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#[http://marginalhacks.com/Hacks/album/Docs/Section_2.html#Adding_some_EXIF_captions Adding some EXIF captions]
 
#[http://marginalhacks.com/Hacks/album/Docs/Section_2.html#Adding_some_EXIF_captions Adding some EXIF captions]
 
#[http://marginalhacks.com/Hacks/album/Docs/Section_2.html#Adding_more_albums Adding more albums]
 
#[http://marginalhacks.com/Hacks/album/Docs/Section_2.html#Adding_more_albums Adding more albums]
===Directory===
 
*You need a web directory to put themes and your photo  album. eg: <tt>/home/httpd/test</tt>  the URL will be: <font color=blue> <nowiki>http://myserver/test/</nowiki></font>
 
*First create a directory and put some images in it.
 
mkdir /home/httpd/test/Photos
 
 
===Adding captions and Hiding photos===
 
 
*Create a file <tt>/home/httpd/test/Photos/captions.txt</tt> with the following contents
 
(use the 'tab' key where you see "  [tab]  ")
 
 
There are a few ways to hide photos/files/directories, but we'll use
 
the captions file. 
 
(Try commenting out an image with '#' in captions.txt: You'll see that IMG_002.jpg is missing.)
 
*'''''captions.txt'''''
 
<pre>
 
IMG_001.jpg  [tab]  First image name
 
# IMG_002.jpg  [tab]  Second image
 
IMG_003.jpg  [tab]  Another image  [tab]  with a caption!
 
IMG_004.jpg  [tab]  Last image    [tab]  with another caption.
 
</pre>
 
 
*Now create a file with text in:
 
/home/httpd/test/Photos/header.txt
 
You'll see that text at the top of the page.
 
 
===Using A Theme===
 
<table align=right cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0>
 
<tr>
 
<td>
 
http://davepics.com/Theme_Album/tn/Dominatrix6.jpg
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
<tr>
 
<td align=center>
 
<small>[http://davepics.com/Examples/Dominatrix6.html Dominatrix6]</small>
 
</td>
 
</tr>
 
</table>
 
*Use wget to get and install this theme
 
mkdir /home/httpd/Themes/
 
cd /home/httpd/Themes/
 
wget http://marginalhacks.com/Hacks/album/Themes/Dominatrix6.tar.gz
 
tar -xvzf Dominatrix6.tar.gz
 
rm Dominatrix6.tar.gz
 
*To use a theme, download the theme .tar or .zip and unpack it.
 
 
Themes are found according to the <tt>-theme_path</tt> setting, which is a list of places to look for themes.  Those paths need to be somewhere under the top of your web directory, but not inside a photo album directory.  It needs to be accessible from a web browser.
 
 
You can either move the theme into one of the <tt>theme_path</tt>-s that album is already using, or make a new one and specify it with the <tt>-theme_path</tt> option. 
 
 
===Medium images===
 
*Full resolution images are usually too big for a web album, so we'll use medium images on the image pages:
 
 
*Then call album with the <tt>-theme</tt> option, with or without <tt>-theme_path</tt>:
 
 
  album -medium 33% -theme Dominatrix6 /home/httpd/test/Photos
 
  album -medium 33% -theme Dominatrix6 -theme_path /home/httpd/Themes/ /home/httpd/test/Photos
 
 
 
===Adding more albums===
 
*Let's say we go on a trip to spain.  We take some photos and put them in:
 
  /home/httpd/test/Photos/Spain/
 
*Now run album again on the top level:
 
  album /home/httpd/test/Photos
 
This will fixup Photos so it now links to spain and will run album
 
on <tt>Spain/</tt> as well, with the same settings/theme, etc..
 
Now let's go on another trip, and we create:
 
  /home/httpd/test/Photos/Italy/
 
*We could run album on the top level:
 
  album /home/httpd/test/Photos
 
But that would rescan the Spain directory which hasn't changed.
 
Album usually won't generate any HTML or thumbnails unless it needs to,
 
but it can still waste time, especially as our albums get bigger.
 
*So we can tell it to just add the new directory:
 
album -add /home/httpd/test/Photos/Italy
 
This will fix the top index (in Photos) and generate the Italy album.
 
