S10 WebAlbums enables you to easily create elegant online photo albums and publish them to your own personal web space. An instant Web View feature eliminates the clumsy "wizards" and lengthy HTML generation found in other programs. The program provides drag-and-drop adding/reordering, thumbnail view, titles/descriptions, as well as photo editing capabilities - rotating, cropping, adjusting brightness, correcting tilt, and fixing red eyes (the same red-eye removal tool that is also available separately as S10 RedEyes).
Customization is simple with the included themes, color palette, pattern library, border styles, and layout options. Techniques such as gradient shading, drop shadows, and transition effects give your album a professional look.
Other features include support for multiple photo sizes (visitors can choose S/M/L), auto-play slideshow, built-in FTP upload, automatic list-of-albums page generation, multi-language web controls, and a full-screen web view utility for local viewing.
S10 WebAlbums is digitally signed, compact (465KB), easy to use, and free.
Index View - The default working view displays your album as a set of thumbnail photos and lets you add and reorder photos via drag-and-drop. When you add a photo, copies are immediately made according to the size and quality settings in the Options window. Index View also allows you to optionally enter titles and descriptions (both at the album-level and the photo-level) and displays a color scheme preview panel with links for easy customization.
Photo View - Displays a large view of one photo at time, with built-in support for the most common photo editing operations - rotating, cropping (with and without locked aspect ratio), adjusting brightness, and correcting tilt, all with easy one-click access. Fixing red eyes is easy too, because the functionality of the S10 RedEyes product is incorporated right into S10 WebAlbums. Support for launching external image editors is included as well. Photo View also provides the same access to titles, descriptions, and color scheme as Index View.
List View - Displays a list where each row contains a thumbnail photo and corresponding title/description. Provides easy access to all photo titles and descriptions in one place. List View also provides access to album-level titles and descriptions as well as to the color scheme, the same way as in Index View and Photo View.
Color Palette - You can specify color for three separate elements: Text, Text Background, and Page Background. The color palette encourages the use of professional-looking, muted shades by offering ranges of colors in five different saturation levels: Grayscale, Dim, Soft, Rich, and Bright (beware that bright primary colors tend to detract from your photos). In addition, it gives you fine-grain control over the Red, Blue, and Green components, as well as Brightness.
Pattern Library - Another unique feature in S10 WebAlbums is that it lets you pick background pattern and color independently; it automatically merges them together into a custom background image which you can see in the preview pane inside the Color/Pattern selection window. This preview pane is updated in real time as you change color or pattern, making experimentation easy and fun. The 20 included patterns are of a mild, non-distracting nature (e.g., gradients, marble, water, smoke) and are designed to tile seamlessly for a smooth professional look. There's also support for adding your own patterns and even a built-in tool for making them tile seamlessly.
Border options, preview panel - Four different border options are available: None, Thin, Thin/Shadow, and Thick/Rounded. Borders and shadows are automatically color-matched to blend in with your selected background colors. You can try the different borders via the dropdown below the color scheme preview pane in the main window. The preview pane always reflects the currently selected colors, patterns, and borders.
Custom and pre-defined color schemes (themes) - The program comes with a set of pre-defined color schemes, but you can easily customize this list by creating your own or by modifying or removing existing ones. Each color scheme (theme) defines specific values for a collection of six different settings: text color, text background color and pattern, page color and pattern, and border style.
Configurable web page layout - By default the controls, titles, and descriptions will appear to the left of the photo in the web album. You can optionally change the page layout so that these items appear above the photo instead. The layout of the thumbnails on the index web page is also customizable; you can specify how many thumbnails per row you want to be displayed.
Gradient shading, drop shadows, transition effects - There are many features in S10 WebAlbums that aim to produce an elegant, professional look to your web albums. For example, gradient shading is used in various patterns, in drop shadows, as well as in the album control buttons. Another example is the availability of transition effects between photos: Fade (fades smoothly from one photo to the next), Gradient Wipe (smooth wipe from left to right when moving forward; from right to left when moving backwards), or Random (randomly selected effects with varying parameters - Fade, Gradient Wipe, Barn Door, Blinds, Checkerboard, Dissolve, Inset, Iris, Radial Wipe, Spiral, Strips, Wheel, Zigzag).
Multiple photo sizes in one album - visitors can choose S/M/L - Visitors to your web album may have different screen sizes and different connection speeds, so you may want to make the photos in your web album available in multiple sizes and let the visitor choose Small, Regular, or Large. The "Options" window lets you specify the exact size in pixels to be used (width for landscape-oriented photos; height for portrait-oriented photos) for each of the three sizes as well as for the Thumbnail size (Small and Large are optional). You can also specify a photo quality setting - Medium (corresponds to a Jpeg Quality factor of 75) and High (Jpeg Quality factor 90). The High setting uses less compression and therefore provides better picture quality but larger file sizes (by approx 65%) than Medium.
Auto-play slideshow feature with timer indicator - Visitors can flip through the web album at their own pace (using either the control buttons or the right/left arrow keys), or click the Play button for an automatic slideshow. The time interval between photos is configurable.
Multi-language support for controls in web album - If you use a foreign language for your titles and descriptions, you probably want the control captions (Play, Stop, Next, etc.) to match. S10 WebAlbums includes support for some of the most common languages, and you can easily add support for other languages.
Built-in FTP upload feature with smart update mode - Uploading a web album to your personal web space is easy with the built-in FTP (File Transfer Protocol) capability. Making a change to an already published album is just as simple (and because unmodified files are normally skipped, it is very quick).
Automatic list-of-albums page generation - If you have multiple albums on your website, you can choose to have a list-of-albums page generated in the parent folder where your album folders are located. The title of the page will be the same as the parent folder name (use the underscore character to represent a space, as folder names should not contain spaces). The page will use the same color scheme and background as your current album.
Full-screen web view utility for local viewing - To view a local copy of a web album, you can of course just open it with a browser or use the Web View mode described above, but S10 WebAlbums also includes a full-screen viewer that can be launched both from within the program and directly from the folder where you saved your album (double-click "viewer.hta").
Digitally signed - No embedded spyware/adware or other third-party software. Both the install package and the program executable are digitally signed by S10 Software for your security.
Compact program size - Every feature in S10 WebAlbums is carefully designed to minimize the impact on the overall program size by using efficient coding techniques, leveraging .NET Framework components, and keeping image sizes small. The download is only 465KB - far below other web album programs that can sometimes approach 100MB.
Changelog for this release:
- Allowed HTML code in titles & descriptions
- Fixed browser title bar problem with line-break, ampersand, and double-quote characters
- Fixed error occuring when attempting to delete a custom background pattern
- Improved album list page to use the specified Album Date instead of last-modified date
- Fixed problem with album list page for servers using ms-dos style FTP
Microsoft .NET Framework (any version)