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Old July 26th, 2004, 09:47 AM   #1
Michael P
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Comprehensive Review of PhotoPost Options

When making your decision on which Photo sharing script to use on your site, it's important for you to compare your options. It would be a unmanagable task to try to build a comparison matrix and then keep it current with any updates to the various software packages, so we will provide you with our list of extensive features so that you can use it to make the most informed decision possible.

PhotoPost was the first truely integrated third party gallery script available. We pioneered the idea of integrating photo galleries into forums and sharing a single user login. Of course PhotoPost doesn't need to be integrated with a forum, it has its own user registration system which allows PhotoPost to run independently of any other software.

As a standalone or integrated product, PhotoPost continues to raise the bar for features and integrations.

General Overview
See sections below for greater detail.
  • Extensive forum integration (all include single login and many include integrated avatars, signatures, styles)
  • Extensive usergroup permissions-based system
  • Gallery layout options including a forum-style layout, portal-style (with sidebars) and a gallery layout.
  • Contest mode to create categories where photos can be voted on and then sorted by number of votes.
  • Multiple user-selectible layouts for galleries: thumbnails only, thumbnails with titles, full descriptions and grouping of photos by members.
  • Auto thumbnail creation with option for medium sized images and resizing down of larger images. Large images can be displayed in popup windows.
  • Option to allow users to download a gallery as a ZIP file
  • User managed "favorites" list which can be downloaded as a ZIP file
  • Bulk uploading by users using multiple file prompts, ZIP uploads and FTP upload files
  • Multiple watermark options (including on-the-fly watermarks)
  • Templates
    • PHP formatted templates allow for easy updates
    • Templates can be modified in Admin section
    • Table wrapper templates to allow for greater flexibility in formatting your pages
    • Formatted template files for easy viewing/editing
  • CSS stylesheets with several defaults provided
  • Multi-language support (includes english, dutch, french, german and spanish
  • templates).
  • Gallery Moderator assignments to moderate comments and photos
  • Personal Albums for user management of their own photos - including user selectible frames for albums, photo sorting and when not using integrate forum styles the ability to choose their own style.
  • eCards allowing users to send eCards to their friends and family; users can customize the look of the card and get return receipts when card is read.
  • Slideshows with user selectible delays
  • EXIF/IPTC information extraction and display
  • Help popup screens

Forum Integration
  • PhotoPost can be used as a standalone application or comes with integratrations for: vBulletin 2.x, vBulletin 3.0x, vBulletin 3.5, UBB.threads, InvisionBoard 1.X, InvisionBoard 2.X, PostNuke, Nuke, phpBB2, IkonBoard and DCForums+ and SMF 1.0
  • Optional integration with forum themes/styles for vB2, vB3, UBB.threads, InvisionBoard, phpBB2 and SMF 1.0
  • Signatures/Avatars pulled from forums with vB2, vB3, UBB.threads and IkonBoard

Installation & Configuration
  • Simple installation script
  • Database table prefixes can be selected
  • PhotoPost/User database can be seperate
  • ImageMagick, GD1 or GD2 can be used for image processing
  • Integration with BotBuster to place code into pages
  • JHEAD integration for removal of non-image specific markups in images
  • JPEGTRAN integration to extract EXIF/IPTC information from images
  • MYSQLDUMP integration for database backups
  • On-the-fly watermark option
  • ZLIB compression
  • IP Caching to track IPs to prevent view counter runup and multiple voting of images
  • Debug setting which can display errors and optionally email them to the Administrator
[*] Caching to improve pagegeneration times

