Travel is a big part of my job, and I have a list of what I don’t like about frequent travel. It’s not just the waiting, the airports, the crowds. It’s the locations. They’re almost always the same dozen places. That means I have thousands of photos to a dozen places. And a dozen photos to a thousand (well, maybe a hundred) other places. But the photos are all stored in nice, neat albums for friends and family.
The Free Album Builder
Besides Flickr, which I use sparingly, free online photography sites are a dime a dozen, with a dozen gotchas. If it’s not ads, it’s an annual sticker price.
jAlbum is somewhere in-between. First, it’s a Mac app that creates photo albums which you can share with family and friends on CD or DVD. Or, share online by uploading complete web site photo galleries.
It’s easy to use jAlbum to create stunning albums and galleries. Drag a photo of images to jAlbum and it does the rest.
Select from many skins and styles. Then click Make Album. jAlbum asks you where to put the album (local storage or upload). That’s it. You’re done.
The results speak for themselves. jAlbum, the app, is free.
Or, upload your photo album to jAlbum and share online (that’s where the gotcha comes in). jAlbum’s online storage galley comes with two gigabytes of storage for your photo albums, good for 30 days. After that, there’s a price tag.
What you get isn’t bad, though. You can share albums with family and friends. The online albums also have a mobile version for iPhone and iPad.
The app is free to use and works very well. Online jAlbum might be a good alternative to Apple’s discontinuation of MobileMe’s photo gallery.