Following up with Macintouch

Macintouch posted some responses to the little blurb I got:

[Chris Chapman] Readers may note that there is a long-standing project on sourceforge called Gallery, which is a PHP-based photo gallery solution. It has nothing to do with Alex King’s web app of the same name and has been in development for much longer.

[A.D. Jones] I saw you posted a link to Alex King’s Gallery project. You should also know that there are a whole slew of similar projects out there. As the PHP/mySQL/Apache development environment was very common before OS X, many of these projects were not created for OS X, but will work on it.

* Another Gallery
* Dive Pix
* HTMLSpinnr’s PhotoDisplay
* mcGallery
* Photo Navilab

[Ken Tidwell] Kind of strange…I was getting ready to drop MacInTouch a note and recommend this great package I found for running an image database on the web. Uses PHP and MySQL, and is head-and-shoulders above other packages I looked at (and painfully installed).
Gallery is a slick web based photo album written using PHP. With Gallery you can easily create and maintain albums of photos via an intuitive interface. Photo management includes automatic thumbnail creation, image resizing, rotation, ordering, captioning, searching and more. Albums can have read, write and caption permissions per individual authenticated user for an additional level of privacy. Give accounts to your friends and family and let them upload and manage their own photos on your website! Then I notice [Alan King’s link] on MacInTouch November 25. 11/25. Alex says ‘free’ but suggests $25.00 to support development… Gallery says ‘freeware’ but suggests donations, etc. Alex’s only supports JPEG at this time, while Gallery supports jpg, gif, png, avi, mpg, mpeg, wmv, mov.
I would really like to jump in and say that Gallery (Sourceforge) is the way to go. The features are first rate, and it loves OS X 🙂

My response? Well, my name is "Alex", not "Alan" 😉

I’m glad that people have a variety of options for their digital photos. The more projects the better, give people the option to choose what they want.

The sourceforge project appears to be quite a different beast from my app, and it looks quite nice. From what I can tell from their web site, their app allows people to put up on-line photo galleries. Look into it if you need to put up a multi-user photo gallery – pretty neat. Mine is just a database for storing and organizing, they don’t seem to have the same purpose.

My goal is not to make money on this. I use a lot of freeware/donationware apps and I wanted to give something back. If people end up using my app as much as I have, I’d certainly appreciate a small donation, but I seriously doubt I’ll ever get enough donations to make even $5/hour on the time I’ve put into this.