Build web galleries, slideshows with Arclab Thumb Studio
If you’d like to share a set of images then you could email them to a few recipients, maybe upload them to Facebook or Twitter.
But if you need more professional results then you might be interested in Arclab Thumb Studio, a powerful freeware tool for building HTML galleries, slideshows and more.
While this sounds like a lot to explore, you don’t have to worry about the fine details, at least initially. Just choose a starting project, use the Up and Down arrows to browse through the list, and a Preview window shows you how the finished page is going to look.
Once you’ve made your choice, clicking Next displays a comprehensive range of image settings. You’re able to choose your thumbnail file format, quality, image dimensions, your preferred resizing algorithm, even add and position a custom image watermark.
The next tab is all about the source images. You’re able to add individual files or folders, reorder pictures to suit your needs, rotate or flip individual images, and more.
Once you’re happy with that, clicking Next > Create builds the finished project, and there are buttons to open it, or upload the project (via FTP) to your website.
The end results aren’t as stylish as the best Flash galleries, but they’re good enough for most purposes, and as they’re plain HTML should work almost anywhere.
The array of configuration options is the major highlight here. They give you great control over the finished project, without requiring you to spend too much time setting things up (generally you can accept the defaults and everything will work just fine).
We noticed that Arclab Thumb Studio doesn’t appear to have been updated since 2012. That’s maybe an issue if you’re planning to use it regularly and for anything important, as it suggests bugs might not be fixed in a hurry, if at all.
But for the most part the program is a capable, configurable slideshow and gallery builder. Give it a try.