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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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Anders Callertun
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18 days 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

18 days 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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18 days 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

18 days 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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18 days 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

18 days 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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one month 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

one month 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.

JoopN

one month ago JoopN

Hello David,
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.

David Ekholm
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one month ago David Ekholm

@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

JoopN

one month ago JoopN

Hello David,
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?.

David Ekholm
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one month ago David Ekholm

@AndreWolff, I will consider this. There are some technical implementation reasons for having this seemingly duplicate way of applying effects.

AndreWolff
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one month ago AndreWolff

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!

David Ekholm
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3 months ago David Ekholm

@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.

sack36
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3 months ago sack36

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.