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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: 28.042

J!3.1.x - plg_verysimpleimagegallery_v1.6.8_J3.1.zip Downloads: 39.410


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)
Problem installing pligin
65 Saturday, 29 October 2011 08:09
karan

my joomla verson is 1.5.23, so i downloaded: J!1.5.x - plg_verysimpleimagegallery_v1.6.5_J1.5.zip

n trying to install as described by you at http://www.bretteleben.de/lang-en/joomla/very-simple-image-gallery/-anleitung-plugin.html,

so at step 5 i get an error :

JFolder::create: Could not create directory
Warning! Failed to move file.

So please help it's really very urgent,
i had already checked my global setting n seen that my modules n plugin in writable

@karan
Sunday, 30 October 2011 21:45
A. Berger

Hi Karan!


The error is not specific for this extension but indicates that there is a problem with the configuration of your site at all.
A possible reason are the settings for the tmp-directory (open_basedir restrictions), that prevent the Joomla! installer to use the tmp-directory to install the extension.
Please have a look at this page (http://docs.joomla.org/Why_can't_you_install_any_extensions%3F ), it deals with the most common reasons for these kind of problems.


Best regards
Andreas

-SOLVED- Problem with multiple vsig instances on one page
64 Wednesday, 26 October 2011 19:37
Hunter

Hello,

The problem was that #article->id is always empty when article gets loaded in module RokTab (also in other modules I got this problem). I've solved my issue by adopting the vsig code with the following (I added the last line):

//create a unique identifier for the current gallery
$identifier=(isset($article->id))?($article->id."_".$sigcount):($this->myarticleid."_".$sigcount);
$identifier=(array_key_exists("id",$vsig_overrides))?($vsig_overrides['id']."_".$sigcount):($identifier);

Now I can set vsig id attribute an unique string in each article which I load into a tab.

Example:
Article 1: {*vsig}tabimages/1|id=tab01|width=500{/vsig*}
Article 2: {*vsig}tabimages/2|id=tab02|width=500{/vsig*}

Maybe a nice welcome new feature for your great plugin!

@Hunter
Thursday, 27 October 2011 18:15
A. Berger

Hi Hunter!

Thanks for sharing this hack, and yes, the problem will be solved with the next update - but without necessary user interaction. The "new" way to determine unique identities is already integrated in the update Joomla!1.6 version of the "Panoramic Image Viewer" Plugin and I will adopt it for my other plugins too.

Best regards
Andreas

Problem with uploading pictures
63 Monday, 24 October 2011 10:26
Rob

Our former ICT-expert installed the 'picture gallery plugin' on our Joomla-server (version 1.5.22). In the beginning, everything seemed to work, but nowadays I cannot upload any pictures anymore.

When I upload the pictures (JPG) in a .zip file, everything seems to work. But when I visit my own website, the pictures cannot be opened. I only see some white squares.

Can anyone help me with this problem?

@Rob
Monday, 24 October 2011 20:50
A. Berger

Hi Rob!

Why are you uploading the images packed in a zip-archive? The plugin has no builtin functionality to unpack archives. Have you tried uploading the images via the Joomla! Media Manager? - Unpacked!

Best regards
Andreas

Finde die Gallerie nicht in Joomla 1.7
62 Saturday, 22 October 2011 21:27
Evelyn

Hallo, bin eine Anfängerin in Sachen Joomla 1.7. habe das Plugin der Gallerie erfolgreich installiert. Sehe es auch unter Plugins und habe es aktiviert.
Jetzt möchte ich die Galerie natürlich in meinem vorgesehenen Menüeintrag einbinden über "Menütyp". Leider kann ich die Galerie
aber in der Auswahl nicht finden. Müsste ich Sie nicht auch unter Komponenten finden ? Habe schon überall nach einer Lösung gesucht und nichts gefunden. Was mache ich falsch ?

Über eine schnelle Rückantwort wäre ich sehr dankbar ;-) !

Bye, Evelyn

@Evelyn
Monday, 24 October 2011 21:03
A. Berger

Hallo Evelyn!

Eine Galerie-Komponente erzeugt - über einen Menüpunkt aufgerufen - eine Seite mit einer Galerie.
Ein Galerie-Plugin erzeugt - über den eingegebenen Code - eine Galerie in einem von Dir erstellten Artikel.
Die "Very Simple Image Gallery" ist ein Plugin.

Gruß
Andreas

Buttons?
61 Friday, 21 October 2011 09:00
Frank Zander

Muss man die Vorwärts-Rückwärts-Buttons separat installieren/uoloaden? Jedenfalls habe ich keinen Button-Ordner in meinem Image-Ordner gefunden (Version für J1.7).

@Frank Zander
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 12:24
A. Berger

Hallo Frank!

Nein, die Default-Buttons werden mit dem Plugin installiert und liegen im Ordner /plugins/content/verysimpleimagegallery/files.

Gruß
Andreas

VSIG - Rahmen
60 Monday, 17 October 2011 14:50
Jhaerig

Hi ich wollte nur mal fragen ob man auch irgendwie den weißen Rahmen entfernen kann?

Danke

@Jhaerig
Thursday, 20 October 2011 19:36
A. Berger

Hallo Jhaerig!

Der "weiße Rahmen" ist eigentlich der Bildhintergrund, der eigentliche Rahmen ist die dünne graue Haarlinie außen. Entfernen lässt sich das ganze nur sehr aufwändig, da alle Berechnungen betreffend Größe/Abstände darauf aufbauen, aber falls Du doch Änderungen vornehmen möchtest (z.B. Hintergrund und Rahmen auf die Farbe des Seitenhintergrundes setzen), Du findest die Einstellungen im Stylesheet /plugins/content/plugin_vsig/vsig.css (Joomla!1.5) und zwar im Selektor .vsig_top img {} für das Hauptbild und im Selektor .vsig_thumb img {} für die Thumbnails.

Gruß
Andreas

font type
59 Saturday, 15 October 2011 13:01
sonja

sorry, one questions remains, though: where can i change the type of the font used in the gallery headings?

@sonja
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:23
A. Berger

Hi sonja!

To change the font (family, size, ...) of the captions, open the stylesheet of the plugin /plugins/content/plugin_vsig/vsig.css with a text editor.
The selectors ".vsig_top div span {}" (title line) and ".vsig_top div span + span {}" (text line) set the appearance of the captions.

Best regards
Andreas

sorry
58 Saturday, 15 October 2011 12:40
sonja

sorry, please disregard my comment, i just realized that the version i had downloaded from joomlaos.de was very old. i have installed the new one and now it all works. thank you!

problem displaying vertical images
57 Saturday, 15 October 2011 12:15
Sonja

hi there,


i use joomla 1.5.12 and the latest version of css gallery. it works fine, but vertical pictures are not displayed properly, there is always some other picture displayed in the background. how can i change this?


http://www.aikido-esslingen.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=80:schwingboden&catid=35:galerien&Itemid=78
(see the pictures at the bottom of the gallery)


also, can i change the font of the gallery name? if so, in which file? is it possible to add a picture frame to the pictures like you did here on the example page?


thank you very much for your help!

No remove button in frontend
56 Wednesday, 12 October 2011 03:42
rose

Hello there,

I have a problem here, I need to give access to frontend user to upload their own images without accessing the backend file. Everything works fine until I find out that there's no delete/remove button for the image file.

How can frontend user remove their unwanted image file?

@rose
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:44
A. Berger

Hi rose!

This plugin neither allows to upload images nor does it allow to delete images, it just displays the images within a given folder as a gallery. That's it. :)

Best regards
Andreas

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