[Interview] Peter Reiser, Sam.agentur and Piwigo
Here is the first interview I publish. Peter Reiser is a Managing Partner at Sam.agentur, a web agency based in Neu-Ulm, Germany. Peter Reiser works with Jochen Roth, who made many tests and feedbacks on EXIF/IPTC support in Piwigo. Peter uses Piwigo for his own photo gallery about the city of Neu-Ulm, integrated inside a Typo3 CMS. Sam.agentur has also implemented Piwigo for its customers.
How did you discover Piwigo?
We have used Piwigo for many years (even when its name was PhpWebGallery). In 2005 our customers asked for a picture database solution. Our engineering team searched for an open source programm and found PhpWebGallery.
For customers like Kardex, a warehousing and storage solutions povider, we relaunched the picture database with the new version of Piwigo. For the launch of LaCordée Reisen, a Travel Agency for German people visiting France, we also installed the new version of Piwigo.
Kardex uses Piwigo as a picture database in the intranet to offer pictures to the local marketing in the countries. LaCordée Reisen offers his Salespartners pictures for their own marketing.
How do you add photos?
Our customers upload with pLoader. In the past per FTP.
For my own photo gallery, I upload with the Piwigo Plugin of Adobe Lightroom because this ensures the best implementation of all processes in my photographer workflow.
Why don’t you use photo gallery module available for Typo3?
Typo3 is a very good tool. We produce very complex and big websites with typo3. But the features of picture gallery extensions never fit with a picture database like Piwigo.
Piwigo offers a wide range of functions and features for professional picture database which fits with the needs of photographers and marketing.
What will be good new features?
If a plugin will be programmed which mirrors the piwigo database into the typo3 database by taking the catergory-tree and a limitation of the picture size. That will be great.
What will you add to your ulm picture database?
With my database with ulm pictures i look the next week for plugins which enable me to do my sellings of ulm pictures more and more with piwigo.
What are you favorite features in Piwigo?
To make individual settings to different users. I use this to deliver a preview of a shooting to my customer or model.
What are the most useful plugins?
Useful: Piwigo AutoUpgrade, RV Sitemap, LocalFiles Editor, Download Multi, IPTC from Mac.
It would be nice that Contact Form let you add custom fields.
Next steps with Piwigo?
I will test some new features like PayPal Shopping Cart and the “welcome page” in the latest version of Additional Pages plugin, etc.
It is also possible that we install 2 databases the next time. On will be for a customer which has to offer productpictures to his salespartners.
One datebase will be for our agency do offer a sevice for our customers which are booking us as photographers.
Thank you very much Peter!