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Features of Quick Pix Size Publish

Quick Pix Size Publish™ is normally downloaded and setup in a Windows desktop, server or laptop computer.  The graphics generation tool was designed to help the photographer with publishing of normalized images and corresponding thumbnails to be sized and laid out per specific web gallery folder.  For instance, when 900 camera images for a specific event are each around 2 to 3 MB in size, and you need to populate a dedicated folder with 900 approcimately 90 to 170 KB images and an adjacent thumbs folder with the corresponding 900 thumbnails of 5 to 25 KB each, and specifically follow a thumbnail layout rule for just that folder of thumb width, number across and total per page you know that you are in for some work.  And in this case this tool will perform all of the above in a minute, and you can then port to the web, browse the new area, and locate the few of the images that need repositioning to another area, or manual normalization, if any.

Figure that you are covering a wedding, and that you would like to split the gallery into 3 general areas, each of approximately 300 images, then later feedback from your user will dictate which images stay, and which need editing.  You would then use this tool for each of the 3 areas, deciding on thumb size, number across the page and total per page, but especially taking into consideration cell phone or tablet browsing.  This needs to be mentioned because you need to understand the importance of the layout, and especially the thumb sizes per area.  After 15 minutes with this tool you would have all of the content, and all 3 area titles except for a text description of the main gallery, and of the 3 areas, which you can create unto textfiles and just include with the publishing.

By now you realize that something else besides the publishing is playing a big role, but you don't necessarily need our Makecraft Gallery Stock™ web application, and can just publish to your website or hand over the content to your developer.  However, our gallery application allows your end users in flagging images, describing the action needed and specifically requesting work from a list of standard image enhancements, including specific description of the requests per image.  But for the Quick Pix Size Publish tool all you have to care about is to quickly generate a full day of work within 15 minutes.

To get this application you may have to download, install and run our DetectNET2 tool to determine if the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 is installed, if you need it then follow our links to Microsoft, install version 2.0 SP1 if on Windows 2000 (no longer supported), or else the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 (mostly Windows XP).  Or you might at first skip the .NET 2.0 detection, install the graphical application, and if the DLL error occurs when first launching it then proceed with our DetectNET2 tool to install the Framework, and the graphical application would then successfully launch.  You then proceed with the following application steps:  Register, purchase and request the unlock key, then enter or paste the key into the appropriate application text box, and exit and re-launch the application.  Please see the time saving features in the bellow bulleted list.

Quick Pix Size Publish features:

  • Generate normalized image and thumb sizes.  Normalized refers to web friendly image sizes, which prevent browser clutter and freezing, especially when there is other traffic.  Following the publishing steps you should browse the website as if you were an end user, and detect which images you need to manually publish, possibly due to lighting conditions, and the rare need for a larger size for that type of picture.  These steps handle content for one of your gallety chapters, and save you hours of work.  Remember to always save copies of the original camera images, as they represent the preferred source for editing.
  • Leave mundane tasks to the application and concentrate on editing.  There is enough work to be done when fine tuning the look of a gallery, and no one needs to be spending hours performing repetitious resizing, saving, and avoiding human typos and errors in the process.  Just browse the results and make manual adjustments to the minority of the items.
  • This tool will interface with Makecraft Gallery Stock™.  This publishing tool generates Thumb Viewer Parameter Folders, which interface with our time saving web gallery by adapting to the user friendly Windows Explorer interface.  When thorougly reviewing the follow-up steps to keep gallery maintenance under control this tool is a win-win, whether you optionally adapt to your new web gallery application or not.

Detailed layout example:

Since each photography event may be split into different areas of the website the user can drive the menu hierarchy from a Windows Explorer perspective, just creating a new menu level and populating it with other levels and/or with tips or ends of the branch, namely called Thumb Viewer pages, each containing 'images' and 'thumbs' sub-folders.  The results enable a lengthy affair to be carried out in minutes, while the only time constraint is the filtering out of bad photos, or the editing of those in need.  And the visitor just browses or drills down through the menu levels.  Please notice that the indentation in the below Menu item column relates to the menu level in this illustration only, and these equate to the sub-folder levels for the photographer to track.

