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 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 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!

 

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!!!

Download links:      

 

After a long wait, we’re proud to present jAlbum 13 to you. In this blog we’re going to talk about two improvements that stand out:

  1. Collaborative albums
  2. Powerful file organizer

Fair licenses

Before moving more into these improvements, let’s first mention the license terms: As promised in our blog post from Feb 25, we have added a 12 months support & update plan to all those who have purchased a v12 license, starting from the date of purchase. This means that those who purchased a jAlbum 12 license after October 28, 2014 are entitled to a free update to v13.0! The license badge on your profile page and on the “About jAlbum” dialog in our software will tell how long your support & update plan is valid. Those who have an older v12 license get 50% discount when they purchase a new license, (which includes a 12 months support & update plan). Those who have v11 licenses get 30% discount when they can purchase a new license, (which includes a 12 months support & update plan). The discounts are automatically deducted from the price when you go to the checkout page. Just ensure you’re signed in.

Collaborative albums

With jAlbum 13 we’ve made it easier to manage albums where several people contribute with images. You now have an email address in the format username@jalbum.net (usable only for collaborative albums, not for regular email). This email address can be attached to one or many collaborative album projects.

Images mailed to such addresses appear automatically in the respective album project. When jAlbum running, this happens in the background. You will be notified to your ordinary email address when new images have been submitted. The subject line tells what album project to add images to. Captions can be added by simply writing a line of text below each attached image. (Captions embedded in the image files are also respected). Once you no longer wish to allow images to be mailed to an album project, you simply detach the email address from it. jAlbum keeps track on who contributed which images, indicated by a small “head” status icon next to each thumbnail image. Once you upload or update a collaborative album using jAlbum, contributors are notified via email that there has been an update to an album where they have contributed images. Here’s our first collaborative album that YOU are invited to contribute to.

Powerful file organizer

jAlbum is appreciated by many who manage huge amounts of images, still the focus has been on presenting images and not organizing them. With jAlbum 13, we think you will find jAlbum being a great file organizer too. If you already have all your images organized in well labeled folder structures and no duplicates, you can stop reading this, but if you’re like me, having images spanning several years in various folders on my network drive and local computers, with many duplicate images taking up disk space, then jAlbum 13 comes to the rescue. Selected objects can be automatically organized into folders based on camera date, name or place (GPS location). You are presented with many choices and keyboard shortcuts to make the organization process flexible and quick.

To organize an existing album project, open it and select the objects to organize, then right click and select “Organize”. To organize existing images on disk, drop your images folder onto jAlbum when no project is open and select “Use folder”. jAlbum will now work directly on those files, meaning that any change within jAlbum actually applies to that physical folder. If you’re not comfortable with this, simply organize copies or links within existing album projects. You can also have jAlbum organize the folder structure of the generated album only, leaving the location of the original images untouched. If you prefer this, then check out the new Settings->Structure tab.

Now, let’s inspect the different organization options:

With date grouping you can for instance organize your files by year, month and day and any combination thereof. You can even specify your own date patterns to customize the folder tree. An example continously shows what end result you can expect and presets are available for common choices.

When grouping by place, jAlbum uses GPS coordinates embedded in many of today’s digital images to map images to a place, region and country. Thank you geonames.org for providing such an excellent geolocation service!

The alphabetical grouping, uses the initial character of file names to group images into folders. This is handy for collectors who have their objects (insects, flowers etc) properly named, but wish to ease locating them alphabetically.

You also have a convenient way to wrap selected images into a folder, which will be a time saver when going through and organizing image sets manually. Just select a group of images, hit CTRL+ALT+W, name the new folder and done. The selected images are now moved inside the recently created folder.

There is also a handy Flatten operation that moves images out of their sub folders and places them in the current folder.

During these operations, jAlbum will handle file naming collisions and removal of duplicate files. If the result wasn’t what you wanted, you can undo these operations as jAlbum 13 now features multi level undo/redo.

I now naturally have my images perfectly organized by date and month on our network drive thanks to jAlbum 13. I hope you find it useful too!

/David Ekholm