A Bulk Gallery Download button for my Visitors
My *fantasy Bulk Download *looks like a button that shows up on every page of my private gallery where I have enabled the Bulk Download Feature on. The button says something like "download all photos in this gallery". And if they click it they get a message somehow that says something like: "great! i'm on it, it'll take a while and i'll send you a link when it's ready"
When creating a private gallery, it would be awesome to provide the "Download All" option to people allowed to view that gallery (basically, anyone with the password).
For example, I currently keep a separate gallery for each photoshoot with a client that contains the full set of photos, as well as not having them watermarked (I export from Lightroom and automatically watermark photos that go to my public galleries). Currently, they need to save each individual photos, or I need to generate the "Download All" link on my end and give it to them. It would be great if they could do that themselves.
I see this has been posted before. I'm on a trial with SmugMug and honestly I'm hesitant to use SmugMug without this feature. I'm a working photographer who shoots about 4-5 times a week and needs to deliver hi-res photos. Since MobileMe is no more my options are limited. My clients aren't going to download 30-40 photos one at a time. Yes I realize I can email myself a link to a zip file, but it's an extra step. I'd rather my clients view and download all the photos in one easy place and only email them one link. Please implement a download all photos button for all viewers.
I use SmugMug not to sell individual prints but to store and share digital photos with my clients. At the moment my clients can only download one photo at a time - often my galleries have 50+ photos in them and my clients need to download all of them. Currently there is no 'download all' option for them. To provide them with this option I would have to request the download all link myself and then send it to them by email, it then expires in 14 days. It would make my life a lot easier if my client could either request the 'download all' link themselves or just simply be redirected to download a Zip file containing the whole gallery when needed.
Create a download area in order to allow friends to download galleries or pictures. Multiple files as compressed ZIP files.
It would be great if I can have clients download more than one image at a time. They should be able to download a whole gallery.
It would be nice for clients I've granted permission to to be able to batch download ALL files from directly inside the gallery. As it stands now I have to send them a separate email.
Free downloads for clients (without entering credit card info). Right now, if I want to allow a free gallery download, I have to set the price to $0.01 and provide them a coupon, but they still need to enter their credit card info. I should be able to change the gallery setting to allow free download of the gallery.
Heather Walker [SmugMug Hero], Feb-07 10:55 am (MST):
Thank you for contacting SmugMug.
We are very sorry but at this time the only person who has the option to download all is the account owner
I take a lot of picture for clients who have already paid me, I would like it to be easy for them to download the images the want from the shoot for free, a simple check box in gallery settings would be cool
Many of my clients wish they could download all the images in their gallery. At the moment it costs me time to go through, get the download link, and send them the link for the zip file when I could just have them click a button. Let's save time for everyone! :)
Only other ways to do this have major issues.
1. Use app like AlbumFetcher...but you have to walk a guest/client through the process of downloading htat exe file and then once they have it they can grab more then just the gallery you want to give them access to.
2. Set the digital downloads price to 1 cent and make them go through the shopping cart. I've already been told by smugmug that they don't like this idea.
So make something better!
This feature would be sooooooo useful for sharing images with other vendors in the wedding industry. Please include it in the next update. Thanks!!!
Brad Price commented
It's been YEARS and this feature still has not been implemented. It's the single most important thing to my workflow, and it wastes a LOT of my time. Nobody buys prints anymore. I would like to be able to "sell" digital downloads (even setting the price to zero for some clients). I would like viewers to be able, as they are viewing photos in a gallery, select what they want to add to the cart, and then download all at once. Fine if smugmug wants to generate a zip file.. whatever.
Magnus Becker commented
@Brent: So you'd rather force your visitors to download 200 pictures if they only want 10 of them? Have you thought that through?
Btw. that link is valid only for something like two weeks. For my use case that's no option.
PS: Thanks for reminding me: I need to cancle my subscription and will indeed go with a dropbox now. I waited for three years to get this feature and nothing happened, like with all the other features I'm waiting for.
Brent Rivers commented
I NOW see why they do not offer this as an option for visitors, and REQUIRE the account owner to setup a .zip file creation link, that, can be sent to any prospective client. I was frustrated in the past, and until recently hadn't the need for visitor bulk download...until now. And, Michael Allie below referenced the solution, that Smugmug needs to advertise to it's pro and above account holders. It took all of 30 secs to get a temporary link for a downloadable zip file to a very large gallery with video file as well. So, problem solve, and actually its a BETTER solution than having random visitors clogging up bandwidth pull files that they do not need.
