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Anyone looking for a fast and easy way to build a great web site can use iWeb to bring together and post photos and videos that were created using other iLife '09 applications. Instructor Garrick Chow demonstrates the basic functions and the new features of this application in iWeb '09 Essential Training. Garrick shows how to create and publish everything from basic web pages containing text and images to more involved pages with video. He also demonstrates how to create blogs and podcast pages. Exercise file accompany the course.
Another photo related feature of iWeb '09 is the ability to embed MobileMe Web galleries directly into your pages. But what is a MobileMe web gallery? I'm glad you asked. So the ability to create a MobileMe web gallery is a feature of iPhoto that works in conjunction with a MobileMe account. It allows you to quickly and easily share pictures with friends and family by posting them to your MobileMe account in an attractive and easy to use interface. You can even set it up so that others can add their own photos to your gallery, which can be really useful if you know that several people have pictures from same event. For example, say you're taking pictures at a party. You could post your photos from the party and invite others who might have taking pictures there to post their photos to the same MobileMe web gallery. So all the pictures will be in the same place.
And it's really easy to do. Let me switch over to iPhoto and I'm just going to use my Melbourne event as an example. So with that entire event selected, I'm going to click MobileMe. Now I have some choices to make here. I could say the album is viewable by everyone, only me and I could actually password protect it, if I wanted to. I'm just going to say everyone in this case. And I can choose to allow Downloading of the photos or the entire album, Uploading photos via web browser and Adding photos via email. These last two are methods for people who may visit your MobileMe gallery to upload their own photos to that gallery. So I'll click Publish. So iPhoto is going to take a moment to publish these photos to my MobileMe gallery. You can see the progress over here on the Source pane and again the iLife application pull your MobileMe account information from what you have entered in System Preferences under MobileMe. So I'm currently logged in as garrickchowiweb09.
So it's done publishing my photos. I can go visit it by clicking the link at the top of the window. So what I have created here with a single click is a completely interactive photo gallery that can be viewed in several different ways. I can click on any of these thumbnails to see a larger version of the photo. I can navigate through the photos. Let's go back to album and you'll see in the lower left-hand corner we have different ways of viewing the thumbnails.
We can view them in a Mosaic, as a Carousel, which is pretty cool. I need to scroll through the photos like this or you can even view a Slideshow. So this is a full screen slideshow we're looking at now. And again we have controls to navigate our way through the slideshow manually, if we so choose too.
So this is pretty cool, but what does this have to do with iWeb? Well, in iWeb you can instantly display MobileMe web gallery photo albums you published to your account. And anytime your web gallery is updated by you or someone else, your iWeb version of the page is automatically updated too. Let me show you how this works. I'm going to hide iPhoto and go back to iWeb, create a new page by clicking Add Page. And you see it's a Blank template. Now let's change this to MobileMe Galleries. I don't really need any text there.
I basically just wanted some blank space to work with here. Let's change the name of this page while I'm at it. So to add a MobileMe gallery to a web page in iWeb, you want to open your Media browser, go over to Widgets, which we've already looked at, and I'm going to grab the MobileMe gallery widget and drag that on to our page. Now because I only have one gallery so far in my MobileMe Galleries, it's automatically displaying my Melbourne gallery. If I had more albums I could pick them from this menu. But that's pretty much all there is to it.
I can position this anywhere on my page that I like. I can make it larger or smaller by grabbing a corner. And I can drag as many different MobileMe gallery widgets onto my pages as I like. So if I wanted to have a gallery of MobileMe galleries, I can put them all in one page like this. Notice that as I skim over my widget here and it shows me the thumbnails. Very cool. This is exactly how it will work when I publish the page too. And that's how you add a MobileMe gallery using the MobileMe gallery widget.
Now just to be clear you don't create MobileMe web galleries in iWeb you create them in iPhoto. But once you've done that you can display your galleries on your iWeb pages. Now little later in this chapter I'll be showing you a feature called My Album Pages which lets you gather your photo pages into a single page, kind of like how the album pages work on your MobileMe account. But before we do that I want to talk a little more about adjusting images directly on iWeb and we'll do that in the next movie.
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