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jAlbum / Explore

This view mode lets you explore your project's files, add, rearrange and delete items, select items for editing and enter titles, comments and keywords.

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Projects pane

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You can sort your recent projects, by clicking on the 'recent projects' button, alphabetically ascending or descending. The number of recent projects can be set in Preferences/General, each project has a thumbnail, set by using the 'use as folder thumbnail' as shown below. The selected project will show any folder structure below its name, sub-folders can be shown by clicking on the right-facing small triangle to the left of the folder's name. Clicking on on of the sub-folders will update the explore view to show the contents of that folder. You can drag images from one folder to another by dragging its thumbnail over the project's folder icons.


To the right of the project's name is a small downward facing triangle, clicking on it opens up a contextual menu.

  • Settings Opens the last used settings window.
  • Skin settings Opens the select skin's settings window.
  • Collaborative album Either start or stop collaboration by attaching/detaching your jAlbum 'inbox' to the project. If the project is already setup for collaborating you can invite collaborators and check for any new objects from your collaborators.
  • Make album Make or update the album.
  • Preview Preview the local album, within jAlbum if integrated browser is enabled (you can then hold Alt/Opt while clicking to force preview in an external browser) or an external browser if not.
  • Publish Publish your album to the internet.
  • Upload/Manage Mange your internet accounts, lets you select an upload location for each album.
  • Embed album Generates the HTML code to embed your album using iFrames or JavaScript
  • Close album project Close the current project and select the 'empty' project ready to make a new project.
  • Delete You can delete the local album, the published album or the entire project.
  • Remove from list Remove the current project from the recent projects list.
  • Rename Rename the current project. This actually changes the project's folder name on your disk drive.
  • Album information Provides information on your project including the date of any recent changes:
The location and name of the project settings file, the default name is album-settings.jap.
How many images and their total file size; the location of the project folder on your computer.
Local album, location and number of files and folders along with the total storage space. The local album can be deleted by clicking on a small trash can icon.
  • Published album If the album has been uploaded to the internet then you get the same information and options as above but for the remote content.

The toolbar

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  • Add: Clicking the ‘add’ button will open a file chooser allowing you to navigate to your files and folders where you can select items to be added to your project. You can also drag and drop photos, videos or folders onto the thumbnail window pane. Click on the right half of the arrow to access Database, Facebook and Camera import options - see JAlbum/Menus/File for more information on these
  • New folder: This button adds an empty folder to your currently selected folder.
  • New page: This will open a drop down menu were you can choose a template page to add or, in jAlbum 14+ a web location.
  1. The default template is an empty page, which shows for all skins, other pages will vary by skin, for example Turtle has About, Contact, NewPhotos and Sitemap.
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    If you use templates but decide to change to another skin that also supports them you might need to update the template files before rebuilding the album. There is a tool that will automate the process for you.
  2. Web locations lets you link to pages published to the web, so you can link to other albums, YouTube pages or anywhere on the web, see image right for the resulting settings window. You can also add a web location by selecting the 'favicon', or other representing icon, in your browser and dragging it to jAlbum's explore window.
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    The resulting object has a thumbnail item with a superimposed globe - to indicate it is a web location and not a standard image.
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    The object created will take its name from the webpage it is linking to, if objects have the same name then subsequent additions will include a number to differentiate them. See Edit>Web locations if you want to make any changes to a web location object.

One use of web locations is in Making an album of albums

Note, keywords can be used in explore mode but aret not currently supported In edit mode, they can be entered but they are not saved


  • Use as folder thumbnail: This will select the thumbnail image to be used, on the index page in the album, to represent the current folder. Note, not all skins support this feature.
  • Exclude/Include item: Excluding an item keeps it within the project but excludes it from the generated album. This button toggles the state. An excluded item has a red circle with a white bar in it.
  • Rotate left/right: Rotates the image 90° to the left or to the right. This will rotate thumbnails, slide, hi-res and folder images, but not originals in the generated album. Note: jAlbum won't psysically rotate the original images in order to not cause any data loss with JPEG files. Instead jAlbum simply modifies an "orientation flag" of the image that tells how the image should be viewed.

