Thursday, January 27, 2011

A full featured trial is now available

For those wishing to try the more advanced features of BlueMelon Photo Sharing without having to pay for it, there is a full featured trial available. The trial allows you to use all of the existing BlueMelon features - in the same way the Enterprise account does - for 14 days.

You can try out such features as the selling functionality, unlimited storage and unlimited collections, using your domain, watermarking, custom header and footer, creating your own themes using our theme designer, detailed traffic statistics, using links and text styling, and many more. You can see the full feature comparison of the accounts in the feature list.

After the 14 day period has expired, you can choose to either subscribe for any paid account or discontinue the trial. You can sign up for a free trial account using the selection at the top of the sign up page.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Theme designer is now available

There is a new feature available for Power and Enterprise users :  theme designer. If you do not like the defaultly available themes or if you need a specific color combination for your album or homepage, you can use the theme designer to create your own theme without any CSS or HTML coding.
The designer is accessible via 1. the "Theme Designer" entry from each album's "Tools" menu 2. the "Theme Designer" link at the bottom of the theme choice panel accessible from the "Select Theme" entry from the homepage's "Layout" menu.

Any theme you create can be used for an album or the homepage. You can create new themes, edit your existing themes, rename or delete them. The theme designer can be seen in the screenshot below ;  on the left side there is a preview section and on the right side there are theme settings :

You can change the preview page to your homepage or any of your albums or categories to see what it will look like. When you change a setting in the right-side panel, the changes are realtime updated in the preview section.

You can alter various properties of objects such as :  text colors, background colors and images, margins, border colors, and others. There are many combinations and it is completely up to you what themes you create.

After you have created and saved your theme, it will be listed under the "My themes" category among the default themes. The heretofore available themes are, of course, still ready to be used.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fast and easy photo editing

New photo editing features have been added : after clicking the "Edit Photo" entry in a photos' tools drop-down menu, an editing panel will be displayed above the photo - as you can see in the screenshot below :
You can rotate your photos by 90 degrees in both directions, and rotate them around both : horizontal axis and vertical axis. Multiple photos can be transformed in this way at the same time - all you need to do is choose another photo and apply a transformation. The transformed photos are automatically reloaded when a process has been completed.

The remaining buttons are : "picnik edit" - the photo will be loaded in an advanced off-site editor and reuploaded after you have finished editing it ; "replace" - which makes it possible for you to replace the photo by another one while preserving all of the BlueMelon data associated with the photo ; "undo all" - which will undo all of the transformations that you have performed.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Visitor View Mode Available

There is a new feature available for BlueMelon users :  the Visitor View mode. The mode can be activated from within an album, by clicking "Visitor View" in either an album's or a photo's "Tools" menu.

After you have activated the Visitor View, you will see your BlueMelon pages the way your visitors see them - without having to log out. When you want to deactivate this mode, you can do so by clicking the "Turn Off Visitor View" link in the top-right corned of the website.