SimpleViewer Gallery.xml Generator


SimpleViewer is a great tool to create your own image galleries. The interface is smooth,  intuitive and user friendly.

I have been using SimpleViewer for a while. I used to generate its gallery.xml file manually. There are ways to generate the xml using Picasa and other tools, but then you need to have the images on your desktop. I have my photos on photobucket . The best part with photobucket is that it offers static URLs for all your images. So, you can download your images in full size from anywhere. Also, there is a handy Windows XP publisher plugin available to easily upload your photos in your account :)

The problem was to automatically create Simpleviewer’s gallery.xml from photobucket static links. I could not find any tool available on the internet which could help me in doing so. Hence, I decided to write a tool myself :).

Being a Java programmer, I built the tool as a Java class. The tool worked smoothly. Then I thought of making it available for everyone through the internet. I created a HTML form to call a JSP which used this class to generate the xml and print it on screen. I tried uploading these in my account on myjavaserver.com but they did not work. I then merged the JSP code and the JAVA code into a servlet and thne tried to deploy it on myjavaserver.com. But all efforts went in gutter. Actually, I think its fair. The procedure to get a myjavaserver.com account is not easy. How can we expect the deployment procedure to be easy ?

So, I shifted to the server side scripting language of the heaven: PHP. I referred to w3schools.com and php.net just to learn the required stuff. And yes, I have the tool up and running at http://www.setugarg.in/SimpleViewerXMLGenerator.

Please use it to create your own image galleries. Feel free to pass this URL to your frinds and family. Its the basic thing (kind of beta) right now. I will be enhancing its functionality as and when I get time. People who are wandering over the internet for such a tool, please accept it as my chritmas gift to you :).

And yes, please mails your comments/suggestions/bugs to SimpleViewerXMLGenerator [at] setugarg [dot] com

  1. #1 by Mitch on April 5, 2007 - 1:17 am

    awesome stuff ihave been waiting for something like this, it really makes things SUPER easy to update galleries without having to hog all the bandwidth on my hosting accounts!

    Do you have any plans to do the same for autoviewer or postcard viewer?

  2. #2 by Mitch on April 5, 2007 - 1:17 am

    awesome stuff ihave been waiting for something like this, it really makes things SUPER easy to update galleries without having to hog all the bandwidth on my hosting accounts!

    Do you have any plans to do the same for autoviewer or postcard viewer?

  3. #3 by Manishree on September 1, 2007 - 1:33 am

    Can I ask you for enhanced functionality in your siple viewer. By any chance can you make it google compatible.

    i.e. If want to use it through my google Id…???

  4. #4 by Manishree on September 1, 2007 - 1:33 am

    Can I ask you for enhanced functionality in your siple viewer. By any chance can you make it google compatible.

    i.e. If want to use it through my google Id…???

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