Just a random thought, and I wonder what other users think....
I've been rebuilding the icons in my skins using hand-crafted SVG's, which are infinitely more concise and cleaner than what you get by starting with a PNG and then feeding it to an online converter.
In any event, in emails with jimberry, my playmate in this endeavor, the subject of the proper overlay for a webloc thumbnail came up. In jAlbum, there used to be a "globe with continents" overlay, which I've also been using in my skins, but that's hopelessly busy, and tough to see. In current jAlbum, that's been replaced with a simple globe grid overlay.
But to me, a globe icon says, "Click this, and you're getting a map." It doesn't really convey the idea that you're going to another website. Yeah, it's the "world wide web," but it's a stretch.
I've built a new overlay using the "external page" icon from my skins, but the meaning of that is a little vague in this context. Used in a skin to return to the parent site of the album, it's understandable, but for departing the album for an arbitrary remote site, the meaning is less clear.
How about a chain link icon? That gets used all over the place to indicate a hyperlink.
I’ve been pondering this too, not yet decided what to use. I have something in place, just for testing, a globe with a grid overlay, a bit naff. A chain link sounds a good idea. I’ll have a ponder over tea.
Naff idea but it shows the image needs to be clear at small sizes.
Not really. I poke around in Google Images to find something that looks like what I want. Then I try to figure out how to recreate it in SVG. No drawing app - I just start with a blank document in a text editor.
Just redid all of the icons in my skins that way. I had been using PNG's and letting an online converter produce the SVG's, but that often works poorly, especially if the PNG has been fiddled with. At typical icon display sizes, like 32px, it wasn't detectable, but some of the icons were really ragged. And I knew it.
On the left, a PNG-to-SVG conversion - on the right, similar, but made as an SVG from the get-go.
Yes, they don't recognize when something is close enough to being a straight line to let it be treated like one, and they certainly can't spot an ellipse when they see one.
I'll mark this thread "answered," since I was just after some opinions. The "chain link" icon is now in all my skins. If you'd like to appropriate it for the webloc thumbnail overlay in the jAlbum UI, have your people contact my people, and they can work out a licensing deal.