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P4 Auto-update details, build #990

This afternoon we’re pushing another free auto-update to P4. Everyone on a capable web-host (about 96% of you) should see ProPhoto auto-update itself within 24 hours. This auto-update has some pretty cool new stuff, and I’ll be blogging more in the coming days about some of the details of the new features. Here’s a couple teasers:

Music for slideshows is back…

…and better than ever. We removed music support completely when we dropped all flash in our P4 upgrade, but now we’ve added back support for music in slideshows with a non-flash, HTML5 music player that also works on iPads and iPhones. ProPhoto will also automatically reconnect all of your old P3 MP3 files to your imported P4 galleries. More details in a future blog post.

Basic Pinterest support

This is only the beginning of our plans for Pinterest integration in the weeks and months to come, but we’ve started by adding simple, built-in Pinterest “Follow” and “Pin site image” options into the “Call to Action” option area. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Facebook “Like” button improvements

Improved Facebook integration was the most requested new feature in our recent poll, so we’ve already gotten started making improvements. We’ll have lots of details in future blog posts, but the basics of this update include:

New free starter design: Sunny California

We teamed up with Matt from LaLune Creative to add a new, free starter design, called Sunny California.

The new design looks great, and makes use of the new built-in Pinterest Call-to-action functionality. One of the reasons we added this new starter design was to replace “Late August” as the default starter for new users. Late August is great, and still a free, included starter design, but it’s not the easiest to edit and customize, so we thought it would be a win for usability to start out with a more straightforward starter design.

The gory details:

For the nerdy or incredibly inquisitive out there, here’s the standard run-down of just about everything that was changed since the last auto-update we pushed:

  • 02/08/12 – restore music files from P3 slideshows that had music and were imported into P4
  • add MP3 music functionality back to ProPhoto slideshows, without using flash for iPads and iPhones
  • 02/07/12 – stagger automated Emailswarning users about dangerously out-of-date WordPress installations, so as not to overwhelm our support staff
  • fix rare problem with certain Font Squirrel web kit zip uploads
  • 02/06/12 – mobile masthead needs to obey modifications on certain page types
  • 02/02/12 – Facebook “Like” and “Send” button integration in “Call to Action” areas, with new HTML5 API, allow commenting on FB while liking
  • fix mobile menu WordPress “Page” links to use correct, pretty-permalink URL
  • fix grids in sliding sidebar drawers not obeying font customization settings
  • apply image drag/drop protection to large images in post excerpts
  • fix bug in masthead slideshow modified on certain pages logic with header layouts where masthead and logo share same line
  • 02/01/12 – revamp Facebook “Like” button in post footer area, switch to HTML5/JavaScriptSDK API, allow addition of “Send” button and commenting while liking
  • 01/31/12 – prevent rare problem where multiple P3 galleries where being replaced by one gallery after import, caused by 32-bit integer overflow and very large Post IDs
  • add new, free, default starter design “Sunny California” – props Matt Hudson and LaLune Creative
  • add very basic Pinterest integration into Call-to-action area, follow button and pin-site-image functionality
  • fix problem with Twitter tweet date-permalink URLs caused by new Twitter API
  • prevent saving of designs with empty ID, caused by rare P3 data corruption issues
  • ensure proper import of P3 non_design options that are now design options in P4, these were getting inadvertently stripped out during import
  • don’t put private posts into grids
  • sites on NSX.APLUS.NET nameservers are non-auto-upgrade-capable because they run a Zues-like NFS filesystem that can cause major failures on auto-updates
ChristenFebruary 8, 2012 - 9:07 pm

You guys just keep making things better and better!! Unreal. 🙂 Thank you for being one of the best businesses I have ever worked with.

Diane StredickeFebruary 8, 2012 - 9:15 pm

You guys are awesome.

Cormac O'KellyFebruary 8, 2012 - 9:39 pm

Jeez, I only bought Pro Photo 4 yesterday and I’m loving it.

These updates are terrific and my tired old blog has gotten a whole new lease of life and more importantly, I have a new impetus to write.

Thanks guys.


Tiffany KelleyFebruary 8, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Loving these updates! Thanks for doing such great work!

Arnaud A.February 8, 2012 - 10:08 pm

WOW, is all I have to say, this was a little while coming, and I’m glad you made right in this update so shortly after the poll.

Keep up the good work.

Now get started on some awesome new gallery slideshows styles and features. 🙂

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