Welcome to ShutterBug Version 2.5
Welcome to ShutterBug Version 2.5 from XtraLean Software. Created with ShutterBug,
this user manual is designed to provide help on how to use the tools inside of each
main window and how to navigate through the program's user interface. All content in
this manual relates to Version 2.5 which is a significant update from Version 2.0. If you
are using an earlier version, there will be items in this guide that do not coincide with
your version. Version 2.5 is a free update for registered users and is a Universal Binary
version for both Intel-based Mac and PPC support. You can get the latest ShutterBug
For those who prefer a printable or offline version of the manual, a pdf version can be
downloaded here (PDF is for V2.0). For those who dislike manuals, and just need the
quick and dirty instructions, we've included a short Quickstart Guide at the beginning of
this manual. However, we do not recommend you stop at the Quickstart Guide - there
is so much more to ShutterBug than just photo albums. By perusing all of the tools
inside of ShutterBug, you will open a door to the freedom and ease of website creation.
NOTE: ShutterBug Version 2.3 introduced our new and improved image processing as
well as improved HTML output. Please click here to read more about these
improvements, located in the 2.3 release notes at our support board.
What is ShutterBug?
ShutterBug is a barrier-breaker. Don't let the price or small download size fool you. It
can do everything that pro-web authoring tools can do, without making you do all the
work. ShutterBug is built for creativity and speed, aimed at removing the obstacles of
publishing content to the web. Akin to desktop publishing for the web, ShutterBug is an
easy to use content building application that lets you create photo albums, photo
journals, or any other type of web site and quickly publish it to the web.
From beginners to professional illustrators, to educators and photographers, and even
pro web designers, ShutterBug's tools offer a new solution for anyone who needs to
create a website easily, quickly, and done up in style. The streamlined tabbed interface
and feature rich tool set, let you concentrate on your project, supporting a smooth, and
It's not a photo library or storage tool like iPhoto, nor is it an automated web album
generator. Rather, ShutterBug focuses on helping you assemble each content block,
adding or creating a personalized design, and exporting to a .Mac account, FTP or
WebDAV server, or to a folder on your computer. ShutterBug provides the flexibility to
let you create as little, or as much, as you want without constraining you to a canned
template or a limited number of user options.
Create, Preview, Upload...You can drag and drop photos from iPhoto or another
folder, edit the photos using the built-in ImageWell editor, insert links and files, design
the look and feel or use a pre-made customizable theme, customize one, two, or all of
your pages, the choice is yours. Preview your site via XtraLean's proprietary built-in
browser. ShutterBug sites will render properly in all modern browsers on multiple
platforms, eliminating the need to test your site in multiple external browsers.
The Layout tools will allow you to unleash your creativity with very little learning curve
involved, or perhaps none at all. You can create navigation roll-overs and second level
menu items, thumbnail rollovers, edit the various page elements, add external links,
change colors, font styles, add overlapping images and tiled backgrounds to your
pages, create collages with floating pictures, freestyle slideshows with fade transitions,
embed links in thumbnails, and much, much more. And it's all done within a WYSIWYG
environment. No HTML knowledge is needed to build a ShutterBug website nor any
CSS knowledge to give your web pages a stylish look.
So much choice, the flexibility is off the scale...Sounds too good to be true? Give
ShutterBug a whirl and find out for yourself!
How to Try & How to Buy
ShutterBug is available as a free full-featured demo to try out and take for a full test
spin to see if it's for you or not. The demo will watermark your uploaded photos with
the word "Demo". To get the full and accurate picture of ShutterBug, please try out
both the Content and Layout windows. ShutterBug lets you create your own designs if
you want, easily and without needing any technical knowledge or spending extra
money on themes or plug-in's. Also try out the incremental upload and take a look at
the built-in theme library. It's worthwhile and will only take a small amount of your time
to peruse the various features.
If you are ready to purchase, you can purchase a serial number for $39.95 CAD from
our secure online store. You will receive your serial number immediately after your
purchase via email. Simply launch the demo version of ShutterBug and enter your
serial number into the activation box. This will unlock the demo and remove the demo
watermark from your pictures, the next time you upload your pages.
You can download the current demo version of ShutterBug direct from the following
If you are a registered user already and update to the latest version, you do not need
to enter your serial number again.
What's New in Version 2.5?
PayPal Shopping Cart feature - this new feature allows you to easily add a shopping
cart to your ShutterBug site without having to endure any technical frustration and
no need for any technical knowledge to accomplish it. This new feature makes it
pain-free to integrate PayPal with your ShutterBug site to set up a store, and
customize the look of your store pages to suit your needs. All you'll need is a PayPal
account to start selling your products/services online via your ShutterBug site.
Random Order & Loop Slideshow options.
Better handling of text zoom in the browser.
Before/After Slideshows - this feature is a user preference that allows you to display
Before/After image rollovers in your slideshow and thumbnail views.
Minor Bug fixes.
See the Release Notes for the full list of ShutterBug updates since V2.0.