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I'm willing to migrate my galleries from Piwigo to ZenPhoto.
But I have the following two requirements:
Are these usages possible?
Yes, but you possible have to create the workflow yourself (I have no knowledge about Digikam).
Zenphoto is differently to Piwigo - as far as I know - completely file system based. The root "albums" folder contains folders with images and further images (or optionally even other media types depending on plugins).
This means you can upload via FTP or other ways directly there to have Zenphoto recognized the albums and images.
Recommended reading about image sizes, caching and image discovery:https://www.zenphoto.org/news/caching/
I use Digikam + Zenphoto. My images are on a LAN accessible server. I mount the relevant drive, tag, etc. with Digikam, and then within Digikam move the ones I want to into the Zenphoto album folder structure (i.e., both the main image folders and the Zenphoto albums are set as collections within Digikam). Zenphoto has been able to automatically pick them up without an additional step.
I'm pretty much the only one who uses the server or the Zenphoto site, so I can't speak to how well that sort of workflow would work with a more "active" setup with multiple users.
Keep in mind that if your image drive is not on your local machine, it really needs to be connected by ethernet -- not wifi -- for the Digikam part to work well. There are (were?) still significant bottlenecks in Digikam making it slow enough to be unusable otherwise.
I assume you could do something similar if you have Zenphoto on a remote installation, by mounting the remote server by FTP or something, but once the images are moved to a remote Zenphoto drive then you may face untenable slowness if you try to use Digikam to further manage them.
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