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Building Attractive Web Photo Galleries
Good News and Bad News
December 20, 2004
The good news is all kinds of non-geek computer users have discovered digital cameras, and how to share their pictures on Web sites. This is a great way to share stuff: post once for many people to look at. The bad news is many of them have not discovered selectivity or image editing. They simply pour the entire contents of their cameras onto a Web page, creating multi-megabyte monsters with no thumbnails, no indexing, no captions, nor nuthin'- just a big mess that no one wants to spend half a day downloading, let alone look at.
If you really want visitors to come to your Web photo gallery and look at your pics, make it well-organized, attractive, and fast-loading. You don't have to spend wads of money on fancy software for creating nice user-friendly photo galleries, or wads of time either; the Linux world offers a multitude of excellent image-editing and gallery-creation programs. Today we'll look at ImageMagick and Album. ImageMagick resizes photos to a manageable size, and Album creates attractive photo albums with a minimum of fuss. Installation should be easy, odds are you can glom them with your fave dependency-resolving installer, such as apt-get, apt-rpm, Yum, urpmi, or Yast. And of course sources are available as well.
This is the general scheme for assembling nice user-friendly attractive Web photo albums:
ImageMagick is a suite of image-editing utilities: