Proofing beta testers, today we’re pushing an update with the final installment of the digital downloads feature. This auto-update also includes a fairly large new feature called “cover photo.” More on that below. Your sites should auto-update within 24 hours.
With this auto-update, the first major round of development on digital downloads is complete. In a previous blog post, I explained how the first part of the feature, pertaining to admin-side download initiation from the “Proofing” => “Orders” screen, worked. In this blog post I’ll show off a bit of the rest of the feature, which primarily concerns user-facing implementation of digital download products. This blog post will also cover the second installment of the digital downloads feature, released 9/5/14, which was briefly explained in a Facebook post, but not blogged about, so some of this you may already have seen and experimented with.
Digital download products
You can now set up digital download products in “ProPhoto Customize” => “Proofing Products” admin screen. Digital download products are basically a combination of size and watermark profile, with a helpful explanatory name.
Common usage might be to create a digital download product which represented a full-sized, non-watermarked image, which you might make available for purchase on various galleries. You can also create smaller sizes by designating a “long edge” size in pixels, and apply a watermark profile if you desire. A lot of users have requested the ability to allow downloading of small, watermarked images as free “social media” downloads. You can do this now by setting up a digital download product with your desired size and watermark profile, naming it something descriptive like “Social media” and then making it available for free on your galleries (more on that in a minute).
Once you’ve set up one or more digital download products, you can make them available for purchase on your proofing galleries just the same as any other standard product, including the ability to include digital downloads in product groups.
Purchasing digital downloads
When one of your users purchases a digital download and completes payment for their order, they will automatically be emailed a link to download a zip file of all the images they purchased. This is true for both PayPal and manual-payment galleries. Also, once payment is complete, they will be able to see new download links on the images they have purchased. These links will initiate a download of that individual image.
Free digital downloads
Many of you indicated a desire to give away downloads under certain conditions. You now can do this by modifying settings in a new “Digital downloads” meta box in each proofing gallery’s edit screen.
In this area you can choose to make any digital download product available for free to all users (left side of meta box), or to select users indicated by putting their email address into the textarea on the right side of the meta box. If users have been given the ability to download one or more digital download products for free, they will see a download icon when they hover over each image.
You can do a lot by getting creative with combinations of free download products and these settings. As I mentioned above, if you want to give away small, watermarked images to all users, just setup a digital download product and make it available for free to all. Or you can do things like pre-authorize your bride and groom only (by their email address) to download fullsize, unwatermarked images if that is included in your wedding package.
Sending all images
You can also now choose to directly initiate the sending of an email containing a link to download a zip file of all of the images in any given gallery. Just click the “Email all images as zip” button, and choose a recipient and digital download profile.
Downloading of collections
When a user has created a collection on one of your proofing gallery pages, if they are authorized to download all of the images in it (because you gave them a product for free, or because they have paid for a digital download of every image in the collection), they will now see a new link to download the collection. The user will then be sent an email with a link to download a zip file of just the images in that collection.
Also in this auto-update is a new feature we call “cover photo.” What cover photo does is replace the standard post header area of your proofing gallery posts with a large image overlaid with the title and date.
New proofing customers will have the cover photo header layout enabled by default, but in order to prevent changing the appearance of your sites unexpectedly we made it so that proofing users who purchased before this feature was released will have to turn on the feature. If you want to do so, just go to “ProPhoto Customize” => “Proofing Appearance” and you will see the option at the top of the “General” tab.
The cover photo style is really powerful and customizable, so feel free to play with the options under the “Gallery cover” tab of the same admin screen. Here are some examples of what you can do with the built-in customization options:
Cover photo as excerpt style
The gallery cover photo style can also be used on your proofing gallery archive pages. You can turn this option on under “Proofing Appearance” > “Gallery Archives”. When enabled, your archive pages (and custom password form landing pages) might look something like this:
We think you’ll love the new cover photo feature because it really allows your proofing gallery images to take first place.
These are the last features we had planned to integrate before officially removing the “beta” tag off of the proofing plugin. So, as soon as we can finish a marketing video, the plugin will officially come out of “beta” status. Thanks so much for being a part of testing it with us.
That said, we do plan on continuing to refine and improve the plugin in the weeks and months to come. Just because we’re coming out of beta doesn’t mean you won’t see new features and refinements, you definitely will. Two things we have plans to tackle are product “packages” and proofing sub-galleries. Look for news on those in the next 1-2 months.
Please let us know what you think of the new features in the comments below, or on Facebook. If you have any problem, just shoot us a support request through our website for the fastest response.