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sigplus
I tried so many plugins/components to be able to display images the way I like with Joomla and yet I was unable to find THE one that behaves exactly like I would like too!
I guess I would have to write it myself then :p haha

In terms of what it does, for me Sigplus is the THE BEST plugin for joomla and I have tried quite a few, believe me!!

The problem is that there is no category management and that is something I really need for the application I'm working on.

So if someone could write a component that handles image categories and can display a page with all categories as joomgallery does but then offers a detailed view such as the one of Sigplus, it would make me a very happy man! :-)
Of course the ability to comment images and/or galleries would be even better!!!!

Keep up the very good work!!
Phoca Gallery
Hi! I have been looking all over the place to find a good Image gallery extension in Joomla that allows to me displays many different albums in a nice and friendly way.

Nothing fancy really, I just need the Gallery or album list view with a thumbnail to represent that album/category together with a short description of the image category and maybe the number of pictures in each category, a Category or Album view where there would be thumbnails of all the pictures in a given category/album and finally a detailed view, which hopefully should be customizable so as to offer different options.

The type of display I'm most interested in for the detailed view is a popup window displayed inside the current window, showing my image clear and large, fitted to my browser window dimensions so as to take advantage of all the screen real estate and with a few buttons to move forward and backward between the images and hopefully the possibility to have a slideshow feature within the popup.
Another feature which is somewhat optional but very well appreciated too is the ability to post comments about the categories and/or the images, directly from within the popup view or within the category/album view, using Jcomments or Facebook comments for instance.

Well… I must say that Phoca Gallery does pretty much all of that and in a pretty nice way… but not nice enough for me!
The part I don't like much is the popup view. The main problem comes from the size of images: it is fixed for most views, which means it could appear nice or not depending on what the final user screen resolution and browser window space he is using and that means that I need to struggle and test lots of different options to find something I more or less like. That's not very good to me! I would rather want to know how it will look beforehand than putting a fixed size which would look different from one screen to the next and never be sure of how the final users see the images.
The display style that most fits my needs in Phoca Gallery currently is the Slimbox but the problem with slimbox is that there is no slideshow support, nor embedded comments in Slimbox popup view and that image size is fixed! So it appears too big at some screen resolutions, too small at others and just as I like only for some specific screen resolution and window space..

In the end the look and feel I would like to see is the one used by the Sigplus extension, which in terms of popup displays exactly the images as I like to see them, meaning fitted to the window, with all controls nice and clear and always accessible, independent of what resolution my images were in. The problem with that extension is that there is no comment support and above all no category management, which is something I need.

I've had several times what appears to be a bug when I upload photos to a new category. Everything seems to go smooth but when it's done and I go check the album all images and thumbnails appear blank! Then If in the administration of Phoca Gallery I try to display the images it goes into recreating thumbnails automatically, which in turns fixes the problem. Not really sure what happens but as long as it works rather quickly afterward it's not a huge deal but still ackward..

I also encountered some failures while uploading some photos with the Java upload tool. Sometimes it would upload, say, 10 pictures out of 30 and give out an error message.
I then need to refresh to see that there were some photos uploaded. I have no clues what happened!!

The flash upload doesn't work for me with Flash version 10. I read somewhere that only Flash version 9 is supported… that's really a pity but as long as the java upload works more or less I'm still happy.

Finally in the multiple add view I would like to see an indication of what folder we're in because if we missclick the folder name where we want to upload the photos then we would not know it.

I've read somewhere that if I don't create a folder, putting the images in a new category would create the folder for me or something like that… Well that would actually be nice but I didn't really see that happen.
It would be good if Phoca Gallery could automatically create one folder for each category I create and let me assign the images to the category without the need for me to go and create a specific folder each time and choose it to upload my photos. I think this is very easy to develop and would greatly simplify the process of uploading photos!!

About the thumbnails to display the image representing a gallery, I sometimes had an image which had non standard 4:3 or 3:4 dimensions and the thumbnail image would come out the little square that is supposed to surround that thumbnail image. That happens when I use images that are wery wide and not tall for instance. Looks weird.

Also a simple request, I would like to be able to show the category description text in the Gallery/album list view instead of the category/album view. The option to do either one would be great but for me I most need to know the description before I enter a specific gallery!


Hence, although Phoca Gallery is pretty close from making me really happy, I feel that it is not there yet (for me).

Anyway for the price let's be clear it is a great extension and hopefully one day it'll be able to do all the nice things I'm dreaming of! ;-)

Don't hesitate to write back, should you want more details on something I said, I'd be more than happy to assist.
Owner's reply

Hi, thank you for your review, the best way to talk about the requests is the Phoca forum.

Thank you, Jan

Ignite Gallery
Hi! I have been looking all over the place to find a good Image gallery extension in Joomla that allows to me displays many different albums in a nice and friendly way.

