I’m slowly re-organizing my online photo gallery in preparation for adding at least a few of the huge pile of pictures that I’ve taken over the past few years. The current gallery will be unmanageable if I just keep adding things. For now, I’ve just added one extra level of subdirectories, but I’m still not really happy with things. I’m using a slightly tweaked version of Album for producing the gallery; it’s better then most of what I’ve looked at, but it’s far from perfect. I suppose what I really want is a web-based version of iView MediaPro, but that’s kind of unlikely.

I’ve tried a bunch of gallery software, and I’m utterly incapable of coping with anything that’s designed for web-based uploading. It’s just too slow when you have 50 pictures that you want to add, much less the thousand or so that I’d like to have online. Also, D60 images are just too big for my poor little Athlon 700 to resize on the fly, so the gallery needs to have statically generated images. That rules out things like IMS that really want to generate images on the fly. I’d really like to be able to search and sort on IPTC and EXIF fields, and maybe even to be able to dynamically build new albums from existing images, but that’s beyond the current state of the art in free web galleries, and I don’t have time to write one right now.