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jAlbum 16.2 news

The newly released jAlbum 16.2 comes with two new handy improvements, both a result of requests from you. If you're missing something, let us know!

Adjust camera date

jAlbum now has a function to adjust the EXIF camera date of JPEG images (i.e. the "date taken/original" date). The function works on both individual images and groups of images/folders. Just right click and select "Adjust camera date...". Up pops a dialogue looking like this:

 

(The date format adapts to your region, here showing Swedish formatting)

 

Simply select the value (day, month, year, hours, minutes, seconds) you like to adjust, then use the spinner buttons or keys Up and Down to adjust the value. If you have selected multiple images you now also have the option to either set the same new date for all images or to adjust each image by the amount/difference you have entered.


The adjustment is undoable while jAlbum is running.

Duplicate files

jAlbum's Explore view (the thumbnail view) is designed to feel like a file manager, but  with emphasis on image management. You've probably noticed many similarities with it and your computer's file manager, still it has missed a convenient way to duplicate files and folders. Now this has changed. Simply select one or many items, then hit CTRL/CMD + C followed by CTRL/CMD + V to duplicate the selected items.

 

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jAlbum 16.1 with content mirroring

jAlbum 16.1 has an interesting new folder linking behavior called "Mirror content". What "Mirror content" does is to create a folder tree mirroring the structure of the added folder, just like when you copy a folder to jAlbum, but the mirrored tree is filled with file links to the contents of the added folder instead of copies. This preserves disk space while allowing complete separation of jAlbum project files and your images.


Background
Historically, when link-adding folders, jAlbum has simply created folder links pointing to the added folders. Folder links preserve disk space and allows you to create new collections of folders in your albums without moving any physical files or folders. They also have the advantage of responding to changes in the target folders. The downside is that you may wander inside a linked folder and unknowingly be managing your original images which resides in a different location than the album project's tree of folders. File deletions made now affects real files, not copies or file links! Pay attention to the address bar above the thumbnails as it tells you what folder you're currently working in.

Usage

If you feel folder links are scary for above reason, consider the new "Mirror content" choice! This will ensure that whatever you do thereafter within jAlbum only affects that album project.
Try for instance to link-add your main image folder, hopefully containing a ton of images, then select "Mirror content" in the popup that shows.

 jAlbum's organizer group by dateNow you can go wild with the mirrored tree and for instance use jAlbums Organizer to reorganize the tree of file links, for instance by year, followed by month or location. The only thing that gets reorganized are file links within that album project, (and jAlbum's metadata files are kept with your album project too).

 

Presenting v16

Oiled-up and shiny!

“Don’t keep adding features I don’t need. Fix the annoying issues instead!”

Luckily such user comments are rare, perhaps because we put as much energy into fixing things as to developing new stuff. The new v16 is no exception. It actually focuses on fixes. Just like your car needs service every now and then, so does software. It’s not just our bugs we’re fixing, we’re adapting to changes in the software environment and bugs created by others. jAlbum 16 is designed to work faster, be more reliable, easier to use and annoy you less than ever! Here are just a few examples from the release notes:

  • Even more robust image reading. Handles more broken and oddly formatted images than ever
  • Faster search in huge albums: Minimizes network IO during search in albums due to new album-wide JSON database format.
  • More informative error messages if connecting to ftp servers fails to better assist you uploading albums.
  • New cleaner project format. Instead of scattering jAlbum's project control files among images, they are now tucked away under hidden ".jalbum" folders.

All in all, jAlbum 16 comes with over 25 fixes and improvements, not to mention the many fixes and improvements that goes into the updated skins Zigzag, Tiger and Photoblogger.

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jAlbum Wordpress Bridge – Bridging the best of two worlds

Laca Molnar

Posted 2018-4-9

by Laca Molnar


Running a site often forces you to make fundamental decisions right from the beginning. Shall I base my site on a CMS (Content Management System) or I can edit my pages myself? How can I present my huge photo collection? On one hand CMS’s make the site building a piece of cake, but they aren’t designed for multimedia – they are still a blogging platform at heart. On the other hand, while jAlbum can cope with tedious amount of structured media, is not designed for textual content.

We’ve seen various attempts to marry these platforms, but none was perfect. Using an IFRAME element to embed another page became helplessly obsolete with the advent of mobile devices, because you can’t define such a small area that would fit into the smallest screen. This method also beats the purpose of responsive albums. Using separate album pages, and only link to them from your main site raises site uniformity concerns. Even if the skin is highly customizable you can’t fully match your site’s theme.

This is why we decided to make a plugin for Wordpress – the most popular CMS platform – that can bring jAlbum albums into your pages and posts. Visitors are presented with an embedded slide show, the “projector”, which comes in a multitude of appealing and configurable styles. The images are optionally clickable, and once clicked, visitors meet a full-page jAlbum gallery where there is no end to functionality and customizability. The gallery maintainer (you) will appreciate that jAlbum is designed to efficiently handle large amounts of images. The gallery is edited offline and finally pushed to the server with the click of a button. Once set up, you only use jAlbum to maintain the gallery. No need to upload images one-by-one the Wordpress way.

Wordpress integration page »

If your site isn’t based on Wordpress, don’t worry, we were thinking of you too. Check out our

jAlbum Bridge designer »


 

Get started!

1

Create and upload a jAlbum gallery made with any skin that generates JSON files like “Tiger” or “Responsive” or tick the “Generate JSON Data” option under Settings → Advanced → Metadata for other skins (option available in jAlbum 15.3.3 and up)

2

Go to your WordPress page’s dashboard and get our plugin from here. From this point on a new button will appear in the editor – jAlbum box – which can be used both for creating new projectors and editing the existing ones. After you’ve finished with the options click “Update” on the popup and “Update” the post (or page) too.

3

Sorry, no more steps :) – Enjoy the result!

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