Main Index
  • Multiple layout options:
  • Toggle display boxes for Recent uploads, Random images, Most Popular photos
  • Categories can be expanded/collapsed by user to customize look
  • Quick Search boxes as well as quick links for displaying recent uploads (1 day, 7 days, 14 days, all images)
  • Intelligent menus to display user selectable options
  • Who's Online display
  • PALs which can display Recent Comments, Highest Rated, Random Images, Top Posters and general Stats
  • Calendar PAL to display current month with links to images uploaded on a given date
  • New Photos/New Comments indicator (if enabled)
  • Number of users viewing shown per category
  • Category avatars
  • System closed indicator for Admin
  • configurable index paging
  • News/Announcements Box for index page (contents set in admin)
  • Optional thumbnail borders (photo stack,film strips,photo,fall,frame,jag,page,paint,red,round,scatter and slant included)

Category Display (showgallery)
  • User selectable sorting options
  • User selectable number of thumbnails to display per page (saved in a cookie for future use)
  • Fields displayed controlable by Administrator
  • Email the page link to a friend box
  • Subscribe to gallery for email notifications of new uploads
  • Thumbnail/Gallery selectible dropdown for showgallery pages which allow for thumbnail only views
  • Advanced Sorting on showgallery pages
  • Quick nav dropdown selector
  • "Image ## to ## of ####" indicator on showgallery page
  • Recent Posts category specific when in category
  • Category specific thumbnail borders (can override site default)
  • Category Intro Boxes to display a custom box for a category (set in admin categories)
  • Thumbnails with Titles in showgallery page

Member Galleries (showmembers)
  • List or Gallery format available
  • Quick sorting by first letter of name
  • User selectable sort options
  • User selectable number of users per page to display
  • Member Galleries can be configured to show all of a users photos or only those photos which were uploaded to their Member Gallery
  • Integration of the "Show Albums" mod which provides an index of all albums; switch can be used to add link to Members Gallery (see this example link)
  • Recent Posts category specific when in category
  • Thumbnails with Titles in showgallery page
  • "Image ## to ## of ####" indicator on showgallery page

Search
  • Extensive searching options which allows for searching of Photos and Comments
  • Thumbnail for photo optional when viewing comment search results
  • Search within date range
  • Search for Username
  • Search specific categories, multiple categories or all categories
  • Quick search boxes located on index and gallery pages
  • improved search conditions (all words, one word matching)

Upload Photo
  • Simple layout for uploading images uses two page design:
    • First page allows for image uploading and category selection
    • Second page prompts for photo information
  • Multiple file upload prompts (set by Administrator)
  • Image can be uploaded to multiple categories (only one copy of the actual image is stored)
  • ZIP file uploads for multiple file uploads (enabled by Administrator)
  • Zip 'n Download optional for any category/albums
  • Multimedia file uploads with optional image thumbnail upload (if enabled)
  • Images can parsed from a URL (if enabled)
  • EMail notifications when comments are posted to your photos
  • Additional block for Administrators that allows for:
    • Default title for all photos
    • Default description for all photos
    • File can be process from directory different than default staging area
    • Skip the upload process and process all images in staging area (allows for use of FTP for large groups of photos)
    • Bypass the approval process and just upload the images in the staging area
    • Option to disable watermarking of images if enabled
    • Option to not delete photos from the source location
    • Option to display thumbnails during the approval process (can speed up processing)
    • Option to select number of thumbnails to process at a time
    • Ability to upload photos as another user
  • User can enter title, description, keywords and any additional custom fields
  • IP tracking of photo uploads
  • Submit button grays out during upload
  • "mini" thumbnails for non-rotated thumbnails (only if rotating thumbs)
  • Minimium image size setting
  • thumbnail sharpening (IM users only)
  • Upload limits on a daily basis

Photo Display
  • Preview strip of photos displaying next and previous photos for quick viewing
  • Links to enabled options for:
    • Add to Favorites
    • Post a comment
    • Report Photo (allows a user to report a photo to the Admin and enter a description of the issue)
    • Send as eCard
    • Receive email updates (notifys user of comments being posted to photo)
    • Edit Photo (if owner or admin)
      • Images can be rotated, flipped/flopped or thumbnail rebuilt
      • Upload new image to replace current
      • Move category
      • Copy image to another location
      • Edit title, description, keywords
      • Admin can "change owner" of the image
      • Delete photo
    • Make Sticky (if admin)
    • Make Index Thumbnail (specifies image to be used as category avatar on main index)
  • Displays EXIF Information (if present and enabled)
  • Quick rating box
  • Quick comment box
  • Admin box with options to move/delete image
  • Display IMG markup code so users can copy/paste into forums (if enabled)
  • Optional anti-leeching code to disable right-clicks

