This week, WedShare released Photo Gallery image management features that are now available for all members. This page is a significant upgrade over its now deprecated predecessor, the Photo Lab. Image management is a breeze with drag-and-drop album and photo handling, as well as the easy-to-navigate AJAX interface.
Adding photos to your albums is now as simple as dragging the photos to the target and dropping them in. Rotate, crop, resize, and style with the familiar effects strip, now built right into the photo view.
Whereas the older Photo Lab wasn’t a page in itself, just a photo management center, the new Photo Gallery doubles as both. Not only does it let you manage your entire website’s photo collection, but you can activate it as a page on your website to showcase your albums in gallery format as well!
The Photo Gallery’s control panel view lets you see your albums and photos just as they will appear on your website. Click on individual content sections to modify them with the intuitive AJAX interface. Because the photo editing features are built right in, there is no longer any need for a separate Photo Lab.
Along with the recently released Video Gallery and YouTube integration, the Photo Gallery also allows yet another simplification: phasing out the now-extraneous Multimedia Gallery page. Simplification is all about making things easier to use and more efficient, and there are several improvements that the Photo Gallery makes over the older Multimedia Gallery. Along with the modern, convenient drag-and-drop interface, you can now upload in bulk–as many photos as you like at one time–right from your camera or computer into your online albums.
The Multimedia Gallery only allowed five uploads at a time, you couldn’t share those images with the rest of your pages, and you couldn’t do any photo editing. With the new Photo Gallery accomplishing all this and more, the Multimedia Gallery’s days are certainly numbered, and it will be phased out of the list of available features for all new members soon.