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:
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.
Plugin which can be used to update the display name in quotes and mentions in the Forums application
Why is it needed? The display name of a quoted or mentioned person is captured and stored at the time a post is made, and changes to display names are not reflected in older posts.
Settings allow you to target quotes and/or mentions.
Mentions: optional setting to remove the @ sign from the mention
Setting available to handle how to display the details of a deleted user
What the plugin doesn't do - do not purchase this plugin if any of the following are items you would like the plugin to handle:
update the display name in any quotes which pre-date IPS 4.x, because the member ID of the quoted person was not captured in the quote until IPS 4.x was released. As a result, it is not possible to lookup a member's account due to the lack of this member ID.
it also doesn't keep track, in any way, of a user's display name history. If UserA is quoted, and then changes their name to UserB, and you then delete this user....that original quote will no longer display as 'UserB'...it will revert back to being 'UserA'
it cannot look up the "last known name" of a deleted account. Why? Because the account has been deleted, the content associated with it has had the member ID reset to 0. Therefore it is not possible to look up content for deleted member as no content for that member ID will exist anymore.
it doesn't rebuild content in the database - content is modified at display time.
Note: the plugin may be modified at a later point to extend out to other applications.