Changelog: Updated October 12, 2016

Wondering what's new at PhotoShelter? Review this changelog to keep up to date on system upgrades and enhancements.

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November 21, 2016

ADMIN AREA UPDATE:

    • We've removed "most recent views" to focus on our most-used features

 

October 26, 2016

GENERAL UPDATE:

  • The Flash version of the Embeddable Slideshows has been removed due to poor browser support
  • The Flash version of the single image embed has been removed due to poor browser support

ADMIN AREA UPDATE:

  • Batch edits to IPTC now default to "append" instead of "overwrite"

 

October 12, 2016

GENERAL UPDATE:

  • The PhotoShelter Mobile App now includes an option to save watermarked images

 

October 5, 2016

HTML5 WEBSITE UPDATE:

  • The Marquee template will now preserve branding beyond the homepage, into the collection, gallery, and single-image views

 

August 23, 2016

GENERAL UPDATE:

  • The PhotoShelter Mobile App is now available for Android devices!
    • With the PhotoShelter mobile app, you can manage your business from anywhere in the world: access your full PhotoShelter archive, deliver images, send invitations, upload to PhotoShelter straight from your Camera Roll, download high-res images from your archive to your device, and more
    • Currently available for single-user accounts only; requires an active Basic, Standard, or Pro account
    • Download the app via Google Play, or learn more about it in our Support Center

 

June 21, 2016

ADMIN AREA UPDATE:

  • Improved design in the Address Book
    • Updated styling and icons in the right pane for a smoother experience when viewing & editing a contact's info and settings

June 15, 2016

GENERAL UPDATE:

  • All PhotoShelter Starter subscriptions now include 500MB of storage and the Element template

HTML5 WEBSITE UPDATE:

  • Instagram integration page functionality restored
    • Re-authorization on the Instagram integration page is required
    • Instagram feed will now display images in their natural aspect ratio

May 17, 2016

HTML5 WEBSITE UPDATE:

  • Facebook and Twitter shares include the correct thumbnail of the image being shared

May 10, 2016

SECURITY ENHANCEMENT:

  • Email address updates now require user to confirm they own the new email address

May 3, 2016

HTML5 WEBSITE UPDATE:

  • #! (hashbang) symbol has been removed from relevant URLs
    • This includes URLs seen on HTML5 websites and the HTML5 slideshow
  • All existing links containing the #! will still work

February 3, 2016

HTML5 WEBSITE UPDATE:

  • You may now display images up to 2040 pixels on the longest side (formerly the max was 1440 pixels).

February 2, 2016

 CLIENT DELIVERY TOOLS UPDATE:

  • Bug fix: custom download sizes set in the Visibility & Access section of the Image Browser are now working properly

January 19, 2016

SALES TOOLS UPDATE:

ADMIN AREA UPDATE:

  • If you serve as Library Staff or a Contributor on a Libris or Multi-User account (in addition to your own personal PhotoShelter account), you will see a "Switch Accounts" link in the "Hi, [first name]" menu of the top nav, to allow for efficient switching between accounts or roles

December 14, 2015

HTML5 WEBSITE UPDATE:

  • Bug fix: fixed an issue that prevented some portfolio images from being shared on Facebook

November 3, 2015

HTML5 WEBSITE UPDATES:

  • Improvements to social sharing from portfolio pages (all HTML5 templates)
    • Replaced AddThis share buttons with direct Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest integrations
    • Bug fix: Facebook image previews will now display consistently when composing a post
    • Bug fix: sharing an image on Pinterest will now display the correct image (instead of a placeholder image)
    • Sharing an image via email now uses the sharer's default email client (instead of a separate email form with a CAPTCHA)
    • Improved page loading time
  • Changes to social sharing on archive pages (all HTML5 templates)
    • Removed LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Tumblr sharing options to focus on more commonly used social networks

EMBEDDABLE SLIDESHOW UPDATE:

  • HTML5 slideshow
    • Bug fix: sharing a slideshow on Pinterest will share the gallery's cover image (instead of a placeholder image)

October 28, 2015

GENERAL UPDATES:

  • Various improvements to PDF handling:
    • PDF quality has been increased from 72->300 DPI
      • This applies only to newly uploaded PDFs, not existing PDFs
    • If a client purchases a PDF whose printing is handled via our automated print vendor partners, it will now be a smoother, more efficient process
    • If a client chooses to download a PDF as a JPEG rather than the original file type, they will receive a JPEG download of the 1st page
      • Rendering quality for that JPEG has been increased from 75->98
      • This applies to any PDF->JPEG downloads via single image download, batch download, and Quick Send

October 18, 2015

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • Avatar uploader: clarified drag-and-drop target when replacing the preview image with a newly uploaded image
  • Image uploader: added scrolling in metadata fields so that metadata-rich images won’t exceed screen height
  • Bug fix: search results thumbnails now consistently display image name & photographer credit upon hover
  • Bug fix: search results->single image view no longer has an extraneous scroll bar displaying to the right of the metadata

October 13, 2015

ADMIN AREA UPDATE:

  • Updated the design of the Sales pages for a cleaner, more modern look & feel

October 7, 2015

IMAGE BROWSER UPDATE:

Center Pane:

  • Bug fix: position in search results is now preserved when navigating from thumbnails to single image view & back again (Firefox)

September 3, 2015

CLIENT DELIVERY TOOLS UPDATE:

  • Client proofing tool:
    • Introduced support for custom sets: you can now categorize images in a large gallery into smaller groups
    • Added star rating filters: any star ratings embedded in image metadata via the Image Browser or editing programs like Lightroom will be included as a filter option
    • Custom sets and star ratings can only be created and applied by the photographer
      • In order for a client to view a custom set that you have created, they must log into the proofing area
    • Learn more about the new features on our blog or in our Support Center

September 1, 2015

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • Image searches from the Explore page of PhotoShelter now return in Lattice by default
  • You may now upload up to 20 images of your own per Lattice board (previous max was 10)
  • User profile improvements
    • Pagination added in the single-image view, e.g. between all “Popular” images
    • Single-image view from the profile uses the photographer's own watermark if it's enabled (example)
    • Long bios are collapsed by default; you may click the “More” link to see the full bio (example)
    • Boards with <4 images are hidden from the public (displayed only to owner)
  • Avatar behavior is now universal between Lattice and your PhotoShelter account info
    • You can upload images up to 10MB and may crop after upload
    • Works on touch devices
  • Lattice homepage"Recently Updated" content now displays before "Most Popular," so that fresher content displays first

August 19, 2015

WEBSITE UPDATE: 

  • Bug fix: HTML5 portfolio image thumbnails are now sequenced properly to reflect the sort order set in the Image Browser

July 28, 2015

PRINT VENDOR PARTNER UPDATE: 

  • All PhotoShelter members selling prints/products via Loxley Colour will be charged an additional 20% on all orders (shipping included) due to the VAT obligation
    • To cover this cost, you may choose to collect VAT from your buyers using our built-in tax table. To learn more about tax configuration, please visit our Support Center.  

July 23, 2015

THIRD-PARTY INTEGRATION UPDATE:

  • PhotoShelter Publish Service for Adobe Lightroom: v5.2 now available!
    • Ability to reassociate images on PhotoShelter with the original files in Lightroom, even if the files were uploaded outside of the publish service
    • Detection for when an edit in Lightroom requires the file to be re-uploaded to PhotoShelter, or if only the metadata should be updated
    • See if an image already exists on PhotoShelter and find the PhotoShelter image ID
    • Better progress indicators during sync and publish
    • Option to log errors to a file that can be sent to our Client Services team for troubleshooting
    • Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements
    • Learn more about it on our blog, or download a copy and see step-by-step installation instructions in our Support Center

ADMIN AREA UPDATE:

 

July 14, 2015

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • Updates to Lattice notifications
    • Replaced daily digest e-mail with new e-mail notifications
    • Added more granular control over e-mail preferences; these are controlled via the Notification Settings page
      • Note: if you have already opted out of Lattice, you will have to separately unsubscribe from the new e-mail variants (you can also unsubscribe from all Lattice e-mails in 1 click)
    • Introduced an alert counter (e.g. “you have 3 unread messages”), which displays a preview and links through to a full, personalized Activity Feed
  • Redesigned Lattice user profile
  • Miscellaneous changes:
    • Moved board activity feed from right page edge to Activity tab alongside Board & Stream
    • Added new single-image view independent of board context, e.g. for linking to images from user profile likes, search results, etc.
      • Now includes list of other boards an image is on (where applicable)
    • Fixed social sharing from search results -> single image view
    • New top nav behavior reduces height upon scrolling
    • Updated board zero-state to include Upload & Search buttons for board owners
    • If a user uploads via Lattice and has no other galleries, their "Lattice Uploads" gallery will now be marked by default as "Listed on Website" 

