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Hey all!

As jproulx mentioned a week or so ago, "one of our developers is working on a new client that will eventually run on different operating systems". That developer is me. Hi.

While it's true that the client will eventually run on Linux (and any other platform that supports Mono), my primary focus right now is getting it working under Windows. Most of the core protocol functionality is complete, now it's time to start talking about usability.

To that end, I come with questions. What features do you want in a client? Tell me how you envision using a client. Anything goes.

A note, though. The current protocol is somewhat limited. Many of the features available through the web interface are only available via the web. While that could change at some point, I'm certainly not holding my breath. Still, I'd like to hear your thoughts and ideas. Thanks!

Update: It's important to note that I'm not soliciting suggestions on ways to improve the protocol. I'm looking specifically for your thoughts on what a client should do. How do you want to select photos? Do you want to be able to recursively upload entire directories into a matching gallery hierarchy? That sort of thing.
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From:kutsuwamushi
Date:August 22nd, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC)
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Personally, I think that not being able to enter a title and description while uploading through a client kind of defeats the point of having a client in the first place ...

So I'd really like to see that, if it's possible.
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From:vanbeast
Date:August 22nd, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
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It's not possible at the moment, but that's a good suggestion.

I really disagree with your position that it defeats the purpose of having a client. Using a client allows you to upload many, many more photos in one go than the web interface. It allows you to create new galleries on the fly essentially streamlines the entire process.
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From:kutsuwamushi
Date:August 22nd, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)
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Granted, I didn't get to experiment with the old client much before it broke on me, but - it really, really did defeat the purpose, at least for me.

I'm on dial-up, so the primary reason that I was interested in the client was that it was supposed to be faster. BUT, because I had to go back to the web interface after I had uploaded the pictures to enter their titles and descriptions, the process ended up being much, much slower, since I had to at least partially download the images to edit them.

The only reason I continued to use the client was because I was getting timeout errors from the web interface, but that's been fixed.

If there's no option to enter titles and descriptions, I won't be using the client at all because it's a huge waste of time for me. The time it would save me creating galleries and uploading enormous amounts of pictures at once will be completely outweighed by the time it takes to edit the pictures later.
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From:scsi
Date:August 22nd, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC)
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A completely integrated client that will allow you to display all your albums, and drag and drop pictures from your desktop -> album, and from album to album.. All while letting you play tetris in the background.

:)
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From:vanbeast
Date:August 22nd, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
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Oh, so you want emacs with a FotoBilder mode? ;)
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From:scsi
Date:August 22nd, 2004 01:40 pm (UTC)
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vim 4 evah!
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From:vanbeast
Date:August 22nd, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
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word.
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From:sych
Date:August 22nd, 2004 05:32 pm (UTC)
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you mean VBA? ;)
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From:zarhooie
Date:August 22nd, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
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wysiwyg editor for gallery customization. someday.
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From:andrewducker
Date:August 22nd, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC)
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The ability to select multiple photos at once and change their security, add them to galleries, etc.
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From:vanbeast
Date:August 22nd, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Hey, I'm dying for one as well :)
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From:jennyrhill
Date:August 22nd, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Mostly I just want to select what gallery the pictures go into when I upload them. That doesn't seem to work with the current client and is pretty much my only complaint. I don't need much, I'd just like for everything not to get dumped in unsorted when I upload with the client.
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From:henry
Date:August 23rd, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)
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This does work with the current client, that's why it displays "Gallery: xxx" at the top with a "Choose" button next to it.
From:jennyrhill
Date:August 23rd, 2004 04:44 am (UTC)
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I know it's there, however, the client crashes anytime I try to update the list of my galleries- so I can't choose anything. Maybe it works for other people, I don't know, but it's never worked for me.
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From:democritus
Date:August 31st, 2004 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Phew, I'm glad I'm not the only one experiencing this. It's been driving me MAD!
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From:vanbeast
Date:August 23rd, 2004 09:07 am (UTC)
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That's what's broken with the client. It works for some people (yourself included by the sounds of things), but the majority of people are experiencing errors with this part of the client.
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From:gerg
Date:August 22nd, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC)
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Right-click photos and "Send To -> FotoBilder/pics.lj.com"
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From:bleything
Date:August 22nd, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC)
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Oooo excellent. Exactly what I was looking for :)
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From:sanitoid
Date:August 22nd, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Kitty!
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From:azurelunatic
Date:August 22nd, 2004 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Must be able to navigate entire thing using keyboard.
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From:thewalkingman
Date:August 22nd, 2004 11:40 pm (UTC)
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I may be completely out of my league here (in that I know nothing about programing and haven't following the progression of fotobilder since the first beta test) but it'd be cool to be able to post simultaniously to LJ and upload pictures at the same time... like, have a client where you type your post, insert a picture in the appropriate place in your post and then when you hit "post" in the client, the picture uploads and the html is automatically in your post on the journal.

Like I said, I mostly don't know what the hell I'm talking about. But that would be sweet
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From:quirrc
Date:August 31st, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)
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there should be a way to get picture url after upload
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