Smart Galleries. January 27th, 2010.
A Collect Photo icon has been added to the Photobar:
Until today, your galleries could only contain actual photos and videos that you uploaded. Now they can also display virtual copies so that one photo can be displayed in many locations.
Simply navigate to interesting photos and click the new Collect Photo icon on the photobar to collect them. You’ll be prompted to choose a destination gallery. Collected photos are attributed to the owner with a link back to the original photo.
You’ll also find a Collect Photos option in the tools menu that lets you collect in bulk. And on the header in Lightbox view.
It even has an option to collect all current and future photos for a gallery. More about collecting.
You can automagically display virtual copies in your galleries by choosing from a powerful set of rules. Did you and a SmugMug friend go to Disneyland? You can quickly set a rule to display virtual copies of her photos in a date range with the keyword Audrey, for example, in a gallery on your SmugMug site. Here’s how.
Wait. Who can collect MY photos?
You may be honored when a woman of obvious taste displays your shot in her “Exceptional Photos” gallery. But you may not want your daughter’s photos collected. Here’s how you set permissions:
- You can always collect your own photos, regardless of gallery settings.
Your adoring fans can collect your photos in their SmugMug galleries when all of these conditions are true:
- Your site has no site-wide password.
- Your gallery is public and not passworded.
- Your gallery has external linking enabled.
- You have not disabled Allow Collecting in your control panel Settings Tab.
External Linking and Allow Collecting are very closely related. External linking is a gallery setting that has always enabled a form of collecting: displaying your photos in blogs and forums. When someone embeds your photo in a forum, they may not give you attribution or a link back to your site. Collections do both automatically.
Allow Collecting is a site-wide setting that has no effect if external links are off. It’s one click to rule them all if you want absolutely no collecting (but you can still collect your own).
All virtual copies honor the settings of the original. If you apply watermarks, set prices, limit the largest size, etc., the virtual copies will inherit those settings.
If you collect a photo from your unlisted gallery, it can be displayed in your public galleries. But we won’t display a link to its origin. And visitors will not be able to collect it.
This is version 1.0
We watch comments in this blog and the discussion on Dgrin like hawks because we know you’ll find annoyances we need to correct. And feature additions. We know you’ll want to know where virtual copies of your photos appear. And we know you’ll want to arrange virtual copies in galleries like you can uploaded photos (we hate to ask for patience with this feature, but it will take some doing).
We hope you’ll share your experiences, good and bad as we tackle improvements.
All the best,
The SmugMug Family
(Which is busy collecting each other’s photos.)