July 8, 2015

GENERAL UPDATE:

  • All PhotoShelter Pro subscriptions now include unlimited storage
  • All PhotoShelter Standard subscriptions now offer 100GB of base storage (formerly 60GB)

June 22, 2015

GENERAL UPDATE:

June 9, 2015

GENERAL UPDATE:

  • Introducing the PhotoShelter Mobile App for iOS devices!
    • Manage your business from anywhere in the world: access your full PhotoShelter archive, deliver images, send invitations, upload to PhotoShelter straight from your Camera Roll, receive push notifications for sales or client downloads, and more
    • Currently available for single-user accounts only; requires an active Basic, Standard, or Pro account
    • Download the app in the App Store, or learn more about it in our Support Center

June 2, 2015

IMAGE SECURITY UPDATE:

  • Introduced watermark scaling: watermarks will now always have the same proportions relative to the size of the image they're on, improving visual consistency and increasing security
  • Text watermarks:
    • Changed font to Arial
    • Scaling and the new font will apply to both new and existing users
  • Image watermarks:
    • Scaling won't apply to existing users until they change their watermark settings
    • New users will be automatically opted into the new settings
    • High-res image watermarks are encouraged
  • Learn more about how to prepare watermarks in our Support Center, or change your watermark settings in Image Security

May 13, 2015

CLIENT DELIVERY TOOLS UPDATE:

  • Client proofing tool:
    • Added support for galleries with inherited permissions
    • Proofing area images now display in the file order specified in the Image Browser
    • Photographers can now filter by “Selected by at least”, e.g. to see which images were selected by at least 3 clients
    • Improved support for photographer logos with white text, i.e. a black background proofing area
    • Improved support for images with completely white or black backgrounds (thin border around thumbnails)
    • Added login link so that clients can log into the proofing area without needing to make a selection first
    • Improved photographer login flow
    • Added a tooltip for keyboard shortcuts in the single image view
    • Added a confirmation dialog when client attempts to remove images from their selection
    • Simplified workflow to copy & paste image filenames in Lightroom once clients have made selects
      • Removed “Email filenames” & “Download filenames”
      • Added “Copy filenames” to photographer tools, so you can copy filenames to your clipboard and paste them into Lightroom (or elsewhere)

May 12, 2015

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATE:

  • All templates:
    • New website setting to display social media follow icons in the navigation bar of your Beam site
      • Icons will link to your profile on the corresponding social network
      • Supported networks: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Tumblr, Pinterest, 500px, and Google+
      • To enable or change the order of icons, visit the Site Builder->Social Follow Settings
      • Learn more about how the icons work in our Support Center

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • New option to upload directly to boards
    • Link can be found on any board's “Add to board” page
    • Built-in IPTC editor allows you to apply metadata to uploaded images before they are added to a board
    • A PhotoShelter photographer account is required to upload to a board
      • Users who do not already have a photographer account may create a free Starter account (with 500MB of storage)
  • User profile
    • Renamed "Contributions" tab to "Images"
    • Shows your images that others have liked, as well as boards that contain your images (example)
  • Board activity feed
    • Now displays more events: board/image likes, board/image social share, image suggestions, curator's image additions & promotions, board featuring/favoriting
    • Similar events are now bundled together to streamline the feed's events
  • Slight layout changes to “Add to board” page
    • Board instructions moved under “Submission guidelines”
    • Archive vs. global search toggle changed from a tab to iconography
  • Miscellaneous changes:
    • Removed board instructions field from “Create a board” dialog
    • Cleaned up board layout on mobile devices, particularly the view that displays to a curator viewing their own board

April 30, 2015

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATE:

  • All templates:
    • Updated HTML content editor to new version, which includes the following improvements:
      • Toolbar now remains visible when scrolling, so editing long blocks of text is easier
      • HTML mode: <div> is no longer converted to <p>

April 28, 2015

CLIENT DELIVERY TOOLS UPDATE:

  • Introducing a brand new client proofing tool!
    • Allows you to quickly share a gallery with clients so they can easily pick their favorite images from a shoot and send them back to you for further processing
    • Great features for clients include:
      • Responsive, mobile-ready gallery layouts
      • Clean, simple image presentation
      • One-click favorites
      • Orientation and keyword filtering
    • This tool can be accessed for any given gallery from the Right Pane of your Image Browser
    • Automatically included with all Standard and Pro subscriptions
    • Learn more about the client proofing tool on our blog or in the Support Center

April 17, 2015

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • Mobile improvements:
    • New toolbars for both board and Image Viewer; they include a  "Like" button & social sharing icons
    • Image Viewer:
      • “x” now always appears above image, never on top of it
      • Next/previous arrows removed to simplify design
  • Image Viewer: each image now has a persistent “More info” link
    • This means “Buy” and “More info” links will both display if the image is priced — previously it was one or the other
  • “Add image to Board” dialog:
    • If a user has 0 boards, defaults to “Create board and add image” mode, saving a step for a new user
    • “Create a new board” is now an item in the drop-down menu, rather than being a separate text link
  • Bug fixes:
    • User profile: “Create a Board” and “Contact photographer” dialogs fixed (were temporarily not displaying upon click/tap)
    • Board display: Add Images toolbar now remains at top upon scrolling through search results; also fixed layout issues with bottom pagination controls
    • Board display: improved animations for activity feed & contextual nav that appears when scrolling
    • Board edit mode URL now forwards to regular board URL if non-owner attempts to load it
    • Member Homepage: Lattice tab -> “Hi, first name” nav menu no longer overlaps with Lattice graphic
    • Lattice homepage: corrected alignment for homepage image in horizontal mode on mobile devices

April 9, 2015

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • Introduced a new Lattice tab in left nav of the Member Homepage
    • Lists any "likes" of your images on Lattice (or a "getting started" help graphic if no "likes" exist), as well as a feed of recently updated Lattice boards
    • “Lattice Profile” is now also included in the “Hi, first name” drop-down menu
  • Lattice search now has filters!
    • Refining by price & orientation are presently supported
  • "Like" button added to board thumbnail view (desktop and mobile)
  • User profile: liked boards & liked images have been combined into a single feed
  • Bug fix: clicking on search results thumbnails now properly brings up the Image Viewer
  • Email notification updates:
    • Users are now emailed when their boards are featured or named a staff favorite
    • “You have a new image suggestion” -> new, dynamic subject lines

April 7, 2015

ADMIN AREA UPDATE:

  • Client Statistics: Download Logs
    • Download log will now display the downloader's email address (if it's known). Previously, when a visitor whose name was not known downloaded an image, the download log would display "n/a".

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • All Beam templates:
    • Added support for video posts in Tumblr feeds
    • Bug fix: Site Builder->Featured Work Settings: the name of the featured gallery no longer disappears when the item is dragged to re-order (Firefox)
  • Downtown template:
    • Bug fix: turning on the image captions no longer makes the single image view load first instead of the gallery thumbnails when a viewer clicks a gallery’s cover image
    • Bug fix: text logos no longer collide with the menu when viewed on an iPhone in portrait mode
    • Site Builder->Featured Galleries: added a line of copy to advise using cover images of the same aspect ratio, which will improve the overall look of the Featured Galleries page
  • Promenade template:
    • Bug fix: Site Builder->Portfolio Cover Settings: the site preview now updates when the Cover Link option is toggled
    • Improved the display of the video page on mobile devices so that videos will not run off the screen
    • Improved the display of search results on mobile devices so that they will scroll correctly
  • Shuffle template:
    • Bug fix: single image view no longer shows part of the thumbnail view when viewed on an iPhone 6/6+ in landscape mode
    • Bug fix: text logos and menu icon are now properly aligned on mobile devices
  • Element template:
    • Bug fix: text logos and menu icon are now properly aligned on mobile devices
  • Sonnet template:
    • Bug fix: removed download button on archive collection pages (since collection downloads are not supported)

 

March 31, 2015

Please note that the following updates were released on a rolling basis over the past few weeks, so if they don’t seem new to you, it’s not a mistake!

