Beer or Coffee – 10/21/16

I hope you all have weekend plans already, because Friday is upon us again! I’m out of town today, but I’ll leave you all in the very capable hands of Jen and Evan for our Facebook Live show.  They’ll be previewing another new product coming soon from Bay Photo!

Don’t have time to watch? Here’s what we have been working on lately:

  • We’ve made some very significant improvements to our Coupons feature. We’ve given the feature a much needed facelift, but we’ve been working on functionality as well! You can now edit the coupon code, discount amount, and currency type of the coupon up until it has been used the first time. We’ve also improved the wording around restrictions or limitations on coupons to make it easier to get everything just right. Perhaps most exciting is the unseen benefits, the underlying technology has been upgraded to allow us to do some exciting new things with coupons in the future.
  • We’ve also launched a Halloween photo contest! If you haven’t entered yet, you still have another week to  submit your best Halloween photos and possibly win some big prizes!

Beer or Coffee – 10/14/16

It’s Friday again already! While this week has been relatively quiet, we still have some really fun stuff to talk about. Tune in to our Facebook Live show to see us tease some unreleased products from Bay Photo that you’ll be able to sell very soon! In case you missed it, we’ll be live every Friday morning at 11 AM Pacific. Join us there, or watch it here!


If you don’t want to watch, here’s what we released this week:

Beer or Coffee – our new weekly roundup!

Happy Friday!  Even though we are only a week into posting these updates, we’re already making them better.  I’ll be jumping on Facebook Live every Friday morning at 11am Pacific with awesome guests to talk about the exciting things we’re working on.  Watch replays right here on our blog!

Don’t want to watch the video? No worries, I’ll keep writing the updates too. Here’s what we have released in the last week.

  • Upload directly into your settings pages!  Need to change your profile photo? Or maybe create a new watermark? Now you can upload the new photo right there in the settings page, instead of finding it hiding in one of your many galleries.
  • We’ve dramatically improved the underlying code in our Dropbox integration. Now it’s easier than ever to get all of your photos on SmugMug.
  • If you use our awesome Lightroom plugin (you should), you’ll now get smart auto-cropping of thumbnails. When we have to crop a thumbnail down to a square, we are analyzing for faces and doing our best to not lose the good parts. Pretty cool stuff. EDIT: This feature also works with any camera that stores facial recognition in the image itself! Your iPhone, Android, and even fancy cameras will all help us intelligently crop your photos.
  • Did you know we sell Photo Aprons? We do, and they now have an updated and accurate picture of the current aprons!

PS- Did you see the Halloween promotions we are running?

Don’t get lost in translation. Introducing SmugMug’s Google Translate widget!

We all know the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but while photography may universally speak to us, language can often be a barrier. With potential customers from all over the globe finding your work online, we wanted to make it easier for you to share it without barriers. Now it’s easy to share your photos in more than 100 different languages with our new Google Translate widget.

Once installed, our Google Translate widget allows your guests to select virtually any language, and your entire SmugMug site will be translated to that language. Customers only have to select their language once, as all subsequent SmugMug pages they visit will be translated to that language. This includes translating gallery titles, picture descriptions, and more. It’s simple and fast to install and allows you to expand your business, or share with friends and family around the world, with just a few clicks.

english1With the widget installed, customers can choose their language from a drop-down list.

japanese1In the blink of an eye, your website is translated!

Ready to take your SmugMug website to an international level? Here’s what you have to do:

1. Select “Content and Design” from the “Customize” tab.

2. Under the “Add Content Block” > “Services” section, drag and drop “Google Translate” on to your page.

3. Hit “Publish,” and you’re done!

Don’t believe that it’s really that easy? Watch below:

Google Translate Widget

While you may not parlez français, now your SmugMug site does!


The upgrade your phone (case) actually needs.


Phones aren’t just phones anymore. They’re part of us. They’re important, they’re delicate, and they’re personal. We have them on us at all times so it seems outright wrong to protect them with some garish, or worse, a generic case that says nothing about the person carrying it. A meticulously designed phone deserves an elegant case that is unique without looking like a circus attraction. Look no further than SmugMug’s newest addition to our print product line.

