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Old December 29th, 2004, 05:25 PM   #1
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PhotoPost 5 Information

I've already started on development for PhotoPost 5 - some of the features are already on display at ViperAlley.

New Features (will be continually updated):

. Photo Printing service
x Moderator assignments by category
x Unlimited extra fields including definable types using text, dropdowns, checkboxes and radio buttons
x Hidden Photos photos which can be tagged "hidden" from appearing in the gallery itself, but can be viewed with a direct link (Approve Photos has a new "Hidden Photos" which can be used to view any hidden photos).
x Contest Mode - allows a category to be set to "contest" mode where users can only vote for one photo in the category (no ratings per image)
x Advanced Sorting on showgallery pages
x improved search conditions (all words, one word matching)
x Category "max images" setting - removes oldest images as new ones are added
x Quick nav dropdown selector
x "Image ## to ## of ####" indicator on showgallery page
x Recent Posts category specific when in category
x Thumbnails with Titles in showgallery page
x Switch to turn of embedded multimedia
x Report Post
x Password variable removed from URLs and set by cookie
x System closed indicator for Admin
x Zip 'n Download optional for any category/albums
x optional rotation for thumbnails (IM users only)
x "mini" thumbnails for non-rotated thumbnails (only if rotating thumbs)
x thumbnail sharpening (IM users only)
x option to disable URL image downloads in uploadphoto
x new graphics for default message buttons
x page generation times
x MySQL errors only displayed to admin
x new thumbnail handling to remove php code from thumbnail templates and read the thumbnail file only once during execution
x optional big image window popup (see example site)
x album titles clickable to album from album admin page
x removed userid from new file uploads - files retain original name unless same filename has been uploaded to same category (support for legacy filenames included)
x changed # of comments not to count votes if you are not displaying votes without comments
x Print View of just image to allow for easy printing of photo
. vB3 avatars improved to show file system avatars, db stored and site selected avatars

Performance Updates
x Category info cache query optimization (significant reduction in queries for showgallery page)
x Thumbnails and med images moved to own directories
x .threads Users count taken from cache table (saves time on larger sites)
x Photo Views caching table to improve performance by saving an UPDATE query
x query optimizations on index, showgallery, showphoto (saves 6 queries on showphoto, 4 queries on index, and on showgallery 6 standard queries + with 30 thumbnails being displayed saves 30 queries for a total of 36 saved queries on this page)

Script Consolidation
x consolidation of multiple scripts into one multipurpose script (12 scipts into 1)
x consolidation of admin scripts (15 into 1)
x consolidation of all upgrade scripts into one upgrade script
x consolidation of language files into one sorted file - all strings moved to language files

Layout Improvements
x configurable index paging (see example site)
x News/Announcements Box for index page (contents set in admin)
x Category Intro Boxes to display a custom box of text for a category (set in admin categories) (see example)
x new layout for Edit Usergroups to accomidate smaller browser windows
x 24-hour time format selection (in Admin Options/Global Options)
x 10 new styles provided by Toney (see this thread)
x gallery layout now an option (file copy not required)
x edit header/footer/headtags file from Admin
x user selectible frames for albums
x user selectible styles for albums (when not using integrated forum styles)
x category specific thumbnail borders (can override site default)
x 7 new selectible thumbnail frames
x Admin Category list has collapse/expand selection removed for cats with no children

(x indicates code completed or being tested on URL at top)
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Old December 29th, 2004, 06:24 PM   #2
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We are planning a much tighter integration with PP5 that will use even more elements of vB3 within PhotoPost and put PhotoPost templates/phrases directly into vB3. Administrative functions will also be contained in the vB3 Admin panel.
thank you!!
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Old December 29th, 2004, 11:10 PM   #3
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Excellent news to start off the new year! PhotoPost Pro is getting better and better.
All the best to everyone at PhotoPost
Mark and Carole
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Old December 30th, 2004, 04:55 PM   #4
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Great News indeed Best of luck and Happy New Year!
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Old December 31st, 2004, 03:32 AM   #5
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Great News. Any chance of more support on the phpBB side of things.
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Old December 31st, 2004, 06:32 AM   #6
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Cool, i can't find anny beta release hehe..
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Old January 1st, 2005, 01:08 PM   #7
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What are you thinking for the photo printing service? FotoWire?? That would be cool... then we can just add in the Fotowire ID of the printer of our choice! (Good for us who are not in USA and don't want to use Shutterfly or things like that).
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Old January 4th, 2005, 08:00 AM   #8
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Hello Micheal,
I would recommend you one important thing from my point..
More better admin controllable options , logs, etc. this should add photpost a charm.

