We’re excited to tell you about the improvements that have been added to the long-awaited v12 release of our desktop software. It’s been a year since the last major release, where we added support for 164 video formats. This version focuses on improving the user experience:
Opening an album over a network drive
Resuming an interrupted build
jAlbum 12 is significantly faster in dealing with images loaded over network drives. A typical project that took 15 seconds to open over a network drive now opens in 3 seconds (SAMBA mounted network drive on Windows). The painting of thumbnail images has also been improved so you can browse through not-yet-loaded images with less lag.
It’s however when making albums you will notice the most significant improvement. Previously, if an album build was resumed after an interrupted build (user aborting the build or an error), then jAlbum sometimes had to re-process each image and video again. This is now a thing of the past. Each image and video keep track of their build settings so unnecessary rebuilds are avoided.
jAlbum’s user interface has undergone the biggest change since jAlbum 7. It now has an embedded web browser that lets you quickly preview changes as you play along with settings. This is the main reason for the somewhat larger window. Let’s go through the changes to the main window from top to bottom:
New “Effects” settings tab allowing easy and detailed control of album-wide image effects like watermarks/texts, logos, grayscale, auto-correct and artistic filters via an easy to use interface. (Effects applies to all images unlike their “Image tools” counterparts). (Advanced users: The chosen effects are synched with the user variables panel)
jAlbum 12 requires a new software license. For those who have purchased a v11 license, we currently offer a 50% upgrade discount. This means you only pay €14.50 ($19.50) for a Standard License upgrade and €34.50 ($44.50) for a Pro License upgrade. Make sure you sign in first though. Those who have purchased a license after February 17th already have a version 12 license. If you instead have a Premium or Power account, you also got a license valid for v12, so you don’t have to buy a new license. To know what license you have today, just select “About jAlbum” from within the software.
Solved the problem of the 30 days ;-), JAlbum starts without complaining and gave me 30 days of trial. Testing now with your examples, got a big problem, but not yet in a textfile so I can send it to you. But that will be reported in the bugs section.
Thank you for your answer. I gave it a try, 165Mb, 120 can go you know. Installed it the same way as all the others, which isn't real standard today. Good news is that it will start as all the others, bad news is that I don't come far because my 30 days are used, its the first screen you will see. You really have short days, if its up to me, I'll stick to my days, getting a little older see ;-). You set me on the wrong foot with Chromium, but I can't test and that's sad. I don't use your program yet, but your coming close. So how the program or better said that particular piece of code comes to the conclusion that I've used this code for more than 30 days is beyond me.
@JoopN, Can you examplify please? The embedded Chromium browser isn't based on Google's code, it's based on the same open source project that Google's Chrome browser is based on. OSes that don't work with the embedded browser can still run jAlbum by switching jAlbum to using an external browser
Too bad JAlbum isn't true Java anymore with now in-beaded Google stuff which only run on the mainstream OS systems. Getting scary too with that "big-brother" grip from Google. So now where is in "It's never good business in the long run and never good ethics either." your ethics on this part?.
@AndreWolff, I will consider this. There are some technical implementation reasons for having this seemingly duplicate way of applying effects.
David, you have two Effects panels with the same functions, one per image in Explorer / Edit / Effects and the same in Settings / Effects for the whole Album. This is misleading for your users.
You better remove the Effects panel in Settings and add a button “Apply to all images” in the Explorer / Edit / Effects panel. That give you less maintenance and it is much more clear for your users!
@sack36, It's hard to understand your criticism. jAlbum 12 is not only faster and more powerful, it's actually easier to use too. Just take the example with image effects. Previously you had to control image effects by typing a certain attribute syntax, now you have an easy to use graphical user interface. Also with v12 you can see the effects of settings changes in real time. If you have specific examples of things that was easier to use before, then please bring them to us, preferably in our user forum.
I don't understand this moving away from user friendly trend. Sure it gives more work for designers, but isn't that a bit slimy? I just finished slogging my way through Dreamweaver again--remembering how easy it was to work in InDesign. Now here comes v12 of jAlbum with more buttons and windows and levels. Sometimes the cake doesn't need any more icing and you should go on to a pie.
Please post that as a feature request in our user forum and we'll take it from there. Also tell what skin you're using as this is a skin specific feature.
when will you put an easy option to embed a flavicon? Now we still need to do this manually?
That is true. jAlbum 12 requires at least Java 1.6, and Apple and Oracle unfortunately don't provide that version for the PPC platform. The last version of jAlbum to support Java 1.5 is v11.6, also available on our site.
Not function with Mac OS 10.5.8 PPC with Java 5 (1.5.0)?
I think you misunderstood the English. The offer is meant for those who "purchased" a v11 license, not those who "have/own" a v11 license.
@Bannock, I'm sorry you're upset, but you're obviously not reading our offering properly. It says "For those who have _purchased_ a v11 license, we currently offer a 50% upgrade discount. This does not apply to those who have purchased a v10 license.
No, this is not a fair deal because i OWN a licence for V11 , so i is not true what you offer. Sure i purchased The v10 but i got the v11 livence ( for free) so i HAVE a v11 and then you offer a 50% Discount!