We’re making ProPhoto build #261 available today, which adds retina image support to “ProPhoto” > “Customize” image areas.
Previously ProPhoto has displayed retina sized images in Posts and Pages when large enough images have been uploaded. Today we are adding the next level of retina support by allowing you to upload double-sized images in your ProPhoto customization areas. With this build you can, if you choose, present an entirely retina compatible site to your visitors.
Depending upon your preferences (and the level of control you desire) you can upload both sizes of the image, or you can upload the larger, retina sized image and allow ProPhoto to downsize it to create the standard sized image. To get a full run down of this feature and how to use it, see this tutorial:
If you are running a build below #261 and would like to use this new feature, you can force your site to auto-update by going to “ProPhoto” > “Customize” > “Site Settings” > “Misc.” > “ProPhoto Updates”.
Proofing Plugin users, yesterday we pushed a free auto-update for anyone on auto-update capable sites. The main feature in this auto-update is sub-galleries. Sub-galleries will allow you to break up large proofing galleries into organized and more reasonably sized sub-groups.
With the latest build of the Proofing plugin, you can now choose from one of three gallery “types”: standalone, parent, or child.
Standalone galleries are galleries that, well, stand alone. They are just the same as any gallery you have already created with the Proofing plugin. They do not have a parent gallery, nor do they have any child galleries. You add images directly to them, and configure all of their options (products, discounts, downloads, etc) in one place. This is likely the most common (and thus the default) type of gallery.
Parent galleries are proofing galleries that contain other proofing galleries. Parent galleries do not have any images directly attached to them, but they contain all of the other configuration options.
Child galleries are galleries that are contained by another proofing gallery. Child galleries allow you to upload and order images, set optional text content, but all other options are inherited from the parent gallery and thus, not available.
As mentioned above, parent galleries do not have their own images, they only contain other (child) galleries. The child galleries can be displayed in one of two ways: cover photo, or grid.
If you choose to display your child galleries in “cover photo” format, it will look something like the below image, with each child gallery displayed as cover photo:
If you choose to display your child galleries as a grid, you can choose their style, format, and other options:
The child galleries will then appear as customized:
When you are viewing a child gallery, the user will be presented with links to navigate back and forth to adjacent sibling galleries.
User-created shopping carts are tied to the parent gallery, so your users don’t need to send separate orders for the images they want to buy in each sub (child) gallery, they can submit one order containing images from different child galleries.
Collections are tied to the child gallery, unlike carts being tied to the parent. So if a user submits their “Favorites” collection from a child gallery, it will not also submit the collection from any other sibling galleries.
Beyond sub-galleries, there are a number of other fixes and improvements contained in this auto-update, including:
Proofing Plugin users, this afternoon we’re pushing a free auto-update for anyone on auto-update capable sites. The focus of this update is to improve options for displaying original filenames if desired.
When we designed the Proofing plugin, we at first didn’t envision the need to use or display original pre-upload filenames. We thought that with our order reports, collection reports, and digital download zip files, that users would not need to directly tie images to their exact pre-upload filename. What we’ve found is that for the majority of our users that seems to be true, but there have been a number of you who still want to display the original filenames as some part of your workflow. So, to accommodate these users, we’ve added a handful of new capabilities.
With the latest build, you can now choose to display original filenames on both the gallery thumbnail view and individual image view. You can turn these options on in your Proofing gallery edit screen, as shown below:
If you enable display of original filenames, here’s what they look like on gallery thumbnail view:
And this is what they look like in single image view:
One small challenge to displaying these original filenames is that WordPress sometimes changes the filename of whatever file you upload, in order to prevent duplicate filenames. So you might have uploaded an image named “john-doe.jpg” from your computer, and WordPress might rename it to “john-doe2.jpg” if there were already a file named “john-doe.jpg” in the upload directory. WordPress doesn’t care what the filename was before you uploaded it, but we know for matching purposes, you do. So, we added some behind-the-scenes functionality to capture the filename exactly as it was before upload. So, once your site updates, any images you upload from that point on should have precise pre-upload original filenames available. Any images uploaded prior to the auto-update ProPhoto will try to guess the original filename, which it can do with about 98% accuracy.
We’ve also added the ability to view the original filenames in the Proofing gallery create/edit admin screen. To view these, select the large-size thumbnail view, and then toggle the new image filename control to view the filenames, as shown here:
Toggling to see filenames here will also help you understand better how Proofing re-orders your images by filename when you select “Reorder” => “By filename”.
Also in this auto-update, we’ve integrated “page-specific” options into Proofing galleries. So now, at the bottom of your Proofing gallery create/edit admin screens, you will see an area to make page-specific changes:
If you want to make site-wide customizations to things like whether the sidebar or footer or masthead appears on Proofing pages, you can do so under the standard ProPhoto customization areas for those respective options. Just check or uncheck the “Proofing Galleries” checkbox, like so:
Also fixed/changed in this auto-update: