Lychee

Submitted by Grant Potter, UNBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology | @openetc

What is it?

Lychee is a free photo-management tool, which runs on you own web server.

What can it do?

Upload, manage and share photos. Lychee comes with everything you need and all your photos are stored securely. Your server, your data, your rules. Never depend on a third-party service that can change their terms of service – like what has happened with Flickr. Lychee is a self-hosted solution, so you are in the full control of your photos.

Features

  • Manage: Managing your photos has never been easier. Upload, move, rename, describe, delete or search your photos in seconds. All in one place, right from your browser.
  • Share: Sharing like it should be. One click and every photo and album is ready for the public. You can also protect albums with passwords if you want. It’s under your control.
  • View: Look at all your images in full-screen mode, navigate forward and backward by using your keyboard or let others enjoy your photos by making them public.
  • Open: Lychee is completely open-source. Everyone can take advantage of the work we have already done and improve it. We are open to suggestions and/or help.
  • EXIF: Get the most out of our photos. Lychee supports EXIF and IPTC as well as most common photo formats.
  • Metadata: Always available one click away. Clearly listed next to all other information.
  • Import: Import your photos from various sources. From your local computer, server, via URL or even from your Dropbox.
  • Tag: Never lose one of your photos in the depth of your albums. Tag them or mark them as important. Every single photo or all selected photos at once.

Download the App

Lychee is an example of a web-based application that can easily work with mobile devices. This means that users of a Lychee installation are not required to download an app in either Android or iOS but simply create a shortcut to the web app on their mobile device.

Here are instructions for Android and iOS.

How does it work

If you are a British Columbia post-secondary educator, staff or student, you can install your own copy of Lychee at the OpenETC server https://apps.opened.ca. If you aren’t associated with a BC post-secondary institution, you can still create an account – it will be approved manually.

  1. Navigate to https://apps.opened.ca
  2. Create an account using your email address from a BC post-secondary institution. If you aren’t associated with a BC post-secondary institution, you can still create an account – it will be approved manually.
  3. You will be emailed a link that will provide you with administrative access to install apps.
  4. Search for ‘Lychee’ among the available apps and click the icon. (Step1)
  5. Select ‘Create New Photo Manager’ (Step 2)

Extend your learning

Lychee is pretty intuitive to figure out, but you can find more information at their site.
https://lychee.electerious.com/

Using Lychee in teaching and learning

Want to provide a means for students to contribute to an image collection? Want to enable those contributions to be anonymous or require authentication? If so, Lychee at https://apps.opened.ca may be for you.

Try it out!

A starter task – share a photo on Lychee

  1. Use the link in the 12 Apps email to access the 12 Apps of Christmas – Lychee site on the OpenETC Sandstorm server (this link gives you uploading permission). If you didn’t get the 12 Apps email then contact keith.webster|at|royalroads.ca for the link.
  2. Upload an image to the ‘Public’ folder.
  3. In the comments below share your thoughts on Lychee and how you might use it in teaching and learning.

Set up your own Lychee

  1. Navigate to https://apps.opened.ca
  2. Create an account using any email address from a BC post-secondary institution. If you aren’t associated with a BC post-secondary institution, you can still create an account – it will be approved manually. If you aren’t associated with a BC post-secondary institution, you can still create an account – it will be approved manually.
  3. Search for ‘Lychee’ among the available apps and click the icon. (Step1)
  4. Select ‘Create New Photo Manager’ (Step 2)
  5. Once you have uploaded some images you can share access to your collections using the ‘Share Access’ feature. (Step 3)
  6. In the comments below share your experience of creating your own Lychee instance. Is this something you can use in your classroom or at your institution? How might you use it?

Don’t forget to come back and add a comment below, write a blog post or share your results somewhere on social media. Use the hashtag: #12AppsBC

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