Hi there- long list of questions/comments/concerns, if you are up late and tired, cranky, in a bad mood, etc. Don't bother reading this now as it will probably really annoy you.
If you are a developer or VERY interested customer, read on and I hope something in here is of value because it will take you a good 10+minutes I think....also, don't forget to breathe, I don't think anyone can hold their breathe over ten minutes
RESIZE INTERMEDIATE IMAGES
Will the rebuild image sizes feature in the maintenance section resize the intermediate images (images seen when a user clicks on a thumbnail (in the show images php---- not talking about the original nor thumbnail image here). Also will the resize be based on the original image or the existing intermediate file? (i.e. if you are resizing the intermediate file to a larger size you would want to resize from the original that resides on the server to reduce image degreDation)
#1-It would be ideal to be able to select/change the size of your proposed resized images WITHIN the maintenance area-where do you select the size you are changing the thumbs and 'normal/intermediate' images to be resized to (do you have to do this in the edit filetypes area for intermediates (by changing max image size) then the thumbnail size in the modify settings area for the thumbs? Then have to change the max size again so that users can post large originals again? Ack---would recommend clarification on this---it must be easier than that)
#2-It would also be outstanding to allow the admin to set an option that would permit users to choose what size they prefer to view the image at from their image tools. This selected setting would propogate to all new images they view. The admin could select this feature and the new sized images would be generated on the fly as viewing users request new sizes per case, so that only the requested sizes would have to reside on the server (not sure how much this might slow down server operations, however small-medium sites should be ok even with this type of feature enabled). Alternativley, the admin can choose to create various sizes upon upload (when slower response time is expected).
Also setting the option in the Admin CP to build various sizes of the same image for viewing (so that this type of process can be done afterhours).
Maybe I'm overkilling and a feature that uses the browsers resizing can just be written into the code (the images would probably look like cr@p though?)
SHOW IMAGES PAGE
Recommendations for gallery navbar
Vbgallery navbar takes up valuable screen space, would like the option to just add these options in a dropdown menu for an optional gallery link in the normal navbar (like the quicklinks dropdown). i.e. Selecting the gallery link will still bring you to the gallery from the forum or main page in addition to the gallerynav elements in the dropdown. (Again this would be an option that could be turned on/off from admin CP or gallery CP as admins see fit)
Of course this could all be done manually and I understand that these requests would probably require more modification to VB files (hopefully not after 3.5 is realeased) however I'm standing firm on this recommendation because I really believe this would add value and better interest prospective owners like myself.
Recommendations for previous/next image feature in the showimage php screen
Again this is taking up valuable screen space in my opinion, I would like a built in option in the admin cp to place this in the title bar of the image rather. Speaking of the title bar, there is so much space there (granted people are not making HUGE title names), why not place the user's name there as well.
I'd like to have the filmstrip on the side of the main image rather (as an option). Again this would save valuable screen space in my opinion, so that the user can see both the large file and the filmstrip at the same time (most browsers show more horizontal free space than vertical free space, especially when you factor in the logo and navbar/breadcrumb etc.).
Also, would be outstanding if you could also specify how many columns you would like to have active in this vertical filmstrip (as opposed to just how many pictures)
What I'm trying to get at is a setup where the user does not have to scroll down the page each time he/she would like to see a picture.
I'd like more access to the filmstrip piece from the admin cp. For instance, the option to change the filmstrip features from within each category in the admin cp to vertical/horizontal, show how many images in the category etc), of course with the traditional default? checkbox that is propogating information from the main filmstrips option of the default gallery settings page.
I'd also like the option of changing the table spacing and format in the admincp, so I can squeeze as many thumbnails I can onto the page (basically I'd remove ALL borders and spacing most likley!).
I'd also like to be able to enable a scroll bar in the filmstrip AS AN OPTION per category ( I realize that in large categories it might be disastrous to attempt to load all of the thumnails into a scrollbar type interface).
Also, when a thumbnail is selected, only the main image table should be loaded i.e. the page shouldn't jump back up to the top then have to scroll down etc.
Get rid of the 'filmstrip' title bar as an option in the admin cp, I think I can figure out what it is....
Again I'm sure that this can all be done one way or another via hack, however I'm sticking to my guns here as I think this would add tremendous value to your product out of the box.
Border setttings and truncating titles
When multiple images are shown such as a category page, filmstrip, new images section etc, you should have the option of setting the borders and layout here. For instance, just because one file has a super long name compared to the others, doesn't mean it should be allowed to break uniform table set. I.e. the tables don't end up lining up because the long title of the image. ( should have an option to truncate the title from the admin cp).
I'd like the option to set the table formats including the spacing, the borders etc. right here. A CCS setup that could offset the default setting of VB would probably be overkill but would really be appealing to a customer like myself.
Ok here is something----finding the slideshow for the average user is a pain in the arse. I consider myself a savy technical individual however it still took me a while to find it. Would be great to have an option in the admin cp (Yah I know another one, all this stuff would take forever to code right!), so that the admin can put the slideshow option right into the image title bar on the show image page. (remember all of that extra space?!?!?---you could have an admin option/setting to truncate the title as well for even more space, heck the title of an image isn't that important for most users right?/ I can get it hovering over the image anyhow). This more visible slideshow could also be put directly into the category title bar for easy reference.
Fullscreen / ESC
What about a fullscreen slideshow option that would pull the original files (if allowed by the admin)?!?!? Also, pressing the esc button in the slideshow should refer you back to the category page (or if you entered the slideshow from the show images page like I recommended above, you would return to the image you were initially viewing.) rather than having to click on that little category title in the top right hand corner, that is difficult to find for most I would imagine.
When uploading more than one file using the web browser (vs. FTP), you have the option to input info into some of the fields on the first screen, the input you place should show up in the fields of all of the images on the next page (in case a user wants to have the same keywords in all of the images for instance).
Is there any way to speed up the image upload? Having to press the upload button, then check all of the images their names etc and 'upload again' is annoying (I'm sure there is a valid reason for this of course I'm just asking if a way around this might be possible and/or explored in future development.
Since my proposed solution above includes removing the gallery navbar to conserve space, why don't we just turn that search button in the VB navbar into a gallery search button- Why search the forums from the gallery?!
Ok well now if you are still reading you are a patient soul and NO I didn't have any coffee or drugs (I'm a finance student).
Please let me know if any of my request/opinions/etc are out of line or if you would like to add to them please do.
Thank you Brian for this fantastic product, I'm going to buy it soon---hope that my taking the time to write up this whole thing at least helped you somewhere somehow-
You want to make me happy? Build everything I mentioned in this post into the next release and have it ready within a month! (reality is boring)
I need these features!---please don't ban me for writing such essays!