November 23, 2007 in Web Design (E)
[prMac.com] London, England - November 22, 2007 - Pixaria today unveiled Pixaria Gallery 2.0, a comprehensive content management system that gives photographers everything they need to publish and sell digital images on their own website for just $195. Among more than 20 major new features, Pixaria Gallery 2.0 provides photographers with a powerful new search engine which brings support for advanced Boolean image searches, a brand new, standards compliant user interface and the ability for photographers to designate users who can upload photos of their own.
"I'm proud that Pixaria has really evolved to another level in version 2.0." said Jamie Longstaff, creator and developer of the software. "It's been great to get so much support and input from the user community and they've helped to refine almost every aspect of Pixaria Gallery for this release."
At its heart, Pixaria Gallery is a web based digital asset management system with its entire user interface designed to be accessed through a web browser (such as Internet Explorer on Windows or Safari on a Mac). The software is powered by a combination of a MySQL database and the PHP scripting engine and Pixaria Gallery can therefore be installed onto website packages provided by all major hosting companies. For those photographers new to the dark arts of web design, servers and databases, the developer offers free installation onto any web server that meets the system requirements.
Once Pixaria Gallery is up and running, images can be uploaded into the software's library through a web browser interface or by FTP for larger volumes and importing images is a snap thanks to Pixaria's built in support for IPTC and EXIF metadata and per-image metadata editing during the import process.
Images that have been imported into the library can be organised images into public or private galleries and are immediately searchable by keyword, rights management settings or even image colour. There is also a fine degree of control over what visitors can see thanks to easy to use permissions controls that operate via configurable user groups and which can be applied to galleries or individual images.
In addition to the publishing and library management tools, Pixaria Gallery also makes it easy to sell digital downloads or products like prints with a highly configurable store system that can connect directly to PayPal for instant download of purchased images. Photographers also get a high degree of control over how users buy images with preset configurations for providing quotations by individual image, by all the images in a cart, by automatic price calculation using pre-defined rules and even by invoicing for all downloads made by a user in a month.
Pixaria Gallery also includes a configurable lightbox system which features options for providing PDF contact sheets, lightbox sharing and drag and drop image re-organisation. In addition to this, the key features are rounded out by the inclusion of a simple blog publishing tool, image watermarking, e-cards, contact form and even support for outputting images as Flash movies for enhanced security. What really separates Pixaria apart from other similar software on the market though is that all of the features are included in a single package for a single price and none of the source code in the software is encrypted or locked down in any way. This means you have the freedom to tinker and customise Pixaria Gallery to your heart's content.
"I think it's vital that if you're buying software for your website, you should be able to use it as you see fit" said Jamie Longstaff. "We're seeing this in digital music now, and it should be the same with software too. If you buy Pixaria Gallery, you can change anything you like about the way it works. Users really appreciate that and tell me so every day!".
Pricing and Availability:
Pixaria Gallery 2.0 is now available for $195 (US) through www.pixaria.com. Registered Pixaria Gallery 1 users can upgrade to Pixaria Gallery 2.0 for $30 (US). Customers who purchased Pixaria Gallery 1.5 on or after June 1, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to Pixaria Gallery 2.0. Full system requirements and more information on Pixaria Gallery, can be found at the website.
Pixaria Gallery is now in its second year and has a devoted user base of amateur and professional photographers who participate in an active community on the Pixaria website. Pixaria Gallery was created by London based, independent software developer Jamie Longstaff with the goal of being the most affordable way for both amateur and professional photographers to get started selling images on their own website.