Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Photo selectbox available

Using the new selectbox, you can select multiple photos from multiple albums and perform batch operations on them.

As can be seen in the screenshot below, the photos are selected and deselected by clicking a checkbox in the upper left corner of a photo within an album. You can also see that there are four buttons on the selectbox :  "Owner's Tools", "Buy", "Clear", and the minimize button.

The "Owner's Tools" button gives you - as the owner - access to the common batch operations you may want to execute on the selected photographs :  access mode change, geo-location update, description & keywords update, featuring the photos, and reorganizing them within the album structure.

The "Buy" button works the same way the classical "Buy" button but you need not select the photos, since they are already chosen and the best thing is that they can be chosen from multiple albums instead of only one.

The "Clear" button simply clears your selection and hides the selectbox, since it has no use without any selected photos. The last button minimizes the selectbox so that only the number of selected photos and a link to restore the selectbox are visible. The minimize button is especially useful when navigating between albums, since the selectbox is visible wherever you go.

You can have both, yours and others' photos, selected at a time and still use the "Owner's Tools" to manage your photos and the "Buy" button to add products of all the selected photos to the cart.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Customize navigation on your homepage and in the footer

Now, you can customize links at the top of your homepage and also in the footer of all pages using the built-in pages, links to your albums, categories, or even external links - e.g. links to your own website.

The settings are available to power and enterprise account users via the "Menu Designer" entry which can be found in the homepage's "Tools" menu. Clicking this entry opens the "Menu manager" page in which you can add, remove, and drag&drop your custom menu entries. There are two menus available :  header and footer menu. The header menu can be seen on the homepage only and the footer menu is visible on all pages.

You can choose from four menu entry separators and you can create entries linking to either of the pages mentioned above. Albums and categories have a convenient selector so all you need to get a link is point-and-click on the chosen item.

When you do not want the menus displayed, you can simply de-activate them and have them prepared for later. You can see the designer below.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Buy or Sell Calendars with your photos

From now on, you can compose a monthly calendar using the photos on BlueMelon, or you can profit by setting your price and selling calendars. When creating a calendar, you can use up to 14 photos :  one for each month and one for both, the frontpage and the backpage. You can find this product in the "Gifts" category in the "Various Gifts" tab. After you have selected your photos and the calendar, you can assign each of the photos to a month or a page.