My quest for an open source photo gallery started when my flickr pro account needed renewal, I already had a domain and website, and I thought to myself: “I don’t need to pay flickr, I can do it myself“. So I downloaded all of my flickr photos (about 2 gigs worth) to my local computer and they were organized in directories as they were on flickr. Then I started the search for an open source solution that would be easy to migrate all of my photos to, and what I settled on
was zen photo because I could basically just upload everything with FTP and it would be organized as it was on flickr. It was quick and easy to get setup, however over time what I found was that managing the photos in zen photo was a real pain. The user interface is very cumbersome, and clunky, often times I would make some sort of change only to find later that the change never took because I didn’t scroll waaaay down and hit the “save” button. I also found zenphoto visually
unappealing, even though I could potentially create my own theme, I am not a web designer or an artist so any theme I come up with would be even uglier.
After about a year with zen photo, I decided to start looking around again and that is when I found phtagr, it is a very attractive solution, mass editing and mass uploads are easy, the user interface is intuitive, and is much more flickr like. The best part is that when I first started using it, I couldn’t get it to work on my webhost, so I e-mailed the phtagr mailing list and Xemle responded quickly and was able to fix my problem. Now it works flawlessly…
Thanks for the hard work.
— by Chris Desjardins