Quickly Publish Photos on the Web with Photocrumbs

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jul 29, 2013 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Usually, I use my Pygmyfoto application to publish photos on the web. But there are situations when I need to quickly share a bunch of photos with a minimum of fuss. Inspired by the Loading images from a directory with PHP article, I whipped up a slightly more advanced version of the original script. For lack of a better name I dubbed it Photocrumbs. The app consists of a PHP script which does most of the work and a handful of helper files. Besides scaling photos and displaying them as a continuous stream, the script also extracts basic EXIF info, such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and date. Installing Photocrumbs is a rather straightforward affair, and you'll find installation instructions in the supplied README.md file. Publishing photos with Photocrumbs is not particularly complicated either: simply drop them into the Photocrumbs/photos directory (or the directory you specified in the config.php file), and you are done.

Of course, as a no-frills app, Photocrumbs does have some shortcomings. The most important one is the fact that the script displays scaled versions of full-sized photos. A better approach would have been to generate and display thumbnails, and I might implement this feature at some point (no promises, though).

I released Photocrumbs on GitHub under the GPLv3 license.

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