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New p5 feature: Retina Design Images

We’re making ProPhoto build #261 available today, which adds retina image support to “ProPhoto” > “Customize” image areas.

retina-image-uploaded

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:

http://www.prophoto.com/support/retina-design-images/

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 auto-update: Sub-galleries

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.

Sub-galleries

With the latest build of the Proofing plugin, you can now choose from one of three gallery “types”: standalone, parent, or child.

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Standalone galleries

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

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.

notice the missing "Add images" area -- you cannot add images directly to a parent gallery

notice the missing “Add images” area — you cannot add images directly to a parent gallery

Child galleries

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.

child galleries do allow you to add images, but remove most other customization areas, as these are inherited from the parent

child galleries do allow you to add images, but remove most other customization areas, as these are inherited from the parent

Parent gallery display

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.

parent galleries can display child galleries in two formats: cover photo and grid

parent galleries can display child galleries in two formats: cover photo and grid

Cover photo display

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:

child galleries displayed within parent in "cover photo" format

child galleries displayed within parent in “cover photo” format

Grid display

If you choose to display your child galleries as a grid, you can choose their style, format, and other options:

grid customization options for displaying child galleries in grid format

grid customization options for displaying child galleries in grid format

The child galleries will then appear as customized:

child galleries displayed within parent in grid format

child galleries displayed within parent in grid format

More parent/child gallery info

When you are viewing a child gallery, the user will be presented with links to navigate back and forth to adjacent sibling galleries.

link to adjacent child gallery (sibling) in "sneak peek" format

link to adjacent child gallery (sibling) in “sneak peek” format

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.

one cart showing images from two child galleries of same parent gallery

one cart showing images from two child galleries of same parent gallery

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.

Also in this auto-update:

Beyond sub-galleries, there are a number of other fixes and improvements contained in this auto-update, including:

  • fix for a bug that caused gallery thumb images in “slides” format to render at the wrong size after mobile device orientation change
  • fix bug that causes proofing gallery to not render on mobile device after ajax page load
  • increase the number of available proofing product categories, groups, variations, and digital download products
  • gracefully and intuitively handle digital download products that are given away free in the add-to-cart screen
  • use proofing gallery optional text content for standard excerpt text, if available
  • add links to many new tutorials from proofing-related ProPhoto input box lifesaver icons
  • fix bug causing deletion of proofing products to fail

Proofing Auto-update: Original Filenames

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.

Optionally display original filenames

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:

new settings to optionally display orig filenames

new settings to optionally display orig filenames

If you enable display of original filenames, here’s what they look like on gallery thumbnail view:

original filename displays in upper left corner of gallery thumb

original filename displays in upper left corner of gallery thumb

And this is what they look like in single image view:

original filename display in single image view

original filename display 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.

Original filenames in the edit screen

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:

select large thumbnail view and toggle the filename control to see filenames from the admin screen

select large thumbnail view and toggle the filename control to see filenames from the admin screen

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”.

Proofing-gallery post-specific options

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:

page-specific options for Proofing galleries

page-specific options for Proofing galleries

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:

turn on/off optional areas for all Proofing galleries from standard ProPhoto customization areas

turn on/off optional areas for all Proofing galleries from standard ProPhoto customization areas

And more…

Also fixed/changed in this auto-update:

  • fix bug that could cause pink-background user dropdowns if default colors unset
  • fix bug that prevented easy deleting of Proofing products
  • fix bug that could cause digital download purchases to count towards shipping costs
  • show the number of images in a Proofing gallery in the admin create/edit screen in the “Add images” button
  • show downloading in progress throbber when user clicks to download img, until download initiates
  • add icon for order report formats
  • fix bug that prevented customization of single image modal view appearance

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