Thanks @eisense for the reminder about the Phanfare Java export. Man, I'm gonna have to downgrade my version of Java on this Mac, but hopefully that'll work. Here's my idea:
At this point, I believe you should have an archive that retains a date-based album folder structure. If so, then I recommend taking everything Smugmug migrated for you, and putting that in a big folder called: "Phanfare Failed Migration"
And then, again, from a fast connection, I recommend you try uploading a year with not so many galleries. Because according to this:
"Earlier this week we launched a folder uploading feature. From within the Organizer, you’ll have the option to upload folders from your desktop. We’ll automatically recreate the hierarchy as folders or galleries on SmugMug and upload the images inside."
If that works, I'd try dragging the rest of the years.
Everything SmugMug tried to upgrade should still be in the "Failed Migration" folder, but hopefully this saves you from having to manually try and fix the organization.
I'm going to play with this myself and see how it goes.
Doing the Phanfare Java app export now. Folders for each Album do not contain dates, but they do contain a Description.txt file which does have the date, so a bit of scripting could let me rename the folders to include the date, and then those could be uploaded to SmugMug in an orderly fashion. (Phanfare app creates top-level year photos, which is like the old Phanfare Navigator view.)
I recently ran into a thread on a photography forum. It was a post from a few months ago, and I suspect it was Andrew. He was responding to a Photographer about the recently-announced Phanfare migration to SmugMug. It looks like Andrew contacted SmugMug and gave them some input on how to better do the migration shortly after the SmugMug migration was announced. I know SmugMug improved the migration experience based on some initial feedback. It looks like some of that may have been from Andrew.
I mention it just as a "warm fuzzy" -- it looks like Andrew was still trying to help us, his former customers, have a better experience with an unfortunate situation. Thank you, Andrew.
Thats really nice to hear. Andrew was the heart and soul of Phanfare and I often think about what a fabulous place it would have been if he had been able to retain the company.
Here we are around a year later, and I see SmugMug just acquired Flickr.
I thought on one of these threads a year ago that @leftquark gave some encouraging remarks that we would see some new features on SmugMug to make it a better experience for Phanfare users. I haven't seen any big improvements. A month or so ago I had lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in a while. I had gotten her on Phanfare many years ago. She really doesn't like SmugMug and asked me to let her know if I figure out anything better. I think I'm in the same boat. I'm not real happy with SmugMug and really wish it was better. It still takes so much longer to accomplish my basic tasks and then I still don't have anything as good as Phanfare with the auto-email about new albums posted to subsites. The whole thing was brilliant and very useful. Now, family and friends ask me about photos, as they used to get updates and now they don't. I don't have any good news for them.
I think a fundamental problem with SmugMug is its security architecture. It's very difficult for me to have the Phanfare subsite experience without a lot of work. Kind people here have tried to help, and things look promising, and I get thwarted by the security architecture. Unfortunately, that's probably a difficult thing to change.