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Need to create user-friendly photo gallery on network...suggestions?

By danielleelainerussell ·
Ok, I've been asked to create something that allows everyone on the office network to easily scroll through thumbnails of maps and be able to open the pdfs with a click of the button. The metadata should also be displayed with the thumbnail,or at least some desription of the map, when it was made etc...I was thinking of using an open source photo gallery and just creating a sort of web page on the shared drive (network? not really familiar with office networks and how they work) BUT all of these photo galleries use some sort of server side language, like msqul to run. Is this going to be a problem if I don't actually go live with this little web page? I don't want to actually upload any of the pdfs and have everyone download them when they can just access them on the network already. Thoughts?

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You need to speak with whoever manages the office network

by robo_dev In reply to Need to create user-frien ...

In order to do what you propose, you need to have a database and an Intranet web server. They can both be on the same server.

With the database, such as Microsoft SQL server, MySQL, or even MS-Access, you store the image files and associated metadata in the database. MS-Access is very limited, but can be good for small simple projects.

Then you make/buy a web application to allow your users to view web pages with that data.

An open-source photo gallery would be the simplest, or using a tool such as Aspmaker to generate the code. Alternately you could use something like Microsoft SharePoint or PostNuke to create a whole intranet site.

http://www.hkvstore.com/aspmaker/

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointtechnology/FX100503841033.aspx

Another option is just to host the images online with something like google groups, yahoo groups, or microsoft live spaces....then all the coding is done for you.

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