Documentation of jAlbum

See the new manual pages, this is a single page manual from 2014.

Contents

Main Page

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This is the page that opens when you start jalbum.

  1. This button allows you to sign in to your jAlbum account. If you have purchased a license for jAlbum, the license will automatically be activated when you sign in. Once you are signed in, this button changes to a sign out button.
  2. This is JAlbum's notification center. It notifies you when there is a new jAlbum update, skin update, when the account is about to expire and a lot of other things.
  3. This is the list of all your recent album projects, you can have X album projects in this list. The list can be sorted as recent, a-z or z-a. Click on a project to open it.
  4. Select the Empty project to create a new album project.
  5. Add images to a new album project by clicking add or drag and drop images or folders from the file system directly to jalbum.
  6. In this section you can select skin and style. If you click the gearwheel the skin settings will open and if click on the info symbol the skin information window will open.
  7. This settings button opens jAlbum settings. These settings are applied to the album project you are working with and is independent of the skin you use.


Preferences

Preferences >> General

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On this page you can change the general program settings.

  • You can change the language, jAlbum is translated to many different languages but note that the skin settings might not be translated since the interface for the skin settings is created by the skin developers.
  • You can also change the Look and feel of the user interface. By default you will have the Look and feel of your OS.
  • You can change the Number of Threads, this setting determines how many images and slide pages that will be processed simultaneously. Read more about this here.
  • You can also change the logging level, which controls the level of details in error messages. If you get error messages and need support, it's great if you can change the logging level and send us a more details error report. ???
  • You can check for updates, when this checkbox is ticked you will get a pop up when you start jalbum telling you to update if you are not using most recent version of jAlbum.
  • You can choose to show warning dialogs, to display thumbnails in file chooser, to remember last window position and size, to save backups of album projects, to show tip of the day, to use jalbum’s integrated browser and to close progress dialog when done. ADD A SENTENCE FOR EACH OF THESE SETTINGS?


Preferences >> album

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On this page you will find program settings for the albums.

  • You can choose what jAlbum shall do when you are adding new files to the program, the options are ask, copy or link. Ask is the default state, but if you know that you are always linking the images or always copying then it's good to change it so that you don't have to answer that question every time you are adding new images to jalbum. You can read more about copying and linking here.
  • You can also change the location of the folder My Albums, this is the folder that contains all the album projects on your computer.
  • You can also add and remove illegal characters, just press Restore to get the default settings back.
  • You can choose to Clean old output files on make all, Synchronize output directory, Cache thumbnails, turn on and off Video support, Allow local flash preview and Keep track of files copied from memory cards. MER INFO OM VARJE INSTÄLLNING?

Settings specific for the skin are Use layout hints and to Restore previous settings. MER INFO...

A settings specific for image editing is Write xmp metadata to files. MER INFO....


Preferences >> Publishing

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  • This is the program settings that is concerning publishing. You can choose what jAlbum shall do after the album has been published, open published album or do nothing. open published album the default setting.
  • You can choose to Include high-res images for print and backup, a folder called hi-res will be included in the uploaded album containing all images in high resolution.
  • Include the lifeboat file includes a zip file in the uploaded album containing a back-up of your album settings.
  • The setting Max simultaneous transfers is by default set to 8. If you for example get memory problems it might be a good idea to try and lower it to 4.
  • Under advances you will find Use zip streaming when available, this setting helps speed up the transferring by transferring the whole album as one compressed file.
  • And under paranoia you have the option to Encrypt manifest file, this setting prevents album viewers from inspecting the manifest file and in that way list your published files.


Preferences >> Advanced

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On this page you will find the advanced program settings.

  • You can configure the proxy host and port.
  • The Compatibility mode can make older skins work, but it requires more RAM memory.
  • Attempt to use native file dialogs and Unify image color model to RGB or ABGR can also be turn on and off here. MER INFO!
  • You can also see a list of the supported video formats, the list can be edited.


View modes

At the top right corner of the window, there are 5 view modes: Explore, Edit, Preview, Share and Slide Show.

Explore

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  1. In this view mode, you can change the album's structure. You can add and delete images. You can move around the images, you can create folders and delete folders and you can drag the images between the folders.
  2. If you check out the menu (top left) you will find some things you can do in this view mode, you can add pages (about and contact), select album or folder thumbnail, rotate images, etc..
  3. If you right click on an image or a folder or in the white space, even more options will appear.
  4. This is one more level of view modes: File name, Title, Caption and Keywords. When you click on them you will see that the text under the images changes. For example, when caption is marked it is the image's captions that you are changing when editing the text below the images.


Edit

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By double clicking on any image or folder or hover the mouse and press edit, jAlbum will go to the Edit view mode.

  1. In the column to the right you can view and change information about the image.
  2. In the top menu, you can edit the image: straighten it, crop it, auto correct it, change brightness, contrast and saturation, and you can also add different filters.


Preview

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In preview mode you will see a preview of your album. When you click make album, the preview page will automatically open when the album built has finished. If you go directly to the preview without pressing make album, jalbum will automatically build the album for you so that you will always see the latest version of the album when you’re in preview mode. If you open the settings from this page and change something, the changes will automatically be built when you press ok.

