Jun 19, 2007, 7:15 PM
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I have seen one or two photo album sites, but they invariably process the images into their own
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low size and quality parameters, which would result in important information in the presentations
Besides, the presentations are not simply collections of photos, but have additional textual
information, and a specific sequence. The sites I have seen do not cater well for this, especially
given the large number of slides (300+ in the main presentation). Quality of display, navigation
and general usability in my view fall a long way short of running these presentations.
The Powerpoint Presentation format does not impose significant size overheads; invidividual images
of the same resolution and quality would be almost the same total size. Most of the slides contain
a single 1600x1200 JPEG image at high (not best) quality level. However, some are maps and plans
in GIF format. Some slides contain several smaller images. All contain several text boxes. I have
made every effort to make the presentations as small as possible, consistent with high quality
I tried exporting the presentations as web pages, but performance and presentation are both poor
compared to using a Powerpoint viewer. This is why I recommend to Save rather than Open the
presentation when prompted - I found the latter opens the presentation in the browser.
For someone wishing to view the entire presentation, a single unattended download with good
subsequent function and usability is surely better than downloading individual images piecemeal.
And I don't see why a download time of about 30 minutes for the largest presentation (1 Mb/s DSL)
should deter anyone at all serious. If stuck with a dialup, I suggest starting the download before
retiring in the evning, then it should be done after breakfast! The other two presentations are
much smaller. Once downloaded, the slides may be viewed full-screen with no further downloads
needed, and with better usability and presentation than using photo album software.
As I acknowledged, this format does not lend itself to casual browsing of individual photos. Maybe
a few small sample images might help people decide whether to download the whole thing, but they
could in no way serve as a substitute for the presentation.
The main presentation was developed as the house was constructed. Most of the time was spent on
selection and processing of the photos and in the descriptions, rather than manipulation with
PowerPoint. Obviously I have put a lot of work into these presentations, but hope they will be a
good record of this important project many years hence. I am currently making Spanish language
versions for the locals.