActiveX control from this list
   * Right-click an item and choose Remove or Press DELETE key.
   * Click Yes button on the confirmation dialog.

Finish: Press F5 to refresh the page which contains the control. It will have Internet Explorer to update Image Uploader.

Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP

  1. On the Tools menu of Internet Explorer, choose Internet Options.
  2. Click Settings on the Browsing History box of the General tab.
  3. Click View Objects.
  4. Choose Image Uploader Control and delete it.
  • Note: To delete ActiveX control from this list
   * Right-click an item and choose Remove or Press DELETE button.
   * Click Yes button on the confirmation dialog.

Finish: Press F5 to refresh the page which contains the control. It will have Internet Explorer to update Image Uploader.

Internet Explorer 7 on Windows Vista

  1. On the Tools menu of Internet Explorer, choose Internet Options.
  2. Click Manage add-ons on the Manage add-ons box of the Programs tab.
  3. Choose Downloaded ActiveX Controls from the Show drop-down box. Choose Image Uploader Control and delete it by pressing Delete button.
  4. Press F5 to refresh the page which contains the control. It will have Internet Explorer to update Image Uploader.
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