Some nice new updates gone live today, mostly for sites that use photo albums.
- Larger pictures - images are now scaled to a larger size, both for the thumbnails in the album listings as well as when viewing a photo. (new photos will take the new size straight away, existing photos are being resized automatically over the next day or two)
- When viewing photos the image is shown no larger than the browser window height, to avoid annoying scrolling with a big portrait image.
- You can now use the left and right keys on the keyboard to go to the previous and next photo in the album.
- When going previous/next the scroll position is maintained so that you can look at photos without having to continually scroll up and down the page.
- Minor improvements to the grid layout - more pictures per page and rows should stay in alignment with different image aspect ratios.
- Folder (and empty album) icons updated.
Photo Album Includelet
This is new and exciting! Based on the Related Image Gallery includelet, you can now add all the photos in a Photo Album directly to a page. It has the following options:
- Select the album for the photos.
- How many columns in the grid.
- Whether to show a caption on each photo.
- Size of the image when clicked.
When viewing the gallery, when you click an image it opens in a modal. There are previous/next buttons in the window, and you can also use the keyboard right/left buttons.
You can add the includelet in a side column or main content, and you can even have multiple on the same page if you want to!
Related Image Gallery Includelet
Improved in line with the new Photo Album includelet: options to show caption and change popup size, next/previous buttons in the popup, left/right keyboard navigation, and grid layout is a bit better.
(Photo Album and Related Image Gallery includelets are identical but take their pictures from a different source - either a specified Photo Album, or all Images related to the current page)
The updated related image gallery is a good improvement.
The new photo album includelet will be very useful, although I did find that it can't see albums that are stored within other folders.
Having said that it seems if you create (or move) the album in the root folder then setup the link in the includelet you can move the album to a sub folder afterwards...
I assume this is an acceptable work arround as I guess its a relational link within the database? So the url to the album is not dependent on folder location?
This was just a bug - you can now select an album from anywhere in your Photo Albums app, not just the top level!
And yes - it links to the album using its unique id, so you can move the albums around no problem and it won't affect the includelet.
Though if you delete the album then it'll stop working of course! (the includelet will display nothing in this case)
Thanks for reporting it