DBGallery's Webserver Plug-in

Overview

  • It provides remote users the ability to upload images to your company's collection...those who do not have access to the intranet where the collection resides.
  • It has a very simple user interface! Have users who want the absolutely simplest interface to dig for and retrieve images? Your VP of Marketing, for example. DBGallery's web interface is perfect for them.
  • Its excels at enabling your customers access to a subset of your images. For example, you or your company takes photos for a given customer and want that customer to see images, and only their images, using their web browser.

Specific Features

Put a Collection on the Internet

Put a photo collection online, be it 10,000 or 250,000, but limit who has access to its various areas.

Easily Share Specific Search Results

Simply copy the URL after doing a search, going to a specific folder, or both, and paste it into an email or other location and when the URL is later clicked it shows the exact same results! This is perfect for showing colleagues or customers a very specific set of images spread across your collection.

Maps and Street View

Google Maps, including Street View, is available right inside the expanded thumbnail view.

Full Control over Access

Restrict who can see images larger than a thumbnail and who can download images, who can access which folders.

Search

Search across the whole spectrum of data from keywords and description, to copyright, filename, and its star rating.

Upload from Anywhere

Upload image files & create folders (given permissions).

Web Admin Access

Administrator can setup permissions right there on the site. This means Users and Roles may be added, updated, or removed. Licenses can be managed from there. In other words, an administrator can do non-collection management administrator stuff using just a browser.

View Modes

Show off collections using Mapview, 3D Views, standard thumbnail view of course, and coming very soon, a timeline view.

Data Access

See all image data. When your images are online, so is their data.

Deployment Flexibility

May be deployed on Windows and Linux webservers.

Try it with our Live Preview

What does the website look like? GRR Systems, Inc. has a DBGallery setup with approximately 55,000 images. A small portion of it is opened up to the internet as a sample website to show how it would look. Depending on your login you'll have access to different groups of files. In the demo scenario setup we pretend there is a company administrator, a legal dept, an engineering dept, and a marketing dept. Each has their own specific access, and there is a folder which is shared by all groups.

The website: http://cloud.dbgallery.com

Login as the company administrator:
    Login: DAdmin
    Password: dbg

A marketing dept login:
    Login: DMarketing
    Password: dbg

Legal dept login:
    Login: DLegal
    Password: dbg

Engineering login:
    Login: DEngineering
    Password: dbg


Figure 3: DBGallery Web Server Plug-in Sample



What the Web version can't do, that the Desktop software can

The website is extremely useful but is not a replacement for the full desktop software. Here's why:

  • No ability to manipulate images. There's no data editing or relocating of images.
  • No rich UI (drag and drop, etc.)
  • Logical views (explore a collection using structured data) is not yet available through the site.
  • Virtual sets (specialized collections of images) is not yet available.
  • No ability to email images directly from the website.
  • Reports are not available through the website.
  • No database wide data extraction, or other advanced administrator tools. These are available on the desktop software only.

What this means is its a great 'lite user' means to access a collection. Its not so good for heavier users or collection organizers.

FAQ

Q. How does this tie into options such as been being hosted by on our Intranet or in the cloud.

A. The webserver plug-in is independent or how DBGallery is deployed. In either scenario the webserver plug-in may be used or not, and it is then configured the exact same way. Webserver expertise is required to configure the plug-in, and a port needs to be open to allow web traffic access to the webserver. Hence if both these may be a problem, having DBGallery hosted by us can make it easier to deploy.