Here’s the objective. You want to make thumbnails of a bunch of photos. Then, click on a web page thumbnail and see the full-size photo. Easy, right?
The Mac has many apps that create thumbnail images of photos and dump them into a web page gallery. The question is simple. Do you want to pay $40 to do that. Or, do you want to do it for free?
Choose Wisely, Grasshopper
Not all Mac apps are created equal, so functions and features will vary. When it comes to creating photo thumbnails, photo slideshows, even movies of photos, the choices are many.
Even iPhoto on your Mac will create simple web page photo galleries.
iPhoto also exports photo albums to QuickTime movies and comes with rudimentary photo enhancement tools.
To do more, you’ll need more. Today’s app selection compares free to commercial. iPhoto and jAlbum to MuchoThumbs Pro. The former are free. The latter? Not so much.
What Capitalism Gets You
MuchoThumbs creates thumbnail web pages with a click. View the thumbnail image, click on the image, view a larger image. It’s as simple as that.
The Toolbar makes it virtually self explanatory. Drop a bunch of photos or images into a folder. Select the folder. Click create. View the thumbnail web pages in your browser.
After that come all the extra features, including options to resize or crop, add copyright, create a slideshow or movie export and much more. The sidebar of tools is complex and thorough.
Seven tabs give you control over basic HTML for the web page gallery, including links, head, footer, and more. Images and photos can be resized to your specifications.
MuchoThumbs isn’t the prettiest Mac app you’ll ever use, but it has plenty of features. And a hefty price tag.
What Free Gets You
jAlbum does less of the same thing, but comes with an attractive price tag. Zero. Thumbnails? Check. Web page gallery? Check. A few less bells and whistles? Check.
The user interface could not be more simple. Select a folder of images or photos. Select a skin and style. Click.
jAlbum is about ease of use, friendliness, and online albums.
Yes, jAlbum web page photo galleries are easier to create than MuchoThumbs.
With an amazing list of skins and styles jAlbum albums and galleries will look much better, too. It’s simple to upload galleries, put galleries on a CD or DVD for sneaker net sharing.
jAlbum just doesn’t have the image controls found in MuchoThumbs or iPhoto. It does share a mobile app with the iPhone so you can create online albums on the go. Unlike iPhoto or MuchoThumbs, no movie export capability.
iPhoto and jAlbum are free. The former has rudimentary image enhancement tools, while the latter produces outstanding web page photo galleries. MuchoThumbs takes a middle ground with more image tools, but remains weak on gallery output.