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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:

  • It is faster than ever, including both the user interface and the underlying album making engine.
  • It has a professionally looking, more intuitive user interface
  • It has an embedded web browser that updates the album preview as you play along with settings.
  • Adding effects like logos, watermarks and artistic filters to your images is now easier than ever using the new “Effects” panel

Faster

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.

New user interface

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:

General

  1. New notification center: Helpful information coming from us or the skin developer can now be accessed from this icon even if a notification has been dismissed.
  2. Clearly indicated view mode tabs
  3. View mode specific toolbars. Each view mode has a unique toolbar with the tools relevant for it
  4. Clearly indicated label types: Easily see and control whether you’re editing file names, titles, captions or keywords
  5. New skin information window giving you an overview of the currently selected skin and offers easy management for it
  6. Large settings button next to make album button
  7. Preview local album button next to make album button
  8. New view final album button next to upload button.

Edit view mode

  1. Image tools moved to custom toolbar
  2. Image properties now occupy the whole right-hand-side offering more simultaneous information

Preview view mode

  1. Toolbar offering the classical browser functions + work-flow related functionality like uploading and sharing
  2. See and control whether you’re viewing the local or published version of an album
  3. Web browser for previewing a local album and viewing the final published album. Updates the local album in the background and reloads the display as you play with skin- and style changes. (Skin changes and general changes need a click on the “Apply” button to trigger an update)

Note: The browser we’re using is Chromium. It is a modern open source component but it currently has two flaws:

  • Currently No support for mp4 video format (aka H.264) that jAlbum is using. Use an external browser to view video powered albums instead. Hint: Alt-click the preview buttons to open the album in an external album or inactivate the embedded browser under jAlbum preferences.
  • Missing Flash support for Mac. Flash support in general can be added by downloading Flash directly from Adobe

Share view mode

  1. Buttons to easily share your album using different social networks. All sharing options, including sharing with jalbum.net is now opt-in meaning no sharing will be done unless you explicitly choose to share

New Effects panel

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)

New license

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.

New model

With jAlbum 12 we go from ad-supported freeware to a fully functional 30 day trial. This means that you can make fully functional* ad-free albums that continue to work after the trial period has expired, (given that you host the albums yourself). After the 30 day trial has expired you can no longer make new or update existing albums.

* During the trial, the albums may have discrete credit links and you cannot use the shopping cart feature.

Miscellaneous

  • Rewritten change detection. No more spurious “Do you wish to save changes” warnings
  • Safely deletes unused slide and original image files from album folder
  • Warns and guides users who haven’t set up their ftp settings right
  • Thumbnail specific information is now only displayed when hovering the mouse over the small “info-i” status icon
  • Speed-up to deleting directories over SAMBA mounted network drives
  • Implemented performance of files linked to SAMBA mounted network drives too
  • Added multiple logging levels to ease debugging
  • New icons and images
  • Bundled with updated skins (HTML5 instead of Flash)
  • Splash screen now displays license type
  • Fix for broken “Repair all links”
  • Various bug fixes

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David Ekholm
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3 months ago David Ekholm

@David, Just upload again using jAlbum's uploader. It should automatically figure out what files have changed and only upload those. If it doesn't behave like that for you, please contact helpdesk@jalbum.net

David Bowling

3 months ago David Bowling

When uploading a changed album to my own web space how do I upload ONLY the changes and not the whole album?

David Ekholm
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3 months ago David Ekholm

@devalois, Untick "Check for updates" under jAlbum preferences. Notifications about updates (actually any notifications) are dismissed once and for all by clicking the close (X) in their corner.

devalois

3 months ago devalois

How I can do to stop the update warning appear ?. I do not want to upgrade, and I paid the version 11, and it bothers me a warning on a product that I paid.

Cary Fernandez

3 months ago Cary Fernandez

@David, thanks for your quick reply!

David Ekholm
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3 months ago David Ekholm

@Cary, the shopping cart will be inactive until you get a v12 license, but jAlbum 12 is fully functional in all other regards, and no ads will be shown.

Cary Fernandez

3 months ago Cary Fernandez

I have license for v11; if I download trial of v12 is it fully functional or are some commands inactive? Thank you :)

Anders Callertun
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4 months ago Anders Callertun

jAlbum before v10 required no license, and all v10 licenses were upgraded to v11, so you got a v11 license or none at all.

carnock

4 months ago carnock

Last question :-)
If my license is for a version before 11, say 8 or 9. Can I still have the discount ?

/Peder

Anders Callertun
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4 months ago Anders Callertun

@carnock You don't have a license on the account "carnock", so you have bought your jAlbum 11 license for another account. Please contact our support if you have further problems, unless you want everyone that have ever written a comment on this post to hear about your problem. :-)

carnock

4 months ago carnock

Hi David
If I try to purchase version 12 I get a price of € 29, even if I'm signed in.
How can I get the discount ?

/Peder

David Ekholm
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4 months ago David Ekholm

@carnock, yes, you can serve jAlbum albums from any web server as the generated pages are plain static html pages. jAlbum 12 requires a license upgrade, but we offer an upgrade discount. Just make sure you're signed in when you upgrade.

carnock

4 months ago carnock

Hi
Can I make an album on my Windows machine and then upload the album to my Asustor NAS ?
Will it work on that platform ?

Also, I have an old licens, before version 11. Do I have to pay for a new licens if I want to use jAlbum 12-> ?

/Peder

David Ekholm
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5 months ago David Ekholm

@JoopN, Good that you solved the 30 day issue, if not we could as well give you another 30 days of free trial so you can properly evaluate jAlbum. I'll check out the bugs section now.

JoopN

5 months ago JoopN

Hello David,
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.