Photo Folio News

…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.

Love how Kristianne Koch designed her site with different thumbnails depending on the gallery content, information up top on the menu and text pages inside the galleries. Just how we envisioned: that the sites adapt to the person and work, yet remain clean and functional.

See her site live here ☞ kristiannekoch.com

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Here’s what that means:

The website template industry is very crowded. The CEO of Livebooks attributed their recent struggles and near demise before being bought by Wedding Wire to this very fact: “Patrick acknowledged that liveBooks has struggled financially in recent months. ‘We got to the point where we needed both financial support and people to continue to do what we’ve been doing.’ Patrick attributed the problems to increased competition–there are now 25 or 30 firms providing websites for photographers” (PDN Pulse story here). And, all of these companies want to attract a huge number of users so they aim their offerings at amateurs.

We cater to professionals. We created the first scaling template over 5 years ago because it didn’t exist and professionals wanted one. We were first with video, iphone sites, ipad sites, redundant navigation, social media icons, custom typography, ftp access, wordpress blogs, clean url’s, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited images, upload your own logo, change your own colors… because professionals wanted this

Now we lead the industry with professional features we invented:

– Patent-pending front facing site editor that is push-button and drag-and-drop.
– PDF portfolio creator
– iPad App (hand out ipads with your site app locked on the screen)
– Combine images, video and text in any gallery
– Place images, video, links and social icons anywhere on the menu
– Custom thumbnails for each gallery with 3 sizes, 4 positions and 4 styles
– EditDrop.com client area

We will continue to lead: we put an update button inside our admin so you can enjoy our latest features for life.

So, the industry is huge and you may not need what we offer (we get that) but if you need professional features and industry leading innovation: Welcome.

Rob Haggart, Founder
aPhotoFolio.com

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Over the last 4 years PDN (Photo District News) has awarded 19 photographers using our sites Best Website Design (8 in 2013). I’m very grateful to all the people who design beautiful award winning websites with the tools we give them. It’s a true testament to the power and flexibility of our customizable templates that the awards keep coming.

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New Thumbnail Strip Feature

A truly awesome new feature that can add a strip of thumbs to all your media items.

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Impress your clients with thumbnails that match the content.

Thumbs are activated on a per gallery basis, so you can have a grid on items with lots of content and those with fewer things can be a strip.

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Customizations that make your site unique.

The new thumbnail strip can be positioned on the top, bottom, left or right of the image box. It can overlay the image or displace it, you can choose between 3 different sizes, plus our popular “on by default” setting.

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Improved iPad and iPhone Versions

First, we’ve made improvements to the iPhone (mobile) and iPad (pad) versions of the Design X sites. The menu, swipe and other parts of these custom versions of the site are greatly improved.

Next we are give you the option to turn off the custom version and show the desktop version of your site on mobile, pad or both device types. Looks incredible:

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More, More, Always More

★ Gif support on the html version of the site
★ Contact page design improvements
★ Email this image design improvements
★ Improved sharpening in the Safari browser
★ Removed navbar from landing page slideshow
★ Removed navbar from single pages
★ Added cursor navigation to text pages

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

Listen in as Michael Bilbrey, senior production consultant at Leo Burnett USA uses Chris Litwin’s APhotoFolio site to show what makes an effective website.

I found this particularly interesting:

I can’t remember the last time I called in a physical book.

A website is THE most imporant sef promotion tool of a photographer of illustrator.

It has to be easy to navigate and manage.

It has to be clean.

The key about a website is it has to be easy to navigate, has to download quickly, it has to be a quick read. In the world of competitive bidding you’re looking at a dozen or more websites. So, if you go to a website and it’s cumbersome to work you will pass it up and go to the next one.

Watch the website portion here:

Watch the whole event here:

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I couldn’t be more thrilled to see an advertising production consultant endorse what we do.

We’ve added a couple new features to Design X that I think you will really like:

Thumbnails First. This is a very popular feature from Design 7 Midtown that makes your website very client friendly (shows the thumbs of the entire gallery first). We’ve added a new twist to this in Design X, so that you can select specific galleries to open with “thumbs first” when clicking on them. (In the media library you will see a thumb icon next to each gallery where you can activate this feature.)

New Thumbnail Style: Masonry. We have an new thumbnail style called “Masonry” that fits the thumbs together like a mason fitting stones in a wall.

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(In the media library you will see a thumb icon next to each gallery where you can activate this feature.)

iPad Thumbs. We turned on the thumbs for the iPad version of the site.

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     Side Note. In Design X you can already upload a custom thumbnail for each image, so we can’t wait to see what you do with these new features.

More Browsers Showing HTML Version. We now have Internet Explorer 9,10 and Opera along with previously working Safari, Chrome and FireFox showing the HTML5 version of your site (when selected). As the browser developers advance their technology we are phasing out flash completely from our websites.

I’m excited to announce a couple new features to Design X that are minor, but provide some interesting possibilities nonetheless.

Picture Margin Settings. This setting allows a margin around the images and video that is separate from the overall website container. In the Website Design panel under Images & Video you will find margin settings for this. This will give you a nice matting effect and if you use a percentage will allow image sizes to be constrained somewhat similar to Design 5.

Captions On By Default. This setting can be found under Caption and will allow your captions to always show. Combine this with a bottom margin setting from above and you will have a nice blank spot for the captions to reside. Nice!

New Social Media Icons. We added new icons for Vimeo, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Blogs, WordPress, Blogger, Flickr and YouTube.

Improved Stats Code. If you want to use stats code in addition to or besides Google Analytics we now have a way to do that.