Archive for June, 2006

Version 1.3 released with Cache Manager

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

I released version 1.2 of Lazy-K Gallery a few days ago, and I recommended that you all delete your cache files to take advantage of the new design. Needless to say, I didn’t feel like deleting all my cache files (I have about 600 images in my gallery), so I added the “Cache Manager” in version 1.3.

The Cache Manager allows you to delete and/or create your cached thumbnails and slides. That way you don’t have to delete the files manually if you change the size of your thumbnails, etc. Also, it lets you get around the PHP execution time limit that many of us face. Whenever I added files to my gallery, I used to visit those pages in my gallery to let the cache build (instead of some poor visitor).

To use the Cache Manager, visit the Lazy-K Gallery Options page in the Admin Panel. At the bottom of the page is a “Cache Manager” button. On that page, just select which operations you want to perform and hit the button. Let that page sit there for a while and let your files process!

Let me know how things go. The new Cache Manager uses Ajax, which is new to me, so I look forward to your feedback.

Version 1.2 released

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

I found a little bit of time to work on Lazy-K Gallery, so I’m releasing version 1.2. Here’s what I’ve worked on:

  • Prettied up the thumbnail view and cleaned up CSS
  • Changed the way thumbnail sizes are calculated to improve layout
  • Added ability to show filenames on thumbnail and slide pages
  • Provided ability to link (or not link to) full-size images
  • Cleaned up admin page
  • Added confirmation before restoring default options

Take a look at the options page, since I’ve added a few features you might want to consider.

I’d recommend taking a look at your thumbnail size, since I’ve changed the layout of the thumbnail pages. I thought the thumbnails page looked the best when all thumbnails are the same height, regardless of whether the photos are landscape or portrait mode. Personally, I now use 200 x 80 as my thumbnail size. I’d recommend that you change your thumbnail size, delete all your thumbnail folders, and let them rebuild (for the best results). Sorry I don’t have an automated way of clearing those thumbnails yet. If I release a script that deletes that many files, I want to make sure it’s working perfectly.

For those of you concerned with bandwidth, you can now stop linking to the full-resolution images.

Once again, if anyone has any suggestions for improvement, feel free to share.