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ProPhoto 6.2.0

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Today we’re pushing another auto-update with new features to ProPhoto 6, version 6.2.0. Highlights of this release include:

  • Duplicating widgets in the customizer
  • Customizable “read-more” excerpt links that allow tiles
  • Upload favicon and/or apple touch icon
  • Batch image drag/drop reordering for galleries

Duplicating widgets

In ProPhoto 6, by default widget are shared between templates. This works great for widgets used for persistent content that you want to keep the same and edit in one place for many areas of your site. But, as our users have realized the power of templates in P6, we’ve noticed that our designers and users have been leveraging templates to create loads of templates for unique page content. In these scenarios, widget sharing can slow you down because you often want to make a widget unique (unshared) between templates, and many times you want to tweak or slightly modify a widget you’ve already made for just that template.

In 6.2.0 you can now do these tasks very easily and quickly by copy/pasting widgets. Every widget in the customizer layout screen now has a copy button, as shown below:

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Once you have a widget copied to your clipboard, all of the “add widget” icons in the customizer split to allow you to create a new one, or paste the widget in your clipboard:

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This should make it a lot faster to build templates with unique widgets, or to build multiple widgets based on a common pattern. If you just want to break a widget away from being shared by all other templates (essentially, to make a widget unique to a template) all you need to do is copy the widget, paste it where you want the unique widget, and then delete the old widget.

Customizable excerpt read more links

Post excerpts got a major improvement in this release as well. You can now tightly control how users link to the full content of posts when excerpts are shown either as standard excerpts or grid excerpts, or when posts are referenced in any other grid type.

In the customizer, in the “Content” > “Excerpts”, and also in each of the grid style areas, you can now set a customizable read more text link with a font style:

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Or, you can instead choose a “graphic” (like a graphic widget, this means either a plain uploaded image or a Tile):

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Site icons

Favicon and apple touch icon uploads are now available in the ProPhoto “Settings” > “Site Settings” area, as shown below:

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Gallery batch drag/drop reordering

Added to last releases gallery management improvements are two more in this release. First, you can now multi-select images and drag them to reorder:

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Also, we fixed the drag-drop uploading in the gallery area, so you can drop images onto the WordPress modal media window as on other screens.

And more…

For details on bugfixes that are included in this release and all the rest of the gory details, you can view more info on the changelog.

For our next feature release, which should be out in approximately 2 weeks, we’re planning to release grid-style galleries, inheritance improvements, column border customizations, custom grid items, and possibly more.

P6 Admin Bar

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A couple cool feature that we released just before the official 6.0.0 release that got lost in the shuffle and are worth their own blog posts. One of these was some helpful WordPress front-end admin bar helpers we added.

Template name and edit link

The first of these is a display of what ProPhoto template is applying to the page you’re currently viewing. It looks like this:

 

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That’s an easy way to always see and know what template you’re viewing. And, when you click it, it loads up the ProPhoto 6 customizer with that template pre-selected for faster customizing:

 

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By the way, the customizer also now remembers the template you were working in if you refresh the page, so you don’t have to reselect it as well.

Responsive screen size

The second cool thing in the front-end admin bar is a display of what screen-size you’re currently viewing at, as shown here:

 

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As you drag your web browser window bigger and smaller, you’ll see that this changes from phone to tablet to laptop to desktop. These screen sizes exactly correspond to the responsive breakpoint customization overrides we offer inside the customizer:

 

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We’re hoping this live display of your current responsive screen size makes it even easier to dial-in your P6 responsive settings.

Enabling the admin bar

If you don’t see the WordPress admin bar on your front-end, you may have to enable it. To do so, just go to “Users” > “Your Profile” and make sure to check the “Show Toolbar when viewing site option, and save.

 

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ProPhoto 6.1.0

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Today we’re sending out an auto-update for ProPhoto containing a new feature and some enhancements. This is the first of many planned features and enhancements that you will see rolling out for P6 on a very regular basis in the weeks and months to come. Because this release contains new features and functionality, and with P6 we’re adhering to semantic versioning, we’re incrementing the version to 6.1.0.

For a full list of changes, you can always head over to our changelog. Two of the cool things in this release are…

Scroll-to links

Lots of folks have been asking for the ability to create menu and other links in their P6 sites that would smoothly scroll the user to another position on the page. The most common scenario would be to add a menu or image link to link to a block farther down the page, out of view. In 6.1.0 you can do this by copying a special hash url, by clicking on the new link icon on any block or row:

 

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Once you’ve copied the link, you can paste it into a URL field for a text widget, graphics widget, menu item, etc:

 

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When the link is clicked by a user on the front, the window will smoothly scroll to the block or row you copied the link from.

