We've received great feedback about the 1-click download facility for client galleries. We certainly think that it looks better than using FTP or other generic file-sharing solutions...
But many also told us that wasn't ideal for larger amounts of files. So here is an important improvement that you clients are likely to love:
We have added a "Download all" button to the galleries where 1-click download is enabled. If star rating is also enabled, there is now also a "Download all 5-stars" button.
We are also in the process to add the "Download all" button to lightboxes, so a client can also use the lightbox to make a selection (if the lightbox contains images that are downloadable, of course).
How it works
There is no reliable technology that would allow a browser to download multiple files upon a single click. Java-based applets do exist, but they open the door to multiple issues, and you don't want your clients to have issues downloading files.
So we've chose a more robust solution: when your client clicks on a "Download all" button, he is simply asked for his email address - nothing more. The system prepares a zip file, and when it's ready, your clients gets a single download link via email (just like for formal orders, but without the cart checkout flow).
So it's simple - and reliable.
And in effect, even if your clients don't notice it, the download is also converted behind the scenes into an order, which you get notified of, and which you can track in your admin panel.
Let us know what you think!
(The 1-click download facility can be enabled on a gallery basis via the "simple download gallery" preset when creating a new gallery, or via the Client Access settings for existing galleries)
UPDATE: we've added an estimate of size and download time for clarity purposes towards clients.