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Zenphoto 1.4.0.3

Zenphoto 1.4.0.3 is a minor bugfix release of the recent 1.4 branch. As usual we recommend all users upgrade for the latest updates and fixes.

See the changes on trac for more information.

Two nice posts about Zenphoto

We rarely get to know proper lengthly posts about Zenphoto besides being included in the "the best image gallery scripts for your web site" type of posts that quite some blogs seem to copy from each other all the time. So here we would like to mention two that stand out:

zenjPlayer

A plugin for the jQuery script jPlayer for displaying video and audio files.

New Nightly Builds

We are pleased to announce that our nightly build process has been augmented. There are now two builds being created. One for support of the current Zenphoto release and one for new development. Check out the files (http://www.zenphoto.org/files/nightly/).

You will see two different pairs of files for each night. One set (zip and gz) for the Trunk and one for Development. (These words appear in the name after the build date.)

Trunk builds are made from bug fixes to the currently released version of Zenphoto. You should feel confident using these builds as they contain only fixes to problems identified in in the release. You may even be directed to install one of these builds in response to a problem you have reported.

Development builds represent the future of Zenphoto. Eventually this branch of changes will become the next release of Zenphoto. (...)

Zenphoto 1.4.0.2

Zenphoto 1.4.0.2 is a minor bugfix release of the recent 1.4 branch. As usual we recommend all users upgrade for the latest updates and fixes.

See the changes on trac for more information.

3rd party theme updates for 1.4!

Since we changed a few details regarding themes with the Zenphoto 1.4 release we did one of our quite rare test runs of all third party themes we list on our site.

We also decided to update those older 3rd party themes that we host to be roughly compatible (an  exception to normally not supporting these.)  We re-added the simple+ theme we also roughly updated. These themes remain minimally featured and are still not officially supported.

One of these themes, the Garland theme, will become distributed with Zenphoto 1.4.1. It is an adaption of a Wordpress theme (which is the adaption of a Drupal theme actually) made by the former team member aitf311 years ago.

We threw out a few themes that were just minor clones of the stopdesign theme and the default theme and therefore did not add real value anymore :

  • stoppeddesign
  • thinkdreams
  • highslide (legally an issue anyway since the Highslide script is not GPL)
  • (...)

Zenphoto 1.4.0.1

This is a just a bugfix release for 1.4 without new features. Changes can be viewed on the trunk (svn) as usual: http://www.zenphoto.org/trac/browser/trunk

Changes to the Zenphoto repository (SVN)

This note is important for anyone using either the Nightly Builds or the SVN Repository.

We are changing the method of development and support of the Zenphoto codebase. Henceforth there will be two branches in the SVN. One representing the stable builds of the current Zenphoto release, in this case v1.4 and one representing the development of the next release. This will make it easier for us to continue developing new features for Zenphoto while also providing needed bug fixes to users of the current release.

Then nightly builds will now be made from the stable branch of fixes for the current release. You should feel confident of the stability of these Nightly builds.  We may add nightly builds from the development branch as well. If so, they will be clearly labeled. (These will naturally come with more risk as they contain the new development. But typically they have also been stable.)

The “Trunk” branch of the SVN will be the stable (...)

Bug fixes for 1.4

We will attempt to maintain fixes to base 1.4 issues on ticket #1776 for those of you not wishing to use the nightly build.

The nightly builds now represent the bug fixes for the 1.4 release. See also changes to the zenphoto repository svn

Of course, at some point it will become impractical to continue making fixes as the two sources drift apart. We will note on this ticket when we stop making updates

Theme design changes in Zenphoto 1.4

Note: This article already had been published in September 2009 under the title "Theme design changes that will appear in Zenphoto 1.3.2". Since 1.3.2 was skipped in favor of 1.4 it is now being republished.

With the 1.4 release we have undertaken some revisions to how themes should normally be coded. They are summarized below:

New filters have been defined to allow plugins to insert HTML in strategic locations on the WEB page.

  1. theme_head: Every theme should include a call on zp_apply_filter('theme_head'); within the heading ( <head></head> ) tags of the page. This function replaces the call on zenJavascript(); of older Zenphoto versions. That function is now deprecated. You can continue to use it while transitioning to the new call by enabling the deprecated_functions plugin. Plugins which used the addPluginScript() function should instead create a filter for (...)