Good progress has been made. If you have followed some earlier articles, you should have your digital media all imported into your TNG site and have them nicely catalogued into various collections, ready for display to your visiting public and family.
Here are some of those articles that you might want to review:
- How to use media: an overview
- How to add media
- How to upload media
- How to import media
- What are collections?
- How to add custom collections for media
Now, there is one more section inside TNG that you should visit. This is a page where you can control some general parameters and settings for all of your media displays.
You find it in the Administration Setup panel.
Log in as administrator, go to the Administration page and click on the Setup tile. From there, go to General Settings and open up the Media section. You should see this screen:
TNG allows importing and displaying of most common image files. This setting is only used for small pedigree-style photos. It does not affect the displaying of your regular images.
Show Extended Photo Info:
When set to Yes, your photo will also show other media extended information, such as the physical file name (e.g. DSC003457.jpg), the pixel height and width and some other technical stuff. You might want to turn this off.
Image Max Height and Width:
If an image is larger than the set maximums, TNG will scale it down to the max, for display purposes.
Thumbnail Max Height and Width:
When TNG creates a thumbnail image, the image will be restricted to this width or height.
Thumbnails Prefix and Suffix:
Generally, leave this setting of prefix as is, and not bother with a suffix. So, if your original image file is John_Doe_fishing.jpg, then if you ask TNG to create a thumbnail for you, it will be named: thumb_John_Doe_fishing.jpg. As thumbnails are generally stored in the same media file folder as the original, this is how TNG distinguishes the thumbnail images for display.
Use default thumbnails:
If you set this to “Yes”, then when you have an individual without a default photo available, TNG will substitute a generic, gender-specific thumbnail on that person’s pages.
Columns in Thumbnail View:
When browsing all photos in thumbnail view, this many thumbnails will be displayed in a single row.
Max characters in list notes:
If you want notes to be truncated when they are shown on list pages (like on the public Photos, Documents and Histories pages), set this to the maximum number of characters that should be displayed. Or leave it blank to always show the entire note.
Enabling a slide show allows a set of photos to be shown automatically in succession from the public area when the “Start Slideshow” link is clicked. Setting this option to ‘No’ hides the link and disables the feature.
Auto Repeat allows the slide show to run continuously.
Enabling the image viewer to ‘Always’ shows every image-based media item (e.g.: JPEG, GIF and PNG files). Setting it to ‘Documents only’ turns the image viewer off for all image-based media that are not ‘Documents’ or behave like documents.
Image viewer height is either ‘full image’ or ‘fixed: 640px’. The fixed setting will crop any images taller than 640 pixels, but you can still pan around or zoom in or out.
Hide Personal Data:
If this option is set to “Yes”, then media listings on a person’s individual page will start in a collapsed state. Instead of seeing thumbnails and descriptions, you will see only a total count for each media type. Visitors will still be able to expand each media section, but they will be collapsed again if the page is refreshed.