The next update to Pixaria (version 2.3.5) will be the first to introduce some long awaited changes to Pixaria's front end templates which will allow for full support of multiple languages in the entire front end user interface.
The progress so far is that I've completed work on many of the internal modifications which will enable this transition and with that out of the way, have so far converted the login screen, search results and thumbnail views to make them localisable.
I'm hoping that now the frameworks are all in place for this major change, I will be able to complete the remaining work fairly quickly. The results will be released as version 2.5 as soon as I've completed the work - hopefully by early October.
I will be updating the documentation to provide instructions for translating the script into different languages nearer the release date. If you have any comments about this change to Pixaria, please let me know via the forums.Permalink
Just a quick post to say that version 2.3.5 is now available. This is a very minor update to 2.3.4 (only a few files are changed) which fixes an issue with importing images into galleries.
I've deliberately not sent the 2.3.4 update to many people until this update was ready so if you've requested version 2.3.4, you can expect to get this version instead..!
The next major update of Pixaria Gallery will be version 2.5 which will be released later this year - probably in Autumn - and include full support for multiple languages.
Originally, I'd intended to include multilingual support as part of version 3.0 but as I've got to do the multi-lingual conversion anyway before I can even begin work on version 3, it made sense to release it as part of the 2.x series of updates. It will take a while to do this work but I'll post updates as I go..!Permalink
Pixaria Gallery version 2.3.4 is now available to all current users. This update adds the ability to archive galleries for simpler administration and introduces new filtering options to the gallery list view in the admin area.
There are also some improvements to the image list view for contributing photographers in the front end as well as numerous minor bug fixes.Permalink
Owing to some apparent confusion over the Pixaria upgrade subscription process, I've decided to discontinue this method of paying for Pixaria upgrades.
A significant number of people were unaware that these subscriptions were a recurring automatic payment and this was causing problems for a number of people so I've cancelled all current subscriptions effective as of today.
What does this mean for me?
Jamis Buck (via Daringfireball) on the mistakes people make in assuming that an arbitrary feature should be easy to add to a software application.
Imaginary work is always easier to do than real work. It is much more attractive (being more quickly done) and once you see the imaginary work, it can be very difficult to identify the real work it masks
I run into this issue fairly often with Pixaria users and prospective users so even though the article's from 2005, it's just as relevant today - even more so as I think about what to include in Pixaria 3.0.Permalink
If anyone's tried to e-mail me in the last 24 hours and not had a response yet, the reason is that I'm having serious issues with my e-mail service which is part of my hosting provision with MediaTemple.
For the last 24 hours I've had only intermittent access to webmail and sporadic pop3 download access which means I've got a lot of e-mails sitting on a server which I can't read. I'm also away for three days from tomorrow which is inevitably going to mean another e-mail backlog for me to work through. I'd like to apologise for the delay but rest assured I will answer e-mails as soon as I can.
For what it's worth, I'm also considering leaving MediaTemple and finding a hosting company that doesn't make fixing things so complicated (and slow) so hopefully, this won't happen again..!Permalink
Some people have been running into difficulties with licensing the Java FTP applet in Pixaria. The good news is that from the next update, the entire process will be massively simplified but in the meantime, you can use these tips to get up and running.
Firstly, you need to upload the license file 'license.oxw' to resources/ext/jclient/ and then ensure that the path to the 'license.oxw' file in the scaling.properties file is correct:
This needs to be entered as a full path on a single line in the file like this:
You must enter the full path to the file like this:
or in this form:
You must ensure that you only include this line once.
Next, you need to enter the path to the license file in the template for the upload tool which you can find at resources/templates_admin/admin.jclient/upload.view.tpl.
The license path needs to be entered as a relative path exactly like this:
<param name="regfile" value="../ext/jclient/license.oxw">
That should be it..! You may need to relaunch your browser to see the changes but if you have any problems, let me know.
The developer of the applet has asked me to remind everyone that when you buy the license, it will only work on the domain you enter. This means that if you buy a license for 'www.mysite.com' it will only work at http://www.mysite.com/ and not at http://albums.mysite.com/.
If you want a license that will work on multiple subdomains, you MUST purchase a license for 'mysite.com' which will then work on any domain of the form http://*.mysite.com.Permalink
Some users are having problems with the Java upload applet due to some issues with the online documentation for setting up licenses for this feature.
It appears that the instructions I've provided don't always work properly and I'm seeking clarification from the developer on the correct way to install license files for the software.
I would also like to point out that there are also some problems with instructions given by users in the forums and that license files should NOT be placed into resources/admin/ as putting any types of files into this directory is unsupported.
The documentation should be updated with correct instructions within the next 24 hours and I'll post an update when it's all sorted..!Permalink
I've had a lot of correspondence recently on the subject of ideas and suggestions for improving Pixaria all of which has come at a good time as I'm beginning to think about what to include in Pixaria 3.0 which I'm targeting for a release early next year.
Between now and then, I plan on only one more major release of Pixaria which will be version 2.5 and tie up loose ends and work in progress features in the current release. Some of the enhancements in progress for the near future include improvements to the user interface for browsing galleries on the back end, including support for archiving galleries to save on space and new filtering tools similar to those in the admin user list.
Looking further ahead, I plan to finalise the entire feature list for Pixaria 3.0 before the end of this month and hopefully begin development work in August. Version 2.x will continue to be developed after the branch point for Pixaria 3.0 but it's unlikely I will add any new features to it after this time.
As usual, I won't be publishing a list of what's going into version 3.0 until near the time of the release. What I will do however is publish a list of those features that I will not be adding to Pixaria which I hope will make it clearer what my intentions are for the future of the script and avoid any false hopes of features that are never going to arrive.
During the course of development, I'll be posting regular updates, teaser screenshots and snippets of information about the new features in version 3.0 so make sure you're subscribed into the RSS feed for this blog to be notified of updates automatically.Permalink
Anyone who says good software user interfaces don't matter is talking out of their butt. Don't believe me? Check out the scary (and I mean scary) TripLog/1040 for iPhone and you'll see what I'm on about:
(Via Daring Fireball)Permalink
Regular users of Pixaria may not be aware of three important tools and utilities I offer to help with the process of managing and upgrading your Pixaria website.
To remedy this, I thought it might be useful to give a quick run through of some of the utilities in the 'Extras' area of Pixaria.com:
Whenever a new update to Pixaria is released, the release notes page is the place to look to see details of everything that's changed since the previous version.
Every change ever made to Pixaria is included in the release notes which makes them an important resource to use when upgrading. Major changes such as the renaming of files and folders or the removal or modification of major features which may affect how your site works are always highlighted.
To complement the release notes, I also produce a file change log for every release which lists all the files that changed since the previous version. This is useful if you've made lots of modifications to your site or just want to know which files to replace to upgrade your website.
As an additional resource for sites with heavily customised themes, the template comparison tool goes beyond the detail of the file change log and allows you to perform side by side comparisons of all the template files between any two versions of the script. The line by line file comparison simplifies the process of finding which parts of your custom theme need to be modified to match the default look and feel when upgrading.Permalink
Pixaria Gallery 4.0.5
Friday, May 10, 2013
Pixaria Gallery 4.0.4
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Pixaria Gallery 4.0.2
Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Pixaria Gallery 4.0 Demo
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