Topic: Ruby on Rails for Art Portfolio

I would love to set up a professional-looking portfolio for my photos. I really like the look of Carbonmade.com ( eg. see my sample Carbonmade page - http://pangolin.carbonmade.com )

Is there a way to do something very similar to this look and functionality with Ruby on Rails? Perhaps someone out there already has a theme/template or plugin for this type of functionality?

So far, Flickr/Gallery2/Coppermine all look to cluttered and I'm yearning for that minimalist, clean look and feel.

I would love to hear some ideas... Thanks!

Re: Ruby on Rails for Art Portfolio

Well, you could achieve part of it with RJS, using prototype, but it may not provide all the features you'd want from there.

Now, as far as the images themselves, you could either store them in a database, or store them on somewhere like Flickr, and just call them from the API using rflickr, my_flickr, etc... I personally use rflickr, and it is fairly seamless. You have to do a few steps to get it tied in to your account using the API, but it's not too bad. The tutorial for that is at http://digitalpardoe.co.uk/blog/show/87.

Hope that helps.

Re: Ruby on Rails for Art Portfolio

are you a rails programmer? 

if so then look into this, it's beautiful, http://railtrackr.com - you enter the name of a flickr user, and then all their images are returned and displayed on the site.....  if you know what you're doing, you could hack it up so that it just displays your own work by default....  I actually did that myself but the threat of yahoo being taken over by MS is enough to put me off using any of their utilities wink

failing that, l recently wrote an app for an artist (http://www.noaedwards.com) and I wouldn't mind making the source code available on github

it's not too dissimilar from gullery http://nubyonrails.com/pages/gullery except my app doesn't use markaby, in_place_editing, or rmagick and it comes with a built in blog complete with comments etc

it's a bit simple I admit, and I'm told that it doesn't look too good on IE7/8 and I've not tested it in safari or any of the mac browsers etc (something I will do once I can get near a windows or leopard box), but if you know how to set up a rails app on a server then you might be able to use it

i like your work by the way....
good luck

Last edited by dweebazoid (2009-09-07 12:18:54)

Re: Ruby on Rails for Art Portfolio

dweebazoid wrote:

are you a rails programmer? 

if so then look into this, it's beautiful, http://railtrackr.com - you enter the name of a flickr user, and then all their images are returned and displayed on the site.....  if you know what you're doing, you could hack it up so that it just displays your own work by default....  I actually did that myself but the threat of yahoo being taken over by MS is enough to put me off using any of their utilities wink

failing that, l recently wrote an app for an artist (http://www.noaedwards.com) and I wouldn't mind making the source code available on github

it's not too dissimilar from gullery http://nubyonrails.com/pages/gullery except my app doesn't use markaby, in_place_editing, or rmagick and it comes with a built in blog complete with comments etc

it's a bit simple I admit, and I'm told that it doesn't look too good on IE7/8 and I've not tested it in safari or any of the mac browsers etc (something I will do once I can get near a windows or leopard box), but if you know how to set up a rails app on a server then you might be able to use it

i like your work by the way....
good luck

The links are very useful for me, since I'm a newbie, thanks smile