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Jill Odice
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New Improved Galleries !


Hey, I just got an email from Jim with this link to a tour/guide to the new looking galleries! Check out his video...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0WJwPBSOyc


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3/14/2016 10:56:52 AM

 
Beth W. DeBor
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  It's definitely an improvement on the iPhone. It'll take some getting used to as a gallery on the computer, but it's nice and the photos look good.


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3/14/2016 11:58:13 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I'm really glad to know it looks good on a phone or tablet.


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3/14/2016 12:40:49 PM

 
Irene Colling
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  I don't know what problems were solved by the changes. Occasionally, when I was away from home, I used my phone or tablet to look at BP. I never had any problems in the past.

Now, depending upon orientation of device and photo, the pictures don't maintain aspect and are distorted. A landscape photo viewed on a portrait oriented device is squished to fit the narrow screen. A portrait photo viewed on a device held horizontally is stretched to fill the wider screen.

You have to keep rotating the device for pictures to look correct.


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3/14/2016 5:47:19 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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  I really love the new look of my gallery on my PC. The black background looks great! However, on my iPhone, my pics won't open, I just keep getting that little busy circle thingy.


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3/14/2016 6:07:34 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Jim, I'm not sure if you're aware, but folks can now do a right mouse click, save-as. I just did it for one of my photos. Previously, the BP site would not allow someone to download direct. True, folks could get a screen capture but now it's just the basic right mouse click, save-as. I only upload at 800 pixels on the wide side so even if folks are getting my image, it's a small one. But I'm not sure if others are aware that it's now easy for anyone to download the images.


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3/14/2016 6:32:42 PM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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  I agree with Ken, I wish the right click would be disabled. If I right click on a photo in my gallery, without enlarging it, I get the option "Save As". I did that, and every photo on the page was saved in a folder. If I open up an image, I can choose "Copy image".

Do we get to comment anywhere? I haven't had time to play around with the new layout yet.

I don't like that the titles get partially hidden behind the badges in the slideshow.

But, I do like the black background!


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3/14/2016 7:15:20 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Eivor, you can comment via the "Recent Contest Entries" area.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=560

I'm not sure how to comment if you go to a person's gallery, though. If our galleries were laid out like "Recent Contest Entries", then we could. More to come, I'm sure, with the new layouts. A work in progress.


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3/14/2016 8:49:51 PM

 
Ray J
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  Terry...I'm having the same problem on my iphone. Pictures will not load.


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3/14/2016 8:55:19 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  When you hover over an image you can click on View Details. Look above the image when it opens up and there is the Discuss link. Jim posted a video on Youtube as a tour of the new galleries that explains it all.


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3/14/2016 10:36:37 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  My images are right click protected...I bet there are several things that are in progress.


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3/14/2016 10:37:55 PM

 
Rudi Reiner
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  This a fresh gallery image for sure. Would love to see the awards one might have won (Editors pick, Finalist, etc.) stand out a bit more. Only shows when you hover over or click on the photo.
Really like the award note in the photo manager, great for editing classic galleries with limited pic levels

Hope pics are not that easy to copy.... same here with the I-phone access, does not open up


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3/14/2016 10:56:20 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Jill, I can still do a right mouse click, save image. I personally don't have a problem with this, as I only upload low-res images. And sites like Facebook have the same right mouse click option.


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3/15/2016 3:52:36 AM

 
Beth W. DeBor
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  I'm not having any problems opening my images on my iPhone and they are all oriented correctly.


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3/15/2016 6:49:20 AM

 
Jane E. Miller
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I love my gallery's new look. It looks clean and sharp. I am not having any problems with the images on my phone.

Jane


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3/15/2016 9:04:44 AM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  I am not a phone or iPad person so the image quality does not make any difference to me. However, I like a lot of things about the new look. I just discovered that I can go to my photos to manage or enter and I can see which ones have the EP from there. This helps me determine if I want to enter a photo for the first time or resubmit. It will take some getting used to but that's life. Take the good with the not so good as long as the good out weighs the not so good.


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3/15/2016 9:35:50 AM

 
Ken Smith
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  I like the new look too. I know many would prefer to have the badges visible, and maybe there's a way to have this as a toggle on/off option. My quick recommendation would be to put the same navigation control at the bottom, so that I can go to the next page without having to scroll back to the top to click the next page. The photos certainly look great against the black background.


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3/15/2016 10:14:49 AM

 
Beth W. DeBor
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  Good suggestion, Ken, about putting the same navigation control at the bottom so you don't have to scroll to the top each time. I was thinking about it.


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3/15/2016 10:18:54 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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  Loving the new look! WOW!


