I have a small personal site, www.VirtualPanther.com, which I value greatly. The dearest part of my site is my picture Gallery where I have my family's vacation pictures in various countries. The Gallery by Bharat Mediratta and his colleagues allows me to share those moments with numerous friends and family members that life has scattered over more than a couple continents.
I am a keen amateur photographer and I just wanted an easier way to put the digital pics online for friends and family to enjoy. While Adobe Photoshop and other programs do a fine job, they tend to be static once created. Gallery allows me to add, delete, move, caption and reorder at will. Few days ago I knew nothing about PHP (still don't really) but in a matter of hours was able to create my first galleries for others to enjoy. Any questions I had were answered already by others in the forum archives on the Gallery site. Being a non-techie and completely ignorant when it comes to php and scripting I found the Gallery extremely easy to install and configurate the script to work in the manner I wanted it to. The Gallery is an excellent application - if only other php applications had the same superb configuration wizard... The 'end product'--my site's photo gallery--is guaranteed a place on my server from now on. A credit to the Open Source Community, for sure. Many thanks. Very efficient, and effective.
Prior to using the Gallery, I have tested and dismissed seven other scripts that promised many things, ease of use among them, but consistently failed to deliver. Either they were so complex and cumbersome to install and configure that any hope to get the script running would soon die, or the features were so primitive that is was a disgrace to put it up on my site.
Gallery, in my honest from the heart opinion, is the best photo management script for sites of various sizes and users with any background. Stop searching and give it a try. You will NOT be disappointed.