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View Poll Results: What is your working monitor resolution? (Pick the closest choice)
800 x 600 or less 3 1.14%
1024 x 768 69 26.24%
1152 x 864 6 2.28%
1600 x 1200 35 13.31%
1280 x 1024 87 33.08%
1600 x 1280 27 10.27%
Larger than any mentioned above 41 15.59%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 263. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-05-2007, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As many of you know, I sometimes mention that photos that are higher than 600 pixels in height or wider than about 700 pixels can prove more difficult to view by those with monitor resolutions of 1024x768 or less. I thought it might be interesting to discuss this issue. FotoTejas brings up a good point in the quote below from the "Nikki" thread:

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No offense to RFS, but I think that most people who work with digital images are probably using a system that lets them easily display an image 830 pixels in height. Personally, I use a 4-monitor system, and the smallest is 1024 pixels high. In other words, your image fits my SMALLEST monitor quite nicely.
So, first, what are the most common monitor resolutions across the web?

Here's a good link to browser stats on the web:

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

Currently its at 68% using 1024x768 or less. Keep in mind the Browser interface itself also eats up part of the space that is available. IE7, for example, at a fairly tight setting takes up 21% of the vertical space.

I think FotoTejas is likely right that many who shoot digital may have bigger monitor resolutions, but there are still a lot of us, that for vision reasons need to use the 1024x768 resolution. Also keep in mind that the G1 portfolio system automatically creates a preview image of photos you upload to your portfolio that is optimized for the 1024x768 viewing experience. It still let's someone view the photo at the full upload resolution (using the lightbox).

I thought it might be helpful to discuss this issue, but also to find out how G1 actually stacks up in comparison to the world wide web stats in the link above. To that end, I've also attached a poll on this issue. The poll allows you to choose more than one answer since many may have more than one system in use.

What do you all think?

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Good poll,..I'm with the majority on all stats,....thanks.
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I just voted - once - although I routinely use about five different systems, most of which are 1024 x 768. Your poll doesn't seem to allow multiple votes for the same resolution.
Still, the idea is good. I was a little surprised to learn earlier that my screen resolution is so far below the typical Glamour1 user.
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I voted 1280x1024 but actually have two 1280x1024 LCD panels on my work system. My notebook is 1280x854 (Mac PowerBook) and my main home machine is 1920x1200 (23" ACD on a Mac Pro).

Not your average user, but not way high end either.
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This is an excellent poll, and a question that is often asked when discussing web page design. I conducted a web design program at a local career college several times over the past few years, and always taught the students to know these numbers, and aim for the largest possible percentage of users when designing their page layouts. Only two years ago, 83% of the market were at 800x600 and 1024x768, so designers should have aimed for the 800x600 market. Today 1024x768 is still a valid standard for web work, and those in the minority need to remember that we build to what the public have, not what we think they should have.

We're seeing a growing trend for today's laptops to go widescreen, making the vertical size still only 768 even with wider working areas (1280). I see 1024x768 being the standard for web users for at least a few more years.

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Have a 1600x1200 21" flat screen for my PC and my lap top is 1024x768..
Need the big screens and high resolution because partial blindness..
Good survey..
When I post pics, I have to do some resizing...
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Ooops,..I just checked my res and it is 1280x800 on my 17"widescreen laptop.
This size is not listed in the poll. If I went any higher I'd go blind.
My wifes pc is 1024x768.
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The poll allows you to choose more than one answer since many may have more than one system in use.
But it doesn't allow anyone to choose a wide aspect display. All of your choices represent the old 4:3 aspect ratio monitors. You left out the common wide variants:

WXGA (1280x728 & 1280x800) popular on laptops
WXGA+ (1440x900)
WSXGA+ (1680x1050) 15.4" & 17" laptops and larger desktops
WUXGA (1920x1200) 15.4" & 17" laptops and larger desktops

I can't accurately respond to your poll because both my 15.4" laptop and 20" desktop run at 1680x1050.
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Unfortunately the Poll system only allows a max of 8 choices. I wrestled with which choices to use (from amoung about 22 that I looked at), but finally just went with those that I found on a website that indicated that they were the ones most used currently. The critical factor is usually the vertical resolution, so one could choose the closest vertical choice and that would give a good idea of what's out there in the G1 arena. But since you've listed yours, that's good also.
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oops i ment to pick 1024x728
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