Note, the link to hi-res images is only available for jAlbum versions earlier than 15.

  • Filter bar: This toggles the status of the filter bar (Cmd/Ctrl + F). You can filter by star rating, flag, keyword or by any combination of them. To filter, click on the stars and/or flag icons of your choice and/or enter a keyword. Only items matching all of the criteria will be shown.
  • Undo: This will undo multiple levels of recent file operations such as move, rename etc.
  • Redo: This will redo multiple levels of recent file operations such as move, rename etc.

The undo/redo is unlimited (within RAM memory limits). Refreshing the screen (F5 or F5 + Alt/Opt/SHIFT to clear thumbnail caches) or switching projects clears the undo/redo queue.


File attributes

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  • File name: Displays the actual file names of the items in the explore pane. Clicking on the text just below a selected item will put the text for that item in to edit mode, with the filename and extension selected ready for renaming. Note this mode renames the actual items in your project directories.
  • Title: Changes the text displayed below items to titles. A title can be used to change the displayed name of an item in your completed album. For example a file name can not contain certain illegal characters, but they can be used within a title. If no title has been added then the base filename (no extension) is used by default. Note the text color changes to blue for items that have titles applied.
  • Comments: Changes the text displayed below items to comments, if no comments has been applied then the file name is displayed as a navigation aid. Unlike titles, comments will not show in an album if there is no entry, that is there is no default value for comments. A comments can include HTML tags to format the text in the rendered album.

if you have previously entered comments but they are not shown go to Settings/Advanced/Metadata and ensure 'jAlbum (Text file)' is checked then press F5 to refresh the display.


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  • Keywords: Changes the text displayed below items to keywords. If no keyword has been applied then the file name is displayed as a navigation aid. Note the text color changes to green for items that have keywords applied. Multiple keywords are entered by separating them with a comma. If, and how, keywords are displayed is skin dependent, not all skins support them.

    Once a keyword has been applied it will show up, as a tag with a green background, at the bottom left of the explore pane. Drag and drop one or many keyword "tags" onto album objects to add. Drag and drop one or more keyword "tags" onto the filter bar (CTRL+F1) to filter on those keywords.



Folder properties pane

Available from jAlbum 15.

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This pane shows folder details and, if supported by the selected skin, lets you select a 'theme' image for each folder.

Clicking on the small green icon just above the pane will toggle the visibility of the pane, either collapsed or set to the default width. The two, small triangle icons, just below the green expand/collapse icon, set the width of the pane to one of three sizes. You can drag the pane to increase or decrease its width. Clicking the 'right' pointing triangle will collapse the pane, clicking the left pointing triangle will expand it to whatever width the pane has been set by previously dragging the pane or to the default width if it has not previously been manually resized. Clicking the left triangle again will maximise the pane and increase the size of the folder images - allowing you to focus on the cropping of the thumbnail/theme image(s), hiding the project thumbnails. Clicking the right facing triangle again will reset the pane to the previous state.

The name of the folder is shown to the right of the two resizing triangles, this is not an editable field.

You can enter/edit the folder title and description.

The 'Thumbnail' is the currently selected one for the folder's thumbnail, it can be changed by dragging another thumbnail onto it.

If theme images are not supported the 'Theme image' is disabled, for skins supporting theme image it will default to that used for the folder thumbnail. Some skins will also support separate folder thumbnail and theme images, to change the theme image just drag and drop another image from the current folder. If you want a different image than currently available then you need to add it to the project, drag it to the theme image placeholder and then exclude the image. If the theme image is larger than needed you can adjust the 'crop focus' by clicking on the place holder area and dragging up/down. You can revert back to the default theme image by right clicking on the theme image and using the ‘reset’ from the contextual menu.

Note: Changes to the position of the theme image crop focus will be reflected in the contextual menu's crop focus setting provided the crop focus is set to them image. Conversely, setting the contextual menu's crop focus to theme image and adjusting the crop focus there will be reflected in the folder properties pane.


Contextual menus

There are two contextual menus within the explore area, the first is Control/Right clicking in the space between thumbnails and the other Control/Right clicking on a thumbnail or hovering over a thumbnail and clicking on 'More'.

