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PhotoPost Pro vs. PhotoPost vBGallery: Features Comparison
For vBulletin sites, you can choose to download and install either PhotoPost Pro or PhotoPost vBGallery. PhotoPost Pro has many more features, but some advanced vBulletin site owners prefer vBGallery due to its vBulletin templates integration. A comparison of some of the more popular features is below:

 

PhotoPost PHP Pro

vBGallery

Ability to integrate with different forum scripts:
vBulletin Only
Use existing forum login:
Included
vBulletin 3.0
or higher only
Internal User Registration System:
Included
No
 
 

 

User Uploads w/ auto thumbnails:
Included
Included
Multimedia/Video Support:
Included
No
Batch uploads w/auto thumbs:
Included
Included
User comments/posts:
Included
Included
Users can create albums:
Included
Included
Password protected user albums:
Included
Included
Image Watermarks:
Included
Included
Upload photos in ZIP's:
Included
No
eCards:
Included
Included
Use Forum Styles:
Included
* Details Here!
Included
Photo Contest Categories:
Included
No
Image Protection System (ability to store photos in protected area):
Included
No
Unlimited Cats & Subcats:
Included
Included
Choice of ImageMagick or GD2:
Included
Included
Keyword Search:
Included
Included
Photo ratings:
Included
Included
Category view/upload limits using usergroups permissions
Included
Included
Uses vBulletin Template System:
No
Included
Internal Unzip functionality:
Included
No
Individual cateogry header/headtags/footer:
Included
No
Admin statistics page:
Included
No
Admin/User configurable thumbnail layout:
Included
No
Admin configurable placement of filmstrip location when viewing a photo:
Included
No
Admin configurable format (forum versus gallery layout):
Included
No
Optional integration with BotBuster to protect bandwidth:
Included
No
Popup help windows
Included
No
Customizable photo frames (per category) and thumbnail rotation:
Included
No
Optional thumbnail upload for Video files:
Included
No
Support for JPEGTRAN to remove XML data from jpegs:
Included
No
Multi-language support:
10 included
English only
Spider Friendly URLs:
Included
No
Index can be seperated into multiple pages
Included
No
Announcements/category Introductions:
Included
No
Single photo can be assigned to multiple categories
Included
No
RSS Feeds:
Included
No
User Features

PPvBGFeature
xxUsers can upload photos to a category or to their own gallery
xxUsers can create their own subcategories/subgalleries within their gallery
xxUsers can upload more than one file at a time (can be disabled byadmin)
xxPost comments about photos
xxUsers can create personal albums
xxSearch by keyword
xxRate photos on a scale from 1 to 5
xxEdit or delete user's own comments
xxEdit the description of user's uploaded photos, or delete their photos
xxMove their photos from one category to another
xxImage manipulation: When using ImageMagick, users can rotate CCW, rotate CW, Flip and Flop an image after it has been uploaded (by editing a photo).
xxUsers can choose to be notified of new posts to their photos or photos to which they want to subscribe (email notification).
xxSend a photo as an e-Card (greetings card / post card, etc)
xxChoose how many thumbnail images to display per page
xxSort thumbnail display pages by alphabetical, most popular, most active, by date, and by number of views
xxUses time offset and 'posts per page' user preferences from vBulletin user DB (when in use)
xxPrivate Personal Albums - Private Albums are assigned a unique URL which the person can share with friends and family for restricted access.
xxNew Comments/Photos indicator - for users who are logged in, the arrow for comments and posts will glow when new items have been posted since last visit to the category.
xxView Recent Uploads - A link to show the posts in the past 1, 7 and 14 days.
xxView All Uploads - can be viewed and then sorted (for example to see the most popular uploads in all groups)
xxMy Favorites - Users will have the ability to "tag" images for their own "My Favorites" feature. Viewing My Favorites shows the tagged images in a gallery format.

