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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.
So over the course of these movies we've now created several pages for our website and you might have noticed that the navigation bar is starting to get a little crowded. Not to worry though. The navigation bars in iWeb templates all expand, if you create enough pages to warrant another line of links. But there's a feature in iWeb that you can use to better organize some of your pages together. And what am I referring to is the My Albums Page templates. In a nutshell My Albums Pages allow you to create an index page for your photo and movie pages. So instead of having links for each separate photo and movie page, you can have a single page with interactive thumbnails linking your visitors your various photo galleries or movies.
I'm going to show you how to do this. I'm going to click New Page and within Fine Line template or whatever template you happen to be using, you'll find My Albums. I'll go ahead and choose that. So you can see, this is what I was talking about. Now that I have added another page, the navigation bar has expanded into a second line, because there's simply not enough room in one line to contain all my pages. What does My Albums page allows me to do is to drag all my other photos and movies pages to My Albums to organize them. So with My Albums selected, I'm actually going to move this down to the bottom of the list here, in the sidebar. I can now drag Movie and Photos pages. And so I have this Photo page, here is my favorite photos, I'm going to drag that down and again you can see this line that appears which allows you to reposition your pages. But if I drag that over My Albums, notice that My Album highlights. Now I can either allow it to highlight or it can drag down and to the right and you see that the lines still appears down below My Albums.
Now you want to make sure you don't drag it all the way to the left, otherwise iWeb will just think, you're trying to move the page like so and that's just below My Albums. And it's still listed here in the navigation bar. What I want to do is put Photos into My Albums like so. So now I notice that the Photos is indented in there and it's not been removed from my navigation bar. If I go back to My Albums page, notice that Photos has now been added as an album on this page. And I'll continue doing this with say Chicago, drag that over My Albums. Grab Scenery, drag that over My Albums. Generally, any page that has this sort of book icon next to it, you can drag into My Albums.
So I can drag my MobileMe album in there, I can drag my Blank page in here. I've got a movie page here that can go into My Albums. So if I go look down, here are the four items listed in My Albums and notice that skimming over my photos, allows me to quickly preview each gallery and my visitors will be able to do the same thing. Within My Albums you can also rearrange the order of these items so if I wanted Movie to be last, I can drag that down, you can see that rearranged the items here. Selecting any of these thumbnails gives me my Media Index options.
I can choose how many Columns of thumbnails I want between one, two, three and four. Spacing, in terms of how large or small I want those thumbnails to be. We can even choose different Animations, what happens when we place our mouse over the thumbnails. By default, as we saw, it was the Skim Animation, but I can choose something like Fade Through Black, which fades the images to black and then fades the next one in. And you can play around with some of these different animations that are available. Here is the Push animation.
I kind of like the Skim capability. That's why I keep that selected. And here we can also choose to show the title of the album, show the number photos within that album or in the case of movies, the duration of the movie. And we can allow subscriptions. Now we'll talk about subscriptions in the next chapter. And we also have Index style, so we can choose different photo frames for the thumbnails. Now I'll go ahead and close that.
So notice that any pages that are listed in the My Album page are not displayed in the navigation bar. So you can greatly unclutter your navigation bar by using My Albums pages. So if your navigation bar starting to look a little crowded, consider organizing your photo and movie pages into a single album page. Or if you want to be even more organized, maybe create a My Albums page just for your photo galleries and a My Albums page just for your movie pages. It's entirely up to you, but again if your website is starting to grow, this is a great way to organize them and make it easier for your visitors to navigate through your site.
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