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JimH

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Web or FTP Upload is now working
« on: March 20, 2003, 04:28:39 am »

Beginning with 9.0.131, the "Web or FTP Upload" is working well.  It can resize as part of the process.

Here's how it works.

Run MC 9.0.131 or higher.

Select the pictures you want. Test a few before you do a lot.

It's best if they aren't too big -- 640x480 is ideal in most cases.

Right click on your selection and choose Send To/Progams/Web or FTP Upload.

The destination server is the address of your web server and a directory (optional).  Here's an example:

www.jriver.com/~jriver/public_html/2003/mytrip

Note that a single new directory can be created automatically, but this won't work for "two deep".  In other words if the directory /public exists, then you can get the Web upload to make /public/new but not /public/new/two.

If you're using it to create a web page, check the box for creating an index file. Call it index.html or similar.

Choose a title and subhead.  "My Pictures", "from Colorado", for example.

At this point, you have the option of resizing.  In most cases, you should.  640x480 works well.  Experiment to find out what works for you.

Some of the progress messages still don't work right, so wait for the program to complete, even if it looks like nothing is happening.  It should take about a minute to resize ten pictures and it could take many minutes to upload them if you're using a modem.

Once you have resized, then press OK.  That begins the upload.

The result will be a page that looks something like this:

www.jriver.com/photos/jimh
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Re: Web or FTP Upload is now working
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2003, 05:24:46 am »

I dont know how far you want to run with this feature but when constructing the pics I did some ideas occured...

I think this would be a very valuable feature if you made some kind of a wizard to create a basic HTML frontpage and slideshow...

EG...

  • Allow choice of background colour...
  • Allow Choice of Font / Size / Colour...
  • Create a thumbs front page possibly 4 wide thumbs...
  • Create the individual full pic pages...
  • Create links from Home to Sub pages...
  • Auto create the links for Back / Next / Home for each page...


This would be really great for those that have never tried a HTML editor that want to make a basic online picture folder to upload for family browsing etc...

I realize thats a fair bit more than you may have been considering but this is my feelings after preparing and creating the slideshow stuff I did.. All the HTML is pretty basic stuff and could be performed in 'wizard' fashion...
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Re: Web or FTP Upload is now working
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2003, 05:51:10 am »

If you want some ideas of a nice way to implement the wizard idea take a look at Media Plus by Serif.  It does this function very well and produces some very good online photo albums in a number of different style. http://www.serif.com

Adam
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Re: Web or FTP Upload is now working
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2003, 11:20:30 pm »

Hello Jim,

I sent you an e-mail covering this, but here is a follow-up to that for you:

I can upload stuff to an ftp server on my intranet (the proof is here: [link]http://people.cs.uct.ac.za/~pogilvie/photos[/link].

However, when I try to upload to your FTP server, MC stops responding. I've left it now for a godd 30 minutes, and nothing is happening apart from a blank white window with "Device Transfer Progress" in the title.

Clicking close brings up the XP warning "This program has stopped responding...".

I imagine that it is / was doing something. The first time I tried, it asked whether I wanted to create the folder or not. I replied yes. It hasn't asked me that since, so I assume that the folder has been created. However, I'm not getting any progress bars or anything to indicate that something is happening. Visiting the link [link]http://www.jriver.com/photos/Phydeaux[/link] results in a 404 error which tells me that at the very least, the index file is not there.

While this feature may work, I need to know what is happening! Perhaps also include something about a time out?

Thanks!

P.

Media Center Registered 9.0.133 -- C:\Program Files\J River\Media Center\

Microsoft Windows XP  Workstation 5.1 Service Pack 1 (Build 2600)
AMD Duron 808 MHz MMX / Memory: Total - 261 MB, Free - 86 MB

Internet Explorer: 6.0.2800.1106 / ComCtl32.dll: 5.82 (xpsp1.020828-1920) / Shlwapi.dll: 6.00.2800.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920)
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Ripping /   Drive E:   Copy mode:ModeBurstBigBuffer   CD Type:IDE   Read speed:Max
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Re: Web or FTP Upload is now working
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2003, 08:54:19 am »

Just tried this for the first time, and it seems to work for me, both for my own web site and jriver.com. (Jim, you can put me on the home page now if you want.)

