ShutterBug 2.0

ShutterBug 2.0 is an easy-to-use web building application for non-designers who want to showcase their photos online without having to wrestle with the complexity of HTML.

More than 25 website themes are included to help novices create sites quickly, while advanced users can customise the built-in themes or create their own.

ShutterBug’s interface is simple, but unique. It’s organised into three main tabs: Content, Preview, and Layout. The Content section enables you to add the text and photographs that will make up the website, as well as manage the site’s navigation.

You add photos by dragging and dropping from other programs, such as iPhoto, or even from the Finder. Within albums, ShutterBug automatically creates the links for navigating between individual photos. You can include an optional JavaScript slideshow function that will automatically cycle through your photo album.

Once you add a photo, selecting it in the Navigation menu will bring up a collection of editing and annotating tools. You can crop, rotate, and label your photos, or add thought clouds and speech balloons for a fun look.

Once you’ve added content to your site, clicking on the Preview tab will display a functional representation of how the site will appear in a web browser. You can navigate your site without leaving ShutterBug, thereby speeding up testing.

The Select Theme button opens a new window containing a variety of themes you can use to customise a site’s look. Though several of the built-in themes are variations on the same basic look, each can be customised.

The Send button in the Preview section takes users through the process of publishing a site via a local folder, a .Mac account, FTP/SFTP, or WebDav. In order to upload via FTP or SFTP from ShutterBug, you must have either Panic’s Transmit or David V Kocher’s Cyberduck installed. That’s because ShutterBug uses AppleScript to launch and control external FTP programs, rather than having FTP functionality built-in, and these are the only programs it works with.

OUR VERDICT

ShutterBug 2.0 is ideally suited for photography enthusiasts who want to build a website to share photos but don’t want to learn complex web-editing software. Those looking to build a more general-purpose site may want to opt for alternatives such as iWeb or Dreamweaver.

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