May 22, 2005, 11:58 AM
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Don, it might be easier than you think to create a website using Smugmug, that is the program that Lee and Ken Jacobs used for their Mazatlan site.
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https://www.smugmug.com/index.mg I use the standard Smugmug program for family pictures that I only share with close friends and family. Besides the standard program @ $29.95 per year, they also offer programs for power users @ $49.95 per year,, and professional users @ $99.95 per year. Price is no obstacle.
Using the power user program, you may replace the Smugmug logo with your own. Using the professional program, you may replace the Smugmug logo, footer, and change the color scheme. In case of a catastrophic failure with your computer, dead hard drive, fire, theft, etc. your pictures are still on Smugmug. You may recover them by downloading them, or buying them on a disk from Smugmug.
The software is on the Smugmug site, there is no need to download very much to your own computer. Once you have created the gallery that you want to import pictures in to, You open it and click on the button marked "add photo." Immediately a page comes up with five choices to click on. They are to import using Windows, Mac, other platforms, etc. When I click on the top choice, which is for the Windows OS, another page opens, with choices of how to import the photos. I click on "select photos", my pictures folder in My Documents immediately comes up. I think I chose that file the first time I uploaded photos. There is a drop down list so you can choose a different file that contains the photos you have saved on your computer.
Once you have opened the file where your photos are stored, scroll down until you see the thumbnail of the picture you want to upload. Double click on it. The monitor screen will blink, and a box appears at the bottom of the screen with the address for the picture copied in it. Repeat this process for every picture that you want to upload. You can upload any pictures you have saved in your computer, that includes any older pictures that you may have scanned from a film camera. You are not limited to just the pictures taken with a digital camera. When you are finished selecting them, there will be the addresses for all of them in the box at the bottom of the page. When you are ready to upload them, click on the button below the box marked "upload." They will be automatically uploaded to your Smugmug gallery. A no brainer.
The uploads are pretty fast. A message will appear informing you when the upload is complete. The uploads are much faster than I expected them to be. I do have a broadband connection, so that is probably a factor. You may continue with other work while the upload is being completed.
After you have put photos in a gallery, click on the gallery name to open it, to view the photos. When you open a photo to view it, there is a box below it marked "photo tools". Click on it and select "edit this captions / keywords." You may then type the caption for the photo. Another no brainer.
I really do appreciate the ease of using Smugmug, it is a testament to my laziness. The only thing it lacks is a way to insert any text by itself, you can only insert text in the picture captions. But, for $ 30 Bucks a year, who’s complaining ? I do have the Microsoft Office Premium Suite, including Microsoft Front Page, so I do have the tools to create a website. I just don’t have the ambition to mess with it, or go through the learning curve to do it. As a private user, Smugmug fills all my desires. I no longer need to resize pictures to keep the attachment size down so everyone can open them all in an Email. I just send a link to the gallery that I have added new pictures to.
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