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A workaround for iPhoto6's missing Home Page button Apps
I use iPhoto quite a bit, but I had rarely used its .Mac integration features. My mother, on the other hand, relied heavily on the Home Page button in previous versions of iPhoto. This button allowed you to easily take a selection of photos, apply one of .Mac's photo album templates, and publish to your .Mac homepage. All that was done within iPhoto, and took only a couple of button presses and almost no time.

At my prodding (so she could take advantage of some other nice features in iLife'06), she recently upgraded to iPhoto6. Shortly thereafter, I she let me know she was not happy about the missing Home Page button. It turns out that this feature was simply removed from iPhoto6 -- it seems Apple wants everyone to run their images through iWeb for web publication. For my mom, though, iWeb is overkill, and it doesn't offer nearly the same number of themes as does the .Mac photo album feature. She doesn't want a full-blown site page, she just wants a nice photo album. Since I felt responsible for her upgrading, I had to come up with at least a workable solution for her. What follows is pretty basic stuff, but if you relied on the Home Page button and lament its passing, read on for the simplest workaround I was able to come up with (alternatives welcome).

At first, I thought this would be a great excuse to create an Automator workflow for my mom to make the process simple. But after spending a few hours on development, I realized that the workflow was actually slower and more complex than the following solution, so I threw it out. In the end, this seems to be simplest way to publish to a .Mac photo album with iPhoto6:
  1. In iPhoto6, select the photos (or album) that you wish to make into a .Mac photo page.
  2. Choose File -> Export.
  3. Set the Size section to 800x600 or 640x480 as you wish (larger images will take longer to upload and use more .Mac disk space, obviously).
  4. Click Export.
  5. In the dialog box that appears, click on your iDisk in the sidebar, then click the Pictures folder. This is where .Mac stores the pictures used in photo pages.
  6. Click New Folder, name the new folder and click Create. This is where the exported images will go.
  7. Click OK to export the images.
That's it for the iPhoto work; now you just need to go to your .Mac homepage and add a new photo page. Pick your theme, and then choose the folder you just created as the image source.

While this method works, and it's not too difficult, it does require using two apps where previously just one was required. I hope Apple will bring back the Home Page button in a future update, but I don't think it will happen...
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A workaround for iPhoto6's missing Home Page button
Authored by: oliverchaddock on May 09, '06 09:31:22AM

What if you just go to the View menu and select Show in Toolbar/.Mac Slides. Isn't this the same as the old homepage button?



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A workaround for iPhoto6's missing Home Page button
Authored by: splatkus on May 09, '06 10:08:38AM

No, it's not.



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A workaround for iPhoto6's missing Home Page button
Authored by: MacSmiley on May 13, '06 01:19:29PM

No, it's not the same thing. .Mac slides is a special file that only other .Mac members have access to. It doesn't publish a web page. It publishes a list of images which other .Mac members can use for screensavers.

Call it a pre-RSS form of photocasting.

But web page/photo gallery it ain't.

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A workaround for iPhoto6's missing Home Page button
Authored by: chewitt on May 09, '06 10:39:43AM
I've been using this for ages:

http://www.geeksrus.com/software/betterhtmlexport/

Pain in the rear to create your own pages/styles but it's nice and reliable once you've made the effort.

CH

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A workaround for iPhoto6's missing Home Page button
Authored by: gsgm on May 10, '06 03:44:58AM

Has anyone been able to upload new templates to BHTML at GeeksRUs? I keep getting stuck with a PHP error when I upload a new template.

I too am a big fan of BHTML, and a little disappointed by Geeks efforts to promote (or even mention) that they now own BHTML.



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A workaround for iPhoto6's missing Home Page button
Authored by: Anonymous on May 09, '06 10:51:16AM

this has been driving me crazy, thought I was losing my mind. Cause I did remember using that feature of iPhoto in the past. And here lately, I wanted to do that again, and couldn't figure out how I used to do that !.. stinks that they took this feature. out. Yes I could use iWeb, but I just want something quick and simple at times.

kansast



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A workaround for iPhoto6's missing Home Page button
Authored by: Kar98 on May 09, '06 07:04:38PM

# In iPhoto6, select the photos (or album) that you wish to resize
# Choose File -> Export.
# Set the Size section to 800x600 or 640x480 as you wish
# Click Export.