Rudi Theuns commented
To aid sharing via download would it not be useful to have a button that tells download of gallery is available or can be requested as a standard in SmugMug without send a mail to the people.
Michael Allie commented
Just remember, you can use the "share" button to generate a zip file and it will send you a link that will download a zip file with all of the pictures. Just forward that link to your client.
I just stumbled upon this problem as I have a client trying to D/L their gallery. I told him it must be an option and just walked through it with him only to realize through Google searching and this thread, that it cannot be done... This is a huge headache for me.
DropBox has this, along with the ability to copy all the images to their own DropBox account. I know SmugMug incurs data transfer fees and lets users create temporary gallery download links for bulk, but maybe for the folks already paying for AWS you could pass on the costs.
SMUGMUG! I'm new to the scene and pricing out different options in the industry. You would be top of the line if ONLY customers had the option of downloading the ENTIRE gallery without paying as most of us include it in our packages these days. Get with it!! Everyone else is doing it :)
Magnus Becker commented
Nick Strugnell wrote:
> I'm seriously looking at alternatives to Smugmug for my business.
They abandoned this thread a long time ago and I recommend you to do exactly this. I'll not extend my membership as well.
Nick Strugnell commented
I am a commercial photographer andand deliver all my material with the odd exception through smug mug. My issue is since I have evolved my business I have adopted wireless transmission from camera to iPad during the shoot. Not only do the clients live this but it often cuts down on my workflow as the client is prepared to do post production themselves because of the time saved during the shoot. Now here's the rub... When using smug mug as most of us have in the past you would process the images. Upload to gallery. Request download of gallery to zip. Write email with link to gallery and password. Plus, link to zip.
But what if I have already uploaded the files on location and the client want right go to their computer and download immediately from the gallery link.... they can't!! It requires me to log in and download! How fractured is that? Why can't a Smugmug simply allow us to select from with gallery settings if we want our clients to have download facility switcd on or not?
I think what we all want is Smugmug with dropbox/sugarsync capabilities.
I'm seriously looking at alternatives to Smugmug for my business.
I really like what therw doing but I feel they have taken their eye of the ball recently.
Please, please Smugmug it can't be that hard to sit down and ask yourselfs what basic features would be really useful to a Photographer... after all aren't you all snappers at heart?
WE NEED THIS. Zenfolio has it. I'm a lifelong smugmugger - don't want to switch guys, c'mon!
This really is going to become a necessity. Digital downloads is going to be the main way of delivering the files.
Michael Allie commented
I agree with Tom's recent comment that this won't get implemented, but I've got to tell you that it isn't a big deal. When I do an event, I generate a bulk download link for myself. Then when I send out the link to the gallery, I also include the bulk download link. That lasts for two weeks and that is generally long enough for the situations I deal with.
This thread started nearly 3 years ago. Does not give me too much confidence that any feature on this suggestion page will ever get looked at.
Lee Allen commented
These needs to be in there
That this isn't already in the site is shocking. When my renewal comes up, I won't be willing to spend that money unless this issue is addressed.
I too am using SmugMug to maintain a gallery for friends and family and on some occassions an extended family sharing photos of many team events that my children participate in. Sometimes I take dozens or more photos per event and my friends would like to select and download just the ones that might have their kid in as well. I also suffer this issue as the official high school photog. uses Smugmug and posts hundreds of pictures per high school football game and I have to download them one at a time. Out of 1000 photos he takes I maybe want 5-20 (therefore a ZIP would be ridiculous) and as it stands I have to page through all and "view original" and download. Not a great way to interact, this is a gallery site not a "backup/recovery" site like DropBox which I use. I do not just sync to Smugmug, but take time to create a gallery of the best pictures (perhaps I take 2-3 of a similar scene, or I use "action" where I get 4-6 action shots and only select 1 to post). This is a gallery to showcase your photos, provide a good user experience for viewing/download (purchase if you are commercial). The ability to select which photos (or videos for that matter) you want to download together seems like fundamental functionality.
I'm shocked that my visitors have to download images one by one! How time consuming, inconvenient, and impractical! That's a huge negative for everyone who wants more than 1 image--isn't that just about everyone? Isn't this what photo sites are for? To make the getting of photos easier?
John Bertram commented
Baran -- what you just described is EXACTLY one of the desperately needed, and painfully obvious features, which the "photo sharing" aspect of SmugMug inexplicably lacks.