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Site Builder:
    • Bug fix: trailing slash (/) in Tumblr URL will no longer prevent feed from loading
  • Marquee & Element templates:
    • Bug fix: Public Image Views for archive pages will now register correctly in Statistics
  • Downtown template:
    • Bug fix: watermarks no longer display on portfolio cover images
  • Horizon template:
    • Bug fix: portfolio thumbnails now click through to correct single image view
    • Bug fix: clicking Archive->All Galleries from portfolio single image view now leads to correct page
  • Element template:
    • Bug fix: can now scroll in full-screen thumbnail view
    • Improved display of thumbnails in horizontal view on mobile devices to prevent upscaling/blurry images

IMAGE BROWSER UPDATE:

Right Pane:

  • Bug fix: Visibility and Access info for collections & galleries now displays the most recent views in your browser’s time zone rather than in GMT

SALES TOOLS UPDATE:

  • FotoQuote pricing calculator: removed the phrase "(Digital and Print)" from "Corporate" and "Editorial" options to clarify which rights are being purchased (digital OR print)

March 26, 2015

BEAM UPDATE:

  • Replaced tool used to generate CSS, resulting in speed improvements when loading the Site Builder

March 23, 2015

LATTICE UPDATE:

  • Lattice search is now fully open to everyone!
    • You no longer need to be a Lattice participant or log in to use the Lattice search

March 17, 2015

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • Brand new Lattice homepage
  • Introduced “Like” button
    • Appears on both boards and images
    • Replaces board follow; all existing board follows will be mapped to board likes
  • Updates to the user profile to account for new “Like” data
    • Like counts displayed on all boards
    • Options to sort boards by date created, # of likes, or # of contributions (even on other users' profiles)
    • New Liked Boards and Liked Images sections
  • Sidebar of Lattice boards now displayed on PhotoShelter's main search results page
  • Social sharing changes:
    • Replaced AddThis share buttons with direct Twitter/Facebook integrations
    • Board display & single-category page: made share buttons more noticeable
  • Notifications updates:
    • Changes introduced by “Like” button:
      • “New follower” email becomes “New like” email
      • Copy changes to digest emails, board activity feed, etc. to reference likes instead of follows
    • New instant email to curators: “You have new stream submissions”
      • This is sent hourly, in order to group together stream contributions that are submitted in batch
  • Miscellaneous changes:
    • Consolidated usage of “Add to board” form
    • “Add to board” link is now always displayed (even when user is not logged in) 

March 10, 2015

LATTICE UPDATE:

  • Introducing Lattice watermarks! (single-image view only)
    • When an image is viewed individually, the text from the IPTC Copyright field will display in the lower left hand corner of the image (if no IPTC Copyright info is included, we will display your Site Name or the name on your account)
    • The watermark is embedded in the image itself, so if the image is screenshot or saved from the page source code, the copyright info will persistently remain within view

March 5, 2015

LATTICE UPDATE:

  • Lattice search and curation are now fully open to the public! 
    • Lattice participants no longer need to request an invite to use the Lattice search or create boards

March 3, 2015

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • Global search support added to streams
    • This allows you to contribute any Lattice participant’s images (not just your own) to other curators’ boards
    • This also improves the overall “Add Image” workflow, as curators may now add to boards from the boards themselves (no need to visit the main search page every time)
    • When viewing a board, click “Add Image” and then the “Search all images” toggle beneath the search box to use the global search function
  • Filtering by photographer is now supported from boards (no longer a feature exclusive to the stream)
  • Reduced size of images displayed on boards (default size for standard aspect ratios is now 500px on the image’s longest side)
    • Also improved image display for less common image sizes, e.g. panoramics
    • This improves the appearance of boards while also making the file size smaller for security reasons
  • Implemented a 10-image maximum per photographer per board, in an effort to foster more collaboration and diversity
  • Email notifications updates
    • Revamped daily digest email to display most relevant info first, along with personalized subject lines that draw attention to the highest priority events for you
    • Introduced new “Welcome” email to orient new users to Lattice
  • “Recently Updated” improvements
    • Added Recently Updated filmstrip to the main homepage
    • Implemented a max # of 50 boards on Recently Updated page; keeps content fresh and improves load times

February 17, 2015

ADMIN AREA UPDATE:

  • New and improved Member Homepage shows more account insight at a glance:
    • Website statistics (provided by Google Analytics)
    • Account information
    • Sales
    • PhotoShelter resources
    • Learn more about the new dashboard on our blog

February 10, 2015

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Improvements to social sharing from Beam portfolio pages
    • Facebook & Twitter
      • More consistent image display in posts
      • Twitter cards are now supported. They’ll either display 1 or 4 images, depending on how many images the portfolio page has.
    • Google+: improved stability and consistency
    • Pinterest: fixed image sharing
    • Removed LinkedIn and Tumblr sharing options to focus on more commonly used social networks

January 30, 2015

UPLOADER UPDATE:

  • Desktop Uploader: New version available!
    • Version 2.5.2 is offered for Mac and Windows operating systems
    • Improved folder tree handling to avoid creating unnecessary nested galleries
    • Download available from the Desktop Uploader page in the Support Center

January 29, 2015

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • Improvements to homepage category filmstrips:
    • Tablet: Swipe support added 
    • Improved user experience to prevent accidental clicking during the scroll process
  • Board display: Added link to see all boards in the same category (e.g. the "More Fun Boards" link on this page)
  • Bug fix: Logout link no longer redirects you to main PhotoShelter.com homepage
  • Code optimization to improve performance

SEO UPDATE:

  • Improved the automatic Google sitemap submission process; introduced new methodology to generate more reliable indexing

January 14, 2015

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • New Lattice homepage, which allows browsing by category
    • In order for a board to appear on the homepage, it must be marked as featured by a PhotoShelter staff member
    • To view all content for a category, select it from the “Categories” menu (near the top right of the homepage) or scroll down to your preferred category and click the name or “See All"
  • New dedicated pages for each category, e.g.: http://www.photoshelter.com/lattice/board/explore/food-drink
  • When viewing a board, the 4 boards at the bottom of the page now come from the same category (example: note the “More People Boards” at the bottom of this board)
  • New “Staff Favorite” labels appear on boards marked accordingly (from the homepage, category page, and the board itself)
  • New “Share” menus
  • The “Hi, first name!” link in the nav is now a menu, where you may find lists of your followed boards, boards you’re curating, or boards that contain your images
  • Follow @photoshelter on Twitter is now a persistent link in the nav
  • Various bug fixes, performance improvements, and design cleanup
    • When boards have a custom sort, the edit mode and the board itself now always maintain a consistent display

December 11, 2014

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • Significant upgrade to the Lattice search engine, which includes the following updates:
    • Removed previous 5,000 image limit per search, opening up the full set of searchable images to curators
    • User may now paginate through large sets of results, improving overall performance
    • Searches return more quickly
    • Improved image stacking (grouping of similar images)

December 3, 2014

SALES TOOLS UPDATE:

  • Integration with TouchNet payment solution

December 2, 2014

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • All newly created boards now listed by default (the “Publicly listed” checkbox has been removed as an option)
    • Photographer-facing notifications will now be delayed by 8 hours to allow curators more time to edit before photographers get notified
    • Boards will not be displayed in “Recently updated” if they contain 3 or fewer images
  • Curators viewing their own empty boards will see a new “Add images by searching” message
  • Search: Added a loading message
  • Improved zero-state for empty boards: prompts curator to begin by searching
  • Board category selection now available from all board creation contexts
  • Performance improvements (code refactoring of various endpoints)

November 12, 2014

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • Faster, more powerful search with improved “stacking” behavior (grouping of similar images)
  • Randomized “View another board” link replaced with a set of “Recommended boards” (displays at the bottom of every board)
  • Improvements to the Image Viewer (i.e. the single-image view):
    • Brand new, streamlined mobile design
    • “Minimal” mode that allows the info column to be collapsed
    • Simplified metadata display
      • Image info is collapsed into a single field w/the following fallback logic: IPTC Headline -> IPTC Description -> IPTC Title -> filename
      • Image info is now expandable
    • Social share menu introduced
    • Swipe support
    • Text size cleanup
  • Image reordering: In edit mode, both “send to top” and “send to bottom” button is now displayed on all images except for first & last
  • New option to edit board instructions
  • Pagination of long board lists (e.g. in user profile); improves load times

