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Pictures will be coming from a digital camera... will need to be saved, sized, and compressed, and then uploaded, probably each to its own page in a password protected directory... and they'll need to be captioned. Pages won't need to look beautiful.
My approach would be to provide an html template and a set of instructions. Is there a better way... maybe something designed for non-technical people to get family photo albums online?
Ultimately, this client wants to keep hundreds of pictures online with restricted client access, a feature I don't think Radio Userland provides, so I'm not sure this is the best model. Any other suggestions?
I found a very useful article which covers exactly what you are looking for.
This shows you how to create a 'thumbnail' gallery and you can use many images.
To do a good job, you will need to use a database with server scripting like php/mysql which has a reasonable learning curve.
>>You can configure Radio 8 to ftp to your own server, so you're not limited to Userland's servers...<<
>>basically use it the same as a wysiwyg editor with ftp, except from a browser window.<<
This makes it sound much more attractive than the way they're pitching it on their website. I guess UserLand's business model is selling server space.
I think it bolts onto, or has been incorporated in, the greymatter blog. (This may be photolog in action [noahgrey.com], not really sure though.)
Built-In File Uploading & Easy Image Handling—Not only can you now upload files and images to your account right from within Greymatter, you can also instantly create new entries with the files or images already linked to or displayed in your new entries. You can even have Greymatter make fully-customisable instant popup windows out of the images you upload; what before would take several minutes and a lot of hassle (creating complicated code, making an HTML page for each window, uploading the files to FTP, and so on) can now literally be done in about three clicks of the mouse.
I have some custom made php scripts (using MySQL) for the purpose you are looking for. (Or close to it, I think.)
I had a customer who needed to have non-techie (a *big* understatement) employees take pictures on-site and get the info back to the office.
We took care of the sizing and compression issues by setting up the cameras properly and training the employees regarding what they could and couldn't do with camera settings. The cameras were simple enough that an email could fix difficulties even if they did accidently change the settings.
Images are uploaded via an html interface. At the same time, we also had the employees input other information through text boxes, drop down boxes, and searchable fields where they could type notes. The hard part was teaching the employees to remain organized while they visited 6-8 sites per day.
We had store numbers, drop down boxes, easily edited in a config file, and an upload for as many images as needed for the particular store number.
We also had an admin area where the admin could add and subtract users and give them different priveledges. (very few options there, but it did allow some control. I can create users to edit or just view, but I think all users can see everything.) We had a few clients with many locations each. We set up a new system for each one. If you have many clients with a few locations each, you might be able to modify the scripts and it would be better than starting from scratch.
Stickymail me to take a look. If you can use them, I'll donate them for a particular use. (and maybe you can help me sometime with something else.) Depending on needs, nell might be on the right track for modification.