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La version française de phTagr, La galerie de photos

July 21st, 2012 Comments off

Since a couple of days the awesome web photo gallery has a French language support. Thanks to François Elie who contributed the French translation – he did a really great work! If your browser prefers the French language and you use the newest version (or on your next update) the web gallery responses in French automatically.

Explorer in French

Is your language missing or incomplete? Please visit the How To Translate Wiki page for further information. There you will find how to create or update a language of the php gallery phtagr.

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New Introduction video on YouTube

July 14th, 2012 Comments off

A short introduction video to phTagr 2.2 was added to YouTube. The video gives some basic introduction to the functionality of phTagr.

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phtagr risponde in italiano

January 3rd, 2011 Comments off

Happy New Year to All!

By today phTagr has now an Italian translation – thanks to Francesco Piraneo G. for his great contribution. The newly updated zip file could be downloaded from SourceForge.

If your language is missing, see How To Translate in the wiki.


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Improved Preview Handling

October 10th, 2010 1 comment

Recently the preview handling was improved and partly rewritten. The speed boost by the Fast File Responder was previously described here. Before r632 each preview was rendered by the original image which consumed a lot of time. Now an image preview manager was introduced which reuses existing down sampled images to gain speed. While each conversion from the original image costs about 4.4s, the down sampling from an 600px to 220px requires only 0.2s Further each preview configuration (defined in the Preview Manager Component) might be depend on a greater preview image. These dependencies might trigger the generation of all previews before calculating the requested one.

Unfortunately, the preview cache file schema changed and all previews have to be recalculated again. However, since r639 phTagr supports the batch generation of previews with a CakePHP shell script preview. You can create these previews at the command with

$ cd <phtagr base>
$ cakephp/lib/Cake/Console/cake preview generate
Generate preview files
cake preview [subcommand] [options]
generate  Create preview files
To see help on a subcommand use `cake preview [subcommand] --help`
--help, -h         Display this help.
--verbose, -v      Enable verbose output.
--quiet, -q        Enable quiet output.
--max              Maximum generation count. Default is 10. Use 0 to
                   generate all previews
--start-chunk      Set the start chunk number. A chunk has a size of 100
                   media. Default is 1
--size             Set the minimum preview size. Default is thumb
                   (choices: mini|thumb|preview|high)
--user             Generate only previews for given user
$ cakephp/lib/Cake/Console/cake preview generate --size mini -v
Page 1/180 (0.56%)
Page 2/180 (1.11%)
Page 3/180 (1.67%)

Update 2012-07-22: Updated commands to version 2.2-dev.

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Improved Groups and Email Notifications

September 4th, 2010 1 comment

Today I published two significant improvements of this great gallery which boosts the user experience and the social interaction.

Until now the powerful access control of your media was just fun for you – but now it is easier than ever to share your photos in groups with your friends. A group got a new description text and some flag for the management. Other users can now see your groups and can subscribe the them by just a single click. It depends on you if your friends are able join the group immediately or the new subscriber needs a confirmation. Further a group can be shared, too. Other group members can assign a shared group to their media as well and all group members are able to see these photos or videos.

The other great feature is a shell task which sends notification emails of new media for users. It should be uses in a cron job and will inform your uses of your gallery on new uploads. Since your shell has no clue about your gallery URL, you have to configure it in the core.php with the parameter Notification.url. To test is you can use one of the parameters verbose, dryrun, noemail, or force.

8 15 * * * /var/www/phtagr/cake/console/cake -app /var/www/phtagr/app notify run

Please run the setup to upgrade your database (and do not forget to make a backup before – just in case).

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phTagr z językiem polskim

September 3rd, 2010 2 comments

I’m pleased to announce that phTagr has now an Polish translation – many thanks to Bartosz Fenski (aka fEnIo) for his time. The fresh baked zip file could be downloaded from SourceForge.

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phTagr räägib nüüd eesti keeles

August 13th, 2010 Comments off

I’m happy to announce that phTagr has now an Estonian translation. Thanks to Craig for his great work who found also lots of missing translation texts. The fresh baked zip file could be downloaded from SourceForge. For upgrade information please have a look at our wiki page.

Further, phTagr supports now the media selection by the upload folder. This feature is very useful for albums which are ordered by folder. The folder link could be found by media detail tab in the media view.

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Theme Your CakePHP Application – Make it Mobile Device Aware

July 26th, 2010 4 comments

This post shows how easy your CakePHP applications becomes mobile device aware by using CakePHP theming feature. At the end of this post the mobile theme is selected automatically on requests of mobile devices.

