Today we released an updated version of the Gallery Server Administrator’s Guide. The screen shots have been updated and existing chapters were revised to reflect the changes and new features. There's even a new How-To section on enabling the support for the Facebook comment engine. With many software products, the documentation is an afterthought, having minimal or outdated content, if there’s any at all. Gallery Server provides best-of-breed documentation, with deep technical content, tons of screen shots, and How-To sections covering several common tasks. Many of you won’t need to use the guide beyond the initial installation, considering that the user interface is intuitive and easy to use, with plenty of in-application tooltips to guide you along the way. But the Administrators Guide is there for when you need it.
Today we pushed out Gallery Server 4.0.1. It contains several bug fixes but no new features. Applying it to your 4.0.0 installation is easy — just copy the files from the upgrade package over your existing installation. There are no web.config changes to merge and you don't have to worry about the version_key.txt file or your license information. Get the upgrade package from your downloads page. If you are upgrading from earlier versions, follow the instructions in the QuickStart Guide. You can read the full list of bug fixes on the release history page. Here I'll mention the most important ones. Sort not updated when title is changed If an album is sorted by title and you change the title, the album was not resorted based on the new title. This has been fixed. HTML may be removed from properties and extracted metadata In 4.0.0 and earlier, only administrators were allowed to specify HTML in [...]
When the FFmpeg.exe utility from the Gallery Server Binary Pack is installed, Gallery Server is able to create web-optimized media files from your video and audio assets. This provides several benefits: Videos that normally cannot be played in a browser such as AVI, WMV and others are converted to H.264 MP4 videos, which can be played in all major browsers, including those on mobile devices, with no plugin requirements. Sizes are dramatically reduced, which improve playback times on cellular networks, reduce bandwidth costs, and are generally easier to deal with than the originals. For example, a 10-second video clip from a Samsung S6 phone clocks in around 16 MB. When added to a gallery, the web-optimized version is 2-3 MB, roughly an 85% reduction. Creating the web-optimized version takes some time, so Gallery Server starts a background thread when you add a video or audio file. You can monitor this process with the new Media Queue page [...]
We've been busy with post release activities like helping folks install and upgrade their galleries, updating the website and getting documentation in order. Today I wanted to publish the full feature and bug fix list for 4.0.0. You can read about each of these items in detail by downloading the PDF. You can also find information on changes to web.config, database schema, MIME types, and other settings on the release history page. Enhancements (View detailed report) Allow manual sorting as default sort option Add support for automatically logging in a user Support Windows authentication Perf improvement: Use cached copy of roles instead of hitting the role provider on every page Persist metadata changes to original file Add client event during album paging Improve error message when moving or copying a media object having a missing original file Preserve CSS customizations during upgrades Improve support for high DPI devices Improve caching so that [...]
Your tags, titles, captions and more are permanently stored inside the original photo in Gallery Server 4. Gallery Server has long been able to pull metadata out of photos and videos. And since 3.0 was released in 2013, you've been able to modify that metadata in your gallery. What's been missing, however, is the ability to push those changes back to the original file. Gallery Server 4.0 now adds this support. It is available in all editions except for Gallery Server Free. Why do you care? Because you don't want to lose your investment of time. Let's be honest here. You may be using Galley Server today, but what about in 10 years? 50 years? You — or your children/coworkers — may have moved on to something else. By preserving metadata changes in the original file, that data becomes permanently embedded where it belongs — with the file, not in some third party database. That [...]
We welcome you to Gallery Server 4.0. It is packed with new features that improves performance, helps you manage your gallery more efficiently, and adds nearly four dozen fantastic new features. Here's the high-level overview of what's new: Ribbon toolbar – Manage your gallery faster and with less clicks using the new, ajax-enabled ribbon interface. Most tasks, such as editing properties, creating albums, moving/copying items and more can be done without leaving the current page. Image and HTML editors – Crop, resize and more with the new image editor. Add rich text and formatting with the tinyMCE-based HTML editor. Metadata writing – Common properties such as titles, captions, tags and more can now be written back to the original media file, preserving your hard work long after you’ve moved on from Gallery Server. High resolution viewer – View the original, high resolution images and videos in the browser. Performance improvements – [...]
Gallery Server just got a lot more powerful. The upcoming release of Gallery Server 4.0 includes a built-in image editor that lets you crop, resize, rotate, adjust colors and more. When you are logged in under an account with edit permission, a new 'edit image' button appears in the ribbon toolbar. Clicking the button opens an editor, exposing a number of editing capabilities. The buttons along the top of the window allow you to crop, resize, rotate/flip, sharpen, and invert colors. You can also adjust brightness, contrast, color and gamma values. A built-in undo manager lets you revert to previous edits. And a zoom viewer gives you the ability to hone in on details for a closer look. While you are in the editor, your changes exist only in your browser. When you click save, the edited image is sent to the server and replaces the original image. The metadata from your original image file [...]
After more than two years in development, we are finally ready to take the wraps off the next release of Gallery Server. I can't tell you how excited I am to finally start talking about this publicly. New Features New ribbon UI New, more efficient workflow for creating albums, moving/copying, assigning thumbnails, rotation and more New image editor allows cropping, resizing, color adjustments and more New HTML editor New Media Queue page Allow viewing high resolution original files in web browser Image property edits can be embedded in the original file Support batch metadata writing to original files New caching algorithm improves performance - only changed items are purged Improved support for high DPI devices Improved touchscreen support Improve usability of admin pages on small devices Support for Canon CR2, Nikon NEF, Adobe Illustrator AI and PostScript PS files Free version now gets the same UI templates as high-end editions (tag clouds/tag trees, PayPal & Facebook [...]