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UI Change: Posting-area Media Buttons

As part of the auto update we pushed this morning, mixed in with the minor bug fixes, we also made one fairly noticeable improvement in the ProPhoto user interface.

Before build #948, in the WordPress admin area new/edit post/page screens, we inserted three buttons to give you access to ProPhoto-specific media actions, see image below:

The old interface had a couple problems:

  • it didn’t play nice with plugins that were also trying to add buttons in this same area (like Gravity Forms, and several others)
  • the buttons wrapped awkwardly when the browser window was too narrow
  • it didn’t leave us hardly any room to add more buttons for future features
  • the buttons generally looked like poo

So, to address those issues, we replaced the old buttons, with a sleek new simple dropdown that matches the style of the ProPhoto customize page:

The new interface fixes all of the problems with the old buttons:

  • buttons no longer look like poo
  • plays nice with plugins
  • doesn’t wrap awkwardly
  • gives us room to add more features/functionality in the future
  • visually matches other ProPhoto admin elements
EricJanuary 30, 2012 - 9:49 pm

Great change! But the name of the button is a little bit confusing with the prophoto tab in the admin menu, a different name like P4Images or something else would be welcome.

Christine ChobirkoFebruary 7, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Thank you for continuing to SIMPLIFY…you know your customer base. I have a question. When I move images around in my masthead slideshow a couple of them lose color saturation. When I move them back to their original spot the saturation comes back.

Jared HendersonFebruary 7, 2012 - 2:03 pm

Christine, shoot us a support request — changing the order of masthead images should not affect saturation, unless possibly your masthead images are not the same size, so they are only being downsized in some orders.

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