The following information will help you set up your IDS site:
- To create new picture albums, create new directories in the "albums"
directory. Just place pictures in these directories to have them displayed. You
can use IDS' administrative interface or any other method to place images in the
"albums" directory. IDS can create thumbnails for JPEG, PNG, and GIF images
and recognize and display links for whatever other filetypes you choose via the
- To access the administrative interface, use a web browser to connect to
http://yourserver/ids-0.71/admin/. You will be prompted to enter the username
and password you specified when you set up IDS.
- Use the "preferences" panel in the administrative interface to change settings
for your IDS site.
- Comments embedded in graphics files (some digital cameras do this) will be
displayed (both JPEG "comments" and EXIF data are supported). You can filter
these comments if you desire.
- Underscores ("_") in the names of albums and images will be replaced with
spaces on pages generated by IDS. For example, the album "Spring_Break'
would be displayed as "Spring Break." Note that capitalization is unaffected.
- You can use spaces, ampersands, apostrophes, and other "odd" characters in
both album and image names.
- You can rearrange the order in which items are displayed by prepending "#x_"
(where "x" is a number) to an album or image name. The "#x_" won't be displayed.
- Resized images are cached in the "image-cache" directory. This directory's
size will increase over time, so you may wish to delete its contents
periodically using the administrative interface. (Resized images will be
- IDS can be configured to ban users (by IP address) if they use what you deem
to be inappropriate language in their comments. You can enable this feature in
the administrative interface's preference panel. Add inappropriate words to the "words.txt"
file in the "postcomment" directory (one per line). If a user is banned, his IP
address will appear in the "banned_ip.txt" file. To allow that user to post
again, remove his IP address from that file.
- IDS will display custom icons for albums. These icons include one of the
pictures in that album. By default, IDS will use a random picture from the
album, but you can specify a different picture using the administrative interface. Navigate to
the page for the image you wish to use and click "Use image for album icon."
Custom album icons are stored in files called "xxxxx.album_icon.jpg" in each
album's directory within the "album-data' directory. If an album contains no
supported images, a generic album icon will be used.
- To prevent some pictures in an album from being displayed, create a file named
"exclude.txt" in the album's directory within the "album-data" directory. Put
the names of the files that you do do not wish to be displayed in this file, one
- Normally preview images and album icons will be generated the firxt time a user
accesses an album. Because these images take some time to generate (1s/image on
a K6/550), you may wish to generate them in advance. You can do this using the
script "previewmaker.pl". Some IDS users configure their systems
to run "previewmaker.pl" periodically.