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Instagram changes its terms of use

One year ago, dropbox changed its terms of use. Now Instagram makes it explicit that they can use your photos “the way they want” (to make it short). It was absolutely expected. “If you don’t pay for the product, then YOU are the product”. That’s true for all free services on the web.

Running a service like Picasa Web Albums, Flickr, Instagram, Facebook or Google+ costs a lot of money: servers in data centers, electrical power, salary for engineers and other staff. All these free services need to make money, one way or another. The most common way is to monetize users data.

Matt Mullenweg sums it up nicely in an interview during LeWeb 2012 (2’30”), “Instagram primary users are not what we think of as users, it’s advertisers, and us are the product”.

xkcd gives a nice illustration of the Instagram (Facebook/Google+/…) business model

Does an alternate solution exist? Yes, but you’ll have to reconsider the way you use internet services. As soon as you pay for a service, then you can consider that the primary goal of the service is to satisfy you, and not an advertiser or any third party.

This is exactly why Piwigo.com is not free. The user pays $39/year and our goal is not to sell your data or improve your “profile” for targeted ads. Our primary goal is to provide a service you appreciate (and buy).

Written by plg

December 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm

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Insert your photos from Piwigo into WordPress

This feature has been expected for a long time and João C. proposes it with PiwigoMedia : WordPress users can easily insert photos from their Piwigo photo gallery into a blog post. Easily means :

  1. browse your gallery
  2. select photos
  3. click on the “insert into post” button

Note: PiwigoMedia is a plugin for WordPress, not for Piwigo

 

settings for PiwigoMedia
Define the Piwigo URL, Piwigo can be on another server.
WordPress post editor (TinyMCE) with PiwigoMedia button
when you edit your WordPress post, a new button appears to select photos from Piwigo
the PiwigoMedia window, to select your photos from Piwigo
select a category (an album), then one ore more photos and insert them into your WordPress post
photos from Piwigo inserted into WordPress post
Photos from Piwigo are inserted as links into your WordPress post

 

PiwigoMedia is really simple to use and does the job the right way. As PiwigoMedia smartly uses the Piwigo web API, your Piwigo doesn’t have to be installed on the same server or in the same database. Your Piwigo can be installed on the other side of the planet!

Visit João C. website and Download PiwigoMedia

Written by plg

February 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm

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Piwigo 2.2 Release Candidate 2 is out

… and you’re welcome if you want to be part of the beta-testing effort!

With 2.2.0RC1 beta tests, many bugs were found by users and fixed by the development team.

Beta-testing can be very easy. You can even send me a private message and we will create a beta-testing environment, just for you.

Read more details about Piwigo 2.2.0RC2 and download it

Written by plg

February 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm

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Publish photos from Shotwell to Piwigo

Guillaume Viguier-Just has created a new connector for Shotwell to Publish your photos into Piwigo. Shotwell is the default photo organizer available on Ubuntu 10.10.

The connector is available for beta test. You can read instructions to run the Publish to Piwigo connector on https://github.com/guillaumev/piwigoshotwell : you will need to compile a patched Shotwell, but that’s only for beta testing. I don’t know yet how it will be packaged once it is stable, but that will be easy to install.

On Piwigo side, here are the requirements :
* Piwigo 2.1.5
* install + activate the pwg.images.addSimple plugin

If you are not a Piwigo user yet and you would like to test the Shotwell connector without worrying about Piwigo installation, create an free trial account on Piwigo.com (the pwg.images.addSimple plugin is activated by default).

forum topic for user feedback : Shotwell publish to Piwigo

Written by plg

November 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

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Publish photos from Lightroom to Piwigo

Vladimir Vinogradsky has created a new Adobe Lightroom plug-in to export photos in your Piwigo gallery. It is currently in beta test. Piwigo API has been improved to make it more compliant with Lightroom plug-in needs. You will need Piwigo 2.1.5 + the pwg.images.addSimple plugin to perform tests. Plugin pwg.images.addSimple will be integrated into Piwigo core in release 2.2.

If you are not a Piwigo user yet and you would like to test the Lightroom plugin without worrying about Piwigo installation, create an free trial account on Piwigo.com (the pwg.images.addSimple plugin is activated by default).

Lightroom plug-in beta testing – invitation

Written by plg

November 12, 2010 at 11:38 am

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A dynamic Piwigo homepage with PWG Stuffs

PWG Stuffs is one of the most badly named plugin for Piwigo! But don’t stop reading, because PWG Stuffs is also one of the most interesting plugin for Piwigo! The name of the plugin doesn’t mean anything, read this description to understand what it’s all about.

PWG Stuffs = manage blocks on your page

On a standard Piwigo with a standard theme, you have the menubar on the left (250px) and the main block on the right. The main block contains the thumbnails for the current album or tag. PWG Stuffs adds other blocks, such as latest comments, a welcome text, random pictures, a tag cloud, featured photos and others. Even better, you can organize your blocks: block 1 and block 2 on the first line and block 3 on another line. PWG Stuffs is one of the first plugin P@t created. P@t currently works on 23 plugins. His plugins count many followers, including me.

We have released PWG Stuffs version 2.1.f today. The new feature is the ability to hide the main block on the home page. In my opinion this is an important new feature, because it means that you can design your homepage the way you want, with some static blocks filled with HTML and blocks with dynamic content.

