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Gallery 5.0 Goals

Development of Gallery 5.0 is well underway, and while we are not quite ready to reveal the product just yet, we wanted to give our clients an outline of what they can expect to see when the new version becomes available. Gallery 5.0 will build upon changes in the 4.x series, while restoring some of the functionality of the 3.x series, delivering a product you can easily understand and navigate that is both modern and fun to use. The next version of Gallery will not see many new features - instead, we are focusing on the existing functionality to ensure the released product is flexible, intuitive and dependable.


Goals

While our goals for Gallery 5 are simple and focused, don't let this fool you. A lot of changes are being implemented to accomplish these goals, and you will notice many small changes that add up to big differences in how the product is used.

We can outline our high level goals as follows:

  • Redesign the navigation, structure and hierarchy Gallery makes use of.
    Terminology notwithstanding, many users find navigating the current release of Gallery to be confusing, and do not understand the relationship between "global" albums and "member" albums. Many changes in the previous iteration of Gallery were made to ensure the software could scale effectively. We have taken many of the concepts of Gallery 4 and merged them with concepts in Gallery 3 to present an interface we think is easy to understand and navigate, and allows the administrator to control the setup of their Gallery.
  • Give administrators more control over their Gallery.
    We have implemented or reinstated many software options that allow administrators to better control what members can do and where. Administrators will now be able to define what types of albums members can create, whether they can delete those albums or not, which album options members can customize, and much more.
  • SEO and efficiency improvements.
    In virtually every release, we review the search engine optimization and code-level optimization of the software, and this release is no different.
  • Interface updates.
    Much of the interface has undergone a complete overhaul as a part of the navigational restructuring of the software. In addition, some new functionality has been added to make navigating through images quicker and easier, and minor feature improvements or additions will be noticed.

By keeping our goals list short and focused, we can put more emphasis on the high-level things that matter most to our clients.


More Information

More information about each of the goals outlined above and changes made to the software to implement these goals will be forthcoming in future blog entries. The software is still very much under heavy development and we are not ready to show off everything just yet. Nevertheless, we wanted to highlight the higher level goals you can look to in the next release, and give everyone a small update on development.


A Teaser

For now, we will leave you with a teaser - the new index page.



Here you can see the top of the index page. In the right hand sidebar we have a block identifying the latest comments and a block identifying the most popular tags used in Gallery. The top of the content area is filled with a featured images slider (if you have any featured images - if you do not feature any, this block disappears, as expected). You can feature as many images as you like, and up to 20 will be displayed in a javascript slider. The slider will display the image (with some details along the bottom of the image), and will automatically show the next image after a couple seconds, cycling through them (and restarting when the last featured image is displayed).

You will also note that the upload button is available. In fact, it is available on every page throughout Gallery, if you have permission to upload images somewhere.




Further down the index page, you will see the category listing. Global albums have become categories in Gallery 5.0. More information will be available on this in a future blog entry. For now, just know that categories are administrator-defined containers that can be set up to [*]Allow albums to be created in them [*]Allow neither (useful if you create subcategories and don't wish for images to be accepted within the category itself, but rather in a subcategory) Categories allow you to specify cover images, and allow you much of the same control you had with global albums in Gallery 4. You can think of categories in Gallery 5 as global albums, renamed, in part to help alleviate confusion and to clarify the relationship between the two different types of containers Gallery allows. You can see from this screenshot that the hierarchy and navigation of Gallery right from the index page has been restored to a more traditional container listing. Finally, at the bottom of the page you will see the 20 most recent images that you have permission to see, in the same slider that was used to display the featured images at the top of the screen. You can see the hint of arrows on either side of the image, allowing you to manually navigate to the next or previous image in the slider (although, as with the featured images, it automatically cycles through each image).
    [*]Allow direct image uploads










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I think it's too early to say anything really. I am quite fond of the gallery 4 front-page though..whatever. We'll see what happens...two sliders on one page isn't that pretty to me. As long as thumbnails stay...Why is it being called Gallery 5 though? Won't that number go away by the time the community suite thing comes out?

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[quote name='Shigure' timestamp='1340976573']
gallery 4 front-page though.

I disagree, I think G4's index page is awful.

Good to finally see news on this.

Will you be improving the ability for members to easily move their images around?

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[quote name='Shigure' timestamp='1340976573']
I think it's too early to say anything really. I am quite fond of the gallery 4 front-page though..whatever. We'll see what happens...two sliders on one page isn't that pretty to me. As long as thumbnails stay...Why is it being called Gallery 5 though? Won't that number go away by the time the community suite thing comes out?



