SmugMungous – October 15th, 2007
During the wee hours of this morning, we launched a release that’s been many months in the making. With the average screen resolution of SmugMuggers and their visitors continually on the rise, we decided it was high-time we stepped up our game.
Please welcome to the family… SmugMungous! Three new viewing sizes: XLarge, X2Large, and X3Large. You can view them in lightbox and with our new “auto” feature, we’ll automatically choose the best size for your browser window. Open wide.
All new photos added to SmugMug will get these extra three viewing sizes, and olde photos will get them too if you rotate, watermark, crop, or use color effects on them (thus telling us you need new display sizes generated). You can see all 8 display sizes outlined on this freshly updated help page.
But wait, there’s more.
- Also on that page, you’ll see the nitty gritty on a cool feature we added to power and pro accounts: the ability to adjust SmugMug’s recipe for photo sharpening on display sizes. Play with the numbers on your customize gallery page, and we’ll use them when new display sizes are generated (again, through upload, or rotating, cropping, etc. existing photos).
- We increased the quality of newly-generated thumbnails. Because your photos should look good, 150 pixels or 1600 pixels.
- We now use PNG and GIF files natively, instead of converting the display sizes to jpeg.
- We increased the jpeg quality if your photo has been cropped and cannot be rotated losslessly.
- The customize gallery page now has a drop-down so you can select the largest size you’d like to be viewable. Standard users can still block originals, by selecting X3L as their largest size. Pros can still select a size as small as medium for their largest size.
- Updated API and help pages for SmugMungous options.
- Added new help page outlining SmugMug’s accepted forms of payment.
- Updated the news page to include Apple and Entrepreneur Magazine featuring SmugMug.
- Quick update to our photoshop elements help page to mention that you can add photos to SmugMug straight from the brand-new Photoshop Elements 6.0.
- New “copy link” button on the share page to save our customers some time.
Whew! It feels good to have this baby out the door, but stay tuned because the party ain’t over yet.