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Piwigo 2.4, behind the scene

Piwigo 2.4 is a major huge version. On the official release note you’ll learn how many changes are introduced. What you don’t know is who made this release possible. Let’s summarize:

  • rvelices: multiple size engine, watermark, navigation links on photo, center of interest
  • P@t: mobile theme
  • mistic100: change username, email notification on user registration, sort user comments, new design for photos sort order, unified messages management, hotlinks compatibility
  • Zaphod (new team member): new default theme Elegant
  • flop25: technical documentation on multiple size, nice videos that you can see on Piwigo 2.4 release notes
  • plg (that’s me): various changes in administration, configuration for multiple size and watermark, new design on albums administration
  • plg and mistic100 have worked together on improvements in the Batch Manager and the new design on photo administration screen
  • ddtddt: managed to add 3 new languages thanks to new translators for Esperanto, Finnish and Cambodian. Piwigo is now available in 47 languages! Many languages are now much more complete and updated with strings introduced in Piwigo 2.4. Great work from the translation team!

 

 

This version took 8 months to come instead of 6 as planned. The 2 extra months are mainly due to a lack of available time and difficulties on the migration from 2.3. As I wrote earlier, 2.4 is a huge version and the multiple size engine changes important things like the organization of photo files. Now that Piwigo 2.4 is out, we immediatly see how important the graphics library has become (any tiny issue blocks all sizes generation).

I’m confident that multiple size is a huge improvement for Piwigo and when rvelices first described me what he was working on in december 2011, I was really excited! The mobile theme is also a very important feature, a big step for Piwigo, which is now much more “mobile phone compliant”. The new default theme, Elegant, designed by Zaphod (already author of the popular theme Stripped) is also an important change, 3 years after theme Sylvia (the pink trees and black background theme). Even if it can’t be considered as new features, the improvements on user experience highly matter to make Piwigo easy to use. Better user experience will directly improve Piwigo popularity.

Enjoy Piwigo 2.4 and congratulations to all coders, translators, video creator, support and beta testers!

Written by plg

June 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm

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PigoLabs = Piwigo Services

PigoLabs is the company behind Piwigo.com. It was founded exactly 1 year ago. We’ve been focusing on Piwigo.com so far, but as we receive more and more requests for specific services, it’s time for us to publicize about what PigoLabs can do for customers. This is why we have created this small (2 pages for now) website.

PigoLabs offers services for Piwigo

PigoLabs offers services for Piwigo

We propose many services related to Piwigo, from basic installation and upgrade to premium support and plugin or theme coding. We’re based in Europe (that’s why rates are in euro), in France (that’s why PigoLabs est également disponible en français)

Looking for Piwigo Services ? Discover PigoLabs →

Written by plg

November 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm

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Piwigo 2.3, making-off

In our new 6 month release cycle Piwigo 2.3 was planned for October 1st, 2011. Piwigo 2.3.0 was released on October 4th, 2011. Job’s done! I’m proud of this result. And Piwigo 2.3 brings many new features. Let’s summarize:

  • rvelices: rating score (better sorting on “best rated” photos)
  • P@t: Update Manager, thumbnail regeneration, websize photo regeneration, thumbnail mass cropping
  • mistic100 (new team member): menubar on all pages, multilingual tags, “default sort order” configuration setting, number of photos per page user setting
  • flop25: option to apply permissions to sub-albums
  • plg (that’s me): design changes on the upload form, new tooltip on thumbnail, “lost password” feature, tag merging
  • P@t and mistic100 have worked together on the new design of the Plugin Manager
  • ddtddt: managed to add 6 new languages thanks to new translators for Afrikaans, Български (Bulgarian), Eesti (Estonian), Ελληνικά (Greek), 한국어 (Korean) , ภาษาไทย (Thai). Piwigo is now available in 43 languages!

In addition to our traditionnal “Release Notes” full of screenshots, we have created a 3 minute video to introduce you to 3 new visual features of Piwigo 2.3.

