Release Notes: New Drop Zones, Lightbox Customization, Carousel Improvements, Private Sharing, and More.

Spring has sprung, and we’re celebrating with a slew of new features and improvements released during the past few weeks.

Auto-Scroll and More Photo Options for Carousel
You wanted more options for the new Carousel content block, and we heard you! Now you can enable auto-scroll, looping, randomization, and keyboard navigation. Plus you can choose from additional photo sources: Popular and Recent Photos.

Get the full lowdown on the new Carousel control options here.

Customize Your Lightbox
Showcase your photos the way you want them to be seen with a customizable Lightbox. Show your background, hide or show the photo tools, enlarge or minimize your Buy button, and more. Go minimal or extra informative. The choice is now yours.

Learn how to tweak your Lightbox to display your photos the way you want.

Drag-and-Drop Customization Got Even Better
New drop zones in the Customizer are now larger and highlight where you can drop new content blocks on a page, making it easier to see exactly where you can place your content.

Brush up on customizing your site with drag-and-drop content blocks.

Privately Share Photos
Now you can share your photos with only the people you choose. With our new Private Sharing feature, you can send unique invitation links to friends, family, and clients to give them special access to photos meant for their eyes only.

Read more about this new sharing option and tips for including it in your workflow. And check out this informational webinar for a walkthrough on how to share your photos privately.

Miscellaneous
Here’s a list of all the other fixes we’ve released:

  • Stats: Logged-in owner views are no longer counted.
  • Menu: Child menu items set to open in a new tab now do as they’re told: open in a new tab.
  • Profile/Cover Photo: Deleting your profile or cover photo no longer breaks your profile content block on the page.
  • Mobile: Images viewed in the Lightbox on mobile web now look even better.
  • Vimeo: Private Vimeo videos no longer display where they shouldn’t.
  • Email: Emails sent using the “Contact Link” on your website now clearly indicate they’re from your visitors and not from SmugMug.

Stay tuned as always for more great features and improvements coming through this space!

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Release Notes: Watermark Improvements, Gallery Privacy Tweaks and In-Line Info Editing

Wondering what’s new at SmugMug? Here’s the latest on the most important and noticeable changes you’ll see around your site.

The Privacy Name Tweak

We’ve made a small change to the names of your various gallery privacy options. Instead of “Public,” “Unlisted,” and “Private,” you’ll now see the following, designed to remind you who gets to see your gallery at each setting:

  • Public
  • Unlisted (Anyone with the link)
  • Private (Only Me)

Remember: This doesn’t affect the functionality of these privacy settings, so there’s no action needed on your part. We just wanted each setting to be crystal clear to everyone in one glance.

Limit Watermarks to Larger Sizes

If you’ve ever wanted your big, beautiful photos watermarked but don’t want your gallery’s photo tiles showing it, this one’s for you! You’ll now find a new option in your custom watermarks manager that lets you set a minimum display size onto which they will be applied.

For example: Suppose your homepage displays your photos in grid format with “Medium” sized thumbnails. If you don’t want your custom watermarks showing on them, you can set the “Smallest Size” setting for your watermark for Large and up.  Clean thumbs, FTW!

Plus, the SmugMug default “Proof” watermark will now only apply to “Large” display sizes and up.

As always, changes you make to your custom watermarks don’t automatically show up across your site. So if you want to begin using this feature, be sure to re-apply watermarks to your photos in bulk. (Hint: Your site-wide organizer can help you with this.)

Add or Change Titles, Captions, and Keywords On the Fly

You can now quickly add or edit your photo details (title, caption, and keywords) in the new SmugMug while you’re browsing your galleries, all without opening a gallery menu or the site-wide organizer. Click on the little pencil icon that appears when you mouse over the area under your pics to open a quick editor. Then type in your text.

Find it here:

When clicked, you’ll see this:

This simple text editor will appear in galleries of SmugMug and Journal styles, as well as in any Lightbox in all gallery styles.

Hot tip: This also works on mobile, so you can tidy up your site without being tied to your desk.

Other fixes and improvements:

  • Maps  now allow you to use your mouse scroll to zoom in and out.
  • We’ve combined your photo map and your photo info (EXIF) panels for a single, clean info panel.
  • We’ve dramatically sped up the amount of time it takes for us to generate custom image sizes that you request.

That’s all for now. More soon!

Release Notes: HTML5 Uploader, Scope Your Maps and Keywords and more

While we’re getting all wrapped up in the festivities of the season, we’ve also been hard at work on your many feature requests and feedback. Here’s a few of the most recent goodies that we’ve released!

New Updates to the Uploader

Our HTML5 uploader got an overhaul to match the rest of new SmugMug, and now shows you two columns of real-time info: the files you’ve queued and the files that we’ve successfully completed.

