Gena Web Gallery Creator user interface contains three main windows: Gallery window - organize pictures…
This dialog allows the user to specify various advanced options required for a fine-tune gallery appearance and general application preferences. These options don’t have an impact on the visual appearance of Index, Thumbnail and Image windows, they’re used only during the gallery building process.
see General options
This section lets you specify various index table parameters.
Cell spacing and padding. Cell spacing defines the amount of empty space between the outer edges of table cells. Cell padding defines the amount of empty space between table border and the content of the cell.
The Always one page option places all thumbnails on a single index page. This option overrides the “Rows” or “Columns” control from the “Gallery window” (Gena will make as many rows/cols as necessary to place all thumbnails onto one page). For “Table” or “Left Frame” gallery styles Gena will recalculate (override) number of rows, for “Top frame”/”Bottom frame” styles it will recalculate number of columns.
No table (advanced users only!). Normally Gena generates <table> tag with all options for the thumbnail table and <tr> tag for each thumbnail row. User can’t control it from HTML template files. This option allows you to disable this internal table-tag generation. In that case you can fully control the final HTML code by templates, on other hand you can’t really control index page appearance within the Gena user interface.
A simple example is when the user wants to just place all thumbnails on the index page and lets the browser to determine the number of thumbnails in each row. We provide the “t_item_no_table” thumbnail template file as an example (note, that this template doesn’t support thumbnail captions).
Border width and color sets properties of the index table border. You can click on the “color” button to select the border color or change the border width. Zero value for the border width removes the border from the page.
This section lets you specify advanced settings for Index pages (basic settings are specified in the “Gallery window“).
Background color/image sets a background color OR a background image for the index pages. Click on the “color” button to select a color or click the “browse” button to select a background image file (all browsers support .jpg and .gif files, so we recommend that you use only these file types). You can’t select a color and a background image simultaneously.
The Separate table color option is used to specify a background color for the table of thumbnails that is different from the background color/image for the Index page itself. If this option is set, you can specify the background color/image for the entire index page and use the background color specified in the Thumbnail window as a table background color. If this option is not set, Gena will use the background color from the Thumbnail window as a background color for the entire page. When you use various Thumbnail effects (especially the shadow) Gena includes a part of the Thumbnail background color into the thumbnail image itself; so the index page usually looks much better when the entire index table has the same background. We recommend that you use this option if you wish to specify a background image/color for the entire page (this is a default action).
Here is an example to clarify this. Suppose we have a gallery with two images, and we set a thumbnail background color to green and enable the shadow effect. Then we add a background image to the index page. The default behavior (“Separate table color” is On) produces the following:
If we clear the “Separate table color” checkbox we’ll get this:
We don’t think that the second index page looks very good. However, under some circumstances the second example could look good too (e.g. a gallery without advanced thumbnail effects or when a background image really matches thumbnail effects and so on), so you might consider using both modes.
This section lets you specify where thumbnail should point to. Gena support the following modes:
- Image pages
- Original image
- Custom Link
In most cases thumbnail links to Image page (Default value). In that case the application will create html file (“Image page”) for each image in the gallery. We recommend you to use this mode for almost all practical purposes. This mode allows you to create nice-looking galleries with convenient browsing for the price of a small html file per image.
When thumbnail link is set to “Images“, thumbnails in Index pages will be directly linked to full-size images generated by the application (jpg files). In that case Internet browser will open just the image itself (which means no background color or image, no navigation on the page, etc).
In the “Original Image” mode thumbnail will link to your original image (source image file). Original images are not copied to the output folder, so this mode is suitable only if want to use generated gallery on your computer only. If you move all gallery files to another computer, write them to a CD or upload to a web site, your original images will not be available and thumbnail links will be broken.
“Custom Link” mode lets you specify arbitrary URL for each thumbnail in the gallery. (e.g. “http://www.yoursite.com”) Please use full URL with protocol prefix (e.g. “http”) unless you are sure that relative path is valid on your web server. URLs for each thumbnail can be specified in the picture bar (at the bottom of the main window) when text type selector is set to “Custom Link”.