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
<references/>
 
<references/>
 
{{Stubs}}
 
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Revision as of 21:21, 7 September 2006

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freshmeat.net: Screenshot of project album

Contents

What is it?

Album - [1] An HTML photo album generator that supports themes. It takes directories of images and creates all the thumbnails and HTML that you need.

Album is a perl script, which means you need to be comfortable with or prepared to use the command-line. If you just want a point-and-click, you may wish to look elsewhere. Features:

  • You can use themes to choose or redesign the album "look and feel."
  • Recursively descends directories to make a hierarchy of photo albums
  • EXIF support, Video thumbnails...
  • Has a plugin system that allows you to write perl code to alter the behavior of album.
  • Slideshows, transparent overlays, credit tags, easy captions, and endless features!

Look here for documentation: http://marginalhacks.com/Hacks/album/Docs/ [2]

There are a few photo gallery alternatives:

Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  1. Apache or Lighttpd or Thttpd
    1. Apache w/ PHP and MySQL Support (MIPSel)
    2. Apache HTTP server, installing
    3. Lighttpd with mysql and php (LLMP)
    4. Run a second instance of thttpd (on an alternate port)
  2. Perl and the script for MarginalHacks:Album[3]
  3. Imagemagick tools (specifically 'convert')

Optional Installation

  1. Themes[4]
  2. ffmpeg (for movie thumbnails)
  3. jhead (for reading EXIF info)[5]

Install Jhead

FreeLink

Skip ahead to #Install Album, apt-get will resolve all dependancies for you

OpenLink(PowerPC)

  1. Install Ipkg on the Linkstation (for end-users) and enable the NSLU2 Feed: Ipkg Package List: PowerPC
  2. Install jhead
wget http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/jhead/jhead-latest.tar.gz
tar -xvzf jhead-latest.tar.gz
cd jhead-?.?
make
chmod chmod +x jhead 
cp jhead /usr/local/bin

http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/jhead/jhead-2.5.tar.gz

Install Imagemagik

FreeLink

Skip ahead to #Install Album, apt-get will resolve all dependancies for you

OpenLink(PowerPC)

  1. Install Ipkg on the Linkstation (for end-users) and enable the NSLU2 Feed: Ipkg Package List: PowerPC
  2. Install imagemagick
ipkg install imagemagick

OpenLink (MIPSel)

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WARNING!

Untested


  1. Install the Precompiled C development environment, running on the LS
  2. Install imagemagik from source.[6]

Download ImageMagick.tar.gz from ftp.imagemagick.org or its mirrors and unpack it with this command:

wget ftp://ftp.imagemagick.org/pub/ImageMagick/ImageMagick.tar.gz 
tar -xvzf ImageMagick.tar.gz

Next configure and compile ImageMagick:

 cd ImageMagick-6.?.?
 ./configure
 make

If ImageMagick configured and compiled without complaint, you are ready to install it on your system. You need to be root to install. To install, type:

 make install

Install Album

FreeLink

apt-get install album

OpenLink

Nuvola apps important.png 
WARNING!

Untested


  1. Install the Precompiled C development environment, running on the LS (to get Perl)
  2. Download and run Album:
wget http://marginalhacks.com/bin/album.tar.gz
tar -xvzf album.tar.gz
cd album-3.12
mkdir -p /usr/local/bin
cp album /usr/local/bin/
chmod 0755 /usr/local/bin/album

Running Album

The directions below should provide you with enough to get started. This all came from:

MarginalHacks/Album: MINI HOW-TO[7]

  1. Simple album
  2. Add captions
  3. Hiding Photos
  4. Using A Theme
  5. Medium images
  6. Adding some EXIF captions
  7. Adding more albums

References

  1. http://marginalhacks.com/Hacks/album/
  2. MarginalHacks Album Documentation
  3. http://marginalhacks.com/Hacks/album/Download.html MarginalHacks: Album Download
  4. Davepics.com - Snapshots of all Album themes
  5. jhead: Exif Jpeg header and thumbnail manipulator program
  6. ImageMagick: Install from Source
  7. marginalhacks.com Album Documentation: MINI HOW-TO
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