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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

Caption
Caption
bwd  Set 1/2  fwd
Caption
Caption

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: 39.083


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)
Bildqualität
45 Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:24
Alex Schwarz

Hallo,

habe die VSIG in Joomla 1.5.7 installiert.
Eigentlich funktioniert auch alles super, allerdings ist die Bildqualität bei weitem nicht so wie am Originalbild.

Hier ein beispiel:
http://www.aviation-media.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=58:izmir&catid=3:reports-militaer&Itemid=35

Vielleicht habt ihr einen Tip, danke im voraus!
Alex

Bildqualität
Friday, 17 June 2011 13:00
Alex Schwarz

Kann es daran liegen das der Rahmen hinzugefügt wird?
Die anderen Fotos auf der Page sind ja auch nicht so schlecht.... eventuell liegts gar nicht an GD sondern weils ich nicht richtig mache...
wenn ich ein bild in 700xXXX hochlade und die breite in der VSIG als 700 eingebe kommt das bild nämlich nicht als 700xXXX raus...
vielleicht mache ich ja auch irgendetwas falsch?

lg + danke
alex

@Alex Schwarz
Thursday, 16 June 2011 21:03
A. Berger

Hallo Alex!

Ja, das Skalieren von Bildern mittles der GD Erweiterung von PHP ist immer mit einem gewissen Qualitätsverlust verbunden. Darum kommt man meines Wissens nicht herum.
Trotzdem würde ich - auch wenn es Dir widersinnig erscheint - die Einstellung für die Qualität von 100% auf maximal 95% (eher tiefer) heruntersetzen. Der Qualitätsunterschied zwischen 95% und 100% ist minimal, der Unterschied in der Dateigröße nicht. Bei 100% sind die skalierten Bilder teilweise sogar größer als die Originale.
Ich würde da - wobei die Bilder für mich als Normalverbraucher ohnehin absolut in Ordnung aussehen - der Geschwindigkeit gegenüber der absoluten Brillianz den Vorzug geben. Halb so große und vielleicht nicht ganz so brilliante Bilder werden langfristig doppelt so viele Leute sehen wie "schwergewichtige" gestochen scharfe Bilder.

Gruß
Andreas

Don't working!
44 Wednesday, 15 June 2011 17:33
Castor Troy

Don't working!

I have configured all well, but I see only this:

Very Simple Image Gallery:
Could not find folder /home/..................

Folder of course exists, I'm using it in a few articles.

Now working!
Thursday, 16 June 2011 11:53
Castor Troy

Thanks Andreas, I checked HTML and removed P from code and now is working. Thanks again! :)

@Castor Troy
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 21:29
A. Berger

Hi Castor!

If there is no typo in the path/foldername and images from within this folder are showing in other locations of your site, please open the article and check, if the code for the gallery is fragmented with HTML-tags (e.g. SPAN). If so - remove them. If this is not the problem, please provide a link to the page, I will have a look at it.

Best regards
Andreas

Captions not showing
43 Monday, 13 June 2011 17:29
Daniel

Hello,


I am trying to display captions. When I use {*vsig}Cafe-CanteenChair{/vsig*} the images display no problem.


The moment I use the Caption Tags as described {*vsig_c}Cafe-CanteenChair{/vsig_c*} I see no images and just the tag displays on the page.


Can you please help me?

@Daniel
Monday, 13 June 2011 20:19
A. Berger

Hi Daniel!

The code for captions is used in addition to the initial call for the gallery.

Sample:
{*vsig}Cafe-CanteenChair{/vsig*}
{*vsig_c}0|image1.jpg|title1|text1{/vsig_c*}
{*vsig_c}0|image2.jpg|title2|text2{/vsig_c*}
{*vsig_c}0|image3.jpg|title3|text3{/vsig_c*} ...without the asterisks

The page "Howto Plugin Code" (find the link in the menu at the left) explains the feature in detail.

Best regards
Andreas

Move thumbnails to above main image
42 Sunday, 12 June 2011 12:14
Sudhir Dixit

Hi This is Sudhir,

I want to move thumbnails to top of main image
I have uploaded example image @ www.3dmagicmodels.com/gallery.JPG
i have done this with firebug but unable to do in .php file

Please help me
Thanks,

Move thumbnails to above main image
Saturday, 25 June 2011 13:34
Sudhir Dixit

Hi,

i am not able to move thumbnails to top of main image
i know i cant do it but you can do it
jut add a property at backend
Thumbnails are shown: Top of main image
it will be fourth property and just opposite of below the main image

Pls...pls..pls
Thank You.

Thank You
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 06:29
Sudhir Dixit

Thank You

@Sudhir Dixit
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 21:49
A. Berger

Hi Suhdir!

I'm sorry but this is out of the scope of what I can offer as free support here. I would suggest to either check extensions.joomla.org for an extensions that provides the respective layout out of the box - or to find somebody else that patches the plugin for you. The GPL license explicitly covers such modifications.