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This sounds good. Please, please, please, put a tool in the ACP that allows us to see file size usage. All there is now is a top 10 most space used by user, but no way to control it. I have 1.8GB of files in my Gallery because I rather stupidly forget to set some of the file limits on several accounts and it grew over the years. It makes backups a PITA.
Some file management tools built into the gallery to selectively clean this up would be great...

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I have to say, I really like the Gallery 4 front page. On the other hand, an 'Upload' button all over the place will definitely be a big hit for some of the less computer savvy of my members...

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[quote name='Shigure' timestamp='1340976573']
I think it's too early to say anything really. I am quite fond of the gallery 4 front-page though..whatever. We'll see what happens...two sliders on one page isn't that pretty to me.


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[quote name='smb' timestamp='1340988211']
I have to say, I really like the Gallery 4 front page. On the other hand, an 'Upload' button all over the place will definitely be a big hit for some of the less computer savvy of my members...

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Ew.. 2 sliders on one page, no thanks. And that hardly looks like a gallery, more like a forum. Not meaning to sound harsh here, but you guys need to go back to the drawing board in terms of layout and design. You should be striving for something similar to http://wedge.org/do/media/ . Simple, clean, organized, and it actually looks like a gallery.

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Ok, thanks for the teaser...

I would like to see administrators be provided with precise control over image uploads: I want to be able to set limits for file size (in kb) and image size (in pixels - height, width, both, longest edge... just like Adobe Lightroom does it) in combination or independently of each other. Not just maximums but also minimums and fixed values. This is really important when you run an image-centric site and consistency and quality are your bywords. I also want full control over quotas (max number of images per group, user, album, category, etc.).

I would also like to see more options for controlling the number and size of images that are created automatically from the original upload... I should be able to specify (e.g.) 5 different sizes and the dimensions (in pixels) and quality settings for each... and have them used dynamically according to device screen size.

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Would it be possible someday to send a picture taken from a mobile phone directy to ones galleries? That would be a great feature. A lot of my members has stopped using the gallery because its easier to share photos trough facebook and Google plus...

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Didn't read all the comments so sorry if i duplicate

1- I like the first image of the preview. what i would like is to have the text of the image at the bottom to show for 2 to 5 seconds than collapse at the bottom. user could display it again by moving the mouse on the lower edge

Here some inpiration..
http://www.flashxml.net/banner-rotator.html


2- second image preview

I would like to have the concept of Image catalog for post ( those are expose images to all users to be used when writing a post). If a user want to insert an image he could select one that was already pre-upload instead of uploading a new one.

This will help avoid duplication

My community turn around software instructions / tips&tricks and many time we have to give a screen shoot of the button that need to be push ( kind of a mini guide/tutorial). that image catalog for post could be organized by group and sub-groups... So if i want to tell some one how to create a line, i can brow the create group and pick the line icon from the Image catalog.

One other way of seeing this, when we click image next to My Media we should see a catalog of image users can choose to insert in their post ans not only their own image


3- Third preview this is nice, but i would like to make sure we keep the crumb-trail at the top of each image to ease the navigation. This help user know where they are locate in the image population.


How about a thumbnail tile display to see multiple miniature at once instead of just one image at the time

http://www.flashxml.net/3d-wall.html the full screen mode is very interesting

http://www.flashxml.net/customizable-grid-gallery.html this one i also very nice

List of other galleries
http://www.flashxml.net/flash-galleries/


Following Dmacleo comment if user can upfront say i wanted to see only image or only video or both..also in the future add PDF,PPT,word viewer so we do not have to download the document...

SMB proposal i second this one

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You can tell this was made by people who have spent too long designing forum software :P j/k

But seriously, I agree that the index page design isn't very gallery like and two sliders sucks.

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PLEASE -- CONSIDER THIS

Add individual photo albums for users to manage via their profile. These photos will only be viewable through their profile, and the user can control who can view them. They can also be commented on. Much like the vBulletin version. This is the ONLY thing keeping me from purchasing a full licence (I'm on a hosted community right now, and won't be for much longer)

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I've got to agree about the new layout....it's too forum looking. Building off and improving the Version 4 Gallery would be much better...right now, it's
good...I can see my global albums and what albums have been updated. My members like the initial layout of 4 quite well....it just lacks features and improved
functionality more than anything else.

Now it looks like upgrading will be downgrading.



Top Level Global

gallery-x.jpg

Sub Albums
gallery-y.jpg

Sub Albums
gallery-z.jpg

Album
gallery-zz.jpg

Image
gallery-image.jpg

So, as you can see....if the albums are set up correctly, navigation is simple and easy in Version 4...Navigation is NOT the problem!

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The problem really is that everyone wants something different. I think the best route is to just try and give the admins the choice of how to sort and organize wherever reasonable and possible.

Personally, I just want a gallery centered around a tagging or Danbooru like system, as I've said before.

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