OneDrive Albums

 

Albums are back!

Way back when Microsoft had Spaces and Live the online folders for photos were called “albums”. In time the online store became SkyDrive and the term “album” vanished. What persisted and still exists in OneDrive is “Folder type”. Folders can be either “Document” or “Pictures” folders.  Other than that folders are treated just like folders in a PC.

Now “Albums” are back. First a look at what an album appears like:

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As you can see, an album looks quite nice. Reminiscent of Flickr and Google+? Yep, it helps to have competition. Albums are not folders. Like Flickr albums, the OneDrive albums are collections of links to photos elsewhere. For OneDrive albums the photos need to exist in one of the folders. The linked images are nicely displayed.

How do you get to albums and how do you make a OneDrive album?

When you go to your OneDrive you see your folders in the main area. The left pane shows links to other places. ObeDrive-Albums-15

The Photos link opens a page that shows your photos. Somewhat like the Photostream in Flickr.

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See the black menu bar? There is an Albums link. Click it and you will see your albums, or, if you do not have any, a blank page and an opportunity to create an album. In create mode, or when adding images, you can do so either from your, pardon the expression, stream, or by selecting from a folder.

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The pictures you pick for an album stay in their “home” places but will be shown in the album. Once you have an album created you can share a link just as you would for a regular OneDrive folder.

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You can also get a link to the album if you wish to share just a link and not a special email.

ObeDrive-Albums-19Your albums are shown on the album page about like you see here.

Clicking on the live tiles gets you to the album. You can try this with the albums shown here by clicking the images here.

 

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Enjoy this new feature in OneDrive! There are more new things, and more are coming!

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© 2015 Ludwig Keck

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OneDrive Improved Again

OneDrive links now go right to light box view

Storing images for pictures in blog posts in OneDrive makes it easy to link back to the source album. In my blogs Gallery Ludwig and Silver Canvas I have been doing that for many years. Microsoft has made a lot of changes in that time. The Microsoft “cloud” depository started with Live Spaces, became SkyDrive and more recently OneDrive. In that time links in blog posts to photos remained intact. Even when the folders were moved around and reorganized. A very nice feature and very considerate and useful service by the Microsoft team.

How the images were displayed has changed many times too. Sometimes these changes were for the better, at other times not so much. In the past year links to photos would look something like this:

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The surround was a pleasant black, there was an information panel at the right and a line of thumbnails of other pictures in the album at the bottom. You could click the image to present it in a nice “light box” view – just the image, nice and large.

Today that changed. Now you are taken directly to a light box view. The panel on the right is gone, but the information can be brought up as an overlay. Try it here:

Click the image to be taken to my OneDrive album “Silver Canvas” with this image in a large light box view.

When you move the pointer into the window, links and other information will surround the image. In the lower right corner there is an “i-link” – see the red arrow in the illustration here.

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Click the “information” icon and the data for the picture will be displayed.

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Slide shows go full screen, not just full browser window, but full monitor. That is very nice. NOTE: The images in my blog posts are scaled to 1024px so you will not get the full effect on a high resolution monitor.

This change affects not only this and new posts, but works just as beautifully for all earlier posts. You can see the whole album by clicking “View folder” in the top menu bar. The pictures are nicely arranged in their correct proportions.

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But Wait, there’s more! Hold down the Ctrl key and roll your mouse wheel. The display scales as you would expect in a browser window, but here the thumbnails are scaled and rearranged to fit the browser window. Really, really nice!

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One very nice improvement in the development of OneDrive.

Thank you friends at Microsoft!

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© 2015 Ludwig Keck