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Editing an Album

In the album view screen (you must be viewing the album you wish to edit), this is where you select to Edit an existing album. The edit screen is identical to the create screen and allows you to modify the settings of an album and also change the parent album (effectively moving the album to another parent).

Album Attributes (Configuration Options)

Album attribute configuration options control which features are available in the album and also how the album will be displayed.

Album Theme

Each album can use its own set of templates to create a unique look. Media Gallery comes with the following themes:

Theme Description
default The standard Media Gallery look and feel.
clean This theme uses a very clean interface that only shows a few of Media Gallery's options. Only the media title and views display below the thumbnail. The media view screen is very basic with the administrative menus at the bottom of the screen.
simpleviewer This theme uses a Flash control to provide an interactive method to display the album media.
lightbox This is the standard Media Gallery theme that uses a Light Box to display the full media view.
podcast This theme is designed to showcase and display MP3 media or other audio / video media. It is a single column theme that shows the thumbnail to the left with the item description to the right.

Allow Comments

If this is enabled, users will be able to post comments on the media items contained in this album.

Enable EXIF

If this is enabled, users will be able to view the embedded EXIF/IPTC data of the JPG images. You can disable EXIF processing, or you can have it display below the media item or in a pop-up window.

Enable Rating

You can select whether you want to enable ratings on your media items. Valid options are:

  • Disabled - No rating features.
  • Members Only - Only logged in users can rate a media item.
  • Always - Anyone can rate media items.
You will not be able to rate media items that you uploaded. Also, once you have rated a media item, you will not be allowed to rate it again.

Enable Album RSS Feed

This Feature is not enabled on this site. Leave the box unchecked.

Podcast RSS Feed

This Feature is not enabled on this site. Leave the box unchecked.

Include Sub-Albums in RSS Feed

This Feature is not enabled on this site. Leave the box unchecked.

MP3 Ribbon Player

Leave the box unchecked.

Enable Client Side Sorting

If this is enabled, a sort drop down menu will appear in the lower right hand corner. This will allow your site users to sort the media items to meet their preferences. Note, this only sorts the display of thumbnails for the user, it does not alter the sort options you specified in the album configuration.

Default Album Sort on Upload

By default, all media items in an album are sorted by upload time, with the newest always displaying first. By selecting a new sort order, each time a media item is uploaded, the contents of the album will be resorted using the order you specify here. This will become the default sort order that the album will use.

Enable Postcards

Leave the box unchecked.

Display Album Description

If this option is enabled, the album description will display just above the first line of thumbnails.

Display Album Views Counter

If this option is enabled, the number of times an album has been viewed or entered will be displayed on the main Media Gallery index page and for any sub-albums in the album.

If you are the owner of the album, your browsing will not increment this counter.

Display Media Views Counter

If this option is enabled, each thumbnail will show the number of times the item has been viewed.

If you are the owner of the media item, your browsing will not increment this counter.

Enable Keywords

Each media item can have a set of keywords associated with it. These are primarily used to improve searching. If this option is enabled, the keywords will be displayed below the thumbnail image. I recommend to Leave the box unchecked.

Image / Display / Album Skin

The frame around each image / thumbnail in the album is specified here. Media Gallery supports several different frames.

  • Image Frame is displayed with the thumbnail
  • Display Frame is displayed with the Display Image (Media Item View)
  • Sub-Album frame is displayed for all sub-albums in this album.

List Sub-Albums Before Images

This specifies if any sub-albums should be listed before the media items or after. If enabled, all sub-albums will be displayed before the media items are displayed. If disabled, the sub-albums will be listed after all the media items.

Thumbnail Size

Determines the size of the thumbnails for the album. There are three choices:

  • Small (100×100 pixels)
  • Medium (150×150 pixels)
  • Large (200×200 pixels)

Audio / Video Playback Options

When a user selects to listen to or view an audio / video file, you can specify a few options on how you will play this file.

  • Play in Pop up Window - This option will open a pop up window and play the audio / video file on the users computer using either Microsoft Media Player, QuickTime, or Flash Player.
  • Download to local computer - This option will simply place a direct link to the audio / video file so the file will attempt to download to the user's computer. Generally, the local browser will recognize the mime type and will try to launch the appropriate player on the user's system.
  • In line - This option is similar to option 1, but it will not create a pop up window, instead it will attempt to play the audio / video file using either Microsoft Media Player, QuickTime, or Flash in a window in the Media View.
  • Use mms:// links for Microsoft supported media. This option will preface the audio / video link with 'mms://' which directly calls the Microsoft Media Player. Media Gallery will attempt to determine if the audio / video type is supported by the Microsoft Media Player, if not, it will use a direct download link instead.