What about my personnal feeling on Piwigo 2.3 new features? The new rating score algorithm is great for Piwigo Showcase, the new plugin manager is really the kind of user interface I would like for all administration screens, thumbnail and websize regeneration are maybe the most useful actions available in the Batch Manager (of course I like the new design of the upload form, but I’ve played so much with it while coding that it doesn’t seem really “new” to me). I really love this new version. I hope you’ll feel the same!

Let’s start to work on Piwigo 2.4 now!

Written by plg

October 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Dropbox, data ownership, who cares?

Dropbox, the famous storage solution in the cloud, has announced this week-end a change in their Terms Of Use. I hope I understood correctly: by signing up on dropbox.com, Dropbox gets the right to use content uploaded by users. Dropbox doesn’t own your files, they just can “use” it. It doesn’t mean that Dropbox will start to sell your photos, videos and confidential documents you have sent on their server, it just means they can “use” them. Facebook, Picasa Web Albums by Google, Flickr by Yahoo… they all have the same kind of conditions in their Terms Of Use.

I work in the “hosting content” business and maybe what’s obvious for me is not that obvious for the average user: nothing is free. If you don’t pay for your 2GB of storage, you have to wonder how the provider pays his own bills! So when a provider doesn’t ask you for money, he asks for something else. The right to use your data the way they want, for example. Displaying targetted advertisements is another example.

So who cares? I thought that “nearly nobody” was the right answer, until I saw a huge number of messages on Twitter saying “today I close my Dropbox account, I disagree with their new TOS”. Actually, it seems that “a few people” care. See also blog posts Put it in the Cloud? Are You Nuts?Oh Dropbox, We Loved You Once…I’ve deleted my Dropbox account or the  less “panic” style Dropbox, cloud storage, and who owns your files?

For example, if you want to share your photos, publicly or privately, what’s the solution if you want to keep your full right of use on your own photos?

  1. host it by yourself. You can use a software like Piwigo: download it from Piwigo.org (Zenphoto or Menalto Gallery are also fine)
  2. if you don’t want to host it by yourself, you can open an account on Piwigo.com: this is not free, that’s €39/year, but we don’t use your data.

In the end I think that “no so many people” care, but we hear them on Twitter, and it’s good to know that some solutions exist for them.

Written by plg

July 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

WordPress.org and PHP & MySQL statistics

7 months ago, in post Phone Home or when an application sends data back to mothership, I said:

If WordPress could make its PHP/MySQL statistics public, then Piwigo wouldn’t need to create its own phoning home feature!

And it seems that my wish has now come true! WordPress.org has recently added a Statistics page with the versions of WordPress, PHP and MySQL.

PHP & MySQL statistics, published by WordPress.org

PHP & MySQL statistics, published by WordPress.org

This is really interesting to me. We have a clear idea of how many web application users are still using old versions of PHP (ie 92.8% are using PHP 5.2+)  or MySQL (ie 96.3% are using MySQL 5.0+). It shows that not so many users are still under very old PHP versions!

Thank you WordPress for doing the dirty work of collecting this data, and thank you WordPress.org for publishing the info!

Written by plg

July 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

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Piwigo on Android

Dmitri Popov has written a new article on Linux-Magazine blogs : DIY Mobile Photo Sharing with Piwigo and ReGalAndroid.

ReGalAndroid, Piwigo on Android!

Read the announcement on Piwigo.org

Written by plg

May 25, 2011 at 10:33 pm

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Piwigo release cycle

Piwigo 2.2 was planned for Fall 2010. Obviously we have been late! Even if that doesn’t really matters, I would really like to shorten the release cycle. In my opinion, having less features is not a problem at all. Piwigo 2.1 was out on May 2010 and coding for Piwigo 2.2 really started in September (we made other useful stuffs than coding for 3 months).

