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ProPhoto 6.17.0

Today we’re pushing out another free auto-update with new features for ProPhoto 6. Included in this update is:

  • Create ProPhoto galleries from post/page editor
  • Collapse blocks in customizer screen
  • Set image alt attribute for image widgets
  • Prevent drag/drop of protected images

Create Galleries from Post Page

To simplify a common workflow, in this release we’ve made it really easy to create a ProPhoto gallery while you’re creating a blog post or WordPress page. Any time you’re working in the WordPress media modal screen, you can now select a group of images and create a ProPhoto gallery:

Galleries that are created will have a title based on the post/page title you’re working on, and will embed in the default template-specific embed style :

 

You can click from the placeholder to further edit the gallery or it’s title, and you can also edit the embed to use any different gallery style, just like any other gallery placeholder.

We also added a new button allowing you to get straight to creating a gallery from the black ProPhoto media dropdown menu:

This will greatly simplify a common workflow of uploading a group of images for a blog post that you want to display as a gallery.  You can do it all from the screen where you are creating your blog post now.

Collapsible Blocks in the Customizer Screen

Also new in this release is the ability to collapse, or minimize blocks in the customizer admin screen.  To collapse a block, click the icon shown here:

The block will then move into collapsed mode, as shown here:

ProPhoto will remember which blocks you have customized, between templates, and sessions — so this should be pretty useful getting blocks out of your way that you rarely edit, so that you can focus on the parts you’re working on, as shown here:

Image Widget Alt Attributes

Also in 6.17.0, you can now specify image alt attribute text for image widgets:

And More…

Also, we included in this release the prevention of drag-drop saving images for most browsers. This new feature will automatically be enabled if you have ProPhoto’s image protection set to either “disable left and right clicks” or “disable clicks and add watermark”, as shown here:

As always, there’s more details and links to Github issues on our changelog, so head over there if you want more details.

Also, we updated our roadmap with a more precise view of the next pile of things we’re working on, so if you haven’t checked that out yet, it’s definitely worth a quick perusal.

ProPhoto 6.16.0

Today we’re pushing out pretty big free feature update to ProPhoto, version 6.16.0. This feature release was driven in great part by our reviewing the most up-voted issues on our public issue and feature request tracker. This release includes:

  • WooCommerce support
  • Revised & improved free designs
  • Constraining of gallery height
  • Inserting galleries as fullsize images
  • Facebook blog posts page preview image
  • Facebook preview meta override
  • Several significant gallery performance optimizations
  • Bugfixes

WooCommerce Support

ProPhoto 6 now supports the popular e-commerce plugin WooCommerce. WooCommerce is built on WordPress custom post types, which ProPhoto 6 supports natively for template assignments and overrides. This means that you can easily create custom ProPhoto templates for the various parts of your WooCommerce store, cart, checkout, and even individual products. We think ProPhoto 6 might be one of the most flexible themes to support WooCommerce for those looking to truly customize and tailor their e-commerce experience without being a programmer. We’re excited to hear what you think of the new integration.

Updated Included Designs

Two of our free designs, Sunny and Square, got some significant love in this release also, adding new templates, leveraging more recently released features, adding usability enhancements, and updating the look and feel. Checkout the demos here and here. Big thanks to Matt Hudson from La Lune for the updates!

Gallery Height Constraint

Another feature in this release is the ability to constrain the max height of a ProPhoto gallery to a percentage of the full window height. Lots of you have asked for this ability, so we’re really pleased to make this a possibility.

You can find the new controls in the gallery style editor in the Customizer screen, as shown below:

Insert Galleries as Fullsize Images

We added a new feature for galleries in this release as well. Now, if you want to insert a gallery into a post or page, you have a new option. Besides the normal option of embedding a gallery using any one of your ProPhoto gallery styles, you can also insert the gallery as full-size images, as shown here:

Inserting this way adds a normal placeholder into your post or page, indicating that the gallery will be displayed as fullsize images:

When the post or page is rendered, all of the gallery’s images will be displayed in a group, as if you had inserted them all individually. Then, if you ever update, re-order, add or delete images from that gallery, the post where you embedded the images in this way will automatically stay up to date with the source gallery.

Facebook Preview Controls

This release adds a new upload area in your ProPhoto Settings screen allowing you to designate a default preview image used by Facebook when you or anyone else shares a link specifically to your blog posts page on Facebook. ProPhoto 6 has always supported designated preview images for individual posts and pages.

It also adds a control to completely disable ProPhoto’s Facebook preview meta tags. Check this if you want to use a plugin to handle your Facebook sharing settings. This will prevent ProPhoto and your plugin from clashing and adding duplicate meta information, causing Facebook errors.

And more…

We also spent quite a bit of time working on performance and animation improvements for our galleries in this release. Plus, there are a load of small enhancements and bugfixes included as well. If you’re interested in all the details, as always, you can head over to the changelog.

Our New (P6) Site

Today we’re really pleased to announce that we’ve completely relaunched our website for the new year. If you haven’t seen it yet, click around and check it out! We also switched our domain name from prophoto.com to pro.photo.

A huge shout-out to Matt Hudson from La Lune Creative for being our designer for the project. He’s got a bunch of great designs in our design store, too, if you like his work, and his website is built with ProPhoto 6 as well. We also got some critical input early in the process from Jane Johnson.

Built with ProPhoto 6

In January of 2016, when we released ProPhoto 6 to the public, we started talking internally about how badly we wanted to rebuild our own website using ProPhoto 6 as the theme. We decided to wait through most of 2016 to work on that project so we could add more features and refinements to P6 first, but this fall we started re-designing and re-building our website from scratch using ProPhoto 6, and it’s been a blast. We think our site is also a great example of what’s possible with ProPhoto 6.

We built a custom plugin to handle our new purchase/cart flow, the user account system (see below for more on that), and the premium design store. The rest of what you see is just ProPhoto 6.

User accounts

One of our main goals in rebuilding our site was to offer user accounts for our customers. The idea here was to allow our customers a secure login where they could see their entire purchase history, download products, manage their email addresses, manage promo codes, and more.

We’ve got a few more things we’re going to add, but the new account system is live — if you’ve ever purchased anything from us in the past, you can log in to your account by using the email address you purchased with. Check it out by heading over to your account page now at https://pro.photo/me.

Upgrading to P6

If you still haven’t upgraded to P6, now is a great time. We’ve created a page dedicated to showing you around P6. Or, you can checkout our some customer example sites here.

If you think you might want some inspiration or a head-start on re-designing your site for the new year, be sure to checkout out our P6 included designs, and we’ve got tons more gorgeous options in our premium design store.

Or, you can watch our new upgrade promo video below:

What’s next?

Next up, we’re going to be turning our attention back to building more features and refinements to send out as free auto-updates to P6. As 2016 drew to a close, we took a bit of time off from releasing new features for P6 to rebuild and rebrand, but we’ll be picking up right where we left off after finalizing a few last things on our new website. So keep an eye out on this blog for news about new features and updates.

Let us know in the comments below what you think of our new site!

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