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IP.Gallery 5.0: More Administrator Control

Posted by bfarber , in Gallery 11 July 2012 · 3,969 views

One of our big goals with Gallery 5 is to restore a level of administrative control that allows different sites to dictate how their users and moderators will interact with the software. Some sites wish to allow their users to have control over their submissions. Some sites wish to control the submissions their members contribute once the file is uploaded. In order to accommodate the myriad of needs our clients have, we have implemented many new controls to IP.Gallery, and reworked how some existing controls function.


Moderators
One change we have made is to remove moderator-style permissions from the group management area and implement a full "Moderators" area of the ACP. When managing your categories in the IP.Gallery ACP, you can now add moderators to one or more categories. These moderators can be groups or individual members. You can specify the following permissions for your moderators:
  • Can approve images
  • Can approve comments
  • Can edit images and albums
  • Can hide images
  • Can delete images and albums
  • Can move images and albums
  • Can set cover images
  • Can edit comments
  • Can delete comments
Members will be allowed to move their own images between their own albums, but will not be able to move images from their albums to another member's albums, or to categories. You can still specify on a per-group basis if members can edit their own images and comments, delete their own images and comments, and you will also now be able to specify whether they can delete their own albums or not. This will allow administrators to control what their members can and cannot do in IP.Gallery.


Controlling Albums
In addition to the aforementioned moderator permission updates, administrators will now have more control over how users manage albums. You can now specify whether members can create public, private and friend-only albums separately (so you can allow members to create all 3 kinds, only public albums, or disallow members to create albums entirely). As with previous versions, you can also limit the number of albums they can create, and the number of images they can upload into each album.

Further to this, however, you can control the defaults for new albums and which of those default options members can override. Under the Album Manager area of the IP.Gallery ACP, there is a new page: Album Defaults. When you visit this page, you will be able to control the album default options and determine which of those options members can change.

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To lock or unlock a field from being editable, you simply click on the green or red icon to toggle it. Fields that are locked will still display to users on the front end, but will be disabled and uneditable. This allows users to know what preferences are being enforced.

You will note in the screenshot that there is a message under the watermark field advising that the option is only honored when a category is set to "Allow members to choose per-album". When you create a category that allows album submissions, you can choose one of three options for the watermark preference:
  • Do not watermark
  • Force watermark on every image
  • Allow members to choose per-album
The first two options are self-explanatory. The last option allows members to specify whether they use watermarks or not when creating their own individual albums (and of course can also be restricted by the album default preferences discussed above).

It is important to note as well - you can enable and disable ratings and comments at the category level. If you disable comments or ratings at the category level, this preference cascades down to the albums within the category. If comments are disabled in a category, they are disabled for all albums within that category. If a user does not have permission to comment in a category, they will not have permission to comment within albums contained in that category.


Image Control
Administrators have fairly good control over images in IP.Gallery already, however we are expanding this control in IP.Gallery 5.0. Some new options include:
  • Ability to shut off "medium" and "small"-sized images. You cannot shut off the thumbnail or large-sized images, as both are used throughout Gallery in many different places.
  • You will be able to shut off cropping of thumbnails.
  • Instead of "unapproving" images, you will now "hide" images. These will show up in the Moderator CP when hidden. Members who can delete their own images will actually be "hiding" them, giving moderators a chance to review the deletion before it is carried out completely.
You will of course retain all of the previous image control options available in Gallery 4, and many minor interface changes will make handling your images easier and more intuitive.


Up Next
We realize control of your Gallery installation is important and we are working towards giving administrators sensible options to enable them to configure IP.Gallery to their needs. We have a lot more changes in store and will be discussing some of the more interesting changes in our next blog entry. Stay tuned!

  • smb, Gerry 5039, Lazek and 12 others like this



Overall it sounds pretty good, I just hope there more options in the ACP side compare to what the image above shows. As well as the current version. Also statics and such in the old IPG 3 was a pretty good feature, hope that comes back. Just by visible I'm a little worry. Just have to wait. Good job,
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Ability to shut off "medium" and "small"-sized images. You cannot shut off the thumbnail or large-sized images, as both are used throughout Gallery in many different places.

Thank you.
    • AlexJ likes this
Excellent.

What I would like to see with regard to thumbnails is some control over the size of them just as we had with Gallery 3. The current mini thumbnail for new images is far too small.
    • Zambooy, Darksbane0 and Johnasc like this
Thanks for the update - it seems to be progressing nicely :)

Will you be able to pin a certain album(s)?
    • Edward Shephard, AlexJ and sijad like this
Image re-sizing/quality reduction on upload :smile:
    • Edward Shephard likes this

Excellent.

