Building Web Publishing Templates

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In an earlier chapter we covered how to publish photos to the internet. IDimager does this by using templates. A template contains all information to publish information to enable IDimager to generate web pages. IDimagers templates are very powerful and offer almost every possibility that “normal” web pages offer.

 

All deployed templates, currently over 25, are fully customizable to your personal preferences. Everybody can do this; novice HTML specialists as well as HTML experts. As a novice user you will be able to change the basic parts of the template like the number of columns and rows or the colors to be used. The expert, for whom HTML has little secrets, will be able to change the full design and layout of a template to his/her own taste. The expert will also be able to build completely new templates.

 

The Template Manager is your generic entry to the templates. Start the Template Manager by selecting “Tools | Template Manager” from the main menu. You can also start the Template Manager by pressing [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[T].

 

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Templates are files on your hard drive. This makes templates easy to share with other IDimager users; just hand over your template and he or she will be ready to use your template. Nothing more is required. All information required to generate pages are embedded inside the template file; even all used graphics/images. Beside the templates on your hard drive is the so-called “built in template”. This template is a template that is embedded inside your default Portfolio. When starting a new portfolio, IDimager will read your default template into the album, which will then become the built in template. Using the Template Manager you are able to select any template as your default template by right clicking on the templates thumbnail and selecting “Set as Default Template”. Upon installation IDimager uses the “Blueblack” template as the default template.

 

The Template Manager shows a list of all available templates. The templates are represented by small example images in thumbnails. Open a template by double clicking the thumbnail. You can also right click on the thumb and select “Edit Template” from the context menu.