....

_That_ is all I needed :)



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A workaround for iPhoto6's missing Home Page button
Authored by: mahuti on May 09, '06 08:02:23PM

Somewhat off topic....On the whole, I've been really unimpressed with this version of iPhoto. I too used the mac homepage alot. I have iWeb, but I don't see why they should make it harder to publish simple sites to .mac. ALSO, adding keywords to lots of images takes MINUTES instead of seconds. What's the point of being able to scroll thousands of images, and make tons of smart albums when you CAN'T ADD KEYWORDS. Oh well /rant.



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A workaround for iPhoto6's missing Home Page button
Authored by: hypert on May 10, '06 09:21:14AM

I haven't upgraded to iPhoto 6, so I don't understand your comment about keywords. Don't tell me iPhoto 6 doesn't support keywords?!? That's the main thing I use iPhoto for! Adding keywords and creating Smart Albums based on them. For simple, date-based sorting, I was happy using GraphicConverter, but I must have keywords in iPhoto!



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A workaround for iPhoto6's missing Home Page button
Authored by: benlotto on May 10, '06 12:07:39PM
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the absolutely wonderful program Galerie, available for free from here. This program produces terrific web pages from iPhoto and has all kinds of options and templates. Check it out if you've never heard of it.

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A workaround for iPhoto6's missing Home Page button
Authored by: MacSmiley on May 13, '06 01:25:37PM

Galerie is wonderful freeware. I've combined 2 of their themes to make one baby theme for my grandbaby's section of my website. However, to get Galerie's pages to show up on the HomePage menu, you've still got to go on to HomePage on the web and "connect the dots", so to speak.

So you still end up using 2 apps.

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A workaround for iPhoto6's missing Home Page button
Authored by: regulus on May 10, '06 12:25:13PM

The keywords are still there and it's no more difficult to use than the older versions. You just highlight the photo or photos you want, hit cmd-i to get info, and the keywords are in there. To add or remove a keyword to your list go to the preferences menu.



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Sorry but thats not very easy
Authored by: raywysocki on May 10, '06 07:40:34PM

I can believe the homepage button was really removed!!
I have been planning on buying iLife 06 but just haven't got to a store to do so.
But now I may not!! Until a way to add the homepage button back in iPhoto is found, I doubt I'll buy it.
I use it all the time, I can make a page/site with just HTML, and like what I have seen about iWeb, but I put up pictures all the time using the Homepage button in iPhoto. Its easy and take only a few seconds.

I have sold tons of Mac's, iLife boxs, and .Mac accounts, just showing my customers how easy it was to just click one button in iPhoto to put your pictures online for all your family and friends to see.
I'm no longer there, BUT I really hope they all know they will be losing this feature if they upgrade, I would hate them to spend more money only to find they lost one of the main reasons they bought a Mac, and a .Mac account.

Someone please find how to add the button back!

The functionality has to still be there somewhere. I just used iPhoto5 to put up four photo websites today.
When I told my brother I had e-mailed him a link to the webpage with the pictures, he said he would never be able to make a web page. I told him just this afternoon that I would show him how to do it, but he would have to buy a .Mac account. Now I doubt I'll do it, He will lose the ability once he gets iPhoto 6(maybe it will even vanish from older versions too) He has been thinking of upgrading his iBook when they switch to intel, and that will mean it will have iPhoto6 with no Homepage.



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Sorry but thats not very easy
Authored by: osxpounder on May 11, '06 12:36:41PM

Of the many, many problems I have with iPhoto, one of the biggest is that it's slower'n molasses in January. Another huge problem, a dealbreaker, really, is that every new version seems to require that you convert your photo album, such that it can't be opened by an earlier version of iPhoto. That's what keeps you from rolling your Mom's Mac back to a version of iPhoto that actually suits her needs.

They are just image files -- there's no need to tie them up in some proprietary database, but that's what iPhoto does. Now if you want them back, you either use this crummy, slow, program that's inconsistent from version to version -- or you browse many, many levels of folders.

I prefer to tag my images with Spotlight comments now. The only reason iPhoto opens on my Mac is to get pics from the camera.

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