RapidAlbum update and new templates

My original goal with RapidAlbum was to solve a problem I had with creating custom web albums for a site I was building in RapidWeaver. After a few months tweaking and developing the plugin, I realized I could use the basic support to build pages that used existing Javascript and flash photo album tools (like SlimBox and SmoothGallery). This seemed like a cool idea so I added support for album templates.

I’d decided to supply some templates as an example of what you could do with RapidAlbum and documented the plugin template builder support a bit so that other, adventurous folks could use it to build their own template tools. I’d never really intended them to be anything other than examples.

However, it’s pretty clear from my inbox that folks are using the templates as-is and are looking for versions of the templates that are updated to the latest versions of the Javascript tools. That’s not really what I had in mind originally but it’s not an unreasonable request given that the existing examples are quite a few years old now.

You can download a fresh version of templates here. I’ve updated all of the Javascript-based templates that have new versions available and added some other templates (Pretty Photo) that I made available a while back. I’ve also added a new template, called MooFlow which uses the MooFlow Javascript support to build a coverflow-like gallery. It’s not perfect but I hope it illustrates what you can still do with RapidAlbum, old and creaky as it now is.

I decided over the summer to start work on RapidAlbum again. I’ve already got the basics for RapidAlbum 2.0 written – it’s a complete rewrite for the latest RapidWeaver versions and Snow Leopard. I don’t have a release date for it yet but I’ll post more as it takes shape.

5 Responses to “RapidAlbum update and new templates”

  1. ~EO says:

    Thank you very much, now I was trying to update Highslide.bundle and was doing well but, I can not display the “ControlBar” with new features such as in the example “gallery-white.”

    Can you tell me what the correct code for the “Index” and “thumbnail”?

    Thankfully, Sincerely.

    Excuse my Googlenglish

  2. Paul, Brooklyn, NY says:

    Scott,

    Just wanted to thank you for these new templates. I had almost forgotten about your RapidAlbum, then rediscovered it and looking through the options, I am just overwhelmed by your attention to detail and thoroughness. You really created a whole framework for someone to build a full portfolio-almost like Adobe’s Lightroom. Since there seems to be a lot of support for a 2.0 revision, you should definitely charge something for it to cover your hard work. There are many paid plugins which offer a 10th of your functionality which cost $10 or more. Or better yet, try to sell RA to Realmac.

    Paul

  3. Olivier, Thousand Oaks, CA says:

    Scott, this is awesome! I have not touched my website for 2 years and starting to get back into it. Thank you for making the bundles available for free…I love these new effects. Rapidweaver is becoming “Rapidexpensive” when you start to add all the whistles and bells if you are not a developer.

    Olivier

  4. Jim Fisher says:

    I love RapidAlbum. It was the perfect solution to display a large number of photographs on our website. I am excited that you are writing RA 2.0 but am worried that you will leave us on legacy (PPC) systems behind. I know the day is coming when I will need to trade in my PPC Macs for Intel. 🙁

    Thanks again for providing a great RW plug-in.

    JIm

  5. Scott,

    Thank you so much for keeping up with R.A. As time goes, R.A. indeed has aged, but when I am confronted with putting up a gallery page, I can’t find any better choice. Yes I can make a very compelling and feature rich page like this http://jean-christian.net/LifeOnMars/ but it is way more time consuming than in RA, and much heavier.

    I look forward to see what the new templates offer (just downloaded them), and I sure can’t wait for RA 2.0.

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