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Publishing as a HomePage Photo Album

A HomePage photo album uses the .Mac HomePage feature and your .Mac storage space to create and store a Web-based photo album. The benefit to this method of publishing photos is that the photos are accessible to anyone with a Web browser, no matter what computer they're using.

  1. In iPhoto's Source list, select the album you want to publish as a HomePage photo album.
  2. Choose Share > HomePage.
    Figure 2-1

    Figure 2-1 iPhoto's Share menu.

    Your computer connects to your .Mac account. After a moment, it displays the Publish HomePage window.

    Figure 2-2

    Figure 2-2 The Publish HomePage window with the Archival theme selected.

  3. Select one of the themes in the drawer on the right side of the window. The preview of the page changes immediately.
  4. Click to select text blocks throughout the page and replace them with the text you want to appear. For example, you can select the word Library at the top of the page and replace it with a name for your photo album. Select the name of an image beneath the image and replace it with some descriptive text. Do this for all text blocks throughout the page.
  5. Set options in the bottom of the window:
    • Publish to enables you to select the .Mac site the album should be published to. Normally, there will be only one option and it'll have the same name as your .Mac account.
    • Layout lets you choose between 2- or 3-column layouts.
    • "Send Me a Message" includes a link visitors can click to send you an e-mail message.
    • Counter includes a hit counter on the page.
  6. Click Publish.

    Your computer connects to your .Mac account again and starts uploading the photos. (The photos are stored in the Photo Album Pictures folder inside the Pictures folder on your iDisk.) A progress bar appears in a dialog as it works.

    When it's finished, a dialog like the one shown next appears. As you can see, it includes the complete URL for the album's page. This is the information you'd distribute to the people you want to see the photos. If you forgot to write this down, don't panic. You'll also get an e-mail message from .Mac confirming that the photo album has been published and providing all kinds of information about it.

    Figure 2-3

    Figure 2-3 This dialog appears when your photo album has been published to .Mac.

  7. Click a button:
    • Edit Page enables you to use your Web browser and the .Mac HomePage feature to modify the page.
    • Visit Page Now opens the page in your Web browser so you can see what it looks like. I recommend clicking this button if you want to check out your work. You'll see that the page includes a Start Slideshow button that you can click to view all the photos as a slide show. That's pretty cool, considering how easy it was to set up.
    • OK just makes the dialog go away so you can get on with your life.
    Figure 2-4

    Figure 2-4 Here's the Web-based photo album I created for this article.

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