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« on: October 15, 2003, 02:58:26 PM »

I would be obliged if someone who has used various leading picture / image galleries can write a feature Vs feature comparision for Coppermine Picture Gallery

I am specially interested in comparision with other *commercially* available picture galleries - Photo Post is one such, there are bound to be others

Lastly - be brutally honest does not matter if it makes CPG appear bad :)

This article will hopefully find a place on the CPG website if found upto standards. Credit with thanks will be the sole remuneration...

Thanks in advance!

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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2003, 01:19:42 AM »

Holy crap!

That's a whole lotta photo galleries...
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2003, 03:13:16 AM »

:shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2003, 06:16:16 AM »

The ones which I would really like to compete with are the top three here

http://www.hotscripts.com/PHP/Scripts_and_Programs/Image_Galleries/index.html

Yes the commercial offerings.... With everyone else we can collaborate ;)
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2003, 10:54:41 AM »

Last year I did a general comparison of feature using Gallery with other similar products.

http://gallery.menalto.com/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=1015&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

I also consider coppermine is another good php product hope that more useful features can be implemented and inspired other competitors as well.

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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2003, 12:22:58 PM »

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I also consider coppermine is another good php product hope that more useful features can be implemented and inspired other competitors as well.


Thank you - can someone build on this... I am looking for a matrix like http://www.photopost.com/compare.html only with a lot more columns and lot more rows...
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2003, 08:02:58 AM »

LOL... what is funny is I should have done jsut that as I went wading through all the tools out there. I looked at literally hundreds....  I didn't look at that many on source forge, as most of the descriptions made them sound very limited in their capability.

I'll post my current list of notes and URLs... as you will notice coppermine is on the top 5 :-)  I'd like to see it #1. I left a posting on some features I'd like to see, that was done in a different thread.  I hope this is helpful to you.  :shock:

Hre are some lists of galleries

http://www.bykeyword.com/pages/album.html
http://www.needscripts.com/ASP/Scripts_and_Components/Image_Galleries/
http://www.devasp.com/search/default.asp?c_id=701

!!!!! GOOD !!!!!

coppermine.sourceforge.net/
     - SOME NICE TEMPLATES BUILT IN
     - Doesn't do Treeview
     - not sure on flexibility
     - creation of thumbnails and intermediate size pics;
     - search feature;
     - last added;
     - random picture;
     - user management (private galleries, groups);
     - caption, title, description
     - user defined fields for each picture (searchable);
     - e-card feature;
     - slideshow viewer;
     - all features customizable with web interface (admin section);
     - template system;
     - PHP
     - MySQL
     - FREE

www.fullrev.com/album_features.asp
     - aspWebAlbum - REALLY NICE  design
     - ***** I LIKE the HOT/New/Popp icons *****
     - unlimited number of sub-categories
     - Rating System
     - Unlimited Number of Images
     - Hot / New Capbility, doesn't group images in this mode
     - not a bad system, doesn't seem to have comments
     - No TreeView System
     - also shows: Photographer, Source, Camera Used, & Copyright.
     - Completely Skinnable!
     - Upload images in bulk using an FTP application
     - Move and Rename Images
     - PostCard Feature
     - IIS  Windows 2000, SQL 2000
     - no demo, so hard to eval the admin features.
     - its lacking a lot of admin features from reading the user doc.
     - $95.00

www.albinator.com/
     - 3 Version Personal, Standard, Pro
     - Interactive Album Skins-Themes / Manager
     - User Album Sub-Category System
     - Can allow other users to set up galleries
     - Photo Commenting & Rating System
     - Keywords & Profile Searching
     - Automatic Thumbnails
     - Paypal Integration
     - Recurring Payments Support
     - Auto Order Processing
     - Multi-Language Support
     - Multiple uploads from Browser
     - Multiple uploads via FTP
     - Unlimited Categories
     - Advanced User Groups
     - Album Restricted Access
     - Auto Watermarking
     - ZIP/TAR Uploads
     - PHP 4.0.6 +
     - MySQL 2.x.x
     - GD or ImageMagick
     - Doesn't seem to have a demo I can test out personally
     - $99.00

albumcreator.firmtools.com/
     - allows lots of templates, really powerful ones.
     - not sure on strength around categories, need to email them
     - EXIF support
     - Has 3 versions Pro, Basic, and Lite
     - Flash Templates
     - 40 or 100 ???

www.sitebeater.com/ImageGallery/Default.asp
     - IMAGE GALLERY (not a nice install, or initial colour set)
     - Doesn't do a TreeView
     - VERY flexible.
     - Fairly static design but has many ways of moving around.
     - unlimited number of onsite or offsite links.
     - unlimited number of images
     - Gallery owners can change order of images in their galleries.
     - Move galleries between categories
     - copyright notices, and keywords.
     - Administrators can assign products to categories.
     - Each image include search keywords which are displayed as "Quick Search" links.
    - Create Alternate View images by dynamically resizing the primary
      image (ASPImage required), or upload your own Alternate View images.
      Alternate View images can also be processed when adding images through
      the bulk copy feature (FTP method only right now).