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Between thumbnails

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This gives keyboard access to open and close the filter and address bars, change the size of thumbnail images from small to large. You can change the label type, toggling between showing file names, titles, comments or keywords. Excluded items can be hidden or shown, item ordering can be changed - see 'Ordering files in each folder' below, folders and web pages added and the window refreshed (F5). The slide show can be started and the currently selected item can be edited. New in jAlbum 13 is the Organise setting.

  • Paste Paste any supported object that is on the clipboard, for example an image from your OS or another jAlbum project.
  • Select all Select all items in the currently displayed folder.
  • Review Enters review mode allowing you to examine larger versions of your images and change the star rating and labels; mark an item as the folder image or remove the image from your project.
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  • Address bar Toggles the visibility of the address bar.
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  • Filter bar Toggles the visibility of the address bar.
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  • Large thumbnails Toggles between large and standard sized thumbnails.


  • Label type Selects the type of information to be displayed for each item. You can show information for filename, title, comments or keywords.
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  • Hide excluded Toggles the visibility of items marked as excluded.


  • Organise Lets you arrange items in the current folder. You can choose from:
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Wrap in folder - to gather all items and place them in a folder.

Flatten - takes the contents of subfolders and places them at the current level.

Group alphabetically - places items in subfolders, each subfolder being named A to Z.

Group by date - places items in subfolders, each subfolder being named by the selected date format.

Group by place - places items in subfolders, each subfolder being named by the selected location criteria.

Group by keyword - places items in subfolders, each subfolder being named after the first keyword found for each item.


  • Order by Lets you arrange items in the current folder. You can choose from:
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Name

Last modified date

Camera date

Added date

Rating

Title

Comment

Type

Custom

According to jAlbum settings

Reverse

Shuffle

  • Order folders by Lets you arrange items in the current folder.

Use the structure function or drag and drop to re-arrange folders!

  • New page Lets you add further content to your projects. Web location (jAlbum 14+) is always available, other items are skin dependant, such as about and contact web pages.
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  • New folder Lets you arrange add an empty folder.


  • Update Updates the contents of the currently displayed folder.


  • Edit Enter edit mode, the item selected as the folder thumbnail will be selected.



On thumbnails

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  • Open Opens the selected item or if more than one is selected then the last to be selected.
  • Edit Opens the item for editing, if the item is a page template (.htt file) then it opens the code in jAlbum's TextPad.
  • Show in file system: Highlights the selected item in a window on your computer.
  • Invert selection: Deselects all selected items and selects all those that were unselected.
  • Review: Opens the items within the currently viewed folder in the slide show viewer, items in subfolders are not shown. If a set of images are selected then only those images will be shown.
  • Use as folder thumbnail: Use the selected image as the thumbnail for the current folder.
  • Set area tags: Display and edit face regions. Press the button labeled ‘Detect faces’, to try to automatically detect faces. If any faces are missed you can click and drag around each face to create a tag area. Tag areas can be named and given a description. The ‘Type’ is set to ‘Face’, changing it will result in a warning, as it might cause problems with other recognition software.

You can select multiple images and tag them one after another, just click 'OK' to move to the next image. Only works with jpeg images.

  • Set crop focus: For some skins that use cropped thumbnails and/or theme images, such as Tiger & Turtle, this allows you to adjust the area of an image that will be used for the thumbnail and/or theme image. See this blog for more information. From jAlbum 15 there is a new Folder properties panel which works in conjunction with this crop focus setting. Position adjustments in one will be reflected in the other.

Note, does not work with web location thumbnail images

  • Comment/Title/Keyword Select from Clear, copy from or paste to the text for the selected item(s) current attribute - comment, title or keyword.
  • List metadata: Opens a window for each image selected that displays all of the metadata for each image. As well as the standard camera data, such as ISO and F-number there is also embedded jpeg, xmp and iptc data.
  • Open with: Opens a navigation window so you can select an appropriate application to open the selected file. To choose a different application choose 'More' then hold down ALT/Opt then select 'Open with (current application)'. A new File chooser will appear that will let you choose a different application.

