Thursday, February 16, 2012

Single photo view redesigned

The single photo view has been redesigned for a more pleasant, usable, and accessible browsing experience.

As you can see in the screenshot below, the "Like" and "Dislike" buttons have been moved into the new panel at the bottom of the page. A new button has also been added into this panel : "Comments". This button displays the comments side-panel which you can also see in the screenshot. The comments side-panel is hidden by default. However, you and your visitors can always see the number of comments on a photo is always visible in the button's caption.

The photo's label, its description, as well as the view and like statistics have all been moved to the new panel at the bottom. The panel will automatically stretch vertically to accommodate your description even when it takes up several lines. You can, of course, still conveniently edit your photo's title and description using their respective editing links next to them.

New styles available for photo home sections

The homepage sections whose content are lists of photos have a new display style and new settings available. These sections are :  Recent Photos, Most Popular Photos, Photos I Like, Featured Photos, and the Album Preview gadget. All of the sections are accessible via the homepage's "Layout" button.

There is a new style for you to choose from :  "full width". This style displays your photos in the full width of your homepage content. The photos are not stretched if they are smaller than the required width, but with this style there is only one photo per row even if the photos are smaller than the full available width.

You can display up to five rows of photos in any of the sections and you can also have the photo label - either the title or the description - displayed below each of the photos. Unlike any other of the display styles, the new "full width" style allows you to directly edit the displayed photo labels conveniently from your homepage.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Changes to registrations and setting panels

The settings have been made easier to manage and navigate in by being redesigned in a single consistent way. The setting panels for albums and categories have been replaced by setting pages which are very much like the Control Panel page, but with the respective settings for albums and categories. The settings are not only easier to navigate within, they also take up the whole page and are more usable and accessible than ever before.

The visitor registration settings can now be set for categories as well as albums and the whole account. The registration settings have also been simplified in there being only one form now - the settings simply change the display mode to either of :  optional, mandatory, not displayed. Even when not displayed anywhere at all before the content is shown, you can still link your registration form from your custom menu, or your custom header or footer.

You can also leverage the standard setting inheritance which is applied to themes and privacy modes. As an example, you can set the visitor registration as optional for the whole account, but some categories (and thus also, the albums within them) will have it mandatory, while some albums will not have the form displayed at all. There is a multitude of variations on the example. It all depends on what you need, but it is there when you need it.