Features include, but are not limited to:
- Three image sizes: Thumbnails - Detail images - Original images (thumbnails and detail images are created automatically out of the original images)
- Manifold possibilities in the detail view: Voting, commenting, BBCode for external linking, "Send to a friend" feature, adding nametags ("That’s me!" and also adding nametags for other users), Slideshow with several transition effects, mini thumbnails of category in a motion gallery
- Configurable watermark
- Exif and IPTC image data support
- Access rights for categories according to Joomla's user groups
- Fully implemented ACL of Joomla! 2.5.x
- User-created uploads and categories
- Password-protected categories
- Time span for upload limit in frontend
- Favourites: Users may store and download their favourite images (in a zip archive)
- Option to download single images
- Counting image downloads
- Cooliris support
- Google Maps support (GeoTagging)
- Search function in gallery
- Configurable view of toplists (top rated, last added, last commented, most viewed)
- Possibility to exclude images from toplists and the search
- Several upload possibilities from backend and frontend: Single upload, Batch upload (Zip), Drag'n'Drop-Upload with progress bar, Java upload, FTP upload (last one only in backend)
- Image processing using GD, GD2 or ImageMagick
- Afterwards resizing of detail images and thumbnails
- Square thumbnails possible
- Possibility of using content plugins in image and category descriptions
- Possibility to explicitly reject images and to send message about rejection reason
- Expand Joomla-Breadcrumbs
- Unlimited nested categories possible
- CSS-based layout (table-free, wherever possible)
- MVC structured code, template overrides possible for every view
- Module positions inside the gallery
- Several plugin events triggered by JoomGallery on certain events in order to interact with third-party extensions
- An interface class (API) gives other extensions (Plugins, Modules, ...) the possibility to integrate JoomGallery content
- Huge third-party support: There are JoomGallery extensions available for many third-party extensions: Community Builder, Community Builder Enhanced, JomSocial, Kunena, AlphaUserPoints, JComments, JomComment, XMap, sh404SEF, Artio JoomSEF, SEFAdvanced, JoomFish, reCaptcha.
- Plugins for displaying or linking images in content articles or for automatically creating user categories
- Update-Checker and
JoomGallery is one of the easiest I've found to use for a basic gallery. I haven't had the need yet to get into all of the features, but for a simple gallery it has worked as advertised.
One missing feature is the lack of a menu-link for individual categories. The solution of creating an external link to a specific page won't work either - something about having to log on to view a public page (?).
Hopefully the developer will get around to adding the Category Link in order to make this extension more adaptable to general website needs.
Regarding the reported permissions problems, I have often found with Joomla that problems are usually not so much with the component as it was written and intended, but more often with the way someone is trying to use it - a way the developer may not have yet considered.
Let's just say that this one works out of the box for basic requirements, and that future development will hopefully take it closer to becoming 100% stable.
I'm no newbie. I've been dealing with the ups and downs of Joomla and its various extensions for well over a year. I know my way around unix servers, FTP, permissions, and all that.
I installed this extension, and it immediately reports that I have permission problems in directories that it must access. Never before have I had to manually set directories to 766, but for whatever reason, Joomgallery wants this. Strike one.
So, I go an set all the directories thusly, and I get green OKs from the configuration. Then I try uploading with Java. No go. Long error message that is also reported to no avail on the JoomGallery forum, but the developer has no idea what's causing it. Strike two.
Then I try to upload a single image. More errors. File uploads, but does not populate into the the thumbnail and detail directories. And worse, the images that used to appear in the slide show disappear. Strike three!
Finally,the back-end UI is clunky and awkward with a bazillion options that would confuse a shuttle astronaut, never mind my clients.
The extension seems hopelessly broken and I'm afraid I'm going to have to look for another solution.
You can enable and disable HEAPS of options to craft this gallery category exactly as you want it. Very nice. Don't be scared to give it a try. The back-end is pretty easy to understand and there are heaps of options for uploading (single, bulk, ftp... etc).
I was looking for something fairly simple, at first I thought this would be too complex -but I am very happy with it and recommend it to anyone.
Only thing I have yet to do is figure a way to have a menu link that will open just a single category instead of going to the categories view list (as I only use one category) -worked something out using a "External Link" to the page. Perhaps this could be added later.
Unfortunately, some of the configuration parameters simply do not work for existing categories, for example, disabling hit counts. There is no way to disable voting or control the display dimensions of images in detail view (or thumbnails for that matter).
I am a professional photographer looking for a simple gallery component with SEF links and photos with title, description and keywords that will be mirrored in the HTML meta tags. JoomGallery does not foot the bill, but should work well for most users..
still waiting for Cooliris-enabled search results and frontend java uploading capabilities!
You can find the fix which is provided ny joomla here
other then that, its been great
The main problem is there seems to be no documentation at all and no replies in their forum (except from other users).
Might be good for you if you have the time and patience to figure it out. I don't. There are fully-documented alternatives out there.
Good job! I look forward to seeing future releases!