Animoto, Better Viewing, and Homepage Goodies for All – October 22, 2009


Last night we rolled out a partnership with Animoto that we’ve been excited about for years. You’ll find “Create an Animoto Video” in the Owner Only section of the Buy button when you’re logged in. Discover why we love Animoto on our CEO’s blog and on our help page.

Gallery viewing styles

We overhauled another viewing style, incorporating the best of All Thumbs and Traditional and adding magic to make it fill your page with photos. It goes by the name of “Thumbnails” and you’ll see it in the style menu on gallery pages. (You’ll see we kept All Thumbs and Traditional alive, but demoted them to the list in your Gallery Settings page.)

All viewing styles in the style menu now launch our Lightbox for single image viewing, and we tucked in some additional features: Owner Save for when you’re logged in, Save Photo for your visitors if you haven’t disabled original viewing, and Show Details. Click Show Details to get a neat side-by-side with the image on one side and any comments, camera info, and keywords on the other side.

Homepage boxes

All account levels now sport three new homepage boxes. It’s easy to drop a beautiful slideshow onto your page, pick a video or your favorite image to greet visitors, or display your most-recently uploaded photos. Our help page has a quick course on how to customize your homepage.

Big change for Pros

SmugMug is ready to move towards direct deposit for U.S. photographers. To that end, we’ve put the required W9 tax form online for you to fill out as well as information about which bank account we should put your money in when we make the change.

Even if you’ve previously filled out a paper W9 form for our accounting department, you’ll need to fill out the new online form prior to December 15th of this year so we’ll be able to continue paying your profit when we make the change in 2010.

All the details are on our help page.

NiceName Photo URLs

Direct links for photos that look like this will still work just fine:

But now in the Get a Link feature, you’ll see that we serve up direct links that contain the photo’s filename as well as the NiceName for the category, subcategory, and gallery that photo lives in. Reason? Descriptive words directly associated with your photo = more relevant search engine results.
As always, SmugMug makes it easy to stay out of search engines if you’d prefer.


  • Our Get a Link feature from the Share button will now properly update the embed code when the preview image is changed.
  • Our Search Engine Optimization help page was overhauled by our in-house expert and has sage advice for those seeking love from Google.
  • We fixed the “share photos” link in the single image view (found in older viewing styles)
  • Files in your SmugVault that have a space in the filename can now be downloaded without a hitch.
  • If you login while browsing a gallery, we’ll direct you right to the photo you were viewing.

Published by

Chris MacAskill

co-founder of SmugMug

7 thoughts on “Animoto, Better Viewing, and Homepage Goodies for All – October 22, 2009”

  1. I wish there were a setting to turn NiceName photo URLs off. I understand why they’re useful for some people, but personally I’d prefer a shorter URL to a more descriptive one. I know I can edit the URLs by hand to take out the extra info, but it would be simpler if I could just turn off NiceNames and use the Copy button from Get a Link like I used to.

  2. Love hearing about all the new updates. But I’m still curious about coupons or coupon codes that we can pass along to clients. When will these be available?

  3. Hi Lori, yup, coupons are way-late. But the good news is we’re getting closer to completing them. I don’t have a release date to give you but I can tell you we’ve begun testing them internally. It’s our biggest feature priority at the moment.

  4. Please put text formatting I had a ton of problems with captions just run together I had to lock my galleries to journal to preserve the captions…….

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