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jAlbum / Welcome

This is the view mode jAlbum starts in. It shows whenever you don't have any album project open. Let's go through each part of jAlbum's main user interface:

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View modes

Explore

Here you can add, rearrange and delete the items (images, videos and folders) that makes up your album.

Edit

View and edit individual images, videos and their corresponding properties here.

Preview

Select this view mode to preview the final album in an embedded web browser.

Share

Let others know about your album.

Slide show

This full screen mode allows you to present an album locally and to approve (rate and exclude) the images of the album.

Sign in

Allows you to sign in using your jAlbum account username. 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. You can sign out if you have your own website hosting and do not want your albums listed on your jAlbum profie pages.

Notification center

Notifies you when there is a new jAlbum update, skin update, when the account is about to expire and a lot of other things.

Warning for Windows users: Windows locks open files, so updates may fail if the skin is currently selected. To prevent problems save the project and select another project that uses a different skin (or select the 'new' project and another skin). Then click the Notification icon and then update the skin, once the update has been completed you can reselect your project and continue.

Recent projects

A list of all your recent album projects, the default is 50 but you can control the number of album projects in this list in Preferences/General. The list can be sorted as recent, a-z or z-a. Click on a project to open it. You can remove all recent projects from the list by selecting the last item in the list, <<Clear list>>.

Empty project

Clicking here will close the current album project and return you to this view mode, which allows you to create new album projects by just adding files to jAlbum.

Add

Add images to a new album project by clicking add or drag and drop images or folders from the file system directly to jalbum. Click the arrow to access Facebook import and Camera import.

Skin and style

Skin

The Skin selector is a drop down menu that allows you to select any of the installed skins (templates/themes) or, at the end of the list, install more skins from jAlbum.net. Skins bundled with jAlbum appear in regular weight font and skins installed by the user appear in bold. A bundled skin however will appear in bold once it has been updated, as updates go in to the user's skins directory, not the program directory.

If you want to revert to an earlier version of a bundled skin then you will need to remove the bundled skin before you can select the older version. To delete the bundled skin select it and then click on the skin info button, confirm it is the bundled version by checking its location and then click the delete button, see 'Skin info' below for details.


Changing skins

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If you have made an album with one skin and then decide to use another one you will need to ensure that Process subdirectories and Include subdirectories in index pages are selected and Process only updated subdirectories and Exclude new images by default are not selected in Advanced settings. This is because each skin has its own resources that control the look of the web pages, so every page within the album needs to be processed to ensure they all point to the correct resources. When rebuilding the album just click 'Make album' and then upload all of your album.


Skin settings

If you click the gearwheel the skin settings will open. Some skins have their own help pages for settings specific to them, see Skin Manuals for a list of skins with user manuals.

Skin info

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If you click on the info symbol the skin information window will open. This will give you information on the skin such as the installed and current version and if a newer version is available an update option; the support page, home page and its location on your computer; The features the skin supports; the option of deleting the skin if the current skin if it is no longer used.

Warning for Windows users: Windows locks open files, so updates may fail if the skin is currently selected. See the note in the Notification centre above.

There is also a link to jAlbum's skins page, handy if you want to explore skins that are not currently installed.

Skin's can also be deleted from Menu/Tools/Skin Developer/Delete Skin, or by using SHIFT + Cmd/Ctrl + S to open the skin's directory in your computer's file system.

Style

The style selector is a drop down menu that lets you change and preview the style of your album, if supported by the selected skin. The current style is indicated by a tick, the highlighted style is the target. The popup image, if one is supplied by the skin, is an example of how the target style looks.

Settings button

Opens jAlbum settings. These settings are applied to the album project you are working with and are independent of the skin you use.

Make Album

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Click Make Album if you want jAlbum to build your album. The first time you hit Make Album, jalbum will build the whole album, depending on the album size this can take some time. But when you hit Make Album after you have just made some changes to the album, jAlbum will only make changes needed and that can save a lot of time. By default jAlbum always tries to only make changes, and by just clicking on Make Album jAlbum will decide if the whole album needs to be built or just the changes.

If you click on the small arrow to the right on the button you will see two options Make Changes and Make All. Use these options if you want to force jAlbum to Make Changes or Make All. When you press Make All jAlbum will rebuild the whole album and rescale all images. Make changes means that all HTML pages are remade, new images, new comments and new skin settings will be seen but other changes such as image bounds will not. The originals are not touched.

images are only reprocessed if they are missing in the output directory or if individual images have been updated. The originals are not touched in any of the methods.



Upload

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By clicking the upload button, jAlbum will automatically start uploading the album to the location where the album was last uploaded to. If it's the first time you upload an album with the desktop application you will be asked to enter your jAlbum account or other account profile. If this album never have been uploaded it will automatically upload to.... the account profile that was last used?????

By clicking on the small arrow to the right on the button you will get some more upload options. Upload/Manage will take you to the upload/manage page, read more about that here. You can also see all your account profiles here, by just clicking the button jalbum will upload the album to the account profile with the tick.

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If you hold shift while clicking on the upload button you can have multiple upload windows open at the same time. Just hold shift and click Upload as many times you like. This allows you to upload your album to multiple websites simultaneously.


Preview

There are two preview buttons here. The one with the filled magnifying glass will take you to the local preview and the one below will show you the published album. You will see the album in jAlbum's embedded browser if it has been enabled in Preferences/General

You can view the album in an external browser. You will find this option in preview mode, or by holding Alt/Opt down while clicking the local preview button. Read more about previewing here.


Files and folders made by jAlbum

JAlbum creates projects, albums, settings, defaults and other files, See where are my files to find out what and where your files are.

Oops!

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jAlbum is continuously being improved and enhanced, but things can go wrong from time to time. Errors might be caused by bugs in the core program, third party libraries or add on skins. Whatever the cause jAlbum will provide information that will help track down the root cause of the error and provide a way of getting details of the bug to the developers.

When an error occurs, most likely during a 'Make' or an 'Upload' process, a dialogue window will open up and a small warning (black triangle) icon will show at the bottom right of the main window.

If you just want to report the error click on the 'Report error' button and another window will pop-up saying 'The error details have been copied to your clipboard. Please include them in your report.' When you click 'OK' you will be taken to the jAlbum bug report forum, where you can post a new thread. If you know the error is skin specific then you can navigate to the appropriate skin forum and post your bug report there.

Skin developers, or those technically minded, can examine the error details and/or try to correct skin errors by clicking the 'Edit skin' button, you will be taken to the file containing the error with the cursor at the start of the line with the error. After correcting the code save the changes and try making the album again. Note, clicking 'Edit skin' will close both the error dialogue and progress windows for you :)