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Anyone ever ran this ?
Don't have time to mess with it at work....but wanted to repost it here for future reference so i could look at it later :)

Creating a Photo-CD

How can you get photos on a CD with linux and play this CD with a standalone DVD-Player on the television? And how can you mix the photos with films and interesting documents?

On a linux-machine you can find all you need for this task, you can get proper programs in the internet and go on. The problem is, that all the steps to get many pictures on a CD are an horrible work.

So, why not write a script to do all the stuff? A simple script is quick written, but if you want a good structure and a well navigation, it will be complicated.

But, don't worry! On this side I have a solution for you. is a bash-script, that will do all that work for you.

You can create a Photo-CD on a linux-machine with many Photo-Albums. Each album can contain many sections. You can sort your photos in directorys and then the names of the directorys will be used as titles of the albums and sections. Sections will be sorted alphanumeric. So if you want another order, you can start each name of a section with a number and a underscore "_". The sections will be sorted according to this numbers, but you won't find the numbers on the CD.

You can use the following fileformats:

1. Pictures:
* JPG bzw. JPEG
2. Films:
3. Documents:
* HTM eg. HTML
* SX? (

The CD ist a normal (S)VCD and you can have a PC-part on it. All pictures can be archieved orignally and you can browse them with a normal webbrowser. Additional you can place some other documents in the PC-part. At this time the formats PDF, HTML, EPS and SX? ( will work. So you can use the photo-CD as an archiv for your pictures or you can use it as documentation of an event. It is possible to build the photo-CD without the PC-part if you have problems to place all your pictures on the CD (the VCD-format restricts some times more than the free space on the CD).

You can adjust the script to your need in a configurationsfile, which will be build in the homedirectory on the first run (.fotocdrc). You start the script with the names of the albums you as parameters. Also you can erase a CDR/W during the script-run (it can last some time...) and burn the photo-CD at the end.

fotocd-stable fotocd-1.0.2 October 6, 2005 Release Notes - Monitor This Package Download
fotocd-unstable fotocd-1.1.4 October 6, 2005 Release Notes - Monitor This Package Download

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