The following illustration will make it easier to follow the purpose and usage of this application.  It encompasses a fictitious photography gallery, using test customer events and their chapters, which are driven by user-created menus and sub-menus, and the help of this application to roll out each set of chapter images and thumbs to their corresponding area:

Menu item Description or Tasks
Jack and Joe - 2013 Expedition to Cave Island Place this event folder on 'Galleries' folder, and populate it with AnyName.txt for an event description, and Any Other Name.jpg for a front image.  All front images fade in.  This is the first menu level, and is all that visitors will see when first visiting the gallery, unless there are more photography events.  You might decide to make this event a level-1, and to incorporate a main event, such as the current year or period, just to minimize scrolling on the first page of the gallery, and to also minimize scrolling by limiting event volume to a year or period, or maybe to event categories.  It is very probable that in the future you may need to spread the menu hierarchy through event chapter shuffling in order to minimize scrolling.
Jack convincing Joe to come along{2-2-300-0}
Run the application to create the 'Jack convincing Joe to come along' title, provide the thumbs across, thumbs per page, thumb width and/or thumb height parameters, and let the process automatically generate the 4 parameters trailing the folder title.  Also provide your dedicated temporary folder containing only the 6 jpg images that belong in this thumb viewer.  These high quality originals have been edited and cropped, and should remain safely on file elsewhere, while the application will automatically create 6 thumbnails of the specified 300 pixel width, each with the corresponding height for that image's aspect ratio, be it a portrait or landscape orientation.  The application will add the 'images' and 'thumbs' sub-folders, add the 6 thumbs to the 'thumbs' folder, using the same corresponding name of the original image, then the application also creates 6 1024 or 1280 pixel wide images of a lesser quality than the original and places them in the 'images' sub-folder.  The web visitor reaches this end of a tree branch, navigates 3 pages, each with 2 thumbs per row, as you have specified, and either advances to the larger image by clicking a thumb, or presses First, Previous, Next or Last Page, or Previous page, or presses Exit to return to the parent menu.  Once you are viewing the larger image you can also press First, Previous, Next or Last Image in slide show fashion, while in view mode, or Exit to return to the 3 page thumb viewer.  This logic will apply to any follow-up event chapter folder which uses the 4 thumb viewer parameters, and each application task is meant to speed up the propagation of the corresponding images and thumbs, and all you have to do is just edit the high quality originals and place copies on your dedicated source folder for this application's process.
Charting the trip
The second level-1 menu is only populated with AnyName.txt for a brief event chapter description, and with Any Other Name.jpg for front image.  Add 'dummy' empty folder, signifying that this is the end of this tree branch, and carries no thumb viewer.
The Journey This level-1 menu will include thumb viewing end-of-tree branches, as well as level-2 menus, and you can build on multiple levels depending on your audiences and browsers.  For instance, when targetting iPhone you may want a smaller number of thumbs across and thumbs per page, thus allowing the user just to use the First, Previous, Next or Last Page feature.  Keep in mind that the reason for the thumb viewers is to avoid having to paginate through countless pages just searching for an image, when you can spot it from several thumbs in one page, and only then advancing to the larger image.
Arrival and discovery of a lake{5-15-100-0}
This is the first level-2 thumb viewer area, where 400 thumbnails have been designated 100 pixels in width at 5 per row for 3 rows per page, and 27 pages to navigate.  These thumbs are clear enough so that their smaller width still describes the image on a smaller screen for a cell phone device.  You can clearly determine that editing 400 images for this sub-folder was enough work, and that relying on the application for the corresponding 400 web-friendly images and 400 smaller thumbnails was very much desirable, especially if you have to publish this in time.  Just lightly edit and crop the large originals, safely back them up, and provide just the 400 copies to this application, and you wind up with 400 corresponding images of a web-friendlier size, and their 400 corresponfing thumbs.  You drive the menu hierarchy, titles, descriptions, front pages, and thumbnail parameters.  Note that you can include other thumb viewer folders adjacent to the 'Arrival and discovery' folder, and the menu would just list them on that same level.
Future journey plans
Back to a level-1 menu, where you can keep growing new menu branches, but for the purposes of this illustration we end here by just populating the folder with the AnyName.txt for a brief description of the map, and the Any Other Image.jpg image of your 'secret' map, just to entice the audience to join in.  And of course include the empty 'dummy' folder to tell the website that there is no thumb vieweing on this end of a branch.

While unlicensed this application is the only means to perform registration, to login and purchase, or to request an unlock key, which are the 3 steps required to validate the license in each computer, but you register only once.  Setup automatically applies administrative privileges as the application is installed only once per computer.  Therefore switching users will employ the same license, which is located in the common application data folder under a sub-folder for the application.

You may Download the Quick Pix Size Publish application from this link, or follow the Products menu.   Or you can view a Video demonstration.

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