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3/15/2016 12:03:53 PM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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  I must be in the minority. I HATE the new look! It lacks the class that the old look had. I hate that I cannot see the awards at a glance, and if I choose to put a lengthy description in, it all but obliterates the image! I would never have complained about the new badge design had I known that it was a step toward this overall new look. Doesn't matter WHAT the badges look like anymore, IMO. These new galleries are, except for the back ground color, identical to those at Viewbug and other photo websites, not at all distinctive. I hate the way the images all blur together rather than having a substantial amount of white space on the page. I've always liked the contest at BP but I can get a high quality contest at Viewbug, too, plus being able to market my images. Is there any reason for me to pay for both anymore? Not that I can see. I expect I'll be leaving when my time expires. I'm disappointed to say the least.


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3/15/2016 2:35:15 PM

 
Irene Colling
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  Harriet, yes you can see an EP badge on the Manage Photo page and you can see if you've received the new All Time Photo award. But Finalist and gold winner awards do not show up on thumbnails. You have to open each photo to see if it was a previous winner.


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3/15/2016 2:41:15 PM

 
Natasha Pliss
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  Melinda, you are not alone. I can sign under every word you wrote and I am very surprised that majority of members (so far) love the new gallery.
What disappoints me most is an absence of space around the images. Can anybody imagine paintings or photographs in galleries joined together like this? And by the way, on contest entry pages images have some space around them and the whole look is just great.
And what about the award badges? There has been so much talk about them and … Who can see them now? I’d love to see the awards at a glance and show them to my friends.
Unfortunately, I renewed my gallery 2 months ago hoping it would look much better than at that time.
Extremely disappointing.


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3/15/2016 4:31:46 PM

 
Rudi Reiner
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  We all work so hard for those badges.... they should be front and center, not hidden


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3/15/2016 8:13:20 PM

 
Irene Colling
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  Melinda and Natasha, I agree with you. I want some space between photos. Right now, the galleries look like one big collage rather than a show case for individual images.


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3/15/2016 8:38:41 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  I cannot share my contest entries on FaceBook now. I usually copy and paste the address into the Update Status box on my personal page and then share it to my Photography page. The share button has never worked for me, all I get is a box advertising BetterPhoto...Now that is all I get no matter what version of my image I try and use. Hope they can fix this, I do not like posting images directly on Facebook and have always shared my Betterphoto posts because they could not be copied.


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3/15/2016 11:22:46 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  Ken, I use Google Chrome and if I try and right click on any of my images I get the copyright warning...Maybe it doesn't work with other browsers?


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3/15/2016 11:25:35 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Jill,
Try the link from your browser window when you are in your Manage/Enter section. I think that will work for you. BUT after you paste the link, wait to make sure the picture shows. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't - and that's a FB problem, not a BP problem. I just wait and if the image doesn't show, I leave the page without sending/posting. I come back and try again. It may be my imagination, but it seems to me that if I post the link first thing and then add my text after the image shows up, my %age of successes is higher :)


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3/16/2016 7:20:48 AM

 
Sharon Sawyer
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  I cut and pasted this from Melinda's post ... and if I choose to put a lengthy description in, it all but obliterates the image.

I also have gone to great lengths to share a description, a story or congratulations to all members on my past images and now it's just a big mess. I have to find each photo and delete the information. Not happy as due to illness, I don't have much time for photography or BetterPhoto so it's even more upsetting & frustrating.

So due to health, won't be winning any prizes for participation.

I do like right click for spell check. Not happy though, if others are correct about it giving access to our photos.

Yes, some photos I've viewed of others are stretched or distorted on my PC.

I pray all these glitches and I'm sure more to come can be corrected & all BetterPhoto members will be happy again.

Thank you Jim for trying to make changes for a better experience for everyone, but changes are difficult and mistakes will be made. Hoping I can adjust to all this confusion & extra work due to them.


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3/16/2016 5:13:35 PM

 
Sharon Sawyer
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  Also another glitch... there are TWO gallery buttons side by side on everyone's image page that do the exactly same thing... takes you to the page you are already on.

This is just my humble opinion...

If things are difficult for a member to figure out on how to look at their own images, find badges, etc ~ how much more difficult would this experience be for a visitor or viewer???


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3/16/2016 5:27:15 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Sorry you are not in the best place health wise, Sharon, but I wouldn't worry about awards being linked to participation. BetterPhoto has never been about that and I'm sure it's not changing to become a site where the images with the most comments or favorites win the awards.
Deserving photos often get passed over, but that's just a matter of personal taste and there being too many good photos out there - not a case of weaker images with more "likes" or something like that "surpassing" them.


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3/16/2016 5:30:17 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Well, maybe I stand corrected. I just read Jim's latest email. But I would hope these will be "new" awards that are clearly popularity and participation based and that they will not replace the "old" ones that were presumably based more on image quality.


