21
Feb

We’ve released our new albums and pictures management update!

Since last year we’ve been working on redesigning the management part of Picblaze.

The old manage page is now split up in two pages:

Albums page

  • Shows all albums
  • Shows album edit controls per album
  • You can search for an album now
  • You can sort your album list based on various criteria
Picblaze albums page

Example of new albums page

Images page

  • Shows all images inside your album
  • Loads more pictures as you scroll down
  • To share an album with others use the share buttons or just copy & paste the web address from your browser
  • Picblaze detects if you’re the owner and shows you the edit controls and enables them or doesn’t
  • As owner of the album you can turn the edit controls on or off allowing you to view the album like your visitors would
  • Improvements to the uploader and we still support drag & drop uploading
  • Still multiple layout and nice representation options
Picblaze images page

Example of new images page

Live example

View a live example here: Picblaze example album

This is just the beginning of the updates. We’ll shortly begin working on adding extra management features.

Stay tuned!

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30
Dec

Today we’ve released the second update that finalizes the upgrade of our system to support more image formats.

A PRO account now officially supports 64 image formats. There are your typical web formats which the free account also supports, there are typical designer image formats and photo formats.

Here’s the complete list:

Web formats: jpeg, jpg, gif, png, bmp,
Designer formats: swc, swf/flash, tif, tiff, psd, ico, wbmp, xbm, pdf, j2c, jp2, jpc, jpx, pbm, pcx, psb, sct, tga, eps
Photography formats: wbmp, xbm, 3fr, ari, arw, bay, crw, cr2, cap, dcs, dcr, dng, drf, eip, erf, fff, iiq, k25, kdc, mdc, mef, mos, mrw, nef, nrw, obm, orf, pef, ptx, pxn, r3d, raf, raw, rwl, rw2, rwz, sr2, srf, srw, x3f

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30
Dec

We have some good news to start of 2016 the right way:

We’ve permanently dropped the prices of our PRO account subscriptions.
The new prices are:

1 month @ $9.95/month
3 months @ $8.29/month – reduction equals to half a month for free
6 months @ $7.46/month – reduction equals to a month and a half for free
12 months @ $6.63/month – reduction equals to 4 months for free

 

Upgrade here now: https://picblaze.com/upgrade/

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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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