Comments & Ratings
  • Text markup codes
  • Smilies
  • Can be configured to show all ratings or just rating with comments
  • Can only rate an image once (tracks IPs in addition to users)
  • Slideshow presentation (user selectable delay)
  • IP tracking of comments/ratings
  • Switch to turn of embedded multimedia
  • Optional big image window popup
  • Print View of just image to allow for easy printing of photo
  • Report Post

Profile
  • Displays simple stats about a user:
    • Number of photos
    • Number of comments
    • Number of times their photos have been viewed
    • Disk space used
    • Last photo uploaded
    • Last comment posted
  • Manage gallery subscription (can unsubscribe from here)
  • Manage photo notifications (can unsubscribe from here)
  • Admin option for link to delete all of a users photos
  • Link to Manage Photos (see Photo Manager)

Photo Manager
  • Allows a user to move/delete photos while viewing thumbnails of images posted per category

Personal Albums
Users can create their own personal albums to group and manage their photos in.
  • Password protected albums (auto generated link which can be shared with friends)
  • Password variable removed from URLs and set by cookie
  • Ability to sort images within an album
  • Albums can be associated with main categories (if enabled by usergroup)
  • Can set default sort order for the album
  • User selectable thumbnail to display for album

My Favorites
  • Images can be tagged as "favorites" which are available from a "My Favorites" link on every page
  • If enabled, all images in the users My Favorites can be downloaded as a ZIP file
  • Images can be removed from favorites either on the photo page or from the My Favorites page.
  • User ability to sort albums to control the order in which they are displayed.

eCards
  • User selectable options include:
    • Layout (text to side or below image)
    • Background color
    • Border color
    • Font color
    • Font style
  • Email sent to user to notify how to view eCard
  • Optional notification for when card is viewed
  • Preview card option
  • User can enter Subject and text to be sent with eCard
  • eCard expirations set by Admin

Administration
  • General installation statistics including a news panel from PhotoPost.Com
  • System closed indicator for Admin
  • Approve images interface
  • Bulk Actions interface where admins can change/delete images multiple images at a time from one screen by category
  • edit header/footer/headtags file from Admin
  • 24-hour time format selection (in Admin Options/Global Options)
  • Moderate Comments
  • Order Images (allows an Admin to set a specific order to photos which have been "stuck" in a category)
  • Bulk Move images from one category to another
  • Manage Albums where an Admin can see all user albums for review
  • Edit Options where all PhotoPost options are presented for editing
  • Edit Configuration where the PhotoPost configuration file can be edited
  • Edit Stylesheet option to allow Admins direct access to the PhotoPost stylesheet (includes color picker)
  • Edit Categories (see below for Category options)
  • Display PHP Information
    • Scan Database which includes options for:
    • Check for and create missing thumbnails
    • Rebuild all thumbnails
    • Rebuild all medium images
    • Recalc photo/comments numbers for all categories
    • Rescan photos for EXIF information
    • Scan db looking for duplicate photos (remove dupes)
    • Resync usernames with photos/comments (for forums where users may change their usernames)
  • Purge Old Photos where photos can be removed by usergroup based on age
  • Switch to turn off embedded multimedia
  • Hidden Photos photos which can be tagged "hidden" from appearing in the gallery itself, but can be viewed with a direct link (Approve Photos has a new "Hidden Photos" which can be used to view any hidden photos).

