*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
I tried installing joomgallery and fumbled with it for more than an hour then gave up and found this one. It is elegant, it is easy to configure, it is easy for a non technical person to use, it is greatly customizable, it is perfect. joomgallery is free..yes. but wasting over an hour of my time and frustration was WELL worth the $10 it cost for this. Trust me. I am a long time Joomla user and I have never been as impressed with a component as I have been with this one. Customer support by the developer is INCREDIBLE. That almost beats functionality in my book and he delivers. He actually delivers more than he should.. Cheers to Matt. His support was helpful, prompt, and accurate. What more could you ask for??
What it does is: display images with a JS navigator beneath. It doesn't really do anything else but if this meets your needs then I highly recommend this extension.
Here are some things it doesn't do: it is fairly difficult to manage large images. I've given up and now use it to display albums of small images. You must edit titles one by one. Yuck if you have lots of images. Also, you must re-order with Joomla's administrator back-end. There is no JS drag-and-drop re-ordering here, so you really have to work hard to upload images in approximately the order you want them to appear in your album. Most important for me, there is no support for ACL. If you allow public access to your menu page, then all albums and all photos are available for public display. I have asked and there is no plan to support ACL at all, let alone on a per-image basis.
At this moment, I plan to keep Ignite and install a 2nd album manager to handle albums with large images for members only. I wish that Ignite solved the full problem but not yet.
There are a couple of places where additional functionalty could be implemented. For example, being able to include more than 1 gallery in a single article and, having the ability to propagate the same snippet of picture description across multiple pictures at a single go. But, I'm sure that the author is aware of the areas that would make this extension even better than it already is.
However, what really impressed me was that I had a problem with a program error and the author got back to me promptly with the solution. This shows where the small outfit can really beat the billion dollar multinationals hands down.
Firstly i would like to say that your work on this component is amazing. Simply to use, nice and quick.
But i have just 1 suggestion. In my case i will not use this component because of this problem for me. I think it would be great if you add the possibility to choose more than 1 photo to upload. I know it would be hard because there is a description for every photo, but we would be able to write this one after uploading a lot of photo.
Really nice work by the way
I can see this gallery will improve many joomla websites quick and easy. Looks like Bulk upload will work in the future, not sure if upload directly from site pictures is possible just yet.
By the way... it took me about as long to register here so I could post this review as it took for me to load and test the extension.
After I installed I found one glitch where if I used the plugin on the front page and had a main menu pick to my set of galleries (a total of 4) I would get a funky fatal error when clicking on the menu.
I checked the support forums for Ignite and didn't see this error so I posted my problem. In less than 4 hours I had a response from Matt. His response was clear and direct. I knew exactly what to do. I followed his instructions and the problem is resolved.
I don't recall ever getting that kind of support response anywhere.
I can highly recommend this extension for anyone needing a quick, easy, functional, good looking gallery.
You can change the colours of the background, border and nav buttons to make sure it integrates perfectly into your site.
I've played around with lots of more sophisticated gallery extensions, most of which rely on mootools. Depending on the template your using and the browser you view the gallery through, many of these fall short when it comes to stability. This is not the case with Ignite Gallery! It is as stable as you could possibly wish for, and the description adding function allows you to further customise your picture display.
I am also really impressed with the fact that you can create multiple galleries and then use the very simple plugin function to place your chosen gallery into any section, category or article.
If you're looking for style and function without compromise, then Ignite Gallery is the gallery component for you!
Request: Would be good if the ablums/pictures could be managed from the front end. So that users can edit/upload/remove pictures and albums while having a registered status. Sorta like expose does with its manager application.
Other than that... Excellent product.
Easy to install and use otherwise! : )
You can resize the gallery, I am working on a more intuitive way to do it. It seems this user has not looked at the tips or forum or contacted me, before drawing such final conclusions about the component.
The only downside is that photos need to be uploaded one at a time in the current version, but the author is working on fixing that. There is also a limit of 30 photos per gallery in this version, also being upgraded in future versions.
Otherwise its a fantastic gallery component, highly recommended.
Very well documented with easy to follow instructions.
Very good work, well done :-)