When thumbnail link is set to “Nothing” Gena will use empty references for each thumbnail and gallery user will stay on the same index page after clicking on the thumbnail image.
If thumbnail link is set to “Images” page-related controls (border, background, etc.) are disabled in the Image Window. If thumbnail link is set to Custom, Original or Nothing, all controls in the Image Window are disabled because in that case Gena doesn’t create full-size images at all.
This section allows you to specify the Font settings and the Text templates for various text strings in the gallery. You can specify these parameters for the following strings:
- Title – Full gallery title, can be displayed as a page title for each Index page and Image page
- Thumbnail text – displayed as a caption for each thumbnail in the index page
- Image text – displayed as a caption for each full-size image in the gallery
- Image title – displayed as a page title for each Image page
Insert tag – Inserts a Custom Tag from a drop-down menu. Gena will substitute the tag with an appropriate string during gallery creation (see Custom Gena Tags).
Font size adjusts the html font size (1-7 sets the font size, +/- 1-7 modifies the default browser font size).
The Italic/Bold buttons set bold and/or italic font.
The Color button selects the font color.
Font Face control allows you to set a specific font for the text string. You can also specify a list of fonts and the browser will display text using the first font in the list that is installed on the client system . “Default” means that font will not be specified in the page and browser will choose font selected in the browser settings.
User can also specify Alt text for Thumbnail and Image. Alt text can be displayed when image is not loaded or when browser doesn’t download and display images at all. Some browsers also display alt text when user moves mouse pointer over the image so you can use this text as a “tip”.
This section lets you modify default templates for HTML pages. It gives you full control over the gallery appearance but requires some basic knowledge of HTML (See HTML Templates for the overall description of templates approach in the application).
For each type of template (Index page, Image page, Thumbnail html code) you can change the template file (the “Browse” button) or edit the current file (the “Edit” button) with the Template editor. You can also roll back to the default template (the “Default” button), so feel free to experiment.
During gallery creation Gena creates several types of files: Index pages (html files), Image pages (html files), Image thumbnails (jpeg files) and full-size Images (jpeg files). This section allows the user to specify how to name these files.
Index page – specifies the main index file name (default is index.htm). If a gallery index contains more than one an index page, Gena will add a number to the main index file name (e.g. index.htm, index1.htm, index2.htm…).
Frame page – specifies the main gallery file name for frame-based galleries (default is “frames.htm”).
Thumbnail/Image file name prefix and suffix. To construct image names and thumbnail names Gena will add a prefix and a suffix into each file name. E.g. if you have a file “picture.jpg”, Gena will create a “picture_s.jpg” thumbnail (no prefix, “_s” suffix) and a “picture.jpg” full-size image (no prefix, no suffix). You can change default prefixes and suffixes for thumbnails/images in this section.
Image page file names – specifies extension for image page files (default is “.htm”). For a file name Gena uses image file name. For example the application will produce image page file “lake.htm” for image file “lake.jpg”.
If Convert file names to lowercase box is checked Gena will convert all file names for images, thumbnails and image pages to lowercase.
Gena can place different gallery elements into subfolders of the main output folder. The application uses up to four different subfolders:
- Images – for full size gallery images
- Thumbnails – for thumbnail images
- Image Pages – for image HTML pages and slideshow html page
- Graphics – for additional graphics files (navigation buttons, image page background picture, index page background picture)
Index HTML pages and additional files required for CD AutoRun are always placed into the main output folder.
In the “Folders” dialog you can specify subfolder names for each gallery element. Empty name for subfolder means that this element will be placed into the output folder.
If checkbox “Place gallery elements into subfolders of the output folder” is cleared all elements will be placed into the output folder without subfolders.
This section contains information about FTP server and user account on the server. Gena uses this information to establish a connection to the server during gallery upload. (See FTP Upload for details)