Here is a review of past release cycles:

  • 1.4 = 16 months
  • 1.5 = 8 months
  • 1.6 = 8 months
  • 1.7 = 10 months
  • 2.0 = 21 months. Far too long (with 6 months between RC1 and final version)
  • 2.1 = 14 months. Better, but still too long.
  • 2.2 = 11 months. Still Better, but can be improved.
Or if you want something more “visual”, here is a line with release cycles, 1 “=” sign means 2 months:
1.3 ======== 1.4 ==== 1.5 ==== 1.6 ===== 1.7 =========== 2.0 ======= 2.1 ===== 2.2

Why is a long release cycle a problem? Because it encourages the coding team to add many new features at the very last moment (even after RC1) and to add nothing new right after the major release is available. If you have a short release cycle, there is no problem to say:

ok, let’s postpone this feature, I’ll add it for next major release

With a long release cycle, this would be:

oh no, if I don’t add this feature right now, I’ll have to wait another 10 months before it’s available in a stable release! let’s try to add it now and postpone the release date

The consequence is a release cycle becoming longer and longer.

A good compromise is a 6 month release cycle. There is no real problem as soon as we’re not forced to add a fixed list of features. Instead of a list of features, we set the release date, and we’ll have the stable features available that day (after a 1 month release candidate period RC1, RC2, RC3…). Piwigo 2.3 will probably have less new features than 2.1 or 2.2 but it doesn’t matters at all.

Piwigo 2.3 planning on Piwigo.org forum

Written by plg

April 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm

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Piwigo available on DreamHost

A few weeks ago, we’ve received a message from DreamHost team on Piwigo.org contact form:

Hi there folks!

We’ve received an application submission from a customer to have Piwigo included in the DreamHost One-Click Installer’s application catalog.

[…]

Since a user submitted it and not the developer, we had to reject the application submission, without even so much as reviewing it. 😦

Piwigo is already available in 1-click installers Softaculous and SimpleScripts, but DreamHost has its own 1-click installer system. So I have added Piwigo, next to Zenphoto and Gallery2 in the category “Gallery”. Today it is available to any DreamHost customer and this is one of the biggest web hosting in USA.

Piwigo on DreamHost

Piwigo on DreamHost : 1-click install

Considering their 1-click installer for Piwigo, we have added Dreamhost in the list of recommended hosting for Piwigo.

Written by plg

April 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Piwigo 2.2, the makers

Read the full release notes on Piwigo.org.

I have worked on the user upload, on ImageMagick and high definition resizing options, on multisite, and on the new Batch Manager. P@t has worked on themes and languages updating system, on new versions of jQuery, GIF support on upload and has removed the Adviser Mode . rvelices has worked on automatic merge of CSS and Javascript files, on CSS sprites for icons, on renaming “category” into “album”.

ddtddt has managed the translation effort and the result is 14 new languages: Catalan by josep.torne, Íslenska (Icelandic) by Jimmy Wallster, Québecois (Quebecois) by TiOger, Latviešu (Latvian) by Aivars Baldone, Norske (Norwegian) by atlew, Slovenšcina (Slovenian) by Klemen, Slovensky (Slovak) by dodo, Svenska (Swedish) by Jonas and Jimmy Wallster, Српски (Serbian) by Ћирилица1, Українська (Ukrainian) by quest_tom, עברית (Hebrew) by Adirbiton, فارسی (Farsi) by mohammadN, ქართული (Georgian) by geomagi, 中文 (繁體) (Traditional Chinese) by chouyh. You can find a list of the other translators on my blog post about release 2.1.

Piwigo gets a new logo designed by Jimmy Wallster (who made a great customization of Piwigo on Iceland My Way and who also translated Piwigo into Icelandic and helped on Swedish). I will soon post the history of Piwigo logos on this blog.

New logo for the Piwigo project

New logo for the Piwigo project

Thank you to everybody involved in Piwigo 2.2 creation!

Written by plg

April 1, 2011 at 9:49 pm

[Interview] Biotope.fr, photo collection on nature with Piwigo

Every week I submit Google search on “Piwigo” and recently I’ve found a nicely customized Piwigo photo gallery on biotope.fr.

Biotope.fr photo collection

Biotope.fr photo collection

Nicolas Sourgens, webmaster of biotope.fr, has accepted to answer my questions for an interview related to their use of Piwigo.

At Biotope, 2 people are responsible for the photo collection:

– Nicolas Sourgens, graphical designer and web developer, has installed Piwigo and customized it depending on user requests

– Germain Tavan, who has a naturalist wildlife & flora educational background, manages colors on photos and fills the gallery

What is the mission of biotope.fr? Who is the target audience?

