Overview

 

What's JetPhoto?

JetPhoto Studio is a feature-rich and easy-to-use digital photo software that provides great flexibility for organizing, editing and sharing photographs. With JetPhoto Studio users can create professional Flash or web galleries, can geotag photos with GPS, send photos to mobile phones and publish photo albums on the internet.


Photo and other media files supported in JetPhoto Studio
JetPhoto Studio will manage jpeg, video, raw, panorama and stereo files captured by the digital camera as follows:

JPEG Files, the common file format to save photos supported by all digital camera models.

RAW Files, the professional file format to save photos captured by Nikon, Canon and other cameras, all supported raw file formats cover CR2, CRW, NEF, PEF, MRW, RAF, KDC, ORF, DNG, ARW, X3F, RAW and RW2. A JetPhoto album will automatically generate from any imported raw file a jpeg file for use when publishing the photo into Flash or web galleries.  

Digital cameras can also capture video clips. Normally, standard-definition (VGA quality) video is saved in AVI format and high-definition video is saved in MP4 format, iPhone saves video in MOV format. A JetPhoto Studio album will automatically apply H.264 transcoding to any one of these video files imported into the album to permit it to be used for publishing into Flash or web galleries.

Panorama JPEG Files are files that can be captured by SONY sweep cameras or stitched by the specific third-party software. A full-scene viewer is offered, especially in Flash or web galleries, for publishing images in panorama-view.

MPO Files are files that can be captured by some 3D stereo cameras, such as FUJIFILM Real 3D or SONY sweep 3D. JetPhoto Studio will automatically generate a single-eye jpeg image for a stereo MPO file for use when publishing the photo into Flash or web galleries. (JetPhoto Studio will support 3DTV for stereo photos in future versions.)

 

Mac and Windows versions
JetPhoto Studio contains both Windows and Mac versions of the software, which is platform-native for each. User-interface and behaviors in the software may differ slightly between the Mac and Windows versions, but 90% of the software features for both should be the same. Photo albums created by JetPhoto Studio Mac or Windows version may be copied and shared between different computers whether running OS X or Windows operating systems.

 


System Requirements

JetPhoto Studio for Windows:

- Operating System: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
- CPU: Intel PIII800 or higher
- RAM: 512M or higher
- HDD: 1G or more free space
- Video: supports millions color display

JetPhoto Studio for Mac OS X:

- Operating System: Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 or 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
- CPU: PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel
- RAM: 1G or higher
- HDD: 1G or more free space
- Video: supports millions color display

 

 

Album Storage

JetPhoto Studio stores photographs in album packages. Actually, each album package is a single folder with a specified structure, which contains the original digital photo files and an XML file containing the metadata. Importantly, each album folder must have a .album extension (suffix) in its filename.

For the Mac OS X users, the album package is displayed as a special folder icon (e.g. see the illustration below).

JetPhoto Studio opens this album by double-clicking the album package icon in the Finder window.

Albums can be copied and shared between computers using different operating systems, whether running OS X or Windows.


Create new album
There are two ways to create a new JetPhoto album:

Method 1:

  1. Activate JetPhoto Studio, choose menu item 'File'->'New Album'*.
  2. Fill in the New Album Name field ( and select a place on the disk to save the album ) in the dialog box that appears and then click the ‘Create Album’ button.
  3. The album package then appears in the Finder, and an empty album window appears in the JetPhoto Studio ready to import photographs.

* Also can find a button 'Create A New Album' in the start panel of JetPhoto Studio, click the button to do the same thing.

Method 2:
Using the Finder in a Mac, create a new folder as the album package.

  1. Open the Finder, choose menu item 'File'->'New Folder', and give the folder a name.
  2. Add the extension (suffix) '.album' to the folder’s name.
    A warning may appear: “Are you sure you want to add the extension '.album' to the end of the name?”
    There are two buttons on the warning message box. Click the one named “Add”.
  3. The folder icon changes its appearance to an album package icon in the Finder.


Convert a folder to an album
Users can convert any existing folders contains JPEG files to a JetPhoto album, there are two ways:

Method 1:

  1. Activate JetPhoto Studio, choose menu item 'File'->'Convert Folder to Album'.
  2. Select a folder in the dialog box that appears and then click the ‘Convert Now’ button.

Method 2:
Using the Finder in a Mac, rename an existing folder to an album.

  1. In the Finder, select the folder that need convert.
  2. Add the extension (suffix) '.album' for this folder.
    A warning may appear: “Are you sure you want to add the extension '.album' to the end of the name?”
    There are two buttons on the warning message box. Click the one named “Add”.
  3. The folder icon changes its appearance to an album package icon in the Finder.

CAUTION: when creating an album in the Finder by adding “.album” as an extension to the folder’s name make sure either that the folder is empty or that it contains JPEG files (photographs) only. Any files that are in the folder that are not jpeg files will prevent the folder converting to a JetPhoto album. JetPhoto Studio cannot directly convert a folder with multilayered directories to a JetPhoto Studio album, e.g. JetPhoto Studio cannot convert an iPhoto Library folder into a JetPhoto Studio album.


Open albums
Once the album was created, a file package with the album name should be generated on the computer disk. There are three ways to open the album package:

1) Double clicking the album package icon in the Finder will launch JetPhoto Studio and open the album ready for use.

