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Update #3: PHOTO PRO IS NOW HERE!

Thank you to everyone for your contributions and feedback!

Update #2 (Jan. 12th):

You guys have provided excellent feedback and feature request, I’ve been trying to get everyone request built in! Here’s all the new features that have been recently added based on your requests!

  • Lightbox EXIF Popup. Lot of work put into proper EXIF support. Displaying EXIF will be a group toggle. IF enabled, lightbox images that have EXIF data will get an info icon that appears next to the image caption, clicking the icon will show generous EXIF data in a slick popup. Will also display Apple Photos IPTC data too.
  • Lightbox Meta Caption. Select a specific meta data type to overwrite the default lightbox caption.
  • Lightbox Link. Photo Groups now have a custom name input for triggering that lightbox group when that custom name is added to any RapidWeaver link.
  • Lightbox Video. Single image settings now have a video input field. Enter a YouTube or Vimeo video url, and that video will be shown (instead of an image) in the lightbox. Basically a thumbnail image launches the lightbox, and a hosted video can be shown.
  • Lightbox Zoomed. Single images now get a “Lightbox Zoomed” setting, when selected that image will zoom in by default when viewing in the lightbox. Great for panorama images, for example.
  • Multi Step Zoom. Zooming an image will now start at 50% (of the original image size), and step increase to 75%, then 100%.
  • Lightbox Copyright. An input field to enter your copyright information. This text will appear just below your image caption for all lightbox images. Color adjustable.

There were a few requests that I liked, but wont make it in the new Photo stack launch… Image search, lazy load, and exif data on thumbnails. These would have to be added in an update down the road. You feedback for Photo has been TOP NOTCH, thank you!!

What’s NEW coming in Photo 2 (Jan. 7th):

  • New Thumbnail Styles. New and improved thumbnail layout options.
  • 100% Color Adjustable. The entire Photo layout (thumbnails, lightbox, etc.) can be adjusted with Stack color pickers.
  • New RapidWeaver Stack Edit look. So much nicer to work with in every way.
  • New improved Lightbox layout. Photo 2 adds many new features accessible to the visitor, the new streamlined lightbox layout make those new controls easy to get to.
  • Dedicated lightbox settings for each photo group. This makes lightbox settings faster and easier to setup, and allows for customized lightbox experiences for each photo group.
  • Dedicated thumbnail handling. For each thumbnail you can choose to use the full size image, or have Stacks generate a low resolution thumbnail, or drop in your own thumbnail image.
  • Photo Group Hide. Hiding a group of images is now a quick click, compared to Photo 1 where images had to hidden one by one…
  • Photo Group Protect. Image protection can now be add on a per group basis.
  • Photo Group Thumbnail Columns. Adjusting the column count for Laptop, Tablets, Large Phones and Phones, is super easy now!
  • Photo Batch Captions. Captions generated from image file name.
  • Photo Batch Collections. Batch now can be use to create Gallery Collections (In Photo 1 this was not possible).
  • Photo Batch Thumbnails. A separate resource folder can be used to generate thumbnails.
  • Photo Batch Resources. Photo Batch now sources images from a RapidWeaver Resource folder (images can be named anything, compared to the original Photo where images had to be sequentially named for Batch usage, and added to a server manually).
  • Thumbnail hide from lightbox. Useful for having a thumbnail trigger, but then not wanting that same image in the lightbox gallery.
  • Lightbox Fullscreen. Enable to let people click a toggle, taking the lightbox to full screen (like youtube videos can).
  • Lightbox Image Download. Enable to let people download the full size version of the viewed image.
  • Lightbox Social Sharing. A viewed lightbox image can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. This shared URL will take someone to your website, and automatically open the lightbox, and show that exact image. Wild!
  • Lightbox Group Thumbnails. Optionally show all group image thumbnails below the large viewed lightbox image.
  • Lightbox Slideshow. Optionally have lightbox images autoplay your group images, with customizable timing settings.
  • Lightbox Add to Cart. Every wanted to sell the images used in your lightbox gallery? Now you can each image as a digital download with Photo 2 and Cartloom! Beyond that, any physical or digital Cartloom product can be sold from a lightbox image.

Did I miss a feature you really wanted? Love the upcoming features? Let me know below in the comments!

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Simon Horn
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Simon Horn

Captions and titles: I need to have a shorter photo title on the gallery page, and a longer caption in the lightbox (including or not the title).
Thanks.

Hal Clark
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Hal Clark

Hi Nick, Photo 2 sounds like it will be fun to use. I have been looking for a stack that would open a Lightbox image if you hover over the thumbnail. Is that something that could be added?

