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Xenforo Gallery Options - Xen Media Gallery Vrs XenGallery

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by tajhay, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. tajhay

    tajhay Well-Known Member

    Has anyone tried both of these options? Just looking for an objective Pros/Cons between the two on what others found when deciding between the two.

    @sonnb XenGallery $50USD LINK
    @Chris Deeming Xen Media Gallery $40 GBP

    Both are amongst the top developers on here and both seem to be great addons on their own rights. If you had the money, which would you choose?

    Im looking into both right now and just cant choose. Both look great. Perhaps the only reason why i might lean towards xengallery is that it looks probably a little bit more modern and costs around 30% less than xen media gallery. But then again Chris seems to be working on a big update as well.

    Did you go through the same debate? Which did you choose and why? Or perhaps you have used both and lean towards one of the products? Id love to hear any views that might sway me to either direction and should be helpful to others in the same boat.
     
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  2. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I have both. I let my members judge and they preferred XenGallery. I'm sure XMG 1.3 will be even more awesome once it has user albums tho.
     
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  3. HWS

    HWS Well-Known Member

    Both are currently not comparable.

    XenGallery is a traditional picture album product, very mature and very recommendable.

    XMG allows your users to upload and present pictures and videos, but no organization of them in albums etc.

    However both developers have promised to bring the same feature level to their products soon (XMG will add albums, XG will add video uploading), so it really will be a choice which styling you like most. I prefer the more modern and more picture centric styling of XG.
     
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  4. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    I recommend XenGallery of sonbb. :)
     
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  5. RDR

    RDR Well-Known Member

    Bought both, using XenGallery as the other one has had a slow development cycle.
     
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  6. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Not for much longer ;)
     
  7. HWS

    HWS Well-Known Member

    Chris and sonnb, both work on a large update. So, I think both development circles are more than okay. ;-)
     
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  8. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Mine has been a lot slower than it should have been but I'm putting that right :)
     
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  9. tajhay

    tajhay Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. @Chris Deeming your addon costs 30% more than sonnb. Im not questioning what you are charging but rather if you wanted to justify reasons why it costs 30% more when a) the other addon looks more modern b) as mentioned above and and confirmed by you that your product dev has been slow compared to the other addon. Are there additional features in your addon that justifies the additional cost? Also are you planning on changing the look of it or is there a thread that highlights new features coming in the new version?
     
  10. samo

    samo Active Member

    Not goanna speak for Mr. Deeming, I'm just going to state that of these new galleries (both great btw and well worth the price imo) Mr. Deemings was first to market, so with being first you set the price as there is nothing else to compare with this type of quality gallery. Second his came out the box with videos and pic integration, which is a big deal for quite a few of us. Third there is no branding removal fee for his gallery as there isn't any.

    Lastly there's still plenty of goodies coming for 1.3 and yes I wish it was out yesterday in this instant gratification age of wanting all things now, but I know he's been working hard on it and it's going to be great with many new features, some he's revealed, others of which he'll post when its close to release for 1.3 on xenmediagallery.com. To me its well worth the price and both addons are great with great supportive Devs so you cant go wrong,it's like choosing between apple/samsung phones to each his own.
     
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  11. tajhay

    tajhay Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the information @samo. Appreciated as i didnt know the history and thought they both came up at the same time. Agree that they are both quality developers and both quality products in their own right.

    Edit - Just went to the xenmediagallery.com and noticed that most of the stuff(user tagging, importers from xfr albums which i use etc) slated for 1.3 release is already in XenGallery despite it coming into the scene later.

    I think ive made up my mind as to which one is right for me :)
     
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  12. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Hard working guy,
    Any problem? You can ask him and soon you will have the solution.
     
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  13. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Also true of me, in fact.

    Glad you found the information you needed to make the right decision for you, @tajhay.
     
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  14. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I plan on purchasing xen gallery from sonnb because I adore the layout but held back because what i like about chris's is that it supports video (which I hear is coming in sonnb gallery) at which point I will be purchasing that. That being said, both galleries are good and well supported by both developers but for me when sonnb gallery supports video that will be the deciding factor that pips it for me.
     
  15. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

     
  16. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    :)

    That isn't even relevant here. That is about a server error that is thrown if a bot is detected and that bot has input an e-mail address longer than 250 characters. It is low priority because a) the add-on still works b) the error isn't even shown to users and c) the add-on is a free add-on that naturally has to take less of a priority when I have paid customers waiting for a new and improved Gallery to be released.
     
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  17. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Sorry, Chris, I wrote about @sonnb:
     
  18. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I'm not going to carry on defending myself. I don't have to. I am also hard working and provide solutions to many problems very quickly. Prioritisation of workload means that some things naturally take longer than others. I'd politely request that you stop casting doubts upon my professionalism compared to another developer.

    It isn't fair and no developer is perfect.
     
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  19. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    Please read my post again, Chris.
    I did not compare you with another developer, I simply wrote my opinion about that developer.
    You are the one who's made the comparison:
     
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  20. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    And the comparison is accurate.

    Your further points were not accurate nor relevant, however.
     
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