The digital photography age carries with it a few problems. Yes, it’s easy to take a few thousand photos a year because digital photos are dirt cheap.
Where do you save all those photos? iPhoto. It’s cheap. How do you share all those photos? A few make it to email, Facebook, Twitter, and an online album or two. Or, create your own standalone, sharable, online photo gallery for free.
Click To Create A Photo Album Or Gallery
I don’t see a shortage of online locations to store your precious digital photos so family and friends can view your photographic talent. Some are free, some are not, all tend to look about the same.
Customizing a photo gallery or album takes work, right?
Not so fast. If you want something truly different, totally customizable, and free, the answer is Jalbum.
Mac or PC, Jalbum makes it one-click effort to create classy looking photo albums or professional photo galleries. Easily, Jalbum is the Mac’s (and PC) best free album maker.
Easy Start, Easy Finish
Using Jalbum is simple enough. Open it up, grab your photos, drag and drop, select an album design, click to publish.
In between start to finish are a few treats. Both the online and Mac app have photo editing tools (similar to iPhoto) to improve and enhance your photos. Click to select from different skins for a gallery or album that matches your taste.
These skinable plugins can also be customized.
Your finished albums or galleries can be uploaded for viewing online, stored and viewed on your Mac or PC, or zipped up and shared with friends as a standalone slide show.
I’m in favor of apps that don’t cost much, and Jalbum’s freeness is attractive. I admit that I’m not fully versed in the business model.
Free Online Photo Hosting
You can publish your finished gallery to any web site, of course, but Jalbum also has an online photo hosting service, which is good for a photo backup system, good for albums and galleries for friends and family.
What’s the Jalbum business model?
Online storage starts at free for up to 30 megabytes of storage. $2.50 a month for up to 1 gigabyte of storage, and $10 a month for up to 10 gigabytes of storage. Each level comes with ads or no ads, home page themes, and other features.
Like iPhoto, Jalbum also has photo books which are bookstore quality, hard bound books of your photos. They’re nicely done but not as many options as in iPhoto.
Go Mobile For Free
Jalbum also has an iPhone app for that mobile sharing experience. It’s not that there’s a shortage of online photo sharing options. Overall, my experience with Jalbum has been a good one through the years. Easy customization, easy uploading, and now online photo sharing, plus an iPhone app.
Considering the price and quality, Jalbum is difficult to beat for the do-it-yourself crowd.