Hi Macbrink and thanks for the swift answer! Most of the time I write these things and no one ever answers.
I've tried NextGen, finally figuring it out and it is much too old fashioned and boring for my needs. I need slideshows with grungy edges and suitable for my vintage themed photography site, so I'm just trying to use Eazyest Gallery now.
I do have quite a few images to re-upload and so ZIPing files would be cool when you get round to it.
In Q2/ I was really referring to all the work I've put in, uploading images via WordPress's Media Uploader and putting in Alt tags and keywording for SEO purposes etc but now using this plug in and the NExtgen one etc... it seems you have to upload your images again to your server, rather than hooking up to whats already in your uploads folder, in order for these plug-ins to find them. I suppose I could download all my files and re-upload as a separate folder to keep my alt tag's etc.
Re: Q3 It was actually Lazest Stacks that led me to Eazyest gallery in the first place, as I really want some sort of animated 'throwing Polaroid's on a desk' or whatever type script, that displays on each page on my site instead of a lightbox gallery, that is either: at its most basic, like a slideshow. Or ideally: that users can interact with and move the images, like they are looking at real photographs and putting one behind the other. I've seen Ajax based themes that have smooth transition effects that are quite cool with room for video content and things, but nothing with a piles of old photographs that animate. I think alot of photographers would like something like that.
In the mean time I have found the Camera plugin mentioned when you install Eazyest Gallery and have got that working on my test site, so that looks promising if I can figure Eazyest Gallery plugin out.
I'll keep checking back, unless I find something else in the meantime. I really need to stop messing with website and get some business! :)
My site is http://eyespyimagery.co.uk