jAlbum

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Ioana Dumitrescu Senior editor

This review applies to version 12.1. The latest version of this software will soon be reviewed by our informers.

jAlbum is a handy application that helps you create online photo and video albums. Your creations can be easily shared with the large audience by uploading the projects to jalbum.net or to whatever website you prefer.
The program comes with an elegant and user-friendly interface. To make the album designing process easier to carry out, the tool displays useful written tips that appear on the upper bar of the working area. These messages inform you about the logical steps to follow until the photo album is completed. If by any chance you encounter problems in working with the program, an online comprehensive Help is always there to provide you with explanatory tutorials and manuals.

Creating original photo albums with this particular software program is an easy thing to do. You just load the pictures, select the desired template, do some edits, and save your project. Next, you can make your creation public by uploading it to the Web. The utility encloses 8 different album themes, a number which is rather small. Still, you can import at any moment other skins created by the same developer. The existing templates support more or less thorough changes, so that you can customize their appearance to meet your needs.

jAlbum also works as a basic image editor. This way, you are able to make ordinary adjustments, such as rotating, flipping, or cropping the pictures. In addition, you can straighten their position on the screen, as well as change the photo order easily by using the drag-and-drop method. Furthermore, you have the ability to fix lighting issues, add a series of special effects, and make use of the watermarking function to put a personal mark on the project. The same editing options are also available when creating video albums. Once your project reaches the final design, you can save it into your computer and preview it in full screen mode. Next, you can continue editing your photo/video gallery, or you can upload it to the Web instantly.

So, if you are a looking for a simple and easy solution for making your photo and video galleries public online, then you can consider jAlbum a good choice. It automatically rescales the images to meet the recommended Web size, and it supports password protection, so that the albums can be viewed only by those visitors knowing the code.

Pros

  • Easy-to-use app.
  • Modern and intuitive interface.
  • Provides you with text-based useful tips.
  • Automatically rescales images to web size.
  • Creates both photo and video albums.
  • Uploads albums instantly to the Web.
  • Supports drag and drop.

Cons

  • Provides few album templates by default.
  • Doesn't provide advanced photo and editing functions.
  • The Help option is available only with an Internet connection.

What's new in version 12.1

News and Updates
- The new "Crop focus" plugin is now bundled, allowing easy positioning of auto-cropped areas
- If a tool or plugin exists both as bundled and manually installed, jAlbum will always use the latest version (the one having the most recent last modified date)
- Added warning icons when using excessive image- and video quality settings
- Updated "ftp4j" ftp library to version 1.7.1
- Improved error diagnostics
- Bundled updated Turtle 5.1.1 skin
- Updated French and Brazilian Portuguese translation

Bug fixes
- Internal browser updated to v4.4, now with a host of improvements
- Re-editing text using the Text effect under edit mode didn't work
- The buttons of the Download user interface were missing text and icon

What's new in version 11.6

- Updated Romanian and Hungarian translations.
- Links may have relative target paths
- Added {buyImageUrl} variable. Exists if images have been published for sale. Skin developers can check for the presence of this variable and simply link to its URL so buyers can purchase the relevant image.
- Bundled with updated skin Turtle 4.5.3
- Developers: Now avoids interpreting complex object-type variables like window, explorer and engine when using the old-style variable syntax. This simplifies using Javascript code that refers to window without the need to surround such references with elements.
Bug fixes:
- Renaming folders caused inconsistent behavior until window was refreshed (since 11.6)
- Convert links to copies broken
- Improved UI updates when titles and keywords change
- Developers: Corrected IO.resolvePath()
- Fixed nullpointer bug in renderer thread

What's new in version 11.2

- The signup procedure is now embedded within the client. Signing up and testing our storage solution is now a far faster procedure than before
- Better error reporting if jAlbum can't connect to jalbum.net storage accounts
- Album objects having file names containing illegal, non web safe characters (like %, # and ?) are now highlighted with warning icons
- Developers: Added Google Maps formatted ${gpsLocation} variable
- Now prevents accidental deletion of remote albums that reside directly at the web root folder
- Updated bundled Turtle skin to 4.2.2
- Fix: Wouldn't launch on old Macs running Java 1.5 if the default skin required Java 1.6.

What's new in version 10.10

- Windows version packaged with an updated installer software.
- Easier to correctly activate license (erroneous trailing spaces are trimmed from the activation code).
- Bundled Base skin updated.

