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DPP Solutions: jAlbum

The jAlbum desktop software is designed as an exceedingly easy way to present and manage your photography on the web without the need for learning complicated programs. Hundreds of album themes are available for quickly and easily installing a template for showcasing your images alongside an integral eCommerce solution with print and image sales available through Google checkout, PayPal or Fotomoto. The jAlbum software is also customizable for those who would like more control.

Following initial setup and sign in, making a new album project and uploading it to a website or to the jAlbum network can literally be as simple as a three-click process. After creating a project, deciding the location and tagging the album, the desktop interface includes drag-and-drop capabilities for new photos, creating or adding folders, and performing basic image edits like Gamma and Level for adjusting color and exposure or adding text or watermarks. Filters are also available for working with sepia, gray tone, artistic filters, inversion and more. These edits are performed nondestructively to the automatically created web-compressed versions of your images and not to the originals.

Referred to as "Skins," the jAlbum purchase includes graphical templates for creating your gallery layout and adding functionality like slideshows, video playback, multiple-language albums, metadata display, touch interface support, print ordering and more. Several templates and backgrounds are included with the software, and there are also hundreds of downloadable user-developed Skins available at the site. Skins are essentially open-source plug-ins for the jAlbum software, so you can also create your own versions for yourself or to upload for other users. Albums can be created in HTML, Flash, Silverlight, PHP, ASP or any web format that you prefer including JavaScript and CSS support. jAlbum can even be used as server software by advanced users.

After publishing an album, another page will prompt you for more options like sharing the album through social networks or email. (You can do the same from the Albums page online, and password access is available for setting private galleries.) jAlbum is built on Java, so it’s compatible with Macs, Windows, Linux and even Unix systems. The built-in FTP uploader will allow you to publish a jAlbum to your own site with automatic selection of the best folder location, which you can adjust. (An advanced mode gives more options.) jAlbum is also compatible with EXIF, IPTC or XMP meta-data files, so you can publish image information like GPS data, as well as add creator, keyword and copyright information. The software supports common image formats like JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and BMP, but it doesn’t support RAW files.

The jAlbum software is free to down­load and use, but to remove ads and use the program commercially, there are a few different options. A rock-bottom one-time fee of $39 gives you a standard license that’s usable across several computers. (A free basic version of the software is also provided online for remote access or quick uploads.) This allows you to host your albums on your own site.

For photographers planning on using the software and service for commerce, a Pro software license is available that also includes shopping cart integration. You can host your photo albums on the communal website with a Premium account at $2.49 a month and 10 GB of storage, or you can sign up for a Power account at $5.99 a month with 100 GB of storage, as well as a shopping cart and commercial use license. A free trial is available for 30 days, and discounts are available for signing up for multi-year plans.

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