Archive for January, 2012

RapidAlbum 1.2.4

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

I’ve just posted RapidAlbum 1.2.4 for download.

This is another minor update to fix some bugs. In restructuring some of the internals, I broke the media ordering code so that images were listed in the order they’d been added to the album, not in the required sort order. This update fixes that problem.

I’ve also added an example template to show how to link images with geocoding in their metadata to Google Maps.

RapidAlbum 1.2.3

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

I’ve just posted RapidAlbum 1.2.3 for download. This is a minor bugfix release with some more changes for PDF files, some GPS tweaks and a build fix to allow RapidAlbum to run on 10.5 again. If you’re thinking about playing with the GPS metadata, I’d strongly urge you to run this version of RapidAlbum. I’ll be posting some support info about integrating Google Maps with RapidAlbum in a bit.

RapidAlbum 2012

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

I thought it was probably worth a post explaining where I am with RapidAlbum.

I abandoned a complete rewrite of the plugin before Christmas, as the plugin was growing in scale and looking like becoming a bit of a monster. My goal with RapidAlbum is to make it easier to use – the rewrite looked like it’d make it a lot harder to support, which is most decidedly a non-goal. A lot of the complexity was centered around the support for image warehousing, which turns out to be quite complicated to make suitably robust.

When you talk about support load on free software, many users will kindly say “but I’ll pay for support!”. I’ve been lucky to have a lot of users who like RapidAlbum enough to offer to pay for it. That’s very kind but I actually have a day job that I enjoy – for the moment, Mac software is a hobby rather than a career. The support load that RapidAlbum presents has to be kept somewhat in check.

So what happens now? Well, my short term goal is to produce regular releases. I’m going to be tackling small problems and feature requests in RapidAlbum and fixing them for a while. I’m also going to be reworking the UI to get it closer to what I actually want.

The big goal in the near future is a change to the way templates work. I’m planning on bundling all the extra templates inside the plugin (so they’re installed automatically). I’ll also be culling out some of the older templates. One of the reasons for doing this so that I can add a better interface for template options – I’d like to be able to offer an easy way to control features in prettyPhoto, Galleria, et al without having to manually edit the template (altho’ I’ll still allow that).

I’d actually written a fair bit of this code for the rewrite I abandoned. I’ll be reworking those changes into a release in the next month or two.

RapidAlbum 1.2.2

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

I’ve just release RapidAlbum 1.2.2. This version has a workaround for the problem that causes the “plugin not found” issue that seems to have plagued some users in RW5 with RapidAlbum. I’ve also fixed a few other problems and glitches.

You can download the new release from my software page.