November 4, 2014

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Two new templates released: Horizon and Pivot! Preview or switch to a new template via the Site Builder's Template Picker.
    • Horizon features:
      • Horizontal image slider
      • Support for gallery descriptions
      • Persistent branding and contact information
      • Choice of either thumbnail grid or list display for Instagram feed, as well as options for how many Instagram photos to load at once
      • Highly optimized for touch devices
    • Pivot features:
      • Vertically stacked, scrolling image layout
      • Choice of either top or left navigation
      • Support for detailed titles and captions
      • Choice of either thumbnail grid or list display for Instagram feed, as well as options for how many Instagram photos to load at once
      • Highly optimized for touch devices
    • Live examples at http://template-horizon.photoshelter.com and http://template-pivot.photoshelter.com, or learn more about the templates on our blog
  • Site Builder
    • In Navigation Settings, you may now click and drag anywhere on navigation items, making them easier to rearrange

October 24, 2014

LATTICE UPDATE:

  • "Instant" email notifications are now sent to photographers whenever images are added or promoted to boards
    • In cases of high activity, notifications will be bundled and sent once every three hours to avoid email overload

October 23, 2014

LATTICE UPDATES:

  • User profile -> "Contributions" now lists all boards/streams on which your images appear, including board additions by curators
  • Implemented 10-image limit per user per stream to encourage more selective stream submissions
    • This limit does not retroactively apply to existing stream submissions
  • Images may now be added to boards & streams by PhotoShelter image ID
  • "View Another Board" link now displays at the bottom of all boards
    • Designed to help visitors easily discover new, randomly selected boards from our staff's favorite and featured selections
  • Improvements to board editing experience
    • Touch device support
    • Added "Send to top" / "send to bottom" buttons, which increase efficiency of custom ordering boards (particularly large ones)
  • Board description now supports hyperlinks
  • Homepage improvements:
    • Staff favorites list remains visible in the right column after login
    • Tweaked mobile layout to prioritize featured boards content
  • Performance improvements to decrease board load times
  • Back-end enhancements to improve SEO / SERP listings
  • Improved (more permissive) browser compatibility
  • Various copy and design improvements across site

October 22, 2014

THIRD-PARTY INTEGRATION UPDATE:

  • The brand new Official PhotoShelter Publish Service for Adobe Lightroom is here! 
    • Learn more about it on our blog, or download a copy and see step-by-step installation instructions at our Support Center
    • In addition to the normal export features, the Publish Service tracks any changes you make to your original files in Lightroom and gives you the option of automatically updating the versions on PhotoShelter
    • The Publish Service replaces the existing PhotoShelter export plugin, though it is not harmful to run the two side by side
    • If you previously used the Pact Software publish plugin and you install the PhotoShelter version, the Pact plugin will be automatically disabled (but not deleted) in the Lightroom plugin manager – you can re-enable it at any time
      • The PhotoShelter version will detect and make updates to any image previously published using the Pact plugin

October 16, 2014

IMAGE BROWSER UPDATE:

  • Video tour introduced to highlight key features of the Image Browser
    • New users will see this video the second time they access the Image Browser
    • Can also be accessed anytime from the top nav bar via Help->Tour This Page

ADMIN AREA UPDATE:

  • “Help” item in the top nav bar is now a drop-down menu that includes Contact and Support Center links

October 15, 2014

LATTICE UPDATE:

  • # of followers now displayed below follow button on each board
  • Performance improvement (optimization to reduce # of user endpoint calls)
  • Performance improvements to both board loading + curator search
  • Bug fix: Buy/license buttons in Safari now properly click thru to “Add to cart” dialog

October 10, 2014

LATTICE UPDATE:

  • Homepage: Randomize ordering of Featured Boards and Staff Favorites lists
  • Board activity feed now correctly displays first entry (e.g. "Allie Jones created this board")
  • Board photographer list: Updated language (e.g. "featured in this board")
  • Fixed: Links to “request an invite” form

October 8, 2014

GENERAL UPDATE:

  • New product announcement! PhotoShelter Lattice: Discover amazing imagery, together. Learn more

September 30, 2014

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES

  • Two new templates released: East and Downtown! Preview or switch to a new template via the Site Builder's Template Picker.
    • East features:
      • Left-hand navigation
      • Interactive photo wall
      • Full-screen view
      • Minimalist photo presentation
      • Persistent branding and contact information
      • Large thumbnails
    • Downtown features:
      • Rotating homepage cover image
      • Oversized gallery thumbnails
      • Persistent branding and contact information
      • Top navigation
    • Live examples at http://template-east.photoshelter.com and http://template-downtown.photoshelter.com/

September 10, 2014

GENERAL UPDATE:

  • PhotoShelter blog:
    • Introduced brand new design for our blog
    • New responsive layout and better mobile user experience
    • Improved search & archive areas

September 4, 2014

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Site Builder:
    • Uploader introduced!
      • You may upload to existing galleries or new ones you create from the Site Builder
      • To access this functionality, visit your Site Builder -> Featured Work Settings -> +New Gallery or +Collection/Gallery
      • Any galleries created from the Site Builder will be public and featured by default. Similarly, any image uploaded from the Site Builder will be set to searchable. These settings may be later edited from the Image Browser
    • New option to rename galleries/collections from the Site Builder
    • A design upgrade that improves the user experience. You’ll notice:
      • Featured Work Settings -> gallery/collection options are now consolidated under a single menu, denoted by a gear icon next to the gallery/collection’s name
      • Font & color picker improvements: fonts and color schemes may now be previewed from within the left panel (no longer requiring them to be selected before a preview is displayed)
      • New sliders for yes/no options
      • Image previews (e.g. for logos, background images, bio photos, etc.) are now previewed from the Site Builder’s left panel
      • New styles for drop-down menus 

August 19, 2014

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • All templates:
    • Archive single image view: enabled on-image clicking to navigate to the previous/next image
    • Custom pages now support dynamic title tags (which typically display at the top of a browser tab or window). After a custom page is created, this setting is accessed in Site Builder->Custom Page->Page Title 
  • Sonnet template:
    • Title bar can be turned on/off in Site Builder->Title Bar Settings

EMBEDDABLE SLIDESHOW UPDATE:

  • HTML slideshow update: Added a “Constrain Proportions” option to embed options
    • To access the new setting, grab the embed code from the Image Browser (Right Pane -> Share -> Embed as slideshow)

CLASSIC WEBSITES PLATFORM UPDATE: 

  • Flash-based slideshow update: Embedded slideshows will now fall back to the HTML slideshow where Flash is not supported (e.g. smartphones and tablets) -- previously, this fallback functionality was only supported for Flash slideshows on PhotoShelter sites

IMAGE BROWSER UPDATE: 

  • Left Pane: improved Image Search design with larger, clearer action buttons

August 12, 2014

ADMIN AREA UPDATES:

  • Member homepage:
    • New, more stylistically consistent design featuring a responsive layout
    • PhotoShelter webinar schedules, most recent blog posts, and other useful content are now displayed in card format
    • “Dashboard”-style account stats may be viewed by clicking the refresh button
    • Multi-User account homepage only: Organization name now displayed above individual user’s name

July 15, 2014

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Shuffle & Promenade templates v1.1.1 released:
    • Both templates: new option to display a “buy/license” button in the portfolio single-image view toolbar:
      • All images that are marked as priced will automatically display a shopping cart icon
      • To enable/disable this icon for priced images, navigate to your Site Builder -> portfolio gallery -> single-image view -> lmage Viewer Settings
    • Both templates: upgraded single-image view, which includes an auto-play slideshow and nearly 10 new options for customization. Enhancements include:
      • Choice of slideshow image transitions, time between slides, and auto-play behavior
      • Option to display caption and other image metadata
      • Improved toolbar usability: The image info menu may now be expanded/collapsed with a new double arrow icon; the link to the Archive view of the image is now an “i” icon
      • To access these settings, navigate to your Site Builder -> portfolio gallery -> single-image view -> Image Display, Image Viewer, and/or Image Metadata Display Settings
    • Both templates:
      • The Quick Search option can now be turned on/off in Site Builder->Quick Search Settings
    • Shuffle only:
      • The “Load More” button on the homepage has been removed. Now as a visitor scrolls down, more images will load automatically, without requiring any clicking
    • Promenade only:
      • The “Portfolio” text link in the bottom right of the homepage can now be customized or removed entirely. This can be accessed in Site Builder -> Portfolio Cover Settings
      • If “Recently updated galleries” is chosen as the content source in Site Builder-> portfolio link -> Featured Galleries Settings, the system will now show a maximum of 28 galleries on the portfolio page, rather than the previous 10
      • Archive pages now have larger previous/next pagination buttons for easier navigation on touch devices
  • All templates:
    • Instagram feed: support for image captions (setting is on by default). Settings may be accessed in Site Builder->Instagram Settings

