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Using a Hidden Folder to store a Zip file
Posted: 13-May-2007 23:18
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Without wishing to duplicate posts/tips, I think this merits its own thread.

It is occasionally desired to have a single zip file, easily downloadable, that contains the original images used in the album. This is easily achieved with a hidden folder and link, given that JAlbum itself recognises zip files (well, almost … see later ….).

Create the zip file and locate it in the "hidden" folder. Using the methods described above, a link will open that folder's Index Page. Right-click the zip file's thumbnail, then Save As will allow the file to be downloaded to the local PC.

However, JAlbum v7.1 seems to support zip files when they exist in the top-level folder, only. When a zip exists in a sub-folder, the build fails with an "Unsupported File Format" error message.

A workaround:

Use a 2-pass build; process the dedicated "hidden" zip folder first, then the album as normal. The project jap file can exclude the zip folder, if necessary, in which case a comment link or similar is required to access that folder's Index Page.

The url can be given directly to a user, and therefore no indication of the existence of the "hidden" zip folder will be directly visible in the album.

See Hidden Folder with a Zip File

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