Photo Galleries via BE.....

Topics: ASP.NET 2.0, Controls
Jul 31, 2009 at 12:45 PM
Edited Jul 31, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Hi all,

First and foremost congrats to the creators for producing such a superb product!

I am just getting into blogengine (and asp/C# for that matter) so please bear with me a little here, similar questions have been asked before but if someone could point me the the right direction it would be great :-)

Obviously BE is great right out the box for posts and creating pages but has anyone any suggestions or ideas on how to go about creating photogalleries through the BE admin interface?

My original idea would be to creat a page like Gallery 1 and put the thumbnail in there with the layout taken care of via CSS/tables, it would then be good to be able to click the images and have BE open a larger version of that image.  I came across HighSlide (http://highslide.com/) and thought that looked very good but wondered how to itegrate it into BE.  The thumbnails would be fine as they can be uploaded directly into the page and positioned, I suspect (hope!? that I could integrate highslide into the pages (if that is the best way to go - looks like potentially the most rapid) but what about the larger images, they could perhaps be uploaded then deleted from the page (and hopefully not from the server) but then the paths would have to noted and copied into..........

So then I thought that the ideal would be along the lines of the above but somehow making an extra page in the admin pages that used some kind of place holder where files can be browsed for ........ thumbnail1, thumnail2........... largeimage1, largeimage2 etc etc.  Once saved this would then put the thumbnails into a grid and allows the large images to be seen when clicked on (though I would need to be able to create multiple pages - 1 for each gallery.......)??

So as a newbie it is just getting the idea together and clear, the implementation might take me some time! lol

Just wondered if anyone has done anything similar or thought there were better ways of doing it?

Thanks in advance for any help,

Andrew

 

EDIT - I thought about this a little more and thought that the 'ultimate' way of doing this would be to be able to embed a gallery into any page, so the gallery construction would have to be something similar to the above but once done it could be embedded in any page - maybe in a similar way to how a photo is upload - i.e. a dialog where you can browse the app_data/galleries folder and choose one........ pity my coding skills are so far behind my imagination!! lol  Anyway it would mean that step 1 would be to create the gallery and once done it could be put into any 'standard' page etc.........

 

Jul 31, 2009 at 2:18 PM

I have integrated GalleryServerPro with BlogEngine. I will soon release an integrated package for the two (just don't ever have time on this end). At one point in time there were a few projects dedicated to this endeavor, but they have all died I think.

http://blogenginephoto.codeplex.com/

http://dannydouglass.com/post/2008/02/New-BlogEngine-Extension-SlideShow-Photo-Gallery.aspx

http://www.tumelty.com/blog/post/2008/02/BlogEngineNet-Gallery-User-Control---Version-10-Released.aspx

 

This seems promising

http://www.notesfor.net/post/NotesForGallery-ASPNET-AJAX-Photo-Gallery-Control.aspx#Demo

 

Or if you want to try my way

http://www.jwendl.net/post/2009/02/23/Integrating-GalleryServerPro-into-BlogEngineNET.aspx

 

That's all I know about.

Jul 31, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Thanks for the info, some very useful links there. The NotesForGallery looks extremely promising and just what I was after - if I can somehow integrate it with the blogengine admin console and have the ability to add one in to a standard page I've cracked it!! ;-)

Trying to avoid using a sql back end for now and am not in a position to get adventurous with adapting it to the xml thing as yet ( something to do with distinct lack of knowledge.......!lol) but will keep on eye on how you get on as that looks very promising too.

Thanks for the options.

Cheers

Andrew

Feb 25, 2011 at 5:26 PM
andrwcris wrote:

My original idea would be to creat a page like Gallery 1 and put the thumbnail in there with the layout taken care of via CSS/tables, it would then be good to be able to click the images and have BE open a larger version of that image.  I came across HighSlide (http://highslide.com/) and thought that looked very good but wondered how to itegrate it into BE.  The thumbnails would be fine as they can be uploaded directly into the page and positioned, I suspect (hope!? that I could integrate highslide into the pages (if that is the best way to go - looks like potentially the most rapid) but what about the larger images, they could perhaps be uploaded then deleted from the page (and hopefully not from the server) but then the paths would have to noted and copied into..........

 

I am a little late in the game here in terms of this forum post but I thought I'd let everyone know that I too discovered Highslide a couple years back.  Sometime last year, I wrote an extension that implements Highslide into BE.  I've tested it extensively in BE 1.6.1 and all prior versions.  I have yet to move forward with BE 2.0 so not sure about compatibility going forward.

What's even cooler is that I've also written a .NET application to generate Highslide javascript containing my pictures and slideshows that I paste right into my posts.  I eventually plan on integrating my application right into BE (for my use).

You can see Highslide in use at any of the following..

http://www.flentje.com
http://www.tftc.us

If you're interested in my work, use the Contact feature on my primary website at..

http://www.bitdebris.com