Sorry, terribly specific Outlook question here. (I guess this is an odd question to post, but Google has failed me. Solution? Ask Dopers!)
Windows XP/Windows 7 (tried on both systems), Outlook 2007
I am emailing an Outlook calendar invite to a large group of people. The body of the invite contains one large embedded image (~700x1100).
I do not want the invite to be a big mail file in everyone’s Inboxes. The image (.png) is less than 800kb on my hard drive. If emailed to myself (copied & pasted from Microsoft Paint into body of a new email), the mail item is about 600kb. A very good size for an image-heavy Outlook invite, thinks I, and so the image is copied and pasted into the company-wide invite, then sent.
It is 3MB.
(This happens regardless of whether I copy & paste the image or go to Insert > Picture and select the image file. Tried it with a .jpg file too. Same result.)
So sending the image embedded in a regular email keeps the small file size, but sending it in a calendar invite blows it up to 5x the original. It looks like Outlook is converting the image (only in invites!) to a .bmp because if someone hits Reply, the image in the reply email is replaced with the following text:
OLE Object: Picture (Device Independent Bitmap)
And of course, bitmaps are huge.
Does anyone know why this happens? Or more importantly, how to get around it? This is chafing my perfectionist gene.