It's a feature rich system that can really be configured to your needs. It's possible to achieve even greater customization through modification of the language file and php views if you're prepared to delve deeper into the system.
An added bonus would be the ability to export buyers' addresses for direct import into the Australia Post "click and send" online parcel service. Perhaps this will be a feature in the future.
Overall, Hikashop is an excellent system worth 5 stars. Top notch support too.
The beauty of the product is it can automatically resize uploaded images into pre-determined sizes. It also allows for easy categorization of images, in my case "art", "craft" and "youth art". These categories can then have their own sub-categories. The multiple upload function also makes it very easy to process many images at once.
The control and flexibility that the user has over the presentation of images, made it ideal for my application. Features such as the 'facebook like" button and the integration with the comments systems, really help to promote the site.
The watermarking feature is also a plus, especially for art / photography based websites.
I tried many other galleries before finding Ignite Gallery. This one was by far the best - worth every cent.