Photoshop.com: Are there album controls and viewer options to limit what albums a viewer/client can see?

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Is there a way to limit what albums a viewer/client can see. If I send a email link to a client for final selection or proofing, like a slide show . I would like to make sure the client can only see the album I send them. I don't wont them to have the ability to click a back link, to other albums or other parts of the website.

The reason is simple. I may have other albums for other clients that are not meant for them. Basically I need to be able to control what the viewer can see. This is also where password protected albums can play a major role. Password protected albums will give me some control.

I have been using Apple MobileMe with a third party plugin that works well. MobileMe gives me the controls I need and because of this, many pro photographers use it. This is where MobileMe shines and photoshop.com fails, but on the other hand, mobileme does not have the other cool photoshop.com tools. Basically I need both, and i'm willing to pay for it. Maybe a pro version of photoshop.com for client proofs and final selection.

The features i'm requesting is very important for many working photographers and this can be a great for adobe. There are very limited web services that offer this other then mobileme

P.S. Also we need a way for a viewer/client to rat and comment without needing to create a account is also very important. A photo editor or others don't have the time to play around with account making, they simply move on.

Thanks.
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While we do not currently have password protected albums. But, there's a certain amount of security in anonymity. Because gallery links are so long, it's not possible for anyone to visit one gallery and find another without you providing this information.

What you will want to do is this: Set the Gallery to Shared, but not to Photoshop.com.

This means that someone does not have to be signed in as you to view the images, but they will need a link provided by you to visit the page. With these settings your galleries are very secure (assuming your clients do not pass the links off to others).
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Ari I

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Thanks for responding so quickly.

I understand what your showing me, but lets say I send a link for a slide show album. At the top left side, there is a back button - a arrow that allows the customer to leave the slide show and then there is another button to my gallery page.

I don't want the the viewer to have that option at all. I want to have total control over that. Also and even worse, the viewer can send and post a link to facebook and twitter - not good at all. I know the viewer may not twit or facebook the link, but I need to have the options to turn it off- Very important.

Basically I need to control the message! and all the other features I wrote about are needed as well

Thanks.
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With the current setup, you cannot prevent a user from going to your home gallery page. Even if we took the button away, your home URL is part of the gallery URL, they just need to take the end off to get to your home.

However, once there, users can only see those galleries/albums that have the "Also share on Photoshop.com" option turned on. So, with our latest settings you can dictate which galleries are visible to the public, are visible to specific people, and not visible to anyone but yourself. If you have galleries that you don't want just anyone to see, make sure you have the "Also share on Photoshop.com" turned off.

There is nothing we can do to prevent someone from sharing a gallery to Facebook or Twitter, period. They can just manually grab the link from the address bar and paste it into their social media site. These buttons don't grant extra access, they just make things easier by automating it. The ability to take the buttons away would provide zero additional security.

But you do make a good case for additional options. Password protected galleries would be the only means of providing the level of security you ask for. Perhaps we can add this option in the future.
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I would like to thank you for responding and clarifying how album permissions work, I now have a clearer understanding on how to set it up.

I do understand crystal clear that people can just copy, paste or alter the end of the URL. Also it's not a security issue at all, it's more of a question of controlling the user experience and having options, i'm sure you can understand that. Having the option to remove the back button is just that, an option - Out of sight out of mind!

Now with regards to facebook, twitter or any social network for that matter, it should be matter of choice, automation of my choosing. I don't post any important images to social networks and having buttons available by default may imply that it's ok to post a link to the album on a social network, given permission so to speak, but in most cases, it's not ok. I have seen this many times, once again - Out of sight out of mind!

I'm starting to understand more and more, that the service Adobe is providing is likely meant for consumers and people just wanting to post images and sharing them with others, and I understand that, but I hope you and others understand that this service has potential to be great for pros, advance users, and important clients with some adjustments.

Once again I appreciate the time you have spent responding to my concerns and questions.

-Ari
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I am shouting!! Tried to post a question in forums and could not figure out how. My problems is: I made an online album in PSE 7. I checked view publicly. I DID NOT CHECK allow viewers to: download photos or order prints. Yet three people I have asked could do just that. Download and print pictures. Very frustrated and don't know where to turn! Called tech support NO help. CAN ANYONE HELP ME????

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop.com: How do I prevent users from downloading and print images in an album?.
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It is not possible to prevent someone from printing or saving images that they can see on their screen. If a web page displays an image, that web page can be printed, thus printing the image. Also, the image had to be downloaded in order to be seen on screen. This file is already saved to their internet cache and can be copied from there to anywhere else on the computer.

We provide the option to allow printing and downloading. These options refer to allowing access to the full resolution image. The preview image is a reduced size from the original for fitting on the screen within the web page. This will not provide a high quality print
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@Brett - I agree with most of what you said. However, you can disable the right-click function of the mouse by using a simple Javascript function. Why not do that and make a lot of people happier?

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