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Image Downloading: Technical Issue

posted by pitabox987, Nov 3, 2008 3:13 AM — 12 comments

After first discovering this issue a few weeks ago I set out to find a remedy.

The issue occurs where certain SXC images will not display in Microsoft Internet Explorer when the user tries to view the full size version of the image, but simply get a 'dead image' placeholder instead.

This problem I thought could only be remedied by using a different browser such as Firefox or Opera - however, after some trials I have discovered that an image that displays a dead placeholder in Internet Explorer can still be downloaded, this is because SXC embeds its images into each HTML page. - You just have to find a different method of downloading the image.

That method involves the following procedure:

STEP ONE: Open the Image

Firstly you must open the image as you would any SXC image.

If the page loads and you are presented with the dead image placeholder (make sure that the page loads completely…) proceed to step 2.

STEP TWO: Save the Download Page

The second step involves going to the File menu in Internet Explorer; select "Save As..." - In the save dialog for Internet Explorer make sure that "Save as type:" is set to "Web Page, complete [*.htm;*.html]"

Saving with this option selected will download the HTML page as well as all files associated with the page. (Including the embedded image)

STEP THREE: Save the Download Page (continued)

Select a destination for the files, and click “OK”

STEP FOUR: Locate the Full-Resolution Image

Once the files are downloaded you can then locate the image. Downloading files by this method extracts all of the content from the page. When you perform this style of download you will be presented with a file hierarchy similar to this. (I will use the SXC file substring as reference.)


/stock_xchng – image_name (stock photo by username) [id image_number].html

/stock_xchng – image_name (stock photo by username) [id image_number]_files

This will basically have just downloaded the "download" page; the download size will be the image size as well as a few extra kilobytes for the display page (so literally the same as the image size)

Now we have what we need to retrieve that image!

STEP FIVE: Cleaning Up and Retrieving the Image

You can now delete the HTML file, you will not need it. The image file is stored in the “_files” folder that accompanies the HTML document.

Open the "_files" folder, in which you will find the full resolution image.

You may now move the image to a more suitable location and begin using it.

Have fun using SXC!

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1. posted by kunalapava, Nov 5, 2009 11:12 PM

Nice Trick!! Thanks..

2. posted by crisderaud, Nov 3, 2008 3:05 PM

This works even with IE8 beta2.

This will be a useful method for other images that have a similar problem.

3. posted by megabgirl, Nov 5, 2008 8:37 PM

When I save on Web Page, complete [*.htm;*.html], all that saves is the HTML web page, not the image. I would normally use firefox, but all I get is a blank screen when I try to download images... any suggestions?

4. posted by madeleineb, Nov 11, 2008 7:42 PM

How do I change the saved image from
html to JPG format ? Can any body help me!

5. posted by jjcasley, Nov 14, 2008 4:09 AM


6. posted by josephc, Nov 18, 2008 9:52 PM

yea or download FireFox....

7. posted by tradeplus, Nov 27, 2008 4:24 PM

@ madeleineb

you can't change html documents into jpg. You could take a screenshot tho..

Still you should use a browser as Safari or Google Chrome.. I'd recomand Safari for the fastest results.

8. posted by PKMeyer, Dec 6, 2008 6:12 PM

the same thing happened when I used safari -- html not jpg file saved, can't use it. Help!

9. posted by escan, Aug 18, 2010 11:55 AM


10. posted by amorty, Jan 30, 2013 7:46 AM

Incredible, I was looking for something like that :)

11. posted by careersB, May 27, 2013 3:47 AM

That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!

12. posted by renderiska, Jun 21, 2013 5:47 AM

Works OK.

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