We’re now offering phone cases that can be customized with your favorite images giving you an unbeatable look that will make your friends jealous and keep your phone a little safer all at once.

Our new customizable phone cases are available for the Galaxy S7 and iPhone SE, 6, 6s, 6+, 6s+, and even 7 and 7+. The cases come in two styles: Slim and Tough. The slim case is sleek and thin, keeping your phone from unwanted dings or scratches without adding extra bulk. The Tough case is more rugged using a thin, scratch resistant plastic shell with an inner silicon insert for added protection for those who need a sturdier case.


Custom phone cases start at $25. You can order your case now through your SmugMug site by logging in, uploading or selecting a photo, then clicking BUY and then THIS PHOTO, and start customizing your phone case. Those with Portfolio and Business accounts: don’t forget to add the Phone Cases to your Pricelist and set the prices at your desired price or markup. Phone cases are available for Pricelists fulfilled from Bay Photo, EZPrints, and WHCC.

When designing your phone case, there are a couple important things to remember. First, your photos must meet the size requirements. The image selected must be 900×1600 pixels or you won’t even be shown the option to add it to a phone case. Also, make sure to pay attention to the camera position and the cropping of your image. You don’t want to accidentally cut out an important part of the photo.

Ordering your own case is a piece of cake, but if you’ve never purchased printed products from SmugMug before, see how below.

1. Upload or select the photo from your SmugMug site that you would like to use to customize your new phone case. Keep in mind that your photo must be 900×1600 pixels or larger to be suitable for the phone cases. If your photo is under those size specifications, you won’t have the option to customize a phone case. Once you’ve selected the photo, click the green BUY button, and then click THIS PHOTO.


2. Your photo will appear on the left while a number of product options will appear on the right. At the very bottom, so long as your photo meets the size requirements, you’ll see a brand new category—phone cases!


3. After making your selection, you’ll be able to make sure the crop is correct for your phone case. Simply drag the cut-out of the phone case or resize to make sure the parts you want printed are within the gray box. Make sure the cut-out for the phone’s camera doesn’t cover a part of the photo that you want to show. When you’re done cropping, click ADD TO CART.


The case will be saved to your shopping cart for when you’re ready to checkout. Then all you’ll have to do is sit tight and wait for the coolest phone case you or your friends have ever laid eyes on to show up at your doorstep.

How’s that for some Hotline Bling?

5 reasons why you’ll love your custom SmugMug mobile web “app”

Mobile Web App hero

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have your own personal or business SmugMug mobile “app” that you could share with clients, family, friends, or visitors? Well, now you can! Creating a custom app for their mobile phone or tablet is the easiest way for your visitors to find and see your work. You can share your entire SmugMug site, just a page, a folder, or a gallery. The options are endless. Professionals — this means clients can have their own app to showcase and share their wedding and any special event right on their mobile desktop!

Let’s go over five reasons why this cool new feature is one you’ll want to take advantage of.

1) Brand yourself

Who says only big companies can have their own app? Now you can wow your customers, family and friends by having your name, logo, and photos on your own unique app. Your brand should resonate in person, in print, and online. Continue to build your reputation and identity as professional, technically savvy, and successful. The market is more competitive than ever, so stand out and show yourself and your brand as a leader in the field with a mobile app.

2) Your photos found faster

It’s no surprise to anyone that more and more content is added to the internet daily. In fact, more than 2 trillion (possibly 3 trillion) photos alone are added to the web each year. That is a lot of pictures of weddings, senior graduation portraits, food and more. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to have one’s photos be discoverable and findable. It’s literally a needle in a haystack. By creating your own app, you make it incredibly fast and simple for others to find your work. No searching on the internet and no incorrect links – just your own branded app, with only the photos you wish to share.

