Mihov Gallery Creator is a useful program for creating picture galleries
or 'albums' for the internet. It automatically creates HTML pages for your
pictures with a link to the previous and the next picture and an extra index
file with links to all the pictures. It also uploads the created files and
the pictures. Each gallery can be formatted and can include thumnails of
the images and custom description for each image. After the gallery is created
it can be previewed and the uploaded to the internet.No knowledge of HTML
Seting the language
You can change the language settings of the program by selecting
the item 'Language' from the main menu. Select your favorite language from
the drop down menu. Currently, these languages are supported: English (default),
Slovenian, German, Spannish, Polish, Italian, and Portuguese.
To add your own language to the program please use the 'Language' menu item
and select 'Add your own language on line'. A web page will open where you
will be able to translate all the expressions from the program to your language.
It is easy to use the program.
On the left side choose the folder where the pictures are saved.
On the right side choose pictures by holding down the 'CTRL' or 'Shift'
key and clicking on the pictures. If you want the pictures in different order,
reorder them before selecting by clicking on the 'up' and 'down' buttons.Check
the 'Preview images' checkbox in the lower part of the program to see the
If the pictures aren't saved on the hard disk, but you have saved the file
names (e.g. you have the files already on the internet nad you have a list
of files), you can open the file 'dirlist.txt', which is a standard text
file that contains exact file names - each line contains one file name. You
can load this names by right-clicking on the file list area and selecting
'Open file dirlist.txt'. When the contents are loaded, you can continue the
In the lower part of the window the look of the gallery is selected.
Select title size, title font and style, as well as title color and background
color. Enter the title text that will be written above every picture and
the name under which the files should be saved. If you want the program to
create thumbnails for the gallery select the 'Create thumbnails' check box.
If you want to include some sound clips to the gallery you can do it by checking
the 'Add mp3 file to the gallery' check box. One clip comes for one picture
and the clip name must be the same as the image name (excluding the file
extension, of course).
Example: If you have pictures named baby.jpg, window.jpg and home.jpg in
folder c:\pic you can create a mp3 file for each picture (when I cteate a
gallery with sound I record my saying what is on the picture and why it is
special). You name this mp3s baby.mp3, window.mp3 and home.mp3 and put them
in the same folder, that is c:\pic. Than you run Mihov Gallery Creator, select
the folder c:\pic, select the three images on the file list, type in the
name of the gallery (i.e. family) and check 'Add mp3 to each file' and click
on the 'Create!' button. The sounds will be played with the gallery. Note:
this feature is only supported by Internet Explorer.
If you want to preview the images as you work check the 'Preview
images' check box. A new window will open where you will see the selected
picture. The picture will be resized to smaller size so it will fit better
to the desktop. You can adjust the zoom power like this: increase the windowsize
by left clicking on the image and decrease window size by right clicking
on the image.
If you want the gallery to include description for each picture open
the preview window like described in previous paragraph. You will see a small
text box bellow the image. You can write the description for each picture
there. The text will automatically be added to the gallery. The program saves
this descriptions even for the next run. If you change picture names or path
the descriptions will be lost. If you want to delete current description
click the yellow 'x' button next to description.
Press the 'Create' button and the gallery will be created. You can
see how much work is done by observing the blue progress meter.
The program asks you if you want to upload created files, preview
the gallery or do nothing.
preview gallery: the created gallery will open in your
default web browser where you will be able to view the result as it is. If
you're not happy with the gallery you can go back to the program and correct
upload gallery: if you want to put the whole gallery on
the internet and you already have a web account you can select this option.
A new window will open (Upload Helper application). See section Uploading pictures to the internet.
nothing: you will return to the program where you will
be able to correct the settings for the gallery or start making another gallery.
The gallery files are saved to your hard disk.
Uploading files to the internet
Choose 'FTP' -> 'Upload to the internet' in the prgram main menu.
On the left side choose directory and files, that you want to upload.
Choose several files by holding down 'CTRL' key and click on the files.
On the right side enter host name (e.g. ftp.xoom.com), user name and
Click on the 'Connect' button.
When connected, you can change upload directory. You can do that by
clicking on the 'Change directory' button and entering the desired name.
[If upload directory does not exist, create it by clicking the 'Create
directory' button and entering the desired name.]
When the connection is opened and desired directory is selected, click
on the '------>' button to start file transfer.
After all the files have been uploaded click on the 'Disconnect' button.
If you don't have a home page yet
If you don't have a home page yet create one. You can buy web space or you
can get it free from many free web space providers. Use search engines to
find them - a good one to start with is Google.
If you get free space, usually the commercial message will apear on your
page (or in a popup window) when a visitor arrives. This providers usually
offer from 10 up to 200 or more megabytes of free space. It is a good thing if the provider offers
upload via FTP protocol. If so, you will be able to use the upload feature
from Mihov Gallery Creator.
You can find answers to your questions in the on-line forum located
at http://forum.mihov.com. You
are also incouraged to give answers to other users on the forum.
I have a list of users e-mail addresses and when a new version or update
comes out I send everyone a short note. If you want to subscribe to the
list go to http://www.mihov.com/sw/en/gc.php
and enter your real e-mail address.
If you want to check if you are using the latest version of the program
check the programs web page or visit the update center at http://www.mihov.com/update/.
How can I help?
Spread the word about the program.
If you know someone who might need such a program, send
them the link to the programs web site at http://www.mihov.com/eng/
and suggest them to download the program.
If you know a publisher of a computer magazine or if you
are one, suggest publishing a review of the program in the magazine.
To save my time, more experienced users can help
users who encounter problems. Log into the forum at http://forum.mihov.com and try to
answer some questions. This way you will be known as an 'expert' and you
will feel good that you can help someone who needs help.
Send me a postcard and tell me that you appreciate what I
do (you can get my address here
). You can also send me a real letter and add your picture in there!
But please don't send me e-cards or e-mails since my mailbox is already
full all the time - if you want to say thanks on-line, use the forum.
Try to persuade me that developing freeware will help me
buy my own appartment and donate a few Dollars for
Translate the program!
If your language is not already included with this version of the program
go to the Translation
Centre and add your translation of the program. I will include your name
in the program!