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!
have you guys tried adding the CSS? http://anvilimage.com/2012/07/25/add-a-download-button-to-your-smugmug-gallery/
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.
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.
Baran Nohutcuoglu commented
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. commented
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!
It is not all or nothing. It is one at a time or all.
drive by commented
Still not the same, it is all or nothing for guests.
I think we are all frustrated by the lack of this feature, but honestly, I haven't found as big of an issue as I expected. I merely generate a download link for myself, and email it along with a link to the gallery itself, to my friends. I tell them can download one at a time, or to click the link to get a zip file of the whole thing. This has worked well.
John Bertram commented
As the months continue to pass, and more and more of these kinds of achingly basic sharing features remain stubbornly and inexplicably unimplemented, I'm sadly beginning to conclude SmugMug views Image Sharing as at best a very low-tier priority, rather than what it SHOULD be: a vital and completely equal partner to the Image-Display and Image-Selling aspects of the service.
Because if they did realize the importance of the Image-SHARING functionality, you'd really think by now they'd be just plain embarrassed by how ineffective they've let it become. When such an important aspect of a PAID service becomes outstripped by so many FREE ones, all the other aspects of that service -- now matter how promisingly implemented -- start losing their lustre very quickly.
C'mon SM -- stop waiting for years worth of "user votes" to reach some magic number. Start implementing these kinds of long-overdue Beta-level sharing features NOW. (After all, better insanely late than never.)
Meantime, exploring the other options for online image Sharing & Display is rising higher and higher on my summer Do List.
drive by commented
WHEN...is this going to be a reality. I want 1 service for photos please...recommending skydrive and dropbox or quasi-services that are nothing but ftp with gui is not called listening to customers. It is called loosing a market share.
I've been a member for a number of years now. I'm thinking about jumping ship and just using dropbox. My primary use for this site is to SHARE photos...and sharing for me means allowing people to download the entire gallery.
is anyone from SmugMug Listening...