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As mentioned earlier, P.I.P. uses profiles. A profile is a collection of information, telling P.I.P. exactly where and how to post your images. You can have seperate profiles for seperate discussion boards or personal homepages for instance. You'll never have to remember upload directories, passwords or homepage URLs again. A profile contains all this information.

Before you can do anything, you'll need to create a profile first. To create a profile, click the "New" button in the main window (or choose "New Profile" from the top menu). After you have done so, the following Window will appear:

There are two ways to create a profile, "Automatic Configuration" and "Manual Configuration". A PIP-Ready site can supply you with a special URL, containing all the information P.I.P. needs to create a profile. A site that's PIP-Ready usually has this button somewhere on their site:

Clicking this button will take you to a page with the site's URL for the Automatic Configuration File. Copy the file's location into the Automatic Configuration field of P.I.P. and click the "Get" button.

P.I.P. will immediately download and parse this file. Once the profile has been created, you can start posting images!

If a site doesn't support Automatic Configuration, or you want to use P.I.P. for posting images on your personal website, you need to manually enter the information from which P.I.P. can create a profile. To enter the profile's information, first click the "Manual Configuration" radio-button to activate the Manual Configuration Fields, and enter the following information:

  • Profile Name
    Enter a name to identify the profile. For instance (without the quotes ofcourse): "My Homepage", "Picture Exchange Forum", "Amateur Astronomers" or whatever you can think of. The purpose of this field is merely so you can easily identify it later.

  • Homepage
    Enter the full URL of the site's homepage. For instance (again without the quotes): "http://www.amateurastronomers.com" or "http://www.freewebspace.com/~john/mypage.html". This is the URL your browser will go to when you click on the large button at the top in the main P.I.P. screen.

  • For uploading, use
    Here you can choose between FTP or HTTP. If you normally need to start your FTP program to upload images, select FTP. If your website or a discussion forum supports the HTTP PUT method, you can select HTTP.

  • Upload path (URL)
    This is the full URL where your images will be posted. If you had previously selected FTP as the upload method (above), then you need to specify the physical directory on the webserver, for instance:


    If you selected HTTP as upload method, this can be a normal web-address:


    Please note that not all websites supports HTTP posting. If you are uncertain, contact the site's webmaster.

  • Download path (URL)
    This is the full URL where your images can be downloaded from. This is always a normal HTTP address, regardless of the chosen upload method (FTP or HTTP):


  • Login Name & Password
    Regardless of the upload method used, the server probably requires you to log in using a username and password before you can post an image. You can choose to leave these fields empty causing P.I.P. to ask for it everytime you post a picture.

  • Automatic Rename Enabled
    When this option is enabled, P.I.P. will first check if the image you are trying to upload already exists on the destination server. If it does exist, P.I.P. will automatically choose another name when saving the image on the remote server. This way, existing images will never be overwritten. If this option is disabled, images with the same name will be overwritten.

  • Copy URL to Clipboard
    When this option is enabled, P.I.P. will copy the URL of the image to the clipboard. To include this URL inside your forum-message, or an email, simply paste it by pressing Ctrl-V. You can also specify special leading and trailing tags to be copied as well. For instance, Madrona Park's Ultimate Bulletin Board System makes use of special UBB codes to include images inside a posting. In Ultimate BBS, the correct format for posting an image is:


    To automatically include the [img] (start tag) and [/img] (end tag) tags, enter them in the appropriate fields.