Camera Life 2.6b3 review

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Camera Life (FDCL) is a system for cataloging your photo collection

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
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Developer: Full Decent
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Camera Life (FDCL) is a system for cataloging your photo collection. Camera Life project gives users the ability to search your archive by albums that you set up, or by directory structure.

Camera life (FDCL) is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

FDCL is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with Chatterbox; see the file LICENSE. If not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA. Or visit

Here are some key features of "Full Decent Camera Life":
Self Updating

When you add photos to the photo directory you specified when installing, FDCL will cache, thumnail and make public all such photos (Administration: File Manager). You can allow certain user classes to maintain your site by editing the photo descriptions and delete photos that suck.

Topic view and Folder View

On the main page, users are presented with the option of viewing photos by topic or folder. In topic view, albums (collections of like photos) are categorized by topic (ex: People, Things, My Vacataions).

Folder view is hierrical and based on the directory structure of the photos. When viewing a photo, users are given the option to view others photos in the same topic or folder.

Image deletion

When viewing a photo, you have the option to delete it. When a user deletes an image, FDCL actually flags it as non-public. An admin has to actually erase it (Administration: File Manager). And when you 'erase' it, FDCL just moves it to the 'erased' folder. FDCL will never 'rm' your photos. With this in mind, it is sensible to allow users to 'delete' offensive images and admins to 'erase' them.


You can easily change the look of the entire site by choosing a different theme (Administration: Customize: Themes). Official themes can be downlaoded from other themes are available at your local supermarket (or not).


Users can anonyously sign up an account. The admins choose which accounts to give privileges to. All authentication is done by random cookies saved in the DB and passwords are salted and hashed.


Some actions are logged to the logs table. This is done via the db_log function. You can view the logs (Administration: Log Viewer) and see the audit trail to modifications to the ssytem. You can then rollback specific action (like renaming a photo) by simply choosing the previous state to go back to.

What's New in This Release:
Support for Gallery Remote API (upload from iPhoto, DigiKam, ...)
Moving to Web 1.5
Allow multiple photos with same file name!
Photo keywords with delicious-like keyword editor!
Actually modify photos
Better searching
Checkpoints allow you to review and approve changes to the site
Comments and ratings

Photos may be in a directory not accessible from the web
More fun stats
Huge changes under the hood (V4 -> V8 engine)
Now use SVN

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