It may seem that everybody is trying to make a buck these days. Remember, in a capitalist society, everyone is out to get your money. That’s what makes Visual Lightbox an odd duck among the gazillions of Mac and PC apps with a price tag. Visual Lightbox is more of a wizard app than an app and it generates web photo galleries featuring that classic Lightbox-style overlay effect. What’s the catch? As it turns out, there is a catch or two or three, but let me come to those in a moment.
Visual Lightbox creates web photo galleries. Create a folder of the photos you want to display in the gallery. Click the Add Images button, select the photos, and you’re almost done. You can add a caption to each photo, edit navigation, rotate, and even modify gallery properties.
There’s nothing complicated about the settings, including the size and number of thumbnails, frames, columns, and so forth, and you can choose from a few decent looking templates.
Visual Lightbox is free and creates attractive web photo galleries from a folder of photographs. What’s not to like?
It’s an app for non-commercial use only. There’s a Visual Lightbox watermark on each photo. You have to pay $49 for the single website license which lets you add your own logo to the photos. Even that is limited to a single website. An unlimited website license costs $69, but even that is only good for a single year (of support and free upgrades).
If you’re a Mac or PC user who creates plenty of photo galleries, even the licensed version might be payment worthy, otherwise, the free Visual Lightbox is good only for non-commercial websites. Yes, it’s free, but there are a few gotchas to be aware of that may impact your decision.