- This extension requires registration to download.
Users can leave comments, rate photos, flag photos as inappropriate (it will even auto remove a photo after flagged a certain number of times!), set a particular photo as their profile picture, and download photos. The SIMGallery Pro add-on (sold separately) adds the photo tagging, photo grabbing, and user profile photos management features. Your users can add tags on photos just like on Facebook, or grab photos for themselves just like on Friendster. They can even use their webcam to take photos for their profile photos! What's more, all these are done via AJAX, with no need to refresh the page at all!
Another really cool and powerful functionality of SIMGallery is the Permissions feature. It allows the admin and/or user total control over who should be allowed to do what. There are 4 different types of permissions:
1. Everyone (everyone is allowed to perform the task)
2. Friends of Friends (only friends and friends of friends are allowed to perform the task)
3. Only Friends (only first degree friends can perform the task)
4. Only Me (only the photo's owner can perform the task)
1. Album access (the ability to access and view a particular album and its photos. This is set on an album-by-album basis)
2. Commenting (to leave comments on photos)
3. Downloads (to download photos)
4. Tagging (to leave tags on photos)
5. Grabbing (to grab another user's photo and place it in their own album)
Take for example photo downloads. The admin can set a default permission (eg Only Friends), and choose whether to allow users to set their own permissions. If the user is not allowed to set his own permission for downloads, then only his direct friends are allowed to download his photo.
When a user is found to be disallowed to perform a certain task on another user's photos, a message will be displayed, usually in the form of a cool alert box. This does not apply to the Commenting and Tagging tasks. If a user is found to not have permissions to leave a comment or tag a particular photo, they can still do so, but the comment or tag will require approval by the photo's owner before they are published.
One other important part of SIMGallery is its notifications system. The admin can choose to send notifications (via email and/or PM) when a certain task is performed on his photos. Admin can also choose to allow users themselves to configure what kind of emails they wish to receive (just
Unfortunately this plugin DOES NOT integrate with Jomsocial at all.
The developer has told me he is working on it, but until this is done I would not go near it.
Support is unresponsive. I submitted a support ticket Thursday evening, made sure the correct domain is registered with the license, as required, and even provided a login for SimBunch. It is now Saturday evening and I have yet to get a response.
I wouldn't mind so much if they at least showed some willingness to work with me. If they can't fix it, maybe help me find a work-around. But to just leave me hanging is not acceptable. I now have a choice - find my own way to work around this issue or let almost $100 go down the drain. A simple reply could have avoided this review.
We regret the inconvenience caused. However, please note that we are committed to respond to support tickets within 2 working days, as stated on our Support page. Also, do note that as our time zone is +8 GMT, we received your ticket in the middle of Friday, not Thursday. Since we do not work on weekends (everyone has families to attend to), there was nobody to respond to your ticket.
That said, we've had actually cleared all outstanding tickets a few hours ago (on a Sunday, no less). Your ticket should have received a response already.
The cherry on top would be to have the possibility to change the grafic/css in backend of joomla without changing your css-file.
This could be a very promising extension if this developer didn't stop on fixing the bugs. I see a lot of free extensions which developers provided a much better support and thus give you the opportunity to extend the extension by buying some extended versions but this one's not. You must pay for a base and pro version which are not ready to go after installing. You must track the bags and then be sure when everything is Ok to start using it live. One more thing I can't understand is why is this payed extension limited to one site only or 3 sites if payed more, if you must fix bugs by yourself or paying this developer extra for doing it for you.
I strongly recommend to this developer to test the extension on different templates and such, to be aware of bugs and fix them before continuing to sell this buggy extension for $80 + $50!
Unfortunately, it has many issues. I purchased this about 2 months ago and it STILL doesn't work right and there has been 6 updates in that time and it still doesn't work right. The bugs I have reported only very slowly get fixed if even...
The other big issue is installation. It took me an entire evening to do to get it installed because the documentation is seriously lacking and its a pretty complicated procedure to begin with. The only reason I was even able to get it installed was because I stumbled across the solution in a totally unrelated forum.
It is also very expensive (especially when you want all the features so you have to get the "pro" addon) and considering it still doesn't work fully, I'm not overly happy. I think the developer should have waited longer and done more extensive beta testing before releasing this product and charging for it.
As I said, great concept but it still needs work. Check back in a few versions and hopefully it will be perfect. Current version i'm on is 2.2.8
But this gallery have both the "fancy" way of working, and is very user friendly. Some things could be improved, like make it more clear to upload, and the configuration panel is not easy to find. I've been setting up user cases to test this, and they miss that little tool button.
Then, I ran into problems with java script. Nothing worked the first time, (the solution suggested in the documentation does not work for me), I found a solution in the forums, then I upgraded the component and plugin, and the problem was there again. It is not possible to upload pictures, not to browse existing pictures. The forum is new, without the old content. My suggestion is when you are making a good component like this, is to make sure to have all the possibilities to make your customer happy (since this extension cost a bit) I'm not able to find the solution and is therefor stuck.
