Users with large numbers of digital photographs will need a program to manage them. For those who do not need a program with too many features, JAlbum for Mac could prove to be a suitable solution, since it performs minor photo editing and management well.
JAlbum is available as a free program with some limitations; additional licenses begin at $34 and unlock more features like Web uploading and storage. During the installation of JAlbum for Mac the user is prompted to buy a product license. Support is available for updates, and the program prompted the installation of one update after the first loading. The program did not have instructions, but its menus were well designed and could be used by anyone familiar with other photo management programs. Selecting files and individual photos for loading was easy and completed quickly. Users can create new albums for any number of photos or events. The program also allows these to be laid out for presentations using a number of formats and presets. In addition, users can do minor photo editing, including rotating, tinting, and red eye removal, among other fixes. Once work with the photos is completed, users also have the ability to play their images as a slideshow. All of the features, while basic, perform as intended.
With its expected features and basic operation, JAlbum for Mac functions well. This program is suitable for Mac users who do not have heavy file management or editing needs.
JAlbum allows you to create nice-looking photo galleries for the Web. You simply select or drag and drop folders containing images or movie files onto JAlbum, and it creates thumbnails and HTML pages to publish your images as a gallery or as a picture slide show. The galleries are based on various templates, and their appearance can be further customized by advanced users. The application's additional features include support for IPTC/EXIF data, style sheets, lossless image manipulation, pluggable image filters, and a built-in FTP/SFTP client.
What's new in this version:
- The new "Crop focus" plugin is now bundled, allowing easy positioning of auto-cropped areas
- If a tool or plugin exists both as bundled and manually installed, jAlbum will always use the latest version (the one having the most recent last modified date)
- Added warning icons when using excessive image- and video quality settings
- Updated "ftp4j" ftp library to version 1.7.1
- Improved error diagnostics
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