Archive for November, 2015

22
Nov

End of July this year we received an idea from a user to update our album pages. The idea was to add settings and different layout styles.

After a few months of hard work, we’ve finally released an update that realizes the original idea.

When you visit the public album page of your album, you’ll see in the top right corner a SETTINGS button. Clicking that reveals the following options:

  • dynamic layout
  • static layout
  • vertical layout
  • horizontal layout
  • sort options

Each layout is unique and has its advantages and disadvantages. The easiest way to grasp the new layouts is to experience them. Here’s an example album on which you can try the different layouts: Landscapes.

When choosing a layout (or sort option) when you’re logged in and viewing your own album, the setting is saved as the default viewing option. Any public visitors to your album will automatically see that layout (and sorting).

In the coming weeks we’ll deprecate the large thumbnail and solely create 2 thumbnails when new images are uploaded:

  • Small thumbnail (shown on your manage page and static album layout)
  • Medium thumbnail (shown in dynamic layout –  is being created for some time now, chances are your images already have this thumbnail)

With deprecating the large thumbnail, we’ll be removing it from our servers. Please take note and update any links you’ve made. As a replacement you can simply link to the original image or the medium thumbnail.

More updates are in the works, stay tuned!

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22
Nov

We’ve released a small update to our image uploader.

First some background: when you upload images two things need to happen:

  1. The file needs to be transferred from your device to our server
  2. Once received the file needs to be processed, which is, create the necessary thumbnails, extract the meta data present, save this information in our database and put the file in the location so it’s available

In the past, when you uploaded multiple images, the processing part would only be triggered after all files had been transferred to our server.

From now on images are processed right after they are uploaded. This means if you’re uploading multiple images, the image processing starts when the file has arrived at our server, and at the same time the uploading of the next image can continue.

There are two major advantages:

  • Uploading new images is now a lot faster –  as you’re doing things in parallel
  • If you lose your internet connection, anything that has been uploaded and processed will be retained – while in the past, because the processing was after uploading everything, the chance was high you’d lose all your progress

If you have any questions about this just reply below or send us an email.

Enjoy!

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22
Nov

Our content delivery network, which is responsible for delivering your images to your audience, has expanded to six more locations worldwide.

These are the new locations:

  • Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi, India
  • Zürich, Switzerland

Anyone in these regions will benefit from an increased speed.

Our CDN now consists of 69 locations world wide.

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