New in Gallery Server 4

New in Gallery Server 4 2017-12-21T16:06:02+00:00

Faster. More powerful. Fewer clicks.

New ribbon UI

A new ribbon toolbar replaces the Actions menu. It gathers together tasks in one convenient location and improves the visibility of the available options.

Better move/copy

In Gallery Server 3, copying an item required five clicks and three postbacks. In version 4, we eliminated the postbacks and reduced mouse clicks.

Inline album creation

Now you can create an album without leaving the current page.

Consolidated delete functions

In version 3, there were three separate task pages for deleting items. These functions have all been rolled into a single delete ribbon button.

More powerful thumbnail assignment

While version 3 let you choose any media asset in the album to serve as the album’s thumbnail image, you could only pick an asset from that album. Version 4 lets you assign an item to any album in the gallery. In this example we select an image and assign it to the grandparent album.


In addition to the rotate function we had in version 3, you can now flip on the horizontal and vertical axis. Rotate and flip works for videos in addition to images and can be applied in a batch against several items at once.

 Performance boost

We studied the slowest areas of Gallery Server 3 and dramatically improved performance in several key places.

  • New cache algorithm — In version 3 any edits purged the entire cache, so a simple act like updating the title of a photo forced the gallery to reload potentially thousands of assets and albums on the next page load. Now only changed items are purged. You’ll really notice this improvement when working with large albums and when using the SQL CE database engine.
  • Multi-threaded AJAX processing — Version 4 now processes AJAX requests from the client asynchronously. This provides increased scalability and better performance in many areas. For example, uploading several files is now much faster, since the browser no longer has to wait for the server to finish processing an uploaded file before it starts sending the next one.
  • Faster metadata extraction — We improved the algorithm that pulls metadata out of photographs and images, resulting in up to 50% faster syncs and uploads.
  • Faster ZIP downloads — When you download multiple items, Gallery Server wraps them up in a zip package. Since media files are usually highly compressed already, we found that we could generate the zip archive faster if we skipped the compression portion of the algorithm. The result? Files that are nearly identical in size as version 3 but generate 80% faster. While we were at it, the ZIP file now contains the same album structure as the items you are downloading instead of the flat list we had before.
  • Faster page load — When album paging is enabled, thumbnail images are now downloaded only for the current page, improving the initial page load time.
  • And more — We improved performance in dozens of areas, from making functions more efficient to caching tags/people and more. All resulting in a gallery that can handle millions of media assets.

HTML and Image editors

Gallery Server 4 introduces a brand new, tinyeMCE-based HTML editor that gives you a familiar interface for rich text editing. This makes it easier to add descriptions with headings, bullet lists, links and more.

Click property value to activate HTML editor

There’s also a built-in image editor that lets you crop, resize, rotate, adjust colors and more.

The image editor window

The HTML and image editors are available in all editions except for Gallery Server Free.

Learn more:

New HTML editor makes rich text editing a breeze

New image editor in Gallery Server 4.0

Metadata writing: Tag once, read anywhere

Tags, titles, captions and more are now stored where they belong – inside the original file. These changes can then be read by any software. Available in all editions except for Gallery Server Free.

Gallery Server can write to 28 metadata properties. The Enterprise editions include a batch metadata writer for writing all the properties in the gallery database to the files with one click.

Adjust the settings on the Metadata page in the site admin area.

Learn more: Tag once, read anywhere: Write metadata back to the original file with Gallery Server 4

Turn on metadata writing to enable saving property edits back to the original file

High resolution viewer

View the original, high resolution images and videos without leaving the browser. Your asset automatically scales to take advantage of the available screen real estate. If you’re using a large screen, enjoy the fine details of your beautiful photos.

View the original, high resolution images and videos without leaving the browser

Improved mobile device support

Small devices get some love in this release, too.

  • Use right/left swipe gesture to move to next/previous media asset
  • Ribbon automatically scales down on small screens
  • Replaced bitmap icons with FontAwesome icons, resulting in crisp, correctly sized icons on high DPI devices
  • Improved usability of admin pages on small screens
  • Added favicons, including one optimized for iOS
  • Fixed an issue where it was difficult to touch-click a thumbnail on some high DPI devices

Ribbon is responsive and looks great on small devices

And more

These are just a few of the improvements we made in Gallery Server 4. You’ll also enjoy these changes:

  • Allow manual sorting as default sort option
  • Add support for automatically logging in a user
  • Support Windows authentication
  • 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
  • Delete unused cache directories during a synchronization
  • Preserve album structure in zip archive when downloading items from multiple albums
  • Allow any media asset to serve as the thumbnail for an album
  • Add fullscreen button in UI template editor
  • Move album breadcrumb menu and login/search dialogs to header UI template
  • Modify UI template name dropdown to indicate active UI templates
  • Share links use parent window URL when gallery is in an iframe
  • Users can clear their profile settings
  • Default to first *active* UI template on UI templates page
  • Support full installation of ImageMagick
  • Add support for Canon CR2 and Nikon NEF raw file formats
  • Extract people tags that were written with Windows Photo Gallery
  • Add setting to allow looping a slide show
  • Allow adding, editing, and deleting MIME types
  • [Security] Don’t allow unspecified MIME types in gallery
  • Add support for Adobe Illustrator and PostScript files
  • Support file extensions up to 30 characters in length
  • Improve date/time sorting algorithm
  • Allow specifying a role that all users are always a member of (e.g. Authenticated Users)
  • Update MIME types
  • Update default thumbnail images
  • Create Media Queue page for admins
  • Dozens of bug fixes
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We use Gallery Server for a digital archiving system managing a huge quantity of photos and documents. We love the system for its splendid functionality, its flexibility and transparency. When necessary it can be easily adapted to meet specific local requirements. The documentation is superb. The developers are always there to provide support and advice.
Jan van Harten, VH Computer Consult