For articles shown in blog mode, it can create a link from the first image to the full article for better user navigation.
It can also create a simple photo gallery from any folder by just including one of the images from the folder and give it the description (alt text) "mt_gallery" (or using the new tagging feature).
See the examples and how-to's below for inspiration and instructions!
Please note that when you use BK-Thumb for the first time on a given page, the server has to process all the images which might take quite some time. The same applies when you clear BK-Thumb's cache.
For upgrade install a new version without uninstalling the previous one.
Image grouping for slideshow
Resizing images to user defined size
More watermarking control
Gallery image caption control
Leading images size
Shadowbox support was added.
thickbox no more supported.
prettyPhoto support was added.
Configuration for blogs and articles was separated.
Transparent color support was added.
Support image type of generated images was added.
IPTC Caption support was added.
Slimbox, prettyPhoto and ShadowBox full control was added.
Watermark article category parameter was added.
The developer is easy to get in contact with via his forum and is very professional and knowledgable.
The plugin is constantly being updated with minor fixes and tweaks. I posted on his forum and within 1 day it evolved into a "feature request" and finally an update to the plugin. It now works with FJ related extensions.
"Must have" staff, no doubt. Very thanks for that!
I've tried a bunch of other image plugins for Joomla! 1.5, this is the only plugin that didn't have problems generating thumbnails.
It has some flaws though. In my case, the Web Links and News Feeds components won't work with this plugin enabled. Its not that big a deal for me though, that's why this plugin still deserves 4 stars.
Another important feature is the ability to set the size of thumbnails individually, and to control the setup of a gallery independent of the other image thumbnails in the article.
I started out looking for image extensions that worked with EasyImageCaption because that appeared to be the best way to get everything I needed. EasyImageCaption works great! But, I was having a problem finding an image extension that handled the thumbnailing and galleries the way I needed them handled.
After reviewing all that was available, in desperation, I decided to try BK-Thumb because it was the only extension I could find which met all of my requirements. -- Desperation because I needed the functionality, I couldn't find anything else, and BK-Thumb is a three-day old beta release.
Well, it turns out that BK-Thumb worked perfectly. The documentation is complete, helpful, and accurate. When I had a problem getting it to work, there was a statement in the documentation that said, "If you have a problem, try this first." I tried that solution and it worked!
A couple of comments:
1. It is much easier to get BK-Thumb working than it looks from the documentation.
2. Pay attention to the documentation and the excellent examples will lead you through setting it up.
3. I suggest that you start with the "Standard Pop-up" and once you have it installed and working, switch to the pop-up style you want. The popup libraries are dependent on your individual Joomla installation. In my case, the pop-up I chose was the ONLY one that didn't work without doing something special to make it work. Once I knew BK-Thumb was actually working, it about two minutes to get the pop-up I wanted to work. In fact, the instructions told me how to fix it.
For the first we have to thank Martin Larsen for his excellent Multithumb that is base of BK-Thumb.