I just noticed that there is a forum and thought I’ll delete my (bad) review on the AppStore as it might be more fruitful to write here and give the opportunity to reply.
I bought Exhibeo yesterday and I think that there are many things wrong with the app. It just doesn’t feel like a finished product:
There’s a strange omission of settings, e.g. the bloxx theme comes with ridiculous thick borders and you can’t change them (neither the thickness nor color). But you can change the border radius!? Why does the App offer a gazillion of settings for captions (which I don’t need) but you can’t change basic settings for thumbnails? (which, I believe should be a central focus of a gallery.) There is lots of inconsistency, because some themes offer customization of thumbnail borders.
you can’t easily create galleries that go with existing ones. exhibeo creates files in such a way that showing more than one gallery on the same page requires a lot of manual work (copying files, etc). For instance, the images go into a directory ‘image’, which is a terrible idea because where do you think another galleries’ pictures will go? How about adding a timestamp so galleries can happily coexist? Same goes for the css tags: it’s jut not created with multiple galleries in mind.
If you want to create several galleries with the same settings, you have to manually copy each setting. Why can’t I store the current settings and apply them to a new gallery? (Yes I understand that I can replace the images, but I still find that very inconvenient.)
changing parameters and updating the gallery is tedious: If you change a setting, you must export to a new gallery, you can’t just update the existing one.
some parameter changes are not all reflected in the preview. Some are, some are not. e.g. you only see the image border radius after you create the gallery.
the output page is inconvenient: It creates a preview page with code snippets which you’re supposed to put into your web page. Fine. But why don’t you create a web page that can be used straight away as well?
Exhibeo offers features such as cropping, rotating, resizing of individual pictures. I don’t need yet another app that does this, I have that already. I wish they had put this effort into missing features mentioned above, or features such as applying a watermark on all pictures or publish to a website. Why a gallery generator provides editing features is beyond me.
I’m sorry if this seems overly harsh and I hope my critique can be seen as constructive. I bought Exhibeo because the results looked really great. My hope was that it would safe me a lot of time creating galleries, but in its current state it creates new problems.
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