     - Users can post comments about images and galleries.
     - unlimited number of galleries in the Pro Edition.
     - Rating
     - New and HOT markings
     - installation can be difficult.
     - has some great ideas.
     - IIS & MS SQL
     - $100.00

www.xigla.com/absoluteig/index.htm
     - Hit Tracking and Rating System
     - unlimited Categories and Sub-Categories
     - really nice admin tool
     - not bad gallery viewing
     - doesn't allow comments
     - ASP & IIS ONLY
     - SQL Server 7 or 2000  
     - Nice Layout, possibly try using one like this.
     - Has Favorites
     - No Comments,
     - Ratings Yes
     - having trouble getting to web site, can't see if has a demo.
     - $97.00

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These are the ones that aren't as strong in their (web) capabilities.  Although some of them have teir own strengths.

www.photools.com/products.php
     - VERY STRONG ON FRONT END
     - Weak on back end

www.cjwsoft.com
     - Optional Picture Rating System.
     - No Cross indexing of Categories
     - Up to 100 pictures per album including
     - Favorite Albums
     - Set up categories however you like up to 4 levels deep.
     - $50.00

linpha.sourceforge.net/
     - Has decent Features
     - HAS TREEVIEW
     - FREE
     - No User Comments or Ratings
     - Linux

demo.xcphotoalbum.com/
     - Hasn't been updated in over a year.
     - Simple but not bad interface.
     - no comment or rating capability.
     - can have Multiple Keywords.
     - nice ability for display of additional information, like houses.
     - IIS and SQL Server 7 or 2000


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www.cooleosoft.com/
  - Web Gallery Mate
  - Windows 2000
  - nice admin package.
  - free
  - no database aparently.
  - NEED TO LOOK AD DEMO (D'ld to t$)

http://www.photopost.com/
     - Limited but seem similiar to the "stadard" model I've seen.
     - more pricey...

Decent

http://www.photothumb.com/pt/index.shtml
http://www.magicseries.de/

http://www.aspfree.com/articles/1466,1/articles.aspx
     - CANT OPEN FROM HOME....

Average

http://www.portmix.com/gallery/index.htm
   LGallery Maker Pro
   - File Based
   - not sure on its functionality as of yet

http://www.dmxready.com/dmxready.asp?mid=5&incid=11&ItemID=10
   - Seems limited.  uses a combo box for changing sections.  
   - nice layout of the detals page.

http://www.photoactions.com/awebpro/
   - Album Web Pro
   - Simple but makes nice results


Not So Good
http://spgm.sourceforge.net/
   - very minimalistic

http://www.digitaldutch.com/arles/
  - Simple
  -

http://www.galleriasoftware.com/

http://www.publishare.com/download/index.php

http://www.fototime.com/
    - HOSTED
http://www.pbase.com/
    - HOSTED

fips.myserver.at
scripts.telekorn.de/

www.picturegear.com
    - non database
    - minimalistic

www.b-gallery.biz/
    -

www.armadillo.fr/english/
    - Amazing Search Engine.  
    - Can show my Category.


www.howdev.com/
   - Has nice shaddowing arond the pictures.  it shaddoes the corners first, then does the rest of the image.  

www.kaorg.com/
   - simplistic

www.webpage66.com/host/page/239.htm
   - Needs review

---- Arthaus Photoalbum Wizard   ---
http://www.handy-productions.com/
   - can not demo or veiw .. so
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2003, 12:03:49 PM »

I' also following the development of another gallery system: Exhibit Engine, a one-man (Pekka Saarinen) effort, especially geared toward digital photography.

It is full of features, but not so easy to setup.
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2003, 05:24:46 AM »

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I' also following the development of another gallery system: Exhibit Engine, a one-man (Pekka Saarinen) effort, especially geared toward digital photography.

It is full of features, but not so easy to setup.


EE 1.5 is a very good system for personal use although the setup is more complicated.  Pekka is a very very good photographer using Canon DC and he should understand more what's the needs of photographer for such a system.

The photo information page in EE is the most comprehensive one so far I see on php based gallery package.

