Illustrated project is aiming to provide a way to share picture and photos in a structured way. Therefore just like most other web galleries, a title and a description can be added to each photo. But pictures can also be presented as groups within chapters, where they illustrate the text.
I started developping it because although there are many Web galleries already, none was made to do what I wanted to do. The project is very young and therefore much features are too be implemented.
What is Illustrated, and what it is not
· Illustrated is made to share pictures with others with a structured description.
· It supports multilanguage description: you can either add a single description, or add various descriptions with < intl-xx > tags (for instance: < intl-en >English description< /intl-en >). The language used will then depend on the browser settings.
· Within a same album, pictures are shared by chapters, allowing you to storytell what those photos are meaning, just like you would do if you showed to your friends photos of a trip.
· Illustrated is not made to upload loads of pictures for visitors to browse just like with a picture viewer. You could do that, but I would rather recommend you Gallery or Coppermine.
· It is not made to post daily photos and let visitors write some comments. Comments are not supported, and I do not plan to implement this. If you are looking for a photoblog, I would rather recommend you Pixelpost.
How to install it
Illustrated should work on any system as long as PHP, MySQL, and ImageMagick or GD are present. Since it is still at an early development stage, it does not include yet a guided installation, so you will have to set it up manually. This is quite simple though.
Edit the connect.php and index.php files, then just upload all PHP and CSS files in a directory of your web space, and create a directory called pictures with permissions for writing.
Create the database. To do so, if you have access to a command line, just run the following line with your own MySQL login and password.
mysql -ulogin -ppassword < illustrated.sql
If you have access to a phpMyAdmin interface, you can use it to import the file. Just pay attention to the maximum file size.
At last, if you do not have other option left (which would be surprising), you can write a PHP script to build the database. I will write one later.
· PHP 4.1.0
· gd (recommended)
· ImageMagick (recommended)
What's New in This Release:
· The most important changes are the two sample stylesheets included, cache control, text formatting, and tags.
· Administration is also being improved step by step, but it is not finished yet (e.g. automatic database creation is still missing, and pages are not always intuitive).
· As a result, this release may still be a bit awkward to administrate, but it should be decent already from a visitor's point of view.