Jeff
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Jeff

Hey Nick, This sounds great! Will Photos 2 work with Foundry?

Wendy Baker
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Wendy Baker

Hi Nick…looks awesome!! Is this a paid upgrade??

David Jenner
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David Jenner

I can’t wait for this update!
Photo 1 has always been my go to Stack for photo galleries and these new features in Photo 2 look amazing.

Good work Nick!

kulbir thandi
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kulbir thandi

1. Make FLOW images load across the page not down the page, this was the biggest fault with photo 1.
2. Add a option to show video and still images, on the same page. So the video can auto play in thumbnail view.

Wendi Schneider
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Wendi Schneider

How exciting! Sounds fantastic! Need a tester?? Sounds like exactly what I’ve been looking for. Is there a way to add a search feature to be able to keyword and pull up images by keyword?

Richard Harris
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Richard Harris

How soon is soon? Funnily enough just looking for a gallery stack, and loved the zoom feature. Everything above looks like really cool development. Will be first in the purchase queue I think……

Pascal Lucas
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Pascal Lucas

Lookin’ forward to discover this new upgrade of Photo….

Media Monk
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Media Monk

Looks great! Especially excited about captions on photo batches. Wondering how using the file name will work grammatically, and can’t wait to see it.

John blanchard
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John blanchard

Hi Nick, I use Photo extensively on my site. I welcome any general improvements as long as the new stack is ‘backwards’ compatible ie no or little rework. I support the caption improvements already referred to. Thank you for all you do!

John Boyce
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John Boyce

Can hardly wait! I love the Photos stack and this is shaping up to make us all look r e a l good! Thanks Nick!

Nicolas Petit
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Nicolas Petit

Hi ! I’d like to add a alt tag to every warehouse image. Thanks !

Massimo
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Massimo

Integration with TCMS and next release of TCMS2?

Mike
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Mike

Looking forward to it! Hopefully sooner than later 😜

Massimo
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Massimo

I would like to have the “Photo Batch Resources” feature without to set the required number of photo to display. So in this way the folder can contains any numbers of files.

Scott Breitbart
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Scott Breitbart

Sounds promising. I’d love to see an easy way to have a lightbox open from a text link (possibly even text in a table), rather than a thumbnail. I have a long list of galleries I need on one page but don’t want a thumbnail of each showing – just the text list/link.

Joy Dickens
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Joy Dickens

Wow can’t wait

Dave S.
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Dave S.

No photo stack handles panorama images (very wide relative to height) well which is surprising given how common they are (and more so with better phone camera capabilities). They always end up displaying the full width image which makes them tiny in height and useless for viewing. They need to be displayed at their full height with the ability to scroll horizontally. It would be good for your stack to offer an option to always display images at full height (rather than full width) with horizontal scrolling (if needed) and show some visual cue to indicate the image can be… Read more »

Brian Walker
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Brian Walker

Nick,
Photo 2 sounds great! Now comes the that discipline that I struggle with: “patience”!
This feature request is probably way out there: I would love to bond a pair of images together in a gallery – so that a viewer can see them as one…
Envision the front and rear scans of an old photo. Instead of clicking to enlarge, the option to click-to-flip the image would give my visitors (and clients) the opportunity to see their ancestors notes from the back side of the photo.
Thank you for considering everyone’s ideas.
Cheers!
– Brian Walker

Wendi
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Wendi

Will Photo I galleries be editable in Photo 2? What is the ETA?

Neil Gillies
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Neil Gillies

Arghhh, I just bought Photo (1) yesterday – will I be entitled to an upgrade ?

Brian
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Brian

Would love to have the option to display EXIF data alongside the caption in the lightbox, like ISO, shutter speed, aperture, camera and lens etc. Maybe even configurable what data is shown. That would be awesome, thanks!

Stephan Brockert
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Stephan Brockert

Love it!

Jason Teale
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Jason Teale

Awesome! all of this sounds great. I will eagerly waiting for this to come out.

Graham Langley
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Graham Langley

Will/can the stack be integrated with Joe Workman’s Total CMS please?

Graham Langley
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Graham Langley

Large stock libraries have a means of short-listing images that you might like to purchase, Sometimes called a ‘like box’, and usually only available once you subscribe and login, this is a very useful facility for users browsing large collections. Is this outside the scope of this project? Sorry if I am naively unaware of the complexity of what I’m asking for.

