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Proofing auto-update: Image management

Proofing plugin users, this morning we’re rolling out another free update to the ProPhoto Proofing plugin. This update contains two improvements to the proofing gallery create/edit screen, plus some smaller bug-fixes and miscellaneous enhancements.

Image management meta box

New in this auto-update is an Image management meta box in your proofing gallery create/edit screens. It looks like this:

Proofing gallery image management meta box

Proofing gallery image management meta box

The purpose of this new area is to give you some additional insight and tools to manage the images in your proofing galleries.

Creating all image sizes

In order to display your proofing gallery images at the correct sizes and with the correct watermarking, and to make them download as quickly as possible, ProPhoto programmatically creates multiple downsized copies of your images. These downsized images are created by your server as needed, based on who is viewing your galleries and with what size screens. This means that the first few times a gallery is viewed, ProPhoto might have to do some additional downsizing work in the background, which can slightly slow down the loading and display of your proofing gallery.

In order to combat that slightly slower loading the first few times a gallery is viewed, you can now click a button to pre-downsize all of the needed smaller watermarked copies. When you click the “Create all images sizes” button, ProPhoto will one-by-one start pre-downsizing all of the possible sizes, as shown here:

ProPhoto showing you the progress of the pre-downsizing of all of your images

ProPhoto showing you the progress of the pre-downsizing of all of your images

Once all of the images are created, your proofing gallery users will not have to ever wait for the server to create a downsized copy of an image. They will have all the possible sizes available and ready for direct loading in their browser. This can provide a noticeable improvement in the performance of your proofing gallery, especially for the first few users to interact with it.

The only downside to creating all of the images before hand is that ProPhoto might end up creating some image sizes that never get utilized by a gallery user. This means that extra web-hosting disk space can be taken up that is not necessary. So, if you’re limited on disk space with your hosting company, you might want to use this button with care.

Deleting all images

click here to delete every image size from your server, freeing up the space again

click here to delete every image size from your server, freeing up the space again

In this new area you can also force the deletion of all of the original and downsized images for your proofing galleries. Large galleries with many downsized copies can take up a lot of space on your server, so this button can come in handy if you want to know that all of that disk space is free again when you’re completely done with a gallery. Only use this button when you’re ready to trash a gallery, or start over with all new images, as there is no undo.

ProPhoto does also now automatically delete all images from any proofing gallery post that has been in the WordPress “trash” for 30 days and is being deleted permanently by WordPress.

Inline help

Also new in this update is the addition of contextual, inline help documentation in the gallery admin create/edit screen. You’ll now see familiar lifesaver and information icons for each customization area:

notice the help icons in the upper right corner, same as in ProPhoto customization screens

notice the help icons in the upper right corner, same as in ProPhoto customization screens

These icons are identical in form and function to those you are familiar with seeing in ProPhoto customization screens. The blue information icon loads a brief text-based explanation of the current customization area:

contextual help in the form of explanatory text

contextual help in the form of explanatory text

Clicking on the lifesaver icon, in contrast, loads a modal view of a full tutorial from our website, focused on that customization area:

direct modal viewing of ProPhoto support tutorials

direct modal viewing of ProPhoto support tutorials

Also in this update

  • fixed a bug that was causing discounts not to be properly passed to PayPal
  • fixed a bug that could cause user data corruption when user leaves image comment with apostrophe
  • add more links to tutorials throughout admin area
  • add a view cart button in the user toolbar for direct access to cart

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