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What is Ansel?
Ansel is the Horde photo management application. It makes use of the Horde frame work and integrates with other Horde applications.
Ansel is a full featured photo management application. With it, you can create any number of galleries and subgalleries, share galleries among other Horde users or even make them public. You can upload images either one at a time, as a zip archive, or even upload them via Windows XP's "Publish to Web" functionality. Once in Ansel, you can browse your images, download originals, view galleries as a slideshow, add comments to images, send an 'ecard' to a friend, and more. You can crop, resize and perform other image maniputlation functions. You can even have Ansel try to recognize people in your photos with it's support for face detection. Ansel will read and store EXIF data associated with uploaded images and can even auto rotate your images to the proper position if the image contains the proper EXIF properties.
Ansel supports photo and gallery tagging - allowing you to browse your photos by tags just like you were browsing a directory. You can also choose to have certain EXIF tags automatically added to an image on upload.
Mulitple gallery themes are available. You can create thumbnails that have rounded corners with shadows, sharp corners with shadows, or even make your thumbnails look like Polaroids! Image viewing can use a lightbox-type overlay on the gallery page, or can be a seperate image view page that can display image attributes, comments and other types of information.
There are multiple ways to organize your photos within galleries. You can create subgalleries to further organize photos and you can also have Ansel automatically display a gallery's photos to you grouped by date.
Ansel supports mulitiple ways to access your photos from outside of Ansel. There are mutlitple types of RSS feeds available, including most recently added images for a particular user, gallery or tag. The ability to embed widgets of your photos into external websites, such as blogs, is also available.
For developers, Ansel also offers an external API that may be accessed via Horde's RPC server or directly through the Horde Registry. There are API methods that make it extremely easy to embed gallery views on your own website.
This software is OSI Certified Open Source Software. OSI Certified is a certification mark of the Open Source Initiative.
Further information on Ansel and the latest version can be obtained at
The following documentation is available in the Ansel distribution:
|COPYING:||Copyright and license information|
|docs/CHANGES:||Changes by release|
|docs/INSTALL:||Installation instructions and notes|
|docs/TODO:||Development TODO list|
Instructions for installing Ansel can be found in the file INSTALL in the docs/ directory of the Ansel distribution.
If you encounter problems with Ansel, help is available!
The Horde Frequently Asked Questions List (FAQ), available on the Web at
Horde LLC runs a number of mailing lists, for individual applications and for issues relating to the project as a whole. Information, archives, and subscription information can be found at
Lastly, Horde developers, contributors and users also make occasional appearances on IRC, on the channel #horde on the Freenode Network (irc.freenode.net).