For long time i've searched for a simple picture-gallery working out of the box.
All suggestions i've read in the meantime are to complicated, complex or not usable for me. I've found, that many other users have the same problem.
Therefore I wrote my own picture-gallery. It implements a new node-type to show all pictures in an specified directory. Descriptions will be automatically generated from the filenames, so there is no need to administer a seperate databse table, etc.
My gallery works with automated generetated thumbnails so it seems to be fast.
It can use Lightbox2 or colorbox to simply generate lightshows and naturally it makes use of user configurable css-files to style the gallery. Some styles will be delivered with the module, so users don't eb worried about this.
Supported imagefile formats are gif, jpg and png.
Other gallery projects have I've found have an enourmous complexity to copy files on the webspace, to put the description of the pictures in a database and to sort the pictures in the order you want to show it to the visitor.
All what you have to do with himuesgallery is to put the pictures in a directory on webspace, create a new node from type himuesgallery, maybe select some presettings and your visitor will get a wellformated picture-gallery with descriptions, that are automatically generated descriptions under the pictures.
I'll try to compare some differences (O: = other gallerys; H: = himuesgallery)
O: You have to use a filemanger to put files on webspace. With many filemangers this is sometimes difficult and use a lot of time.
H: You can use filemanagers to, but you also can copy your files with your favorite ftp-programm.
O: Some programs upload files to a temporary directory an then copy it anywhere on the webserver. If you want to find it in the webservers filestructure, you have to do a long search.
H: The pictures will allways reside in the directory where you upload it. No matter to search for.
O: After you upload the files to webserver you have to describe the pictures manually and put the descriptions in an database.
H: description will automatically generated from the filenames of the pictures.
O: If you want to change the description, you have to search and change the corresponding database entry.
H: Change a description is simply done by renaming the file.
O: You have to do a "mouse orgy" to sort pictures in the way you want. I know, drag and drop is simple but cost a lot of time.
H: You order the pictures by giving the filename a leading number. E.g.: you name a file "001-This is the first picture.jpg" and "005-This ist the second picture.gif". Picters will then be sorted by the leading number, but the number will not be shown shown in description. In this exapmle the description will be "This is the first picture" for the first and "This ist the second picture" for the second.
O: To add or delete pictures you have to put the fiels on webserver and add a description to the database. Then you have to reorder the pictures if the new one should be betwenn 2 existing pictures.
H: To add a picture you simply copy it to the picture directory on webspace (eg. by using a filemanager or simply by using your ftp-programm). I'v you name your files with leading numbers like described before, it is very simple to insert a new picture betwenn 2 existing. Let's say you have pictures namen "005-File1.jpg", "010-File2.jpg" and "015-File3.jpg". to insert a picture named NewOne.jpg between File1 and File2 simply name it 007-NewOne.jpg" and copy t to the webspace.
O: To delete a picture you have to got to the website, delete the corresponding entry in drupal and maybe you have to delete the picture manually.
H: To delete a picture you simply delete the file from webspace.
O: I've found no gallery where you can highlight parts of the description.
H: In himuesgallery there are tags wich you can use in filename to do some highlighting.
- You have a file namend "001-This is RED text.jpg" you put to tags in filename like "001-This is .red.RED.-red. text.jpg" and the word RED will be shown in red color to the visitor.
- You name a file "this description have .qm.quotation mark.qm. in it.jpg and it will be shown as "this description have "quotation mark" in it".
- You name a file "001-Whats this.qe..jpg". The visitor will see se description "Whats this?"
There are lot of more tags you can use. All will be described in READEME.txt
O: Other gallerys can use tools like Lightbox2 to show pictures.
H: Himuesgallery also can use use Lightbox2 but contrary to other gallerys you need only a few mouse-clicks to change from showing single pictures to showing a slide show.
O: I know, many of the gallerys I've tried can format the output using css-files, but either I'm to stupid to find the css-files or I can only use one css-file for all my gallerys on a site.
H: Himuesgallery also use css-files to format the output. There are yome predefined css-files in the css-subfolder of the module-dir. You can put your own files there and then selsect the one you want to use in a dropdownbox on node-creation.
You can also tell the gallery-node to search for a css-file named himeusgallery.css in the picture-dir. So you can have your own css for any gallery.
O: Often i found no way to put some kind of longer text (introduction, etc.) in top of the gallery.
H: In himuesgallery you simply fill the textfield (body) of the node. You can use HTML or WYSYWIG-editors to create it.