7 Minute Miles

Enhancements to the Photo Gallery

Posted Sunday, February 11th, 2007 05:44 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping, Technology

The photo section of 7 Minute Miles embeds an open source photo management application called Gallery 2. It’s worked well for me, but it’s pretty complex and somewhat hard to customize. There are a lot of hidden features and some that don’t work so well. It also supports custom themes, which I’ve done on this site.

This weekend, my sister and my wife both asked if there is a way to view a slideshow. I had experimented with that in the past and didn’t really like it. I just turned the latest slideshow version on and it’s not bad. The full-screen option is clunky, but the regular option is OK. Here are the steps to use it:

  • Go to the album you want to view
  • Use the album actions drop-down box to select “View Slideshow”
  • Change the max size to 640×640
  • Change the delay seconds (if desired)
  • Click the [-] box to hide options
  • Enjoy the show!

I also enabled simple RSS feeds for albums, so if you use a newsreader, you can subscribe to an album to find out when new photos are added. My favorite reader for Mac OS X is still NetNewsWire Lite, now offered by NewsGator.

Two final photo tips: when navigating single photos, you can click on the right side of the photo to go to the next one and the left side for the previous one. Lastly, if you are on page 2 of a multi-page album, you can change the page number in the URL and hit return to jump right to that new page.

Originally published by DK on February 11, 2007 at 5:44 pm