After a long wait, we’re proud to present jAlbum 13 to you. In this blog we’re going to talk about two improvements that stand out:
With jAlbum 13 we’ve made it easier to manage albums where several people contribute with images. You now have an email address in the format
firstname.lastname@example.org (usable only for collaborative albums, not for regular email). This email address can be attached to one or many collaborative album projects.
Images mailed to such addresses appear automatically in the respective album project. When jAlbum running, this happens in the background. You will be notified to your ordinary email address when new images have been submitted. The subject line tells what album project to add images to. Captions can be added by simply writing a line of text below each attached image. (Captions embedded in the image files are also respected). Once you no longer wish to allow images to be mailed to an album project, you simply detach the email address from it. jAlbum keeps track on who contributed which images, indicated by a small “head” status icon next to each thumbnail image. Once you upload or update a collaborative album using jAlbum, contributors are notified via email that there has been an update to an album where they have contributed images. Here’s our first collaborative album that YOU are invited to contribute to.
jAlbum is appreciated by many who manage huge amounts of images, still the focus has been on presenting images and not organizing them. With jAlbum 13, we think you will find jAlbum being a great file organizer too. If you already have all your images organized in well labeled folder structures and no duplicates, you can stop reading this, but if you’re like me, having images spanning several years in various folders on my network drive and local computers, with many duplicate images taking up disk space, then jAlbum 13 comes to the rescue. Selected objects can be automatically organized into folders based on camera date, name or place (GPS location). You are presented with many choices and keyboard shortcuts to make the organization process flexible and quick.
To organize an existing album project, open it and select the objects to organize, then right click and select “Organize”. To organize existing images on disk, drop your images folder onto jAlbum when no project is open and select “Use folder”. jAlbum will now work directly on those files, meaning that any change within jAlbum actually applies to that physical folder. If you’re not comfortable with this, simply organize copies or links within existing album projects. You can also have jAlbum organize the folder structure of the generated album only, leaving the location of the original images untouched. If you prefer this, then check out the new Settings->Structure tab.
With date grouping you can for instance organize your files by year, month and day and any combination thereof. You can even specify your own date patterns to customize the folder tree. An example continously shows what end result you can expect and presets are available for common choices.
When grouping by place, jAlbum uses GPS coordinates embedded in many of today’s digital images to map images to a place, region and country. Thank you geonames.org for providing such an excellent geolocation service!
The alphabetical grouping, uses the initial character of file names to group images into folders. This is handy for collectors who have their objects (insects, flowers etc) properly named, but wish to ease locating them alphabetically.
You also have a convenient way to wrap selected images into a folder, which will be a time saver when going through and organizing image sets manually. Just select a group of images, hit CTRL+ALT+W, name the new folder and done. The selected images are now moved inside the recently created folder.
There is also a handy Flatten operation that moves images out of their sub folders and places them in the current folder.
During these operations, jAlbum will handle file naming collisions and removal of duplicate files. If the result wasn’t what you wanted, you can undo these operations as jAlbum 13 now features multi level undo/redo.
I now naturally have my images perfectly organized by date and month on our network drive thanks to jAlbum 13. I hope you find it useful too!
Bo Brandsborg loves travel and photography – and has created hundreds of truly amazing photo albums telling the story from many different places around the world.
- You take amazing photos. What got you into photography?
Thank you very much. I got bit by the travel bug in the mid 90'es - so I bought my first camera shortly after. I quickly realised that the camera made me see and remember many more places, people and sights on my trips. When you are always on the hunt for a picture you pay so much more attention to your surroundings. For me it was the perfect combo. Then it just took off! I couldn't - and still cant - go anywhere without my camera.
- Tell us a little about your nonprofit
As I take a lot of pictures of people, it seemed so much easier for me to specify on my website that I'm working on a non-profit basis, which I really am. Photography is still just a hobby for me. However - if the future brings any changes on this subject I would have to reconsider.
- You’ve traveled to lots of interesting places - Is there any place you remember in particular?
I travelled to Kashmir in 2012, I think it was. The Kashmir Valley is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Even if Kashmir is subject to a boundary dispute between Pakistan and India - and Indian military is visible on every street corner - it once again showed me that the World is out there - and that travelling is not nearly as dangerous and impossible as one might think. Kashmir was FANTASTIC!
Other all time favorites are: The Greek Islands, Malaysia, Namibia and South America.
Kashmir, Dal Lake:
South America, Ecuador, Quito:
GREECE, Kastellorizo Island:
- We’re naturally very happy that you’re using jAlbum. What made you choose our software for your photography workflow?
I am not a software/camera expert, so I knew that I needed to find a user friendly and easy solution. I googled and found jAlbum almost immediately. I have now been using jAlbum - and ONLY jAlbum for many years and I love the program! Gallery design is important for me, so I try to find skins that look really good......and there's a lot to choose from on jAlbum. So I'm still very happy with my jAlbums :)
Many thanks Bo and we're naturally looking forward to new amazing travel albums!
Check out Bo's website with hundreds of travel photo albums.
Haven't we all been there, buying the new cool camera, mobile phone or graphics card just to realize it's not the latest and greatest a month thereafter?
It's naturally inevitable that technology moves forward, but the feeling of just missing a new release is annoying. The same holds for software licenses. At jAlbum, we're now at version 12.5. People suspecting that we may release v13 tomorrow could hesitate to purchase a license today.