I give the extension a 4.5 and the support at the moment 3.
I would reccomend this product to everyone looking for a photo system !!!
Weeks later, I realized how vital this extension is to my site and came crawling back to purchase it all over again.
This is such a smooth extension and is so well integrated with Community Builder that no matter how upset you are with prices or support, that once you try it out, you will realize you don't just need it, you require it.
The interface is simple and understandable to the end user. It's powerful, pretty, and clean.
If you are looking for a CB gallery plugin than this is exactly what you need.
On installation I had a few problems but was contacted directly by Mike, the developer within 12 hours who sorted these out. Its rare I do reviews on Joomla.org because I use so many components / modules that are "OK" or just fit the purpose - This component stands out from those and in turn is more that worth the review. 10/10
Version 2 has since come out and seems to have ironed out a lot the issues with version 1. It installed on my site with no issues.
Had some minor functionality problems, Mike replied to all my emails within a day and resolved all issues.
This is a great gallery and is quickly becoming a central part of my site!
Anything necessary to run a community. Anything looks nice and professional.
But: You need ioncube, because the code is encrypted. And who will know, if a company will still exist tomorrow ? And then you can't upgrade etc. because you can't modify the code.
Thanks for the review. The software is actually not encoded, it's just one file that controls some of the global variables (globals.simgallery.php), which in turn controls the license. Many users have actually modified the software successfully to suit their needs.
Also, the full sourcecode will be released if I ever decide to stop selling software, although that is very unlikely for a long, long time.
I would recomend checking out the demonstration on the creators site, I have all functions working on my site.
The gallery component itself it very user friendly with an intuitive interface and the full range of options for the user (with no administration required once installed, just what I wanted!). The modules that come with it allow for displaying the uploaded/rated/commented items in a variety of ways (as well as, of course, the individuals gallery).
I am very glad I have this product on my site :)
SIMGallery has everthing you can expect from a gallery: CB integration, commenting, voting and modules for displaying best rated albums, comments, votes etc. But only in theory.
It requires mootools1.2. Since J1.5 comes with mootools1.1 you have to install mootools and shadoxbox as well. If you are not experienced like me, you have rummage through internet just to find a way for installing this or you have to pay the guy some extras.
When I first installed it, literally nothing worked. Frontend publishing doesn't allow uploading because of mootools issue. If you are not logged in, it takes you to the registration page.
Worst of all, when I send an e-mail to the guy asking for e-mail with a little harsh tone as I was extremely frustrated, he just refunded my money back and called me uncivilized. Even though I apologized, and told him I want to pay if I can get a littler support, he didn't even reply . I have waited at least 2-3 weeks but no response.
If you are on a business, you have to accept customer complaints, you can't just ignore.
I guess we will have to continue waiting for a good gallery. This one is NOT it.
"If you are on a business, you have to accept customer complaints, you can't just ignore."
You are absolutely right. However, there are 2 kinds of complaints: constructive ones, and those that are just plain immature. Your complain was not harsh. It was straight out offending.
As for setting up Mootools 1.2, it's pretty straightforward and my forums provide clear instructions on how to do so.
I have decided not to appeal to remove this comment, in the hopes that when people read this, they will learn to treat one another with courtesy, self-respect, and dignity, even on the internet.
Realy nice job with this component Mike, and looking forward for more components.
The webhosting provider was unavailable for 10 hours due to a Large Ddos attack on the network. This has been rectified now and security measures have been put in place to stop this issue from happening again.
We hope you enjoy this joomla extension.
Until this licensing server tie-in is removed, this product has a lot of risks for production servers. I know this author is fearful his software is going to be compromised but, putting legitimate customers site at risk of not working is a poor business decision. I would look at another solution if this is unacceptable to you.
I will have to start looking for another solution again and that's too bad since this plugin integrates so well with CB and has some good modules. Another upside to this product is the uploader, which is first class! I will also check on refunds.
What led me to figure this out is my customers site started getting the dreaded IE7 Cannot open site XXX errors. When I went into the component in the admin, I thought it was a corrupted key.php error so I deleted the key.php from the server as the instructions on the site says to do.
"Everytime you update your license key, or update your domain/IP, you may have to delete the key.php file to continue. key.php located in /components/com_simgallery/"
This is what I did and not I get the error:
SIMGallery License Error: Unable to communicate with iono (i.e. http://www.ionolicensing.com/). I verified this by digging into the server logs.
As of this writing, the authors server is still offline and so is my customers gallery.
This happened because my host was under ddos attack and was down for 16 hours. This is also the first time and only time such an unfortunate incident happened, and I am currently looking at other hosting options.
Do note that the license checking process is done only once every 10 days, so there is actually little chance of it occurring.
I am disappointed that you hadn't tried to contact me directly, instead of opting to write in a review for a problem that wasn't my fault. In any case, such incidents are pretty rare, and the host has already looked into the matter.