How Web Photos Pro Came To Be

Last July, before we left the States, I purchased a Canon EOS 10D digital camera. I was determined to use it to record our time abroad, and when I started my A Year In Cornwall weblog, I decided to include at least one photo on every entry. If you’ve read the weblog at all, you’ll know that all of the entries have at least one photo, many have two or three, and several, like the time Nathaniel and I rode the diesel trains in Bodmin, have ten or more photos.

And there would be a lot more photos in my weblog if the process of converting them to the right sizes, into the right format, and getting them into the right folders on my web server had been less of a hassle.

Every time I wanted to add a photo (or photos) to the weblog I had to plod through the same set of steps:

  • From iPhoto I would save the photo to a folder on my computer.
  • Next, open the photo in Photoshop.
  • Then resize three times (image, thumbnail and small thumbnail).
  • Rename and save as optimized jpegs.
  • And ftp the three image sizes to three different folders on my web server.
  • Create the html to place the photo(s) in my weblog.
  • And repeat as needed due to mistakes.

Tedious. Boring. And fraught with errors. You don’t want to know how many times I had to re-do things because I’d overwritten an image with a thumbnail or vice-versa.

After three months of doing that by hand I got fed up, and decided there had to be a better way. I looked at the products that were out there already and couldn’t find one that did what I was looking for. So, in the interest of making my life just a tad bit easier, I decided to do it myself.

And that is how Web Photos Pro came to be.

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