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Halcinlatsmir
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Feedback and Wishlist Item
« on: October 22, 2003, 05:09:08 PM »
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Hi,

I've just installed emAlbum and it was so easy (once I got all the <CR>'s out of the files) It's great!    Thanks for making it.

I have noticed that a few other people have asked about the ability to add comments.  I've not been able to find any album script to offer this option and I think this is the only thing missing.

I don't know if you have had time to think about how to implement comments.  My suggestion would be to create a text file of the same name as the image.  In a similar way to the method emAlbum currently uses to find thumbnails.  Then by placing a new tag in the template, emAlbum would know where to insert the contents of the text file.  I'm hoping that this would allow a user to use HTML tags in the comments.

Does this all makes sense?

Thanks again for amking this script available.

Martin
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Re:Feedback and Wishlist Item
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2003, 05:11:54 PM »
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Thanks for the feedback. As I have mentioned before, the next release will not include the ability to add comments or votes, but I am considering a future release just for that purpose.

Thanks,
Eric
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Halcinlatsmir
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Re:Feedback and Wishlist Item
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2003, 07:06:12 AM »
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Eric,

Thanks for your quick reply.  No pressure, you take as long as you need to do the upgrade.  Should only take a week  
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Re:Feedback and Wishlist Item
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2003, 05:19:43 PM »
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Quote from: Eric on October 22, 2003, 05:11:54 PM
Thanks for the feedback. As I have mentioned before, the next release will not include the ability to add comments or votes, but I am considering a future release just for that purpose.

Thanks,
Eric

It seems to me that comments and votes could definitely get messy without a database... And with one, that adds a whole other layer of complexity and compatibility problems. I think, as Halcinlatsmir suggested, the best idea might be to have a separate text file, like the thumbnails.

As for another feature users seems to be requesting, captions. I'm not sure if you have gotten started on this yet or not. It seems to me the easiest & best way to implement this would be to have a text file caption, for every picture, like the thumbnails, again. Then, make a seperate emAlbum.cgi, say EditCaption.cgi, that will let you look at all the pictures just like emAlbum, but would also let you edit the captions, as you are looking at the pictures. The modifications to emAlbum would be fairly trivial, and it seems to me that this method would be better than trying to implement some form of authentication into emAlbum.cgi (would make set up considerably more complicated, as well). The user would be responsible for properly protecting/obfuscating the location of EditCaption.cgi . Eric, if you haven't started on this feature I should be able to do it.

As for the last feature that I'd really like to see, automatic thumbnail generation. It seems you may have already gotten started on this. I think it'd definitely be a huge bonus to the package.

Thanks!

David
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Re:Feedback and Wishlist Item
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2003, 07:14:20 PM »
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Quote from: pandabear on October 23, 2003, 05:19:43 PM
As for another feature users seems to be requesting, captions. I'm not sure if you have gotten started on this yet or not.

There is a kind of caption option.  The file name can be displayed under the thumbnail and image.  Options #19 and #20 in the configeration.

Code:

# 19) Would you like to use image captions?
#--> 0 = No captions, 1 = Show image file name as caption, 2 = Show regular caption (removes extension and _'s)
$caption = 2;


Then if you name your image "Tom_Dick_and_Harry.jpg" the caption will be "Tom Dick and Harry".

I think this is cool for most of my images (Still want to be able to add a paragraph of text to some, as well).  Did you have something different in mind for the caption?

Martin
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2003, 07:37:22 PM »
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The next version will allow for a title (caption) and a description.

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Eric
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