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TiltViewer is a neat little program that enables you to create small 3D flash image galleries with your own photos. This was one of those applications I found while searching for that ever so elusive novice photo gallery software. Instead I found myself spending a lot of time playing with this one and thinking up ways I can use it for my own galleries. It’s not like I’m going to scrap my entire family photo album project with thousands of photos that I began a couple years ago on the Gallery platform, so I don’t know why I let myself get distracted by these other ones. Sometimes the free software out there is just so much more exciting when I’ve just stumbled on to them that I find myself compelled to try them out for awhile.

TiltViewer had very little to upload so I had the sample gallery included up within seconds. Similar to the Simple Picture Gallery Manager, this little script has no real back end. You manually ftp the images and individually input the path into a file. I don’t see a problem with the manual approach for smaller galleries, and this is exactly what it’s designed for. The site even states that it’s best to keep your galleries under fifty images a piece otherwise older machines may experience slowness.

I uploaded some sample images of my own, changes a few simple options in a file, and what do you know…I had my own crazy 3D flash image gallery. I could zoom in and out on photos, then flip them and see the specific data I had inputted for each picture such as the date, location, and people in the photo. You can allow users to right click and save images, or you can disable this option. You can even have a setup with multiple galleries linked in the header if you wanted to use TiltViewer, but have more than fifty images to share.

I think this would be a fantastic idea for a one off special occasion gallery, or a collection of many linked individual galleries if you really want to put in the time of adding paths and data for each one. Normally I’d be quite put off by this sort of thing, but the gallery comes out looking so great that it’s hard not to love it. I’m actually going to experiment with it a bit more until I either break it, find a limitation (usually mine, not the scripts), or come across something equally pretty and/or distracting in my next search.