Image gallery: coppermine vs gallery vs 4images vs. ?

I’ve been using coppermine image gallery software (coppermine-gallery.net/) for a hosted gallery for a while, but now I wonder if there is something better out there. My runner-up at the time was gallery, gallery.menalto.com/ but now it seems like there are a lot more choices out there. Before I start spending significant time testing any of these alternatives to coppermine (and yes, I already use flickr; looking for something I can host), I thought I would query a few different lists and the web. So, here goes (and I promise I will post my findings….)

For those of you who use image gallery software, what would you recommend (or absolutely NOT recommend)?

My Wishlist:

+Prefer mysql+php with css templating
+Standalone gallery software not as part of a package (such as a drupal module, although the ability to incorporate in drupal might be an advantage)
+Categories, metadata, batch uploading, ability to link/crosspost single image in multiple categories
+Relatively easy to install (not interested in writing something from scratch, too busy), documentation online, etc.
+RSS feeds for images or categories would be lovely

Ideas? suggestions? any advice?

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6 Responses to Image gallery: coppermine vs gallery vs 4images vs. ?

  1. Jason Mock says:

    I found this post via a Google search as I’m wondering the very same thing. Did you ever get any input and what did you ultimately decide? Thanks for sharing!

  2. robin says:

    I’ve received a lot of positive response about Gallery, although 4images still looks interesting. I have installed a test of Gallery, but I haven’t done anything else with it yet. I hope to spend some time in March really testing Gallery and 4images. Drop me an email at georgiawebgurl@gmail.com and I’ll send the URLs for my prototypes as well as my comparison list when I finish it.

    I’ve used coppermine and while the software is good and feature rich, the user community is very divisive. I realize the programmers and developers put a lot of time into coppermine, but some of them can be mean, especially to new users. Of course, some of them are really helpful, too.

    I’m kind of tired of trying to decide if my coppermine question is worth the potential slam if it’s considered irrelevant (because it is about functionality that coppermine doesn’t/won’t support) or if I accidentally ask a question that someone else asked (or if it is perceived to be the same question, when it is not).

    So, I would like to move away from Coppermine.

  3. CSS Gallery says:

    Hi!

    I’d same problem and after some quick research i’ve choosen right gallery. In my case it is 4images and after month with it istick to it and liked it very much.

    Reasons are very pragmatic. It has all I need from a gallery. From admin panel, to user account with most popular, newest and random image functions and finally with comments, upload, download, moderation, voting system, easy skinning provided by inegrated template editor fully supporting css and finally to rich ,helpful and wide from USA to Arabic community. There is many modules I’ve found, f.e. modrewrite module for clean urls, fivestarr ajax based rating system, anti-spam. You can easily translate all gallery andpeople done itwell. Howevere Im not sure about multilanguage support, probably this will end like it is on 4images forum, where people are chatin mix of german and english. No problem for me.

    sry for my english,

    almost forget: this is my 4images im workin on: http://www.spooky.8p.pl/4images In future this will be free-for-all web2.0 skin but the feautures on my test site are trimmed, because I didnt want some of them.

    my true email is bartlomiejmalysz @t gmail.com

    cheers1

  4. Jason Mock says:

    I found this post via a Google search as I’m wondering the very same thing. Did you ever get any input and what did you ultimately decide? Thanks for sharing!

  5. robin says:

    I’ve received a lot of positive response about Gallery, although 4images still looks interesting. I have installed a test of Gallery, but I haven’t done anything else with it yet. I hope to spend some time in March really testing Gallery and 4images. Drop me an email at georgiawebgurl@gmail.com and I’ll send the URLs for my prototypes as well as my comparison list when I finish it.I’ve used coppermine and while the software is good and feature rich, the user community is very divisive. I realize the programmers and developers put a lot of time into coppermine, but some of them can be mean, especially to new users. Of course, some of them are really helpful, too.I’m kind of tired of trying to decide if my coppermine question is worth the potential slam if it’s considered irrelevant (because it is about functionality that coppermine doesn’t/won’t support) or if I accidentally ask a question that someone else asked (or if it is perceived to be the same question, when it is not).So, I would like to move away from Coppermine.

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