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Photo Station

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The Photo Station is a web album for organizing and sharing your photos and videos on the Internet.

 

Requirements:

Enable the Web Server and Multimedia Station of the NAS. The Photo Station utilizes the media library of Multimedia Station. When enabling the Photo Station, the Multimedia Station (if disabled) will be enabled automatically.
Adobe Flash Player 9 or above.

 

To use the Photo Station, do the following.

 

1.Login the NAS as “admin”. Go to “Administration” > “Applications” > “Photo Station” and enable this feature. Enable the option “Rescan media library” and specify the time for the NAS to scan the media library daily. The NAS will generate thumbnails, retrieve media information and transcode videos for the newly added files at the specified time every day.

 

2.Select either “System Users” or “Standalone Application Users” (default) for the user account settings. When “System Users’ is selected, the local NAS accounts will be used for the application. You can create the user accounts in “Access Right Management” > “Users”. To use dedicated user accounts for the application, select “Standalone Application Users”. The user accounts can be created and managed after logging in the application under “Settings”.

 

3.Upload photos and video files to the Qmultimedia or Multimedia folder of the NAS.

The Photo Station supports the following file format:

Images

BMP (Intel-based NAS only), GIF, PNG, JPG, and JPEG

Video

FLV and H.264 (AAC)

 

Tips on file upload:

The maximum size of an image file is 32MB.
The maximum size of multiple files that can be uploaded at a time is 2GB.

 

4.Connect to the Photo Station from the login portal of the NAS or enter http://NAS IP/photostation in a web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome) and click “Login” to login the Photo Station.

Note:

The admin login information of the Photo Station is the same as that of the NAS web administration.
Login to the application from the login portal of the NAS will be disabled when standalone user accounts are in use, except for “admin”.

 

5.The banner and description of the Photo Station are shown on the upper section of the login page. Below the banner are the albums accessible by the user account. Click to select the display language.

 

Icon

Description

Upload photos and create an album or add photos to an existing album.

Go to the Settings page.

Search for the folders, photos, or videos under the current directory. Click the triangle icon for advanced search.

Logout; about the Photo Station.

Select the display language.

Sort the contents by file name, size, file created date, or photo taken date in ascending or descending alphabetical order.

 

1.View an album (folder)

 

When browsing an album (a folder), the subfolders and supported images and video files will be shown.

 

Icon/Option

Description

Navigate to the parent folders.

/Directory/

Quick link to the directories within an album (folder).

Sort

Sort the contents by file name, size, file created date, or photo taken date in ascending or descending alphabetical order.

Slideshow

View the photos in slideshow. Click the triangle icon to select the display mode, speed, and playlist (background music). The playlists can be created and edited in the Music Station (“Applications” > Music Station”).

Share

Share the contents with others by email, publishing to social networks, or link code.

Manage Album

Add an album or upload/copy files to an existing album.

Select to view the contents in Thumbnails or Photo Wall. The name of the image or video file will only be shown in Thumbnails view.

Adjust the thumbnail size.

 

2.Share photos and video files

 

The images on the Photo Station can be shared on the Internet by email, publishing to social networks, or link code. Click “Share” and select an option.

 

2.1        Send Mail

 

Select up to five images to send to your friends by email. Enter the subject (max 128 characters), sender’s name (max 128 characters) and email, recipient’s name (max 128 characters) and email, and message (max 1024 characters). Select “Attach slideshow link of current album” to attach the link of the album slideshow in the email. Click “Send”.

Note:

To use this function, the mail server settings must be properly configured in “System Administration” > “Notification” > “Configure SMTP Server”.
The album must be made public in “Settings” > “Set Folder Public” before sharing the images.

 

 

2.2        Publish

 

Select up to five images to publish to social networks: Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Plurk, or Blogger. Enter the title (max 256 characters) and message (max 1024 characters), and specify the URL. Click the social network icon and enter the login information to publish the images.

 

Note:

The album must be made public in “Settings” > “Set Folder Public” before sharing the images.
The Photo Station must be accessible on the Internet. It is suggested to set up the DDNS (“System Administration” > “Network”) or MyCloudNAS service on the NAS.

 

 

2.3        Link Code

 

Copy the link of an album slideshow to publish the contents to any social networks, emails, or forums.