Nothing fancy really, I just need the Gallery or album list view with a thumbnail to represent that album/category together with a short description of the image category and maybe the number of pictures in each category, a Category or Album view where there would be thumbnails of all the pictures in a given category/album and finally a detailed view, which hopefully should be customizable so as to offer different options.

The type of display I'm most interested in for the detailed view is a popup window displayed inside the current window, showing my image clear and large, fitted to my browser window dimensions so as to take advantage of all the screen real estate and with a few buttons to move forward and backward between the images and hopefully the possibility to have a slideshow feature within the popup.
Another feature which is somewhat optional but very well appreciated too is the ability to post comments about the categories and/or the images, directly from within the popup view or within the category/album view, using Jcomments or Facebook comments for instance.

Well… I must say that Ignite Gallery does pretty much all of that and in a pretty nice way… but not nice enough for me!
The part I don't like much is the popup view. The main problem comes from the size of images: it is fixed for most views, which means it could appear nice or not depending on what the final user screen resolution and browser window space he is using and that means that I need to struggle and test lots of different options to find something I more or less like. That's not very good to me! I would rather want to know how it will look beforehand than putting a fixed size which would look different from one screen to the next and never be sure of how the final users see the images.

WORSE than that with some image size settings and under some screen resolutions I can't even see the buttons to move from one image to the next! Indeed with some viewer the buttons are below the images and when I scroll my mouse it scrolls what's underneath the image (meaning the page with the thumbnails) but not the image itself, which means I CAN'T ACCESS THE CONTROL BUTTONS!!
It seems much better to me to have part of the image active so that If I click to the right of the image it goes to the next image and if I click to the left it goes to the previous one. This is typically what Slimbox does. But the problem with slimbox is that there is no slideshow support, nor embedded comments in Slimbox popup view and that image size is fixed!

In the end the look and feel I would like to see is the one used by the Sigplus extension, which in terms of popup displays exactly the images as I like to see them, meaning fitted to the window, with all controls nice and clear and always accessible, independent of what resolution my images were in. The problem with that extension is that there is no comment support and above all no category management, which is something I need.

All that to say that in the end I preferred to use Phoca Gallery, which has its limitations too and in particular with regards to the popup view too, but it's also quite close to what I want and it's free…

I'd be ready to pay a (small) fee for the perfect (for me) image gallery but although pretty close, I feel that Ignite is not there yet (again, for me). But anyway I believe it's a quite good extension so keep it up and hopefully one day I'll see that perfect extension I'm dreaming of! ;-)

Don't hesitate to write back, should you want more details on something I said, I'd be more than happy to assist.
byguiju, June 14, 2011
pPGallery
I tried so many plugins/components to be able to display images the way I like with Joomla and yet I was unable to find THE one that behaves exactly like I would like too.
I guess I would have to write it myself then :p haha
nonetheless this plugin works very well and is easy to use and looks nice.
I would prefer to see the images bigger though (but not as big as in magnified view) so that they can take up all browser window space when enlarged in the popup view.
Would be nice to have this as an option. Sigplus does that and I love it.

The problem with those 2 plugins is that there is no category management and what I really want is a component that handles image categories and can display a page with all categories, ala joomgallery, except that joomgallery doesn't display images in a way I like..
byguiju, June 14, 2011
Photoblog Gallery Component
not sure if this is still supported as last comments / update is pretty old now (2 years old).
I liked the demo but couldn't get it to work and there is no documentation out there to help me...
too bad, it seemed to work beautifully on the demo page!
Owner's reply

Hi guije,

Thank you for your interest in the Photoblog extension. Indeed there was no development for a long time and I had to shutdown the documentation wiki because of vandalism.

If you are still interested in such a component, maybe you will have a look at my new Gallery component for Joomla 2.5. The new component is developed from scratch and a lot easier to use then the Photoblog. It is also completely file-based and thus fast to setup. However, the design is nearly the same, so maybe you would like it.

Best regards,
Marco

byguiju, June 14, 2011
FW Gallery
I have been looking for a good image gallery extension for Joomla for quite a while and didn't find yet one that does exactly what I need and I actually don't need much! But most display images in a way I don't like much.

Now "giving away" a component like this one and selling the batch upload as an option is a really nasty trick if you ask me...
I need to upload hundreds of photos and of course I won't do it one by one, even for a trial (because I had to upload, erase and upload again so many times with different extensions I tried).

If at least I could try the component with batch upload before buying maybe it would seduce me, since the price is not really the issue here. It's more about pretending to offer something for free but make it unusable (for me at least) and most of all to not be able to test the full fledged app before buying. I would rather have people limit the number of images, say 50 images in the free version WITH batch upload and force me to pay shoud I need to upload more images (and I need many more!) rather than buying without knowing exactly if what I'll get is what I need...

