Secure sharing of albums and assets


This feature will add the idea of a “library owner” (via an authentication token) that has full access to all assets, and an “library guest” which only has access to 1 or more specific albums.

This feature requires album support

Discussion of users and auth tokens here: Multi-user support

@mrm am I correct in assuming that this would only work from a self-hosted server (as opposed to running the desktop application)? Do you imagine there ever being a way for people running PS as a desktop app to be able to share albums?

The reason I ask is that while I’d be comfortable self-hosting to share my own photos, I know many people (my family, for example) would not. I think PS would work well for a lot of people, but sharing definitely seems like an issue.

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Short answer: all editions of PhotoStructure will have the same external functionality, so sharing will be available even to PhotoStructure for Desktop users.

Long answer:

All editions of PhotoStructure, running on any operating system, are designed to be interoperable with each other, and the main user interface is the same, including features like sharing.

In other words, you can “test the waters” by using PhotoStructure for Desktops, import the files on one computer, and then move your library to either a server or another computer, install PhotoStructure on that computer, and the library will open seamlessly (even if it’s a different operating system).


Exactly: my family is the same way. The goal is to make even my less-computer-literate family members feel comfortable with running their own instance of PhotoStructure.