Best regards
Andreas

Re: Move thumbnails to above main image
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:11
Sudhir Dixit

Hi Andreas

Thank you for reply
I am not able to attempt to patch vsig.php
please help me to do this

Thank You.

@Sudhir Dixit
Monday, 13 June 2011 20:38
A. Berger

Hi Sudhir!

This layout is not part of the plugin but with the attempt to patch vsig.php you are definitely at the right way.

Best regards
Andreas

Very Simple Image Gallery
41 Saturday, 04 June 2011 12:34
Henk from Holland

Thanks for the easy to use Very Simple Image Gallery. I'm verry happy withe it.

Tanks.

How to change captions color
40 Tuesday, 31 May 2011 16:52
Serg

Hi

Great plugin :) Could you help me to change the color of the captions. They are inside "outside" div-tag, but if i apply color:red; to the style - no effect. Please advise.

Thanks
Serg

@Mike
Sunday, 26 June 2011 15:42
A. Berger

Hi Mike!

How about editing the file offline?

Best regards
Andreas

Text Color
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 02:01
Mike

Every time I try to edit the css my cpanel won't allow me.  Then when I try to change the permissions to 777 it just changes them back to 644.  Help.

@Serg
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:18
A. Berger

Hi Serg!

To modify the color of the captions, open the stylesheet /plugins/content/plugin_vsig/vsig.css.
The color for the captions in general is set in the selector .vsig_top div span {}.
In general you are done now.

If needed, the color for the second part of the captions (the text part) can be set different from the title line in the selector .vsig_top div span + span {}.
If there are links in your captions you will have to modify the selectors:
.vsig span a, .vsig span a:link, .vsig span a:visited, ... and so on
and:
.vsig span + span a, .vsig span + span a:link, ... and so on - too.

Best regards
Andreas

Installing the plugin from ftp
39 Tuesday, 31 May 2011 12:41
David

Hi, first of all, thank you for an excellent plugin.

I'm wondering if there is a way to install the plugin by coping the files by ftp (with out using the install extension of Joomla). It can be grate if you could tell me the locations were I need to put them on.
I've tried by coping the extract of the zip file into the dir: plugins/content/plugin_vsig, but with no luck when I open the plugin manager there is no sign of the plugin.
I'm using joomla 1.5

Thank you.
David

@David
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 21:09
A. Berger

Hi David!

Instead of trying to bypass the Joomla! installer I would rather try to properly configure the installation/server. I assume you have problems using the installer and therefore are looking for alternatives. If so - 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

How do you add captions?
38 Saturday, 28 May 2011 20:04
Justin

Hello:

I have been looking all over on how to add captions to the images. How do you do this? I have it turned on but I don't know where it gets the captions from or where I can add them to each image.

Captions
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 19:41
Serg

Also, it would be perfect if we can get captions right from exif info :-)

Thanks.

@Justin
Monday, 30 May 2011 20:36
A. Berger

Hi Justin!

Captions are set with additional lines of code directly in the article that contains the gallery. Have a look at the page "Howto Plugin Code" (find the link in the menu at the left), it explains how to use this feature.

Best regards
Andreas

2 pages of photo galleries and how to do
37 Wednesday, 25 May 2011 19:46
joann

i want to have to portfolio pages, 2 different article pages, such as photo gallery 1 and then photo gallery 2.

how do I set this up with the software?

thanks

@joann
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 20:13
A. Berger

Hi joann!

Let's assume that you are using Joomla!1.5 and your photos are uploaded to /images/stories/photos1 and /images/stories/photos2.

1.) Install the plugin
2.) Activate the plugin
3.) Insert {*vsig}photos1{/vsig*} (without the asterisks) in the article you want to show gallery 1
4.) Insert {*vsig}photos2{/vsig*} (without the asterisks) in the article you want to show gallery 2
... done

Btw., the pages "Howto Plugin" and "Howto Plugin Code" (find the links in the menu at the left) offer detailed explanations.

Best regards
Andreas

issue -- warnings..
36 Tuesday, 24 May 2011 22:31
sally

I have installed the module fine and then uploaded my images into a folder when I refresh the page they should appear on I get this message..

Warning: Division by zero in /home/content/26/7794526/html/plugins/content/verysimpleimagegallery/files/verysimpleimagegalleryhelper.php on line 126
Warning: Division by zero in /home/content/26/7794526/html/plugins/content/verysimpleimagegallery/files/verysimpleimagegalleryhelper.php on line 133
Warning: Division by zero in /home/content/26/7794526/html/plugins/content/verysimpleimagegallery/files/verysimpleimagegalleryhelper.php on line 133

help
Thanks

@sally
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 20:02
A. Berger

Hi Sally!

The warnings indicate that at the least one of the images has a height of zero - or that PHP is not able to determine the height of the image.
Please open the images in the folder directly from your browsers address bar (http://YOURDOMAIN.COM/images/PATH_TO_YOUR_FOLDER/IMAGE.JPG) to check if they got corrupted during upload.
If this is not the reason, please provide a link to the page plus the path to the folder plus a list of the images within. I will have a look at it.

Best regards
Andreas

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