Bug fixes

- Windows version could sometimes trigger security warnings.
- The "IPTC author" field of images could sometimes leak into the xmp title field of images.
- Uploads could sometimes end up with an error in "Notifier" (missing album URL).
- Fix for custom image size error (image specific maxImageWidth etc variables ignored when generating variables).
- Loading album projects by dropping project files onto the dock icon on Mac could sometimes cause errors.
- Fix for not being able to open folders containing double spaces in file names (Windows only).
- More robust against errors reading xml metadata from .info files.
- Fix for calculation of album URL (we sometimes got "No web directory selected").
- Running the Mac version as another user than the installed user would prevent the system standard file chooser from opening.
- Fix for nullpointer exception bug when painting thumbnails in the UI.
[char_desc_2000] => Create online photo albums from your images and movies with this software. jAlbum has built in support for organizing and editing images, but with focus on flexible presentation. Choose from tons of powerful skins (themes), or create your own skin to get the gallery presentation you want, then upload it to any site with jAlbum's built in FTP support. jAlbum is a powerful, yet easy to use tool that is liked by photography enthusiasts and professionals over the world.

What's new in version 10.3

News and Updates
Portuguese translation updated.
Bug fixes
Windows version would hang when dragging and dropping images from the file chooser onto jAlbum. This bug has been around for over a year and is now finally fixed.
Mac version would fail with "Could not initialize class com.adobe.xmp.impl.XMPMetaParser" error on OS X Lion
Error reporting for skins that require "compatibility mode" to run wasn't tight

What's new in version 10.1

- Windows version packaged with an updated installer software.
- Easier to correctly activate license (erroneous trailing spaces are trimmed from the activation code).
- Bundled Base skin updated.

Bug fixes

- Windows version could sometimes trigger security warnings.
- The "IPTC author" field of images could sometimes leak into the xmp title field of images.
- Uploads could sometimes end up with an error in "Notifier" (missing album URL).
- Fix for custom image size error (image specific maxImageWidth etc variables ignored when generating variables).
- Loading album projects by dropping project files onto the dock icon on Mac could sometimes cause errors.
- Fix for not being able to open folders containing double spaces in file names (Windows only).
- More robust against errors reading xml metadata from .info files.
- Fix for calculation of album URL (we sometimes got "No web directory selected").
- Running the Mac version as another user than the installed user would prevent the system standard file chooser from opening.
- Fix for nullpointer exception bug when painting thumbnails in the UI.

What's new in version 9.6

News and Updates
The thumbnail view can now be filtered on image rating (and in the future on keywords etc). Press CTRL F to activate the filtering (CMD F on Mac). See blog post for more details.
Images can be easily rated using keys 0-5 in both thumbnail view mode, edit mode and full screen slide show mode. The rating also shows in full screen slide show mode (can be toggled with the "R" key)
The full screen slide show can be played and paused using the space bar key
When adding files that already exists, allows the user to skip or replace on a per-file basis
New dialog explaining different drag and drop behaviors
If errors occur, the error dialog now has a "Copy" button to copy the error message to the clipboard (simplify error reporting to us)
Added skin API for commercial / licensed skins
Hovering the mouse over the "Filters applied" status icon of a thumbnail now lists the image filters applied
Embedded IPTC titles are now respected by the UI and ${title} variable
Flash videos are now also considered "media files" and gets a superimposed film icon
File type icons now changed from GIF to PNG type
New bundled Flash based skin: "Lumen"
New bundled Flash based skin: "Mr.Burns"
Skin "Simplicity" no longer bundled. Available from http://jalbum.net/skins/skin/Simplicity

Bug fixes
Embedded EXIF captions on some images couldn't be properly read
Embedded GPS coordinates on some images couldn't be properly read
Switching between languages would reset the "After publishing" behavior to "Open publish successful page"

What's new in version 8.7

New in this version is that users can add Widgets;
these are small add-ons for the albums that add different functions such as visitor counter, commenting, about, and others. Also a photo editor has been added for basic editing and manipulations, such as red-eye removal and cropping.

What's new in version 8.3

New in this version is that users can add Widgets;
these are small add-ons for the albums that add different functions such as visitor counter, commenting, about, and others. Also a photo editor has been added for basic editing and manipulations, such as red-eye removal and cropping.
 

Publisher's description

jAlbum downscales your images to web and thumbnail size, creates complete web pages, and uploads them to jalbum.net or any other website! All you have to do is drag & drop your images to jAlbum and choose a look for your web album!

With jAlbum you can choose! If you want to have private galleries you can activate password protection and only visitors with the correct password can view your albums. If you want to share and be social you can add Facebook commenting to your albums and share them on social networks. With jAlbum you have a choice! And remember, jAlbum will never claim any rights to your images, they are yours and only yours!

Latest comments

 
  • 1
    Betty Last year

    Seriously, this is an awesome editor. The number of features is amazing. To use it you don't need any special tech knowledge. Moreover, it supports almost all the formats.

  • 0
    thomas.merz 5 years ago

    fine, very useful

  • 0
    rosshi 5 years ago

    Great for creating web site photo galleries


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