I’ve finally added some gallery pages to this blog. They can be accessed via the tab above, or from the pages menu over on the left.
Thank goodness for WordPress and WordPress plug-ins. I was able to put together a couple of small quilt galleries and post them on a new page without much fuss. The most time consuming portion of the exercise was locating all the photos, and preparing a formatted for the web copy of each in Photoshop. There is even a cute widget for the right column that displays three random pics every time the page is refreshed. Fun.
Currently I am designing a portfolio website for an artist friend, and I spent the weekend playing with the various web photo gallery tools out there right now. Lots of great stuff, but none of it seems to work with Adobe Dreamweaver very well. It’s especially distressing to own all the latestCS4 tools and learn from the Adobe forums that Bridge generated photo galleries can not be “easily” incorporated into Dreamweaver pages. Nor, according to the forums, is the “Create Web Photo Album” feature of Dreamweaver recommended by the Adobe Dreamweaver engineering team since apparently it has been many years since this feature has seen any “love”. Importing any of the cool Fireworks Galleries also appears to be a non-starter. So I’m on to third-party tools or coding up something myself. Flash is a non-starter for this particular website. Web design should not be so hard in 2009.