July 8, 2014

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Marquee template v1.2.1 released:
    • New option to display a “buy/license” button in the portfolio single-image view toolbar:
      • All images that are marked as priced will automatically display a shopping cart icon
      • To enable/disable this icon for priced images, navigate to your Site Builder -> portfolio gallery -> single-image view -> lmage Viewer Settings
    • Upgraded single-image view, which includes an auto-play slideshow and nearly 10 new options for customization. Enhancements include:
      • Choice of slideshow image transitions, time between slides, and auto-play behavior
      • Option to display caption and other image metadata
      • Improved toolbar usability: The image info menu may now be expanded/collapsed with a new double arrow icon; the link to the Archive view of the image has been changed from a nested text link to a persistent “i” icon
      • To access these settings, navigate to your Site Builder -> portfolio gallery -> single-image view -> Image Display, Image Viewer, and/or Image Metadata Display Settings
    • Bug fixes:
      • Smartphone version: Archive client sign-in page forms no longer truncated in portrait view
      • Smartphone version: Thumbnail view -> No longer mistakenly displays single-image view info pane
      • Smartphone version: Thumbnail view -> Pagination arrows and thumbnail icon no longer overlap
      • Touch devices: Homepage swiping now supported when number of tabs exceeded vertical height
      • iOS devices: Collection filmstrip view & thumbnail view -> Swiping down now fully supported

June 25, 2014

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Element & Sonnet templates v1.2.1 released:
    • Both templates: new option to display a “buy/license” button in the portfolio single image view toolbar:
      • All images that are marked as priced will automatically display a shopping cart icon
      • To enable/disable this icon for priced images, navigate to your Site Builder, navigate to single image view within a portfolio gallery, and locate the Image Viewer options
    • Sonnet only:
      • Added “social sharing” & “link to archive” buttons to portfolio single image view
      • Changed “Image info” icon to a double arrow; the “i” icon is now a “Link to archive” button
      • Bug fix: “i” and “play” buttons were truncated on touch devices in portfolio single image view
    • Element only:
      • Bug fix: click-to-advance image divs were not equally sized in portfolio single image view
  • Site Builder:
    • Template Picker has been redesigned for a smoother user experience

June 10, 2014

UPLOADER UPDATE:

  • Desktop uploader:
    • Introduced new version of the Mac desktop uploader that will work in OS X Mavericks (Version 10.9).
    • There are now two separate versions of the desktop uploader for Macs: Version 2.5.1 is for OS X 10.9, and Version 2.5.0 is for OS X 10.8 & older only. They can be downloaded from this page.

June 2, 2014

GENERAL UPDATE:

  • PhotoShelter website:
    • Introduced brand new design for public-facing website (www.photoshelter.com)
    • Pages are now 100% responsive and mobile-friendly
    • Features gorgeous work by talented PhotoShelter members

May 28, 2014

Please note that today’s updates had been previously made available to a percentage of users for testing purposes. So if these don’t seem new to you, it’s not a mistake!

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATE:

  • Site Builder:
    • Admin Bar has clearer links to Admin Area & Site Builder; link to photoshelter.com (via PhotoShelter logo) has been removed

ADMIN AREA UPDATES:

  • Website: General Settings page
    • Upon activating a new Standard or Pro account, the default website platform is set to Beam, using the Element template (rather than the Classic platform and the Maui template)
  • Website: Design & Customize page
    • “Edit My Portfolio” link changed to “Enter Site Builder,” and the Site Builder no longer opens in a separate browser tab/window

May 14, 2014

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Element template v1.2 released:
    • Brand new single-image view, complete with an auto-play slideshow option, along with nearly 10 additional configuration options that include:
      • Choice of slideshow image transitions, time between slides, and auto-play behavior
      • Option to display caption and other image metadata
    • To access these settings, navigate to your Site Builder, navigate to single-image view within a gallery, and locate the Image Display, Image Viewer, and Metadata Viewer Settings options
    • All touch devices:
      • Swiping now supported between images
      • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements
    • All Element users have been automatically upgraded to v1.2 of the template — no manual intervention is required

April 30, 2014

IMAGE BROWSER UPDATES:

Uploading:

  • Web Uploader may now be directly engaged by dragging & dropping images to the Center Pane (no need to click "Upload" button first)
    • This works whether the gallery is empty or already contains images

Right Pane:

  • Layout rearranged in favor of better information organization and hierarchy of actions
    • Gallery/collection cover image is now at the top of the pane
      • Added a cover header to emphasize the cover image and serve as a visual indicator of your active selection
  • New design for collapsible sections
    • All tabs are now closed by default when Image Browser is opened
    • Visibility & Access is now housed in its own section; edits are made by clicking the gear button
    • Gallery Description is now housed in its own section
  • General legibility/usability improvements
    • Larger fonts and larger, clearer buttons for actions
  • New click-to-edit behavior for gallery/collection names and description
    • Hovering reveals “Edit” button; clicking button or anywhere on the field initiates editing
    • Edit mode includes “Save”/“Cancel” buttons; can also save w/ keyboard shortcuts (return key or shift-return if in a text area)
    • In Visibility & Access and IPTC tabs, clicking the gear or edit icon expands the tab and initiates "Edit" state
  • Improved image URL display
    • One-click copy-to-clipboard feature (“Copy” button appears on hover)
    • The preview URL at the top of the Right Pane is now contextually aware (i.e. it includes the gallery/collection ID); this will help permissions be properly conferred when sharing individual images
  • Visibility & Access tab: Viewing history
    • Name changed from “Viewing history” to "Most recent views"
    • Additional explanatory text added to clarify what info is provided
    • "Edit Permissions" button removed from dialog box
  • The “Feature or add to portfolio” button in gallery view now only displays to Classic users (b/c Beam users set featured work from the Site Builder only)

Center Pane:

  • Custom sort improvements:
    • Changing gallery sort to "Custom" now auto-launches custom sort mode
    • Batch select is now supported via keyboard (shift/control/command + click)
  • Revised "batch download" dialog provides clearer instructions
  • Bug fix: Center Pane now properly refreshes after certain key actions (e.g. moving images to another gallery or changing a gallery to/from listed or unlisted)
  • In single image view, the “Embed” action has been renamed to “Get links and embed code” and now offers a new “Direct image link” option

Left Pane:

  • Image Search: Improved design to match Right Pane’s collapsible sections

ADMIN AREA UPDATE:

April 23, 2014

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Sonnet template:
    • Bug fix: When there were only 2 galleries in a Portfolio, navigating through them would mix gallery info

April 16, 2014

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • All templates:
    • All templates auto-updated to Version 1.1
    • Image-based logo: Support introduced for optimal display on HiDPI/Retina displays
      • HiDPI/Retina logo support must be enabled in Site Builder -> Logo Settings to access this improvement (this setting is off by default for existing users)
      • After enabling HiDPI logo support, you must upload a larger, high-res version of your logo (size suggestions can be found here)
      • Logo size limit has been increased to 2040px on the image’s longest side
    • Image logos are now “responsive”; they will auto-resize to fit the available space, rather than requiring you to upload a specifically sized logo
  • Marquee & Promenade templates (on all devices):
    • Logo and site navigation now communicate to eliminate “collision” (e.g. when both the logo & nav are wide)
    • If the logo and navigation exceed available screen width, the nav will auto-collapse into a nested/mobile-style menu

 

April 7, 2014

UPDATE TO ALL WEBSITES:

  • Bug fix: No content link was appearing in Twitter shares from Classic sites & Beam Archive pages, resulting in incomplete Tweets
  • Default Tweet copy now excludes “@photoshelter”; keeps your brand more consistent

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Sonnet, Promenade & Shuffle templates:
    • Archive thumbnail pages: Added pagination arrows to the bottom of Search Results & Gallery Display thumbnail pages for more efficient/obvious navigation

 

