This Changes Everything

jAlbum loves smartphones

I dare to claim that jAlbum v31 is the most important update we've made in years. Bold words, but even skeptics agree. This release brings jAlbum closer to your mobile phone than ever.

We now use QR codes to ease everything from adding images and videos from your phone, to previewing galleries on your phone and inviting others to contribute with images.

The importance of this integration cannot be overstated: For many people, the mobile phone is now their preferred camera. After all, it fits in your pocket and the image quality has increased drastically over the years. Disregarding that, the mere fact that over 50% of web galleries are viewed on mobile phones today demands that your galleries look and behave great on such devices as well. With jAlbum 31, previewing from your phone and adding images from it is now done in seconds.

Add from phone

People struggle to transfer images from phones to computers in all kinds of ways:

  • Using a cable
  • Through email
  • Through cloud services
  • Using AirDrop (if you're fully within Apple's ecosystem)
  • Using dedicated apps
All these methods have obvious drawbacks: "Where's that cable?", "Uh, that's slow", "I don't own a Mac", "I don't have that app" etc.

Enter jAlbum 31! jAlbum's "add" button is now fitted with a "From phone" menu item. Click it and you'll be presented with a QR code:
 
 
 
 

 
Just aim your phone's camera onto that code and follow the link the phone presents. This will bring you a screen that has one button for selecting images/videos and one for transferring them to jAlbum.
 
Once you've made your choice and hit that "Upload" button, jAlbum will respond with a sound and accept your selection. You'll see a progress indicator during the transfer and hear another confirming sound from jAlbum once done. Your selection will end up in the currently open jAlbum folder. (If you don't have any open project, then jAlbum will prompt you for a project name)
 
 
What looks like a file transfer app is actually a web page, served by jAlbum! You can bookmark it or save it to your home screen for future use. That way you don't even need to scan the QR code again. jAlbum will accept incoming images and videos another 5 minutes. To re-enable file transfers, just select "Add from phone" again.
 
Can it be any easier? No app downloads, no slow cloud uploads, no integrity considerations. Just super fast transfers from any mobile device, be it a phone, tablet, iOS or Android!
The only requirement is that both devices are on the same network.
 

QR invite

What if you're not on the same network, or what if jAlbum isn't running? Can you still gather images to an album from external devices? Yes you can! Use the new "QR invite" function we've added to Collaborative albums:
Settings - General - Collaborative album - QR invite
 
This will present you with a QR code that will let people email attached images to your album. You can save the QR code to disk or print it in order to invite visitors to an event to contribute with their images.
 
Once jAlbum is running it will check for additions to Collaborative albums on a minutely basis and download them to the designated project.
 
On Collaborative albums: Each registered jAlbum user gets a free email address in the format username@jalbum.net. The title designates the target project.
 
Phone preview
As stated earlier it's highly important that your galleries look great on mobile devices as well. Now it's easier than ever to check their appearance on your mobile. You no longer need to upload the galleries prior to viewing them on your phone, and no typing long addresses either. Just SHIFT-click the preview button. This presents you with a QR code. Aim your phone's camera onto that code and follow the link presented. You're now previewing the album on your phone.
 
 
jAlbum's integrated browser is also fitted with a new QR button. This allows you to view any page on your mobile that the integrated browser is currently viewing.

Before developing v31, we never imagined that QR codes could bring so many benefits. Don't you agree?

What are you waiting for? Get jAlbum 31 today! v31 is a free update to anyone who is on a current support and update plan. Discounts apply to old users. Just sign in and head to our purchase page to see your low upgrade price.

Sign in to post
Add your comment
Post comment
David Ekholm

David Ekholm 5 months ago

@James, Please write to support@jalbum.net and we'll assign your case to our skin expert Laza.

James J Van Eimeren

James J Van Eimeren 5 months ago

David,

Don't much care about the phone additions! I would be much happier to see the thumbnails from my five albums showing properly in the intro page! All my art formats are being butchered,
especially at the bottoms!!! I am on the latest version of the Target skin 5.1.3.

Jim Van Eimeren jveartprints.jalbum.net

David Ekholm

David Ekholm 9 months ago

@Marko,
Yes, that can be done as well: Right-click the project and select "Monitor changes->Make and upload". This will make jAlbum automatically make- and upload additions and changes to that project.

Marko

Marko 9 months ago

Great feature!

Question: would it be possible to upload the photo and add it to the existing jAlbum directly from the camera vie FTP connection as well?

Jean Louis

Jean Louis one year ago

in french please. Thanks

David Ekholm

David Ekholm one year ago

@campisten, Yes, you can naturally use "Add from phone" to add images and videos to any jAlbum project, no matter if you host the final album with us or any other web host.

On GPS info. It sadly seems that Apple strips the GPS info from images when uploading them using a web page. It didn't help switching Safari to Chrome. This must be a behavior of iOS. Annoying. Please ask Apple how to avoid this "feature"

campisten

campisten one year ago

When I transfer pictures to JAlbum this way the GPS info does not follow along, is it me or the system preventing this?

campisten

campisten one year ago

Does this work on selfhosted JAlbums?

Chane

Chane one year ago

Great choice to use a web page so it works on every type of device!

David Ekholm

David Ekholm one year ago

@Johnno, we guess it's kind of a security issue, e.g. the mobile security software is blocking access to the photos from the browser. Check your security settings.

David Ekholm

David Ekholm one year ago

@Johnno, Thanks for reporting. This is unheard of. We're using a browser directive that is supposed to make the phone present images for selection. Please describe this issue in a small email to support@jalbum.net so I can assign it to the right person.

Johnno

Johnno one year ago

Using the Samsung Galaxy 22 Ultra and the QR code brings up loads of options for where to download from - except the Samsung Gallery :-(
Both phone and PC are on the same network.
Any suggestions?