Photo Folio News

Scrolling Galleries

We’ve added 4 new transition types to our galleries including horizontal and vertical sliding. We’ve also moved control for the transition type to the individual media items (images, video, text or all three) so you can mix and match thumbnails with sliding, fading and now scrolling. We can’t wait to see what you will create with this cutting edge customization. slider2

Gif Thumbnails

Did you know the site thumbnails in sizes small, medium, large and xtra large are all automatically created on the fly from your original image uploads? Did you know you can also upload a custom thumb for each image instead? Well now you can upload a gif for your thumbs. Perfect for videos or simply wild looking thumbs… make spinning wheels to hypnotize your clients.

Index Gallery

Ever wanted to provide an overview of your work using thumbnails and text? Now you can with a new feature that allows you to create thumbnail links to specific media items (images, video, text or all three) within your site. Oh, the possibilities are great with this one! Watch this special video to see how to do it: vimeo.com/104355192 indexgallery

Vertical Navbar

The navbar, providing all those important controls and information to your visitors, was always happy to lay at the bottom or top of your site. Now it can be stacked vertically on the left or right. The options keep growing… can’t wait to see what you come up with. Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 1.20.27 PM

Text Kerning

You know how much we like to control the look and feel of every single little thing on the site. Well now you can include the space between letters in your text, AKA: k e r n i n g. I know… what took us so long.

More, Always More

  • Recently added a form viewer so you can see all your contact forms and who is emailing your images
  • Galleries with a large number of thumbs will load on demand now
  • Intro pages (logo, image or gif) can scale or fill now to fill all sizes of screens
  • Landing media has new sliding transition options
  • We’ve also done some code refactoring to increase site loading speed

Here’ the manual video showing all the new features: vimeo.com/104525689

We made a minor update to all the sites to fix a couple things:

1. We added a form reader to the admin so you can see when someone sends you a contact form (occasionally the contact forms can go to spam). There’s an added benefit to the form reader in that you can see when people are emailing your images to their colleagues.

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2. Vimeo made changes to their video embedding and we made an adjustment on our end to ensure the videos do not have any issues.

As always we’re constantly making refinements and feature upgrades to all the sites.

Enjoy.

 

Could not be more proud of what our photographers have done with our software that resulted in 12 awards from PDN (Photo District News) for Best Website Design. In the last 5 years we’ve won 31 times.

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We just made an update to our Design X iPad App which adds a couple great improvements.

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  1. Custom Thumbs – All the custom thumbs you are using on your site for photos, videos, text pages and contact forms are now uploaded to the app.
  2. Multimedia Swipe – You can now swipe between images, videos, text pages and contact forms. True multimedia support.

Additionally there are bug fixes and an iOS7 update to keep up with the latest improvements from Apple.

Download the app for FREE here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hellowork-portfolio/id689700469

Announcing A Major Update To Our Design X Admin

 

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The admin, which previously used flash to accommodate older browsers, has been completely rewritten from the ground up in HTML5. This update eliminates flash completely from our system.

You will not find a more advanced easier to use admin for building your site anywhere in the world. We have a Patent Pending on the unique and intuitive software we invented for building websites.

Sell And License Your Images Through Fotomoto

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FotoMoto is a print-on-demad e-commerce widget that now integrates seamlessly with your Design x website. Signing up for an account with FotoMoto will allow you to sell prints and licenses (and other things if you are interested) to all the images on your site. This integration adds a cart to your navbar that launches a clean and simple sales window. This is the best solution we’ve found and we know you’ll love all the controls they offer.

Major SEO Update

We’ve been seeing and hearing about how well our sites are performing in google searches since we made a major structural change to the sites that allows search engines to crawl them better. Additionally we hired an outside SEO consultant to audit the sites and have made changes based on his recommendations. I know you will be pleased with how your site performs (given time for the search engines to do their thing) after this major SEO update

More… There’s Always More

Along with hundreds of under-the-hood improvements to Design X and a more intuitive user iinterface, we’ve also incorporated some new features:

  • iOS 7 changes/fixes for iPhone and iPad version of the site to open the menu easier (you can optionally display the desktop version instead).
  • Drag and Drop images, videos and text to upload to your media library.
  • Unlimited potential for html embedding and css on the text pages.
  • Access your admin from phones and tablets now (since it’s all HTML5).
  • You can now have more than one contact form for your site all with different email addresses.
  • Upload spots for iPad and iPhone logos plus adjustments.
  • Fix for masonry thumbs to make the bottom straighter.
  • Randomize landing page media button.
  • Percentage can now be used in logo and menu settings.