April 2, 2014

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • All templates:
    • Added pagination arrows to the bottom of blog pages (previously only at the top of pages)
    • Bug fix: Vimeo Player was loading a blank page when a restricted video was displayed, and on smartphones and tablets the user could not exit the blank video player
  • Shuffle template:
    • Added ability to change Featured Gallery name text size in Site Builder—now offering Small, Medium and Large options (default remains Large)
    • Can be changed in Site Builder->Featured Galleries Settings->”Gallery name text size”
  • Marquee template:
    • Tablet version bug fix: added ability to swipe down on homepage to see more tabs when they extend beyond the screen. [Update 16 May 2014: Bug reintroduced. Check changelog for later updates.]
  • Sonnet template:
    • Bug fix (IE 9/10): hover state inconsistency in Archive Single Image View (pagination arrows were incorrectly underlined)

 

March 25, 2014

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Marquee template:
    • Smartphone version: Updated placement of breadcrumb link on Archive pages (previously interfered with the logo in the header)
  • Shuffle template:
    • Bug fix to smartphone version: Search Results Image Display wasn’t properly displaying next/previous arrows or “info” icon
  • Element template:
    • Smartphone version: Added pagination arrows to Archive -> Gallery Display page
  • All templates: Refine/Advanced Search pages are now responsive
    • Form fields, dropdowns, and radio buttons now optimized for smartphones and tablets

 

March 19, 2014

UPDATE TO ALL WEBSITES:

  • Classic/Archive sites: DOCTYPE updated to DOCTYPE html; keeps sites current with modern browsing standards
    • Also addresses layout issues on some Classic sites that caused dialogs (e.g. Batch Download, Add to Cart) to be misaligned

 

March 11, 2014

SALES TOOLS UPDATE:

  • Loxley Colour: Shipping statuses and notifications are now real-time (were previously updated once a day in a batch)

ADDRESS BOOK UPDATE:

  • Bug fix: Deleting a group was generating multiple confirmation prompts

 

March 4, 2014

UPDATE TO ALL WEBSITES:

  • Security enhancement: Update to photoshelter.com webservers that drops support for older SSL encryption methods that are no longer considered secure
    • No changes expected to the visitor experience; simply a back-end tightening to ensure maximum security

 

February 27, 2014

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Promenade template:
    • Added padding to client pages, e.g. Login, Cart, Lightbox (content was previously flush with left edge)
    • Bug fix: On mobile devices, the About page image wasn’t properly resizing (resulting in very small bio photos in some cases)
  • Vimeo player: On mobile devices, “x" / close button was made larger / easier to tap

 

February 25, 2014

SALES TOOLS UPDATE:

  • Improvements to Stripe integration
    • PhotoShelter MU users may now opt into Stripe via the secure, API-based Stripe Connect integration method
    • Bug fix: Stripe Connect not working reliably for UK users

 

February 19, 2014

GENERAL UPDATE:

  • Upgrade of our jQuery library to latest 1.11.x release for entire PhotoShelter site (excluding Beam)
    • Should bring compatibility and performance improvements; lays the groundwork for expedient future development
    • Fixes recent Image Browser compatibility issues with some older browsers (e.g. Safari 5.0, Internet Explorer 8)

SALES TOOLS UPDATE:

  • PhotoShelter's relationship with East Sussex, UK-based Spectrum Photographic has been sunset due to a changing business focus. We wish Spectrum the best and are grateful for our years of good work together!
    • Where possible, prints/products previously priced for sale through Spectrum Photographic have been mapped to Glasgow-based Loxley Colour.
    • All Spectrum orders pending photographer approval must be approved by February 25, 2014.

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATE: 

  • Marquee template:
    • Bug fix to filmstrip view: Incorrect collection information (e.g. name) sometimes displayed

CLIENT DELIVERY TOOLS UPDATES:

  • Bug fix to FTP export tools: Multiple concurrent exports were being incorrectly limited per user
    • The fix brings improved performance to photographers sending jobs to more than one destination at once

 

February 5, 2014

SALES TOOLS UPDATE:

  • New partnership with Loxley Colour is now live! The trusted Glasgow, Scotland-based print lab is our newest addition to the set of fully automated print vendor partners.
    • Diverse inventory available for sale through PhotoShelter includes:
      • Standard prints
      • Fine art giclée prints
      • "Alumini" prints (image is printed and transferred to an aluminum surface)
      • Acrylic gallery prints
      • Fine art canvas gallery wraps
    • Full details on Loxley Colour & PhotoShelter's integration

January 28, 2014

IMAGE BROWSER UPDATE:

  • Visibility & Access dialog: Added a "Save & Notify" button to replace the "Notify me" checkbox
    • Now, you more actively choose when you'd like to prepare an email notification about a gallery or collection 

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Sonnet template -> Gallery view -> Safari: Fixed stretched pagination arrows & gallery name visitors were seeing when scrolling
  • Shuffle template: Fixed overlapping text in navigation sub-menu (e.g. between the Archive menu and a custom menu); now, only one menu can be exploded at a time 
  • Element template -> Contact page improvements in Internet Explorer:
    • Added previously missing placeholder text to the contact form (IE9)
    • Fix rendering issues, such as overlapping "x" marks, when invalid email addresses are detected (IE10)

 

January 18, 2014

CLIENT DELIVERY TOOLS UPDATE:

  • Lightbox: Fixed bug that required first & last name entry when user was already in the system

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • All templates: Improved performance, which should alleviate any notable sluggishness seen recently on Beam sites
  • Element template: Logo retains fixed position on Contact page

 

January 14, 2014

THIRD-PARTY INTEGRATION UPDATE:

  • The brand new Official PhotoShelter Lightroom Plugin is here! 

 

December 17, 2013

EMBEDDABLE SLIDESHOW UPDATE:

  • Now available: A brand-new, HTML-based embeddable slideshow!
    • This smartphone- and tablet-friendly slideshow may be embedded as an alternative to the Flash-based slideshow
    • Grab the embed code from the Image Browser (Right Pane -> Share -> Embed as slideshow)

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATE:

  • Sonnet template: Brand new single-image view, complete with an auto-play slideshow display option, along w/nearly 10 additional configuration options that include:
    • Choice of slideshow "auto-advance" behavior, image transitions, time between slides
    • Fit vs. fill setting
    • Control over display of info pane and addt'l metadata

CLASSIC WEBSITES PLATFORM UPDATE: 

  • Slideshow update: Flash-based slideshows now fall back to the new HTML slideshow where Flash is not supported (e.g. smartphones and tablets)
    • Fallback is only functional in the Homepage and Gallery Display contexts (so externally embedded slideshows, for example, do not yet fall back)
    • Fallback works across both Theme and Manual Customizations

 

December 10, 2013

SALES TOOLS UPDATES:

  • Integration with Stripe Connect
    • Allows photographers to create Stripe accounts directly from PhotoShelter, without having to first go to Stripe separately to get set up
    • Already accepting payments through Stripe? Upgrade to the new form of integration to enjoy tighter security.
  • Light redesign of the "Buyer Payment Method" section on the Sales Settings page
    • Stripe is now the default payment processor for new sellers
    • Logos displayed for all merchant options
    • Fixed links in "Which is best for me?" dialog

 

December 3, 2013

IMAGE BROWSER UPDATES:

  • Improvements to gallery custom sort:
    • Now, you may set the starting sequence for your sort: Filename, date uploaded or date taken
    • Added confirmation dialog when canceling (closing) custom sort without having saved

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Marquee template:
    • Bug fix: About pages now properly scroll on iOS devices
    • Formatting improvement to the guest checkout experience
    • Collection tabs are now the same width as homepage tabs (should help alleviate gallery name truncation; improves design consistency)
  • Sonnet template: Adjusted font size of “Video” and “Blog” subtitles (adds consistency to overall design)

 

November 21, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Marquee template:
    • Filmstrip (collection) view: Gallery names now behave like tabs on homepage (to create a more consistent user experience and visual design)
    • All devices: Introduced new behavior that reduces frequency of site logo and navigation "collision" (e.g. when both the logo and navigation are long)
  • Element template:
    • Mobile (smartphone): Header remains persistent (locked to the top of the screen) as the visitor scrolls down
    • Site Builder: “Current Page: Index" renamed as "Current Page: Home"
  • Shuffle template:
    • Mobile (smartphone): Introduced new behavior that reduces frequency of site logo and navigation "collision" (e.g. when both the logo and navigation are long)
    • Contact page: "Send" button is now properly aligned
  • Promenade template:
    • All devices: Introduced new behavior that reduces frequency of site logo and navigation "collision" (e.g. when both the logo and navigation are long)
  • Sonnet template:
    • All devices: Menu button now properly center-aligned

