22 good reasons to update jAlbum

Hi,

Are you an old time jAlbum user and haven't decided to go for the current jAlbum version? We’ve made improvements in many areas since jAlbum 11 so I really feel you should give the current jAlbum a try. If you renew your license you’re guaranteed to get any future updates within 12 months for free. This includes the upcoming v14.0 which is just around the corner now.

Functionality

 

Great image organizer added

Powerful image effects

New video editor

Improved image editor

Collaborative albums

Flexible multi file renames

Looks

 

New responsive skins

Updated user interface

 
 

Vectorized icons

 
 

Speed

Less IO intensive

Faster thumbnail painting

Faster album rebuilds

 
 

Flexibility

Fast RAW image support

Imports directly from facebook

Integrates better with other apps through drag & drop

 
 

Ease of use

Context sensitive help

Multi level undo/redo

Improved error reporting

 

Stability

Requires less memory

64 bit app

Updated upload libraries

Numerous bug fixes

 

All improvements are listed in our

Release history »

 

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Why jAlbum?

You probably had a good reason for choosing jAlbum in the past, but let me iterate why we’re relevant today:

 

Integrity matters

jAlbum is not a centralized service like most competitors. Your galleries are fully independent. The importance of this cannot be understated. When we hear stories of image services copyrighting your images, even selling them or having security breaches in central databases, we’re reminded that the old saying “Don’t put all eggs in one basket” still holds. With jAlbum your in control of the whole image workflow independent from us. Moreover, we use open standards for metadata and configurations to avoid any lock-in.

 
 

Functionality matters

If you need a specific functionality in your gallery, say for instance sales support, Google maps integration or smooth transitions paired with background music, there is a skin for that. If a certain functionality is missing, it can be added using jAlbum's flexible APIs.

 
 

Appearance matters

Not all sites have the same look. You should be able to customize the gallery’s appearance so it blends with your site. With jAlbum you can customize appearance from a multitude of settings and even down to html/css level if you need to.

 
 

Convenience matters

Many user choose us because they can conveniently manage and upload large amounts of images regularly. Once set up, it is very straight forward to make regular updates to large galleries. Many users appreciate the ability to work offline too.

 
 

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Please remember that renewing your license will help us give you continuous support, allow us to develop the software even further, improve the skins and keep the jalbum.net site running. We depend on our users and you are an important part of our success so far, so we hope you want to be part of our future.

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Sharper images in jAlbum 13.7

In jAlbum 13.7 we've introduced support for HiDPI images (See Settings->Images). By activating this option your images will look much sharper on HiDPI screens like those found on modern mobile phones and tablets. HiDPI screens are screens that have far smaller pixels than ordinary computer screens so they pack more "dots per inch" than ordinary screens (144 or more instead of 72). They are still not that common for desktop computers, but modern tablets and mobile phones have HiDPI screens to a high degree. As the viewing distance for these screens basically is half that of a desktop computer screen, it really matters whether your images are viewed in normal or HiDPI as can be seen here:

Album on mobile device. Normal dpi (click to view full album):

Album on mobile device. Normal dpi 

 

 Album on mobile device. HiDPI (click to view full album):

Album on mobile device. HiDPI

Impressive improvement, right?

HiDPI images in jAlbum are essentially twice the pixel size in width and height. They therefore need more disk space and network bandwidth, but the size penalty doesn't have to be so dramatic as one can compress HiDPI images further without getting noticeable JPEG artifacts, this as the JPEG artifacts are now only 25% of their previous area. In these sample albums above I could lower the JPEG quality to 60% from 85% for the HiDPI album without any noticeable degration in quality. The resulting disk size went up from 0.46MB to 0.81MB, something I don't consider a problem in 2016. Just imagine how much disk space and network bandwidth has increased since 2002 when jAlbum was created...

If you don't want your albums to have this size penalty for sake of looking better on mobile devices, you can  compromise and use HiDPI for thumbnail images only. After all, the thumbnail images are those who benefit most from this change. jAlbum gives you free choices, as always. For me, it's a no-brainer. I will use HiDPI images on all future albums. To update your albums, get jAlbum 13.7 and reprocess your albums with HiDPI checked under Settings->Images. HiDPI works with the vast majority of jAlbum skins.

Warm greetings
/David and the jAlbum team

jAlbum featured in HostingAdvice

jAlbum interview in HostingAdviceI was recently interviewed in depth by the people at HostingAdvice.com. HostingAdvice has been around since the 90's and specialize in testing and reviewing hosting services and giving advice on site building tools and such. They also run tutorials on various topics that relates to running web sites. A great resource to check out.

In this interview you get to read the full story on how jAlbum started at a ski trip back in 2002 and when I was running our web site on a PC under my desk at my former work place. I'm glad I was able to convey that we're not just another image sharing service, but that we provide a truly independent way of sharing images and videos, from any web server you happen to host your site on. Host with us or with any web host. It's your choice. If you choose the later, now you know where to head for some good advice. If you happen to run a hosting service, contact us, cause we help sharing your customer's images and videos.

/David Ekholm, jAlbum

 

Zoom those thumbnails

Zoom in and out smoothly using jAlbum 13.5jAlbum is appreciated for its ability to manage huge amounts of images. Its Explorer-like user interface, support for deep folder hierarchies and flexible image organizer probably contributes to this. We've now fitted jAlbum with an elegant zooming ability. Zoom in gradually to get a better detailed view of each image without having to leave the Explore view. Zoom out to get a better overview of large image folders and assist in drag and drop image arrangement. The best: It's super fast and smooth. Get jAlbum 13.5 today!

 

jAlbum goes responsive!

thiloilg

Posted 08.02.2016

by thiloilg

According to the increasing use of mobile devices, jAlbum raised its number of responsive designed skins lately. One of the new responsive skins is "Responsive", which focuses on a responsive design as well as an easy way to embed the skin into other websites.

 

What is responsive design?

Responsive design adjusts the size of the content to the current device you are watching the application on in a way that it fits to the surroundings. Responsive design places importance on the interaction between the device and the application and applies different navigation styles for touch devices, desktop devices etc. With the help of responsive design you can show your galleries easily to your friends using mobile devices where ever you are.

 

What is the difference between a JavaScript embedding compared to an iframe embedding?

Iframe embedding has a static size which is difficult to change. It just includes a piece of another website on a certain position into your website. JavaScript embedding is responsive embedding. It can adjust itself easily to the structure and appearance of the website you want to embed the album in. It also allows you to view images in full screen, adopt font families, background colors as well as other style elements.

 

Why should you use the new skin “Responsive”?

The skin “Responsive” provides a decent looking responsive design which focuses on simplicity and plainness. It also provides JavaScript embedding as well as video support, touch support and different styles which can be easily adjusted in the jAlbum software. Responsive is made for users who already have a website build with different other website building tools or website building helpers like WordPress, Bootstrap, Yola and others.

 

What would be a good usage example for “Responsive”?

If you manage a football club website and you want to showcase pictures of different games  but do not know how to showcase them in a proper way here is what you can do. Get jAlbum, organize your images with the help of the software which can handle tons of images easily, choose the responsive skin, select a special skin design of your choice, click make Album, upload the album, pick the generated JavaScript code from the "Share" tab and copy it to your preferred location of your own website. You and visitor of your website will have the ability to comment on each picture of your gallery using the jAlbum widget.

 

Interested in implementing your own responsive skin?

Check out the single page web album entry in the development center!

 

Here are two examples how the website could look like:

WordPress example        Bootstrap example

 

What are you waiting for? Get jAlbum and get started!!!

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