[Jalbum] consists of freeware cross-platform software for managing and creating digital photo albums or galleries, and a free / paid-for photo sharing service on which to publish them. Uses need not use the free sharing service though. Jalbum outputs a stand-alone directory structure/html indexes that users can upload to their own web spaces either with the built-in FTP software or via their own means. Jalbum software has been used to create over 23 million photo galleries, with over 40,000 users hosting theirs on jalbum.net.
Jalbum can be thought of as similar to Google's Picasa, or Apple's iPhoto, and is credited as being extremely easy to use, flexible and versatile. It runs on Java so can be run on most operating systems, and is available in 32 languages.
The software allows users to manage their photo collection, sorting photos into albums, performing basic digital editing and commenting (although not tagging) individual photos. The main focus is on producing HTML and Flash based galleries, for publishing online or distributing via other means. Users can customize the look and functionality of their photo galleries by using a small set of templates or skins that come with the program, or by choosing from over 100 skins available for free download. The community that has formed around Jalbum produces a variety of creative skins, offering galleries based on standard HTML designs, AJAX slideshows and popular Flash based image viewers.
Jalbum was created by Swedish programmer David Ekholm in 2002.
BlackEagle has written a PKGBUILD for Jalbum which is available in the AUR [at this URL]. For those unfamiliar with the AUR, installation is trivial. First get the tarball, then unpack it, install the dependency if you haven't already, make the package, and install it. The example below is given using Arch x86_64 and version 8.3.1 of Jalbum (current at the time this article was written). Obviously you will substitute the current version number and architecture appropriate for your system:
$ wget http://aur.archlinux.org/packages/jalbum/jalbum.tar.gz $ tar zxvf jalbum.tar.gz $ cd jalbum # pacman -S java-environment $ makepkg -s # pacman -U jalbum-8.3.1-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.gz
Jalbum should now be available from your Applications>Graphics menu (Gnome).
As mentioned above, there are many additional skins one can download/install to enhance Jalbum's options of photo albums/galleries. A complete listing of skins is available from [this URL].
Installation of Skins
Skins can be 'installed' simply by unpacking their archive to the /usr/share/java/Jalbum/skins/SKINNAME
Alternatively and preferable, users should consider making a PKGBUILD file for the skin and install it via pacman for maximal flexibility.
Currently, the popular [BananAlbum] skin is packaged for pacman available from [this URL]. BananAlbum is a flash-based album with a sexy interface, and is highly customizable. It is installed following a similar process to that described above:
$ wget http://aur.archlinux.org/packages/bananalbum/bananalbum.tar.gz $ tar zxvf bananalbum.tar.gz $ cd bananalbum $ makepkg -s # pacman -U bananalbum-6.1.4-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.gz
Free Hosting Service
The website jalbum.net is used as a social photo sharing website, as well as to promote and distribute the software. 30MB of space for photos is offered free to all users who register, with upgrades to 1GB or 10GB available for a yearly subscription fee. Free galleries remain hosted indefinitely, with no risk of deletion due to inactivity.
Sample Jalbums are available from the official [Jalbum site].
- EXIF data from photographs can be displayed with most skins
- One can further customize the bananalbum skin to display EXIF data to the right of the photo by following the advice in [this thread].