Usergroups
  • Usergroups can be setup or imported if PhotoPost is integrated with a forum
    • Per usergroup settings include:
    • Admin Access
    • Moderator Access (moderators can approve/order images and move/delete images)
    • Upload Permissions (ability to upload photos)
    • Comments Permissions (ability to post comments)
    • Photo Moderation (determines if uploads go into an approval queue before being displayed)
    • Total disk space allotment
    • Max file size for photo uploads
    • Allow user to edit their photos after upload
    • Allow user to edit their posts after posted
    • Allow Personal Albums for usergroup
    • Upload limits on a daily basis
    • Enable ability for users to associate Personal Albums to main categories

Categories
  • Unlimited number of categories can be created
  • Unlimited extra fields including definable types using text, dropdowns, checkboxes and radio buttons
  • Unlimited nesting of subcats is allowed
  • Category editor allows sections to be collapsed/expanded for easier navigation
  • Quick link to empty categories of images
  • Quick link to sort subcats of a categories alphabetically
  • Option when adding a new category which allow bypassing of edit properties or going stright to a new addition.
  • Options which can be set per category include:
    • Display Order (determines in which order categories are displayed)
    • Category Name
    • Category Description
    • Can be set to a category which contains images itself or is a parent seperator
    • Header file (including html or php scripts)
    • Footer file (including html or php scripts)
    • Head Tags include file
    • Password for password protected categories
    • Color/Style theme
    • Number of subcat levels to display
    • Default sort order
    • 6 "extra" text fields which are prompted for during upload and an unlimited number of text, checkbox and radiobox additional fields can be set per category
    • Customizable watermark
    • Permissions set by Usergroup include: viewing permissions, upload permissions, posting permissions and watermark addition
    • Changes can be applied to current cateory and optionally to all subcategories
    • Moderator assignments by category
    • Category "max images" setting - removes oldest images as new ones are added
    • Contest Mode - allows a category to be set to "contest" mode where users can only vote for one photo in the category (no ratings per image), Moderators/Admins can control voting and reset votes.

