The album title will be the title specified in the
AnnotatedAlbum tab of the JAlbum program. If no title is specified there,
the title will come from the properties textfile, "meta.properties,"
if it exists in the output directory (folder) and has a line "title
= an alternative title" (perhaps the only line in the file).
Otherwise, the album title will be the directory name. Note that this title can be fairly long and can include HTML. This provides a way to display information (e.g., background) relevant to all the images in the album, in addition to the literal title. This title information appears in the top middle of the first thumbnail index page; if it is long, you may have to scroll to see the thumbnails in the bottom row of this first page.
Importing comments entered in JAlbum Edit tab, ACDSee, etc.
You can import comments stored in comments.properties
(entered, for example, in the JAlbum Edit tab), as well as comments stored
in descript.ion (entered by such programs as ACDSee, STGThumb and Fookes
Album Express). By default, these imported comments go into the headings
of descriptions and thus appear as captions on the thumbnail index page.
If you want these comments to go into description bodies, make the minor
change described near the beginning of index.htt.
Linking to slide pages from outside an album
If you want to link to a standard slide page that looks
like part of an album, link to ImageName.html in the slides directory
of the album. If you want to link to a slide page which is formatted to
de-emphasize that it is part of an album, link to ImageName_1.html in
the slides directory; this page will not have previous and next slide
buttons but will have a thumbnail index button labeled "Related images."
Note that search engines (e.g., Google) will generate links to the description
ImageName.htm(l) in the album directory itself; if this description has
been generated by the Annotated Album skin and is loaded in isolation
(i.e., not accompanied by the image it describes), it will replace itself
with the ImageName_1.html slide page having the modified format just described.
Including non-local images in an album
By default, JAlbum includes all images in the specified
image directory when making an album. JAlbum gives you the option of specifying
explicitly what images should be included in the album, for example, via the Edit tab.
The information about which files to include and their order is stored in albumfiles.txt in the image directory.
If you manually edit albumfiles.txt and specify a non-local image,
i.e., an image that is not in the current image directory but is in some other directory, the Annotated Album skin will look for a non-local
description of this image in this other directory. However, if you edit this description, the
result is stored locally (in the output directory), and from that time
forward, the local description will be used. This functionality is exploited by the image repository
strategy noted below.
A strategy for generating Annotated
Albums based on an image repository
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