Theming in CakePHP is really a piece of cake! Since CakePHP is a Model-View-Control framework, the data, the data logic and the view is well separated. For theming you just need to replace your view templates without changing the logic or data handling. Theming is quite easy and you don’t need to be a professional software programmer. While a nice theme needs some knowledge of HTML and CSS theming CakePHP requires just basic PHP skills.

CakePHP’s Layout and Views

In standard cases all view templates are located in ./app/views and CakePHP selects by its magic the correct page layout and the view for the current logic. So you have your layouts (the basic document structure) in ./app/views/layouts and your view templates (the specific view of one action) of your current action in ./app/views/[controller]/[action].ctp. For detailed information please have a look at

The CSS and JS files have a little different place. The style sheets are located in ./app/webroot/css and the javascript files are located in ./app/webroot/js.

The important structure of CakePHP’s view templates is shown below:

        layouts/           <-- Location of page layouts
        helpers/           <-- View template helpers
        elements/          <-- Little view templates
            index.ctp      <-- Specific view template of the index action in the home controller
        /themed            <-- Directory of CakePHP themes
    webroot/               <-- Application's webroot (like htdocs for apache)
        css/               <-- Style sheets
        js/                <-- Javascript directory

Now the cool part: You can theme all your views with a very similar view structure. But you don’t have to theme all layouts and views. If your theme does not have a required view CakePHP uses the original one. So you can just theme required layouts and/or views.

The Birth of a New Theme

Now we want to create a mobile version of our application. As example application I use the open source social photo gallery phTagr from I assume that your phTagr gallery is installed and accessible at http://localhost/phtagr. But you can easily adapt these steps to any other CakePHP application.

Basic Folder Structure of a CakePHP Theme

First we need to create a theme folder with its basic theme structure. Goto theme directory ./app/views/themed and create your own theme, I call it “mobile”. Further some required directories are also required. We theme the default layout and some basic actions, for phTagr it is the home, the photo explorer and the image view.

cd app/views/
mkdir -d themed/mobile
cd themed/mobile
mkdir -p layouts elements webroot/css home explorer images

Now we have following folder structure

        layouts/           <-- Default theme layouts
        elements/          <-- Folder for element templates
            css/           <-- Folder for mobile CSS
        home/              <-- Your themed views of home controller
        explorer/          <-- Your themed views of explorer controller
        images/            <-- Your themed views of images controller

Note: ./app/views/themed/mobile is now referred as ./mobile.

Activate Your Theme

To activate the new theme you set it in before_render() at ./app/app_controller.php. Later we automate this theme selection but for now the hard coded version is just fine. Important is, that the views are theme aware by this->view = 'Theme'; and of cause your theme name.

  function beforeRender() {
    // ... other code
    $this->view = "Theme";
    $this->theme = "mobile";

Your Themed Page Layout

If we call now our side http://localhost/phtagr nothing is changed. Thats fine, than CakePHP did not find any themed layouts or views to use and uses the standard one. Therefore we want to change the default layout in ./mobile/layouts/default.ctp to see some differences.

Edit ./mobile/layouts/default.ctp

<?php echo $html->docType('xhtml-strict'); ?>
<html xmlns="">

<title><?php echo $title_for_layout; ?></title>
  echo $html->charset('UTF-8');
  echo $html->meta('icon');

<?php echo $content_for_layout; ?>

Now we see some changes http://localhost/phtagr with a plain layout.

Layout Your Views

My profession is not quite a web designer but here I show you howto style your mobile version.

You create your css in ./mobile/webroot/css/mobile.css and add it to your default theme in the <head> section.

  echo $html->charset('UTF-8');
  echo $html->meta('icon');
  echo $html->css('mobile');
* {
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;

body {
  width: 100%;
  color: black;
  font-family: Druid, Verdana, Sans;
  font-size: 10pt;
  background: white;

h1,h2,h3 { font-weight: bold; }
h1 { font-size: 130%; }
h2 { font-size: 120%; }
h3 { font-size: 110%; }

a { text-decoration: none; }
a img { border: 1px black solid; }

Add Header and Footer

Now we want to add some containers for header and footer. These parts could be rendered in special containers, CakePHP calls them elements template. Header and footer are perfect candidates for such elements.

Adapt your default HTML body layout in ./mobile/layouts/default.ctp

<div><?php echo View::element('header'); ?></div>
<div><?php echo $content_for_layout; ?></div>
<div><?php echo View::element('header'); ?></div>

Now create the elements ./mobile/elements/header.ctp and ./mobile/elements/footer.ctp.