You must select the executable file, on a Mac for example, that means navigating through the 'application' to the executable e.g. Applications/Preview/Contents/MacOS/Preview

  • Organise: New in jAlbum 13 is the Organise setting, it can assist you in organizing your files into folders in various powerful ways.

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  • Image tools: This menu allows you to easily apply images tools added in Edit view mode to multiple images. You can select copy, paste or remove from the submenu. Copy will copy all of the image tool settings applied to the selected image, such as crop, rotation, grayscale effect etc.

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  • Effects: Displays the currently applied global image effects (See Settings/Effects) and allows exclusion of those global effects for the selected image(s). To clear effects applied to individual images in edit mode you need to select the individual image and re-enter edit mode.

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  • Exclude: Excludes the selected items from the generated album.
  • Hide: This can only be applied to folders, it includes the folder in the album but does not create any links to it. Visitors must therefore know of its existence to manually navigate to it.
  • Include original: This lets you include selected originals within your album even if you do not have 'link to originals', directly or via scaled images, selected in Settings/Pages. Note that the originals are added but that they are not linked to directly from thumbnails, they are linked via the slide page. Don't forget to ensure copy originals is checked on Settings/Pages or that the original image is accessible from the album's location.
  • Use original: Let's you use an original file as "closeup image" instead of a scaled/processed (version jAlbum 13.10 and greater). This is ideal if using animated GIF images within slide pages as GIF images are normally converted to PNG or JPEG format by jAlbum.
  • Print...: Prints a’contact print sheet’ of the selected images. The images are printed on a grid, the size of the grid is selected in a drop down menu. There are also options to include file names, image dimensions and comments for each image.
  • Save copy as: Save a copy of the selected item outside of the current project. There is no duplicate file option but you can use this to save the selected item under another name, within the current folder or add it to a different folder.
  • Convert link to copy: This will change a link to a file into a copy of that file, the original file must be accessible at the time of conversion.
  • Delete: If added as a link only the link is deleted, otherwise the actual file will be deleted. A warning dialog will appear before deleting actual files as they are completely removed, not sent to the trash!
  • Rename: Changes the file name of the selected item.
  • Rename items New in jAlbum 13.2 is the Batch Rename function which lets you rename multiple items in various ways.
  • Do not re-encode: For videos only; do not re-encode this video, use the original file instead.
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Ordering files in each folder

jAlbum sets the file ordering for individual folders to "custom" if you do any of these things: Reorder images with drag and drop (like before) Add images using the add button Add images using drag and drop Create new folders and new pages


Selecting files

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To make navigating through your project files easier you can adjust the size of the thumbnails. Clicking on the left icon will set the thumbnails to small (60%) and the right icon to normal (100%). When the thumbnails are reduced below the small size any displayed text will be hidden. See the two explore views above for how the thumbnails change.

CMD/CTRL+, CMD/CTRL-, and CMD/CTRL0 on a keyboard number pad will Increase, reduce or set the standard size thumbnail. For keyboards without a number pad CMD/Ctrl+ dos not work.


You can select one or more images or folders. This can be helpful if you want an action to apply to more than one image or folder, for example exclude more than one image or folder. You can select and deselect several images in different ways.


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If you want to select many images in a row you can hold shift while clicking on the images. Start by marking the first image without holding shift and then select the last image while holding shift. All images in between will be selected. Green squares illustrates that the images is selected.


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If you want to deselect several images in a row that is also possible when using the keyboard keys. This works the same as selecting images in a row but reversed. You can only deselect the image starting from the end. Hold shift and click on the last image you want selected, all images after that image will be deselected. Dashed green rectangles illustrates that the images has been deselected.


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To select multiple images that are not in a row you can instead use cmd (on mac) or ctrl (on Windows). Just hold the key while clicking on the images you want to select or deselect.


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You can deselect random images in the same way. Hold cmd (on mac) or ctrl (on Windows) and click on the images you want to deselect.


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You can also select images by holding the mouse and drag a square over the images you want to select. See screenshot to the right.

You can actually deselect images in the same way. Hold the mouse and hold Shift or cmd/ctrl (both works the same) and drag a square over the images you want to deselect.


Album objects may be copied between, and within, projects using the copy/paste menu. Project files and folders can also be dragged from jAlbum to any other application.