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Joomla: Very Simple Image Gallery
Written by Andreas Berger   
Saturday, 19 April 2008 07:47

The bretteleben.de "Very Simple Image Gallery" Plugin for Joomla!2.5 and Joomla!3.1 is a downgrade of the ingenious plugin "Simple Image Gallery" from Fotis Evangelou und George Chouliaras back to a "Web 1.0" gallery. The modified version comes without a lightbox, the plugin shows one large image, followed by thumbnails.

Why? Look, as stylish and usability-oriented the whole category of "Web 2.0" galleries may be, they have - from my point of view - a serious disadvantage. The hide the web page from the visitor. If you run ads on your site, this is a not-so-desired effect. You don´t care about search engine optimization, keywords, backlinks and so on to see your banners, skyscrapers, rectangles and link blocks disappear behind a black curtain - out of sight and unclickable.

Features:

- supports .jpg, .png und .gif
- can be aligned in your content item left, right, centered, float left or float right
- thumbnails optional below, left or right of the main image
- optional split galleries into multiple sets
- as many galleries per content item as you want
- every gallery can be configured individually (Parameter Overrides)
- optional show title and/or text with every single picture (Captions)
- optional show default title/text for the whole gallery
- optional link every single image to a different target (Links)
- optional use a default link for the whole gallery
- optional link the image to the original image file
- scale thumbnails optional proportionally or cropped
- works with and without JavaScript
- does not require a JavaScript Framework (Mootools, JQery)!
- change main image onClick or onHover

New in Version 1.6.8:

- language files
- available for Joomla!3.1


Installation and Usage

A step by step tutorial on installation and usage can be found at Howto Plugin .
The possibilities the code inside the article offers can be found at Howto Plugin Code .
In addition you find some samples in the menu at the left.

Notice:
If you modified the stylesheet vsig.css, you should save it because it gets overwritten during an update.

Demo

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Limitations/Preview:

This version of the plugin uses one script, doing the whole work. This may cause - when using very large image-files - the maximum execution time of PHP to be exceeded on your server. If this happens, the script fails with an error.

In this case, just refresh the page one or two times. This should be enough to get all images scaled. As soon as the plugin in configured and all images are scaled, everything works fine and your visitors will not be affected. Anyway, the next version of the plugin will come with an extra-file, doing the work of scaling.


Requirements

The plugin requires the PHP GD library to generate the images and thumbnails.

Compatibility

The plugin is tested successful with Joomla 2.5 and 3.1. Anyway, using it aside with one or another existing plugin/modul/component may bring to light problems i haven't foreseen. I suggest a test run before using it on a live site and stand by for your questions and suggestions.

License

Following the guidelines of the original, the "Simple Image Gallery", the plugin is licensed under the GNU Public License (www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html).

update Version Joomla!2.5 and 3.1: 1.6.8

- fixes a bug with PHP5.4
- available for Joomla!3.x
- language files

Support

If you have questions or suggestions, please use the comment-function. Please include the installed Joomla! version and if you have problems - if any possible - the affected page in your comment.

If you need additional features or customizations for your project that exceed the scope of support offered through the comments, you are invited to submit your requirements specification and the planned budget by email (menu item "Contact" in the menu at the top).

Download

The ZIP-archive contains the plugin, by downloading it you agree to the terms of the GNU Public License. The ZIP-Archive can be used for both, upgrade and fresh installation. Please choose the file that fits your Joomla! installation. _J2.5 for Joomla! 2.5.x and _J3.1 for Joomla! 3.x

J!2.5.x - plg_verysimpleimagegallery_v1.6.8_J2.5.zip Downloads: 27.844

J!3.1.x - plg_verysimpleimagegallery_v1.6.8_J3.1.zip Downloads: 39.084


If you use this extensions, please post a rating and a review at extensions.joomla.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 07:29
 
Comments (105)
animated gif didn't animated
5 Monday, 11 April 2011 14:23
Tom

Hello:

Love your extension, thanks.
One question: I put animated gif into visg, but the only got still image. i have check PHP-GD already, everyhting is ok. Is there anyway i can fix this issue?

Thanks
Tom

@Tom
Monday, 11 April 2011 19:50
A. Berger

Hi Tom!

At the moment there is no fix, because this is a limitation of the function that creates the scaled image. It is - up till now - not able to detect and handle animated GIFs. The feature is on my roadmap but not yet implemented.

Best regards
Andreas

Auto-link original, joomla 1.6
4 Saturday, 09 April 2011 15:36
Gidi

Hi, and thanks for the plugin!

I'm using the very simple picture gallery with the auto-link to original feature. However, when displaying my site, the auto-link works only for the first (default) image, and wouldn't open all other original images.

Any ideas?

Thanks!
Gidi

@Gidi
Monday, 11 April 2011 20:21
A. Berger

Hi Gidi!

Could you provide a link to the page please, I will have a look at it.

Best regards
Andreas

Code Error
3 Thursday, 07 April 2011 18:26
Jamie Edwards

Hey,


I have followed the exact instructions but when I go on the site it gives me this error message:

Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 65011712) (tried to allocate 17088 bytes) in .../plugin_vsig/vsighelper.php on line 163

Please could you advise what I should do...

Regards


Jamie
Jamie3188 AT aol DOT com

@Jamie Edwards
Thursday, 07 April 2011 19:55
A. Berger

Hi Jamie!

Although your web account allows PHP to use 64 MegaByte of Memory you managed to upload pictures with dimensions that force the GD library (the PHP extension used to create the scaled images/thumbnails) to exhaust this limit. :)

Please check the page "FAQ&Troubleshooting" (find the link in the menu at the left), it explains this problem in detail and how to solve it.

Best regards
Andreas

specifi images instead of folder
2 Tuesday, 05 April 2011 10:30
Krull

Hi, is it possible to list the images instead of the whole folder, so that the folder can contain images that are not shown?

@Krull
Tuesday, 05 April 2011 21:40
A. Berger

Hi Krull!

I'm sorry but this is not possible. An option to show a single picture will be part of one of the next updates but the easiest way to show a specific selection - in my opinion - still is to upload them to a separate folder.

Best regards
Andreas

Läuft das Plugin auch in anderen Extension?
1 Saturday, 02 April 2011 07:40
Konrad Trautmann

Innerhalb von Zoo wird es nicht erkannt. Laut Forum liegt das daran, wenn Plugins nur für com_content vorgesehen sind. Ein Plugin muß auch für außerhalb von com_content programmiert sein, dann läuft es auch in Zoo.

Ich finde Very Simple Image Gallery wäre eine ideale Ergänzung für Zoo.

Danke

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