This post puts the spotlight on an often overlooked gem in jAlbum – the seach feature of the Turtle skin. Many people and organisations use jAlbum to present huge amounts of images, whether it is catalogues of vintage cars, handicraft or event images for the local sports club. It's not uncommon to see albums consisting of tens of thousands of images presented in hierachical folder trees.
With jAlbum's Turtle skin, you can add a search box that will simplify finding the images your viewers are looking for. It will search through all images of your album, looking for matches to the search terms within the file names, titles, descriptions, keywords and even face tags of your images! If you search for multiple words, Turtle will find all images that's matching any of them. The matching images are immediately presented in a thumbnail list and are now only one click away.
Have a play with this sample album of stock photos to see search in action!
To enable search in a Turtle based album, simply open Settings → Turtle → Site and tick the “Use search box” checkbox, then make and upload the album again. Search works no matter where the album is being hosted. It even works for albums stored on CD-ROM, memory sticks etc.
Please note: when you preview an album locally the search functionality will not work before the album make has completely finished!
David and the entire jAlbum team