Even while simple to use, sigplus offers an impressive set of features. Images suitable for gallery preview are automatically generated with cropping and/or centering, and clicking on a preview image brings up a pop-up window overlay (so-called lightbox) showing the original full-size image without navigating away from the current page. Images in a gallery can be displayed in fixed or flow layout, they can be shown on a slider or carousel/rotator, or an image can blend into another using a fancy transition effect. Appearance and behavior are highly configurable including image margin, border, padding, slider/rotator orientation (horizontal or vertical), animation speed, slideshow delay, image sort order, etc.
Despite its versatility, sigplus is completely free. It is a full-fledged product with all features included, there is no need to buy a commercial professional version with extra features or purchase club membership that grants you additional privileges.
Translations included: English, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew*, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak and Spanish* (asterisk indicates front-end only). Joomla 1.5 users should install plg_sigplus-1.3.x (and optionally mod_sigplus-1.3.x), users of Joomla 2.5 and later should use the package installer pkg_sigplus-1.4.x (click "Download" for the latest version released in the series to date for maximum compatibility).
Clicking the "Download" button will take you to the JoomlaCode "Browse releases" page where you can obtain all sigplus releases. Basically, there is a version for Joomla 1.5 (sigplus 1.3.x) and a version for all other major Joomla releases. In particular, sigplus 1.4.x (in the package "Joomla16-Joomla25") is what you are after, which covers all Joomla versions 1.6 and up (including 2.5).
We have found that it can sometimes display incorrectly on iPads, despite showing up fine in the Safari browser when accessed from macs/laptops. Curious to know if the developers are aware, or if this something that is a freak issue for us.
Again though, incredible app.
Only snag I ran into was with thumbs folder and cache. Re-read the docs, adjusted permissions and was good to go.
Very well done!
As I set it up for the first time I found a couple things lacking. I checked into the documentation, which is extensive and easy to understand, and found that additional "advanced" parameters are available and can be easily added to the placement code used in your articles.
I'm very please with the ability to fine tune just about everything including function and visual look. The documentation is about the best I've found. Hard to believe it's free.