Using the Photo Album

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Published on Monday, 09 January 2012 06:28
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The HK Trampers' Photo Album is a one of a kind repository of HK photography capturing one and a half decades of HK's natural beauty as well as Tramper history. It's entirely made up of photos taken by Trampers during an HKT walk. So if you've taken photographs on a walk and would like to share them with us, please read on...

We've just got ourselves a shiny new gallery app for our photo albums! It still archives all of the thousands of photographs from the past 14 years, but it just looks a whole lot better. You can go straight in to view the photos and use its great new gallery features. BUT WAIT!...

There is, unfortunately, one small catch... the new gallery is a fully featured standalone application which has its own user database, which means that to upload or edit photos and albums etc, you have to login to the gallery, even if you're already logged in to the regular HKT website. A small price to pay for all the extra features though, right? BUT WAIT AGAIN!...

There's actually another small tiny wee little matter... which is... your password won't work! :)

But it's ok, (and here comes the science bit...) we had to manually input all the user data from the HKT database into the new Gallery database. So, although all the names, usernames and email addresses etc have all been transferred, the HKT passwords won't be recognised by the Gallery, as it uses a different method of password encrytion. Anywaaay...

Your password has to be processed by the Gallery app itself before it can be accepted. SO, the FIRST TIME you login, please follow the procedure below:



Procedure for first Login to Photo Album

1. Click "Login" (of course) at the top right of the screen

2. In the new login form that opens, click the "Forgot your password?" link and follow the instructions below to reset it.

3. In the 'Reset Password' dialog box, enter your Username and click "Reset"

4. The page should then refresh to the Main Gallery page and a message should briefly appear in the top right saying: "Password Reset Email Sent". If this is not what happens, manually refresh your page, and try it again.

5. Check your inbox for this email (it can take up to a minute or so to arrive). When you receive it, open it and click the link to complete the password reset. (MAKE SURE YOU CLICK THE CORRECT LINK!)

6. If everything has gone as it should, you should now be back at the Gallery page where you will be asked to enter in your password. Please note that you don't need to change your old password. You can use the same password you've always used for the HKT website previously. You just need to re-enter it into the Gallery once using this method.

7. Once you've done this, you can now click Login (still at the top right) and complete the Login process (which is all you will need to do from now on.)

A final note: 
The Gallery application is brand new and still a work-in-progress by the developers, so you may encounter bugs in the code. Hopefully not. But if any of the above steps do not work as stated here, try that step again, and it should go through. And if it still doesn't, get in touch with use and we will try and remedy it. We'd like to apologise in advance for any possible future inconvenience. See how nice we are? :)

Anyway we hope you enjoy the new gallery as well as the new HKT website!

Please now take a look at some of the new features of the new HKT Photo Albums.



Photo Gallery Basics

Here are a few tips to get you started with some of the main features of the new gallery:

We hope this helps you get a quick understanding of the main features in the gallery. But there are other feature too, for example the 'Favourites' feature, which is worth mentioning in more detail below.



The 'Favourites' Feature

At the top left of each album or photo you should see a black star. Click it to add the album or photo to your list of favourites (the star should turn yellow if done correctly). This list is not saved forever. It only lasts for as long as you are logged in for the current session.

However, what you can do is click the big blue star called "View" in the top right corner. It will take you to a page where you can view all your favourites on one page. 

You can then click the big star in the top right corner again (which now should say "Save") which will then open a form where you can send a link to this list by email, either to your friends or someone else.

Useful? We hope so...



Once you're logged in

If you're already registered with the main HKT site, and have followed the steps above ("Procedure for First Login to Photo Album"), then you can login to the Photo Album and do the following:

Anyway, that's it for now. We hope you enjoy the all-new HKT Photo Albums' Gallery!