Amateur and semi-pro photographers are looking for life beyond iWeb '08 - furious that the application forces them to include a download button on their precious image collection when published through .Mac.

While most users already understand that images published online can easily be downloaded without their permission using a range of technologies, they are incensed that they have no way of removing the download button when publishing images through iWeb.

Apple's technical support forums are full of users complaining at this. One user said, "I understand that if people want the image they can do a variety of things to get them, however I just don't want it to look like I'm advocating it with a frickin' 'download' button."

Photographers who have until now been using iWeb to publish sample collections of their work in an attempt to attract new business are now seeking out alternatives.

They don't want people they do not know to be able to download their pictures at decent resolutions for use by others.

They want to know why Apple has denied them choice, denied them a way to protect their pictures from unauthorised use.

Some observe that while the company has made it easy to populate their websites with Google ads, Apple hasn't done anything so simple as implementing limited control of image downloading, making the download button an optional choice, or added something as useful as support for PayPal so users can - should they choose - sell images through their websites.

Reports are also emerging which claim publishing images to .Mac - always a slow process - has now slowed to a crawl - presumably while iWeb helpfully uploads high-resolution versions of their images for others to download without permission.

They are also angry that the introduction of new non-optional page elements, such as the download button, has knocked existing site designs out of alignment.

One user today noted that even though they have uploaded new images to their existing collections, these do not yet show up on their .Mac pages.

A variety of complex fixes have been suggested on Apple's technical support forums, including the introduction of Java scripts, the inclusion of copyright notices on all the photographs, masking images on pages with invisible images of a different kind, and more.

But for many users - already annoyed at the lack of in-depth editing facilities in the new version of iMovie - the only simple option is to seek out new web design solutions that don't force them to include elements on their site that they don't want to include.