Picturo: Simplified Photo Publishing

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jul 29, 2014 GMT
Dmitri Popov

In many ways, Picturo is similar to many other simple photo publishing web applications. It requires only a web server with PHP and the GD library in order to run, and it's supremely easy to deploy. Grab the latest version of Picturo from the project's website, unpack the downloaded archive, and move the resulting directory to the document root of your server. Make then the cache folder writable by the server, upload photos to the content directory, and you are done. Despite being a lightweight application, Picturo does offer several handy features. For starters, it can handle folders, so you can organize your photos into albums. The application also sports a slick interface which lets you browse and view photos with consummate ease.

Picturo also makes it easy to add password protection to the gallery -- a boon for users who want to limit access to the published photos. To enable password protection, set the private variable in the config file to true and add a user as follows:

$config['private'] = true;
$config['private_pass']['admin'] = 'd033e22ae348aeb5660fc2140aec35850c4da997'

Note that the user password must be specified as an SHA-1 string (you can use the www.sha1-online.com service to hash the password). Picturo supports themes via the Twig template, so if you are proficient in PHP, you can create your own themes for the application.

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