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You can also install the skin by unzipping this file into the skin folder.

Min. jAlbum version

IMPORTANT: BEFORE any skin update save the current album! AFTER a skin update you'll have to reopen the current album or reload the skin with CTRL-R before "Make" in order the new version loaded completely. Also make sure to reprocess all the subfolders: read the "NEW SKIN VERSIONS" paragraph below!

TURTLE is an HTML5 / CSS3 dynamic album template with transition effects, slideshow, map, shopping cart, videos, background music, full site navigation and many more. Works on touch devices too. Has 27 separate styles plus tons of customization options.

There are 2 basic operation modes for Turtle: "Single page" and "Separate slide page" mode. Use the "Settings / Pages / Make slides" to select.

In SINGLE PAGE MODE all the images are placed on the same html page, and the skin replaces them dynamically as you navigate through the album. In this mode you can have continuous background music, smooth transition effects, and lower server load.

In the SEPARATE SLIDE PAGES MODE your album will show every image on a separate html page, which enables Facebook or other social sites to Like, comment and share the images separately and search engines can find your photos easier as well. It will not allow as smooth transitions as single, no background music and results in almost doubled server load.

If you plan to add MORE THAN 500 photos in a single folder I'd suggest to use the separate slide pages mode to avoid memory leak with less robustly written browsers.

About the two modes please refer to:

You can add CUSTOM PAGES too: right-click -> New page -> Empty or from template: About, Contact, Sitemap.

To choose the HEADER IMAGE (a.k.a theme image) use the right-click -> "Use as folder thumbnail" menu. You can exlude this photo from the album at the same time with right-click -> "Exlcude".

NEW SKIN VERSIONS are not guaranteed to be backwards compatible with older versions, thus after a skin upgrade you'll need to regenerate the whole album with "Settings / Advanced / Process subdirectories" = ON and "Process only updated subdirectories" = OFF! This will not reprocess all the JPG's, only the HTML pages, which is a lot faster, particularly in single page mode.

SEARCH feature also needs reprocessing all the subfolders (see above!) every time.

In order the FACEBOOK LIKE, share, comment and similar social functions work properly you need to specify the Upload Path in "Settings / Turtle / Advanced / Upload path" before album Make as absolute URL to album base. (Normally you can upload the album to any site after the album is made but these sites require this information within the album, which can't be changed later.) Turtle can also sniff out the proper upload path, but only after the album has been uploaded once.

Your comments are welcome - write a comment on the right, but PLEASE POST BUG REPORTS, feature requests IN THE TURTLE FORUM, see below.


Uses JavascriptIntegrated shopping cartSearch within albumFreewareTransition effect(s)Displays mapPlays audio filesSupports foldersTouch interface supportDisplays EXIF/IPTC dataWeb page supportHas slideshowPlays video filesBackground musicjAlbum widget support
Mar 17, 2010
Last updated
May 24, 2016

Commercial use is only allowed if you have a jAlbum Pro license.
Modifications of the skin are allowed.
To get rid of the nag screen you have to pay for a jAlbum license.


5.4.8 May 24, 2016 (current)

- "Skip thumbnail page" didn't work
- Missing preview for "Other" file types with THM files

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devalois 19 days ago

hello, I can make photos appear as if they were a collage without being open with their actual size , rather than as squares ? as on this page Thanks!!!

Laca Molnar

Laca Molnar 18 days ago

No, in Turtle you can't have a collage instead of thumbs. Check out Clang or Hydrogen skins for such layouts.


devalois 17 days ago


Bernd Dietrich

Bernd Dietrich one month ago

No matter what's the reason for the skipped preview - I've ordered an Google API Key last night and now it's all okay. Thanks again for attention!

Bernd Dietrich

Bernd Dietrich one month ago

My Site is still in development and what I told you is only happening on the local version of the site. I've uploaded a small test version on my webspace and with this one all is okay. I'm hosting another small project on anther server based on the chameleon skin and it also works fine. What's now happening occurs only, when i start the index.html from disk. And I can assure you, i'm far away from 25000 downloads! I will wait till tomorrow - perhaps it's a problem concerning my provider 1&1?

Laca Molnar

Laca Molnar one month ago

Is this so important that the local preview works with Google Maps? If this affects only the local preview it should nothing to do with your provider then.

Bernd Dietrich

Bernd Dietrich one month ago

Hi, is it possible that Google has something changed with the Google map api? Till yesterday, i'd no problem in using the map funktion in Turtle. Today the map shortly flased up and then a message appeared, that Google hasn't been loaded correctly. The web-console showed me: "Google Maps API error: MissingKeyMapError". This happens on two different computers - one running under XP the other using Win7. The newest Java-version is installed 1.8.0_91-b15. Perhaps of interest: An older version of 'Routeconverter.exe' (2.17) has the same failure, the actual one (2.18) works correctly, telling something about an API-fix concerning a chinese server?! Thanks for an answer!

Laca Molnar

Laca Molnar one month ago

The missing key is "expected", it's just a warning, that without an API key you can only have 25000 map download per 24 hrs. I guess it's more than enough in a normal album. Read more here: I've checked my sample album and it works fine:

Bogdan Mocanu

Bogdan Mocanu one month ago

Hi, I use and love the Turtle skin, a very good job you did there! One question: can I enable reference of external resources via HTTPS? I currently run my website on HTTPS, and Chrome does not load the external fonts and the jquery min lib, as they are served over HTTP. Thanks!

Laca Molnar

Laca Molnar one month ago

Just add the Upload path (the album's URL from outside) on the "Settings / Turtle / Advanced" page. (with https:)