Simpl_gallery3 updated

A new version of simpl_gallery3 has been released. It is fully compatible with kiwitrees; and includes the latest javascript code from the core component Galleria, version 1.3.3

For existing users of simpl_gallery3 this is not an essential upload. Its main purpose is to upgrade to the latest (1.3.3) version of Galleria, though there are a couple of minor improvements within the module as well.

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Kiwitrees released

Today I have released an update of my version of webtrees. It is still based on the webtrees 1.4 series, and incorporates any updates from the webtrees version that are either bug  / security fixes or have undergone adequate testing.

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Kiwitrees user Roy Evans has just announced the publication of a new book developed in part by Roy’s family tree site of the Gohman(n) Family.

[testimonial5 author=”Roy Evans” company=”Gohman(n) Genealogy” ]As an aside, one of my users and I have recently published a book “Our Gohman Story, The Third Generation”. It is derived from the materials on my site. Googling the name will show you what the book looks like. It has had a great reception from the family and, surprisingly, some outsiders. We have just started work on a second book which will most likely be called “Our Gohman Story, The Immigrant Generations”. Just wanted to let you know that webtrees has value over and above pure research and web display.

Thanks again.[/testimonial5][clear]

Roy and Charlie’s book is available from most of the internet book stores at a very reasonable price.

New simpl_add-on – “Simpl_javascript”

The latest addition to the [span class=”hue”]Simpl[/span] range of add-ons is an updated version of the very popular webtrees custom_js module.

Its features and functions are the same, and updating is a simply a matter of replacing the existing module folder completely. The improvements are all in the presentation of the configuration page and the detailed explanations in the included ReadMe file.

Make webtrees stories module images open in “colorbox”.

Any one who has upgraded to webtrees 1.4.1 and uses the “stories” module, or our simpl_pages module will by now realise there is a new way to include images. The standard html code should be something like:

<img src="mediafirewall.php?mid=M738">

That is perfect if you only want to display a small image. But if you want to show a thumbnail image that you can click on to show the full size version, as you can in normal webtrees pages, you need only add a little more code. (Note: to do this you will need to edit the “source” of your story or page. It cannot be done with the editor.)

First, your <img> tag needs to be part of a link (<a> tag ), and second it needs a couple of specific tags within it to identify it to colorbox. But that’s all.  🙂  Here is the previous example, extended for colorbox:

<a alt="the title of your image" class="gallery cboxElement" href="mediafirewall.php?mid=M738"
type="image/jpeg" title="the title of your image">
     <img src="mediafirewall.php?mid=M738&thumb=1">

The key additions are

  1. The section class=”gallery cboxElement”. Without that colorbox will ignore it.
  2. The section title=”the title of your image is where you place the title that will be displayed on the colorbox pop-up. It would normally be the same as the necessary “alt” element of the link.
  3. The addition of &thumb=1 after the second media reference. This ensures the image thumbnail is used rather than the full sized image. You can leave that out if you do want to display the full sized image.

You also of course need to add css styles to the thumbnail image, to control it’s position and size, but that’s just part of the normal process of adding an image.
[h4]Further enhancement if you want to display PDF files in the same way.[/h4]
This requires a very slightly different format, changing type=”image/jpeg” to type=”application/pdf”. The code therefore becomes:

<a alt="the title of your image" class="gallery cboxElement" href="mediafirewall.php?mid=M738"
type="application/pdf" title="the title of your image">
     <img src="mediafirewall.php?mid=M738&thumb=1">

If you find this doesn’t work for PDFs on your site check how they open in the rest of webtrees. If they open in your browser and not the “colorbox” popup window it means you are using a theme that does not have colorbox PDF support included.

With some regret I have been forced to bow to the pressure of trying to stem the tide of spam comments on my blog posts. The stupid *%@#$%^&*$s  have been hitting the site with up to 100 “comments” per day. So I have resorted to limiting discussion to logged in (registered) users only.

That does NOT mean you have to be a full paying-client of kiwitrees’ hosting services, just that you must register before you can discuss my blog articles. Registration does require me to manually approve each one, otherwise I’d get as many of those as I do comment spam, but I’ll do it as quick as I can. If I know you from other forums, like, it will be even quicker  😀 , so do try to use the same user name.

I’m thinking that I might do the same for access to downloads of my simpl_add-ons. It will help me know who is using them, and mean I can provide better support and communication for updates. But that’s for another day.

Simpl_gallery3 released

The latest release in our “Simpl” webtrees add-on collection is simpl_gallery3.

This module is a replacement for simpl_gallery2, which used a javascript library that is no longer actively maintained. It now uses the jquery-based “Galleria” script from . The current version of Galleria is included in this module. No additional downloads are required, though additional themes are available from Galleria if you require them. It offers a number of important improvements including:

  1. an ability to display PDF files either with other media objects or as a separate album
  2. it can display externally stored image sets from Flickr or Picassa Web
  3. it comes with three default themes, two supplied by Galleria (called “Azur” and “Classic”), and an alternative “webtrees” based version (“simpl_galleria”), but there are also other themes available from the Galleria website; and it has a “full screen” display option.
Updates for simpl_add-ons

Today one new add-on has been completed. It is simpl_research, and adds a new sidebar containing very simplistic links to look for the displayed individual on popular research databases. For this first release it can search Ancestry (UK), Find My Past (Britain), and Family Search. I am happy to discuss (with no promises) adding more or better links on the kiwitrees support forums

Also, simpl_cousins has been updated to include a Dutch translation file. Thanks Chris Geets for that addition.