What I would like to see with regard to thumbnails is some control over the size of them just as we had with Gallery 3. The current mini thumbnail for new images is far too small.


"Mini images" aren't used in the new layout, at least not extensively.
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The Hall Of Heroes
Jul 11 2012 06:15 PM
Still wish there was a default option to make it so that albums didn't show in the main gallery application and only in the profile :sad:. Are there any plans to add it?

I would buy a licence + IP.Gallery in a heartbeat if it were added. It's the only thing that's keeping me.
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Marcher Technologies
Jul 11 2012 07:24 PM

It is important to note as well - you can enable and disable ratings and comments at the category level. If you disable comments or ratings at the category level, this preference cascades down to the albums within the category. If comments are disabled in a category, they are disabled for all albums within that category. If a user does not have permission to comment in a category, they will not have permission to comment within albums contained in that category.

Thank you! this is going to help greatly in usage.
    • smb likes this

Still wish there was a default option to make it so that albums didn't show in the main gallery application and only in the profile :sad:. Are there any plans to add it?

I would buy a licence + IP.Gallery in a heartbeat if it were added. It's the only thing that's keeping me.


No. There aren't any plans to make an feature that's exactly like that gallery that doesn't show up in the gallery.
So will users able to contribute to the tagging of images, of example; users can tag others people's pictures, and would we (as Admins) be able to take that right away from those who abuse it?
Permissions... Some of us don't want certain photos and/or albums to show up under recent or random anywhere on the site. Please add an option to the album or even photo to prevent being displayed anywhere but the album itself.
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I understand the desire to pull out more information about the upcoming release, but I encourage everyone to post their feature suggestions and ideas in the appropriate forum. Asking random "what about feature x" questions in a blog comments area is likely to result in those questions being overlooked.

Still wish there was a default option to make it so that albums didn't show in the main gallery application and only in the profile :sad:. Are there any plans to add it?

I would buy a licence + IP.Gallery in a heartbeat if it were added. It's the only thing that's keeping me.


Duplicating Gallery to work solely out of the user's profile is not a planned feature. There are things you could do to effectively accomplish this for viewers (but not uploaders), however (e.g. just hide the Gallery application tab, and then the only visible entry point is the user's profiles).

So will users able to contribute to the tagging of images, of example; users can tag others people's pictures, and would we (as Admins) be able to take that right away from those who abuse it?


I'm not entirely sure what this has to do with the blog entry that was posted? :unsure:

Permissions... Some of us don't want certain photos and/or albums to show up under recent or random anywhere on the site. Please add an option to the album or even photo to prevent being displayed anywhere but the album itself.


If an image is in a private or friend only album, only the submitter or their friends (depending on the album) will be able to see it. Similarly, if images are in categories that other users don't have permission to see, they will not show up as recent images.

If an image is in a private or friend only album, only the submitter or their friends (depending on the album) will be able to see it. Similarly, if images are in categories that other users don't have permission to see, they will not show up as recent images.


That is as it should be - but I do also agree with DJ Zah for the need to have certain images that are in Public Albums not show-up in the random or recent images anywhere on the site.

Great news that members will finally be able to control whether their albums and images can be rated/commented on, or not. For an art site, this will be a tremndous boon. (Some artists thrive on feedback and that is why they joined the site. Others are very sensitve and will not upload a single image if it can be rated or criticised...)

I'd also love to see the Gallery Stats. back on the index page...
I love the Album Defaults page in the ACP. Great news! :D

That is as it should be - but I do also agree with DJ Zah for the need to have certain images that are in Public Albums not show-up in the random or recent images anywhere on the site.

Great news that members will finally be able to control whether their albums and images can be rated/commented on, or not. For an art site, this will be a tremndous boon. (Some artists thrive on feedback and that is why they joined the site. Others are very sensitve and will not upload a single image if it can be rated or criticised...)

I'd also love to see the Gallery Stats. back on the index page...


They're already there

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Everything sounds good so far...will the ability exist for admins to change a private album to a public (global) album?
This would be a nice plus for my site to allow members to create albums as private and have them reviews before being made global.
love the ability to turn off small medium image
very nice

Everything sounds good so far...will the ability exist for admins to change a private album to a public (global) album?
This would be a nice plus for my site to allow members to create albums as private and have them reviews before being made global.


Answering this is difficult. There are no "global" albums now, they are categories instead. There is no mechanism built in atm to convert an album to a category, however you can certainly change a private album to a public album.
The things awesome after many test i discover that you can't create an album public on which ALL members of a group can upload in it ..
Upload is limit to the owner ???
if i am right we need the possibility to create "Community albums" in wich you can choose which group of users can post image in or not ...

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