*Full lightbox photo gallery with all of the options that the main gallery has
*Multiple image uploader with resizing before upload, and drag and drop
*Frontend uploading and gallery creation
*Image tagging and search
*A download image button
*Facebook Comments and JComments integration
*Facebook share button for each image
*Google plus one button for each image
*Twitter Button for each image
*Pinterest Button for each image
*Top/bottom/left/right position for thumbs
*Top/bottom/left/right position for image descriptions
*Use the plugin to put one or many galleries into an article (with random/ latest/ most viewed/ highest rated options)
*Use the module to put a gallery into a module position (with random/ latest/ most viewed/ highest rated options)
*Search engine friendly urls
The beauty of the product is it can automatically resize uploaded images into pre-determined sizes. It also allows for easy categorization of images, in my case "art", "craft" and "youth art". These categories can then have their own sub-categories. The multiple upload function also makes it very easy to process many images at once.
The control and flexibility that the user has over the presentation of images, made it ideal for my application. Features such as the 'facebook like" button and the integration with the comments systems, really help to promote the site.
The watermarking feature is also a plus, especially for art / photography based websites.
I tried many other galleries before finding Ignite Gallery. This one was by far the best - worth every cent.
Best feature is the ability to throttle photo uploads for clue-less clients. Can be set to re-size huge photos client-side prior to site upload. Works fast and saves a huge amount of server storage space.
Did have a problem with front-end photo management but didn't pursue to resolution since the client did not require this feature. Seems to be a jQuery conflict.
Cant believe I spent so much time trying to tinker the free components when this just works on install.
Too easy to install, easy to add images, create galleries (categories) and profiles (gallery views).
Easy facebook commenting and like buttons. Easy to add descriptions for images. I found just adding descriptions on images in other galleries a total head explosion.
If you don't want to waste countless hours trying to get your gallery working or having to memorise codes for your articles to display your gallery, just buy this.
All you got to know is what pictures you want to put in your site, everything else with this component is easy. NO NEED TO LEARN CODE! just have to choose from a bunch of options.
The one thing I'd really like to talk about is the support. One feature that I wanted was missing, and it was promptly added. I also asked about a minor change and was promptly told how to do it. All questions, even off-topic ones about Joomla configuration, were quickly answered in detail. Just great.
Adding and categorisation of pictures is extra user friendly witch is hard to archive in gallery component.
Also I needed some support regarding some specific issues that I had and I received help very quickly.
To sum up, well worth the money, it will save you time uploading pictures and it's beautiful right out of box.
Request - tooltips help for the backend so that it's really clear what every parameter does.
I'd thoroughly recommend this module (I experimented with Phoca before but this is SO much easier to get your head around.)