Lightroom: Ability to generate multiple albums and index page from Web module

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After the disappointing features in the Web Galleries section, I was hoping (and still hope it may be added) that this area would be improved.
In particular the basics are missing; LR4 really should be able to make multiple Albums with an index without having to resort to plugins.

At the moment I still need to export to JAlbum in order to have an easy workflow.
Ofcourse other non-flash options would be great too.

I am sure it really cannot be difficult for Adobe to add this missing functionality.
I do believe there would still be sufficient room for them if Adobe kept their web gallery simple.

The reason I would prefer this to plugins is simplity, plugins are not always easy to setup and get working. Wanting to publish several albums to your own website seems a basic need and this would have to include an index. Simply enabling publishing a single album at a time is not sufficient. Taking Jalbum as an example, after publishing to a folder, indexing of the albums and updating is really only a case of pressing a single button.

Of course I would MUCH rather do this inside lightroom.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this? PLEASE ADOBE, make my day!
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Michael Robertson

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One nice addition to Jaap's idea would be a configurable index page. I publish dozens of client galleries each year, and I'd like LIghtroom to remember all the galleries with a configurable index page. All published web galleries would show up on this index page in admin view, we'd simply click a set of checkboxes beside the ones we wanted to publish to a discreet index page.

Again LR has the master published list and we can publish any subset as a discreet index page. This would be extremely useful.
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In LR2 I built a single index - multiple gallery web site using the Turning Gate plugins, but I found it frustratingly difficult to add new galleries to the site after the original build. In LR3 I completely scrapped the TTG modules and built a 12 gallery site using the WSPP-Impact plugin from Photographers Toolbox. This uses the Publish Services feature of the Library Module to update the overhead files, including the Index page, automatically when you add or update a gallery. Its a great concept, but the plug-in author has apparently abandoned his product and it has stopped adding new galleries to the index page.

I don't want to use 3rd party plugins for my web publishing needs because (1) they do not today provide the needed functionality (specifically easy addition and modification of an existing site), and (2) although they are a good way to add non-essential capability to a core program like Lightroom, but they are too undependable to build into one's essential workflow, especially when the end result (eg a professional web site) depends on backwards compatibility of its design process.

I strongly second Jaap's request for a major improvement in the LR Web Module. The WSPP functionality could be a good starting point.
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compared to the healing brush requests, had thought the coding (or buying from turning gate and adapt) would be relatively simple. Really would like adobe to have this in house and integrated.

still hoping! ;)
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john beardsworth

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"Simple" enough to be left to third parties?
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Jaap Meijer

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i did not mean it in a derogatory way at all! (perhaps it sounded like that) I mean "simple" for adobe to include. Sincere apologies if I offended anyone! It is easier for users to rely on 1 software and developer. Particularly non-pro users would welcome this (perhaps pros too (i am not one).
Clearly third parties are important and should be supported.

Although I welcome the book function, I do believe that in the 21 century a decent web galleries module will be used more frequently. (Not least because of cost).

Very much look forward to creating a book; on the other hand, I make web galleries all the time
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I don't think it came over as being derogatory, Jaap
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Jaap Meijer

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just checked out your site. very impressive!
saw your interest, perhaps you like this:
http://www.thomason-photography.net/T...
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I fully support this suggestion. I would like to be able to publish multiple albums using HTML5 (no flash so the website is viewable on Apple devices) and generate an index, all within Lightroom without having to mess around with plugins. It's difficult to know which ones are required and how to properly set them up.

Please integrate this functionality to make the whole process easier for the user.