CLIENT DELIVERY TOOLS UPDATES:

  • Improvements to FTP export tool:
    • Connections are now used more efficiently (specifically, the number of images that may be sent over a single connection is now parametrized); this is also easier on the destination servers
    • Fixed issue that occurred when multiple processes tried to create a directory on a single server at the same time
    • Updated retry behavior to allow transient errors to be resolved more efficiently (the retry was changed from every 10 minutes to every 2 minutes, followed by an exponential falloff)
    • General improvements that allow for more effective use of available connections

THIRD-PARTY INTEGRATION UPDATES:

  • Keychain system: Groundwork laid for storing connection information to third parties (e.g. Instagram, Flickr, Facebook) in a centralized location
    • This will allow us to develop better interfaces and third-party integrations in the future

 

November 14, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Marquee template:
    • Filmstrip (collection) view: Gallery names are now clickable; takes the visitor to the first image in the gallery
    • Cursor now uses the "hand" icon upon hover (to better communicate that images are clickable)
  • Promenade template:
    • Updated Contact page design
    • New styling for the following buttons:
      • Archive -> Single Image View: "Less Info" and "More Info"
      • Contact page: "Send"
      • Instagram: "Load More"
    • Mobile (smartphone) homepage: Fixed alignment of "Portfolio" button 
  • Sonnet template -> Site Builder: "Current Page: Index" renamed as "Current Page: Portfolio" (visible when editing the splash page and portfolio display)
  • All templates: Introduced maximum 20-character count for the Contact page Send button text (prevents UI alignment issues)

 

November 12, 2013

SHOPPING CART UPDATES:

  • A host of improvements to cropping images at checkout, designed to make the cropping option more obvious and easier to use. Changes include:
    • A contextual warning that displays to the buyer when a potentially poor crop is detected
      • Only displays if the buyer hasn't already edited the crop setting for that image
      • Images that are deemed potentially problematic are flagged with an "!" icon for review
    • Updates to the basic design of the Shopping Cart page to better highlight the crop preview and adjustment options
      • Crop options text is changed to "Fit" and "Fill" (from "Auto" and "None")
    • A "rotate" option that allows the buyer to swap the crop mask's orientation (vertical vs. horizontal) in manual mode
    • New design for the manual crop window, intended to better educate the buyer and deliver a better final product
      • Now includes Fit, Fill options as well as movable mask for manual cropping
      • Sizes now displayed in cm as well as inches
    • Manual cropping now better supported on iPads

 

November 5, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Performance optimization designed to improve load times across the board
  • Sonnet template:
    • New, customizable “Title Bar" that keeps your brand displayed at the top of every gallery
    • Links to the Archive view of the image (the "i" icon) preserve that image's position within the gallery on the Archive side
    • To optimize use of space, image titles and captions are hidden in the Large Image View on small screens (e.g. smartphones)
    • Hovering over the "i" icon now reads "More Info" (not "Buy" as it previously did, irrespective of the image's availability for purchase)
    • Other minor bug/other fixes:
      • Improved display of social sharing links on mobile devices
      • Narrow images are no longer creating unnecessary line break on Facebook posts
      • Sequence of social network icons changed to be consistent w/other templates and visitor activity
  • Marquee template: More reliable swiping from homepage "tabs" into corresponding gallery/collection
  • Shuffle template: Support for scrolling of captions where needed (Single Image View)
  • Site Builder (Promenade & Marquee templates):
    • About and Contact pages -> Background Image -> better scrolling behavior in wide monitors
  • Improvements to cache flushing when new content is released (requiring less manual cache-clearing by return visitors in order to see the newest content)

 

October 31, 2013

PRINT VENDOR PARTNER UPDATES:

  • New products from White House Custom Colour, our newest integrated print lab, including the following top-selling, unique items:
    • Gallery wraps (image is printed on canvas and wrapped around a frame)
    • Standouts (image is printed on foam; holes added to the backside for easy hanging)
    • Float wraps (image is printed and wrapped around a 3/4" gatorboard block, then coated with a protective laminate)
    • Loose canvas prints (canvas paper with slight laminate)
    • Metal prints (image is printed on aluminum and mounted on gatorboard)
    • Velvet prints (similar look & feel to watercolor paper)
    • Metallic finish option on standard prints

SALES TOOLS UPDATES:

  • Redesigned print/product pricing profile setup, which includes:
    • A brand-new vendor picker that helps photographers determine the best printing solution for their needs
    • Print/product table can be sorted by type (e.g. Prints, Fine Art Prints, Clothing, etc.) or size
    • Photographer actively chooses a vendor for a profile, rather than just having all options added by default (making for a more streamlined setup process)

 

October 29, 2013

THIRD-PARTY INTEGRATION UPDATE:

  •  New version of Photo Mechanic released; includes significantly upgraded "upload to PhotoShelter" tool
    • Photo Mechanic's changelog and download link available here
    • Improvements to PhotoShelter's upload tool include:
      • Browse your PhotoShelter collection/gallery structure from within PM
      • Create new galleries *and* collections from PM, as well as upload directly to them
      • Integration of "listed" and "unlisted" sections to PM's view of your PhotoShelter account
      • Streamlined interface, bug fixes, and easier to use experience overall

 

October 22, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Marquee, Shuffle, and Promenade:
    • New Image Viewer options for customizing your gallery display!
      • Choose whether the info panel displays on or off by default
      • Option to hide caption
      • Option to hide "Post to Social Networks" links
      • "More Info" link (to the Archive view of an image) may be renamed or disabled entirely
  • Marquee:
    • Featured Work tabs:
      • Increase base size and popout widths, in order to minimize truncation
      • Font size adjusted to improve legibility
    • Image Viewer: 
      • Remembers image position when switching from single-image to thumbnail mode mid-gallery
      • Filmstrip view: Improved URL behavior to guarantee that URLs work when shared with others
      • Thumbnail view: Hide full-screen option
  • Element: 
    • Archive: Change "i" icon to use "More Info" / "Less Info" text to improve clarity
  • Promenade: 
    • Search page: Suppress global archive search box to avoid competing with the search form
  • All templates:
    • Loading state will have a max width of 1100px (improves visual experience on larger monitors)
    • Bug fixes to behavior of direct image URLs

IMAGE METADATA UPDATE:

  •  Bug fix to EXIF handling (resolves issue that caused missing EXIF values in some cases)

 

October 16, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Improvements to "Post to Social Networks" links:
    • Correct thumbnails are displayed
    • Background processing is faster, so sharing should much more consistently
  • Foundational work for making Beam templates more customizable (exciting things to come!)
  • Change to how we store configuration information on the back end; should allow for more efficient, streamlined development

IMAGE PROCESSING UPDATE:

  • Small refactoring of code that serves images

 

October 10, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • New template released! Introducing Sonnet, designed for storytelling
  • Element template:
    • Changed portfolio image's "i" link behavior to preserve the image's gallery position when clicking through to the Archive view (allows visitors to continue browsing the full gallery from the Archive side)

 

October 7, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • All templates: Fixed bug that could cause site to hang if the logo image became unavailable (e.g. deleted)

 

September 30, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Marquee and Promenade templates:
    • Introduced focal point selection tool, which allows the user to select the image's point of centering (allows for more consistent cropping of full-bleed images across various screen sizes)

 

September 27, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Marquee, Shuffle and Promenade templates: Fixed bug preventing galleries with a single image from loading
  • Site Builder -> Image Background: Fixed bug causing the edit button to disappear

 

September 25, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • All templates: Resolved issue causing missing page meta descriptions (e.g. as displayed in search engine results pages)

 

September 24, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • All templates: Code refactoring that lays the groundwork for increasingly rapid updates

  

September 19, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • All templates:
    • Nav: Improved collapsible menu behavior on mobile devices
    • Vimeo Player: 
      • Adjusted video sizing
      • Cleaner display when entering and switching videos
  • Element template: Fixed issue causing rotated images not to display properly
  • Marquee template:
    • Touch devices: Improved reliability when swiping into the homepage's first gallery (a bug was causing inconsistent gallery loading in this case)
    • Image thumbnail view:
      • Thumbnails are now fully justified (flush to both left and right edges) using adaptive row height
      • Images now "lazy load" for smoother visual experience

 

