That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could assist you..
Phil. after trying, as you have, many contributions for thumbnails, I finally settled on 'Big Images'. Works great. Several suggestions. Create thumbnails of all your fullsize images using a thumbnailer app. (i use EasyThumbnails).
You will then be able to upload a small image (thumbnail) and a big image (click to enlarge) from the admin interface. My iPage site was extremely slow until I did this. Now all is working well..
Ps. I believe I turned off osc's auto sizing in admin...
You could also try Image Resample. this takes the big image you upload and resizes it on-the-fly the fist time the image is accessed. It creates images with really small file sizes too.. After that first access the image is stored on the server and retrieved for each subsequent call...
So, you only need to create and upload 1 file!.
I think Resample is one of the ones I tried. I will test it again though. Dragon5, I tried your suggestion and it works well. Problem is that the HTML forces the thumbnail image to 100 x 80 px. This is what I want to avoid....
My ideal criterea are:.
* The thumbnail is no longer stretched out of proportion by the HTML..
* No backgroud is added to images...
I have solved it. I have used Big images, which allows two images to be uploaded (one for the thumbnail and one detailed picture)..
To prevent the HTML from distorting the thumbnail out of proportion I went to Config > Images and set the "Small Image Width" and "Small Image Height" to NULL (Enter NO value)..
After trying all the others I used Big Images becuase it does not add any background to pictures, does not interefere anywhere else, and will not stretch the thumbnails out of proportion (if you follow the above instructions)..
I recommend it!..
I have tried four now, and each one has a fault of one kind or another..
Without any contributions installed, OSC would squeeze the thumbnails out of proportion resulting in ugly thumbnails. Hence my quest began....
One of the thumbnail contributions (thumb9) would put an ugly white background behind the picture if it didn't fit the 100:80 ratio..
'On the Fly' Auto Thumbnailer using GD Library.
Would for some unknown reason put a border on one or two edges of the thumbnail..
I am willing to try all recommendations..
I am using PHP Resample (or Resize), something like that. It's one of the oldest image contributions but works perfectly for me. Keep in mind though that nearly all my pics already have a white BG so I wouldn't even know the difference if anything was added. I do believe for that one the 'filler' bg color can be changed...