StackPress and Tag Gallery Update

I’ve recently been using Stack Overflow quite a bit and find the discussions have helped me out often. I’ve decided to use the recently published API to allow a WordPress blog to retrieve and display information from the Stack Overflow family of sites via a widget or shortcode, whichever suits the given situation.

I’ve only recently begun work on the plugin but plan to release it publicly in the next few weeks. The plugin is called StackPress and I hope you all enjoy it.

More importantly, Tag Gallery 0.8 with all the super goodies is very close to being finished. Widgets, Shortcode UI, new caching mechanism and Admin page with cache manager and setting defaults. It no longer relies on TimThumb so we can hide the thumbnail generation mechanism and get rid of the exposure it may cause. You can choose to use the old Tag Gallery version from the Admin page if you like but you will not get any goodies, just a few bug fixes. It also has a template system so you can make your own templates. Many effects have been added including grayscale, sepia, mirroring, water-marking and many more to come.

Most interesting, this release will mark the beginning Tag Gallery being able to handle more than just images. The architecture has changed drastically so we could, potentially, generate thumbnail previews of any file type including Video, PDF, ODT and many more. If the particular file type does not yet have a generator it can use an icon from the Media Library representing that file type. This feature is in the very early stages of development but it should be full steam rolling by the release of 1.0, which should be sometime in the late summer.

Anyhow, I had hoped to release an update to Tag Gallery by mid January but it doesn’t pay the bills. I am devoting much of my free time to it’s development though so I’m hoping to release it any day now. When you see Tag Gallery instances in the sidebar of this site you will know I’m within a week of it’s release.

Aloha!

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4 Comments

  1. jenn
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    is there anyway with the tag-gallery to have it display the thumbs and a space below or above for the image rather then having them pop up on viewing (a kind of gallery display?)

  2. johnny
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Jenn,

    The currently available Tag Gallery could do that but it would require quite a bit of template gymnastics to accomplish unfortunately. The upcoming release will allow this quite easily. I’ve introduced so many new features that I’m almost hesitant to allow it into the wild! I’ve a plan to release the new features in increments in the hopes that I don’t cause too much trouble.

    I will be releasing more experimental versions from this site which you would need ftp access to your site in order to use. I will be doing incremental releases every 7-14 days on the official plugin repository which you can access from your WordPress installation. I’ve decided to do this so that I don’t break any websites unwittingly and maintain a logical release schedule yet still allow advanced users to play, break things, and report feedback. I think this is the best way to go.

    You will be able to accomplish what you are looking for with Tag Gallery using the second release to the official repository. I’m hoping for that release to occur no later than the end of March. The functionality is not built in but you can easily include any third party java-script library and have tag-gallery output the appropriate HTML for that library to attach itself to. The new documentation and examples describe this thoroughly.

    If you are familiar with java-script you could likely wrangle the current tag-gallery to do what you want but I know it won’t be very pretty code-wise. You will likely have to write a small plugin to make it happen.

    If your situation is urgent, feel free to contact me via email and I will see what I can do for you. Interestingly enough, the origin of tag gallery came about from building a similar display mechanism as you describe… small thumbs with a scrolling view rather than a pop-up. It even included the captions, titles and links to relevant content in any given position via a user set, transparent overlay!

    I hope that helps and your time line has room for Tag Gallery! Many great things to come!
    Johnny

  3. Antoine
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I really love the Tag Gallery plugin. The only thing that I would wish for a new version is that it supports a feature to sort thumbnails by date, ascending or descending. It seems that this isn’t supported by the current version of the plugin, or am I overlooking something? Anyway, thank you for your effort!

  4. Posted August 19, 2011 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    This shortcode seems to be almost what I need, but I have one concern: While the gallery thumbnail ‘page’ is perfect with the thumbnails showing just the way they should, when you click on the thumbnails, instead of opening up in the themes own built in slideshow, it opens up the photo onto a blank white page (where incidentally the images are now right clickable), and the address bar showing my folders on my hosting site rather than just the website itself. Is there anyway of having the photos show up the way the other normal slide show galleries do? My theme is ANAN from the Themeforest site and it has its own built in slide show function.

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