Increase Individual File Size Allowance
I digitized memoirs from my wife's great-grandfather. It was 58MB. The most I could compress it to without compromising the artifact's integrity is 22MB. The church limits each artifact to 15MB. We are missing out by not allowing for larger files to be downloaded.
Please increase file size to at least 50MB to allow for higher quality content to be uploaded.
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I am just another 'lowly' User/Patron ...
A great suggested enhancement ...
That Said ...
Certainly, NOT a NEW suggested enhancement ...
[ Such has been a frequent request, over the Years ... ]
You are not alone ...
There are, COUNTLESS Users/Patrons, who would just LOVE, the SIZE of "Files", in Memories to be INCREASED
That Said ...
We must think about, the matter as a whole, in other words ... 'The BIGGER Picture' ...
Can you just imagine, the the "Storage" Capacity REQUIRED, if the SIZE of "Files", in "Memories", was INCREASED, from the current 15 MB, to a 'whopping' 50 MB.
Remember, you are ONLY one, of COUNTLESS Users/Patrons, from Countries and Unions, from ALL around the World.
Just think ... Multiply ALL the "Memories", that you have ADDED (or, may ADD), by ALL the Other COUNTLESS Users/Patrons, from ALL around the World; and, that is just for a 'Ballpark' figure, of the "Storage" Capacity required.
Sadly, 'FamilySearch', in NOT a "Commercial" (ie. for "Profit") Website; and, has LIMITED "Funds"; so, as such, must limit the SIZE of "Files", that are "Uploaded", into "Memories", in regard to "Storage" Capacity.
Hopefully, things may change, for the better ...
We can but live in hope ...
I know that this certainly does not help/assist; but, I hope that this gives you some, insight; and, perspective.
ps: Hopefully, OTHER Users/Patrons, MAY be able to suggest Programmes, that MAY be able to COMPRESS, the File SIZE, even SMALLER, to get that down to 15MB.
John Empoliti ✭✭✭✭✭
I'm not sure if my suggestion is feasible in this context, but here goes.
I'm presuming that the document is large because it contains many photographs whose quality you want to preserve. How about (1) compress it to < 15MB - perhaps as a pdf file. Then (2) edit that pdf file to insert links with each photo to the full- or at least high-resolution version (each <15 MB) that you’ve separately uploaded. So, the photos included and compressed with the document act as placeholders/ “thumbnails”, preserving their context, and an adjacent link in the document allows the reader to bring up the hi-quality image if needed. This might let you preserve even higher quality images than otherwise.
Or, here is another, simpler idea - ignore my first suggestion - just break the memoirs into two volumes and do the same, but the least amount of compression needed to get them each under 15MB.
if you go into a bit more detail about how the memoirs are constructed, I or someone else might be able to give you better advice.1
@andrewmichaelhorton1 you could upload your digital file to the Internet Archive (Archive.org) as a Community Text, provided it is pdf format. There are no size restrictions (unless extremely large)
Once the item is uploaded to the Internet Archive, you can use its URL to refer to it.
I have previously suggested this to a FS Community member, who wrote to me that she was very pleased with the result.2
I have several life history audio files that are in the 80MB+ range. I can split them into 15MB portions, and upload all of them fine. If the space limit was higher, I wouldn't have to do that. Either way, I'm taking the same amount of space. It's just inconvenient to do it that way, both for the uploader, and the listener.0