Over the years I've targetted Pixaria Gallery primarily as a software package aimed at photographers but Pixaria has increasingly had an appeal much wider than this audience. One of the areas where I've seen an increasing amount of interest is in the realms of digital asset management - a market where I've never really intended for Pixaria to compete but where there is an obvious fit.
As I am currently working on improvements to the e-commerce capabilities of Pixaria, it's become quite obvious that a number of the features that I have planned may be of interest to users looking for digital asset management software.
With this in mind, I'd be interested to hear from any Pixaria users who are either using Pixaria in this way or who might consider doing so. I'm particularly keen to hear what areas might need improvement to meet your needs from web based digital asset management.
Feel free to drop me an e-mail at email@example.com with your ideas.Permalink
As part of a spring promotion HostPost Web Services have a hosting offer which has been put together especially for Pixaria users. The discount coupon code is Pixaria_Host and is valid until the 31st May 2010.
This discount code offers a 20% off all Yearly and Bi-Yearly Unlimited Plans and 1GB Service hosting packages. This represents up to a Â£28 saving on hosting. The discount also covers domain products giving savings on registrations and transfers.
Don't forget to look out for a 'Enter Discount Code' box when you reach the checkout stage.Permalink
Unless you've been living as a hermit in Tibet, you've probably noticed that most of Europe has ground to a halt over the last week thanks to the EyjafjallajÃ¶kull volcano in southern Iceland. This eruption is interesting in many ways but not least because of the amount of lightning it's produced. Check out some of the beautifully captured lightning shots in the short time lapse stills on the Boston.com website.Permalink
I'm happy to announce the immediate availability of Pixaria Gallery version 2.8.4. This update includes a couple of new features including support for sending Twitter status updates from the admin area, user-definable gallery metadata for search engine optimisation and a major speed boost to the search engine.
The search engine optimisation in particular is worth highlighting as for large image libraries of over 15,000 images, it can result in speed improvements of up to 94% over the previous version. In a test on a library of 150,000 images, the search time was, on average, 20 times faster than the same search with version 2.8.3.
As usual there are a number of minor bugs fixes and improvements in this update and of interest to users in Spain and France, there is now a Basque (Euskara) translation included. My thanks go to Antton Alberdi for the translation!
To get this update, please drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send the new version to you. As always, please take a moment to check out the release notes and change log before upgrading as these contain full details of all the modifications in this version.Permalink
No doubt you're aware that Photoshop CS5 was released to great fanfare last week as part of the new and improved Create Suite package from Adobe. Putting aside the row with Apple over Flash on iPad and iPhone, the Mac version of Adobe's flagship software looks like a solid upgrade for anyone who works with digital images with the additionl (finally) of 64 bit support.
As usual, Dave Girard at Ars Technica has done a cracking job on an in-depth review that is definitely recommended reading if you're thinking about upgrading:
Read the full review at Ars Technica: http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2010/04/photoshop-cs5-extended---the-ars-technica-review.arsPermalink
I had the chance to play with a work colleague's Apple iPad today and I have to say, I'm quite impressed. It's a great size - not too big - and it doesn't feel too heavy to be comfortable.
Naturally, I fired up Safari and had a quick look at Pixaria Gallery and I'm pleased to report that thanks to the standards support in Pixaria's HTML and CSS, everything works beautifully:
I'm happy to announce the immediate availability of Pixaria Gallery version 2.8.2. This release is primarily geared to delivering minor improvements and refinements rather than drastic changes but I've been able to squeeze some nice new features too..!
The big addition in this release is support for image previews when the mouse cursor moves over images in the front end thumbnail views. This preview can be customised to show the image title and file name all of which can be controlled in the newly improved appearance settings control panel. I've also taken the opportunity to add an icon link option for thumbnail activities such as opening the simple slideshow or downloading a comp image.
A new addition to the actitivies for thumbnails is a high-resolution download action which displays a pop-up menu with download options. This will hopefully make it much easier for users to find the download links for images which were previously visible only on the downloads tab of the image detail view page.
To get this update, please drop me an e-mail at email@example.com and I'll send the new version to you. As always, please take a moment to check out the release notes and change log before upgrading as these contain full details of all the modifications in this version.
Once again, I must give credit where it's due and thank Matthias Zehnder and Leo Garcia for their invaluable contributions to this release!Permalink
One of the most frequently requested feature additions for Pixaria is an image preview when navigating through gallery, lightbox and search result thumbnails. Many stock photo websites now include this feature and I've finally been able to add it to Pixaria as part of the 2.8.2 update which will be available later this month.
When the thumbnail preview is enabled in the appearance control panel, a larger preview image will shown to the user when their mouse cursor moves over any of the thumbnail images in the gallery, lightbox or search results thumbnail views. At the same time as implementing this, I've also taken the opportunity to add an icon view for thumbnail actions such as downloading a comp or adding an image to the lightbox. This new view option can be enabled in the appearance control panel.
The preview image used for this view will be the 'small comp' image which is a 320 x 320 pixel fitted image that was introduced to Pixaria in version 2.6. Images imported into Pixaria before this version will not have a 'small comp' image available and therefore no preview will be shown for these images. Fortunately however, there will be a way to generate this and other thumbnail images in the admin area.
The new thumbnail regeneration utility will make it possible to re-create the thumbnail images for any images in your library or add them if they do not exist. To create missing thumbnails, all that's needed is to simply select the gallery of images you wish to work with and then tick the boxes to indicate which images you wish to (re)create.Permalink
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