For those interested, please take a look from the following URL:
http://photography-on-the.net/gallery/list.php?exhibition=7

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« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2003, 02:36:15 PM »

Based on my previous experience of trial on several php based gallery package, I compiled a comparison matrix for reference:

http://www.tonyleung.com/php-gallery.htm

Please let me know if there are some missing points or misunderstanding/mistakes.

Thanks!

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« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2003, 05:25:09 PM »

This is an excellant start, and something we have wanted for sometime.  Thank you!  Now we just need a volunteer to keep this up to date.
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« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2003, 05:39:41 PM »

Great work, thanks!

Small correction: Coppermine does feature a "Favourite list" (although it can't be searched).

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« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2003, 08:11:10 AM »

Thanks a lot !!

Coppermine does feature a "Drag and Drop" publishing via the WinXP web publishing wizard
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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2004, 06:29:47 PM »

omg.  and it took me forever to find coppermine, but sooo many exist!
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« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2004, 08:02:36 AM »

What about zoph?  It deserves some sort of honorable mention, in that it is the only one I've seen which a viewer can click on an image until reaching the source, thereby allowing the web browser to resize the image.  Using the aforementioned link's comparison criteria:

PHP based gallery package: www.nother.net/zoph/
Package: zoph
Version compared: 0.3.3
Features:
Multi-level albums: yes
Direct link of photos: yes
Password protected album: yes
Slideshow: yes
Zip file upload (multiple photos): yes
Drag and drop upload (multiple photos): no
Upload by email: no
FTP upload: yes (manual)
Sorting on photos (by size, by date, etc.): yes
Visit counter/statistics: yes (statistics)
Album layout editor: no
Guestbook/comment: no
Email notification on comment: no
EXIF information: yes
Photo download by batch/ZIP: no
Photo handling: yes
Photo voting/rating: yes
Portal integration: no
GD/ImageMagick support: yes
Multimedia content support: no
Auto thumbnail when upload: yes
Multi-language support: yes
E-card support: yes
Watermarking: no
Searching
Search by keyword: yes
Browse by popularity: yes
Recent gallery/latest update: yes
Favourite list: no
Random photos: yes
Administration
User profile management: yes
User registration control (email activation): no
Database backup: no
Pricing
Freeware/shareware version available: yes
Pricing scheme: n/a
Metadata support
EXIF: yes
Photoshop XMP: ?
IPTC: ?
Others
Support forum: yes
User friendliness: fair
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« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2004, 09:51:43 AM »

seankho tried to hijack this thread with an unrelated posting - I split it up, can be found here: http://forum.coppermine-gallery.net/index.php?topic=3622

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« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2004, 05:22:51 AM »

4images (http://www.4homepages.de/) gallery or coppermine gallery?

which is better?
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« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2004, 11:50:34 AM »

On this forum, there can only be one answer, but on the 4images forum you will get another.
There are many who have changed to coppermine from 4images.

But each user has different needs, so the the best thing is to look at both and see which comes closest before needing to modify.

I of course, say coppermine is the best available.
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« Reply #19 on: March 09, 2004, 04:51:53 PM »

Okay, I came across another one that I didn't see mentioned in this thread.  It is called JAlbum.  Although it isn't as extensive in the database area as zoph, and it is Java, it is more user-friendly.

Using the aforementioned link's comparison criteria:

Java based gallery package: http://www.datadosen.se/jalbum/
Package: JAlbum
Version compared: 4.0.4
Features:
Multi-level albums: yes
Direct link of photos: yes
Password protected album: no
Slideshow: yes
Zip file upload (multiple photos): yes
Drag and drop upload (multiple photos): no
Upload by email: no
FTP upload: yes (manual)
Sorting on photos (by size, by date, etc.): no
Visit counter/statistics: no
Album layout editor: yes
Guestbook/comment: yes
Email notification on comment: no
EXIF information: yes
Photo download by batch/ZIP: yes
Photo handling: yes
Photo voting/rating: no
Portal integration: no
GD/ImageMagick support: yes
Multimedia content support: yes
Auto thumbnail when upload: yes
Multi-language support: no
E-card support: no
Watermarking: yes
Searching
Search by keyword: yes
Browse by popularity: no
Recent gallery/latest update: no
Favourite list: no
Random photos: yes
Administration
User profile management: yes
User registration control (email activation): no
Database backup: no
Pricing
Freeware/shareware version available: yes
Pricing scheme: n/a
Metadata support
EXIF: yes
Photoshop XMP: ?
IPTC: ?
Others
Support forum: yes
User friendliness: good
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