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Makoto's Gallery Enhancements 1.2.0

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This plugin contains various tweaks and adjustments I have made to the IP.Gallery application to make it more suitable for my own personal use.

After losing the original code for this plugin and having to reverse engineer the last build I made of it in order to apply a minor bugfix with the latest IPS release, I have decided to go ahead and open source my modifications here to submit as a general suggestion to IPS in regards to changes I'd like to see to the IP.Gallery platform.

What this plugin does

1. Changes the scaling of images in the gallery. I find the default gallery window way too small for most use cases. This plugin, by default, modifies the gallery window to utilize up to 65% of the browser window.

Here is a before and after demonstrating this:

Before Before

After After

16x9 aspect ratios can cleanly fill the entire box with this setup, while other images still are able to be viewed at much more reasonable resolutions.

2. Allows you to disable the gallery lightbox.

The gallery lightbox is neat. It's nice to have in certain areas of the site, like when clicking on a gallery image linked in a forum post.

It is not, however, nice to have literally everywhere you go in the gallery. It does not replace traditional gallery navigation for me, and based on the vast amount of user feedback I've seen, most members I've interacted with do not like this system either.

This is anecdotal, but shares my personal experience.

This plugin will let you disable having the lighbox open when you click on images in category and album overview pages. You will instead be directed to the normal image overview page.

3. (Or more 2.1), disables the gallery lightbox when loading an image link directly.

Why is the lightbox being forced here? It's redundant and not any more user friendly than just looking at the page that's already been loaded. It's just an annoyance. So I've disabled it.

4. View full image actually opens the full image.

This I consider more of a bug. The "view full image" link does not, as its name implies, open the full image. It opens the large, scaled down image in a new tab instead.

This plugin fixes it so that it links to the original image instead.

5. Adds a download button to the lightbox

After bashing the lightbox overuse so much, I decided to wrap up by adding something to it. This includes a simple tweak that adds a "download image" button to the lightbox.

6. Adds two new options to control the number of albums and images displayed

By default, the gallery displays 25 albums and 50 images per page. If you utilize categories that make heavy use of both albums and direct image uploads, you may wish to tweak this like me. Personally, I prefer limiting the gallery to 10 albums per page.

Edited by Makoto

What's New in Version 1.2.0   See changelog


  • Introduces support for IPS 4.6
  • The plugin will now dynamically change the "view full image" link so that it links to the original, full resolution image if the user has the "Can download images" permission enabled.

This is a free plugin, so only limited support will be provided.

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· Edited by ahc

   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

I have been making so many gallery based suggestions for 3 years that have fallen on deaf ears, and this is the best thing that's happened to Gallery since we switched to Invision.  It only takes a few changes to make such a large impact for the better.

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The Old Man

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Thank you Makoto, this little 43KB plugin addresses so many of the frustrating, longstanding issues with IPS Gallery especially with the way that the Lightbox is forced on users in too many and in the wrong places. The difference is like night and day.

The icing on the cake is that you shared this for free. I am using and love the wider 100% images, and the improved navigation as a result of less Lightbox is much more sensible and far less confusing for users. When combined with Show Image Dimensions by Adriano, the 2 plugins make a great combo.

I would award it 6 out of 5 if the option to touch swipe left and right between the 100% images could be done.

Thanks again and nice work!

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