igal2 - online Image GALlery generator
igal2 [-option1 -option2 ...]
igal2 is a quick and easy program for placing your images online with
just one command-line invocation. It generates a pretty good-looking
set of W3-compliant static HTML slides even with its default settings.
To try it out just run igal2 in a directory with jpg, gif or png files
and check the output in a web browser. You can adjust the appearance
of the image gallery with the many options listed below or (if you know
a bit of HTML) by modifying the .indextemplate.html,
.slidetemplate.html and igal2.css files that igal2 creates in your
image directory. igal2 also checks for the existence of a $HOME/.igal2
directory where users can store their own templates, overriding the
igal2 needs Perl to run and it also relies on a few other programs that
come standard with most Linux distributions. It relies on the
ImageMagick package first if available, otherwise it falls back onto
cjpeg/djpeg/pnmscale for processing jpg files. The command convert of
the ImageMagick package is required to process gif and png files and
the identify command enables igal2 to include IMG HEIGHT and WIDTH tags
in the HTML it generates.
-a Write image dimensions and sizes under each thumbnail on the
index page. This only works if the ImageMagick command identify
--ad Like -a but write only the image dimensions.
--as Like -a but write only the image sizes.
Like -y but operates on the image slides, not the thumbnails.
Scales image slides to some medium height (e.g. 400), adjusting
their width accordingly. Useful if your digital camera spits
out large images, like 1600x1200. The originals aren’t
affected, but scaled copies of your images are stored with the
.slide prefix and thumbnails link to these copies. Clicking on
the scaled copies in the HTML slides lets users see the full
unscaled images. You must use -f between two consecutive runs
when you’ve changed the value of --bigy.
-c First generate and then publish image slide captions. The first
invocation of igal2 -c generates a .captions file that you may
edit. The format of this file is very simple. You should only
have to enter your captions after the ---- separator. You may
rearrange the image order at this point and also leave out some
pictures by simply placing a pound (#) sign at the beginning of
their respective lines. A second invocation of igal2 -c will
read your .captions file, include your captions in the slides
and rearrange them if necessary.
-C Like -c but preserve file names as captions when generating the
.captions file (strips file name suffix).
Command line options to pass on to convert or cjpeg internally
(see their man pages). This affects all thumbnails and, if
--bigy is given, the medium-size slides too. You can set the
-quality or go crazy with -negate, -noise, etc. (the last two
only work with convert if ImageMagick is installed.
Operate on image files in directory <dir>, which is also where
the HTML and thumbnail files will be generated. The default is
the current directory.
-f Force thumbnail regeneration. Also forces medium-slide
regeneration if --bigy is given. Otherwise igal2 will not
regenerate these files if they already exist, and you may end up
with stale copies. Definitely use -f between two runs where
you’ve changed the value of --bigy or --con.
-h Display brief help, same as --help.
--help Display brief help, same as -h.
Name of the main thumbnail index file. The default is
index.html, as desirable for most web servers.
-k Use the image captions for the HTML slide titles. The default
behavior is to use the image names.
Add a watermark to each file. The parameter specified is another
image file which will be overlayed in the top left of the image
with some transparency applied. This option requires
ImageMagick. The original images will be left in place with a
’.unmarked’ extension. You may wish to delete those afterwards.
If this option is specified on two consecutive runs, igal2 will
detect the .unmarked versions and not run it through the
watermarking process again. Transparent GIF files work well for
-n Use the image file names for the HTML slide files. Otherwise
the default behavior is to simply name your slides ,
, and so on.
Use this option if you are hosting the index files in a
different location (e.g. a different server) from the back end
images/slides. This option adds the specified prefix into the
URLs of the slides. If you use this option, remember that until
you move the files into the resulting location, the gallery
won’t work properly.
-p <n> The cellpadding value of the thumbnail index tables. The
default is 3.
-r Omit the film reel effect altogether. For a simpler look you
can also set the thumbnail background to be the same as the main
index page background with the tile background-color option in
the igal2.css file.
-s For the simplest setup, omit all HTML slides. Clicking the
thumbnails on the main page will just take users to the plain
-t <n> Height (in pixels) of the tiled image used to simulate the top
and bottom "film reel" effect on the thumbnail index page. This
is 21 for the default .tile.png image used, but you should set
it otherwise if you replace that file with your own design.
-u Write image captions under each thumbnail on the index page. If
you have a .captions file (see options -c or -C) then the
captions are read from there, else the file names are used (but
the file extension is stripped).
Maximum number of images on one page. If the given number of
images is reached a new page is started. Pagination number n
should be a multiple of parameter -w (default 5). Default 0 -
means no pagination at all.
-w <n> Set the thumbnail rows to be <n> images wide in the main index
file. Default is 5.
-x Omit the image count from the captions.
-y <n> Scale all thumbnails to the same height of <n> pixels. The
default is 75 pixels.
Scale thumbnails to <n> pixels along their longest dimension.
This value is passed to pnmscale and only works properly for jpg
--www Make all igal2 files world-readable.
Per default igal2 places all igal2 helper files (thumbnails,
slidefiles, CSS, etc) in the directory where the image files
reside. With this option these files can be placed in a
subdirectory of the image directory.
If igal2 finds subdirectories below your image directory it will
add links to this directories in the index.html file. This is
useful if you’ve a tree of image directories.
+ Vacation_Vienna (Image Directory)
+ .igal2-stuff (igal2 helper files)
igal2 -d Vacation_Vienna --dest .igal2-stuff --AddSubdir
will put all helper files in .igal2-stuff, and generate links to
the subdirectories "Videos" and "Documents_of_interest" in the
Note: igal2 will not work recursively, it just adds HREF links
to the found directories.
The default index template file.
The default file used to generate slides.
The default style sheet template.
The tiled image used for the "film reel" effect.
The default file used to generate directory links in index.html.
If this file is changed, the index.html has to be regenerated by
running igal2 again.
All five files are copied to your image directory as dotfiles the first
time you run igal2. Modify the local copies (but keep their names) if
you need to further alter the appearance of your slide show (also see
-t). igal2 also checks for the existence of a $HOME/.igal2 directory
where users can store their own templates, overriding the site-wide
Run igal2 in a directory with jpg or gif images to see what it does.
Then play with the options described above and use -h if you need a
quick listing. Also see http://igal.trexler.at/ for online examples.
There are always some. If you find any let me know. I don’t have much
time to keep tweaking igal2 but if any major bugs pop up I probably
ought to fix them.
Eric Pop <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Wolfgang Trexler <email@example.com>
cjpeg, djpeg, pnmscale, identify, convert. If they didn’t come
standard with your Linux distribution you can find them at rpmfind.net
(inside libjpeg and libgr-progs) and at imagemagick.org, respectively.
Also try www.ijg.org and netpbm.sourceforge.net.