Some points/questions arise...

1. The upload dialog has progress bars but no text.

2. Dont know how to rotate a file in MC and save it so that it remains rotated.

3. If I choose a directory on my PC rather that an FTP site, will MC create the website on my PC, ready for further editing? [Update: OK I should have tried this before posting :) It doesnt. I think itd be nice if it did]

4. I agree with PhatPhreddy - if not a wizard then perhaps a choice of 'templates' to allow different website styles. AFAIK this is the only thing MC doesnt do that Photoshop Elements (which I currently use) does.

5. Perhaps the possibility to use other library fields rather than filename for the links in the created HTML. I havent figured out quite how Im going to organise my photos yet, but I suspect that I might put more info in library tags than in the filenames.
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Re: Web or FTP Upload is now working
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2003, 09:16:54 am »

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Just tried this for the first time, and it seems to work for me, both for my own web site and jriver.com. (Jim, you can put me on the home page now if you want.)

Some points/questions arise...

1. The upload dialog has progress bars but no text.

This is a known problem.
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2. Dont know how to rotate a file in MC and save it so that it remains rotated.

This works.  Maybe your files are read only?
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3. If I choose a directory on my PC rather that an FTP site, will MC create the website on my PC, ready for further editing? [Update: OK I should have tried this before posting :) It doesnt. I think itd be nice if it did]

I agree, but it may not happen for this version.
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4. I agree with PhatPhreddy - if not a wizard then perhaps a choice of 'templates' to allow different website styles. AFAIK this is the only thing MC doesnt do that Photoshop Elements (which I currently use) does.

I agree, but not this version.
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5. Perhaps the possibility to use other library fields rather than filename for the links in the created HTML. I havent figured out quite how Im going to organise my photos yet, but I suspect that I might put more info in library tags than in the filenames.

Same answer again.
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Re: Web or FTP Upload is now working
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2003, 09:25:47 am »

Dave,
I added your photos.  Sorry to be slow, but I've been away for a few days.

Jim
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Re: Web or FTP Upload is now working
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2003, 09:31:02 am »

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However, when I try to upload to your FTP server, MC stops responding. I've left it now for a godd 30 minutes, and nothing is happening apart from a blank white window with "Device Transfer Progress" in the title.

Your pictures and thumbnails are getting there, but not the index.html file.  Please try using build 133.  It fixed a bug.
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Re: Web or FTP Upload is now working
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2003, 09:48:30 am »

Jim - thanks - your link shows me as lee69 rather than lee269 - how picky am i? :) Dont worry about the delay - I think the world can live without my pictures for a while...

As far as the questions: I can wait for the enhancements - itll give me a chance to learn basic HTML.

For rotating images - Im sure it didnt work initially when I uploaded, but Ive tried again and it does appear to work within MC on my PC - Ill test again.
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Re: Web or FTP Upload is now working
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2003, 03:17:22 pm »

Would it be possible if this feature supported xhtml standards?  either Transitional or Strict would be nice.  Although, all I really need to do is take it into dreamweaver and convert it :-)  but it would be nice to avoid this extra step.

Thanks!
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Re: Web or FTP Upload is now working
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2003, 11:42:48 am »

I haven't tried the web upload yet but thought I'd get in my enhancement request early :D...

I'd really like full control of the HTML produced via XSLT. Adding this feature would then allow you and others to create templates for people to choose from and allow people who know XSL to go crazy.

- Provide for custom elements in the output that are understood and translated by MC, eg:

 <mc:image size="640x480"/>
 <mc:label field="Name"/>

- Provide for variables so colours can be changed, eg:

 <html background="{$bgcolor}">...</html>

Just a few ideas!

Cheers, Alfie.
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Re: Web or FTP Upload is now working
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2003, 03:45:48 pm »

That would be incredibly cool and much more sophisticated than antything else I have seen out there

Adam
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Re:Web or FTP Upload is now working
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2004, 01:17:29 pm »

Any word on when a web wizard would be released with ability to add custom field values?

Adding custom field values to the slide show would also be great :D

Thanks!
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