(c) 1999-2004 Scott M. Baker, SB-Software firstname.lastname@example.org
Image Index is designed to produce html format catalogs for image files. I can think of two purposes for this software:
Image Index falls into my "special purpose/expert tool" category. It is not indended for novices. The documentation is sparse, it hasn't been as thoroughly "idiot-proofed" as my other software, and it might not even do anything useful for you.
Quick Start: Browsing Your Hard Drive
Quick Start: Creating Web Indices:
Using the "Clean" tab:
If you've run Image Index, and it doesn't suit your needs and you want to delete all of those annoying imageindex.html files, then the clean button is what you'll need. It'll automatically remove all of the files Image Index created.
What the heck is thumbnail generation?
Normally, we want the thumbnails to be much smaller than the fullsize images so that we can view many thumbnails per page. If you're on your local computer, then it doesn't matter how large the thumbnails are, since they are retrieved very fast from your hard drive. We'll just let netscape load the full image and resize it automatically. Our job is done.
However, if you want to put the thumbnail catalogs on the web, then your users won't want to download fullsize files for the thumbnails. What we need is something to generate smaller, condensed thumbnail files -- the user pulls down the small thumbnail files and getss much faster operation. The is where the pregenerated thumbnails come into play.
There are also some other reasons why you might want to let Image Index pregenerate the thumbnails:
What in blazes does the Hierarchy setting do???
Let's assume we have lot's of nested directories. For example, we have an "animals" directory, which has the subdirs "dogs", "cats", "pigs", and "horses". Under the "dogs" directory, we have "shepherd", "collie", "poodle", etc. It'd be nice if we could move between all of these indices with the browser -- that's what the hierarchy generation does. It'll place links in each category page for the subdirectories within it.
However, if you're using Image Index on a website, then you probably want to implement your own links. Turn off hierarchy links and the automatic stuff will go away.
How do I use the header and footer templates?
You can create an html file representing the header or footer and have Image Index automatically incorporate that file into the catalogs. For the header, Image Index will include the entire file, from start to the </body> tag. For the footer, Image Index includes everything from the <body> tag down to the end of the file. If a <body> (or </body>) tag cannot be found, then Image Index just includes the entire file.
Contacting the author:
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