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GitHub, Roadmap, and P6 Support

If you follow our blog or the ProPhoto Facebook page or the ProPhoto Twitter feed, you may have noticed that we’re keeping pretty busy around here! But in case you’ve been a little out of the loop, we thought you might want to know about a few new ways you can keep tabs on the cool new things we’re building to help you create an engaging website for your business.

GitHub and P6 Roadmap

github-logoWe’ve been writing a lot of code so that you don’t have to. But as ProPhoto becomes the most versatile & powerful WordPress theme available, we needed better tools ourselves.

We’re using GitHub to make it easier to organize our work, but also because we want be more transparent about the ProPhoto development process. You can use these new tools to learn about and be involved with ProPhoto’s development process:

ProPhoto 6 Change Log this is the place you’ll find details about each new update we release for ProPhoto 6. We’ll list changes, bug fixes, and new features every time your ProPhoto 6 setup auto-updates with the newest release. You can click the version link at the bottom-right inside WordPress any time to view the change log on GitHub. Here’s an example:

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ProPhoto 6 Issues page this is the place we list upcoming features and bug fixes. It’s a little technical sometimes, but if you’re waiting for a specific feature to be added, it might be listed here. Most issues are grouped with labels so you can filter, for example, to see any bugs or features relating to image galleries.

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With your own free GitHub account, you can even vote for and comment on things which matter most to your site. We take your feedback seriously, and have bumped-up several features during beta just because you told us you need them.

our developers read comments & suggestions to prioritize development

our developers read comments & suggestions to prioritize development

ProPhoto 6 Roadmap page this is a prettier, condensed, concise version of the GitHub Issues page above. If you really just want to know roughly when we plan to add certain features to ProPhoto 6, you’ll find the main ones listed here. The dates are simply estimations, made public to give you an idea of our schedule. You may find that a feature is completed at a different time than we originally planned, but we’ll stick mostly to this roadmap.

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milestones are shown with a check as features are completed

ProPhoto 6 Support

Considering all the kind words we’ve received about the tutorials and videos we create, you probably already know about the staggering amount of help for our ProPhoto 4, 5, and Proofing software. But the future is coming, so we’ve been working to create a new set of help for ProPhoto 6 which we’ve organized in a new way.

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If you’re already using the ProPhoto 6 beta, or if you’re thinking of buying the new version soon, we’d recommend checking out the new help site for lots of details: New ProPhoto 6 Support

Much like ProPhoto 6 itself, the new help site will continue to improve. Lots of videos, tutorials, and improved appearance are all just around the corner. And we welcome your feedback below each page, so we can improve our help if it doesn’t quite hit the mark for you.

"Help me ... help you!" -- Jerry Maguire

“Help me … help you!” — Jerry Maguire

And as always, you can reach us in all the existing ways, like in the comments section below.

ProPhoto 6 Feature: Tiles

ProPhoto 6 has been updating and improving at a rapid pace during the beta period. Almost all of what we have fixed, tweaked and added has been in response to the great feedback we have been getting from our beta testers. Thanks! Because ProPhoto 6 was a completely from scratch, anything in ProPhoto 5 we wanted to retain had to be put together in the new, responsive context. For early beta testers it would have been obvious that, in spite of the cool new layout options and responsive features, ProPhoto 6 could not do some of the cool things that were popular with ProPhoto 5. Our hope was that beta feedback would help us determine what was essential and how to prioritize what needed to be added back in first. It sure did!

Almost immediately we started getting questions about when we were going to add back the “buttons” feature that was so popular with ProPhoto 5. To be honest, at first we were not sure about adding the feature back in at all. We wondered whether it was even possible to create a tool for building responsive, multi-layered graphics. But because of the outpouring of [gentle] encouragement, we decided it was important and set about working it out. And we sure are glad we did! What we came up with really rocks! Although similar to “buttons,” it is different enough that we decided it was worthy of a new name – ProPhoto Tiles.

A tile from the free, included design called "Sunny".

A tile from the free, included design called “Sunny“. See it live.

