Changing Album Properties

You set album properties with the Album Properties command on the Edit menu. You'll then be presented with a dialog that allows you make the adjustments you want. The various properties appear on one of three tabs:

The sections of this page describe the album properties you can set with this dialog. To make more advanced changes to the album's appearance, see Customizing the Album Template.

General Tab

Album Name

You need to enter this when you first create the album, because it's used for the album directory name. (See Local and Remote Directories and Processing Photos for more information about directories.) The Name never appears on the album Web page. It does appear in the album's URL.

If there's already an album with the name you choose, Albumatic will change your name to make it unique by appending an underscore and a number. For example, it might change the name "MyAlbum" to "MyAlbum_2".

You can't change the name of an album once it's been created.

Clone

Press this button to copy album properties from an existing album. This allows you to easily create several albums that have like properties.

Subdir

Enter a relative path here to locate the album one or more subdirectories below the Local and Remote Directory Roots. For more information, see Local and Remote Directories.

HTML File

This is "index.htm" by default, which is usually OK, but you can change to whatever else you want. It's OK for each album to have the same name for this file, because each album has its own directory on the local computer and on the Web/FTP site.

This is the primary name that the Web user has to enter as part of the URL, unless your Web server supplies it by default. (Often the case with "index.htm," which is why it's such a good name.) Note that if you're using frames (see below), the actual thumbnail links will be in a file, whose name you can't change, named "toc.htm."

Album Style

You can choose one of two album styles:

It's helpful to try both styles and observe the differences.

Split Page is checked by default, as it's the most popular choice.

Title

The title normally appears at the top of the album Index View. For other possibilities, see Customizing the Album Template.

Email

Anything you type here appears, normally, at the bottom of the album Index View. It's encoded correctly so that an email window appears when the user clicks on it. (That is, Albumatic supplies the "mailto" part of the link.) What you type should be in normal email-address form (e.g., "jsmith@netcom.com").

For other ways to use this field, see Customizing the Album Template.

Description

What you type here appears, normally, after the title if the style is Two Page, or in the initial right frame if the style is Split Page. It's for text that you want to show up to describe whatever the photos are about.

To separate paragraphs, either type Ctrl-Enter or enter the HTML tag <br>.

For other ways to use this field, see Customizing the Album Template.

Index View Tab

Show-Photo-Labels Option

If this is checked, photo labels (see Editing a Photo) are shown along with the photos on the Index View.

Show-Photo-Captions Option

If this is checked, photo captions (see Editing a Photo) are shown along with the photos on the Index View.

Show-Photo-File-Names Option

If this is checked, photo file names are shown along with the photos on the Index View.

Photo Size

This drop-down chooses the characteristics for the photos that appear in the Index View. These are the choices:

Format JPEG Quality Max Size
(pixels)
Thumbnail 70% 72
Mini 90% 144
Small 90% 216
Large 90% 360
X Large 90% 432
XX Large 90% 504
XXX Large 90% 576
Original Size 90% no limit

"Max Size" means that if any dimension of the (possibly cropped) photo exceeds that size, the photo is scaled down, while preserving its aspect ratio. Photos that are already small enough are never enlarged. Thumbnails are forced to be square (unless the original is very small), but the photo is cropped to fit, not distorted.

JPEG Quality

If set to Auto, the JPEG quality is set according to the table above. Or, you can override the automatic setting with one of your own.

Page Background

Sets the background color for the Index View that's outside of the table.

Text

Sets the text color for the entire Index View.

Background Image

Sets the background image, if any, for the entire Index View. Press the Browse button to select the image file. Your selection will be copied automatically to the album directory. Press Clear to clear a previous selection (resulting in no background image).

Table Background

Sets the color for the table background.

Table Border

Sets the color for the table border, used only if the size is greater than zero.

Auto/Manual Cols

If set to Auto, the number of table columns is calculated automatically. It's always 2 when the style is Split Page; otherwise, the number depends on the photo size.

If set to Manual, you can specify the number of columns with the drop-down. Note that if the style is Split Page a number greater than 2 will mean that the left frame will have to be scrolled sideways so see all the columns, which probably isn't a good idea.

Border Size

Sets the border size (line width).

Pad

Sets the cell padding. This is the margin all around between the edge of each cell and its contents.

Space

Sets the cell spacing, which is the space between cells.

Enlargement View Tab

Show-Photo-Captions-&-Labels Option

If this is checked, photo labels and captions (see Editing a Photo) are shown along with the photo on the Enlargement View.

Show-Navigation-Controls Option

If this is checked, the Enlargement View includes buttons for navigating between photos (e.g., Prev, Next) and for a slide show.

Photo Size

This is similar to the drop-down that appears on the Index View Tab, but it applies to the photos that are shown on the Enlargement View.

There's an additional choice: Custom Size. When you choose this an edit box appears that allows you to specify any pixel size between 36 and 2000.

There are two special cases:

  1. If you choose "none," the photos on the Index View are not links, and no "L_" files are generated. (See Processing Photos for more information.) It doesn't make sense to do this if the style is Split Page, for then there would be nothing to show in the right frame.
  2. If you choose Original Size, it's possible for the original photo file to just be reused. Processing Photos explains this.

JPEG Quality

If set to Auto, the JPEG quality is set according to the same rules as for the Index View (see the chart, above). Or, you can override the automatic setting with one of your own.

Page Background

Sets the background color for the Enlargement View.

Text

Sets the text color for the Enlargement View.

Background Image

Sets the background image, if any, for the entire Enlargement View. Press the Browse button to select the image file. Your selection will be copied automatically to the album directory. Press Clear to clear a previous selection (resulting in no background image).