This document explains how using PhotoStory you can build
web pages almost automatically.
What it does
This tool helps you build a web story from your digital
Generates the tabs so your viewers can navigate between different groups
you have set up.
Generates the main index page with the thumbnails and the title and
captions alongside. Advanced users can modify the settings.xml page to get the
size and quality thumbnails you want.
Generates the picture pages where the big size main images and the
stories are also shown. Advanced users can modify the setting.xml page to get
the size and quality full pictures you want.
Facilitates sending of comments to a given email address with reference
to any photograph.
It generates the required thumbnails for the index page for different
sections/tabs of the project. Tests ok in
Mozilla and Internet
It can generate ftp scripts for you to automate your task of uploading
the files to your web server. You just have to execute the respective
"bat" files in the output folder.
Inserts additional text you may want to insert into your
You can change the templates/design/layout or make new ones as per your
In the templates folder there are several sample templates for your use.
Or you use them as a guide to make your own.
Step By Step
You collect and arrange your photographs into groups, putting each group
in a separate folder.
Use pixvue (see tools below)
to enter titles and captions that go with your pictures.
Choose a template that you like from the "template" folder.
"JPG" files are included to show you what your output will look
like. The included myPhotoStorySettings.xml shows you how "Susan's Indian
Adventure" was built.
Modify myPhotoStorySettings.xml with your choices and settings for your
Use your browser to check your myPhotoStorySettings.xml by opening it in
your web browser(maybe by dropping it in the browser). A backup is always
automatically saved in the folder "backup".
Run PhotoStory - Start runPhotoStory.bat. This script allows you to run
locally and preview the results before you are ready for publishing in the
Publish!! - Use your file transfer program or the upload scripts
generated by Photostory to publish your story. In the "output"
folder you will find upload scripts. The first time you will probably want to
What this tool needs
You need to use a tool like
(freeware) which lets you annotate a "JPG"
image file using IPTC/XMP format (XML format), to add
your story to an image file. Refer to the instructions on how to do that on
Add your "Title" and "Caption" to the
"JPG" image files you want to build story pages off of
Edit the myPhotoStorySettings.xml file and change it to specify the
title, menu names, input directory, thumbnail size, etc
Now the photoStory application can generate PhotoStory pages
automatically for you.
Also it will create upload scripts using ftp for automatic upload ;-)
You need to have java on your machine. If you can find a file called
java.exe you should be fine, or else install the jre from the sun site.