I just updated my photo gallery to [Gallery 2](htt
p://gallery.menalto.com). While the software’s still in alpha, it’s looking re
ally nice, and I think it will be fine for casual use. (The current release, 1
.4.4, is also a solid product.)
I’m really enjoying it so far, and I can’t wait to see it continue to develop.
My only issue is that Gallery is strongly based on a metaphor of albums ; it d
oesn’t allow you to easily build dynamic groups of photos based on metadata. Su
re, there are ways to “fake” this using search tools, but there’s no way to rou
te around the fact that each photo must be placed in exactly one album. The de
velopers have already said that they’re not going to change this, and I can liv
e with that. But it’s too bad — it’s the one big thing that I think will keep
Gallery stuck at the level of “very good” rather than “amazing.”
UPDATE: I moved back to Gallery 1.4.4 after reading the fine print in the Gallery 2 Alpha, where they said something to the effect of “we still might change the database schema, so test away, but don’t use this as your production gallery.” Or, “make no wine before it’s time.”
UPDATE ON UPDATE: I have a [test install of Gallery 2](http://blogs.onenw.org/jon/gallery2) running again, alongside my old Gallery gallery.