Getting on with Gallery Remote

by Giles Turnbull

For some years now, I've been using the Gallery webapp to store my digital photos online, and share them with friends and random web surfers.

When I was on a puny dial-up connection all the time, I found this to be more than a chore. For a while, I gave up on Gallery altogether, preferring to make web galleries with the built-in controls in Photoshop Elements and upload them all in one go; it seemed less hassle to do it that way.

But once I got myself a wireless broadband connection, everything changed. Now adding photos to Gallery could be much swifter.

But even the web interface is a pain when uploading dozens of images. Having seen and experienced the wonders of Flickr, almost all other photo-related webapps start to look shabby, as though they're lagging behind.

Gallery Remote
Not exactly eye-candy: Gallery Remote

Thank goodness a friend reminded me of Gallery Remote, an app designed to do all the preparation for Gallery albums on your client machine; once you've chosen your images, captioned them and edited them to your liking, GR does the fiddly work of creating a new album and uploading everything into it.

The great thing about this is that it really does make using Gallery easy and much swifter than before; I end up with decent albums of images for much less effort.

While it does the job for managing the pictures, Gallery Remote itself is not what you'd call eye-candy; it's a cross-platform Java application, and frankly looks horrible compared to a lot of other OS X apps. But once your eyes have adjusted and you've got used to the creaky interface, it's a good way of working with a Gallery installation.

From what I can make out, version 2.0 of Gallery is not far off and will hopefully bring some improvements to the app. Flickr has changed the scenery for presentation of photos online, and set new standards for the other webapps to reach. Let's hope Gallery isn't too far behind.

Where would you like to see Gallery go next?