Following from a discussion by Laurie, we have added a new sorting feature for blog entries which have more than one image. When uploading more than one image for an entry, now the images are initially sorted in the order they were uploaded and additionally you can now simply drag-and-drop an image to the location you want.
This feature opens new possibilities on how bloggers can present their photos. Coupled with the image description feature, bloggers can now write a blog entry containing multiple photos and individual descriptions for each photo, plus the main blog entry description. This allows a lot more flexibility for the main pages displaying the latest post(s) for photoblogs.
- Pixy Team
Over the past couple of weeks the following enhancements have been made to PixyBlog.
We have added a new import option for those who have existing blogs on Blogger (a.k.a. Blogspot). The import process is very easy:
Also, a very big welcome to Ruden Fretsbo who was our pilot for the Blogger import. Using the above process we were able to import hundreds of posts and comments from his Blogger blog going back over four years. He's got some awesome photos, so be sure to check-out his new photoblog: http://rudenfretsbo.com/
We've added a new export format, so you can export your PixyBlog using the standardized ATOM Protocol. This is an addition to our existing Moveable Type export format which we released last year. Simply choose your export format from the 'Blog > Export' page.
Our media server now offers backup versioning of all your Uploads, Watermarks and, most importantly, your Photos. This means that now if you change/edit any of your photos (or uploads) a backup is stored of the original. So in cases of error, you can revert to a backed-up version.- Pixy Team
It is now possible to page (next/previous) photos in a gallery. This feature has been requested for a long time and improves the usability of the galleries. Before this update, when a thumbnail in a gallery was clicked, the main entry, description, photo and comments were shown, but the gallery navigation was lost; you could only click the browsers back button to return to the gallery page. Now the gallery navigation is maintained and photos in a gallery are grouped together so that only those photos in that gallery are shown.
For example, here's the gallery page:
Now when the thubmnail is clicked, the main photo is shown, but the gallery information is retained and the paging (next/previous) only pages the photos in the gallery:
All PixyBlog themes have now been updated to use the gallery paging, but for those who have customized their themes, please read this discussion about how to get this working for you.
Also included in this update is the ability to have empty galleries and sub-galleries. Before empty galleries were not displayed on photoblogs, even if a sub-gallery had a photo in it. This means that galleries can now be structured in a more hierarchal way and if a sub-gallery has a photo, then the parent gallery is now shown.
Note: we have noticed a slowdown in the page loading times for gallery pages. This we are working on and they should be back to full-speed shortly.
As always, feedback here in the comments or in our discussion forum is always welcome.
- Pixy Team
It's been 16 months since we've changed the design of the pixyblog.com, so it's about time for an update. Today sees a new front page and other smaller updates on sub-pages. The main difference you'll see is the slideshow of the latest photos. For this we're using the Galleryview slideshow script by Jack Anderson.
The Galleryview plugin appears to be out-of-development, but it's a great plugin and we plan to expand it's features so that it can be easily integrated into our different themes. More on this to follow.
jQuery is great. It's simple, powerful and widely supported amongst all those different web browser out-there. It also has a ton of plugins that you can use straight away. As I mentioned we are moving to jQuery across all our sites and all our themes. Sven's already moved his theme to use jQuery (with a little help).
We tweeted a while ago about trialling some advertising across our blogs, and this is now part of our front page. Our advertisers are carefully choosen, so you won't be seeing any ads for online casinos, visa for the US or the likes. There will be a separate news article soon about advertising options and also one of our advertisers; Naturpixel.
More photos, bigger photos. We've tried to use the front page space to increase both the size and number of photos from our bloggers. We're not quite finished yet, but we liked the changes thus far so much we decided to go-live with what we've got. Over the next couple of weeks we will be tweaking the pixyblog.com site (and sub-sites) to speed-up the loading time and also try and squeeze-in some more photos and dynamic features.
We've tested the site on most of the latest browser (IE, Safari, Firefox, Chrome), but please let-us-know if you're seeing some display issues. Also, we've updated our style sheets so before you do report a bug, try refreshing your browser a few times to see if you've got a cached version of any of these.
Finally, any thoughts or feedback very welcome!
- Pixy Team
9:53am Saturday (GMT) - Time in GMT
We're currently in the process of upgrading the Pixy system. Follow us on Twitter for more up-to-date details.
More details to follow shortly.
10:46am Saturday (GMT) - Time in GMT
Update mostly completed. A task will be running for the next 24 hours to update any missing thumbnails from users photoblogs. The main purpose of this update is to fix the problems with the new media server, although there are some other behind-the-scenes changes as well.
- Pixy team
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