I'm not sure its better, but it is different. There are quirks, naturally. For example if you choose to edit an image, then you get a screen with a upload button at the bottom rather than a submit button. Since there is a place to browse for an image, I guess this means you could upload a substitute image. However, what would be the impact of that on ratings and reviews the original image has gotten.
Currently it counts a view for each time anyone looks at a photo, even if its the same person, or the photo owner looking at it over and over again. Needs to check by IP or something to keep that from happening.
Apparently a set is comprised of photos uploaded together (or somehow declared a set) and when you display any one of the set, you have the thumbnails of the others right below it. But this forces you to put the same title and description for the photos in the set on the initial upload. However, you can go back, as I did and edit each one to change this info. They are still a set however. I did not find a way to put photos into an existing set.
The newest uploads button for sorting does not seem to place them in the order of most recent update, but mixes them. I suspect the sql statement is not quite right for this option.
Lightbox mode is very nice.
You are forced to add a description when uploading even though you may not want one.
If you upload an image, click upload, then view the image on your screen, then choose lightbox, then at that point rather than clicking close, you use the browser back button, it takes you back into what appears to be the edit mode that you used to upload the photo. This could cause problems.
One lightbox problem, is that if you click on a thumbnail, and an image appears, and the headers for the site are shown at the top and you click on the larger image that is partially visible below, then you go into the lightbox mode, but with portions of the headers overlaying the photo. Here is a screen shot:
When you are viewing a photo, and you click edit it takes you to a screen which requires you to click continue before you reach the edit screen. You can change the category here, and it does change its category, but really this should happen as one of the options of the main edit area to make it more straightforward to use. By the way, when you reach this intermediate screen, you have a reset button also. But clicking it does nothing.
Well that's all for now. There's more to test, but its sleepy time.
By the way, the book looks great!