What is JSGal?
gallery that dynamically builds galleries without the need of any scripting support on the web server.
Why did I write JSGal?
Because on my web site I used to have no PHP or any other server side scripting support,
however I still wanted to have a gallery with the functions provided by server based
gallery without the hassle of generating the gallery again everytime a image changes.
Nowadays I my side does have scripting support, but the AJAX approach used in JSGal provides
a far better user experience than any server side rendering based gallery - so I stick to it.
What does JSGal look like?
See screenshot above or for a live demo of JSGal look at the Demo Gallery (from
a visit to the monastery of Maulbronn).
What are the key features of JSGal?
Zooming of images and thumbs
Slideshow mode for automatic image viewing
Support for automatic resize of gallery to fit in browser (no scrollbars!!!)
perl script for adding images to gallery
Small (~30KB + images)
Support for switching between multiple galleries
XML for gallery definitions
Fast (client side rendering, optimal for slow network connections)
Easy to install and maintain
No scripting needed on server
Easy switching between different styles
State is stored in cookie so you can continue where you left
Almost flicker free (except for delays caused by image loading)
NEW: Mouse over image preview
What browsers are supported by JSGal?
Since I myself nowadays only use Firefox this is the browser
which JSGal is developed and tested with. I more or less regularly test is with Opera and Konqueror, so
they should also work.
IE should work, however since I don't have any current windows version and rarely have to use windows nowadays :-),
I don't test it regularly - so if it's broken please let me know.
As for all other browsers: JSGal may work if they support DHTML and CSS - feel free to test them yourself.
What web servers are supported by JSGal?
Since no server side scripting is required, JSGal can be installed on any web server or it can be
run from a local file system (e.g. a CDROM).
Do you still want to know more about JSGal?
Well here is the README file.
Do you want to try JSGal yourself?
Go ahead and download jsgal-0.83.zip or download JSGalBuilder a
easy to use GUI application for creating JSGal galleries.
The best of all it's distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and is therefore absolutly free :-).
For more details see the GNU General Public License.
What versions of JSGal are available?
jsgal-0.83.zip released at 2009-02-24. (support for relative links in XMLs)
jsgal-0.82.zip released at 2009-01-10. (new style and several minor bug fixes)
jsgal-0.81.zip released at 2008-12-26. (preview support in IE, vertical scaling to fit browser window)
jsgal-0.80.zip released at 2008-12-22. (new style sheet and image preview)