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IP.Gallery 5.0: Smaller Changes

We have taken the time with IP.Gallery 5.0 to implement some smaller changes that help to round off the functionality of the software and bring it more in-line with the rest of the suite. While these changes individually are all quite small, collectively they help to make Gallery easier to use and more intuitive for the average user.

pInterest Integration
For those of you not familiar with this new service, pInterest is a popular new image tagging website that allows users to "pin" images from across the web to a "pinboard". They can create multiple pinboards to classify their images. IP.Gallery will now show a pInterest sharing button with the rest of the social sharing options.




Shared Media
Currently when you share an IP.Gallery image via the shared media plugin, a small box with the image details is shown, linking the user to the full image page. Here is an example (note that this example will change once our site is updated to IP.Gallery 5):

http://community.invisionpower.com/gallery/image/1854-test/



Many users have requested that we instead simply embed the thumbnail directly and open the full image in a lightbox. We've updated IP.Gallery 5 to do just that. Here is a quick video showing this in action.

http://screencast.com/t/YOlreAnC6Bi


Set as Profile Photo
In recent past versions of Gallery, members were required to create an album that they designate as a "Profile Photos Album", and then they are able to set an image within this special album as their profile photo. While functional, we have determined that the restrictions here are largely unnecessary. We have removed the "profile photo album" functionality within the software, and now members will be able to set any image they can view as their profile photo.


Hidden vs Unapproved
Keeping in line with the distinction between hidden and unapproved implemented in other areas of the suite, IP.Gallery has been updated to recognize this distinction. When an image requires moderator approval upon initial submission, it will be in an "Unapproved" state, and you can either "Approve" or "Delete" the image. After it has been approved, you will be able to "Hide" or "Delete" the image. When it is hidden, you will be able to "Unhide" or "Delete" the image. You will no longer unapprove a previously approved image. While this does not affect the functionality of the software greatly, it does serve to separate the actions.

A new moderator control panel plugin has been added to show "Hidden" images.


IP.Content
The Gallery feed blocks in IP.Content have been updated to reflect the changes in Gallery, namely the distinction between Albums and Categories. The feed blocks will be available immediately upon IP.Gallery's release, as IP.Content blocks are now part of the individual application's package instead of the IP.Content package (in other words, you won't need to wait for an IP.Content release to enable these new changes).


SEO Tweaks
We have reviewed the on-page optimization of many pages in IP.Gallery and have made small tweaks to enhance the software. We have implemented canonical tags where appropriate to point all URL variances (such as sorting changes) back to the parent page. We have made certain duplicate page titles unique and clearer as to what they represent for the page in question. We have forced the true "page title" (e.g. the name of the category, album or image you are viewing) to an <h1> tag, and have cascaded down other <h*> tags as appropriate. We have forced some of the on-page j&#097;v&#097;script and CSS code into the head of the HTML document. These small but useful changes will only serve to better clarify to search engines how pages relate to one another and what pages are the authority source for specific requests. We are listening to feedback and suggestions regarding SEO, and we encourage you to let us know if you spot something that doesn't seem right in the appropriate feedback forum.


More to come
These small changes will work towards better consistency between suite applications, and bring some minor but useful updates to existing features in IP.Gallery. We have more changes to announce yet, and hope you are looking forward to hearing about other updates to IP.Gallery 5.0. Stay tuned!
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I always thought about making a hook or something for pinterest but never got around to it. Glad you did this. Seriously really great stuff all around. You're doing great Brandon. Love how you base so much of your work on feedback.

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For the new Gallery I would welcome the bellow:

- option to adjust the thumbnail (the way the longitudinal image is cropped into a square thumbnail)
- drag & drop repositioning of images within an album
- quick highlighting an image as the album photo (e.g. via a drop down menu)
- the gallery should look attractive and striking (eg. such as 500px.com) I would very much like the gallery not to like 'another plugin of a discussion board', it should be very sexy, I think the team should involve a good graphic designer to think globally about the look

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[quote name='Maalong' timestamp='1342289681']
I have the gallery feed block in use on my IP Content homepage. It shows random photos from a single album. Will this still be possible when the new release is published?


Yes, your IP.Content randomly sorted Gallery feed block should continue to work.

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- quick highlighting an image as the album photo (e.g. via a drop down menu)

Setting a cover image works by selecting an option in a drop down menu.

[quote name='svit' timestamp='1342341385']
- the gallery should look attractive and striking (eg. such as 500px.com) I would very much like the gallery not to like 'another plugin of a discussion board', it should be very sexy, I think the team should involve a good graphic designer to think globally about the look


While we're not going to copy any specific site, our designer has not had a chance to review the release himself yet to tweak/change it, so please understand that ALL screenshots are preliminary and subject to change.

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Bravo! :D

Will we now be able to pan through images without having to constantly use the scroll wheel on our 'mice' (or mouses?!) in order to realign the images that have just been loaded in the middle of our miniscule computer screens?

We have removed the "profile photo album" functionality within the software, and now members will be able to set any image they can view as their profile photo.

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