BINS photo album 1.1.29

BINS photo album is a fully configurable HTML photo album generator with i18n, UTF-8, and EXIF support.

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GPL (GNU General Public License) 
Jerome Sautret
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BINS is a valid HTML 4 photo album generator with support for internationalization, EXIF, and customizable charset encoding, including UTF-8 (Unicode).

Albums can contains other sub-albums. The appearance of the album can be fully personalized by using template and configuration parameters. The number and size of scaled pictures can be chosen in pixels or percentage of the original image.

Several description fields (date, location, etc.) can be associated with the pictures, and you can add additional description fields. A command line utility or a GTK+ GUI can be used to set or edit description fields.

BINS can use the EXIF data structure found in some pictures to automatically fill some fields (most notably, date and time) and to produce a page providing all information available on the picture, as well as the DigiCam settings when the photo was taken. All image meta-data are stored in XML files.

Here are some key features of "BINS photo album":

· album can contains other albums (sub albums): the album can have a tree structure ;
· generation of a thumbnail and of scaled images for each picture ;
· generated album appearance is fully customizable by using HTML templates (5 different templates sets are currently provided) and configuration parameters: colors, number and size of thumbnails per page, number and size of scaled pictures (in pixels or percentage of the original image for the size), fields to display, etc. Those parameters can be set globally (system wide or per user), per album or sub album or per picture (for example, you can change the colors of one sub album or one just one picture page in an album by editing its description file) ;
· several description fields (date, location, etc...) can be associated with the pictures (in text or HTML format). You can easily add or customize these fields ;
· description fields can be set or modified via a command line interface or a GTK+/GNOME-based GUI ;
· Album can be generated from pictures managed by Zoph.
· speed up album browsing by performing a clean up of HTML code to reduce its size and by pre-loading thumbnails in browser cache using JavaScript code ;
· Exif information and Digital camera support :
· o use the EXIF data structure found on some image files (usually, those produced by digital cameras) to fill automatically some fields (date and time for example).
· o BINS use the Orientation EXIF tag (which is normally set when you rotate a image on you DigiCam) to rotate the picture to correct orientation.
· o For each image, a page provides all information available on the picture and the DigiCam settings when the photo was taken.
· o Additional information are provided for Canon DigiCams.
· o Tooltips provide information about the meaning of some of the fields.
· o All EXIF information is saved in the XML description file, preventing they disappear when the image is modified ;
· internationalization (generation of album in different languages) using gettext. Current languages supported are Dutch, English, Esperanto, Finish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Traditional Chinese ;
· customizable charset encoding for HTML generation, including UTF-8 (Unicode) support by default. Generation of the Apache .htaccess file for correct encoding charset in HTTP headers ;
· use of XML files to save user description of pictures and albums/subalbums and Exif data from image file ;
· handle correctly file and directory names with spaces or other odd characters (excepted '/'), and create valid escaped URLs ;
· generate valid HTML 4 code.

What's New in This Release:

· A search engine has been added. It only woks on web browser supporting javascript and DOM. It can be deactivated via the new searchEngine parameter. It allows search on image description fields set in the new searchFields parameter. Maximum results returned by the search engine is set by the searchLimit parameter. This adds a new dependency on Text::Unaccent.
· Michael Olson's mwolson templates have been added. Michael can be joined at < mwolson @ >.
· Martin Pohlack's martin templates have been added. Martin can be joined at < mp26 @ >. These templates are based upon marc ones, in turn based on joi. Here are the modifications with marc:
· fixed some bugs in the css
· more layout stuff done in css
· changed colors to grey-levels, which allows the viewer to concentrate on the important parts, the images (if you don't like it, you only have to change some lines in the css).
· some layout changes, links (next, prev, ...) have a fixed position now, so you don't have to move the mouse if you want to cycle through many images.
· use transparent pngs for the slide background in browser which support it -> smoother slide corners (round corners are oversampled, compare the gif and the png)
· Display the content of the jpeg-comment filed below the image
· Fixed a bug when javaScriptPreloadImage was set to 1 : the next image preloaded was always at maximum size. Patch from Malcolm Parsons < malcolm.parsons @ >
· Add support for jpegtran with MMX (libjpeg-mmx-progs). Patch by Ludovic Rousseau < rousseau @ >.
· Fix -f option so it can work with files given with a relative path. Patch by Ludovic Rousseau < rousseau @ debian >.
· Default template has been renamed to swigs, has it may not be the default in the future (it uses tables and don't use CSS).
· A tools directory has been added in the archive, containing the small BINS related utilities. The new tools add_num_prefix, remove_num_prefix and bins_addtext have been added. All is documented on the web site.
· A FAQ has been added.

Last updated on August 26th, 2005

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