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GBIC >> Freeware >> gbGalleryLite Help
gbGalleryLite
This page provides the online help for gbGalleryLite, a freeware program which provides an extremely easy-to-use, but very powerful, method of creating a gallery of images, uploading the gallery to your server, and emailing the web page address to your friends so they can view the images!

gbGalleryLite features include:

  • Very simple user interface for creating the gallery
  • Easy page-to-page navigation within the gallery
  • Select an entire folder of images
  • JPG image support (with quality setting)
  • Reads BMP/GIF images (exported as JPG)
  • Built-in FTP capability
  • Automatic HTML file generation
  • Thumbnail size control
  • Image size control
  • Online Update
 
Overview     Sample Output     Web Site (Server)    
Menu Selections     Notes/Issues    
 

 
Also available is gbGallery, a more powerful version. Its features include individual selection of images for inclusion in the gallery, multiple output formats, image rotation and other special effects, batch file renaming, titles/descriptions for each image, graphics (for navigation buttons, horizontal rules, and page backgrounds) and much more. An activation key can be purchased for only $20. You can pay by PayPal or by credit card (Visa/Mastercard/AMEX/Discover)

 


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gbGalleryLite Overview

gbGalleryLite provides a very simple user interface, with only a handful of settings needed to get started.

Simply select a folder of images and press 'Create'. gbGalleryLite will create the web pages and image files needed to provide an organized presentation of the images. The gbGalleryLite output can be viewed within any web browser.

Using built-in upload capabilities gbGalleryLite can transfer the files to your server. It can also send the web address, using the default Windows email client.

The gbGalleryLite output consists of an index page which displays thumbnails of the original images. gbGalleryLite also creates a single page for each original image, with the image resized according to a setting of your choice. Each thumbnail is linked to the corresponding resized image page. Navigation links are provided to connect the index and image pages.

Input images supported include JPG, BMP, and GIF. gbGalleryLite output consists of JPG images (thumbnails and resized images) and HTML files.

Getting Started
When gbGalleryLite comes up for the first time the only setting you must make is to select the folder containing the images to be included in the gallery. At that point you can simply press the "Create" button and gbGalleryLite will create a complete gallery of files in a subfolder beneath the selected image folder. The subfolder is always named 'gbgallerylite'.

The entire set of gbGalleryLite files is contained within a single directory, which has all the files needed to view, and enjoy, your gallery of images. Your original image files are left untouched.

Instructions on how to transfer the files to your server are shown later in this help file. Server information is only needed if you wish to upload the files for viewing on the Internet. The gbGalleryLite results can be viewed on your PC using any browser.

Main Window
The main window and its menu settings are shown below:

     Options
Web Site (Server) Settings
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Allow Individual Creation -----
Open Image Folder
Explore Image Folder
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Open Output Folder
Explore Output Folder
Delete Files in Output Folder
Help
Email Author
Freeware Web Site
Online Help
Online Update
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About

Main Window Controls

  • Gallery Title
    Single line of text placed at the top of the index and image HTML files

  • Gallery ID
    Optional - Short alphanumeric string to be used as the prefix of all gallery filenames. This allows the placement of multiple galleries within a single folder.

  • Description
    Multiline text placed at the top of the index page

  • Image Folder
    Shows the folder in which the original images are contained. The number of images in the folder is shown in a label to the right of the folder name, as is a button that will call up a dialog window from which the image folder can be selected.

  • Image Size
    The largest dimension (height or width) allowed for the full sizes images which are used on the image HTML page. The original images may be copies for use as-is or resized to the specified maximum dimension

  • Thumbnail Size
    The largest dimension (height or width) allowed for the thumbnail images which are used on the index HTML page.

  • Background Color
    Opens a dialog window from which the background color of all pages may be selected.
  • Create
    Creates the entire gallery - index page, image pages, thumbnails, and resized images. The gallery is created as a subfolder 'gbgallerylite' under the selected image folder.

  • View
    Views the gallery located on the local PC using the default viewer for HTML pages.

  • Upload
    Using the built-in FTP capabilities, transfer the gallery files to the specified folder on the server.

  • Browse
    Views the gallery lcoated on the server using the default viewer for HTML pages.

  • Email Recipient
    Email address to which the current URL settings will be sent. The gallery files themselves are not sent, only the web address. The recipient of the email can simply double-click on the adddress to open the web page in their browser.

 


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Sample gbGalleryLite Output

The output of gbGalleryLite consists of an index page, plus one additional page for each image. The index page consists of thumbnails for each image, linked to the individual image pages (which contain copies of the original images, resized according to the settings you've made).

 


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Web Site (Server)

If you want to upload your galleries to a server you must enter the server information as shown in the right of the following gbGalleryLite expanded window.

To expand the main window to expose the Email/FTP server settings, use the Options>Show Server Settings menu option.

FTP Server
This is the server where the gallery files are to be uploaded.

  • Server
    The name of the server to which the image will be transferred.

  • Folder
    The folder on the server to which the image will be transferred.

  • User/Psw
    The user name and password needed to access the server

  • Passive Transfer
    Tells gbGalleryLite to use passive transfer mode during FTP of the gallery files to the server.
  • p_h
    Some servers do not allow a URL to contain "public_html" where this is the root directory for a user. Selecting this will cause gbFreeCam to delete the "public_html" from the URL used to view the HTML pages.

Email
gbGalleryLite uses the default email client on your PC. It will automatically create an outgoing email and insert a text message consisting of the URL of the uploaded gbGalleryLite results. You will need to enter the To: address.

HTML Background Color
Simply click on the background color box to get a popup dialog window from which the background of the pages may be selected.

 


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Menu Options

gbGalleryLite provides File and Help menu selections.

The Options menu selections include:

  • Web Site (Server) Settings
    gbGalleryLite's main window cannot be sized, except with this menu option which enlarges the window to show the FTP and Email server setting options.

  • Allow Individual Creation
    Displays buttons which allow independent creation of the HTML, Thumbnails, and Image

  • Show Transfer List
    After a transfer to the server, displays a list of files transferred

  • Open Image Folder
    Opens the Image Folder within a standard window. This is provided as a tool to easily access the folder using standard Windows capabilities.

  • Explore Image Folder
    Opens the Image Folder within Windows Explorer. This is provided as a tool to easily access the folder using standard Windows capabilities.

  • Open Output Folder
    Opens the Output Folder within a standard window. Depending on your settings, this will be the default 'gbgallerylite' folder created beneath the image folder or it will be the folder selected in the Output Folder textbox. This is provide as a tool to easily access the folder using standard Windows capabilities.

  • Explore Output Folder
    Opens the Output Folder within Windows Explorer. Depending on your settings, this will be the default 'gbgallerylite' folder created beneath the image folder or it will be the folder selected in the Output Folder textbox. This is provide as a tool to easily access the folder using standard Windows capabilities.

  • Delete Files in Output Folder
    Deletes all files in the output folder. This is useful to eliminate clutter that may build up in the output folder.

The Help menu offers the following selections.

  • Email Author
    Calls up the user's default email software with a message addressed to the author of gbGalleryLite

  • Web Site
    Opens the default browser at Gary Beene's Freeware Information Center

  • Online Help
    Opens the default browser at the gbGalleryLite Online Help page.

  • Online Updates
    Opens a dialog window from which the latest version of gbGalleryLite can be downloaded.

  • About
    Shows the revision level of the installed version of gbGalleryLite

 


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Notes/Issues/Future Features

gbGalleryLite has been tested on Windows XP and Windows 2000.

If you have any problems using it on your system, please let me know.