Those limits look nice and high so they are not causing the issues. As Dmacleo suggests, you might just be seeing the impact how bad resizing is with the GD2 image library. IP.Gallery supports ImageMagick but sadly, IP.Board does not, so there is no way around this if it turns out to be your issue, other than to set image size limits so high that they will never be met by any file a member tries to upload.
I'd like to be able to choose the centre point of a thumbnail when the thumbnail is based on a crop of the image so that I can have thumbnails that are not created from the centre of the image they are derived from
Rationale: most photographers don't put their main subject in the dead centre of the frame. Often, they place the main subject quite near to the edge of the frame. So a cropped thumbnail should ideally feature the most important part of the image
I'd like to be able to control the extent of the part of the image that is included in a cropped thumbnail
Rationale: same as above... let's say my image's main subject dominates the frame, filling 50% of it - I would therefore want to include most of the frame in my thumbnail. Now for another image, my main subject is just one tiny part of the frame, let's say 10% of it - I would therefore want to crop more aggressively so that the thumbnail really shows the main subject well. Otherwise, it would be lost when viewed at a thumbnail size.
If you want an example of this in practice, Squarespace offers this feature and it works really well.
I would like someone to migrate some of my image bearing forum topics to the gallery. More details:
This will be a one-off migration so the application/script/process does not need to be reusable
There are about 4,700 topics in seven different forums. Each forum is to be replaced with an identically named gallery, containing an identically ordered and named list of gallery images
Almost all of the topics contain one image attachment in the form of a .jpg, which was uploaded by the person starting the topic to my site's upload folder
Some of the images were placed in a specific place in the topic using the Add to Post link; others were not and so were appended to the end of the topic body
All of the topics have posts which need to be migrated into gallery comments, so that the flow of conversation appears exactly the same to my members
All of the other info (author, publish date, etc.) should be migrated and be unchanged
A small proportion of topics contain more than one .jpg. For these, the first .jpg should be migrated, the remaining .jpgs discarded/ignored and a new auto-comment added to the end of the existing comments with a message along the lines of "As part of recent changes to the forum, only one image can be included in ... blah..."
A very small proportion of the topics contain no image. These should not be migrated
A very small proportion of the topics may contain an image file in some other format (e.g. .png). These should not be migrated
When the migration is complete, all of the successfully migrated topics should be soft-deleted, just leaving the topics that were not migrated, in situ
If you think you can provide this service, can you get in touch with an indicative price and timescale so we can agree the specifics?
I plumped for this forum to ask my question but feel free to move it if there's a more appropriate place for it.
I already run a small community (500 members, 44k posts) and I have decided to relaunch it with a broader range of topics (outdoor photography) that will include the current topics we cover (nature photography). The aim is to broaden our appeal to attract more members and grow to a small number of thousands of members: cosy and friendly but busy enough to keep people interested.
The site's membership is made up of stills photographers. Most are very keen or advanced amateur photographers but we also attract a few pros. Primarily, they use the site for sharing images, for serious discussion: we have some of the "nice shot" discussions but our strength has always been in providing high quality critique to each other, to help improve our photography. Therefore, image quality and image presentation is very important to us.
We started out using topics in Board for everything because I converted our original site from myBB to IPB. In the main, it's been fine but we struggle a little with crappy quality GD2 thumbnails (though I understand this will change in 4.0 when ImageMagick becomes available suite-wide) and trying to make EXIF data visible in a smart way. But it's always bothered me that we're not using Gallery and as we move ever closer to 4.0, I want to make a final decision about which suite product I use for the future. We will retain Board for all of our discussion only stuff.
So if you had a site serving a need for a community like mine, which product would you opt for and why?
I founded Nature Photo Hub to provide an online home for nature photographers of all abilities all over the world to share their work, experience and love of the natural world. It's a friendly, welcoming community and I encourage you to join us and share your own perspective on nature photography.