*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 like button for each image
*Google plus one button for each image
*Twitter 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 options)
*Use the module to put a gallery into a module position (with random/ latest/ most viewed options)
*Search engine friendly urls
You can also add your own logo, which saves a lot of time. If you don't like your first logo.
It is also very fast to upload many photos on the backend, so you can easily have 100's of photos display fairly quickly.
Missing features i'd like to see:
-Zoom, magnifying glass
-Amazon bucket support
-Other image borders designs options
-Clear resize cache (be careful about this one or you'll have a server full of duplicate images.)
-Choose resize folder location, no buried in the images folder.
- Captions over images.
- include videos
- thumbs inline option
- easy to use, almost everything is included (read the documentation and the forum! ... we found features we needed, even after one month while we were about to code it)
- stable, fast and looks amazing on every design
- frequent upgrades and fast/friendly/professional support
- the software is extremely flexible if you learn how to set up and use Profiles (important!)
One of the websites took several hours to create, sort and publish a gallery structure with subcategories, now it took about five minutes. This is what made me write this review.
iGallery saves us at least two hours per day. Thank you!
I asked for help on a little hack (iframes within image descriptions). My e-mail request was answered quickly, i received precise instructions and some good advice. --- Thank you - and keep it going please.
Nothing fancy really, I just need the Gallery or album list view with a thumbnail to represent that album/category together with a short description of the image category and maybe the number of pictures in each category, a Category or Album view where there would be thumbnails of all the pictures in a given category/album and finally a detailed view, which hopefully should be customizable so as to offer different options.
The type of display I'm most interested in for the detailed view is a popup window displayed inside the current window, showing my image clear and large, fitted to my browser window dimensions so as to take advantage of all the screen real estate and with a few buttons to move forward and backward between the images and hopefully the possibility to have a slideshow feature within the popup.
Another feature which is somewhat optional but very well appreciated too is the ability to post comments about the categories and/or the images, directly from within the popup view or within the category/album view, using Jcomments or Facebook comments for instance.
Well… I must say that Ignite Gallery does pretty much all of that and in a pretty nice way… but not nice enough for me!
The part I don't like much is the popup view. The main problem comes from the size of images: it is fixed for most views, which means it could appear nice or not depending on what the final user screen resolution and browser window space he is using and that means that I need to struggle and test lots of different options to find something I more or less like. That's not very good to me! I would rather want to know how it will look beforehand than putting a fixed size which would look different from one screen to the next and never be sure of how the final users see the images.
WORSE than that with some image size settings and under some screen resolutions I can't even see the buttons to move from one image to the next! Indeed with some viewer the buttons are below the images and when I scroll my mouse it scrolls what's underneath the image (meaning the page with the thumbnails) but not the image itself, which means I CAN'T ACCESS THE CONTROL BUTTONS!!
It seems much better to me to have part of the image active so that If I click to the right of the image it goes to the next image and if I click to the left it goes to the previous one. This is typically what Slimbox does. But the problem with slimbox is that there is no slideshow support, nor embedded comments in Slimbox popup view and that image size is fixed!
In the end the look and feel I would like to see is the one used by the Sigplus extension, which in terms of popup displays exactly the images as I like to see them, meaning fitted to the window, with all controls nice and clear and always accessible, independent of what resolution my images were in. The problem with that extension is that there is no comment support and above all no category management, which is something I need.
All that to say that in the end I preferred to use Phoca Gallery, which has its limitations too and in particular with regards to the popup view too, but it's also quite close to what I want and it's free…
I'd be ready to pay a (small) fee for the perfect (for me) image gallery but although pretty close, I feel that Ignite is not there yet (again, for me). But anyway I believe it's a quite good extension so keep it up and hopefully one day I'll see that perfect extension I'm dreaming of! ;-)
Don't hesitate to write back, should you want more details on something I said, I'd be more than happy to assist.
Thanks Matt, keep up the good work!
- Great for sites that I build and then pass on to clients, because they are able to maintain and update galleries with ease
- Easy to customize the CSS (which I tend to do a lot of)
- Support is fantastic - Matt almost always responds within a couple days, and is very helpful!
Played with the trial version before buying full.
Was highly impressed, Developer Matt answered pre-sales questions very quickly.
This is a highly flexible system, user friendly.
Great that you can assign categories to a profile
giving you even more possibilities.
The search plugin even works with Rok Ajax search and looks fantastic displaying the images thumbs in the search.
