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Thumbing though a gallery

By Chris Williams. Published: 15th Nov 2002, 11:19:57 | Permalink | Printable

TinyThumb 1.01 released, getting your photos online

When doing a time consuming and repetitive task on your computer, if you're anything like us, you'll immediately yearn for a handy application to do the hard work for you and do it all automatically. Something hassle free to make life easy. Let's take making a photo gallery for your website, as an example. You have a stack of scanned in photos and you want to create a series of thumbnails (scaled down versions) for people to click on to view the full picture (no one enjoys downloading 60 JPEGed photos at 1.2MB each from a single web page). In this case, Precedence Technologies recently updated TinyThumb freeware software would certainly prove useful.

"TinyThumb is not a complicated program", writes Precedence's Dr. Stephen Borrill in the Tinyhumb announcement. "It is designed to do one task and do it well. It will produce small versions (thumbnails) of a series of JPEG images. The thumbnails will all have the same height or width. It will recurse through a directory tree. Finally, it can generate a series of HTML pages with the thumbnails displayed so that they can be clicked on to download the original image. "

Verion 1.01 fixes a bug involving very long pathnames as well as offering a number of different formats to display a photo's path in. As always, we got got in touch with Precedence Technologies to find out more.

"TinyThumb came about after returning from a stag-do in Barcelona with a few disposable cameras. I scanned all the photos and wanted to set up a website with them on", Dr. Borrill explained to drobe.co.uk in an email. The website for the photos is now online but we'll leave it to you to find it, it's got its own domain if that helps.

Stephen's digital camera is advanced enough to produce thumbnails itself, which simplifes the task of getting photos taken with it online. However, with scanned photos, the process of generating a website of thumbnails and full images suddenly becomes a daunting and tedious job that's just itching to be automated by a computer program.

"I set about writing TinyThumb with the intention of releasing it for free to the RISC OS community", continues Stephen. "There was the handy side-effect that we'd been asked if we knew of a similar program by a few of our school customers. TinyThumb recursively checks directories of JPEGs and then uses ChangeFSI to shrink them to a fixed width or height. It can also generate HTML pages to give an image browser."

TinyThumb was first released back in May this year and has since been treated to several updates to fix problems with long filenames and the presentation of the photos' filenames in the gallery. Finally, as their development is customer-led, Precedence told us they welcome any further ideas from users.


TinyThumb 1.01

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