3) Stand out from the competition

The market is competitive. What better way to hammer home the point that you are the right photographer for a prospective client by saying, “I can give you your own app of your wedding photos. Can the other photographers you’re interviewing say the same?” It’s a client offering that yells “Hire me!” without any actual yelling. Pretty impressive.

4) It’s fast and easy

Best of all, getting your own app couldn’t be easier. There is no coding to learn! No App Store approval ever needed. It’s fast and hassle-free to create, and updates instantaneously every time you make any changes to your SmugMug site. And it looks awesome on both iOS and Android.

5) Bragging Rights
Let’s face it, having your own app is pretty awesome. How many people do you know that have their own app? Probably none. There is no shame in having a little something to brag about.


This new feature has been capturing the attention of our customers and press alike. SmugMug CEO and Co-founder Don MacAskill sat down with USA Today Columnist and SmugMug customer Jefferson Graham to catch up and discuss our mobile web app. Check out the segment on Talking Tech Podcast to hear more on why having your own app is the bees’ knees.

To learn how to get your own mobile app and see a step by step walkthrough, be sure to visit our mobile web “app” help page. We would love to hear what your customers, friends and family think of your new app – so let us know their reaction (and yours!) in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.

Get SmugMug on the go with all-new mobile apps.

With hundreds of thousands of installs and a 4+ review rating in the app stores, our iOS and Android apps have been a huge success and a helpful tool for uploading, as well as accessing photos on the go—for you, your family, and your clients.

At SmugMug, beauty never sleeps.

In the newest versions of our mobile apps, we’re taking beautiful to the next level with an attractive, consistent look across both desktop and mobile experiences. Your profile photo and cover photo are now on display at the top of your app home screen.

iOS screen on the left. Android screen on the right.

We’ll also display your featured photo as a cover photo in each of your folders and galleries.

iOS screen on the left. Android screen on the right.

What about those slideshows? 

We’ve made accessing the full-screen slideshow of your photos easier by making the play button more prominent.

iOS screen on the left. Android screen on the right.

Sometimes a picture is worth at least a few words.

Now you can see titles and captions on your photos! Add them from your desktop site and see them displayed on the mobile apps, too.

iOS screen on the left. Android screen on the right.

We just let the speed demon loose.

Now that we’ve touched on the beauty of the new apps, we’d like to also mention the beast-mode part of our equation. That’s right, we added major horsepower under the hood of the new apps, which means your photos will display up to twice as fast (and in many cases much more) as our previous versions. Welcome to the photo fast lane!

Breaking it all down.

We’ve mentioned the highlights, but if you’re interested in a more detailed list of mobile app features, have a look at them right here:

iOS features

  • Browse SmugMug folders and galleries
  • Upload unlimited photos and videos
  • Save galleries for offline viewing
  • Play full-screen slideshows of any gallery
  • Mark galleries as favorites for easy, instant access
  • Share photos and videos via SMS, email, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Follow other SmugMug users
  • Browse all folders and galleries privately shared with you by other SmugMug users
  • Enable the SmugMug extension to upload from your Camera Roll, SMS messages, and other apps
  • Delete photos from your SmugMug account

Android features

  • Browse SmugMug folders and galleries
  • Upload unlimited photos and videos
  • Save folders and galleries for offline viewing
  • Play full-screen slideshows within a single gallery or across multiple galleries
  • Mark galleries as favorites for easy, instant access
  • Share photos and videos via SMS, email, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Follow other SmugMug users
  • Browse all folders and galleries privately shared with you by other SmugMug users
  • Upload from your Gallery, SMS messages, and other apps
  • Delete photos from your SmugMug account
  • Auto-upload photos and videos to your SmugMug account
  • Cast photos and videos to your TV with Chromecast
  • View detailed photo information
  • Change download location to external SD card
  • Support for Amazon Fire TV
  • Set Android Daydream, the interactive screensaver mode, to display photos from a SmugMug gallery

Ready to get more beauty and more beast-mode from your SmugMug app? Head on over to the Apple App Store or Google Play, grab the latest update, and prepare for awesome photos on the go.