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Old August 7th, 2004, 04:10 PM
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I need to build a website that has a gallery of pictures i have looked at Dreamweaver and it seems it will do this but it names it index.htm which would mean i would have to change the name then go into the pages code and change the home buttons name, I would also like to have details on the page with the larger image included but can only seem to do this on the thumbnail gallery page. I would need to add new pages of photo galleries and would seem a lot of time consuming work to have to change the details in the pages is there a way you can do this without having to open up each page in DW. Also i would like to add a search engine that would come up with Thumbnails of what i had searched for eg. Bird would just come up with images with bird in the file info. Thank you i know i am asking a lot but i purchased Fotostation about 5 months ago thinking this would do what i wanted but although it has lots of great things web building is not great.

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Hi there,

Dreamweaver MX 2004 has an option built in to it that will let you create a photo gallery. The only thing is that you need to have Macromedia Fireworks as well because what Dreamweaver does is this: It passes the photos to be processed to Fireworks which then gets them processed automatically. Don't worry about thumbnails because these are created for you automatically. By default, Dreamweaver has a pre-defined name for a webpage which is Untitled-1.htm. Dreamweaver does prefer that the home page is named Index.htm but you don't have to name it that exact thing. Regarding the larger image issue, you can use frames on your site. For example, you can have the photo gallery page displayed in the main page area and have the larger image(when clicked) displayed in the frame. If you want to have search capabilities for your photo gallery site, you need to use a server-side scripting language such as ASP or PHP although I think you can use Javascript to provide the user with the results. I am not 100% sure on this so you'll need to get somebody else's opinion.



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Personally, I don't think Dreamweaver is very good at this. The gallery feature is just a minor feature compared to the rest of the program. Dreamweaver is a pretty advanced and profession Web development tool, but isn't especially designed for this gallery thing. So, I would never recommend buying Dreamwevaer for this feature alone.

Jasc Software (the company that created Paint Shop Pro) has (had??) a program called Jasc Media Center. It uses a sort of HTML (called MCML) to generate template based thumbnail sites based on albums you create in the program. You can create your own custom templates, which allows for great flexibility.
I am not sure if the program is still there; it may have been replaced by Jasc Photo Album (which isn't nearly as good as Media Center), but it may be worth a try.

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