Outdated description, incomplete docs, and Instagram integration is not for beginners!
Finally a gallery for a large amount of large images!
Since Gallery Box does not create thumbnails in the files cache, there will never be a problem with recreation of thumbnails, when a gallery page is called after the cache has been cleared. Many Concrete5 galleries create thumbnail files in the files cache. When the cache is cleared for some reason (updates or other changes), all these files are lost and depending on how many thumbnails have to be recreated when a gallery page is loaded for the first time after clearing the cache, it can take ages for the page to be displayed, especially with larger galleries.
Gallery Box instead pulls all images (including previews) from their original paths, which amazingly is still totally acceptable regarding the perseption of loading time, because of the use of an efficient lazy loading function, in clever combination of a progress bar and spinners as temporary placeholders for the thumbnails.
Since there are no thumbnail image files created, also retina resolution is not an issue. Lightbox images, as well as previews are all perfectly displayed at best resolution. I'm using sets of image files at a width of 1800px for nice display quality also on retina screens.
Lastly, because i personally didn't like the transition "elastic" for the lightbox (lightcase), i changed the settings of js/lightcase.min.js (which thankfully is not minimized) a bit to my personal taste:
transition: "fade", transitionIn: "fade", transitionOut: "fade", speedIn: 600, speedOut: 200,
Great add-on, even better support
I wish other C5 developers in the marketplace supported their add-ons as well as this!
OK but beware!!
I have contacted the developer in the support area but had no response for two weeks so I now must warn other potential buyers.
In the support area, if you tick to view the 'closed' questions you can see issues people have had with this add-on.
Also linking the instagram account to the add-on was a tricky procedure and the documents are not clear enough.
On the plus side I now have the add-on working and I am reasonably happy with it as it works. It is a real shame as this add-on has great potential. As a standalone gallery block linking to file-sets it may work without issue but I purchased it to link to instagram.
Hopefully the developer will address these issues and I may return to revise this review.