Publishing image galleries is a typical duty of web sites. While most CMS’s have gallery modules they don’t compare to the elegance of SlideShowPro. For a mere $20 you get a Flash gallery component with smooth transitions, image labeling, XML-driven albums, a gallery browser, per-album sound tracks, customizable everything, and lots of great URL integration features.
The product is supported by the devleoper, Dominey Design by email and a forum on their web site. There is plenty of well-written documentation both in a PDF format manual and on the web site. The online documentation includes several examples implementations, how to animations, FAQ’s, There is also a nice little community of people who use the product who have contributed to the offering with back-end scripts, desktop applications and applets, and more to help make using SlideShowPro easier and more effective.
A good bulletin board or forum is pretty much the cornerstone of an online community. Selecting and deploying one is a game of trade-offs. Do you go for something with all the great features, or something smaller and quicker? Do you go for something established that may be difficult to administer but has reams of plug-ins and skins, or something newer which may not have the add-ons, but will not consume a hours of time installing enhancements.
Simple Machines Forum more or less breaks the rules. It’s new, still on release 1.05, and not all that well known as compared with the flagship BBS’s packages like phpBB, vBulletin, and ikonBoard. But they got a lot of things right the first time. Enough to warrant serious attention by anyone looking to install a forum.