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Create an iPhoto photocast without .Mac Apps
You can create an iPhoto photocast for free, without a .Mac account. Here's what you'll need in order to do so:
  • iPhoto 6
  • The CustomHTMLExport plug-in (already mentioned in this hint)
  • My photocast template. Unzip it and put the resulting Photocast folder inside the ~/Library -> Application Support -> CustomHTMLExport directory.
  • A place to publish a web site (for instance, web space provided by your ISP).
Instructions:
  • Select the album (or images) you want to publish.
  • Choose File -> Export, select the CustomHTMLExport tab.
  • Set the ParentSite attribute (in the second box) to what will be your future photocast web address. For example: http://myisp.com/me/myphotocast.
  • Set the Template pop-up to Photocast.
  • Click on the Export button and choose an empty folder as the destination.
  • Upload the folder and images to your web site. Once uploaded, these are the relevant URLs:
    • http://myisp.com/me/myphotocast/index.html will be the front page to communicate to your familly or friends.
    • http://myisp.com/me/myphotocast/index.rss will be your photocast address (to use when subscribing in iPhoto).
Here's an idea of how it looks.

[robg adds: I tested this, and it works as described. There's no control over the size of the exported images, however, so you may want to make copies of the images to be photocasted and reduce their sizes first, especially if you've got a camera with many megapixels!]
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Create an iPhoto photocast without .Mac
Authored by: giulio on Jul 27, '06 08:02:15AM
This is a much more elegant solution, if you can host a site from your Mac:
http://globs.org/articles.php?lng=en&pg=265

Here is mine:
http://ool-18be18d0.dyn.optonline.net:81/~giulio/wipha/main.php
Click the GUEST link.

The problem with the wipha solution is that if you are on a cable provider, you probably must serve from a different port than 80 (like 8080 or 81)... which is fine, but iPhoto will only subscribe to photocasts on port 80 - even if you specify the port in the url.
If someone has a fix to this I'd love to hear it!!

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or just use Bubbleshare
Authored by: wangman25 on Jul 27, '06 09:23:01AM

you can upload your photos to bubbleshare without even signing up for an account, and your photo albums are private by default and the free unlimited service creates a photocast link for each album



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Create an iPhoto photocast without .Mac
Authored by: giulio on Jul 27, '06 09:45:01AM

Most solutions require an upload of some sort. Wipha does not. It uses your iPhoto Library(s) in real time. Import an image into iPhoto, it's live on the web instantly.

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Create an iPhoto photocast without .Mac
Authored by: PaulG on Jul 27, '06 11:10:05AM

>This is a much more elegant solution, if you can host a site from your Mac

but hosting from your Mac require that it is always on, I do not think it is very convenient.
And it will be slow too (cable or ADSL offer great downloads rates but poor upload bandwith).



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Create an iPhoto photocast without .Mac
Authored by: giulio on Jul 27, '06 12:58:58PM

I have cablevision on long island. It's true the down speed (1.5 MB/s) is faster . The up rate is only 230 KB/s. Still not too shabby though.

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Create an iPhoto photocast without .Mac
Authored by: giulio on Jul 28, '06 05:02:05AM

Oh, also... as far as i know, photocasting streams in the full size photo (right?). since wipha is a web page you get a much faster experience.

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Create an iPhoto photocast without .Mac
Authored by: bjoehy on Jul 27, '06 04:58:53PM
Strange, I performed entire procedure es described, but the photocast doesn't want to refresh and show the real images in iPhoto. It shouws just the correct name of the photocasted album and rounded rectangles with names of the images instead of the real thumbnails.
And in addition, the index.html page says http://mydomain.myserver.com/~me/index.rss instead of the real address, that is http://www.harpuna.com/~photocast
You can check it out there.

I really set the right address up before exporting (see http://www.harpuna.com/screenshot.jpg ). I'm confused why it doesn't work... :-/
Thanks for pointing me what I've done wrong.

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It works now!
Authored by: bjoehy on Jul 27, '06 05:11:48PM

Sorry for false alarm.
The issue was caused by naming the folder when exporting from iPhoto.
When I named it, I get the non-working results as described above. When I leave it "untitled folder" though, it works perfect.