And having to buy every other option for the gallery as a separate buy is a real turn off for me too. Please think twice about your pricing policy if you want more customers..
Owner's reply

Dear guiju,

Thank you for your review.
FW Gallery is a free component and there is no pro or commercial version of it. Moreover we do not charge our customers for support that is provided for a free extension.
We do not claim anywhere the batch upload feature as the feature that is included in the component or goes free with it.
Besides, we offer our customers the opportunity to choose any of commercial FW Gallery add-ons and get it for free. We are sorry that you haven't noticed this offer.

byguiju, June 14, 2011
JCE
I just installed JCE and was looking everywhere my articles appeared blank when I was trying to edit them.

Ok, I might still be pretty new to Joomla but I never had to switch editors before and I am not the only one who experienced that:
http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?p=2337018

So it would be nice if you could include that "tip" in the installation part of package installation at http://www.joomlacontenteditor.net/support/installation/editor

I just saw now that it is mentioned a the end but since I chose to perform a package install and not a manual one, I saw no obvious reasons to scroll all the way down....
That's a quick fix but that would help more than a few, that's my guess!

Apart from the editor seems to be working just fine!
JoomGallery
Hi!

I must say that I do not share all the enthusiasm of most people about joomgallery.
But good things first: What I like about joomgallery is the way it handles image gallery from start to finish, with categories (nested if needed), thumbnails up to the enlarged view, with comment support and most of all it allows editors that don't understand much about computers to upload new albums easily. That's nice

But for me it has several serious drawbacks that made me decide not to use it, although I'm sure they're a quick fix for the developers:
- It's overly complicated: there are probably more than a 100 parameters we can change to customize it. Don't get me wrong, I like customization and it's nice to be able to change the look and feel, but for me that's way too many parameters and it gets very confusing. But well, this is not why I wouldn't use it.
- I don't understand why there are so many views to see the photos: for each category there are 3: Thumbnails, detail (too small to my taste) and then another one which can be the original or use different display modes like popups. It means that by default to see each photo the way I want to see them (meaning full screen or almost) I have to click twice and go through these 3 steps... not a good user interface to me. I much prefer something like current facebook presentation: Thumbnails / click / enlarged view. That's enough and works well. I know the detail view can be eliminated but I don't see the point of it, except to add comments.... which leads me to my next point
- comments are great but they only work with the detailed view of images, which I prefer not to use… It would be great to be able to comment in the same way it is done on facebook, meaning while seeing the enlarged image in a popup fashion (however you want to call that view). I'm not a facebook fan and I don't think their interface is great, but it is simple, it works and most people know it, that's why I use it as an example here.
- Detailed / popup view images appear too small!! I would like to see images bigger!! like in facebook for instance or like with many other joomla plugins (much simpler ones too) like Simple Image Gallery or Sigplus: images take up the whole browser real estate and this is what I (and most people I asked) like!
- no slideshow mode within the popup… again it is possible with Sigplu for instance and I love it!! The problem of this type of plugins is that they do not allow easily to build gallerys with different categories, but rather just allow to build on the spot display of a bunch of images, otherwise I would definitely use those much simpler plugins, that give me exactly the type of display I like!
- the popup view via default options only allows to display the number of images according to the quantity of thumbnails displayed on my page and not all images in a category: not what I want!!
- I was hoping for the additional plugins to get the display I wanted but then again the popup images appear too small to me and there is absolutely no customization possible for those plugins!! The only good thing is that the interface is a bit better and that they can display all images of a category instead of just the ones that appear on the current category page like described above (say 12 out of 30)

so to sum up, joomgallery could be a great plugin if:
- popup view could be tweaked into something that looks like Simple Image Gallery of even better Sigplus that can do popup slideshows on all images in a "category", with Bigger images and redimensioning images on the fly.

that's how simple this is but unfortunately without that I prefer to use those other simpler plugins to display my images on my website

I sincerely hope that the development team can work on offering these options I mentionned (bigger images, popup slideshow and if possible comments on popup view) because I feel it could really make joomgallery a top notch component for joomla while now I feel it's good but has too many restrictions for me to be really happy with

If any developper reads this message, I'd be glad to discuss more with them should they want to understand better what I meant.
byguiju, May 17, 2011
JPlayer
I needed an easy way to allow article writers to embed youtube videos in articles in Joomla! 1.6 and Jplayer allows to do that very easily and works like a charm!

The only thing to do is to drop a line such as the following one in the article and that's it!
{youtube}cvTJbaeA_ms{/youtube}

Installation is a one click story and configuration is a breeze.

Thanks a lot for having this released for free to the community!!