PWG Stuff page in the extension repository

Written by plg

October 26, 2010 at 11:41 pm

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Using WordPress/Drupal/Joomla for your photo gallery?

Yesterday as any usual day we received a support request on the Piwigo forum. This user has been trying to create his photo gallery with Drupal and obviously, it was not as easy as expected:

After spending months fighting with various Drupal gallery modules, I finally gave up and after some research ended up with Piwigo. So far, I am very impressed. I must say that I’ve been able to get a LOT more done in 4 hours with Piwigo than I could in 6 months with Drupal’s gallery and image modules! Way to go!

Don’t understand my post wrong, I really appreciate Drupal or Joomla for creating an average to very large website or WordPress to create a small website or a feature rich blog. Drupal, Joomla and WordPress are great softwares with impressive feature sets and active communities.

My opinion is that if your website is mainly a photo gallery, the best option is to choose a photo gallery software and among the best photo gallery software you’ll find Piwigo, but not only: ZenPhoto and Menalto Gallery are also in the place. Piwigo is designed to manage photo galleries, only other photo gallery softwares can be seriously compared to Piwigo when it comes to managing (large) photo sets.

Gallery modules integrated into WordPress/Drupal/Joomla are nice and certainly good enough for the vast majority of WordPress/Drupal/Joomla users and I don’t say this option is a bad choice. It all depends on the main use of your website. I have seen many great photo galleries designed with a WordPress core + photo oriented theme and the result is top quality most of the time.

You know what’s good with Opensource Softwares? The user can give a try and decide by himself!

Written by plg

October 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm

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Exporting a latin1 encoded MySQL database from PhpMyAdmin

Tonight, I helped a veteran Piwigo user to migrate to piwigo.com hosting. The main problem I encountered was PhpMyAdmin.

In his MySQL database, strings were using latin1 character set, he was still using PhpWebGallery 1.7. Unfortunately, there was no access to any mysql command line, so I had to deal with PhpMyAdmin :-/ and whatever option I could check or uncheck in the export tool, I had an utf8 encoded database dump. I import it the following way:

mysql --user=*** --password=*** pwg213 < dump.sql

Imported as is, the dump generated a messy result in the browser. So instead of just importing the dump from the command line, I used the mysql shell and set the client character set first:

mysql --user=*** --password=*** pwg213
mysql> set names utf8;
mysql> source dump.sql

Then all was fine, the upgrade from PhpWebGallery 1.7 to Piwigo 2.1 was as easy as usual with only 664 photos.

Written by plg

October 7, 2010 at 11:37 pm

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Hierarchical Tags

Based on a reply to this Piwigo forums post, I wrote a blog post, because it may be interesting for more readers.

The “what about managing tags in a hierarchy” question comes back from time to time since 2006 when tags were implemented in Piwigo version 1.6.0. My opinion is that Piwigo already has a very powerful system to manage hierarchies: categories (or albums, which is the new name for categories in the upcoming version 2.2).

The photo organizers listed by bhlevca, ie Lightroom and Digikam, are designed for advanced or professional users and not for sharing purpose. If you take a look at web applications in general, designed for everyday users, you will hardly find hierarchical tags. Yes you will find section/sub-section/sub-sub-section and tag1+tag2+tag3 but not tags places/USA/California/SanFrancisco + animals/mammals/dog.

What makes Piwigo specific and able to use categories to manage hierarchical tags: the ability to associate a photo to several categories while most web applications can only associate an item to a single category and to multiple tags.

OK, so Piwigo doesn’t have hierarchical tags! Fine. What should I do with my hierarchical tags defined in my desktop photo collection managed by Lightroom/Digikam?

Let’s consider you have a photo with the following tags:
* places/USA/California/SanFrancisco
* animals/mammals/dog

I don’t know how these hierarchical tags are stored in IPTC/XMP metadata, but that’s not really the problem. I propose several options:

a) only keep the last level of tag: tags SanFrancisco + dog
b) use each tag level as a tag: tags places + USA + California + SanFrancisco + animals + mammals + dog
c) transform the tag hierarchy into a single tag: tags places:USA:California:SanFrancisco + animals:mammals:dog
d) generate the category hierarchy

I personally really like browsing my photo gallery with tags, so I would consider option b as the most interesting. This way I could see all photos tagged SanFrancisco + animals in just 3 clicks and the photo of this dog in SanFrancisco streets would be in the result set.

Dear reader, please keep in mind that this is an extract from a forum discussion about “how to improve tag management in Piwigo”, none of this options are available in current Piwigo 2.1.

Written by plg

October 2, 2010 at 11:06 pm

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Piwigo 2.1.3 and vulnerability reporting

Piwigo 2.1.3 was released 6 days ago on September 14th 2010. It brings 2 new languages (فارسی and Latviešu, 28 languages now available), fixes several minor bugs, improves PostgreSQL compatibility but the main reason for releasing was the discovering of a few vulnerabilities.

On Twitter, I often search for “piwigo” related tweets and on September 11th I found several vulnerability reports. This was not cool at all. Vulnerabilities exist and you won’t find any web application 100% free of vulnerabilities. The problem is that from time to time the reporter prefers to make the vulnerability public instead of reporting it to Piwigo team. So please, next time please contact the Piwigo team for vulnerabilities found in Piwigo.

On the other side, Loïc Castel helped us to fix the bug and we publicly thank him for that!

Visit Piwigo download page

Written by plg

September 20, 2010 at 11:55 am

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