Now I know what to avoid during the export ;-)

Thanks for a great feature!



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Create an iPhoto photocast without .Mac
Authored by: sd on Jul 28, '06 09:51:39AM
to answer to robg
"There's no control over the size of the exported images"

There are in fact 2 workarounds:
  • edit the 'exporter' file in the template, to specify a maximum size (near print); it is explained in the CHTML plugin's readme
  • after the photocast export, do a normal (iPhoto original) export into the 'images' subfolder. This way you can tell a maximum size, and the newly exported photos will replace the older not resized ones.

    Just another thing: you must use for now the 1.x version of CHTML, my template does not work yet with 2.0. But it will soon, and you will have a lot more options...

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  • Invalid RSS
    Authored by: terekkincaid on Aug 05, '06 09:38:09AM

    I've tried this, and it works fine in Safari, but the RSS feeds won't validate - it keeps spitting back parsing errors because of the "iphoto:" syntax. I need to get it to work for my PC using parents, but no RSS reader I can find will open it, nor even the Windows version of Photocast Viewer. I've tried both your sample and my own creations on a couple of different sites, and it always craps out because of the "iphoto:" stuff.

    Any quick fix for this? Thanks.



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    Invalid RSS
    Authored by: terekkincaid on Aug 05, '06 09:39:37AM

    ve tried this, and it works fine in Safari, but the RSS feeds won't validate - it keeps spitting back parsing errors because of the "iphoto:" syntax. I need to get it to work for my PC using parents, but no RSS reader I can find will open it, nor even the Windows version of Photocast Viewer. I've tried both your sample and my own creations on a couple of different sites, and it always craps out because of the "iphoto:" stuff.

    Any quick fix for this? Thanks.



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    Fixed it!
    Authored by: terekkincaid on Aug 05, '06 10:03:15AM
    Ok, there were some typos in the outputted file. I know nothing about coding XML, though I am familiar with HTML. I just figured these out from the errors the validator gave me and comparing the working .Mac RSS file to the not-working RSS file from this tip.
    First, the line:
    <rss version="2.0">
    Should read:
    <rss version="2.0" xmlns:iphoto="http://www.apple.com/iphoto/photocasts/techspecs.html">;

    That got rid of all the "iphoto:" errors.

    Then, for each photo, the line:
    <enclosure url="http://web.mac.com/davidandmegumi/iPhoto/cast/4F7A48C1-29FE-48F6-A8C8-F81BD1113245.jpg"length="3212947"; type="image/jpeg"></enclosure>

    has a typo. After the filename, it has "***.jpg"length
    It needs to be "***.jpg" length, put a space in there.

    Once I fixed that typo for each picture, it works just fine in any RSS reader.

    So, my question now is, where is that typo? Is that in the Podcast template or is that in the CHTML plugin somewhere? I think it's in the plugin, but is there a way to fix it?

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    Found the fault and dual languages
    Authored by: terekkincaid on Aug 14, '06 09:44:51PM

    Woot, gratz to the poster for winning 3rd place.

    Ok, I found the typos. In the Photocast template folder is an item called "exporter". That's where the previously mentioned typos/omissions are. Make the fixes to that file (just open it in the text editor) and you're good to go: all photocasts you generate will be viewable under any RSS reader, not just Safari. I've tested it on Safari, Sage RSS for Firefox on Windows, and the Internet Explorer 7 beta (works just like Safari). Maybe the author could update the original file to make this unnecessary?

    Also, I am setting up a dual language photocast (English and Japanese for the in-laws). But, I don't want to waste a lot of space on my website. No problem. I export the photocast on my English iPhoto library. Then I switch to my Japanese caption library (using the free iPhoto library manager) and export again. I just rename the japanese "index.rss" to "indexjp.rss", put it in the same locatoin on my website as the English index.rss and photos. Both .rss files reference the same photos, just with different captions. Only a few extra kb instead of extra GB.



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    Found the fault and dual languages
    Authored by: sd on Aug 28, '06 01:05:30PM

    thanks a lot for your feedback and advice.
    I will integer your changes to next version.



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