List of Admin Options
  • Title for your PhotoPost Application
  • Web site name
  • Your Website URL (include http://)
  • Administrator Email Address
  • Data directory virtual path
  • Full path to PhotoPost data directory
  • URL to your forums main directory (optional)
  • Full path to Header Include File
  • Full path to the footer include file
  • Full path to HTML file containing head tags
  • URL to PhotoPost PHP directory
  • Default number of comments per page
  • Show Most Recent Additions on Index page?
  • Number of columns for thumbnail pages
  • Color for image borders
  • Default maximum file upload size in kB
  • Thumbnail image max width and height in pixels
  • Max allowable image width in pixels
  • Max allowable image height in pixels
  • Trigger medium graphic height and width
  • Expire eCards after how many days (even if not read)?
  • Display unapproved comments?
  • Do you want to allow people to download their favorites?
  • Display quickratings under photos?
  • Display title under photo?
  • Display ratings that have no comments attached?
  • Display description?
  • Display keywords?
  • Display dimensions?
  • Display photo and diskspace stats on index page?
  • Display date?
  • Display views?
  • Display filesize?
  • Use email to notify users?
  • Comments increment user post count?
  • Photo uploads increment user post count?
  • Save and display medium and large images?
  • Number of columns for most recent additions section?
  • Number of photos to display in the most recent additions section?
  • Allow users to send e-Cards?
  • URL to PhotoPost images directory
  • Depth (number of levels) of categories to display.
  • Allow users to be notified of new posts via email?
  • Display Custom PAL #1
  • Pixel size of borders for images/thumbnails
  • How many days after an eCard has been read do you want to keep it?
  • Show post count and photo details for cats without thumbs?
  • Display Custom PAL #2
  • Use COPPA for registration?
  • Full Path to Registration Rules, or leave blank for default
  • Require verification of email address upon registration?
  • Your mailing address to receive COPPA permission forms?
  • Full path to COPPA rules file, or leave blank for default?
  • Allow new user registrations?
  • Allow users to upload photos?
  • Allow users to post comments?
  • Show recent photos in default location (bottom)? (if no, will display at top)
  • Your Commission Junction click-through URL
  • Notify Admin of New Uploads?
  • Show last photo thumbnail in member galleries listing?
  • PhotoPost main table width, percent or pixels.
  • Require unique email addresses for user registration?
  • Show Random images on Index page?
  • Show Most Popular images on Index page?
  • Do you want to allow ZIP uploads?
  • PATH to UPLOADS directory?
  • URL to UPLOADS directory?
  • Forum database table prefix
  • Display Custom PAL #3
  • Enable watermarking of photos with overlay image?
  • If enabled, position of overlay watermark on images.
  • If photo upload width or height exceeds maximums, resize upload down to max dimensions?
  • Full server path to watermark overlay image.
  • Allow users to move/delete their own images?
  • Display Members Gallery on the main index page?
  • Require users to be registered to view images?
  • Select a border for your thumbnails
  • Display headers during SlideShows?
  • Maximum multimedia upload size in Kb
  • Allow users to create Personal Albums?
  • Allow multimedia uploads?
  • Allow members to rate photos?
  • Display new comments/photos indicator on index?
  • Display and extract EXIF information from images?
  • Do you want to show the Members Gallery in List format?
  • Do you want to prompt for optional info during registration?
  • Do you want to be notified of all new comments?
  • Do you want to enable the calendar printing service?
  • Require users to be registered to send an e-Card?
  • How many file upload prompts do you want?
  • Quality setting for image resizing/thumbnails?
  • Select a theme for your website
  • Show UBBCode on Photo page?
  • Use Spider-friendly URLs?
  • Use Anti-leeching code?
  • Allow users to choose additional categories during upload?
  • Display number of viewers on categories?
  • Enable slideshows?
  • Enable next and previous photo previews?
  • Acceptable multimedia file types?
  • Acceptable image file types?
  • Do you want Members Gallery to show all of a users photos?
  • Sidebar Placement?
  • Sidebar Width
  • UnderCategory Bar
  • Statistics Bar
  • Top Posters Bar
  • Random Image
  • Highest Ratings Pal
  • Show Sidebar on Index Page?
  • Show Sidebar Globally?
  • FULL PATH to your theme.inc.php file (UBBThreads users only)
  • Show signatures?
  • Show Avatars
  • Show Category Avatars?
  • Number of Top Posters to display
  • Number of Last Comments to display
  • Number of Most Popular Photos to display
  • Use Integrated forum stylesheets?
  • Use Whos Online PAL?

vB3 Enhancements
  • New vB3 Enhanced mode with templates that take advantage of vB3 features like collapse/expand and vB3 look-and-feel
  • Auto support for CSS as file option
  • Featured Photo displays for non-PhotoPost pages
  • Inclusion of the inc_photopost.php and inc_features.php scripts. These scripts allow the integration of Featured Photos and your Gallery listing on your vB Main Index page. New features for these integration mods include: collapse/expand (with memory), improved integration/configuration (much easier to integrate/configure, uses new config-int.php file for common settings) and security (photos or galleries user doesn't have permission for will not be displayed).
  • Text areas, including signatures, descriptions and comments use vB's own internal bb code converter (includes smilies)
  • Quick Reply uses vB3 enhanced input text box and Comments page can optionally use WYSIWYG interface (Comments page can also use simple enhanced version, both included and configurable with switch)
  • Redesigned header-inc.php to remove configuration items (moved into a config-int.php) and improve vB header integration
  • vB3 avatars improved to show file system avatars, db stored and site selected avatars
  • Integration with vb3 sessions login

Supported Modifications
  • vB Pop-up image selector which inserts markup code directory into message construct windows

Extensive Integration Modifications
Although not supported by PhotoPost staff, the website PhotoPostDev.Com is a resource used by developers and administrators looking to enhance their product or to integrate PhotoPost into their forums. Just some of the modification available on PhotoPostDev.Com include:
  • Different layouts for category integration
  • Template and stylesheet updates
  • Featured Photo displays for non-PhotoPost pages
and many more!
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