I wrote a simple backend tool for Autoviewer Flash gallery some time ago and put it up for grabs on my blog. Since then I have wanted to make some improvements to the script. Now I have finally finished implementing the features I have found most useful. The UI is still not pretty, but it is now possible to manage multiple galleries. I would like to share the fruit of my work with you so feel free to download the package and install it.
The requirements are the same (MySQL, PHP5) and the basic installation work is a lot like the one for the previous version. Download this new 2.02 package, rename it from .jpg to .zip, extract files, upload, download autoviewer (.js and .flv), create db, set variables in config.php, evoke the install script and set pw for admin folder. I haven’t created a conversion script yet, so you if you had the previous version up and running you will need to create the galleries from scratch.
As I have been developing this script there have been few things I have thought might be good to still improve on.
- One thing on top of my mind is kind of a publication logic that shows only the finished galleries. I think that allowing time to try different sequences would make the script little bit more useful for visual artists concious of the rhythm of the resulting slideshow.
- Secondly I would like to separate functions from the frontend and tidy up the admin user interface. I think bringing the AJAX smoothness to all functions would be a nice touch.
- I have also thought about making the script more accessible for folks. The initial thought was to make a WordPress or Joomla! plug-in out of it.
- I still also think would be nice to move the whole system to some cloud platform and offer it as a service to anybody who wants to use it. At the moment at least Amazon S3 would require translation to python so that will have to wait.
Anyways we will see if I ever get the urge to put the work into realizing the updates. At least I will try to learn little bit more about video on clouds as I imagine that it would be nice to incorporate video files onto the slideshows some day.