Being able to select which uploader to use is a brilliant feature, allowing me to upload hassle free even with admin folder protected.
Most importantly its easy for clients to use :)
Big thumbs up to developer.
Amazing photo gallery !!!
Idea: I am would love to see a slideshow/ gallery that will allow different images by lanugage, so I can have text directly in my image designs.
FlexBanner does this for banners, but obviously this does not have a gallery menu. Maybe the talented Ignite Developers want to tackle this for a future version?
I use it in several types of galleries, slideshow, and to display different pictures of my creations in different module without difficulties. I've create different profiles which allowed to display the same gallery with differents settings in different place in my site.
The developper is really serious and give a good support in case of trouble.
The component backend is displayed in my langage so it's easy to understand the settings. I've tried many and many and many free galleries and I don't regret to have bought this one ! We can customize it too.
A great job, I hope it will be developped and developped...
lack of styles for the popup, limited only to Lightbox version currently lacking some interesting options as you can see the thumbs in the photo title, description, under the thumbs.
The better the chance to insert a personal picture / icon to represent the category of the album, as well as the automatic features that take the last picture inserted. Unlike PhocaGallery important detail, which does not allow this!
I finally asked Matt, at Ignite Gallery some pre-sales questions - he replied in an hour - I bugged him with that step I did not want and other questions - and VERY important: he offers a TRIAL on his website - so instead of spending the money and have it wrong again, I downloaded the trial - tested it and it was exactly what I needed so I purchase the one year subscription - So worth it.
But even better, I needed a special layout - Matt, for about a week, kept on helping with the code and advices and never seemed upset or tired of me keeping on asking for help. PHENOMENAL support. Keep that in mind. That's so important a good support.
So here you go. The component is more than easy in the backend - like 1 2 3. A lot of options to set up - different detail page layout and all. Extremely easy upload system.
What can I say - I wish we would have that support and such a simple and effective backend component with all the functions you need. PERFECT! Well worth the subscription.
Thank you Matt for your patience and knowledge.
After trying a lot of other options I stumbled upon Ignite Gallery and found it does just what I want.
It was fairly easy to setup however I got caught on the permissions for gallery visibility. After some trial and error I worked it out and looks great.
My only complaint ( and hence no 5 star yet ) is the documentation ( or setup guide ) which could look a lot neater, with clearer descriptions and easier to read. The forum though is full of very helpful threads and once purchased the developer also provides code customisation for those tricky little things that need to be fixed.
Overall I'm very happy and I'll be sure to use this for many of the sites I have in development currently.
First of lets start by giving a hats off to the developer for working on a gallery that has front end management! If you want your front end users (at the lowest level - registered or public) to upload images, this component will do it. Here is the better trick; If you want to control levels of management on the front end, you can do so with ACL management in the back-end! Sweet. So not only do you have front-end up-loaders, but also front end managers with abilities to publish gallery items. Very important if you don't want your client to see or have to explain the maze-wonder of the back-end.(I know its easy for us pro's.. but lets make easy for others huh?)
Courtesy and Honesty:
As with any growing and developing component, you will incur a slight learning curve. Organization here is the key.
#1) Understand how your "Categories" work first, then understand how then
#2) Understand how the "Profiles" work .. thats it. with these down packed you can create a vast combination of gallery styles, looks and functions!
Post images to Facebook status! from site!
Full range of gallery controls and options hidden or unhidden
Auto image resizing (for good servers.. shared hosting may suffer on this feature)
Auto-play image slideshows with or without fading etc... much more
Cons of the extension and its performance are limited to development which we know.. Rome wasn't built in a day. So be patient and support the developer. Some minor bugs here and there depending on your implementation style and use.
Level of support received:
Excellent - responsive, straight to the point, diligent and fast enough for someone in a different timezone. Matt is excellent.. (please let him have his holidays). There is a comprehensive common issues list on site; if that fails there is a members forum with tons of resolved situations.
I used this component as a solution for a client gallery that needed to be managed with watermarking in two different styles. Other than limitations of her shared hosting account which caused loading errors...Its great!
For the future, maybe added lightbox option, perhaps with integrated e-commerce to buy images if needed? I cant wait. Thanks for this great component and support!
The software is intuitive and easily customised to suit many different needs, the support is not only prompt but to the point and, apparently, unfailing in its patience to beginners like me. I think this is a fantastic product and well worth every penny.