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.
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 jAlbum.net 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.