Sunday: 10.April.2005

BreezeBrowser: Viewing & Manipulating Digital Images

Folks been asking how I go about posting my photo-series. I use software called BreezeBrowser. You simply upload your photos to your hard drive, using a USB connection/cable. (For this, I use a different program, called Downloader, made by the same guy.)

Then launch BreezeBrowser & select the photos you want to post on your site. Click the "Generate HTML" button and voila!. The software creates all web pages, including thumbnails and reduces your original images to postcard-size .. all with a single click!

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My camera takes photos at a resolution of 2272x1704. BreezeBrowser reduces these to 550x412 (postcard-size). The quality isn't as good, but they download off the Net much faster than the originals would.

Simply upload to your web server the folder containing your new web pages, thumbnails & postcard-sized photos and send the link to your family & friends. It's easier for them to receive an email containing a single link than an attached bunch of photos, and it offers me greater control over the presentation.

The hardest part is selecting which photos you want to post. I usually take far more photos than necessary. BreezeBrowser displays the photos in the *order* you took them (chronologically). So, if you want to alter the order of display, you have to manually rename the original *.jpg photos.

After selecting the photos I want to display, and deciding on their order, I rename them accordingly with more descriptive names. For example, the file/photo Img_0007.jpg might become 01_sign.jpg. Img_0043.jpg might become 02_entrance.jpg. Img_0067.jpg might become 03_steps.jpg .. etc.

From the time I walk in the house, I can have freshly-taken photos posted on the Net in 5 minutes. For family & friends, who want to see pictures of their grandson/nephew, it's close to real-time. For me, BreezeBrowser is a must-have piece of software, but I think it only works with Canon cameras. Not sure, tho.

Before I got the digital camera & BreezeBrowser, it would take me all weekend to post series the old way, such as Backpacking Yosemite or Climbing Half Dome, and those don't even include thumbnails.

For those without their own web site, PBASE is good alternative. The give you 200-megs of web space for only US$23/year.

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Posted by Rad at April 10, 2005 05:04 PM

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