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Welcome to WACS, Web-based Adult Content Server, a free software package for the management of material of an "Adult Nature" (or basically whatever euphermism for porn you prefer). It is web-based and can be used for the management of an existing collection, as a download manager, or as a back-end system for running a commercial adult web site.
Visit our fully functional demonstration web site at PinkMetallic.com for a first hand view of the WACS system! CAUTION: contains adult material!. PinkMetallic.com also provides a number of complete downloadable photo sets and videos for you to use on your own web site or for testing purposes.
While it currently requires a Unix or Linux box to run on, it can be accessed from just about anything with a decent web browser - Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix or even web-enabled portable devices. In addition to being a powerful collection management tool, the underlying software infra-structure (the API or Application Programming Interface) is available for web designers and programmers to use from a range of programming languages to develop their own adult web sites (a simple example site is also provided - this is discussed in Chapter 16, Wacs-PHP: The Simple Skin).
WACS is dramatically different from most other image gallery systems in that it understands photo sets and video clips as basic concepts, instead of single photographs. Wacs includes far more specialised tagging, source, relationship and attribute marking concepts than other more generalised systems. WACS' abilities in the areas of searching and dynamic filtering are really industry-leading in their power and flexibility. If all you want is to index single photographs, you'll probably find a package like Gallery 2 more suitable.
This book, the WACS User Guide, is designed to show you around the key parts of the WACS system and teach you how to use the many features and advanced search mechanisms to navigate a collection with ease and accuracy. While it is extensively illustrated and should provide a good foundation by itself, you will benefit from having an account on or other access to an already operational WACS server, whether it is our demonstration site (visit PinkMetallic.com - CAUTION: contains adult material) or a WACS server someone else has already configured. If you don't have either of these, you may wish to read the companion "Installation Guide" either in parallel or first.
This book is typically revised for each major new release of the WACS software, and while small improvements are made throughout, major changes are highlighted here for the benefit of people who have read the previous edition. The 0.9.2 release has very few visible changes from the previous releases as it is mostly focused improving the collection management tools. As a user of the system, you're most likely to notice much improved information on video durations, resolution and format. Where previously the web site owner had to add this information, WACS now scans the media for as much of this information as it can.
Far more information is now included in the automatically added information about video clips and images than they were before.
A few additional fields are now included in the main model pages including production date which is now often obtained from the files (photos, videos) themselves.
Table 1.1. Compatible Web Browsers
|Firefox||Linux, Windows||Also Apple Mac but not tested|
|Google Chrome||Windows, Linux||Also Apple Mac but not tested|
|Lynx||Lynx||Linux||useful for downloading|
For copyright/licensing reasons, the example images feature sets from photoshoots by the main developer of WACS (Beaky) and a friend of his. These sets are available on our demonstration site at PinkMetallic.com - CAUTION: contains adult material. Initially access to the site will be free, but we may end up making a charge in the future if referral revenues and donations do not reach the hoped for level.
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