Gallery image management enhancements

We also took a pass at improving the usability of managing images in your ProPhoto galleries. We added 4 bulk reordering options (by filename, upload order, created time, and reverse), allowed bulk deleting, and vastly improved the individual image reordering mechanism. This should hopefully greatly simplify some of your common tasks in ProPhoto galleries. And we have more usability enhancements for these planned as well. Here’s a screenshot giving you a sense of some of the new controls:

 

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ProPhoto 6 Released!

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Today, we’re pleased to announce that ProPhoto 6 is officially coming out of beta. Thanks so much for everyone who jumped on board during the beta period to help us test things out and provide feedback, your contributions have been invaluable.

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We still have a ton of cool features, enhancements, and usability improvements on our development roadmap, but we’re really pleased with the core feature set of ProPhoto 6 and think we’ve laid a great foundation for the future. ProPhoto has never been more powerful and flexible.

Test-driving

One helpful tool we’ve also made is a test-drive plugin that allows you to keep showing ProPhoto 5 (or any other theme) to your site visitors while you dial in your new P6 design. When you purchase P6, you’ll get this plugin for free.

ProPhoto Proofing

Also, today is the first day that a new version of our Proofing plugin is available as a free download to existing proofing users. Your current Proofing plugin will add an admin notice with a download link to your WordPress admin area as soon as you install the ProPhoto 6 theme. Just make sure if you’re test-driving to disable the P6 Test Drive mode temporarily so that ProPhoto 5 is your active theme to see the admin notice in WordPress. The P6 version of the Proofing plugin is in beta, but only for a few weeks — it’s already nearly 100% complete, we’re just calling it beta until it’s been more widely tested by real users.

What’s Next

If you want to see what we’re working on next, head over to our development roadmap page. There you can see what we’re working on, and in approximately what order. Also, you can view open feature and enhancement tickets, and vote by commenting on the ones you want the most — we are constantly re-prioritizing our development schedule based on your feedback.

 

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ProPhoto 6 Included Designs

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Now that we are just weeks away from our “official release” of ProPhoto 6, one of the more exciting recent updates to P6 was the inclusion of starter designs.  With five designs in total, each is totally unique and beautifully showcases much of what ProPhoto 6 has to offer.  In keeping with the tradition of prior ProPhoto releases, ProPhoto 6 brought over several prior ProPhoto designs, but introduces a couple of new ones as well.  We think they should appeal to a wide range of styles and offer users a great starting point to build their own awesome ProPhoto 6 sites!

And be on the lookout, we plan to add even more included starter designs to P6 in the future 🙂

Morgan

Morgan Design Screenshot

One of two brand new designs introduced in ProPhoto 6 is Morgan.  A stylish design that utilizes much of what make ProPhoto 6 so great, you get a visually stunning parrallax scrolling effect on the home page and specific page templates for gorgeous About, Testimonial and other pages.  View the demo to see some of what ProPhoto 6 can do!

Square

Square Design Screenshot

The other included design new to ProPhoto is Square.  A modern design with clean lines, Square really showcases ProPhoto 6’s fully responsive behavior.  Just check out our demo and see how the large grid on the home rearranges and resizes itself when you change your browser’s window size.   Similar to Morgan, it offers templates for specific pages to give each part of your site a unique look.

Sunny

Sunny Design Screenshot

Sunny is an updated version of the Sunny California design originally included with ProPhoto 4.  It is a completely re-imagined version of the original that makes great use of the possibilities within ProPhoto 6’s new Layout Editor. If you are looking for a warm and relaxed design, this may be the one for you.  Check it out for yourself with our Sunny demo.

Crafted

Crafted Design Screenshot

ProPhoto 5 users will remember Crafted as the default starter design for P5.  Because it was so popular and is a great, simple starting point for creating your own design, we decided to bring it over and make it the default starter design for ProPhoto 6 too.  Click to view the demo.

Campbell

Campbell Design Screenshot

Also previously a ProPhoto 5 design, Campbell has been recreated and included with ProPhoto 6 for those users wanting a simple and elegant design starter.  It makes great use of the new Tiles feature in ProPhoto 6 and also includes several different templates for different page types.  You can see a demo of the design here.

And true to the top-notch customer support we always try to deliver, we have even created specific overview tutorials for each design that describe how they can be modified and where to find certain elements.

Also, just in case you weren’t aware, our incredible designer network has been hard at work on new ProPhoto 6 add-on designs, which we are selling in our design store.  So if you are looking for a pre-made, one of a kind design, you’ll want to check those out.

We are really excited about these included and add-on designs and hope they will help inspire ProPhoto users to go and create their own amazing site designs with the incredibly powerful, new ProPhoto 6!

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