Within the next few days, eBay will update the current Standard picture uploader in the full-featured selling form (also known as “Sell Your Item” and “SYI”). The update includes minor enhancements to existing features with no major feature changes. No action or change in listing processes by sellers will be required to use the new version of the uploader. It will load automatically in the Add Pictures window whenever you select the Standard uploader for uploading pictures and already have Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer.
Here is a list of changes included in the update to the Standard uploader:
- High-resolution source pictures (pictures more than 1600 pixels on their longer side) are now normalized before upload by reducing them to 1600 pixels on their longer side, instead of the current 1024 pixels. This change supports display of larger and higher quality pictures on eBay, and is consistent with similar changes in the eBay server software that normalizes pictures after upload from the Basic uploader and the Copy Web Files uploader. Since the 1600-pixel pictures being uploaded have larger filesizes, upload times will increase somewhat, but should still be faster in most cases* for the same high-resolution source pictures than the Basic uploader.
* The Standard uploader operates significantly more slowly for adjusting and normalizing pictures when using Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 7 and 8, than when using other browsers. This performance difference is larger for higher-resolution pictures and on PCs with slower processors. For best performance using the Standard uploader with high-resolution pictures or with pictures you will adjust with the uploader, try using Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (Windows 7 only), Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari, instead of Internet Explorer 7 or 8. If you must use the latter and do not need to adjust pictures with the Standard uploader, consider trying the Basic uploader for better uploader performance. Help for all SYI picture upload methods can be found at this eBay Help page.
- The progress information displayed during upload has been simplified and adjusted to be more accurate. The current display of overall progress that shows number of kilobytes uploaded is replaced by a simple counter of pictures uploaded. eBay made this change because Flash Player does not support accurate counts of kilobytes uploaded for pictures that have been adjusted or resized before upload. The current per-picture upload status messages and progress bars in the picture file list remain, but the progress bars have been recalibrated to be more accurate at typical upload speeds.
- Handling of errors due to picture file, connectivity, and server processing issues is more detailed and consistent. Uploads that result in an error result now leave the Add Picture window open, displaying an error message next to each picture file that failed to upload. In many cases, clicking the message will show a more detailed explanation in the main picture preview area. You can close the window by clicking the “Finished” button or can Browse for other pictures and Upload those.
- The manual editing controls for brightness and contrast are recalibrated to enable larger adjustment. This enhancement supports corrections to pictures that have significant exposure issues.
- Some minor user interface issues have been fixed. These issues include display of pixelated fonts in some browsers on some PCs, and distorted previews in the preview area after cropping or rotating pictures before upload.
We hope that sellers who use the Standard picture uploader will find the new version more convenient and productive to use.