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Chapter 6. Sharing Photos > Web Page Export Tips

Web Page Export Tips

As you may have guessed, iPhoto’s Web page export isn’t particularly flexible, although Apple fixed its more glaring limitations in iPhoto 2. There are workarounds for some of its limitations, though not for others.

Web page export tips:

  • iPhoto doesn’t let you add a line of descriptive text to your thumbnail page, as it does when using HomePage. If you knew a little HTML, you could easily add text to that page using a text editor.

  • Since title text is always black, stick with light background colors. To pick a background color, use the standard Mac OS X color panel. See “Changing Text Color” in Chapter 5, “Creating Books,” for more information about using the color picker.

  • If you select a background image instead of a color, iPhoto tiles the image under the thumbnails. That can work well if the image is large and light colored, but avoid using small, dark, background images—they make for a cluttered presentation.

  • Assuming you have a permanent Internet connection (like DSL or a cable modem) and an IP address that never changes, you can make your pages available on your Mac by turning on Personal Web Sharing in the Sharing preferences pane. If you have a permanent Internet connection but not a static IP address, you can learn more about how to work around this limitation with dynamic DNS. See www.technopagan.org/dynamic/ for more information.

  • Want to serve photos from your own Mac without exporting? Check out the free myPhoto from Michael Mulligan; it’s at http://agent0068.dyndns.org/~mike/projects/myPhoto/.



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