Brad Francis
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Brad Francis

Lightbox Social Sharing – can we have a “Copyright notice” across the background of the entire image so that people can still share the image with their friends, but commercially use this image?

Joachim
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Joachim

Hi. I used the Photo 1 Stack often. But recently i run into troubles (Lightbox not showing). How can I contact you?
I know this is not the proper way, but i can not find another help on this issue…
Thank, Jo

Richard Malpas
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Richard Malpas

Hi Nick. I’m very much a newbie with Photo 1 and RM, so I hope my comments don’t refer to a feature that’s obviously present in either. I’ve created a number of photo groups based on themes (‘Landscape’, ‘On the beach’ etc). I’ve set up a photograph in each group as the link image. The caption for the link image is the same as the caption for the group image (displayed on mouse-over). I do not want the link image to have a caption. I want the option of the name of the group theme to be displayed either above… Read more »

Marcel www.voorst.xyz
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Marcel www.voorst.xyz

Yes Nick, I want to use Photo2 with hundreds of photos, maybe you should implement a kind of “Lazy Load” or a “Load more” button.

See here the ideal gallery via browser “Duck Duck Go” (use the images search) https://bit.ly/2N2jDH9

Simple and minimalistic 😉

Thank you very much!
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Matt S
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Matt S

Hi Brian,

Another issue we have is image ordering ie getting photos to display in a certain order. Many servers modify the date of the photos to the date they were uploaded thus simply sorting by this modified date doesn’t help. The exif data does contain two fields called Date Time Digitized and Date Time Original. If Photo2 were to read the Date Time Original then it could be asked to display photos by this field either oldest to newest or the reverse.

L Swift
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L Swift

Hi Nick, to be able to drag and drop a bunch of images and instantly create a photo album. I really miss the old ‘rapidalbum’ plugin from RW 5 & 6 that allowed this. To be honest, I have found it so extremely tiresome having to add in every single image one at a time to create a gallery that I haven’t used your plugin as much as I expected. If it had this one feature, I would use it all the time.

Bernard O'Sullivan
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Bernard O'Sullivan

Hi There, I think I know the answer to this question but i need to clarify. At the present I am using the Gallery stack, one issue I have with this is that it does not allow you to simply automatically use the file name as a caption, as a commercial photographer with a large number of images this involves a lot of work and puts me off large scale changes. Am I right in thinking Photo 2 can automate this?

Michael Forte
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Michael Forte

I have about 2000 photos that have descriptions and multiple tags in Apple Photos. I know you said you can drop groups of photos into a folder as a batch and the file names will be read as the titles, but what about photo descriptions? Is there some way I could create a csv file with a list of all photos, tags, and descriptions and have them uploaded as a batch?

Davide
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Davide

It would be great having an easy integration with Cartloom to buy that specific picture right away.

Andrew
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Andrew

Sounds amazing, love all the new features. Thanks for the quality and detail you put into all your products.

Uwe Friedhoff
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Uwe Friedhoff

Hi Nick, first i would like to say that Photo is really fantastic. But there is a small, but for me very important thing: in Photo 1 the title of a photo group is also needed to open the lightbox by using an external link. In my case the problem was, that the title of the photo group contains special characters and some of them are not allowed to use in external links. It would be great if you had separate fields for “Links” and “Titles”. Thank you.

Matt S
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Matt S

Nick,
Photo2 is sounding more exciting each time I return and read about another aspect you are willing to incorporate. Can’t wait to try it.

tim schultz
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tim schultz

Do we have any control over the sequential ordering of images?

I primarily shoot kitchens and would prefer to start at one end of the kitchen and work my way around the room, essentially producing a panorama with still photography.

Can I control the order these pictures will show up in the slideshow?

tim schultz
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tim schultz

Will Photo 2 have any provisions for changing the pixel size or compression of the images?

Or does all this have to be baked in to the image prior to integrating with Photo 2?

Dave S.
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Dave S.

Hey Nick. Just wanted to second the desire for video handling for warehoused videos. Probably like your Single Image but with thumbnail and video link fields. You might overlay the thumbnail image with the usual Play icon and when clicked would either play in your lightbox, or maybe a different type of window. Would need usual controls on window for volume, to play/pause, a draggable progress bar, and importantly an icon to display video full size in the viewport.

Dave S.
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Dave S.

BTW, I saw your updated comments and am excited about pano and exif handling. Thanks!

Massimo
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Massimo

When Photo2 will be released?

Davide
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Davide

Will it be possible to have a button option on the open Lightbox? A way to guide the client to another page after seeing a specific photo… Basically a link related to every picture.