jAlbum 13 is here

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

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David Ekholm

David Ekholm 8 maanden geleden

@tomtrumm, please mail to helpdesk@jalbum.net. That's the best forum to sort this out.

tomtrumm

tomtrumm 8 maanden geleden

@david, thanks, i upgraded to version 15 now.
How do i share a jAlbum account and what do you mean with using online jAlbum?
I have my own webspace with unlimited GB, for some Projects i need over 1TB of webspace.
And by the way, is this here the right place for all these questions?

David Ekholm

David Ekholm 8 maanden geleden

@tomtrumm, not quite. You still need one person assigned to maintain the gallery, i.e. to approve if the submitted images are for inclusion, but the process of gathering the images in one gallery is greatly simplified with collaborative albums. If you really want a shared jAlbum album that's maintained by several people, then share a jAlbum account and use online jAlbum

tomtrumm

tomtrumm 8 maanden geleden

I am using jAlbum for years now as a location scout for presenting my locations to several productions. Is it with the new versions wich include Collaborative albums possible to share Project files with collegues like Dropbox? I would like to get rid of Dropbox, because i prefer a online gallery like jAlbum. But it would make more sense to use it like a share folder.

David Ekholm

David Ekholm 2 jaar geleden

Yes, visitors can comment using the commenting widget (See settings->Widgets) or by integrating the album with Facebook commenting for instance. The Turtle skin supports the later.

RW Batenburg

RW Batenburg 2 jaar geleden

It is also possible that viewers of the images comment on the pictures

David Ekholm

David Ekholm 2 jaar geleden

@Pierre, we will have the French text updated for jAlbum 13.2 in a couple of days

Pierre Delaporte

Pierre Delaporte 2 jaar geleden

Rien en français ?

David Ekholm

David Ekholm 3 jaar geleden

@Rick, another reason for updating is to keep up with bug fixes and adoptions to a changing environment. Nowadays, more and more people surf using their mobile devices. There are new responsive skins coming out now (PhotoBlogger, responsive etc) but they require jAlbum 13.

Rick Conley

Rick Conley 3 jaar geleden

I love the jAlbum software and have used it exclusively to post photos on my website for about 5 years now. However, since I don't collaborate with anyone and don't need any assistance organizing my photo storage, I am not sure there is any advantage for me to upgrade to version 13.

Juthi khan

Juthi khan 3 jaar geleden

Great software.

David Ekholm

David Ekholm 3 jaar geleden

@Oscarssonwall, Du laddar bara ner den vanliga v13 från vår sajt. jAlbum känner av den förlängda licensen automatiskt. Har du problem att ladda ner så prova en annan spegel via http://jalbum.net/software/download/all-system s/

oscarssonwall

oscarssonwall 3 jaar geleden

Jag har förnyat men kan ändå inte ladda ner 13.0
/Bo

David Ekholm

David Ekholm 3 jaar geleden

@oscarssonwall. Vill du inte förnya licensen så kan du ladda ner v12.7 från http://jalbum.net/software/download/previous

David Ekholm

David Ekholm 3 jaar geleden

@ oscarssonwall
Din licens gäller för evigt, men gäller endast v12. Du erbjuds 50% rabatt om du förnyar licensen. Då ingår dessutom fria uppdateringar, stora som små under ett år.