Frequently Asked Questions,
tips and tricks

The following is a selection of common and useful questions asked by PhotoThumb users. You can press CTRL + F (default Windows shortcut) to search for text on this page.

Q: Can I remove the filename displayed below each thumbnail?

Sure. Just remove the %FName parameter in the Thumbnail Options > Advanced tab (and in the Thumbnail link tab, if neccessary). Using such parameters, you can customize all information on your web pages.

Q: How can I create a single page for each individual image, including a link back to the thumbnail page?

Make sure that the Create a new 'original' in the target folder and Create page for each image options in the Thumbnail link tab are selected. (This is the default setting in ver. 1.1)

Q: Can I change the link text below each image?

You can change the link text for both index and single image pages in the Options dialog (keyboard shortcut F8). This is useful if you want to use a customized, or non-English text on your pages.

Q: How can I add image captions to the single image pages?

You can add image captions by adding file descriptions (select any file(s) and hit F12) and using the %Desc parameter in the Advanced (for thumbnails) and/or the Thumbnail link (for single image pages) tab.

Q: How can I include my company logo on all pages?

Placing a company logo (or anything else) on each page is very simple. In the HTML footer and header tab, try this:

<a href=""><img src="" width="468" height="60" alt="PhotoThumb for Windows" border="0"></a>

(Replace link, image URL, width and height parameters as required)

Q: How can I place the file name and description along side the image rather than at the bottom?

To position text next to the thumbnails, try this: In the Advanced tab > HTML table formatting field, enter:


This will place the file name and description on the right side of the image.

Or you can try this one:

%FName<br>%desc</td><td bgcolor="#eeeeee">%Thumb

You can achieve many nice effects by creative use of HTML tags. To change the text position on individual (medium-sized images) pages, change the HTML code in the Thumbnail link tab

Q: How can I make pages similar to the sample pages on your website?

Most of the sample pages use the same Style Sheets that are distributed with PhotoThumb. To use Style Sheets, simply select the Use CSS checkbox in the HTML settings tab. For more information, take a look at Using Cascading Style Sheets in the help file.

Q: Any way to insert carriage returns and paragraphs in file descriptions?

You can achieve this by using regular HTML tags. Enter a <br> tag for a single carriage return, or <p> for a new paragraph.

You can use any combination of HTML tags to customize your pages. For example <ul><li>Name<li>Age<li>Hobby</ul> will create output like this:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Hobby

Q: On your sample pages you have a web address printed on each image. Can PhotoThumb do this to my own images, and what text can I use?

Absolutely. You can specify and draw any text onto all output images. Overlay text is especially useful for displaying copyright information, a web address, or other important information.

Q: What is EXIF and IPTC?

EXIF (Exchangeable Image File) supports the storage of extended camera information within the header of each JPEG file. Nearly all digital cameras use this format to record such information as the time and date the image was taken, exposure information (shutter speed, aperture) and other extended (and often custom) camera details.

IPTC is an information standard developed by the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) and the IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council), to identify transmitted text and images. A JPEG file can contain both EXIF and IPTC information.

PhotoThumb can read and display both EXIF and IPTC information. PhotoThumb also includes full IPTC editing capabilities for JPEG files, without loss of quality.

Q: Is JPEG the only format supported?

JPEG is the only output format supported, but PhotoThumb can read several other file formats, including TIFF. JPEG and TIFF are used by practically all modern digital cameras. For all practical purposes, JPEG is the only format worth using for publishing photographic images on the web.

Q: Is there a reseller in <insert country here>?

Probably not. Most users prefer to register PhotoThumb online, using a credit card. Doing so is both fast and secure. You can also register by mail, fax, phone or by purchase order, but you will have to pay is US dollars. For more information, take a look at the registration page.

Q: How can I write IPTC descriptions into my JPEG files?

PhotoThumb includes full IPTC editing capabilities for JPEG files, without loss of quality (i.e. no image recompression).

Q: I have problems uploading files to my FTP server. What can I do?

It's very difficult to (remotely) diagnose FTP and other network issues. If you have problems using the internal FTP uploader, you should try to use a stand-alone FTP client. This is helpful for discovering potential problems, and allows better control over the entire process. Many FTP programs are very simple to use. You'll find a list of free FTP programs at

Q: Can I make my PhotoThumb web pages searchable?

This requires a search engine on the system where your pages are physically stored (i.e. your PC or web server). There are many search engines available, most of them being pretty difficult to set up for casual users. But there's an exception: AnalogX CGISearch.

Note: This search engine will only work on Windows servers, or your local Windows PC if you're running a local Intranet/web server. If you don't have a web server, you can download one from the same web site. If your files are located on a Unix server, you'll have to find another solution (search the web for Perl, CGI, search engine, etc.)

Both these programs are small, easy to set up and completely free!

For more information, be sure to check the helpfile (press F1 or click on Help in the main menu).

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