It is said that Drupal photo management module needs more time to be perfected. Many users think that there is some important functionality that needs to be patched. They said that it has no manual sort, which means that there is a need to use numeric title and sort by title. There is no mass upload, and mass edit and it is difficult to implement gallery hierarchies. Almost everyone seems to view Drupal as having some weak spot in photo management.
May it be image module, Img Assist, IMCE or CCK + Views + Imagefield + Imagecache, all of them have certainly good features but there is nothing that handles everything perfectly in one shot.

What does the future hold?

There is some good news though. Some users like the direction in which Drupal is headed with CCK and Views. It has the functionality of creating custom content types with custom fields. There is even a tutorial available for setting up a gallery utilizing Views. It also has the added benefit of using the Taxonomy module to categorize the images into libraries.

What Dupra is basically doing is building a good strategy out of the different function pieces that already exists. For example, it uses Taxonomy, which is good in categorizing images, then Views which is good in customizing lists, tables and pages and Imagecache for automatically creating different sizes and versions of the thumbnails.

The future holds so many possibilities for the improvement of Drupal photo management module. Many users think that it is heading in the right direction.

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