*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
I looked into a lot of options and trialed 4 before I picked Ignite Gallery.
It was easy to install and worked right out of the box. It has a great balance of being configurable but not over-complicated.
A feature that was important to me was the ability for users to create categories (multiple), and upload pictures in a user friendly way. Ignite Gallery handles this better than any component I have tried - the latest release allows multiple upload from the front end.
Photo galleries are all about visuals and it wins here too. Galleries look clean and professional however you set them up. You do not need to do a lot of work to get them looking right - all the options look good. Your images are always the focus, with a minimum of clutter from the component itself.
Simple configuration changes, along with the module and plugin components give you a ton of flexibility to use the gallery in different contexts. For example, turning off the main image then embedding a gallery in an article to give related image thumbnails at the bottom of your text. Or by turning off the thumbnails and controls, and setting the slideshow to auto-start you can use the gallery in a similar way to something like Rok Slideshow - with changing images that link to your articles.
Last but not least, support seems to be excellent. I am trying the latest beta release on my test server. The download was clearly marked to say that bugs would very likely exist in the beta release. Sure enough I found a couple - fairly minor it has to be said - and reported them via the forums. Both were fixed by next morning, my time.
I would very much recommend this component - certainly I had a preference for none-commercial, but this one is well worth $40.
I made the right decision. Ignite Gallery works perfectly. Customer support was able to answer a few of my questions--on a weekend! Had almost 150 pictures in several galleries up and running in a day! It just works! Nice job!
But i needed a slideshow and scrollers, and found this. And i must say i am so pleased, i can use this gallery in so many different ways. It is very scalable and not to mention easy to use. It looks amazing. It is also very scalable so it does not have to look the same on all joomla sites, - which i find great :-)
Also want to mention that in this version of the gallery the thumbs need to be a given width and height. I want the thumbs to be scaled according to the width of the thumb and not to a given height.
I posted a note regarding this in their forum, and they came back to me and told that there is a new version to be released within 14 days which will have this functionallity.
So when this functionallity is present this gallery definitely has it all! Really, it has it all and looks fantastic.
So thanks guys for this great gallery, - keep up the amazing job you are doing:-)
The Joomla! integration is near flawless, its simplicity to use is great, and features & options are many.
Support is fantastic! Simple as an answer to a question or as complex as supplying code modifications to perform something site-specific. They support their clients!
It may cost to have a subscription for support but support means more at Ignite than just providing some canned response!
Not having to pay for extensions is great and works most of the time, but sometimes "free" just doesn't cut it. Definitely worth the $25.
Please note, since the 5th of June 2009 the extension has been $40 (US), with 6 months of support included, and no limit on how many sites it can be used on.
You have solved heaps of my problems and your support was great.
The only thing I can suggest is being able to change the time of the transition dissolve...easily (a little quick I think)
Matt is Great seller.He told me the problem once I asked . Then he gave me full refunded !!!
Best seller ...
Hope to use your service next time..
Thanks for all..
* Easy, intuitive front end
* Front end created member galleries
I've been converting my community site to Joomla and have searched hard for a gallery component that would meet all my needs. I've installed all the free components I could find, but nothing came close to the feature set, and frankly, nothing really *looked* good. It made no sense to convert my site to Joomla if the galleries looked worse than before!
Then I purchased Ignite. So far it's a dream. I've been working with the back end, bit by bit. So far the front end is intuitive and attractive.
I love this product. Thanks.
More than that though, the support and advice I received from the developer (Matt) was first rate. He responded quickly, honestly and helpfully to solve the questions I had.
When I asked the final question about whether it could do what I now wanted, he didn't try to fob me off or make up some holding rubbish. He explained why it wouldn't do what I wanted plain and simple without trying to get me to hang on for the next version.
He's told me what he is planning for the next version, and when it comes to pass I may well find myself back using Ignite. In the meantime the hunt is on for the ideal gallery component for my needs. Either that or my needs need to change!
This comes as as component and plugin, so lots of flexibility there. There is a front end editor for the non technical user which is fantastic.
This is the only component I have ever brought, and it was well worth it.
There is a sliding bar of thumbnails underneath the original picture. All these thumbnails are square, no matter the aspect ratio of the original picture. No artist would want to see a stretched thumbnail, is my guess... well more than a guess: my customer did not like it very much.So my dollars went down the drain.
The developer was not sensitive to my criticism: "my gallery has square thumbs" was the final remark.
Well, I do not think the thumbs should be part of the artistic lay-out of a page. Thumbs are function, not form. Changing the aspect ratio is unforgivable from an designers standpoint.
Also I had quite some diffculty in figuring out how to set things up. Doc is limited.
The gallery is very nice, if you have no problem with the afore mentioned issues, however.
If you want to change the width and height of the thumbs, you simply enter the thumb width and thumb height in the gallery options.
The gallery does not stretch any pictures, it does crop the thumbnails a little bit if the original picture has a different ratio to the thumb width and thumb height.
I can not find any of my sent emails that say "my gallery has square thumbs", and I think this review says a lot more about the users ability to change the most basic settings, rather than the features of the gallery.
what i really liked was the zip upload for images which saved me a lot of time. in the past i had to use galleries getting images from folders (which i upload by ftp) when i had lots of images and then i couldn't assign a description to those images (only using text files which is not very user friendly for website managers and end-users). Ignite Gallery takes care of this with the zip upload.
It's really simple but at the same time extremely customizable and it can easily be adapted to any project you need. your gallery no longer needs to be flash to look good, plus i've used it in a multilingual site and translated all photos and categories using joomfish contentelements.
I am definitely using Ignite Gallery again.