I've been messing around with Coppermine, but I cannot integrate that package because of the way I've set up my forum.
Coppermine needs a more orthodox setup to be able to integrate.
If vBGallery shares this issue, I can stop here.
Also I run my forum on a shared Lycos server, it has a number of limitations. I cannot get the vBulletin attachment system to work in safe mode, uploading images to a separate folder.
Uploading to a folder isn't a problem in Coppermine, btw. So the above must be a vBulletin issue.
I am sorry if I cannot be more technical, I can get these packages to work in most cases following the documentation, and in some cases solve the basic issues which pop up, with or without direct help (often by browsing the standard search engines...).
The main reason I got vBullitin was because of its solid reputation, and great functionality.
I am now on the brink of getting vBGallery as a fitting gallery tool.
However before committing to a licence, basic no extras, I must know if it will work - if it will fully integrate and function within the limits of my hosting package.
Main buying reasons:
1. full integration
2. storing images separate from forum - on a folder
Thanks for your time.