Galleries allow members to engage in pesisted sharing and display of visual images. Images, photographs or other imagery, drawings and paintings, for example, have been described as a language of their own. These images should be related to art, crafts, artist techniques, history, critiques and other relevant art community topics. Galleries may be expanded to display the image in a larger format in an image rotator.
By clicking the magnify icon below any image in a gallery, or the image itself, a popup rotator will display the image in a larger format. The expanded gallery allows viewers of the gallery to circularly rotate left or right through the images in a gallery. Additonal information about each image can be added and displayed in an expanded gallery.
Public Galleries may only be created by members. They are visible to the public which includes all visitors to the AVenuesPlus web application.
Private Galleries are limited in visibility to members who belong to a special friend group by invitation from the gallery owner and acceptance of that invitation.
Friend Groups allow access restrictions to be placed on galleries. The gallery is assigned to a group by its owner. The owner may make the group public or private. Public groups allow open member access to view the gallery. Galleries may not at this time be commented upon. Private groups restrict viewing of galleries to an invitation only group of members who have accepted friend invitations from the owner and are listed for the group.
Members may add multiple images to their galleries. Images may be jpeg, gif and png format files. They will be resized when uploaded to fit a square container which will hold a postion in the gallery. Captions may be applied.
The owner of a gallery may assign tag keywords to it. These keywords allow the site search facility to find and identify the gallery for inclusion in search result listings. This allows site members and visitors to rapidly identify blogs and galleries which are relevant to their interests. Searches are not restricted to tags unless they are solely specified in advanced searches. Searches will gather results matching any input from any of several sources of information in the site database. Tags allow searches to be more focussed.
Galleries are an online form of interactive communication which allows members of the site to exchange and share images freely in a persisted form. Galleries may have an indefinite life-time.
The AVenuesPlus web application is a social networking portal. The gallery feature of the site allows social interaction between members, allowing them to share images and in the process, learn and evolve their own world views regarding their impressions of those images.