Web Photos Pro Is Now Freeware
March 19, 2007

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to update Web Photos Pro, and therefore I’ve decided to release it as freeware.

Here’s a license key you can use to unlock all of the features:

LK-1126-3947-3202-4573-6715

If you’ve purchased the product in the last 90 days, and would like a refund, please let me know via email to support [a t] webphotospro.com.

Enjoy!
– Frank Leahy



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Using Web Photos Pro With LiveJournal
January 18, 2006

One of the questions I’ve been getting a lot of lately goes something like this:

Hey. I’m a livejournal user. I’m having a lot of trouble with the FTP server settings. It says invalid host whatever I try. What exactly is the URL and FTP codes for livejournal users?

First, I want to say thank you. Thank you for writing and asking the question, (instead of screaming aaarrrrgggghhhh and giving up).

Second, it’s not your problem, it’s ours, because the UI for the LiveJournal support is not at all obvious.*

Luckily, what you want to do is quite easy, and here’s how:

(Note: see the pictures below, with each step hilited)

How To Use Web Photos Pro With LiveJournal

1. Go to the Photo Galleries preferences panel.

2. Create a new photo gallery by clicking the New button.

3. Enter the following information into the fields:

  1. Gallery Title: LiveJournal (i.e. enter the word LiveJournal into the gallery title field)
  2. User Name: enter your LiveJournal user name here
  3. Password: enter your LiveJournal password here

4. Click the Test button.

You should get a message back that says “Successfully logged in to your LiveJournal account.” If you get any other message, it will tell you what went wrong, e.g. invalid user name, invalid password, invalid account, account suspended, etc.

(Note: if you get the message “No challenge returned", click “Test” again, until you either log in successfully, or get an error message as described above. The “no challenge returned” error usually indicates a timeout problem, because either your network, or the pics.livejournal.com site is slow.)

5. Click the Save button to save this LiveJournal photo gallery.

6. Now, to back to the List of Albums window. Select an album. Choose “LiveJournal” from the Photo Gallery: popup menu.

7. Click upload.

8. Voila, the album will be uploaded to your LiveJournal Scrapbook account.

If you find Web Photos Pro useful for uploading your LiveJournal Scrapbook photos, we’d love to hear about it (and if you don’t, we’d love to hear that too).

With kindest regards,
– Frank Leahy

* The reason for this is that LiveJournal support was added to Web Photos Pro as a test, a test to see how easy it would be to target another back-end platform (pretty easy it turned out). But instead of creating a separate preferences panel for LiveJournal users, we reused some of the FTP fields. Easy for us. Harder for you.



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Two More Releases (October 9, 2005)
October 9, 2005
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Eye on the ball!

Less than two weeks after the last dual release, these releases bring a number of bug fixes to Web Photos Pro, and a significant speed up to Web Photos Pro Server Edition (particularly the WordPress plugin),

I’ll let you read the release notes for both product (for Web Photos Pro, and for Web Photos Pro Server Edition). Suffice it to say that I would highly recommend upgrading both products.

With kindest regards,
– Frank Leahy



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Two Releases At Once
September 25, 2005
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Web Photos Pro v1.2 and Web Photos Pro Server Edition v1.1 are both ready for download.

These two releases are the culmination of a series of small releases that I’ve made to a number of beta customers over the past couple of months. Their feedback has been invaluable, and I thank them for that. Here are the highlights:

Web Photos Pro

This release has a lot of under the hood fixes, as well as three new features:

  1. Image rotate: in the photo album view, select a photo, then choose “Rotate 90° right” or “Rotate 90° left” from the Image menu (or right-click and choose from the popup menu)
  2. Upload to Live Journal Scrapbook
  3. Upload to Club Photo

These last two features – the ability to upload to other services – is something we’re doing to give Web Photos Pro additional reach. The Club Photo upload feature is something that I’ve been using quite a bit lately, especially now with their 12¢ for a 4x6 sale!

Web Photos Pro Server Edition

This is a bug fix release, along with a significant upgrade to the Wordpress plug-in. On the bug fix side, the “Latest Photos” album should work more consistently. On the Wordpress plug-in upgrade side, we’ve added three new tags.

The first of the new tags is the <wpp> tag. For example, <wpp:IMG_1001.JPG> will display the image “IMG_1001.JPG". Notice that unlike the <wpp_image>, tag, you don’t need to specify the gallery or album – the <wpp> tag searches across all galleries and albums automatically.

The other two tags are still “in progress", and as such should be tested before using them. The <wpp_gallery> and <wpp_album> tags let you display a gallery or album right inside your blog. For example, create a blog entry, add the <wpp_gallery> tag as the only text in the blog entry. When you go to that blog entry, you will see the gallery page displayed inside your blog.

The output of these two tags isn’t very customizable yet, but we will be doing something interesting in that area in a future release.

Until then, if you have any questions of comments, please don’t hesitate to ask.

With kindest regards,
– Frank Leahy



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Server Edition 1.0.0 Ready
July 2, 2005
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Web Photos Pro Server Edition v1.0.0 is ready for download.

I’m very excited about this release because it gives us a good base from which to move forward. Language support has been added, and both Dutch and German translations are available (if you’re interested in providing another language, please let me know!). And there are a number of small bug fixes that have been on my todo list forever.

But the big change is a brand new Wordpress plug-in that works with both Web Photos Pro Server Edition and non-Server Edition installations. Personally I’m looking forward to getting rid of all those crufty <img> tags that are spread all over this Web Photos Pro website, as well as my A Year In Cornwall blog, replacing them with nice, neat, <wpp_image> tags. And if you haven’t noticed, I’ve upgraded the Show Urls button at the bottom of each album web page so all you have to do is copy and paste the <wpp_image> tags right into your blog entry!

We’re moving back to the San Francisco for the summer, so I’ll be offline for a couple of days next week. In the meantime, please let me know if you install this latest version and how you like it.

With kindest regards,
– Frank Leahy



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