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Dear Robert,

I'd like to say how annoyed I get when I download some neat sounding file 
from AMINET only to find that when I unarc it, out comes an IFF image which 
is to say the least:-

           H    H U    U  GGGG  EEEEEE  !!
           H    H U    U G    G E       !!
           H    H U    U G      E       !!
           HHHHHH U    U G      EEEE    !!
           H    H U    U G  GGG E       !!
           H    H U    U G    G E
           H    H  UUUU   GGGGG EEEEEE  !!

Recently I downloaded some info on how to rig up IBM floppys to Amigas.  When 
I unarced it out popped this picture. A 2408 x 3196 pixel 2-colour IFF image.  
Unfortunately my poor A2000 with 1Mbyte of Chip ram (4meg fast) spat the 
dummy at this and refused to show it because there was not enough CHIP RAM.  
I took the picture to work and loaded it into Graphics Workshop on my 486 PC 
and displayed it.  Believe it or not, it was nothing more than a scanned 
picture of a hand drawn diagram showing pin connections between the AMIGA 
drive port and the pins on the header of the PC drive!  It could easily have 
been done in ASCII and saved me some agro but the guy had to show everyone 
how cleaver he was and SCANNED it in with his scanner.

This is not the first time this kind of thing has happened but I hope it will 
be the last.  Through Amiga Report I would like to send a plea to all those 
happy little Vegemites out there who own a scanner.  If you must scan a 
picture then PLEASE use a realistic resolution.  Scanning an A4 page 
at 300 dpi is not realistic because you'll end up with an image that is 2480 
pixel wide!  The screen is only 640 wide! If you scan at 50dpi, then an image 
of an A4 page will be around 413 pixels wide which I will be able to display.

It really is a bit rich having to admit that my PC was able to display the 
images when my AMIGA couldn't.

Philip Orr