I’m very pleased to be showcasing Roger Martin’s newest release of Gallery Server Pro at DBVT.COM, Version 2.3. You’ll find it at http://dbvt.com/photos. There are several new features in 2.3, with attention paid to improved performance. I upgrade by way of the full source code release, yet it was a snap as usual. I’ve upgraded several times now, and each time I consult Roger’s excellent release-specific QuickStart Guide (PDF) which covers all possible contingencies.
As for new features, one which I was eagerly anticipating was album paging. The number of media objects per page is user-configurable, with the option in GSP Administration to display the paging control at the top, bottom or both top and bottom of a media display.
Another new Gallery Server Pro feature is the ability to select multiple media objects for download, with context awareness of the media type. For images you can select the thumbnails, compressed or original images for download, which are assembled into a single .ZIP file. Very cool.
As a sidebar, Gallery Server Pro has had the ability to upload multiple media objects in a single .ZIP file for a long time. Yet multi-file upload isn’t available in certain .NET commercial media gallery offerings that cost tens of thousands of dollars (though it used to be…) Now the ability to download multiple media objects compounds the profundity, as it’s another feature not available in the .NET commercial domain.
Below is a sampling of the new multi-object download icon and selection screen if you want to give it a spin at DBVT.COM. One tip, be sure to drill down to a child album before initiating a download. No need to package up 100’s of photos to demo Gallery Server Pro multi-object downloading. Here, why don’t you enjoy downloading a few pics of the Colchester Ferry!
There are other new Gallery Server Pro features in 2.3, like User Albums. Giving site users their own albums might not mean much on DBVT.COM, but it’s HUGE for Sueetie. You’ll be hearing more of that when I upgrade Gallery Server Pro on Sueetie.