Tiles are created in “ProPhoto > Customizer > Tiles” and are shared between templates. They comprise layers of images, shapes and text, each of which has a default and hover state. When the default and hover state settings differ (in size, position, orientation, opacity, or color), it creates hover movement that draws the attention of the viewer. If you have ever worked with Photoshop, the concept of layers will be familiar to you. Tiles work in a similar way. The active layer (highlighted in blue) is the one you can drag around in the preview and to which setting changes apply. The stack of layers in the left column can be reordered, the topmost layer in the stack displaying above the others.tile_overview_post

Currently, tiles can only be added to templates via a graphics widget. But more implementation is planned. To learn more about tiles check out our tiles overview guide on our ProPhoto 6 support site. The video below shows a limited preview of the kind of tiles you can create.

ProPhoto 6 Design Store Open

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Today we’re really pleased to announce that we’re opening up our add-on design store for ProPhoto 6 designs. Our developers and designers have been working really hard the last few months to get to this point, and we think the first wave of designs are really great and show off what ProPhoto 6 can do.

If you’ve been thinking about buying ProPhoto 6, but wanted to start with a design, this might be a good time to pull the trigger. We have 14 designs as of right now, but more will be added at regular intervals from now on, so check back often.

ProPhoto 6 is still in beta, so there will be a few bumps and bugs as well as frequent additions of new features. But, it’s getting more stable and feature-rich every day. If you’d like to buy a ProPhoto 6 design, remember you’ll need to first buy ProPhoto 6 — none of these designs will work on ProPhoto 5.

When you’re previewing any of the P6 designs, remember that these are natively responsive, so try resizing your browser window, or viewing on a phone or iPad to see how the designs respond at various screen sizes.

To view demos of the new P6 designs, click here.

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ProPhoto 6 Public Beta

Today, as promised, we’re opening up the P6 beta to the general public. So, if you’re up for testing and experimenting with us while we finish things up, you’re welcome to jump on board today. I made a video that aims to help people figure out if they’re a good candidate for joining the public beta period.

The P6 Roadmap document mentioned in the video can be found here. For more info on our Test-drive plugin, click here.

ProPhoto 6 Public Beta Update

In my last two blog posts, I’ve outlined some of the progress we’re making on the next major version of ProPhoto. I also indicated that our desire was to move to a wider, paid public beta period in mid-January, if possible.

A lot of you have been clamoring for an update, so here goes. We are not 100% fixed on this date, but, barring something unforeseen, we are tentatively planning to stick very close to that announced timeframe by going to public beta on Tuesday, January 26.

As I’ve indicated in previous blog posts, the beta version of the new ProPhoto has been re-written nearly from scratch to be natively responsive and unbelievably flexible. Because of the breadth and depth of the changes we’re making, the early weeks of the public beta period will be best suited for customers with a bit of tech-savvy and a stomach for lots of changes. There will be some good-sized features not implemented, and probably some small bumps along the way for some users. If that doesn’t bother you, we definitely welcome you to jump on board and purchase at the earliest opportunity. If you want just a little bit more stability and a few more features, just hang tight for a few weeks — we are going to be iterating super-fast in the early lifecycle of the beta release.

We will also be very shortly publishing a roadmap of features and capabilities not yet in the new version and our approximate order and timeframe for adding them, that will help you decide when to jump in, based on which things are most important to you. Stay tuned here for more info.

Teaser: Multiple Templates

We are just now finishing up one of the biggest new features coming in the next version: a feature we call “Multiple templates”.

In the new ProPhoto, a “Design” is composed of at least one, but possibly many “templates”. Templates are like sub-designs — they constitute both the arrangement/layout of your site, and it’s customized appearance. Templates are hierarchical and inherit from each other.

What does all that mean? It means, basically that you can set up a base layout and look and feel (that is, a base “template”) that your site will use on every visited page. But then, if you want certain page types or blog post categories, or even specific pages to look differently, you can create a child template with as few or as many modifications as you like, and apply that template to whatever pages or page types you desire.

A commmon scenario might be this: you have a basic site layout and appearance you love. But on your galleries pages, you want to eliminate some widgets, part of the header, the footer, and also make your site use the absolute full-width of the browser window to really show off your images. With multiple templates, you’ll just create a child template, make the changes to your layout and appearance you want, and set that template to be used by your galleries.

Here’s a screenshot of what the management screen for your templates looks like:

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Then, you apply your templates in a screen that looks like this:

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Your alternate templates can differ just a little – or differ wildly. You can reorder elements, remove things, add things, whatever you want. This will allow different parts of your site to have totally different (or slightly different) designs and appearances, and will give you a ton of granular flexibility. We think you’re going to be pretty excited about the possibilities.

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