This is mostly relevant to my snapshot album, since that’s much more active and much larger.
Time to consider the next major upgrade to photo gallery capabilities. Some of the things I want are on my end, and some are on your end. And I’m at least slightly interested in your thoughts on the “your end” capabilities.
What I’m using now is custom code that I wrote. I like that it gets most of the caption information out of the IPTC fields in the files (or from sidecar files for compatibility/conversion from older galleries). I like that it lets the user have access to the EXIF and IPTC fields, and lets them know they are present. I like that it lets you step through the photos without going back to the thumbnail page, and that when you do go back to the thumbnail page it puts you at the picture you were viewing (rather than sending you to the top all the time). I like that the thumbnail page adapts to the screen width (in fact, I absolutely demand that in any new solution, I find it tremendously annoying to be forced to resize my window or scroll horizontally to view a page, and I’m encountering it more and more on the web). I like some of my recent additions to my interface, which let me update a photo or delete a photo easily from my photo organizer on my desktop.
I’m considering developing radically new code of my own (presumably database-driven), or using some kind of free software or cheap commercial gallery package or WordPress plugin, or possibly using a commercial service. All of these are big pains at various levels, which means the reality is that “do nothing much” is a fairly likely outcome, especially in the short run.
The stats, comments, and some discussions suggest that some people do actually look at my snapshots. If any of you have thoughts about what you like, don’t like, and would like to see, I’d be interested in knowing; post a comment on dd-b.net (you have to register; it keeps my spam patrolling time down), or email me, or bring it up when you see me, or something. (Commenting on the feed on LiveJournal probably won’t reach me, though, at least not at all promptly.)