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P4 Auto-update details, build #1046

This morning we’re pushing a pretty major auto-update for ProPhoto4 users on auto-upgrade-capable web hosts. The biggest part of this auto update is the inclusion of a new feature, Facebook comments. It also includes a small optional image protection enhancement related to Pinterest, and a bunch of minor bug fixes.

If your host doesn’t do auto-updates, you can download the latest build from within your admin area, under ProPhoto => Customize => Site Settings => Misc => ProPhoto Updates. Tutorial for updating from downloaded zip can be found here.

Facebook Comments

an example of integrated Facebook comments on a blog post

Facebook comments are now built-in and fully supported by ProPhoto. I’ll be providing more information in a future blog post, but for now, once your site updates, you can experiment with Facebook comments by enabling them from your ProPhoto => Customize => Comments screen.

We’ve got lots of information and a ton of explanatory screenshots, plus FAQs about Facebook comments on our new, detailed support tutorial, so head over there and check it out if you’re interested in learning more.

Facebook comments is the biggest feature we’ve ever released to ProPhoto in between major upgrades, so for a few weeks it’s going to be in a “beta” phase. There will likely be a few small bugs we fix and basic improvements we’ll add as the feature stabilizes.

For those of you who don’t like Pinterest

A few weeks ago we added some basic Pinterest integration into P4. Most photographers like the idea of people pinning and sharing images from their site. However, if you’re concerned about unauthorized use or download of “Pinned” images on Pinterest, you can now set a global site setting in ProPhoto that prevents all “Pinning” of images from your site. You can find the preference under “Image Protection” on the ProPhoto => Customize => Content Appearance => Text & Images screen.

Changelog:

For those interested in a near-exhaustive list of what’s changed/new since our last auto-update, see the below list:

  • 03/13/12 – new feature: Facebook comments integration
  • 03/09/12 – prevent attempts to downsize images to zero or negative dimensions in odd circumstances
  • 03/08/12 – ensure all post/page styling (headlines, bold, italics, lists, etc) format correctly on mobile sites
  • 03/07/12 – fix rare image path location problem with certain Microsoft IIS 7.0 servers
  • 03/02/12 – improve menu creation for mobile footer menu, allow more items to be displayed, and more to be dragged into container items
  • fix display problems with quotation marks and other special characters in image titles
  • fix iPhone mobile gallery display width problem caused by previous change made to accommodate Android phones with larger screens
  • 02/29/12 – fix rare problem with first slideshow image sizing caused by large post image border width
  • fix rare fatal error caused by unresponsive call to debug_backtrace() in menu admin area caused by attempt to load missing or unknown gallery
  • fix JavaScript syntax error in slideshow file causing errors in IE
  • correctly load and display Facebook Like Box even when ajax-ed into contact form area after initial page load and Facebook parsing
  • 02/27/12 – fix comment form prefill formatting when an error occurs adding a comment via ajax
  • 02/23/12 – fix rare issue where a certain header layout could cause masthead slideshow width display problems
  • don’t try to load a ProPhoto slideshow that contains only one image
  • 02/22/12 – properly handle slideshows with music that are ajax-loaded into a page after initial request complete
  • fix rare but troublesome bug where certain widgets (mostly Grid) wouldn’t save changes
  • throw a console.warn() message when jQuery not defined for script.js to use, to aid debugging mysterious silent JavaScript failures when plugins dequeue or move jQuery
  • optimize error logging for greater speed, avoid slowing down page loads where there are error conditions present
  • 02/21/12 – allow prevention of Pinterest “pinning” of all images
  • 02/20/12 – fix error with IE9 playing music for slideshows, have IE9 use HTML5 audio element instead of flash, because it can
  • hide primary/secondary menu customization options if disabled

P4 Auto-update details, build #990

This afternoon we’re pushing another free auto-update to P4. Everyone on a capable web-host (about 96% of you) should see ProPhoto auto-update itself within 24 hours. This auto-update has some pretty cool new stuff, and I’ll be blogging more in the coming days about some of the details of the new features. Here’s a couple teasers:

Music for slideshows is back…

…and better than ever. We removed music support completely when we dropped all flash in our P4 upgrade, but now we’ve added back support for music in slideshows with a non-flash, HTML5 music player that also works on iPads and iPhones. ProPhoto will also automatically reconnect all of your old P3 MP3 files to your imported P4 galleries. More details in a future blog post.

Basic Pinterest support

This is only the beginning of our plans for Pinterest integration in the weeks and months to come, but we’ve started by adding simple, built-in Pinterest “Follow” and “Pin site image” options into the “Call to Action” option area. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Facebook “Like” button improvements

Improved Facebook integration was the most requested new feature in our recent poll, so we’ve already gotten started making improvements. We’ll have lots of details in future blog posts, but the basics of this update include:

New free starter design: Sunny California

We teamed up with Matt from LaLune Creative to add a new, free starter design, called Sunny California.

The new design looks great, and makes use of the new built-in Pinterest Call-to-action functionality. One of the reasons we added this new starter design was to replace “Late August” as the default starter for new users. Late August is great, and still a free, included starter design, but it’s not the easiest to edit and customize, so we thought it would be a win for usability to start out with a more straightforward starter design.

The gory details:

For the nerdy or incredibly inquisitive out there, here’s the standard run-down of just about everything that was changed since the last auto-update we pushed:

  • 02/08/12 – restore music files from P3 slideshows that had music and were imported into P4
  • add MP3 music functionality back to ProPhoto slideshows, without using flash for iPads and iPhones
  • 02/07/12 – stagger automated Emailswarning users about dangerously out-of-date WordPress installations, so as not to overwhelm our support staff
  • fix rare problem with certain Font Squirrel web kit zip uploads
  • 02/06/12 – mobile masthead needs to obey modifications on certain page types
  • 02/02/12 – Facebook “Like” and “Send” button integration in “Call to Action” areas, with new HTML5 API, allow commenting on FB while liking
  • fix mobile menu WordPress “Page” links to use correct, pretty-permalink URL
  • fix grids in sliding sidebar drawers not obeying font customization settings
  • apply image drag/drop protection to large images in post excerpts
  • fix bug in masthead slideshow modified on certain pages logic with header layouts where masthead and logo share same line
  • 02/01/12 – revamp Facebook “Like” button in post footer area, switch to HTML5/JavaScriptSDK API, allow addition of “Send” button and commenting while liking
  • 01/31/12 – prevent rare problem where multiple P3 galleries where being replaced by one gallery after import, caused by 32-bit integer overflow and very large Post IDs
  • add new, free, default starter design “Sunny California” – props Matt Hudson and LaLune Creative
  • add very basic Pinterest integration into Call-to-action area, follow button and pin-site-image functionality
  • fix problem with Twitter tweet date-permalink URLs caused by new Twitter API
  • prevent saving of designs with empty ID, caused by rare P3 data corruption issues
  • ensure proper import of P3 non_design options that are now design options in P4, these were getting inadvertently stripped out during import
  • don’t put private posts into grids
  • sites on NSX.APLUS.NET nameservers are non-auto-upgrade-capable because they run a Zues-like NFS filesystem that can cause major failures on auto-updates
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