Note:

The album must be made public in “Settings” > “Set Folder Public” before sharing the images.
The Photo Station must be accessible on the Internet. It is suggested to set up the DDNS or MyCloudNAS service on the NAS.

 

 

Share Private Albums

 

Click “Manage Album” and select “Enable/Disable Slideshow Link”.

 

Enable slideshow link and enter an access password for the slideshow link.

 

Click “Share” to share the album by email or link code.

 

3.Create an album

 

To create an album in a folder, click “Manage Album” > “Add Photos” or click .

 

Select “Create an Album” and enter the album name. Click “Next”.

 

3.1        File upload

 

Under the “File Upload” tab, browse the images or video files and click “Start” to upload the files. Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome users can drag and drop to upload files to the album. If a file of the same name exists in the album, the action will be skipped.

 

Note:

The maximum size of an image file supported is 32MB.
The maximum size of multiple files that can be uploaded at a time is 2GB.

 

 

3.2        File copy

 

To copy the images or video files from a folder on the Photo Station to the selected album, select the folder and files under the “File Copy” tab and click >>. Then click “File Copy”. If a file of the same name exists in the album, the action will be skipped.

 

4.Edit an album

 

To upload or copy files to an existing album on the Photo Station, click “Manage Album” > “Add Photos” or click .

 

Select “Add Photos”. Click “Next”.

 

Select to upload files or copy files from existing albums to the album.

 

Organize photos

 

To organize the photos in an album, click “Manage Album” > “Organize Photos”.

 

Choose to move, copy, remove, or rename the files or folders in an album. Click “Done” when the changes are finished.

 

5.View a photo

 

The Photo Station supports the following options for viewing an image file.

Icon/Option

Description

Slideshow

View the images in an album in slideshow. Click the triangle icon to select the display mode, speed, and playlist (background music). The playlists can be created and edited in Music Station (“Applications” > Music Station”).

Download

Download an image.

Link Code

Copy the links of an image in different sizes for publishing on the Internet.

EXIF

View the EXIF information of an image.

Edit (Pixlr Editor)

Edit the image online by Pixlr Editor.

Geotag

Geotag the image with Google Maps.

Rotate an image 90° anticlockwise.

Rotate an image 90° clockwise.

Set an image as the album cover.

View the original size of an image.

File name

Click to edit the file name of an image. Click “Submit” to save the changes.

Description

Enter a description (max 512 characters) for an image.

Add Comment

Click to comment (max 128 characters) on an image.

Comment

Click to view all the comments on an image.

 

 

Geotag photos

To geotag a photo with Google Maps, click “Geotag” or . Search a spot on the map. Right click the spot and select “Set Coordinates” or click at the bottom left corner and click a spot on the map.

 

6.View a video

 

Click a video to view it by the web browser. To download the file, click “Download”.

 

7.Settings

 

Click to enter the Settings page.

 

7.1        Account

 

To create a user, click “Add Account” under the “Account” tab.

 

Enter the username (max 32 characters), password (1-16 characters), and description (max 127 characters). Select the user status (enabled or disabled) and specify if the user is an administrator. Then select the folder(s) that the user is allowed to access by adding them to the accessible folder list. Click “Save”.

Note:

The username only supports A-Z, a-z, 0-9, dash (-), and underscore (_).
The password only supports A-Z, a-z, 0-9, -, !, @, #, $, %, _.

 

 

7.2        Set folder public

 

All the folders in the Photo Station are for private viewing by default. Select the folder(s) to be published for public access. Private folders can only be accessed by authorized Photo Station users. Click “Save” to save the changes.

 

An album can also be changed to public or private by clicking .

 

7.3        Advanced settings

 

Customize the banner of the Photo Station on the home page in “Advanced Settings”.

 

1.Enter the title (max 35 characters) and description (max 120 characters) of the Photo Station or select to hide the information.

 

2.Select the banner settings. When 2x2, 3x3, or 4x4 photo wall banner is selected, click “Browse” to choose a public album.

 

3.Click “Select”.

 

4.The photos in the public album will be shown at the bottom. Select a block of the banner (highlighted in red) and choose an image file. Empty blocks will be shown with system default images. Click “Save” to save the changes.

 

8.Advanced search

 

Advanced search offers more options for searching a folder (album) and a file (photo or video). Click the triangle icon next to the search box to enter the advanced search page.

 

Enter the search criteria and click “Submit”.

 


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