[ANN] booh: static web-album generator

Hi,

I'd like to announce the general availability of `booh', a static
web-album generator written in ruby and ruby-gtk2. Booh is a program
which takes one or several series of photos and videos, and
automatically builds static web pages to browse them, creating
thumbnails, etc.

I created booh because I wanted to use a web-album with all the
features I find important, and no existing web-album have them all
(for example, automatic rotation of portrait images, support for
videos, preloading, sub-albums, themability, a powerful GUI for
editing, etc).

Booh is splitted into a backend in pure ruby for all processing
(creating thumbnails and HTML pages), and a GUI in ruby-gtk2 for
edition (removing/rotating images, entering captions, etc). An XML
"configuration" file is used to communicate between them, and thus
external edition/automation is easy if needed.

As booh is approaching maturity, I felt this is the right moment to
announce it. On the website, you will be able to browse an example
web-album, and also download a demo movie I have created showing how
to create a simple album with the GUI.

http://zarb.org/~gc/html/booh.html

At present time, booh is available in english, french, and japanese
(thanks to Masao Mutoh). More translations welcome (uses
ruby-gettext).

Booh is currently distributed as sourcecode, gentoo ebuild, and
mandriva rpm. Contributed binary packages for more distributions
welcome. Booh is probably as Linux-oriented as I am, so I'm not sure
it would run on xp or macosx out of the box (I don't use these systems
myself so I don't care much).

Various disclaimers:

- web-albums produced by booh use a lot of javascript, so you can
forget your dillo and links (on the other hand, I think that
web-albums produced by booh shine in firefox/MSIE - they run ok with
konq but poor konq seems to have even worse JS support than MSIE, so
it's not optimal)
- booh's GUI is my first larger program with ruby-gtk2, so the
internals of the GUI might not look so bright
- there seems to be segfaults on x86_64 (on mandriva), I think they
probably come from ruby-gtk2 since there are none on i586, but I don't
have an x86_64 myself so I can't help much at this time :frowning:
- booh uses rexml which can be a bit slow but some xpath precomputing
is done to fight this (I didn't switch to ruby-libxml because rexml is
so featureful)

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Guillaume Cottenceau - http://zarb.org/~gc/

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And a perfect example of the demo effect: if you launch the GUI for
the first time, and create a new album right away, it will abort on a
bug because of missing config file. To circumvent this bug, you need
to quit the GUI at least once, so that the config file will be created
(~/.booh-gui-rc).

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On 8/11/05, Guillaume Cottenceau <gcottenc@gmail.com> wrote:

Various disclaimers:

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Guillaume Cottenceau - http://zarb.org/~gc/

Guillaume Cottenceau ha scritto:

Hi,

I'd like to announce the general availability of `booh', a static
web-album generator written in ruby and ruby-gtk2. Booh is a program
which takes one or several series of photos and videos, and
automatically builds static web pages to browse them, creating
thumbnails, etc.

<anip>
this seems nice, thanks for sharing.
BTW, may I suggest that you publish it on gnomefiles.org?
this way you may get even more feedback

Very nice, no grumbles with what you have done.

But,

Have you ever read Pratchette? He has a character who is a brilliant
inventor, the only down side is he is not very good at naming his
inventions. So he might come up with an item called 'Vertical-up-lifting-
device-with-bloody-huge-fan-blades'.

You and he seem to have something in common with 'Booh'.

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On Thu, 11 Aug 2005 18:18:40 +0900, Guillaume Cottenceau wrote:

Hi,

I'd like to announce the general availability of `booh', a static
web-album generator written in ruby and ruby-gtk2. Booh is a program
which takes one or several series of photos and videos, and
automatically builds static web pages to browse them, creating
thumbnails, etc.

I created booh because I wanted to use a web-album with all the
features I find important, and no existing web-album have them all
(for example, automatic rotation of portrait images, support for
videos, preloading, sub-albums, themability, a powerful GUI for
editing, etc).

Booh is splitted into a backend in pure ruby for all processing
(creating thumbnails and HTML pages), and a GUI in ruby-gtk2 for
edition (removing/rotating images, entering captions, etc). An XML
"configuration" file is used to communicate between them, and thus
external edition/automation is easy if needed.

As booh is approaching maturity, I felt this is the right moment to
announce it. On the website, you will be able to browse an example
web-album, and also download a demo movie I have created showing how
to create a simple album with the GUI.

http://zarb.org/~gc/html/booh.html

At present time, booh is available in english, french, and japanese
(thanks to Masao Mutoh). More translations welcome (uses
ruby-gettext).

Booh is currently distributed as sourcecode, gentoo ebuild, and
mandriva rpm. Contributed binary packages for more distributions
welcome. Booh is probably as Linux-oriented as I am, so I'm not sure
it would run on xp or macosx out of the box (I don't use these systems
myself so I don't care much).

Various disclaimers:

- web-albums produced by booh use a lot of javascript, so you can
forget your dillo and links (on the other hand, I think that
web-albums produced by booh shine in firefox/MSIE - they run ok with
konq but poor konq seems to have even worse JS support than MSIE, so
it's not optimal)
- booh's GUI is my first larger program with ruby-gtk2, so the
internals of the GUI might not look so bright
- there seems to be segfaults on x86_64 (on mandriva), I think they
probably come from ruby-gtk2 since there are none on i586, but I don't
have an x86_64 myself so I can't help much at this time :frowning:
- booh uses rexml which can be a bit slow but some xpath precomputing
is done to fight this (I didn't switch to ruby-libxml because rexml is
so featureful)

Hi,

Hi,

I'd like to announce the general availability of `booh', a static
web-album generator written in ruby and ruby-gtk2. Booh is a program
which takes one or several series of photos and videos, and
automatically builds static web pages to browse them, creating
thumbnails, etc.

Great!

- booh's GUI is my first larger program with ruby-gtk2, so the
internals of the GUI might not look so bright
- there seems to be segfaults on x86_64 (on mandriva), I think they
probably come from ruby-gtk2 since there are none on i586, but I don't
have an x86_64 myself so I can't help much at this time :frowning:

Hmm...

OK, I'll try it.

Thanks for your great works.

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On Thu, 11 Aug 2005 18:18:40 +0900 Guillaume Cottenceau <gcottenc@gmail.com> wrote:

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.:% Masao Mutoh<mutoh@highway.ne.jp>

Hi,

Have you ever read Pratchette? He has a character who is a brilliant
inventor, the only down side is he is not very good at naming his
inventions. So he might come up with an item called 'Vertical-up-lifting-
device-with-bloody-huge-fan-blades'.

You and he seem to have something in common with 'Booh'.

Yes, I've read some books from Terry Pratchett and I enjoyed them very
much. I think I may have been influenced by a project of a friend and
master:

http://merd.sourceforge.net/

Basically, if projects with such bad names do have a little success,
it will certainly be off their own quality :slight_smile:

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