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Proofing auto-update: Packages

Proofing Plugin users, today we’re pushing out another free auto-update to anyone on an auto-update capable site. The primary purpose of this auto-update is to release a new feature called “packages.”

Introducing Packages

With this latest build of the Proofing plugin, you can now create a special type of product called a “package.” A package is a product composed of other products. To create a package, you just give it a name, a price, and set it up to be composed of varying quantities of any of your pre-configured stand-alone products.

create/edit package customization area

create/edit package customization area

Then, while a user is browsing one of your proofing galleries, they can put a package into their cart.

packages appear in their own product category

packages appear in their own product category

Once they’ve selected to add a package to their shopping cart, they will be presented with a new screen, showing the available products within the package.

empty package shown, user adds images to products by clicking empty product "wells"

empty package shown, user adds images to products by clicking empty product “wells”

At that point they can click or arrow-key through the images in the gallery, clicking the plus-signs on the empty product wells to add images into the various spots of the packages.

here you can see a package which has been partially completed, some images have been selected, some have not

here you can see a package which has been partially completed, some images have been selected, some have not

If they don’t want to navigate through the images individually, they can also click to view all of the images at once and add to the package that way.

users can also click to see all images while adding to a package

users can also click to see all images while adding to a package

users can browse thumbnails of all gallery images while adding to a package

users can browse thumbnails of all gallery images while adding to a package

If they have any images in any collections, they can also just view the images in those collections, making adding to a package from a collection like “Favorites” dead simple.

users can also view by collections (like Favorites) while adding to package

users can also view by collections (like Favorites) while adding to package

While viewing their cart, they can see the package name, the number of items they have selected, and a representation of some of the images in the package.

view of package in shopping cart

view of package in shopping cart

A helpful tooltip appears whenever they hover over a package in their cart, letting them know they can click to edit the package.

users can click to edit a package from the cart view at any time

users can click to edit a package from the cart view at any time

Package admin tools

When a cart containing a package is submitted, the admin order views make this clear.

packages are shown with expandable sub-items in admin orders screen

packages are show with expandable sub-items in admin orders screen

here you can see the sub-items within the package

here you can see the sub-items within the package

packages are clearly represented in the HTML report form

packages are clearly represented in the HTML report form

packages are also clearly visible in admin spreadsheet report form

packages are also clearly visible in admin spreadsheet report form

More good stuff

Lightroom filename lists

A number of users have also expressed the desire to be able to easily get a comma-separated list of filenames from submitted orders and collections, to use for fast image selection in Adobe Lightroom. In this new build of the Proofing plugin, this is built into the admin orders screen:

copy filename list button in admin orders screen

copy filename list button in admin orders screen

all filenames from order or collection in comma-separated list for use in Lightroom

all filenames from order or collection in comma-separated list for use in Lightroom

Manually delete trashed orders

ProPhoto Proofing automatically deletes trashed orders and collections after 30 days in the trash. But many of you have expressed the desire to manually delete these trashed orders. With this latest build, you can now see a new “delete” button when viewing trashed orders.

you can now manually delete trashed orders and collections

you can now manually delete trashed orders and collections

More to come soon

Now that the packages feature has been released, we’re going to quickly add some of the more oft-requested smaller features that have been queueing up behind packages. Some of the features you can expect within the next 1-3 weeks are:

  • required miminum order amount
  • download all button for front-side users able to download all images
  • iPad/tablet usability improvements
  • display image comments in admin orders screen for submitted orders
  • add link back to parent gallery from child galleries
  • improvements on checkout flow related to showing shipping & taxes amounts
  • new package type – one of the same product for every image in gallery
  • package psuedo-products

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