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Managing Photos with Photo Station

Photo Station is a photo management solution that leverages the Media Library database. It offers a better browsing and photo management experience on a QNAP NAS.

Basic Settings

Installing Photo Station

You can install and enable Photo Station in the App Center on QTS 4.2 and later.

Configuring the Media Library Settings

You can configure Media Library in “Control Panel” > “Applications” > “Multimedia Management”. Media Library scans and indexes multimedia files from designated media folders. You can choose to perform a manual scan or scheduled scan.

Filtering and Managing Content

To filter photos, go to “Settings” >“Content Management” and deselect the folders that you want to exclude. Alternatively, you can choose to add folders.

Note: Photo Station, Music Station, Video Station, OceanKTV, and DLNA Media Server share the Media Library folders. Any changes made to the Media Library folders affect all these applications.

Note: Shared folder permissions determine your access to files. Users with read/write and read-only access can see all photos in a folder. However, only users with write access are allowed to upload photos to a shared folder. To configure the permission settings, go to “Control Panel” > “Privilege Settings” > “Shared Folders”.

Basic Operations

Importing Photos and Videos

Thumbnails for the multimedia files are automatically generated to enhance your viewing experience. The duration of this process depends on your NAS model and the number of multimedia files. Perform any of the following tasks.

  • Drag and drop photos and videos to Photo Station from your local device.
  • Use “Media Upload” in Qfinder Pro.
  • Import via Samba.
    • Windows
      Open Qfinder Pro, select the NAS you want to connect to, and then click “Connect” > “Storage Plug & Connect”. You can open and browse NAS folders directly from your device or drag and drop files to folders.

    • Mac

      Run Qfinder Pro for Mac and go to "Go" > "Connect to Server" to establish a connection with the QNAP NAS via SMB or AFP. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut keys "Command + K" on your keyboard.

Creating Albums

  1. Add to album
    1. Select the photos or videos that you want to categorize and right-click “Add to album”.
    2. Select an existing album or create a new album.
    3. Click “Save” to import photos to the album.

      By default, the permission for newly created albums is set to “Only me”. To share this album with other NAS users or with the public, select the album, right-click and click “Album Settings”. Beside Privilege settings, select one of the following.
      • Only me: Other NAS users cannot view or edit this album.
      • NAS users: Other NAS users can view this album, but only the album creator and NAS administrators can make changes. Click "Custom Permissions" to specify the permission for each user.
      • Public: Everyone (including guests) can view this album. Administrators can publish this album on the wallpaper of the QTS login screen.

      1. Only administrators can play videos using on-the-fly transcoding. Administrators can transcode videos by clicking "Add to Transcode" in shared albums, so other users can play them at a later time.
      2. On-the-fly transcoding is not available for some NAS models and video formats.

  2. Drag and drop
    1. Select the photos or videos.
    2. Drag and drop the selected photos to the left panel to import them to an album.
  3. From the left panel
    Click “Folder” on the left panel. Right-click a folder and select one of the following:
    1. Create New Album - Turns the selected folder into an album.
    2. Create a Smart Album - Creates an album that automatically imports new photos or videos when they are added to the folder.
    3. Create subfolder to Smart Album - Turns the subfolders of the selected folder into individual smart albums.

Creating Smart Albums

A smart album automatically displays photos or videos that match your own criteria. To create a smart album, click “Add Album” on the menu bar and select “Create a Smart Album”. In the album creation window, you can specify your own search criteria such as “Today in history”, “Period”, “Random”, “Tag”, or “All files”.

Searching for Photos or Videos

You can search photos videos by their file size, camera brand, date taken, tag, color label, rating, or description.

Sharing Files

Click on the menu bar or right-click photos or videos and then select “Share”.
Tip: You can click to minimize the sharing cart and make it easier for you to navigate through different pages.

Photo Station provides three ways to share your files:

  • Email
    Send the share link for the selected files via email. You can also set an expiration date and protect your files with a password. Before using this feature, ensure that you have already set up your email account. To set up your email account, go to “QTS Desktop” > “Options” >“Email Account”.
  • Social Network
    Select “Upload files” to upload photos or videos to photo sharing websites such as Flickr, Picasa, Weibo, and YouTube. Select “Link” to post the sharing link on social networking websites.
  • Sharing Link
    Create sharing links that you can use in instant messages or post online.

Streaming to the Media Player

To use this feature, you must first install “Media Streaming Add-on” in the App Center. Click to open multi-zone streaming control panel and view all the devices on your network. Drag and drop the files you want to play onto a device or its playlist.

Note: This feature now supports DLNA, Airplay, Chromcast, and HD player.

Backing Up or Restoring Album Information

We strongly recommend backing up the configuration files of albums and smart albums before rebuilding the Media Library or performing system migration.

Go to "Settings" > "Backup/Restore" and click “Export” to back up the configuration file to your PC. When the need arises, you can import the configuration file to restore your albums. Please note that importing the configuration file twice results in duplicating all albums.

Photo Station Extension

Photo Station Extension helps you detect faces in your photos. It can also convert PDF files to images that can be viewed using the media player.

To install the Photo Station Extension, go to “Control Panel” > “Application” > “Multimedia Management” > “Media Add-on” > “Photo Station Extension”.

Note: Photo Station Extension is only available for x86 models.

Using Face Detection

Go to “Photo Station” > “Settings” > “Face Detection” and set up the folders that you want to index.

Tip: Using face detection function may affect system performance. QNAP recommends avoid using it during off-peak hours.

After setting up the face detection folders, you can click to enable face detection.

Photo Station displays the detected faces. You can then add a face tag or manually change the face detection area.

Browsing PDF Files

To view PDF files such as comic books or blueprints, install the Photo Station Extension in the App Center. Once the extension is installed, right-click a PDF file to create convert the PDF file into an album. You can then view its content using Photo Station. You can even stream the files to media devices on your network.

Release date: 2014-04-08
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