Zenphoto 0.6.0

  • Admin: Checked-in Joen's design.
  • Default Theme: new RC from Joen; for admins, added "edit comment" and "admin" links.
  • Default Theme: gave all thumbnails width/height so floating DIVs line up properly before load.
  • Many small changes and bugfixes.


Another Teaser

Needless to say, school has started and like I knew all along, development on ZP has slowed. I swear I want to get this first release out soon, but I just can’t make promises anymore. I have so many other things which are so unfortunately more important.

That said, I have tomorrow off, so maybe I’ll finish it all.

I have made several updates, including the ability to select the thumbnail for the album from its images, with a preview in 100% CSS-styled listbox goodness. The preview doesn’t work in Internet Explorer, but frankly, neither should you.

Also included are all sorts of updates to the admin control panel from Joen which I forgot to include in the last version.

zenphoto 0.6.1 (admin)

Note: You may have to delete the zenphoto cookie from to log in, since I changed the cookie to remember multiple logins on multiple ZP installs on the same (...)

Update on zenphoto

Joen’s theme for the upcoming zenphoto is complete, so check out his post on the usability and design strategies he incorporated into it.

I figured I should show it in action, so I’ve uploaded the latest zenphoto to the usual place, which is full of some great new design.

No, it’s not done yet. Look, I’m on 0.6, and I’ve got 0.7-0.9 to go before I can call it 1.0! ;-) If you want to see exactly how much left there is, look at the list, and please tell me if there are things in for 1.0 you don’t care about so I can put them off until later.

Also, while I remember, I prefer the spelling “zenphoto”, though I really don’t care if you capitalize and add spaces.

Also, if you’re looking for an amazing new album to listen to, get Illinoise by Sufjan Stevens (...)

Zenphoto 0.5.0

  • Admin/Themes: New tab "Options" contains the theme switcher.
  • Better comment validation (only allows tags specified in a list in config.php)
  • Themes: Added a 'theme.txt' definition file and parser. Theme metadata is now set.
  • Themes: Added a 'theme.*' image, where * can be either gif, png, or jpg. Images must be 150x150 and should be a screenshot only; no text.
  • Added zen/setup.php - a setup script to make the database tables and give basic instructions.
  • Lots of bugfixes.

Relevant links:

  • - zenphoto 0.5 - "Almost Ready"


Zenphoto 0.5 – “Almost Ready”

I’ve been working hard on the list, and I do believe I’ve got everything I wanted for 1.0 in.

So what are we waiting for? I don’t have internet. I’m working internetless, and then borrowing some poor soul’s wireless connection from the other side of the house for e-mail and necessities.

We’re also waiting for Joen to finish his theme, which will be the one shipped as “default” with the 1.0 release. So put the pressure on over there!

For now, I invite you to take a look at the newest version, which is done enough for me to start using it. You’ll be particularly interested in the new “options” admin tab, with a theme switcher, with a first draft of the new default theme…

Zenphoto 0.5 (new photos from Yosemite)
Control Panel (user: admin, pass: 1234)

I left uploading on, but (...)

Zenphoto 0.4.0

  • Admin section: Added javascript image-enlargement while editing (click the image to enlarge).
  • Implemeted themes. Add themes in new directories in /themes, switch themes with the 'theme' var in config.php
  • Converted 2 current designs to themes ('default' (Joen's theme) and 'testing' (the old testing theme))


Zenphoto 0.3.6

  • Admin section: All comment functionality (edit/delete/view/respond).
  • Admin section complete except for deletion of images. Possibly leaving for apres-1.0


Back from vacation

Just got back from a wonderful camping trip in Yosemite tonight. I’ve had a lot of time to think, and some of that thinking was about zenphoto, photography, and how they fit together for me. I’ve read all the comments on the last post and I’ll address a couple points before I go to sleep…

1. Themes – I actually got internet access halfway through (I had to — waiting for an important e-mail) so I got Jonas’ comment about per-album themes, and decided to implement it all on paper. So I did. I think it’ll work, but I haven’t actually tested it on a computer yet. My brain does pretty well, but it might take some translation time.

In short, themes will be in 1.0, and because it’s easy, so will per-album theme overrides. I think it’s a nice feature, and it’s purpose is obvious enough in context that it doesn’t detract from anything.

2. I’m going to sleep. I think I was going to have a second item, but I forgot it. (...)

zenphoto 0.3.5 – “admin/1234″

Before I go off on vacation (camping in Yosemite NP; Tuolumne Meadows, not the overcrowded valley) I thought I’d post another demo.

This time, I’m mainly showing off the administration pages. The Overview screen is like WordPress’s dashboard, but with useful information instead of slow RSS feeds. Comments obviously (eventually) will show all your comments, with edit/delete/moderate options. Upload (currently disabled for all you) is my favorite part — you have to try it out. First, the folder is auto-generated from the typed name by default (with graceful conflict handling and/or notification, even if you type your own — try typing “Space”), and better: no more having to reload the page to get more upload boxes. Last but not least, Edit allows you to mass-edit things on any level; album info, and image info in albums.


Zenphoto 0.3.5

  • Admin section: Intuitive Javascript validation of album uploads.
  • Admin section: Delete buttons and actions.
  • (Test Version: Uploads and deletes are disabled for the public.)