Also placement of gallery navigation links should be improved for easy of viewers

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Old January 4th, 2005, 08:31 AM   #9
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Category "max images" setting - removes oldest images as new ones are added
oh my days!

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Old January 4th, 2005, 11:34 AM   #10
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Can also post the server loads, queries executed etc. information ?
giving an option to administrators to control who should be able to see the same

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Old January 4th, 2005, 11:35 AM   #11
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You can display queries executed and page load times; I don't have any server load info, but can see about adding it.

The reworked language and template files, along with some category caching is having a big impact on reducing page generation times:

http://www.viperalley.com/gallery/index.php

I'll try to do some measurements to see ho wmuch faster PP5 is, but already its very noticable.
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Old January 6th, 2005, 08:26 AM   #12
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Two new features for review:

Big image in seperate window popup:

http://www.extremefitness.com/galler...php/photo/2274

Index pages:

http://www.michaelpierce.com/gallery/index.php
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Old January 6th, 2005, 12:34 PM   #13
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Suggestion - Why not display the dropdown menu vbulletin style ?
instead of displaying long way currently
Gallery name >> category name >> gallery name

instead having
-Category Name
---Gallery name

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Old January 6th, 2005, 01:29 PM   #14
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All you've done is add a <br> tag to the last category and put the category on its own line, right?
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Old January 7th, 2005, 12:51 PM   #15
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I've already started on development for PhotoPost 5 - some of the features are already on display at ViperAlley.

New Features (will be continually updated):

. Photo Printing service
Please consider using PrintButton - "PrintButton" bolts on sophisticated e-commerce and print ordering facilities. For more information visit www.printbutton.com

Reuters News Agency uses this service so it must bee good. You get to set your own price that photos sell for in various formats & sizes. For a list of some of the sites that use PrintButton take a look at www.printbutton.com/pbcom_examples.html
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Old January 7th, 2005, 01:04 PM   #16
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Two new features for review:

Big image in seperate window popup:
http://www.extremefitness.com/galler...php/photo/2274
Excellent!! Relly like this feature!!
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Old January 7th, 2005, 01:31 PM   #17
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This is a UK based business?

If it's just one line of html code (as their index page says); how hard is this to just inert into the showphoto.tmpl if you want to use it?
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Old January 7th, 2005, 02:47 PM   #18
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We will be branching the vB3 Enhanced version off from PhotoPost 5 for a seperate download that is all ready for easy integration into vB3. We are planning a much tighter integration with PP5 that will use even more elements of vB3 within PhotoPost and put PhotoPost templates/phrases directly into vB3. Administrative functions will also be contained in the vB3 Admin panel.
The integration into VB3 is with the new update from photopost very easy.
Because there are regelair updates from VB3 and Photopost don't change this new integration
Now it is very easy to update to new versions.
In one week Vbulletin updates two times 3.03. to 3.04 and today from 3.04 to 3.05.
When vbulletin must be upgrade than all hacks must be install again.
Now only the index file is needed to update for integration in vbulletin.
So please make no more hacks needed for integration.
I use two database and it works perfect.
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Old January 7th, 2005, 03:01 PM   #19
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Their website gives a UK address.

A userguide is available at http://images.photobox.co.uk/files/p...nuserguide.pdf

By the sounds of things they do a good job shipping worldwide...
"PhotoBox streamlines the sale of Reuters Pictures to our retail customers globally. By handling the printing, e-commerce and dispatch of orders, we are able to focus on producing striking picture collections."
Jassim Ahmad - Pictures Marketing Manager, Reuters Media
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Old January 7th, 2005, 03:05 PM   #20
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We will be branching the vB3 Enhanced version off from PhotoPost 5 for a seperate download that is all ready for easy integration into vB3. We are planning a much tighter integration with PP5 that will use even more elements of vB3 within PhotoPost and put PhotoPost templates/phrases directly into vB3. Administrative functions will also be contained in the vB3 Admin panel.


The integration into VB3 is with the new update from photopost very easy.
Because there are regelair updates from VB3 and Photopost don't change this new integration
Now it is very easy to update to new versions.
In one week Vbulletin updates two times 3.03. to 3.04 and today from 3.04 to 3.05.
When vbulletin must be upgrade than all hacks must be install again.
Now only the index file is needed to update for integration in vbulletin.
So please make no more hacks needed for integration.
I use two database and it works perfect.
There are many benefits to how we integrate with vB at this time and that won't change. We're just exploring some alternatives; however, recent vB activity is making us reconsider that approach at this time.
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