Thank you for the feedback.
Yes I would recommend avoiding any addons from the ‘WeaverAddons’ brand, unless they become actively developed again (which is looking increasingly unlikely now). Google Picasa is going to become obsolete within the next few weeks and it looks like Flickr might be rolling out some major revisions to their API too. So it would be wise to stick-with using trusted RapidWeaver photography addons that are being actively developed and supported.
There are several free and paid tools available that can help you batch-watermark and resize images; in readiness of publication onto the internet. These can be a massive time saver. DropFix is very good for batch-resizing images and generating thumbnails. I also hear good things about iWatermark. I think that with Apple killing-off Aperture, some of these smaller shareware apps may become a popular choice once again. I’m still researching Aperture replacements. Such a shame to see it axed…
Yes it did, but if you went the automated route, it gave little control over the titles and captions applied to images and there was no retina image support. After speaking with UltimateGallery stack users (prior to developing ProGallery), this was the deal-breaker for many.
So although ProGallery may be more time consuming to setup (depending on the image source used) it should hopefully give you more control over image names and titles - of particular importance of SEO - which the UltimateGallery stacks really sucked at! ProGallery is much more modern in its approach. Also the automatically generated square thumbnails that UltimateGallery stacks did proved to be unreliable for many people.
If you can see a way that this could be improved to better-intergrate with your workflow, then feel free to email me.
The latest version of ProGallery does have the option to apply padding and push lightboxed images further-in from the edge of the screen (so you can avoid having the controls or captions overlaying your images). However because this is a responsive gallery, there is no maximum height or width settings available. We have no knowledge of the size or shape of the images you are supplying. Most users expect images to be scaled-up to the most optimal screen height or width. If you want to have more control over image sizing, then this should be feasible with custom CSS code. Again any feature requests can be emailed to me and everything is considered!