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!
Brad Barlow commented
I'd like a "download all" button and "download selected" button.
As a client right now, a "Download All" pictures in a specific gallery would be the MOST USEFUL feature of SmugMug for me. We're getting around it, but if downloading a file is enable for one image, then a user should certainly be able to download all of the files in given gallery.
MY DREAM TOO!!! I just left this as a new thread also so go vote there too!!
MUCH needed... I have to pay for SmugMug just to store my images and allow people to BUY prints and products, AND THEN I HAVE TO BUY PASS, so that they can actually DOWNLOAD their galleries aesthetically.
I HATE sending them the generated SmugMug link in an email. So tacky.
I've been begging for this for a long time!!
I'd like to set mine to TWO downloads so that my clients and their families can download and that's it!!!!
John Bertram commented
Absolutely. Being able to make a custom, non-contiguous selection, and then having a one-click option to "Download Selected", is just as important -- if not even more so -- than simply having a Download All button. The obvious take-away is that BOTH options are absolutely essential -- Download Selected AND Download ALL. Why this achingly overdue feature has STILL not been implemented is a mystery beyond all rational understanding.
I am new to Smugmug and a also a Zenfolio user (which is where I have my personal portfolio).
I am using Smugmug for a client image database and one of the requirements is that they can select multiple images from a gallery and then download that set. This is something you can do on Zenfolio and something I just assumed you would be able to do on Smugmug.
I have now spent too much time and effort on two separate Smugmug sites for my client to now change.
You should be able to tick or select individual images from a gallery page and then download that selection as well as having a download all function.
A little frustrated to say the least right now...
The option for visitors to download the complete gallery would be great. Even better to select multiple files for bulk download.
Does anyone know what the downside is to either of these features? It can't be difficult to implement, so SmugMug must have something against them.
Also, what are the best alternatives to SM that implement this feature? I'm ready to switch.
John Bertram commented
The necessity of this feature for ANY site which even uses the phrase "photo SHARING" is beyond obvious. The overwhelming desire for this feature among SmugMug users has been equally obvious for YEARS now. This is NOT a question of "well now kids, we have lots of requests, and can only work on implementing so many features at once" -- the Best Before date on that excuse was a very long time ago. If the SmugMug developers have made a conscious decision NOT to implement this basic and almost universal feature -- and sadly that appears to be the case -- then they OWE their paying customers a clear and honest explanation as to WHY NOT. Is it technically just too challenging? (Hard to believe, given how pretty much everyone else has figured out a way to do it.) Does it violate some obscure but deeply held design philosophy? If so, they MUST break their silence and share that philosophy with us. But to simply remain silent in the face of years worth of deafeningly loud demand and achingly obvious necessity comes across as nothing more than arrogant, and nothing less than unacceptable. If you have a genuine reason for not having implemented this basic feature (something a LOT better than "we just haven't gotten around to it yet"), then tell us that reason. If not, then just implement this stunningly overdue feature now. End. Of. Discussion.
Andy Buscemi commented
The current option of sending a link to your clients via email doesn't cut it from a presentation standpoint at all. With the current solution, when should I do this? When sending gallery information to clients?...totally awkward to send a gallery link when they have the option to download. Please, please add this!
Matthieu Moy commented
Google+ does this, just click "download" and you're done. A pity a paid service like smugsmug doesn't have it :-(.
PLEASE. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. My clients are always confused as to why they can't download their photos all at once.
Please add this feature! Its very tedious to scroll through your website and hit a download button on every picture. I send out pictures to my kids teammates for soccer and softball. I liked the old Legacy Smug Mug!
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.
Are there any updates with Smugmug implementing this? I really need this for my business, but I don't want to have to switch to Zenfolio or another company who offers it.
This is a deal breaker for me. Photo sharing without a gallery download feature? WTF???
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.