Internal User Registration Features

PPvBGFeature
x Supports user groups and admin editing of user groups to enable specific permissions for different users (disk space allowance, file upload size restrictions, uploads, comments) - this could be used to enable premium access such as more disk space for paying members
x User profiles
x Encrypted passwords
x Supports COPPA (can be disabled)
x Auto verify user email address
x Admin editing of user levels and profiles
x Ban users
x Allow/disallow new user registrations.
x Allow users to change passwords.
x An automated "I Forgot my password" feature.
x Delete a user and all of user's photos and comments

Admin Features

PPvBGFeature
xxEasy web-based setup
xxTemplates for all user-interface pages (allowing custom HTML throughout)
xxUnlimited categories and sub categories
xxMultiple image uploads via FTP with automatic thumbnail generation. Upload hundreds or thousands of images via FTP then import them into PhotoPost all at once.
xxApprove/Reject uploads before they are viewable by users (can be disabled)
xxBandwidth/diskspace friendly: choose to save user uploads (of any size) as thumbnails only, turning off large images.
xxSupports user groups and admin editing of user groups to enable specific permissions for different users (disk space allowance, file upload size restrictions, uploads, comments) - this could be used to enable premium access such as more disk space for paying member (this is functional with any user database - internal or forum integration)
xxSet the size of thumbnail images
xxMove photos from one category to another
xxSet user disk space limits
xxSet max file size (in bytes and in pixel width/height) of uploads
xxPassword protect categories
xxCustom defined fields (custom fields to collect and display different information from the photo uploader besides description, title, etc, such as camera type, car engine size, etc - totally up to the admin)
x Stylesheets with GUI/Admin panel editor
xxSticky photos / photo sorting to allow admins to determine the order in which photos appear in a gallery
xxModerators are allowed to approve images but not modify admin panel settings
xxAdmin can email users
xxSticky photos - select certain photos to always appear at the top
xxExempt admins from diskspace/file size limits
xxExempt admins from upload approval process
xxOption to email admin when there are new uploads
xxTurn Off Boards. Will be able to "turn off" the boards for periods of maintainence or backup
xxManage Albums. Gives the administrator the ability to edit/delete user Personal Albums
xxPersonal Albums can be turned OFF by admin
xxConfigure colors/fonts
xxCreate and rename categories and category descriptions
xxTell-a-Friend feature to let your users spread the word about your galleries.
xxChange the display order of categories
xxEnable/disable user editing of photos and posts.
xxAllow/disallow unregistered users to upload photos and post comments
xxSet number of comments per page
xxSet number of thumbnail columns in the thumbnail display screens
x Specify unique header/headtags/footer files for each category/subcategory.
xxAllow only administrators to upload to a category/subcategory.
xxPurge Photos feature - allows admin to remove files that exceed a specified age.
xxAdmin password can be changed using install.php installation script if it is ever lost or forgotten.
xxAllow unregistered users to send ecards.
xxFix thumbnails/database. A "scan database" admin function which will fix images with no thumbnails (creating new thumbnails), remove database entries with no image and fix the username associated with an image (in case a BB has allowed a user to change their ID).
x Watermark tracking tracks which images have watermarks added to them
xxUser Views - tracking the number of images a user views (displayed in User admin)
xxScan DB will also add watermarks to all your images if selected
xxBulk Move. The ability to move all of the images from one group to another.
x Mass Move/Delete.
xxDeleting a category deletes all photos and comments within that category and all of its subcategories, simultaneously.
xxOption to turn OFF rating of photos (turns off display, too)

Other Features

PPvBGFeature
xxMySQL database driven
xxCan integrate with vbPortal
xxSupports database prefixes to allow the use of one MySQL database when table names would otherwise clash.
xxZLIB compression support to speed page loading, reduce bandwidth
xxOption to require users be registered to view images
xxUBB/VB Code (linkify, bold, etc) for Descriptions and Comments
xxDynamic titles for pages to improve search engine indexing
xxSlideshow display of images in condensed format
xxConfigurable date formats and time offsets per user
xxGD2 support for image resizing, watermarks and on-the-fly watermarks (or use ImageMagick for all but on-the-fly)
xxImageMagick support for image resizing and watermarks (or use GD2)
xxVideo Uploads. Support for multimedia files. When PhotoPost detects the upload is a multimedia file (.mpg, .avi, .asf, .wmv, and .mov).
xxSupports JPG, GIF, PNG, and TIF file formats when using ImageMagick, or JPG and PNG formats when using GD
xxAutomatic thumbnail creation
xxThumbnail display pages show details for each photo such as filesize, user name, date, number of times viewed, and number of comments.
xxImages stored on disk in a directory rather than in the database, which allows them to be cached by browsers, saving bandwidth.
xxNumber of photos and comments limited only by your server's diskspace and MySQL's record limits
x IP caching - prevents multiple views and voting in a configurable timeframe