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Release Notes: Map This, Google Calendar, Polished Shopping Cart, Education site

September 23, 2013 12 comments

Autumn is kicking off to a great start. Here are the top features that we’ve added to SmugMug since our last update.

Map This in the New SmugMug

Map your geotagged SmugMug photos

We love taking cues from your feedback, and this was one of the big ones you missed when going from legacy to the new SmugMug.

If your photos are geotagged, we’ll automatically display a little globe icon underneath it in your gallery or lightbox. Click it and you’ll see that pin highlighted on a map that displays pins for all other geotagged photos in that gallery. We’ll group the ones close together until you zoom in enough.

Gone are the old 150-pin limits – If every photo in your gallery is geotagged, we’ll pin every single one of them on your map. Special galleries like your Popular Photos, Keywords and Date are capped at 1000 pins.

One last thing: Map This now works for unlisted and passworded galleries, so anyone you share those with can enjoy browsing by location, too. Catch up on all the mappy goodness on SmugMug.

New: Google Calendar for Your Site

SmugMug's Google Calendar content block for embedding your calendar

Busy photographers, this one’s for you. We added a new content block for Google Calendar, so you can show your fans (or clients) when you’re busy and when you’re not.

Simply drag in the content block to any page on your site, then copy your Google Calendar ID and paste it in. Voila! There’s plenty of ways to tweak the settings so that it’s exactly what you want.

You’ll also notice that we’ve created a brand-new customization section called “Services” where you’ll find the new Google Calendar content block as well as the Wufoo form block that we recently debuted.

Look to our help pages for explanation on everything you need to know about embedding your calendar, and you can find more help about Google Calendars on their site.

A Fresher Shopping Cart

Since we rolled out a new look for SmugMug, we’ve got some catching up to do on some other parts of the experience. We started with the shopping cart:

In addition to giving it a beautiful, smooth new skin to match the rest of your website, we also added more options to the sidebar to make choosing a print product a heckuva lot easier.

In fact, we’ve gotten so much feedback from you (and your customers!) to display print sizes that didn’t need cropping, so now you can just uncheck that box to see all options that don’t require any trimming.

Happy buying and selling!

New Education Site

Last but not least, we’re proud to point out the fact that this news blog may have gotten a bit quieter in the last few weeks. We’ve officially taken the extra tips, tricks, and guest posts and will be publishing them on our brand new Education Site:

Learn photography and business tips at SmugMug's new Education site

The new School.smugmug.com site will be the place to go if you’re looking for photography advice, how to get the most out of your SmugMug account, money-making business tips and inspirational posts by successful SmugMug photographers. We’ll also include a complete newsletter archive, featured SmugMug photos and dates when you can talk to us next.

You should continue to watch this space for announcements about product-related stuff like release notes, bug fixes, contests and other Smuggy goodness. And, as always, our help pages are the place to go if you need help with your website.

Let us know what you think and what you’d like to see in the coming weeks both on School.smugmug.com as well as in your galleries. Cheers!

Contest: Show Us Your SmugMug and Enter to Win a 1-Year Free Membership!

September 18, 2013 10 comments

Since our relaunch you’ve been unveiling gorgeous new SmugMug sites and we’re in serious SmugLove. From elegant to inventive, funky to funny, your photo websites are wowin’ us, so we’re kicking off a contest!

From now until December 27, 2013, you can “Show Us Your SmugMug” and enter to WIN a 1-year free membership! We wanna see your new site, share your inspired vision, and get you hooked up with fabulous freebies. Celebrate the all-new SmugMug!

Enter via Twitter or Facebook

Here’s how…

Step 1: Follow SmugMug on Twitter or Fan us on Facebook
Step 2: Tweet @SmugMug or post on Facebook.com/SmugMug a link to your site with the hashtag #NewSmugMug
Step 3: Stay tuned and see if you won! One winner will be picked at random, weekly.

Official Rules

You must have a new SmugMug site to enter or win. Not on new SmugMug yet? No worries. Go to smugmug.com/migration to start playing around with the new SmugMug today.

