A few problems uploading Olympia Lab Poster

Hi Tiffany,

I noticed something that might be kind of a bug.

I have a lab poster to upload.

The poster was given to me as a .PPT.

I used powerpoint to convert it to .PDF

I then used “Upload Content” to upload a “PDF with Preview”

The end result is kind of bizarre.


As you can see, the PDF preview is larger than the browser window. I suppose the lesson learned is that the feature should not be used for “unconventional size” PDF documents – it may work just fine for normal 8.5 x 11 print size PDF documents.

I do appreciate there’s a preview for the poster – what might need to happen is the preview is scaled automatically to the browser window?

Also I think the types of content for “Documents and Media” might need some additional instructions in terms of what exactly a person should upload to it.


The options for now are:


Briefing Papers

Other Documents






White Papers

Filetypes include:






















The problem I had was that after uploading a GIF, there was no “document preview,” but there was an option to download.

I’m thinking my use of this content type was a bit of overkill – I could have just gone to https://pnw-dr-sand-1.netbase420.com/node/add and added the GIF there.

I think that “Posters” might be a good fit here since they are an odd file type and they are very similar to “Presentations.”

I just tried to add the Poster as a “document and media” but it seems to have failed because it is 108 MB and the limit is 100 MB.

There was not a warning for why it failed – if possible might be worth adding that on to save some frustration for editors down the road.

Anyway just some quick thoughts to share before wrapping up work today.


Tanner Jessel, MSIS
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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Posted on January 6, 2017, in Uncategorized, USFS Research. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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