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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"

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    Trish TunneyTrish Tunney shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    NigelNigel shared a merged idea: Ability of gallery viewers to download all images in one click  ·   · 
    Brandon MartinezBrandon Martinez shared a merged idea: "Download All" link for private galleries  ·   · 
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: Allow "download all photos" option for any viewer I've shared the gallery with.  ·   · 
    Ed TEd T shared a merged idea: Include a 'download whole gallery' option for customers.  ·   · 
    mikemike shared a merged idea: set it up so clients could DL entire galleries  ·   · 
    Marian MüllerMarian Müller shared a merged idea: Create a download area for friends  ·   · 
    Paul GibsonPaul Gibson shared a merged idea: Visitors download more than one image at a time  ·   · 
    EltonElton shared a merged idea: Allow visitors to have the option to download entire album!  ·   · 
    TomTom shared a merged idea: Add a batch download link directly to the gallery for clients, not just photographers  ·   · 
    F.c. WongF.c. Wong shared a merged idea: Bulk image downloads for my Clients direct from galleries  ·   · 
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: Provide setting to allow free download of image galleries  ·   · 
    SummerstaySummerstay shared a merged idea: Allow guests/clients to download entire gallery at once, in a simple manner.  ·   · 
    pureexposurepureexposure shared a merged idea: Put a make downloads free button  ·   · 
    AnonymousAnonymous shared a merged idea: Allow visitors to download multiple photos or all the photos in a gallery  ·   · 
    Mark AlisonMark Alison shared a merged idea: Add a "Download All Images" feature for my clients  ·   · 
    roakleycaroakleyca shared a merged idea: create a way for guests/clients to download an entire gallery --- easily.  ·   · 

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      • Magnus BeckerMagnus Becker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @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 RiversBrent Rivers commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 TheunsRudi Theuns commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 AllieMichael Allie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • TJTJ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 BeckerMagnus Becker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 Nick Strugnell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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?
        Regards
        Nick

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        WE NEED THIS. Zenfolio has it. I'm a lifelong smugmugger - don't want to switch guys, c'mon!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This really is going to become a necessity. Digital downloads is going to be the main way of delivering the files.

      • Michael AllieMichael Allie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • TomTom commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • SethSeth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • MattMatt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • MelissaMelissa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 BertramJohn Bertram commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Baran NohutcuogluBaran Nohutcuoglu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Actually another way that would be very helpful is if visitors could select multiple photos in a gallery and then click "download selected."

      • Mel Jones Photography Ltd.Mel Jones Photography Ltd. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It can't be that hard to implement. I have it when I'm logged in! And if it's to protect us, well they can download each image one at a time if they want to!

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