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
2. You must be following SmugMug on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/SmugMug) or a fan of SmugMug on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SmugMug) to win.
3. You must use the hashtag #NewSmugMug when you tweet or post a link to your site.
4. The prize value will vary weekly between Basic, Power, Portfolio and Business subscriptions (USD $40-$300 value).  The value of the subscription prize that week will be applied to your account as a credit towards your renewal.

Winner Selection

All winners will be picked randomly by a random number generator and announced every Friday by SmugMug.

We can’t wait to see your sites! We’ll post the winners in a special Winner’s Gallery – stay tuned for some awesome SmugMug site eye candy.

***Update – Winners!*** Check out the final list of winners. Thank you everyone for showing off your gorgeous SmugMug sites! 

Prize: Basic Account

Prize: Power Account

Prize: Portfolio Account

Prize: Business Account

Prize: Basic Account

Prize: Power Account

Prize: Portfolio Account

Prize: Business Account

Prize: Basic Account

Prize: Power Account

Prize: Portfolio Account

Prize: Business Account

Prize: Basic Account

Prize: Power Account

Prize: Portfolio Account

SmugMug Suggests: Get to Know Your Gmail Inbox

September 16, 2013 1 comment

If you use the Gmail to check your email, you may have noticed the new tabs at the top of your inbox. If you’re still not sure how this impacts the way you work (or which messages you see), here’s a few tips from us.

SmugMug sends out periodic newsletters and Gmail conveniently files these, along with similar types of emails, into their new Promotions tab. You’ll see a “New” flag in the tab at the top whenever you receive a new filtered message.

While this may seem like it’s “hidden” from you (because your inbox defaults to your Primary inbox), filing it away may actually be more convenient in the long run. Tabs let you read your email on your own time, enabling you to catch up with your favorite brands when you’re ready, without them getting lost in the shuffle.

Still, we understand that some people love the one-bucket approach, so here’s how you can manage your messages.

If you want to hear from us instantly:

Simply drag our newsletter out from your Promotions tab and drop it into your Primary tab. Future messages from us will be received right there, up front and center.

Alternatively, you can disable tabs entirely by going to your Gmail settings, clicking on the Inbox tab and unchecking all the “Categories” boxes. More help is available on Google’s help pages.

If you’d rather take your time:

You don’t have to do a thing. Just remember to keep your eyes peeled for that little badge letting you know that we’ve sent you something new.

That’s it from us. See you next time… in whichever tab you prefer!

Hot tip: Don’t yet receive our newsletter? We now archive them all with quick reference to the topics covered each month. They’re full to the brim with valuable tips, tricks and updates on how to take better photos and get the most out of SmugMug. Check them out!

Sale! Camera Awesome Bundle for Under a Buck

September 3, 2013 36 comments

Camera Awesome for iPhoneHey there, Camera Awesome lovers!

For the first time since launch, we’re offering a huge sale on our world-famous iPhone app: Normally $.99 per set, $3.99 per category or $9.99 for the whole shebang, but we’re slashing prices on the complete bundle of filters and presets. For one week only, you get everything in Camera Awesome for just $0.99.

We’ll say that again: From today (Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013) through Monday, September 9, 2013, it costs just $0.99 to get every single item in Camera Awesome.

For those of you who missed it before, that’s a total of 262,143 possible artistic combinations. How many photos have you snapped lately?

Discounts are automagically applied when you purchase the bundle in-app, so there’s no reason to wait.

New to Camera Awesome?

If you’ve lived under a rock for the last year, you may not have heard that SmugMug’s powerful iPhone and iPad photo app is called Camera Awesome. Ranked #1 Photography App in 55 countries and #1 overall app in 10 countries, it’s completely free and includes cam-tacular compositional tools, filters and presets.

You can start shooting instantly (photos and videos), edit your work and share direct to your favorite social sites like Facebook, Instagram and SmugMug.

For more info, take a look at our official Camera Awesome page, and visit our help pages for a closer look. And you can skip right the good part and download Camera Awesome from iTunes now.

Happy Awesomizing!

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