If you felt the earth shaking the last time you logged in to SmugMug, don’t panic! It’s just the incredible new Control Panel that we installed, especially for you. It’s so stunning, we renamed it “Account Settings.”
Take a look and you’ll see we’ve moved things around, trimmed some bits and gave it a whole new (modern) look. Fewer clicks, intuitive navigation, easy on the eyes. You’ll love it.
Why fix what ain’t broke?
While it’s true that the old Control Panel was still functional and lots of you have gotten the hang of where things were, our amazingly patient Support Heroes were always getting asked how to do basic things like change passwords or email, or how to find Pro Sales info, etc. Important stuff like that.
So we took the hint and decided that we could do things better.
Our #1 priority is to bring you trouble-free navigation so you can find things fast. Pros, this means digging into your money-making tools so you can start selling ASAP.
Lastly, as we keep adding shiny new features to your SmugMug account, we’ll slot them into the Account Settings more easily. And that’s a plus for us.
Where can I find _______?
We hope you’ll never need to ask again. But you can swing by our updated help pages here to get a complete road map of the different areas and what they mean.
You’ll find everything you need filed under six different icons. Basic and Power Users will see the first five.
- Me: You and your subscription.
- Privacy: Who can see your site.
- Style: How your site looks.
- Discovery: Search engines, sharing stuff.
- Stats: Nitty-gritty numbers.
- Business: Everything e-commerce. (Pros only)
If you can’t find things at a glance, don’t hesitate to let us know what’s on your mind. We’re listening!
Tonight we’ve got a few fixes for our IE9-using Smuggers:
- Prices in the shopping cart are again showing the proper numerical values without funny brackets.
- The crop tool lets you drag and adjust the borders.
- Printmarks and Watermarks let you drag the transparency sliders when you’re creating or editing them.
… and some miscellaneous improvements for the rest of us:
- Hidden photos appear normally to you, the logged-in owner.
- The Simple (Java) uploader’s “Select Files & Folders” button no longer hides from Smuggers using Mac OS X 10.5.8 .
- Lens and focal length info is accurately displayed for photos shot with Canon 1Ds and 500Ds.
- We also fixed an Arrange bug that was preventing images uploaded to unsorted galleries from showing up at the front, where you’d expect.
As always, let us know what you think.
Since the smoke has begun to clear from our release of Smart Galleries, we wouldn’t want to leave you high and dry for the weekend. Here’s a few bonus bug fixes to tide you over:
- Double quotes in the caption won’t disturb other tags in our Journal viewing style.
- You’ll see several more options for configuring embedded videos via the Get a Link feature.
- Photos in Thumbnails viewing styles should now properly save after you’ve arranged them.
- Pros: Old orders now display proper product info on the downloadable Sales History spreadsheets.
- We’ve always tried to automatically extract captions and keywords from your IPTC data. To make things even easier we now also read keyword information from .xmp files, in addition to IPTC and Exif, in the following order of precedence:
Xmp.dc.description >> Xmp.dc.UserComment >> Iptc.Application2.Caption >> Exif.Image.ImageDescription
- Our keywords are also now imported from xmp and IPTC – in the following order of precedence…Xmp.dc.subject >> Iptc.Application2.Keywords
- Globetrotters rejoice: Both our captions and keywords fields now accept non-English characters. Check those out in your bulk captions/keywords tool and tag away, though the UTF-8 keywords will only show up in the keyword string (in the keyword edit box) not the individual keywords at the moment.
- We smarted up our metadata filters so that only relevant EXIF data gets transmitted on upload. No more default “Olympus Digital Camera” captions! (Unless you want those, of course.)
- All focal lengths shown in your Camera Info box should reflect the actual information contained in the file. Bogus? Begone!
We’re really pleased to unveil stunning updates to how you view your galleries. Now the Slideshow and Journal viewing styles will keep up with your bigger and better browsers. Under the new Style button at the top of your gallery, you can try them out for yourself. Let your jaw drop, view the new Journal Style here and the Slideshow here. Both styles not only look great but they stretch for complete wall-to-wall visual goodness. Best of all, the new Slideshow style reflects our ever-popular full-screen slideshow that you already know and love.
Old Journal die hards, never fear. You can still keep your galleries in that format by selecting it in your Customize Gallery settings. Similarly, if you loved Filmstrip and Critique, you’ll also see those there. These three styles will stick around as long as we can keep them, but they will no longer be updated or chooseable by your viewers.
Of course, we also have some fixes and improvements in the mix:
- The Easy Customizer now has an options for adjusting a background image to your site. You’ll notice the code generated by this tool will also be a bit easier to read.
- For those of you who have used our new Share features, we now have official help pages to answer any lingering questions: Be Social, Social Bookmarking, and Show Off.
- Our new Simple Uploader has been further improved with a few tweaks, including the ability to accept files with non-alphanumeric names and an error message if you didn’t properly install it in your browser.
- Our card creator no longer objects when you’re working from a site with a custom domain.