  1. The album is previewed in JAlbum’s integrated browser, if you instead wants to view the album in your standard browser, you can just press the button right next to the browser bar on the right side. To turn off jAlbum's integrated browser and always preview in your standard browser, just go to preferences (ctrl+,) >> General.
  2. You can also open the album folder in your file system by cling on the folder symbol.
  3. And you can upload the album.
  4. When the album is uploaded you can switch between the uploaded version and the local version.


Share

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When the album is uploaded, it's time to share it. Go to the view mode Share. jAlbum offers the opportunity to share the album in many different social media and on jAlbum.net in a very simple way. When you share the album on jalbum.net, the album will show up on the recent albums page and in your guestbook.


Slideshow

In this view mode you can see a slideshow with all images in your album.

Settings pages

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When clicking on the settings button, the album settings will open. These settings applies to the album you are working in.


General

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On this page you can change the album thumbnail. If you upload the album to jalbum.net, this is the image displayed on your profile page. If you use the Turtle skin, this is also the header/theme image on the main page of your album. Browse through the images in the album by using the arrows below the image to select the album thumbnail.

You can also change the album title, add keywords and a description.

You can also change the directory locations. The first text field is the location of the image directory. The second one is the output directory, the finished album will be placed in this folder and it's the folder that you upload. When the album is uploaded, you can see the address to the album in the third textfield Address.


Pages

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  1. These settings controls what the thumbnails is linking to in the album. Link to scaled-down images only is exactly as it sounds. Link to hi-res* via scaled images means that the scaled images is shown in the slideshow but there is a link or a button on each page that allows the viewer to view the hi-res image. Link to originals will link to the original images, no scaled images will show in the album. This is not recommended if you have large images since the images might take to long to load. Link to originals via scaled images works the same as Link to hi-res* images via scaled images but instead of viewing the hi-res image, the viewer will see the originals. 
Make slide pages means separate slide pages is created for all images in the album. When this checkbox in unfilled it means that one slide page is used and only the image is changing. This gives a more dynamic and smoother impression when viewing the slideshow (this setting only works in Turtle). 
Copy originals means that a copy of the originals is included in the album.
  2. This setting does not work for all skins, it depends on how the skin itself handles the thumbnail layout.
  3. When the image order on view>>Order by is set to According to jAlbum settings, these settings will be applied.
  4. You can add a link to your home page in the album. This is great if you for example are linking to the album from your home page and want the user to be able to get back to your home page after finnish viewing the album. Add the URL with “http://” included and then add an appropriate text.
  5. Credit links are displayed by default in all albums, here you can change the credit link text or you can turn it off. You need to have a license in order to turn it off.


Images

General

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This is the general image settings. You can change the scaling method, smooth gives the best result, but if you have memory problems you can try medium. You can also change the sharpen, the image quality and the size.


Advanced

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This is advanced image settings. You can force jalbum to write jpeg for all images even if they are png or gif by ticking the checkbox Force JPEG writing. You can also Save thumbnails with higher JPEG compression quality. You can Attempt to use hardware accelerated scaling which speeds up the scaling but can degrade the quality on some graphics cards. Progressive mode means that jalbum uses progressive encoding. You can also choose to Superimpose film icon onto movie thumbnails and you can change the background color for translucent images.


Effects

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On this settings page you can add effects to the images, these effects are applied to all images in the album, including images in sub folders. You can add a watermark to the images, by using text, a logo, or both. You can also add other effects to the images like greyscale and other filters.


Videos

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This is the video settings page. You can change the video quality and the resolution. You can also add your own settings in the advanced part of this settings page.


Widgets

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The widgets are added as a bar in the bottom of your album. You need to bee signed in to your jalbum account in order to use the widgets. The available widgets are About, Comments, Counter and Share.


Advanced

General

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On this page you can change the default character encoding and choose to always write UTF-8. It's recommended to have Write UTF-8 on. You can change the date format and change patterns that shall be ignored.

Process sub directories means that jalbum recursively searches through sub directories when looking for images. Process only updated sub directories means that jalbum skips sub directories if the directory haven't been touched since the last album built. Include sub directories in index pages does exactly what it says. Use thumbnail for folder icon means that an image from that folder will be used as thumbnail instead of the standard folder icon. Exclude new images by default automatically excludes recently added images in image directory.


Metadata

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The checkboxes in Comment sources controls what comment sources jAlbum shall use. Title source does the same for the title.

Include photographic data in generated pages means including metadata like camera settings (EXIF) and IPTC data. Include photographic data in generated images does the same but for the images. Include xmp metadata in generated images includes xmp metadata in generated close ups and hi-res images. You can also Include jAlbum widget support. Suppress internet explorer warnings means that javascript warnings are prevented from showing in IE when previewing an album. Generate media RSS feed simplifies album indexing and allows visitors to subscribe to albums.


Naming

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On this page you can change the naming. You can also choose to URL-encode links, you need to have this checkbox filled in order to make links with spaced and international characters work with the web. Uncheck for local browsing. Generate web-safe file names ensures that characters that aren't supported in URLs are avoided in generated files.

User variables

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On this page you can add user variables. Read more about user variables [here].


Upload/Manage

Click on the small arrow on the upload button to open Upload/Manage.

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On this page you can choose where to upload your album. You can add a new account profile by clicking on the add button. You can remove an account profile by marking it and click on the remove button. You can also rename it by marking it and click in the rename button.

When you add an account profile you need to choose if it's a jalbum account or an account on other server. Read more about uploading to your own site here. Read more about uploading to jalbum here.

Press connect to connect to the selected account profile.