2) Activate JetPhoto Studio, choose menu item 'File'->'Open...', then select an album package after navigating to wherever you store the JetPhoto albums. You will see a button named “Open” in the dialog box. Click this button and the selected album will open in the JetPhoto Studio ready for use.

3) Activate JetPhoto Studio and in the start panel that opens, click an album name listed on the right-hand side* or, if the album is not listed, click the button at the bottom, which is named “Open other albums…”. The desired album will then open in the JetPhoto Studio ready for use.

* A list of albums recently opened appears in the start panel and the top menu 'File'->'Open Recent', simply go to the desired album in the list and open it ready for use. If you need clear the recent album list, please choose menu command 'File'->'Open Recent'->'Clear Menu'.

 

 

Album Window Layout

At first sight, JetPhoto Studio has a simple window to view the album, and browse digital photographs in thumbnails. The extra panel is a side panel attached to the main album window. When an album is open in Mac OS X the side panel looks like a drawer, so it is referred to is as an “extra drawer” in this document.


View pages in album window
The photographs in the album may be viewed in various ways. The album window contains a couple of tabbed view pages to present photos and edit album contents. The photo thumbnails of this album can be browsed in 'Thumbnails' view page, the full-view photo can be shown in 'Detail' view page. The geotagged photos can be pinned in 'Map' view page. Users can click buttons on the top bar to switch pages shown in the album window.

- Thumbnails
Click to show 128x128 pixel thumbnails to browse all photos contained in the current album.

- Large Thumbnails
Click to show 256x256 pixel thumbnails to browse all photos contained in the current album.

- Detail
Click to display the current photo in full-view.
Press and hold left mouse button to apply a "magnifying glass" to observe the actual pixels of the photo details.

- Map
Click to display a map on which to locate, track and browse photos.

And two more buttons are on the top bar of the album window, click buttons to show dialog boxes:

- Album Info
Click to show and edit the title, short name and description for the current album.

- Album Actions
Click to show a panel collects may action buttons, which are explained in detail below under the heading Album Actions.

 

Extra panel
There are a couple of tabbed panels in the side panel, such as 'Information' panel, 'Notes' panel, 'Calendar' panel and 'Geotag' panel. Click the button on the top bar of the album main window to show or hide the extra panel.

- Information panel
Show and edit photo properties, such as File Name, Camera Model, Aperture, Capture Date and Location.

- Notes panel
Show and edit descriptions, keywords (tags) and stars for photos.

- Calendar panel
Show a calendar interface helps users to review photos by date and time.

- Geotag panel
Locate photos with map or GPS,
Show the location of current photo on a map.

- Edit panel
Collect image cropping, adjusting, enhancing, effects action buttons.

 

Album actions
JetPhoto Studio collects all importing, creating, sharing and web publishing action buttons in a panel. Click the button on the top bar of the album window to show the panel:

 



Basic Operations

Navigate photos
- Select any photograph then click either of the two arrow buttons in the top-left corner of the album window or press the arrow keys (left-right up-down keys) on your computer keyboard to switch the current photograph for display.

Note the ratio given alongside the arrows in the top-left corner: select any photograph and it will give its number from the first out of the total number of photographs in the album.


Select photos in Thumbnails view
- Click a thumbnail to select one item.
- Hold Command key and click thumbnails to select multiple items.
- Hold Shift key and click two thumbnails to select items in a block.

 

Change display order of photos
- Selecte and drag thumbnails, and drop them into the new position in Thumbnails view.
- Choose menu items under 'Edit'->'Arrange Photos' to sort photo items by Capture Time or File Name.

 

Delete photos
- Select photos in Thumbnails view, or switch the photo in Detail view.
- Click button on the top bar of the album window, or choose menu item 'Edit'->'Move to Trash' to delete the selected photo items.



Rotate photos
- Select photos in Thumbnails view, or switch the photo in Detail view.
- Click button or on the top bar of the album window, or choose menu item 'Edit'->'Rotate Left' / 'Rotate Right' to rotate the selected photos through 90 degrees.



Slide show (full-screen presentation)

- Click 'Slide Show' action button, or choose menu item 'Create And Share'->'Slide Show' to launch a dialog box.

- In the dialog box, set slideshow options:

- Select a screen to play slideshow
Normally, a computer only has one display, then just a main screen is listed and you needn't any setting here.
But, if your computer has multiple displays, then all available screens are listed in a popup menu and you should select one for the full-screen presentation.

- Slideshow mode at start
Select Manual Playing mode or Automatic Playing mode as the default for starting the full-screen presentation.

- Slide duration
When the full-screen presentation is in the Automatic Playing mode (movie mode), the slideshow switches photos with a certain frequency. The duration of presenting a slide is a parameter that can be set by user, the default duration of each slide is 3.5 seconds.

- Click 'Play Slide Show' button in the dialog box for starting the full-screen presentation.
- Press space bar, or double click mouse button to switch slideshow modes after started the full-screen presentation:

- Automatic playing
Movie mode, switch slides by timer control. The slide duration can be set by the user.

- Manual playing
Controls using mouse clicks or arrow keys. Press left/down arrow key or click left mouse button to get next slide, press right/up arrow key or click right mouse button to get previous slide.

- Press Esc key to exit full-screen presentation.

 

Dual-display presentation
If your computer has dual displays, the full-screen presentation can be shown in the second screen.
Using the manual playing mode, you can select photo or video items in the album window in the main screen at the same time, but show the full-screen photos or playback videos in the other screen that can be a projector or a 'light box' display.