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

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!

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12 thoughts on “Release Notes: Map This, Google Calendar, Polished Shopping Cart, Education site”

  1. I love the “new look” SM and these added features. My viewership is again up 20% since I unveiled my version of the new look. Compliments to the entire SM Team – great job guys. Thank you.

    Bruce Drum
    AirlinersGallery.com

  2. Awesome! I’ve been waiting for the mapping improvements for a long time; now I won’t have to use the workaround of linking the RSS feed to Google Maps. It might be time for me to finally get around to switching my site to the new SmugMug…

    Glad to see we’re back to frequent feature releases; I really missed that over the last two years.

  3. I’m happy that you updated the Cart, but I’m really disappointed that you didn’t do more.

    Selling should be a priority.

    A) Have the cart use more of the screen. Scrolling = bad. More room for options = good!
    B) Eliminate the redundant lines for each finish type. Let customers select finish via a drop-down box or radio buttons.
    C) “Require cropping” should not be the default! We want customers to order prints in the correct aspect ratio. Why not have the option be “Maintain Aspect Ratio” and have that be on by default.

    Seriously, having it butcher your crop as the default is a horrible idea.

    Thank you!

    1. I agree with Chris on the crop in the sales dialog. He is 100% correct in telling it like it SHOULD be! I’ve seen people buy prints in the wrong size and lose way too much of the picture. That’s daft when we go to efforts to format correctly for standard sizes and the correct sizes are available. No way it should even be possible for a customer to order a print in any other format but the one the print is in.

  4. Limiting the print sizes and updating the look of the order details page is nice, but how is this more important than first ensuring all potential buyers are ABLE to make a purchase? I primarily offer photos of equestrian activities. Most of my subjects are under the age of 40 and over 95% of them look use their mobile device to view my photo galleries. Since I became aware of this issue a few months ago, I have not been able to find a single person who is able to buy a picture from a mobile phone. The customer cannot select purchase options until they have a cart to click on. There is no cart and no way to purchase. I have verified that the cart is not visible to click if the device is a Droid Maxx, Droid Moto-X, Droid Razor, Samsung Galaxy, Apple IPhone3, Apple IPhone4, Apple IPhone5, or Apple IPad. One customer was using a old flip phone and I would not really expect it to work on such an outdated device.r mobile device And none of these devices display a shopping cart. None of my customers had a mobile device that displayed a cart. My sales have improved significantly now that I am aware of the issue (and not aware because SmugMug communicated the issue to me). Unfortunately, I know that there are many other times that I lose sales because I lose the initial WOW factor.

    Can you please provide me with an update on this issue and what steps are being taken to resolve the problem?

  5. We still need a mobile add to cart option! Please update soon! The majority of my viewers are mobile! This is killing my sales!

    1. Thanks for the feedback about the mobile buy option, Sevanty and everyone else. We have noted how important that is for your sales. We appreciate you weighing in!

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