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jAlbum 10

jAlbum Editor's Review

JAlbum is a free, Java based tool, which allows you to generate photo albums with sliding pages for the web. This software was created by David Ekholm, and it aims to be one of the easiest to use and most powerful tool in this category.

There are already a lot of people using this album creator, for it is a versatile program which has a lot of features. For instance, you can drag and drop a folder containing your photos into JAlbum and it will display the photos in the editing window, allowing you to quick select an album skin and style, thumbnail and picture size, and preview it before saving it. That's just for starters, because there are many options available: presets, support for JPEG, JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG, WMPG format images. You can calculate the album size, extract comments from pictures, and much more. All skins have one or several CSS styles attached, so that you may choose one that is better suited for your album. What I like most about JAlbum is that is has many skins and styles that you can choose from, and they are all customizable.

This tool does a nice job when it comes to album sharing. You only have to choose one album to be shared, or just put them all in share, and this program will create an file server, based on your IP number. The resulting link can be copied afterwards and sent to online friends, so they can view your photos as a web page. You can also upload your albums to your Internet page via FTP or SFTP, without having to install additional software. If you don't have a FTP account yet, JAlbum will help you create one!

Pluses: It's easy to use, it has many styles to choose from, it has support for more than 32 languages.

Drawbacks / flaws:

In conclusion: This is a powerful program that you may find very handy.

version reviewed: 8.0

What's New in Version 10 of jAlbum

News and Updates

New license model: jAlbum is now free for non commercial use only. For commercial use of the application you need to purchase a Pro license. The Pro license also lets you remove ads and white label your albums, and will give you access to our priority e-mail support.
Full xmp metadata support. Read and write metadata like caption, title, rating, keywords, author and copyright directly to your images and exchange data with other xmp aware applications like Adobe Photoshop, Bridge and Lightroom. Read blog.
Now also supporting the image formats TIFF, PSD (some aspects), PNM, PGM, PBM, and PPM. For details see the Sanselan library
Albums can now be easily embedded in web sites and blogs by using the new "Embed album" feature. Skin developers can use the new "embed.htt" template file to customize how their skins are embedded. Read blog.
You can now move album objects (images, folders) between album projects (within the same application)
The filter bar now lets you filter by flag/color (xmp Label) too, and the slide show allows you to quickly flag images by color using keys 6-9. (Use keys 0-5 to rate images). Read blog.
Faster album making: We were able to avoid duplication of metadata reading
Upload button now defaults to the advanced upload window for externally hosted albums (ALT key toogles between quick and advanced view)
New XmpManager API for those skin and plugin developers who wish to manage the hundreds of other XMP properties there are.
Skins Lumen, Mr.Burns and Galleria updated
New "Copy file metadata to xmp" external tool that injects xmp metadata into the images of old album projects
Turtle skin now v2.0, a major rewrite packed with improvements and new expressions.
Translations updated. Thank you all translators for your continuous help!

Bug fixes

Fix to reading Unicode encoded EXIF User comments.
Fixed error causing "Convert link to copy" from two folder levels down to seemingly not work (the visual appearance wasn't updated)
Operations were applied to album objects that were selected but filtered-out by a filter
Some images got negative GPS coordinates


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