Photo Gallery integration for Wordpress :
Ours is a portal based on movies. So photo galleries are an important part of our site. We could have used stand-alone gallery scripts (like Gallery, Coppermine), but we're looking for integration because
1) The same search engine (of Wordpress) can search all the content present in our site.
2) While writing an article based on an actor or movie, the photo-gallery wont be showed in the "Related links" page.
3) Single interface for all content, within Wordpress.
What we need :
Integration into Wordpress : Ideally, we would like to treat "gallery" as seperate category in Wordpress. Under that have sub-categories : "Movies", "Actors", "Exclusives" and "Events". Under each of this category, create a new post : which would show up as a album of its own. Its understood that some galleries can appear under multiple sub-categories.
We would upload the images using Wordpress' gallery plugin (comes by default) or a whole new plugin created for this purpose.
Darkroom for gallery : The width of our site's theme is likely to be 900 pixels, where as images could be wider. Also, because of our sidebar, a width of an image would exceed 500 pixels if we show it on the same pge. Since the width of the page might be constrained (due to design) : we want to create a darkroom with Ajax for our gallery. The thumbnails will be displayed. Once clicked, it opens in darkroom in its full-size. Also, while darkrooms is open - there should be thumbnails again below from which the user can select the next photos they want to see. Once they finish seeing all the photos - they can exit darkroom by pressing Esc or clicking on the X button.
Future changes in theme, appearance : While scripting, we want to keep the future changes in appearance in mind. We should be able to do it just by reworking on the script's code, instead of going to every album we created and re-working the html code there.
Video gallery :
I presume, the same script can also used for another category "Videos", where we want to show trailers, interviews, and other clips. Everything would work like the image gallery script. Each video would have a thumbnail (generated by us or automatically). And on clicking on that video, it would load on darkroom. The videos would be ideally hosted on Vimeo or Youtube, not on our servers.