Enable Slideshow

For media items in the album, Media Gallery can display them as a slideshow. There are three types of slideshows in Media Gallery:

  • JavaScript - This is the standard slideshow that is full featured and works with most browsers.
  • LightBox - Although this is listed as a slideshow, the user must manually scroll through the images. Lightbox refers to the display method, the screen will be darkened and the image will 'explode' open.
  • Flash Based - This is an experimental Flash based slideshow that will allow Full Screen viewing. This code is still in the early stages of development.
  • MP3 Jukebox - Do Not choose this option.

If you do not want to have a slideshow feature for the album, choose Disabled.

Display Rows / Columns

This determines the number of rows / columns of thumbnails per page.

Album Cover

By default, Media Gallery will use the most recent thumbnail as the album cover.

You also have the option of uploading an image to be used as the album cover. By selecting the Attached Thumbnail checkbox and specifying the image to upload in the Thumbnail input, you can add the album cover. When you attach a thumbnail to the album, that image will always be used as the album cover.

Media Gallery also allows you to specify one of the images in the album to be the album cover as well, instead of using the most recently added item. This is configured in the Manage Media screen.

Media Handling Options

Each album can have specific options for displaying or handling media within the album.

Use Filename as Caption

If this is enabled, each time a media item is uploaded, if no caption has been entered, the media items filename will be used in the caption field.

Media Gallery supports an integration with DigiBug, an online photo printing service. By enabling this option, a new link/icon will appear in the lower right hand corner of the media view. This link will add the photo to the DigiBug shopping cart. I recommend to not enable this option, keep it unchecked.

Allow Media Download

Enabling this option will add a Download link to the media item view screen. This will allow your site users to easily download the media item to their local system.

Display Full (original) Image

You can restrict or disable the ability for your users to view the originally uploaded image. The options are:

  • Always - Allow anyone to view the originally uploaded image
  • Members Only - Only allow logged-in users to view the originally uploaded image
  • Disabled - Disable the ability for anyone to view the originally uploaded image

Include in Random Image Block

This option specifies whether the image media from this album should be included in the site's Random Image block.

Only users with the mediagallery.admin attribute may change this setting. By default this is enabled, if you don't want the photo's in this album to display in the random block please ask me to change your album for you.

Display Image Size

You must specify the size of the Display Image (the image that is shown when viewing the media item). Media Gallery has several pre-defined sizes. I recommend the default shown of 620×465.

When the image media is uploaded, Media Gallery will create the display image using the size specified here.

If you change the Display Image Size after you have already added images to an album, those existing image items will not automatically be resized. This setting will only affect any new image items uploaded.

Watermarking Options

Each album can enable or disable watermarking. Also, each album can have a unique watermark image and location. To enable watermarking, select the checkbox for Automatically Watermark on Upload. I recommend you leave this unchecked, we have not watermark files.

Watermark Opacity

This specifies the transparency used by the watermark image. The lower the number, the lighter the watermark image will be on the original image. The higher the number, the darker the watermark will appear.

Watermark Location

This specifies where on the image media the watermark should be placed.

Watermark Image

You must select an existing watermark image to apply to newly uploaded image files. Leave this set to No Watermark.

Changing these values do not affect media items already uploaded to the album, these settings only apply to newly uploaded image media.

Permissions

Media Gallery supports the glFusion security model, using Owner, Group, Logged-In and Anonymous permissions for each album. Media Gallery does not support permissions to the media item level, but instead the album level.

Media Gallery supports a single global permission, whether or not to allow non-logged-in users access to your albums,this option is set on this site so anonymous users can not see albums. If you set the Configuration Option, Login Required to Yes, then only registered site users can view your albums, regardless of the album's individual permissions.

Each album has a set of permissions associated with it, these permissions determine who can view, edit or add media to the album. The permissions are:

User Read Permission Edit Permission
Logged-In User Read
Anonymous Read

Definitions are as follows:

AttributeDescription / Definition
Logged-In User (Members)This is any user who has a login account on your site and is logged-in. Logged-in users can only have READ permission or no permission to view the album.
Anonymous UserThis is any user who has not logged into your site. Anonymous users can only have READ permission or no permission to view the album.
Read PermissionAllows the user to view the contents of the album.
Edit PermissionAllows the user to edit the album attributes (name, description, security permissions, etc.) and upload media to the album.

Force Child Update

If you change the permissions of an album and it contains sub-albums, you can force Media Gallery to set the exact same permissions on all sub-albums by selecting this option.

photo_album_help/edit_album.txt · Last modified: 2012/04/11 10:38 by LeeGoldsmith