September 10, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Bug fix: Proper, dynamic page titles are now displaying for individual pages
  • Improved stability for posting to Facebook from image pages (all templates)

CLIENT DELIVERY TOOLS UPDATES:

  • Bug fix to image rotation: Now proper image orientation is consistently preserved when downloaded
  • FTPS export improvements:
    • Data is now properly encrypted in all cases, ensuring maximum security and deliverability
    • Considerably improved speeds when adding new FTPS destinations (load times reduced to 10 seconds max; previous peak load times were up to 1 minute)

 

September 3, 2013

SALES TOOLS UPDATE:

  • Stripe payment solution: Sellers may now list prices in the Euro (this aligns with today's launch of Stripe in Ireland)

 

August 27, 2013

CLIENT DELIVERY TOOLS UPDATES:

  • Optimizations to outbound FTP queue handling, including:
    • Increased maximum number of files that can be concurrently sent
    • Measures to ensure better distribution and fair usage across the queue, particularly during peak FTP sending times (e.g. the hours surrounding a major event); these steps will prevent file transfer backlogs that could previously be caused by monopolization of queue resources

 

August 21, 2013

UPDATE TO ALL WEBSITES:

  • Contact page: Added hidden security measure to help reduce spam email volume

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • All templates:
    • Improved behavior when posting to social networks 
      • Posts to Facebook and Twitter now include contextual image thumbnails
      • Posts to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ include contextual titles and descriptions (e.g. IPTC Description / caption)
    • Added support for swipe gestures in Android mobile/tablet browsers
    • Instagram feed: Design improvements
      • Like count now uses heart icon
      • Updated layout that incorporates color preferences
    • Bug fixes to Image Display (single image view) pages: 
      • Next/previous button behaviors
      • Stabilized behavior in Android browsers
  • Element template:
    • Responsive mobile updates:
      • Logo: Responsive layout, which includes reliable logo display, and bug fixes
      • Navigation: New layout and bug fixes
      • Android mobile/tablet browsers: General layout fixes
    • Vimeo feed: Bug fix to layout/display
    • Updated active and hover states for nav items and various icons
  • Marquee template:
    • Portfolio (home) page: Bug fixes/updates to "Post to Social Networks" feature
    • Updated iconography
  • Shuffle template:
    • Updated iconography

ADMIN AREA UPDATE:

  • Website section: New iconography in the left navigation
  • "Switch to Beam" / "Revert to Classic" pages: Updated layout and support documentation

 

August 13, 2013

CLIENT DELIVERY TOOLS UPDATE:

  • FTP export options now include FTPS (which supports TLS/SSL protocols)

 

August 7, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • All templates: Fixed bug preventing certain users from being able to properly save page content
  • Marquee, Shuffle, Promenade templates: Fixed timing issue that could cause erratic loading of portfolios and images

 

August 5, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Marquee, Element, and Shuffle templates:
    • Archive: changed "Archive" breadcrumb link text to "All Galleries"
  • Marquee template:
    • Corrected label for "Merriweather / PT Serif" font option (was previously mislabeled "Merriweather / PT Sans")
  • Element template:
    • Added page loading indicator (was previously only displaying on initial site load)
  • Shuffle template:
    • Updated Gallery Wall margins for better display on large screen sizes
    • Archive: Image Display page
      • Updated the font size for pagination controls (image count, next/previous arrows, and "i" expand/collapse toggle)
      • Adjusted layout to prevent content truncation with long descriptions / metadata
  • Promenade template:
    • Improved legacy browser support for drop-down navigation menus
    • Archive: Improved logo display in Internet Explorer 8
  • Admin Bar: Faster response time when switching to Site Builder mode

 

August 1, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Marquee template:
    • Image Display (single image) view:
      • Info and social media buttons now toggle the respective menus on/off via a single click
      • Icons now have active states
      • "X" removed from info and social media trays
      • Bug fix: Clicking on the social icon no longer improperly toggles on the info tray
    • Hover and active states on nav items and icons more prominent
  • Element template:
    • Portfolio: Thumbnails now responsively adjust to page size
    • Adjusted logo position
  • Shuffle template:
    • Portfolio: Removed extra space below images when viewing an individual gallery
    • Archive: Layout improvements to Image Display and Gallery Display views (e.g. breadcrumb links now included for easier navigation)
  • Promenade template:
    • Archive: Added search icon link to header
  • Instagram feed: Images now responsive
  • Site performance: Code adjustment to more reliably load sites on slower Internet connections

 

July 30, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Site performance:
    • Added JavaScript source URL compression/splitting to improve loading of Beam sites in different network environments (e.g. proxy servers or firewalls)
  • HTML content editor:
    • Reverted software to prior version
    • Addresses bugs introduced with upgrade on 7/25

 

July 25, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • All templates:
    • Major updates to how sites load on mobile devices (e.g. iPhones, Android smartphones, etc.)
      • Includes mobile-friendly collapsible navigation
    • Fixed "fill" mode (square cropped) thumbnails for panoramic images
    • Fixed bug where single images not marked as publicly searchable would appear as "Image Unavailable" (e.g. on About page)
    • Updated CSS of page content to restrict maximum width of IFRAME, EMBED, OBJECT and IMG elements; prevents content overflow
  • Updated HTML content editor to new version, which includes the following improvements:
    • Return key now creates single line breaks (<br>) instead of new paragraphs
    • Editor now allows all types of HTML code to be saved; fixes issue with certain types of embed code not saving properly (e.g. Twitter Timelines)
    • Improved code editing mode with HTML formatting
    • Updated CSS for more accurate WYSIWYG editing, particularly in dark color schemes
  • Admin Bar: Fixed issues with links not being clickable in Safari 5

 

July 18, 2013

ADMIN AREA UPDATES:

  • New member homepage design: Storage usage & dashboard data added; cleaner, more modern look & feel
  • New trial member homepage design: "Getting started" steps streamlined; updated to apply to both Beam and Classic website platforms

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Marquee template:
    • Fixed issue that could cause the collection/gallery to change when clicking on a Featured Work tab
    • Filmstrip display: Improved loading to make height more consistent
    • Improved loading performance of thumbnail view
  • Archive site (all templates): Updated CSS to improve appearance and legibility of Archive and Cart pages, particularly when using dark color schemes
  • Blog feed: Fixed bug that prevented loading of Tumblr feeds
  • Site Builder: Fixed "Exist Site Builder" button in Safari 5
  • Fixed issue that prevented Beam portfolios from loading on browsers with certain tracking-blocking extensions installed (e.g. Disconnect.me on Chrome)

 

July 17, 2013

IMAGE BROWSER UPDATE:

  • Improved scrolling behavior: Thumbnail position is remembered after selecting or enlarging a thumbnail (no more need to scroll all the way back down to find where you were)

 

July 15, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Logo:
    • Now consistently served across the Portfolio and Archive sides of your Beam site (addresses transparent GIF/PNG display problem)
    • Fixed bug preventing certain image files from being selected in Site Builder
  • Element template: HTML/CSS layout adjustments
  • Site Builder:
    • Relevant page titles now default to displaying "Site Name" (instead of account name)
    • Fixed issue with updating meta tags in page meta descriptions

 

July 11, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Shuffle template: Fixed occasional bullet misalignment between gallery names on homepage
  • Promenade template: Fixed bug that prevented site from loading if no featured galleries were available
  • Archive site (all templates):
    • Fixed broken keyword search in Image Display pages
    • Thumbnail display pages: Implemented truncation of long filenames to better fit thumbnails
  • Blog feed:
    • Added dates to posts
    • Revised CSS formatting for more consistent display of post content
  • Image Theft Guard now disables long-touch "Save Image" option on iOS devices

 

July 10, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Site Builder: Logo text now defaults to displaying "Site Name" rather than account name
  • Image Viewer: Bug fixes to full-screen mode button
  • Blog feed: CSS adjustments to improve handling of images in WordPress posts 

 

July 9, 2013

BEAM PLATFORM UPDATES:

  • Marquee template: Fixed CSS issues causing homepage cover image height to be excessively cropped (by 80 pixels)
  • Site Builder: Fixed JavaScript stability issue that could cause some browsers to freeze after making edits
  • Element template:
    • Fixed bug with existing image full-screen mode in Internet Explorer
    • Archive site: Improved CSS compatibility with Internet Explorer 8
  • Promenade template:
    • Reordered social sharing links for consistency
    • Fixed low-contrast text in Archive search box (affected dark color schemes only)

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