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although it is possible to create thumbnails on the fly from your server ...
also I use imagevue for my photo album, it's flash based front end, easy to set up and creates thumbnails on the fly ...
It maybe worthwhile and save you a good deal of time in the end, if you are becoming over run..
I don't know how much work is involved for you or what you need exactly? but ..
you could have your users upload the images themselves, attaching notes / comments, links etc .. and the thumbnails can be displayed with out you having to do anything..
again there are a number of products that can do this..
imagevue being one ... there is also this dreamweaver extension.. [interaktonline.com...]
and a number of gallery products ... like 'simplephotos' [ppleyard.org.uk...]
or 'Archetype' [thinkist.net...]
in fact have a search and you will find many...
So if you want to do it yourself or use a ready made product, either way you've just got to decide what is best for you, first.. IMO
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