• @antlion@lemmy.dbzer0.com
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      171 month ago

      Piwigo is more like a shared gallery. Users create album/folders and upload individual photos, which other users can access. Piwigo has poor support for videos and no support for Live Photos.

      Photoprism has only a single user for the free tier. It supports Live Photos and videos, and individual photo uploads. It does facial recognition tagging.

      Immich supports video/Live Photos, facial recognition, and has multiple users, but it expects a full backup/synchronization (not individual photos). Sharing between users is manual, not automatic or permissions-based like Piwigo. Each user has access only to their own backups or shared albums.

      In summary, I think Piwigo is the simplest to set up and use, but it doesn’t do much beyond photos - it’s a simple shared gallery. Photoprism is good and stable, but you have to pay a subscription for multiple user accounts. Immich is rapidly developing, which means things will break, but also it has the most features. My only issue with Immich is that I don’t want to use it as a backup - only as a “best of” shared gallery. While it’s possible with Immich, I would have to maintain an Immich album on my phone, and sync only that, and I would have to set up shares with other users manually.

      • @theorangeninja
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        21 month ago

        Thanks for the detailed writeup, I think I understood it properly now!

        Crazy that you have to pay for PhotoPrism to have more users!

        Maybe they add these features you want to Immich? Given that it’s still in development.

      • @kurcatovium@lemm.ee
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        21 month ago

        How does it store images? Does it make one huge pile and sort it by metadata and external db magic?

        • @Mora@pawb.social
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          Pretty much however you want. You can let it import and sort by a folder logic of your design or can make it read an already existing library without immich modifying the structure.

          • @kurcatovium@lemm.ee
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            11 month ago

            Thank you, will have to check the docs… I remeber someone told me it can’t import folder structure, but it’s been a while.

            • @ahal@lemmy.ca
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              21 month ago

              It definitely can, it’s called an “external library”. I just added my entire photo collection and use Immich as a frontend to view them all

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                Can you view an external library using your own folder structure and not in a timeline display? I was under the impression Immich can’t do that, at least not without manually creating them all as separate albums or by using a script.

                Eg.

                I have photos from the last 30 years stored in this type of folder structure:

                2002

                • 2002-06-23 Mum’s birthday party — 2002-06-23 Mum’s birthday party-0001.TIF

                I’m less interested in using it for photo backup since I’d prefer not to use an automated tool since I curate everything in my library so that it stays organised - I’m looking for something for viewing/displaying and sharing.

                • @ahal@lemmy.ca
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                  11 month ago

                  Ah, yeah I guess you can’t browse your photos using a file system view. I just meant that it won’t automatically reorganize your pictures on the file system.

                  However you can create albums via an API call. You could probably write a script that adds each folder to an album or something.

        • @ShortN0te@lemmy.ml
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          21 month ago

          Yes. But it allows to define a custom storage layout based on user date time filename typ and album.

    • @skittlebrau@lemmy.world
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      One feature that I hope that Immich adopts is to allow for external libraries to be displayed in an existing folder structure. There’s no built-in way to do this and requires a script that uses albums as a workaround. A lot of photographers have organised folders by date/event that span years/decades, so it’s not practical to create these manually with albums.

      The closest I’ve found is a cron script which does album generation automatically, but it’s not a ‘future proof’ solution since it could stop working at any time.

      Memories (Nextcloud), Photoprism, and Photoview can do this.

      • @theorangeninja
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        11 month ago

        Photoview looks nice too, I might try that.