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Working with Album Sets

Publisher supports a hierarchy of albums via Album Sets. These are collections of albums or other album sets and are are created and edited in a similar manner to Albums, albeit with fewer options available.

Create album sets by right-clicking the publish service, and selecting Create Album Set. Choose which album set, if any, that this album set should reside under.

The fields of Description and Content Block are used in CE4 Auto Index templates. Auto Index templates are created in the same manner as gallery templates: export an auto index from the Web module, and upload the set of files to /ttg-be/templates/autoindex on your server. For example:


The templates will then be listed in the Auto Index Template field when creating a new album set.

You may choose to not use Auto Index templates, by selecting “No Index”. Users will be able to view your galleries by navigating directly to links, but will be presented a blank page if they visit a link to an index page. For example, with the following albums and sets:


Users who click on the “Galleries” link in Pages will be presented with links to gallery1, gallery2, and album-set-1. album-set-1 will bring up a white page. Users can visit gallery3 and gallery4 by accessing links directly to those pages. In such case, you will probably want to prevent album-set-1 from being displayed on the “Galleries” page; access the Features tab during Album Set creation and enable the feature “Hide from Auto Index”.

Album sets can be rearranged by dragging-and-dropping an album set onto another album set. Similarly, albums can be dragged from one album set to another. The full URLs to each set or album will be updated on the server. They can be deleted, in which case all albums and photos within the album set will also be removed.

To edit an album set, right-click the album set from within the Lightroom Publisher panel and click “Edit Album Set…”. Unlike with albums, double-clicking an album set will not bring up the edit dialogue.

Selecting a Cover Image

The publisher is not capable of uploading thumbnails from album sets, a limitation of Lightroom. Therefore, album sets will have no representative thumbnail when created.

After publishing albums into an album set, thumbnails from the child albums will become available for selection in the Cover Image drop-list. The depth of the child album sets and albums that are scanned depends on the number of thumbnails found. Should the total found up to a level of depth exceed 1,000 images, then no further scanning will be carried out. As an example, if we have a structure as follows:

Travel (50 thumbnails)
Travel/Asia (200 thumbnails)
Travel/Asia/South Korea (300 thumbnails)
Travel/Asia/Singapore (200 thumbnails)
Travel/Europe/UK (300 thumbnails)
Travel/Europe/Italy/Firenze (200 thumbnails)

The thumbnails for Travel through to Travel/Europe/UK will be returned, totalling 1,050 thumbnails. Firenze (three levels down) will not be scanned as the limit has already been reached at two levels deep.

You may also add custom thumbnails manually.

And in CE4, the process of adding custom thumbnails is easier than ever before.

Within the publisher's target directory, you will need a /custom-thumbnails/ folder. For example, if our publisher instance is publishing to the CE4 Pages /galleries/ directory, then our custom thumbnails will go into:


If you are publishing into another folder, created by CE4 Auto Index or just an empty folder, then:


CE4 Pages will create the /galleries/custom-thumbnails/ folder for you; otherwise you will need to create the folder manually.

Using an FTP client, upload your custom thumbnail(s) into this /custom-thumbnails/ folder. Images residing in this folder will be added to the top of the Cover Image list during creation of your Album Set.

ce4_publisher_working_with_album_sets.txt · Last modified: 2014/07/12 06:20 by matthew

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