In today's Movable Type hackathon I chose to focus on a Movable Type plugin of mine that has been neglected quite far too much since the release of MT4: the Photo Gallery plugin. I held off primarily because I knew that the template set feature in Movable Type 4.1 was going to make the user experience for the Photo Gallery plugin totally worth the wait.
What I have hacked together so far is far from perfect, but it serves as an excellent and fully functional preview of what is in store for this plugin in the coming weeks. Please, install it, use it and let me know what you think.
- Make sure you have MTOS 4.1 or MT 4.1 installed.
- Download PhotoGallery-2.0.zip
- Follow the installation instructions.
- Create a new blog and use the "Stop Design Photo Gallery (PHP)" template set.
- From the Create menu select "Upload Photo."
The rest should be, I hope, self explanatory. If it is not, then that is a bug.
About Photo Gallery 2.0 (alpha)
This is not an official release. It is a preview and chance for me to hear some feedback from users.
In case you were wondering, here is an overview of some of the enhancements found in Photo Gallery 2.0:
- easy to install photo gallery - using MT's template set system you can install a PHP version of Doug Bowman's templates.
- photo album nomenclature - when you are in the administrative interface managing a photo gallery, the classic bloggish language of MT is replaced by more familiar photo related terminology, e.g. "Album" vs. "Category".
- faster publishing - the templates have been completely refactored to be faster to publish and faster to process new uploads.
- easy photo management UI - using Movable Type's built in asset management interface it is far simpler now to view all your photos from within the admin interface.
- better upload dialog - a better and simpler photo upload dialog has been provided to allow you to view the photo while you provide a title and caption for it.
- no hacked custom fields - data is now stored logically within an entry allowing users to realistically edit a photo even after it has been uploaded and saved.
But remember, I am not done yet. So expect the following soon...
- OpenID support for commenting
- a second plain HTML photo gallery option