I just posted a new photo assignment gallery from my virtual camera club, and doing so reminded me that sometimes you just have to add a little code yourself to create the features you want in Aperture’s web gallery. I use Aperture to create these assignment pages, and just love the functionality it provides… most of the time.
For example, when you click on any of the thumbnails in the gallery, the “view” page displays a bounty of metadata about the photo. All of that data is pulled from the Aperture library, and all I had to do was create a preset to cull the parts I wanted. This works great!
But on the Index pages I want to provide a hot link to the parent site, The Digital Story. I hadn’t found a way to create that link in Aperture (althogh maybe one of you know how), so I’ve been coding it myself after generating the gallery.
I simply open up the index pages (such as index.html) in Text Wrangler and add the follow code to create the link:
Buy adding my own HREF link to the Digital Story, I was able to provide a path back to the original site from the web gallery. Fortunately, most of the code that Aperture generates for its web galleries is easy to understand and alter. However, I don’t understand why they still use uppercase tags.
So if you’d like to add a function or two to your Aperture galleries, consider popping the hood and writing a little HTML. And if you have tips for making those additions an easier way, please share them in the comments area.