jAlbum 12.2 is out

After a rather long break we finally have jAlbum 12.2 out. I’d like to share some of the highlights with you. As always you’ll find the full list of enhancements in our release notes.

New full screen slide show

jAlbum has a rewritten full screen slide show that simplifies the process of approving images. The slide show mode is not just convenient for local album presentation, it’s foremost intended to help you approve and reject images. The previous slide show allowed you to rate and flag images using your keyboard, but that was rather hidden. We now display UI controls for rating, flagging, excluding and deleting unwanted images. To hide these controls, just move the mouse to a side of the screen. The new slide show also simplifies navigation by providing first/last buttons and displaying the current position.

Zoom support

You can now zoom into your images using jAlbum’s edit panel to further assist you in your image approval process. Either use the mouse wheel or the zoom slider to zoom in and out. You can toggle max/min zoom by double clicking the image. Use the zoom control panel in the lower right of the image to pan or simply drag the mouse inside a zoomed image. To hide the zoom control panel, simply move the mouse out of the image area.

Sub directory chaining

jAlbum is a great tool to present loads of images organized in hierarchical folder structures. While this is great for keeping things organized, you may still want to allow your visitors to navigate the album in a sequential manner.

This means that clicking the “next” button of the last image in folder A will take you to the first image in folder “B” etc. To enable this feature, select “Chain directories” under “Advanced” album settings. Here’s an example of the same album presented without and with chained directories so you can compare.

Note: It is currently not recommended to use directory chaining on an album where a folder contains a mix of images and folders. You will end up with a confusing navigation.

 

Improved TIFF reading

 

Now running on Java 8

 

Experimental JavaScript support

Upon reports that some TIFF images weren’t rendered correctly (showed up as grey snow), we’ve switched the preferred library for TIFF reading from Apache Sanselan to Sun’s (now Oracle) Advanced Imaging Tools. Please report to us if you encounter any problems reading TIFF images that you didn’t have previously. To switch back to the Apache Sanselan library, simply delete the file jai_imageio-1.1.jar from jAlbum’s “lib” folder. To locate jAlbum’s “lib” folder, select Tools → Open directories → Program directory.

 

jAlbum 12.2 is approved for Java 8, the latest version of Oracle’s awesome cross platform software environment. The Windows version now runs on a bundled Oracle Java 8 instead of Java 7 and is therefore more performant than ever. This bundled Java engine is local to jAlbum only and therefore does not present any potential security risk. The security problems reported in the past have mostly been related to integrating Java in the browser.

 

jAlbum skin developers have so far been required to master a rather rich set of skills, which has narrowed the potential developer base. On top of the “must have” skills for web developers, which are HTML, CSS and JavaScript, they have also needed to understand Java or BeanShell (scripted Java) to create the user interface for skin settings and for some skin logic. We will soon allow skin developers to use ordinary JavaScript for these tasks too. jAlbum 12.2 currently allows you to play with this brand new and super fast Nashorn JavaScript engine inside jAlbum’s system console window. We’ve measured speed gains up to 6000 times (!) The future will tell how much this turbo charged scripting engine will impact album generation time...

 

Your comments on this are welcome!

Regards,
/David

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David Ekholm

David Ekholm 3年前

@Björn, I suspect the USB drive, or rather the file system layers inbetween jAlbum and that USB drive

Björn Englund

Björn Englund 3年前

I tried one more time.

The first time I copied/pasted * and that took really long time. Was on an USB 3.0 drive.

I then copied all photos to an local sata-drive and then I tried to add "Kommentar kommer senare" and that was really really faster so I dont know if my computer had monday-desease *L* or if it was the USB-drive.

David Ekholm

David Ekholm 3年前

@Björn, please mail me at david_at_jalbum_dot_net and we'll try to sort it out. I'm Swedish you you can use Swedish :-). Please state in the mail if you have the images on a network mounted disk or a local hard disk. Also please tell how many seconds it takes to add captions to for instance 100 images.

Björn Englund

Björn Englund 3年前

Th copy and paste didn't work for me in 12.2.2 but after upgrading to 12.2.4 the paste-option isn't greyed out anymore.

However it takes a looooooong time to change the caption on 124 photos and I have over 20000 to change.

And my computer isn't slow

David Ekholm

David Ekholm 3年前

@Paul, just write a caption onto one image, then right click its thumbnail and select "Copy caption". Now multi-select several target images, right click and select "Paste caption"

Paul Robbins

Paul Robbins 3年前

Would like the ability to batch change descriptions.

David Ekholm

David Ekholm 3年前

@Scotty. No worries Scotty. WIth regards to customer image selection. I think that can be done by switching on individual image selection an an email button in the Turtle skin. A list of the selected images will then be emailed to you. Not as fancy as an automated sync as we talked about, but should be a well working low tech solution to get started.

Scotty Robson

Scotty Robson 3年前

Ignore me David. I've just realised that this is built within the jAlbum software itself and is not skin related. Nor is it "customer" facing. I thought this might be a solution for my customers to select the photos they want in an album (as we have discussed previously - any news on that?). Cheers, Scotty

Scotty Robson

Scotty Robson 3年前

Hi David, how do you make use of the full screen slide show to approve images? Is this in a specific theme or can I use it with my Turtle album? Sorry if it's a stupid question...I can't work it out. Cheers, Scotty

David Ekholm

David Ekholm 3年前

@Matti, please contact helpdesk@jalbum.net and explain your problem in a little bit more detail and I'm sure we can resolve it.

Matti Kallio

Matti Kallio 3年前

Jap, doesnot work any more, want my money back