We've now made a change to resolve this problem. You're no longer buying a license for "version xyz" of jAlbum. The license instead includes a 12 months support and update plan. This means that you're guaranteed priority support and free updates, big or small within 12 months. After that you can still continue using the version you have at that time (the license doesn't expire), but to enjoy future updates and priority support you can extend your support and update plan another 12 months to a discounted price. It's as simple as that. So, what are you waiting for, get a license for jAlbum today!
If you already bought a v12 license you shouldn't need to regret that you didn't wait. When we release v13 we will be adding the 12 months support and update plan to the date you purchased your v12 license free of charge. Now isn't that fair?
We’d like to summarize some improvements made lately with the release of jAlbum 12.3 and 12.4. We hope you find that some of the things mentioned here justifies an update.
Just works better
In the recent months several improvements has been made to making jAlbum working as smoothly as possible, this includes minimizing RAM memory usage, robustness of file transfers and usability improvements as well as a number of bug fixes. Don’t suffer from problems that have been already been fixed (full list at release notes). Update your jAlbum today.
Get jAlbum 12.4
Better memory handling
jAlbum 12.4 has vastly reduced RAM memory usage. During an album build, earlier versions accumulated some metadata for the whole album, sometimes requiring several GB of RAM to process huge albums (>10.000 images). jAlbum 12.4 releases metadata on a per-folder basis thereby drastically reducing RAM memory requirement.
These graphs illustrates RAM usage during a remake of a 50.000 image album (500 images per folder, Turtle skin). The max RAM used has been set to 400MB in order to provoke scarse memory conditions (normally set to 800MB).
jAlbum 12.3.5 memory profile
Memory usage peaking after only a couple of minutes. The processing thereafter slows down to come to an out-of-memory halt after processing 6000 of 50000 images.
jAlbum 12.4.0 memory profile
Linear memory usage over time. 50000 image album rebuilt in less than 6 minutes.
Amongst many other skins Turtle’s help system got a facelift too. As a matter of fact it was rebuilt from ground. When you are on the skin’s settings page in jAlbum, clicking the blue help button will bring up the relevant Turtle help page. Besides giving explanation for each and every setting, the new page brings help collected by features too. You can also browse through all the sample albums easily.
For the 12.3 release, we’ve added a handy Facebook importer to jAlbum. You can now easily import all or some of your Facebook images and albums along with titles and descriptions, just click the arrow of the Add button and select “From Facebook” from the menu!
30 more trial days
If you haven’t evaluated jAlbum 12.3 or 12.4, now is the time. You get 30 trial days even if you’ve tried out earlier versions of jAlbum before. If you’re uncertain about upgrading, just install the current version aside of your existing version.
50% off for upgraders
We still offer those of you who upgrade from v11 to v12 a 50% discount on our licenses. Just ensure that you’re signed into jalbum.net when purchasing a new licence and the discount will be deducted automatically.
We appreciate knowing what you think of jAlbum, both the good and the bad. Please contact us via email@example.com or via our user forum at http://jalbum.net/forum if there is anything you’d like to see changed, added or improved.
After a rather long break we finally have jAlbum 12.2 out. I’d like to share some of the highlights with you. As always you’ll find the full list of enhancements in our release notes.
jAlbum has a rewritten full screen slide show that simplifies the process of approving images. The slide show mode is not just convenient for local album presentation, it’s foremost intended to help you approve and reject images. The previous slide show allowed you to rate and flag images using your keyboard, but that was rather hidden. We now display UI controls for rating, flagging, excluding and deleting unwanted images. To hide these controls, just move the mouse to a side of the screen. The new slide show also simplifies navigation by providing first/last buttons and displaying the current position.
You can now zoom into your images using jAlbum’s edit panel to further assist you in your image approval process. Either use the mouse wheel or the zoom slider to zoom in and out. You can toggle max/min zoom by double clicking the image. Use the zoom control panel in the lower right of the image to pan or simply drag the mouse inside a zoomed image. To hide the zoom control panel, simply move the mouse out of the image area.
jAlbum is a great tool to present loads of images organized in hierarchical folder structures. While this is great for keeping things organized, you may still want to allow your visitors to navigate the album in a sequential manner.
This means that clicking the “next” button of the last image in folder A will take you to the first image in folder “B” etc. To enable this feature, select “Chain directories” under “Advanced” album settings. Here’s an example of the same album presented without and with chained directories so you can compare.
Note: It is currently not recommended to use directory chaining on an album where a folder contains a mix of images and folders. You will end up with a confusing navigation.
Improved TIFF reading
Now running on Java 8
Upon reports that some TIFF images weren’t rendered correctly (showed up as grey snow), we’ve switched the preferred library for TIFF reading from Apache Sanselan to Sun’s (now Oracle) Advanced Imaging Tools. Please report to us if you encounter any problems reading TIFF images that you didn’t have previously. To switch back to the Apache Sanselan library, simply delete the file jai_imageio-1.1.jar from jAlbum’s “lib” folder. To locate jAlbum’s “lib” folder, select Tools → Open directories → Program directory.
jAlbum 12.2 is approved for Java 8, the latest version of Oracle’s awesome cross platform software environment. The Windows version now runs on a bundled Oracle Java 8 instead of Java 7 and is therefore more performant than ever. This bundled Java engine is local to jAlbum only and therefore does not present any potential security risk. The security problems reported in the past have mostly been related to integrating Java in the browser.
Your comments on this are welcome!