JAlbum: One of the best "Gallery" packages

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So I have been testing this for a while now. Trying to come up with a way to organize my photos online.

So far, the best BY FAR is JALBUM, a Free package you can get from http://jalbum.net/

Here is a typical workflow:

1. Create on the desktop two folders. Folder A will have your gallery images, including nested sub-folders (as many levels as you like). Folder B is the folder where JAlbum will write the gallery, including the images and the html/xml files that run the gallery.

2. Open JAlbum, pick a theme for your gallery (many choices, about 20 come w/the package, but you can download a lot more from JAlbum's site, or the "Skin Repository", located at http://jrepository.engblom.org/)

3. Choose your specialized options, like the size of the images (or you can keep originals untouched), and skin-specific options. Very simple, everything is very obvious, and if you hold the mouse on an option, a help thing pops up to give you help.

4. Put in your FTP information to your server space. Check with your space provider on the details of that.

5. Click on "Make Album" and in 2 minutes or less you have the album created locally.

6. Go to "publish" and click to published online. The "Smart" upload is the best feature, it compares your online gallery and your saved new version and only uploads the newly changed files. Saves tons of time.

Here is a screenshot of the main window, how much easier could it be.



My own gallery is located at : http://aquatic-photography.com/pics/gallery/ . I use the "Exhibit Plus" style.
 
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Hey! How'd you know I was looking for something like this???
 

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LOL, Alex, to be honest I have since moved away from JAlbum for several reasons (one being it's somewhat inflexibility). My new gallery (http://egfoto.com) is made using Porta.
 

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Ah, he is using porta with simpleviewer. Nicely implemented little package.

Porta is generating the thumbs and full size, simpleviwer (integrated with porta) is doing the pre-loads and display effects.

Its a free download and you can test/run it all locally at first...give it a whirl.

If you use Picasa, there is also a simpleviewer "Export to web" template for it.
 

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Joseph, Correct !!! I have edited the porta template file to show my animated menu (made in Photoshop Image Ready), and blacked out (black text on black background) all the info text that they showed. It looks pretty slick like that, heh? Took a bit of work to get it just right, but now it's a piece of cake to upload galleries, all I need to do is edit the index files to add more gallery thumbnails. Very simple and looks sleek, as alex said.
 

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Oh, that looks really cool. Does anyone know if the whole Simpleviewer (+Porta) gallery could be put inside a div in a .php file? Like to here. Sorry, I am really bad with this stuff so I have no idea if it's possible or not, might be something totally impossible.
 
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