Biotope is composed of 16 offices on Environmental Studies, an R&D office, an international service and an agency for communication and publishing which is responsible for enhancing the Biotope photo collection.

Piwigo allows us to present our 20 years of photographic work mainly focused on wildlife, flora, habitats, natural landscapes and human activities in nature via our photo collection on the web.

The target audience is composed of both public and private organizations in relationship with the environment, but also individuals in search of beautiful pictures or rare photographs.

Since when do you use Piwigo and how did you discover it?

For 2 years. Discovered on a search engine.

What were you looking for? a “photo gallery”? a “photo database”? Did you have “opensource” in your search criteria? if yes, was it for the price or the freedom?

We were looking for an opensource software to create a photo database. We wanted to work with an opensource software because we wanted to adapt it to our own needs and for a reasonnable price!

How do you add photos?

On Mac, we resize photos and generate thumbnails with several freewares. Then we upload it with Filezilla (FTP transfer) in the “galleries” directory.

What are your favorite features in Piwigo?

* a true embedded search engine
* the ability to manage photos in a batch (we mainly use the “unit mode”)
* EXIF display
* the significant amount of functionalities thanks to plugins and tools
* RSS feed
* the ability to customize it

What improvements are you expecting?

* the ability to sell photos directly in Piwigo (with a shopping cart, provided as a plugin)
* a smarter search engine: ability to detect and correct typos
* an easier customization

A plugin “PayPal Shopping Cart” was released recently. With this plugin you can basically sell your photos from your Piwigo photo gallery. This kind of feature better integrated in Piwigo is on the roadmap, but probably not in 2011.

Which plugins are you using and which ones are the most important?

* important: Additional Pages, Advanced Menu Manager, LocalFiles Editor, PWG Stuffs, FCK Editor, Statistics
* less important: ConcoursPhoto, Contact Form

Which customizations did you implement?

We have created a template-extension to add the photo identifier next to the photo title displayed just above the photo. We use this identifier when we receive requests for detail information about a photo. Piwigo community forums helped us a lot to achieve this specific customization.

We forbid right click on photos thanks to LocalFiles Editor (even if we know it’s not 100% safe, it makes obvious we don’t want our photos to be copied)

The pagination bar (first|previous[1,2,3|next|last) is duplicated: we display it before and after thumbnails (we have created another template-extension with LocalFiles Editor)

We changed the code so that thumbnails long captions are not truncated.

We have added a specific page banner.

Biotope.fr photo collection banner

Biotope.fr photo collection banner

We designed a welcome picture displayed into a Personal Block with PWG Stuffs plugin.

Biotope.fr Welcome Message

Biotope.fr Welcome Picture

We changed the message in the footer to include our copyright (directly modified footer.tpl template)

Biotope.fr photo collection footer (specific copyright)

Biotope.fr photo collection footer (specific copyright)

We have created a sales quote request form thanks to Additional Pages plugin

Biotope.fr, list of Additional Pages

Biotope.fr, list of Additional Pages

We have merged sections “Menu” and “Specials” in the menubar, thanks to LocalFiles Editor plugin.

We have removed the connexion section in the menubar.

We have removed the “quick search” box to keep only the “advanced search”.

… and so on.

How many photos in your collection currently? How many in the future?

We currently have more than 3,000 photographs. During 2011, we plan to add approximately 10,000 other photos from our digital stock.

We will scan our analog photographs the next years and add them into the photo collection of our website, approximately 10,000 photos.

You still use Piwigo 2.0, why don’t you upgrade to version 2.1?

We fear to loose some of our customizations… more seriously, we have to do it… and we have already installed the Piwigo AutoUpgrade plugin.

Concerning customization, you have modified the Sylvia theme. Starting from Piwigo 2.1, it is much easier to create a new theme based on another one, for example you can create a theme “biotope” based on “Sylvia” and only modify a few CSS rules and background pictures.

Thank you Nicolas and Germain and good luck to biotope.fr!

Written by plg

March 28, 2011 at 9:22 am

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