<p>Social Web Gallery <a href="">phTagr</a> - mobile version.</p>

And we add new styles to ./mobile/webroot/css/mobile.css:

.header * {
  display: inline;
.header {
  display: block;
  background: #3d3;
  padding: 2px 5px;
.header h1 span.subheader {
  color: white;
  font-size: 80%;
  font-style: italic;
.footer {
  display: block;
  background: #888;

Adapt Views

Now some views will be adapted from the original ones. The original versions are located in ./app/views/[controller]/. In the theme they are located in ./app/themed/[theme]/[controller], in ./mobile/[controller].

For a theme view of the index action of the home controller CakePHP will look first in ./mobile/home/index.ctp. If it does not exists CakePHP take the standard one. So I copied the original version index.php to the theme folder ./mobile/home and made some changes.

Further I copied and adapt ./app/views/explorer/index.ctp and ./app/views/images/index.ctp. All other themes are not very important to adapt. The same with the view action of images controller.

For the forms I added some basic form style definitions to ./mobile/webroot/css/mobile.css:

fieldset {
  margin: 5pt;
  border: none;
fieldset legend {
  font-weight: bold;
fieldset div label {
  display: block;
  width: 100%;
fieldset div input[type=textfield],
fieldset div input[type=text] {
  width: 100%;
  font-size: 150%;
input[type=checkbox] + label {
  display: inline;
form * input[type=submit] {
  font-size: 150%;
  border: 2px solid black;
  background: #3d3;
  -moz-border-radius: 3px;
  -webkit-border-radius: 3px;

And styled the flag message:

.message {
  display: block;
  font-size: 120%;
  margin: 5pt;
  padding: 5pt;
  border: 1px solid black;
  background: #fd3;
  -moz-border-radius: 3px;
  -webkit-border-radius: 3px;

Fix iPhone

The iPhone (and iPod Touch) requires a special viewport meta information to render without any scaling. This is added to the default layout in the head section:

<title><?php echo $title_for_layout; ?></title>
<meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1.0">

Automatic Theme Selection

After adjusting the views and improving the style sheets the automatic theme switch is build in. For this we need the RequestHandler component in our basic app_controller.php which is added to the $components variable:

  var $components = array('RequestHandler');

We use the isMobile() function of RequestHandler component to evaluate the client device type and select the mobile theme for mobile devices

  function beforeRender() {
    // ... other code
    if ($this->RequestHandler->isMobile()) {
      $this->view = "Theme";
      $this->theme = "mobile";


The theme feature of CakePHP is straight forward and easy to use. You can customize your CakePHP application easily by changing the page layout or partial theming by writing single view templates of specific controller actions. The example showed how easy your application becomes mobile device aware.

You can see the full mobile theme of phTagr at

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Simplified Upload Function

July 9th, 2010 Comments off

Recently the upload function of phTagr was simplified and is enabled as default by now. The older but more advanced file browser could be enabled in the general settings of the user.

By the default the user has an upload button in the menu where he can upload files and ZIP archives. These files are uploaded to a daily created upload directory and are imported automatically. After the successful upload process some of the new imported photos or videos are shown directly in the upload form and gives a great feedback to the user.

This awesome improvement simplifies the technical modeled behavior of the file browser where two separate steps of uploading and importing are necessary to show your media in the gallery. Now new photos could be uploaded and shown in the gallery with only three simple clicks.


Have fun while using phTagr!

phTagr 2.1.1 released!

May 8th, 2010 Comments off

I’m happy to announce phTagr 2.1.1 which simplifies the setup and adds multi-language support. As first language German was submitted. You can submit your language to translation [AT] See How To Translate for further information.

Further, the geo tagging was improved and some minor bugs were fixed.

You can download it from SourceForge (ca. 2.9 MB). Please do not hesitate to report any success story, bugs or feature request. See How To Help for further details.

Following Tickets where solved since 2.1

Setup and Requirements:

  • Fix #6 (Minimum setup requirements)
  • Fix #74 (Automatic setup redirection)
  • Fix #13 (Customizable gallery title)
  • Fix #64 (Add multi-language support (internationalization))
  • Fix #66 (Fallback of getId3 at ImageFilter if exiftool is not available)
  • Fix #67 (Fallback of getId3 at VideoFilter if ffmpeg is not available)
  • Fix #68 (Include required PEAR files to vendor directory)

Explorer: Geotagging

  • Fix #78 (Resizeable Google Map)
  • Fix #79 (Goto address input for geo map)
  • Fix #25 (Current media selection in map)


  • Fix #80 (Show user of random media at home)
  • Fix #81 (User information is droped on date links)
  • Fix #69 (Incorrect import of south and west geo location in ImageFilter)
  • Fix #82 (Place cakeDebug output into html layout)
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