I needed something to help me organize my image files. Already a happy user of Jasc Paint Shop Pro, it was natural that I would be drawn to their Media Center Pro 3.0 product, which I bought at Fry's for $40 (then discovered it was available from Jasc as a download for $30). The program itself has a nice suite of capabilities for organizing images into "albums". But it also includes the potentially valuable feature of generating an HTML version of your album.
The standard template (i.e. the look and feel) of the HTML that it generates is useful, however the first thing almost anybody will want to do is to customize it. Fortunately Media Center Pro provides a very powerful capability to do exactly that.
Media Center Pro includes an HTML generating engine which processes template files written in a simple macro language called MCML (Media Center Markup Language). There is also a very simple job control language called MCF that Media Center Pro uses when processing your site design.
I didn't find an official definition of MCF but I think of it as an acronym for MCML Control File.
Jasc has supplied surprisingly good documentation for the MCML system. It is in HTML form and is "hidden" in the program's installation directory. I spent a great deal of time hunting for information before I found it. For my convenience and yours a copy of it (version 1.0e, dated November 6 1999, file dated 1/26/2000) is included here:
Besides the reference manual, the tutorials are very helpful.
Well, this is supposed to be the main point of this document. All I can say is, "Coming soon..." Meanwhile, contact me if you are really interested. Be sure to work through the Jasc tutorial first -- you may find all the info that you need.