March 22, 2005
What do people use to manage and publish their photos? I’ve got a new digital camera (Canon IXUS 500 if anyone is curious, great for the price) and already have over 1000+ photos from it and photo CDs, and 7 films that still need developing. I’d like a web gallery that does this:
- Stores the originals sensibly (filesystem ideally) and without modification
- Generates sensibly-sized slides and thumbnails for web viewing and ideally caches them
- Allows me to easily rotate pictures for viewing, either preserving the original or doing it losslessly
- Allows me to arrange pictures into galleries and associate captions, and ideally move them around
- For bonus points, reading EXIF data such as times and orientation
- For double bonus points, integrating with WordPress somehow to handle linking/inclusion would be cool
A program that did these and had a good export to web feature would be acceptable also. But generally, I want the moon on a stick. Anyone got any recommendations?
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Check out Picasa 2.0 from Google.
It will defintely do all bar the last point on your list.
Eh? Requirements: Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP,
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0+. I have neither. Either this runs exceedingly well under WINE or it’s not for me…
I’m hapilly using Gallery. Current stable is a bit of a crappy coding example, but the upcoming v2 looks pretty good.
As for easy linking…
A set wrapper file allow for integration into WP, that is architectured to survive upgrades.
See my site for v1 sample.
And there is a Debian package!
I was looking for that a while ago (when I bought my Powershot A75), so I wrote a script myself 🙂
http://foodfight.org/download/photo/ (completely template-based, some sample output on http://foodfight.org/fotos/ and http://keyweed.com/gallery/)
use apache-gallery, there’s a debian package.
I have it setup on my machine so that any user can just add files or directories to their ~/gallery directory and it’s used by the galleries virtual host as ~/public_html/ is used for normal usage.
see http://galleries.yucs.org/~dwallach/ for an example of how a friend of mine is using it.
does everything you ask, stores the originals on disk, thumbnails, galleries them and even lets you slideshow them. And is insanely simple to make multi user as opposed to the gallery package.
I use digikam for most purposes. If you need a special tool, you can check out kimdaba for indexing and searching, and showimg and/or gwenview for viewing. There are debian packages for all of them I believe.
Try linpha (http://linpha.sf.net)
offers you everyrhing but your double plus points..
Here’s an exemple how it looks: http://pix.nihil.ch
WALGEN (walgen.sf.net) does all this, except for moving the pictures around – you have to do it manually on your filesystem.
I have to say gallery also. It is far from ideal (I hate the templates) but it does match every point on your list. For reference lossless jpeg rotation is done via jpegtran.
I thought everyone built their own? Mine is at http://the.earth.li/~huggie/cgi-bin/album.pl
I need to fix it so the picture sizes aren’t hardcoded but other than that I’m quite happy with it.
I use O.R.I.G.I.N.A.L. from http://jimmac.musichall.cz/original.php
You could take a look at http://www.flickr.com too.
My gallery is at http://www.seigan.org/photos if you’re interested…
Strange that nobody mentioned it yet, but gthumb is a nice start, too. Evolved from a simple GNOME image browser, it has a lot of the features that you’re mentioned, but what I miss most is that collections will be corrupted when you move or track images (that’s a hard one to fix, tough).
On the Qt side, I recently stumbled across Album Shaper which seems to be an (even) bigger gun. Haven’t tried it thoroughly, though.
F-Spot (http://www.gnome.org/projects/f-spot/) integrates with flikr, gallery and other web-side tools but allows you to tag your photos on disk, rotate them, read exif data, etc.
It has a nice timeline view that lets you navigate to a period of time and view pictures taken then.
Pretty new, but pretty nice as well.
I use curator, a python script used to generate static HTML albums, as the last
step in my photo-management process. It’s fairly flexible, template and
CSS-based, and it is customizable. There are a few shortcomings to the
software that I’ve worked around by using imagemagick and exiftran, rsync, and
a couple, not-so-clever shell scripts. My photos are generally taken at high
resolution, which I don’t want to upload to my personal website. You’ll have
this problem regardless of the album software. I rename them with a suffix
“–orig” and then exclude those files from upload using rsync. I then run
exiftran over the jpeg files to automatically rotate picture orientation and
chmod them to read-only. Creating resized images of the “–orig” pictures to
640×480 or 480×640 is relatively easy with convert from imagemagick or using
Python Imaging Libraries (PIL). I’ll probably add this conversion step in the
custom RC file for curator. Meta-data is in the form of a “.desc” file in
RFC-822 format (or a close proximity thereof). BUG: Each field must be
followed by a blank-newline. I then rsync the files over to the
public_html/photos directory and run curator, which generates thumbnails, HTML
files, directory, global, root, and track indexes. My album is viewable at
As someone already pointed out, Gallery is the best way to go :
Install the Gallery 2, the bleeding edge version. This web gallery has everything you need :
– It is free (GPL)
– It really is well designed.(v2) Completly OO Design, Filesystem to store the pictures + Database for the comments, etc (MySQL, PosgreSQL..)
– Completly modular. Even the core is a module. There should be tons of modules in the next few months. There are modules for EXIF, for adding albums to the shopping cart, for downloading the shopping cart as zip, etc etc. Every single module can be enabled or disabled
– Is it Embeddable. Lots of efforts have been put to allow g2 to be embeddable into CMS (Mambo, Drupal, Xaraya, WordPress, etc).
=> G2 is a MUST. don’t make the error of choosing something else.
Gallery 2 looks like it might potentially be nice; I haven’t tried it out myself. However, I find that the Gallery development process has a couple of deficiencies. For instance, when new versions are released, it is quite difficult to download diffs so that one can integrate one’s patches.
I find the Gallery development process to be pretty irksome, as in:
Personally, I use zoph for organizing my photos. It has a number of rough edges and hasn’t been maintained for a while, but it has some nice features that aren’t provided by any other software.
If I had some time, I would really like to contribute patches to f-spot so that it could do some of the things that I’d like it to do. It has a lot of potential, I think.