The idea of a gallery addition in 3.5 really excited me. Right now, we’re using NextGen galleries on our website, and I don’t really like the plugin. It’s a bit of a pain to manage, and the media library is cut off from the pictures that you upload, size, caption, etc. I was hoping that this feature being built into 3.5 would mean the end of NextGen for us.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t improve much. File management is much easier, creating the galleries is much easier, but there’s two problems – first, not being able to change the size of the images as they’re displayed in the gallery. Second, is what happens when you click on a picture to have a closer look. Viewing on attachment page just opens the same size image on its own page in the theme. And even if this was how you wanted to see the images, you’d have to navigate back and forth for each one. Viewing on image takes you out of the theme completely to view the image full size. What would it take to have these 3.5 native galleries open an interactive slideshow, like a NextGen gallery or a facebook album? Or even stay entirely on the page, and just use the standard page width for a slideshow of that gallery?
It’s an awesome step in the right direction, I just think it needs more follow through for when folks want to take a closer look at what’s in a gallery. Unless there’s some configuring options that I’m missing…
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