Now that our entire system is running in HTML5 you should see faster feature updates from us. We’ve got a few already nearing the testing stage.

The best part for existing customers is all they have to do is hit the update button to gain access to all these new features. Updates come standard.

Domains will be disabled, if you don’t verify them

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has new rules implemented where domain registrars are sending verification links out to the contact email listed for your domain name. If you don’t press the link the domain will be disabled after 15 days. We’ve seen a few customers who suddenly have their domain disappear and email shut off because of this. Don’t be one of them, make sure your contact information with your domain registrar (godaddy.com, namesecure.com, etc…) is current.

One of the most important parts of your website are the servers that deliver the pages to the internet. Since the very beginning we’ve worked exclusively with Rackspace to lease servers for our sites. Working with Rackspace allows us to continually upgrade the servers so they’re always the fastest most reliable we can get. Today we’re announcing two big upgrades to our hardware:

1. All demos and new signups are now on our new Everest server with the latest-greatest hardware. We’re in the process of moving all our existing sites there as well.

2. We’re attaching an Edge Cast CDN (the world’s fastest and most reliable content delivery network) to the front of the server to deliver files at 10x the current speed from locations all over the world.

Here’s a map of the different locations where your site files will be located giving you ultra fast service no matter where your clients reside.

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We know how important speed and reliability is to our customers and this puts us in the very elite of website providers.

If you have any questions email them here: rob@aphotoeditor.com

Or visit YouTube: http://youtu.be/WrS77wlfzYw

…the U.S. branch of the trade association that represents Champagne makers in France, created a billboard ad campaign that read, “Maine lobster from Kansas? Of course not,” with a giant question mark made out of what appears to be Champagne. The billboards debuted shortly before New Year’s Eve, the biggest time of the year for Champagne purchases. To shoot the ads, the Champagne Bureau’s agency, Creature in Seattle, hired Bill Cahill, a still-life photographer with extensive experience shooting splashes and liquids.

After the agency sent his rep a comp showing how they envisioned the question mark, Cahill set about writing a brief explaining his idea for making their vision a reality. “Clients come to me with these ideas like, ‘a question mark made out of liquid’ and they really have no idea how it’ll happen,” he says. Once he figures out a solution, “I have to educate them and show them: This is how it works, this is how long it’ll take, this is what we have to do to make it happen.”

See more at: PDN Online

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New iPad App For Design X

I’m elated to announce the availability of our new iPad app for Design X.

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Photos by Ty Cole.

It’s called HelloWORK* Portfolio (By A Photo Folio). You can search for it in iTunes, on your iPad, or use this link:

https://itunes.apple.com/app/hellowork-portfolio/id689700469

Some highlights for those of you updated to Design X:

☞ Syncs your images, videos and now text pages onto an iPad
☞ Vimeo videos will playback if there’s a wifi or cellular connection
☞ Hidden content is synced so you can create a custom experience on the iPad
☞ New masonry thumbnails
☞ New sidebar/menu for easy navigation

A quick note for those of you interested in how we look at things: I had no plans to build another iPad app after our first one, because I figured by now there were plenty of options in the app store for portfolio apps. So, just to be sure I went and bought all the portfolio apps I could find. And to my surprise, I discovered that while there are plenty of options, none looked and worked the way I thought they should. So I built one that did.

New Australian Server

We have a new server in Australia. If you live on or around that lovely continent, lucky you… and you will see a significant speed increase moving to that server. You must be using Design X to move servers. Simply contact support to have your site moved over: support.aphotofolio.com

New Inquiry Button

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We have a new button on the navbar called inquiry. It looks like a shopping cart and is intended to give your visitors the option to contact you or someone you designate (you decide where the inquiry goes) about purchasing or licensing an image or video. Think of it as bespoke sales.

Learn more here:

http://dxmanual.com/inquiry-button/

Existing customers only have to hit the UPDATE button in their admin to start using these exciting new features.

* HelloWORK is a new identity aPhotoFolio will be using soon.