- Forum Integration - The Photo Gallery is not integrated with the forum, but
is "bridged" to the forum. There is a link on the forum index page to the
User Galleries which will take you to the Gallery application.
- Registration/Validation - The Gallery does not require a separate UserID/Password
to allow uploading data. Bridging with the Forum means that the Gallery
uses the same UserID/Password as the Forum application and when you link to the
Gallery your Forum UserID/Password is passed to the Gallery and you are
automatically logged in. If you are not currently logged into the Forum,
you will be entering the Gallery as a "Guest". Guests can only view
- Galleries/Albums - Each registered Forum User automatically gets a User
Gallery in the Gallery application. You can create one or more Albums in
your personal User Gallery. If you want to have one album for "Stonework"
and a separate album for "Glasswork" it's up to you.
- Image Size - The gallery displays 3 views of a
graphic, a Thumbnail, an Intermediate Slide Strip Show and a Detailed Image.
You only need to upload one graphic, which becomes the detailed image, the
gallery automatically creates the intermediate view and thumbnail from your
uploaded graphic file. There is no limitation on the number of Albums you can have in
your personal User Gallery or the number of image in your Album(s).
- Image Color Palate - Images must be
24Bit color palate or less to display correctly.
- Keywords - When uploading photos you have the
option of assigning keywords to the image. This helps facilitate you (and
others) searching the gallery for all graphics with a certain keyword.
- Ranking/Comments - The gallery gives others the
ability to rank your photos (1 through 5 stars) and add comments about your
photos. You may rate and comment on others album entries, but not your
own. CAPTCHA validation for comment entry to eliminate automated 'bots entries. Smilies
available for comments.
- Linking - The gallery provides you with the
complete URL for the graphic you've uploaded. This allows you to use
that graphic in a forum posting without uploading it a second time. All you
need to do is use the [img] [/img] BBCode tags to place the graphic in your
posting. Upload the graphic once to the Gallery, and you will be able
to view it in the gallery AND add it to a posting in the forum.
Accepted File Types
|jpg, jpeg, png,
||asf, asx, mpg,
mpeg, wmv, swf, avi, mov
||mp3, midi, mid,
wma, wav, ogg
||doc, txt, rtf, pdf,
xls, pps, ppt, zip, gz, mdb
|New User (< 25 Forum Posts)
|Regular User (> 25 Forum Posts)
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- Browse to the Forum main page:
- Ensure that you are logged in to the forum.
- Locate the User Gallery section in the main index.
- Click on the User Galleries link to the Gallery
Clicking on the screen capture image
will display a full-size image.
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- Select the "My Profile" menu option
- Select Create / Order my albums option
Click the "New Album" button.
Enter the name for your new album and
click the OK button
Select the "Upload File" menu option.
Select the Album to upload the file(s)
to. The album you created above should be available in this ComboBox for
Click the Browse button to select the
file on your local PC to upload. The gallery will do batch
uploading and you can select more graphics to upload while the current
graphic is still uploading.
Once all graphics in the queue have
been uploaded, click on the "Continue" button.
If desired, you can now enter a
Title, Description and Keywords for the file(s) uploaded.
Notice the URL for the graphic is
displayed at the bottom. This URL can be used to display this
image in a Forum posting without having to upload the graphic again in
the forum posting, just use the [img] [/img] BBCode tags.
When all additional information
desired has been added, click the "Apply Changes" button at the bottom
of the screen (not displayed in this screen capture).
Your User Gallery (and album(s)) have
been added and now display in the list of User Galleries.
Clicking on the "User Galleries" link
on the Home page will display all the User Galleries in the application.
Clicking on the "My Gallery" menu
option will display the Editing and Management controls for YOUR User
Album Editing and Management controls
are available for YOUR albums only.
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