Friday, December 30, 2011

New indication of your running processes

Processing uploads, applying watermarks, and transforming photos (flipping or rotating them) all take time to finish. Until now, when you scheduled an operation, you had to check back if the operation was completed or not.

However, from now on, you can see an indicator of the status of all your currently running processes. The indicator shows the number of current uploads, photos to be watermarked, and photos to be transformed. The indicator is displayed in the top right corner of each BlueMelon page so that you can always easily find out when your scheduled processes complete.

Below, you can see a screenshot of the top-right corner when the indicator is displayed. The photo count is updated real-time, so you do not need to refresh anymore.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Rename your sections and hide the zoom icon

We have just added two new customization options :

  1. the hover zoom icon can now be hidden
  2. the labelled homepage and category sections can now be renamed

The zoom icon is available when you point the mouse cursor over a photo - clicking this icon automatically displays the photo in the highest available resolution. The new feature works well with the right-click protection setting, since this prevents the visitors from right clicking the zoomed photo.

The second feature finally enables the BlueMelon users to arbitrarily rename any of their labelled homepage and category sections. To rename a section, simply point your mouse cursor over the section and click the displayed "Change Look" button. Within the panel that opens, you will find a text field for the section name.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A new access mode system

Much like the themes (which are now available for categories as well), the access mode system has been upgraded to give you greater control over what of your content can be accessed by whom.

  • you can still use the standard password protection on the account-wide level
    • when someone tries to access any of your content, they are asked to enter your chosen password
  • each of your categories (including your homepage) can have an access mode of its own (public, private, unlisted, password protected)
    • when you create a new album and do not explicitly specify its access mode, it will automatically use the access mode of its parent category (or the homepage)
  • your albums can either use their parent's access mode, or have their own specified (public, private, unlisted, password protected)
  • each of your photos either uses its parent's album derived access mode or can have its own specified (public, private, unlisted)

When you unlock an album on the homepage which is password protected, and there are other albums with the same derived access mode within the homepage, they will be automatically unlocked as well. This is to spare your visitors the need to enter the same password all over whenever accessing a new album within a password protected homepage.

All in all, both you and your visitors will have an easier time and you will enjoy more freedom in how to set up your access settings.