We’ll also check for duplicates each time you drag photos in, so you don’t have to refresh or reload the uploader for it to detect files you’ve already uploaded.

And fear not, happy draggers! The new uploader also sports an edge-to-edge drop target, which means you can drop your photos anywhere in your entire browser and they’ll get slurped safely in. More about uploading at SmugMug.

New Options for Your Map and Keywords!

SmugMug's Map content block with additional settings

We recently give you the ability to set the scope of what shows up in your Search content block, so we did the same for your Maps and your Keywords.Your Map content block settings will now display pins from the following:

  • Recent photos
  • Popular photos
  • Galleries I Choose
  • Photos I Choose
  • Keywords

This is a perfect way to showcase your favorite vacation spots, when sharing the most difficult-to-reach photo gems with fellow photographers, or for planning out locations to take your portrait clients. Don’t forget to add a location to your photos if they don’t automatically get tagged!

SmugMug's Keyword content block with more options to display

Your keywords content block now has the additional scope options:

  • Current location
  • Entire Site
  • Location I Choose

Since keywords are an integral part of search and helping your photos get found, it’s easy for your keyword cloud to mushroom out of control. Now you can use the new “Scope” option to refine what your fans see and keep it relevant to the page. More about keywords on SmugMug.

A Better Header

You may have noticed that your logged-in header looks a little different than it used to. Based on your feedback, we shuffled a few things around and moved the options to left side of the bar, for better clickability.

After all, you’re going to be hitting those pretty heavily, so why not make it perfect?

Slideshow Sweep

A few simple fixes for your Slideshows: We had a few reports about some slideshows skipping photos, which shouldn’t happen anymore.

Your visitors can now also see photos in your slideshows that are pulled from unlisted galleries. This is perfect for those times you just want to create a secret, separate gallery where you Collect or upload your best images from all over your site.

That’s it from us. As always, we’ve got more great stuff on the way so keep that feedback coming!

iPhone. Photography. Awesomized. Free.

… it is by far one of the most full-powered camera apps I’ve used, and it marks an exciting advance for smartphone cameras.
– The Wall Street Journal

Here at last. Our baby. As you know, photography is our life and our passion. So we created the camera you never knew you always wanted, the camera we always dreamed of – a camera fit for the iPhone.

Camera Awesome is SmugMug’s new iPhone app. It lets you take beautiful photos using the camera you already have. No ads, no cost, no catch (seriously, it’s free). So go ahead, create those memories and share them on the sites you love.

Camera Awesome is the Future of Photography

As amazing as expensive cameras are, they can’t do at any price what Camera Awesome can for free:

  • Be so simple anyone can use it.
  • Provide advanced features like a level for the horizon and an easy way to focus in one spot and set exposure in another.
  • Apply effects designed by pro photographers (like Kevin Kubota) to transform your memories from forgettable into stunning works of art.
  • Share instantly on all your favorite sites.
  • Auto-archive photos and videos to your SmugMug account.
  • Precord video so that when you tap the record button, you record the past.
  • Be fun and whimsical and… did we say fun and whimsical?

How is it different?

It’s FAST.  Simple.  Beautiful.  And so, so fun!

It’s loaded with gorgeous effects and filters that would cost a pretty penny in professional editing programs.

Share on the social networks you already use, like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more.

You Are SO Gonna Have Fun.

Here are some of the Awesome things you can do with this app:

  • For moms – Catch those first steps or the winning goal. With hi-speed burst mode and 5-second video precording, all of those moments are yours forever… and safely backed up to SmugMug so you can print them big and bold.
  • For adventurers – Capture your experiences anytime, anyplace, without weighty gear. Climb mountains, cross borders and leap from the sky with just your iPhone in-hand. Auto-archiving means you’ll never lose your photos when you’re on the road.
  • For photographers – You’ll love the exclusive collection of filters, textures and frames offered by post-processing superstar Kevin Kubota. Apply stunning, Lightroom-worthy effects to your photos in just a few taps.

Are You Ready to Shoot Like a Pro?

Check out what you can do:

Ready?

Get it free now from the App Store and start Awesomizing your world.

New Link Shortener and Some Bug Fixes

Get Shorter URLs

Love little links? Take advantage of our awesome, Smuggy link shortening service that turns any web address you drop into the box into a cute http://smu.gs URL:

This is a great feature for those of you who want bite-sized snips to share with your friends. You can even add “/shorten” to the end of your SmugMug address to get your own version of the page.

Try it for yourself!

Bug Fixes

A couple of order-related issues were squashed:

  • We fixed a glitch that was hiding details about Packages in your shopping cart total. Now you can review them before checkout.
  • If you have non-alphanumerics in your email address (like + signs), the secure link in your order confirmation emails should work when you click it.

And a miscellaneous one:

  • Deleting a photo from a gallery shouldn’t reset the arrangement of the remaining images.

Till later,

The SmugMug Family