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3/16/2016 6:29:23 PM

 
Sharon Sawyer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2007
  Hi Nikki,

Sorry for any confusion. I have always thought the judging here on BetterPhoto was fair and I'm grateful for every win I've received. If it was on popularity or number of comments, loves, etc, I would not have won a thing so far. Lol.

I've always had health problems and because of that I found my passion for photography and BetterPhoto. They have both made my life much brighter and a way of seeing the world differently. I've made dear friends here at BP & love the members, staff & Jim.... so my experience here is a blessing not a curse.

In all honesty though, I do have to admit keeping up with the changes are difficult for me.

There was a comment in Jim's email this morning about participation to SCORE TO WIN that I was referring to. Meant to be a joke, but I guess it did not come through that way. I'm sorry.

The email is below and hope this makes things clearer. All I want is for the very best for BetterPhoto & it's members, as without you I don't know where I'd be.

Sincerely,
Sharon (Sawyer)
Couldn't upload just my first name any longer, so now you all know it is me. (smiley face)


ANNOUNCING... the "Most Rockin' BetterPhoto Member" game!

Have you ever noticed that "Score" number in your Profile?

Have you wondered what that number was all about?

Here's the answer...

That score is all about how much love you put into BetterPhoto...

Well, as much as LOVE can be measured!! It's really a score on how much you do at BetterPhoto... a way to give kudos to those who contribute a lot!

And...

To further celebrate our 20th Anniversary, the game is on!

See if you can get the highest score by participating at BetterPhoto...

HERE ARE 9 WAYS you can score to win...

* Love photos! Browse, be inspired by, and love Recent Entries, Contest Finalists or Winners... or these awesome All Time Editor's Picks (that are being added to as we speak)

* Answer questions with care, considerateness, and supportive encouragement.

* Take an online photography course and learn how to make even better photos.

* Get feedback on your photography in one of my interactive courses... more on that later...

* Simply upload your photos to share or enter into the contest.

* Get and keep a PRO Website or Deluxe Website.

* Get a Classic Gallery.

* You also get points when people LOVE your photos (clicking the heart)... so share photos and encourage others to love your photos.

* And you get points when other photographers FOLLOW you (and when you follow others). Check the "My Photo Shows" section of your Profile to see these.


Take your pick of the above, take a 5 minute break, and have fun sharing the joy and inspiration.


Awards will go to both highest score... as well as the most improved score this month (from March 16 to April 16th).


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3/16/2016 6:40:01 PM

 
Irene Colling
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  Jim said this issue is being worked on but I'm surprised that none of you have mentioned being routed to a blank error page after commenting on a photo. It's really annoying because I have to go out of BP, come back in and then find where I left off.

Tonight I discovered another oddity.

If I open a photo from a BP gallery "New Arrivals, Contest Entry's etc." then comment, I can use the back arrows to get back to the BP gallery that I stated from.

If I go to someone's personal gallery, click view details, open the photo, leave a comment then click the back arrow I get the "gallery not published" message.

Commenting on the same photo from the same photographer I got different results depending upon whether I started at the BP gallery page or the photographers own gallery page.


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3/16/2016 6:42:36 PM

 
Irene Colling
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  Regarding the Right Click- Save problem. There is a different layer of protection depending upon which image you try to right click. Once you click "view details" and open the picture to comment it is right click protected but before that you can right click and have the option to save as....


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3/16/2016 6:47:17 PM

 
Irene Colling
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  Sharon, don't you hate it when you try to make a joke; others don't realize the humor and take you seriously?

I'm with you on this one. I comment and participate when I have time and I feel moved to comment. I don't plan to go out of my way to win some kind of recognition.

I'll leave that honor to someone who has more time and incentive than I do.


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3/16/2016 6:53:27 PM

 
Carol Quina
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  I like the black background and I don't mind the streamlined look of the gallery, however I do not like not being able to easily see the badges/awards. Just my opinion. I get why they wanted to make it more mobile friendly, but my website takes longer to load now and I rarely use my phone to look at websites so to change everything to make it more mobile friendly and in the process make it less computer friendly doesn't seem like a great trade off for me, but again, just my opinion. I do however like some of the changes, so I guess I'll just wait until everything has worked itself out.


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3/17/2016 2:02:01 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  FWIW, I have the iPhone 6 and for my gallery, all the photos are in a vertical stack in a single column on the left. The horizontal navigation bar is fine and there's room for two more columns of thumbnails, even though it's just black space.


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3/18/2016 3:59:39 AM

 
Anita Bower
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  The word "Discuss" is almost impossible to see with the black or dark grey background. It does stand out when using the white bg.


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3/18/2016 12:58:51 PM

 
Jim Miotke
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  Hi all,

The team has made some good progress this week.

* The gallery should work on iPhone 4 and 5 now. YAY!

Ken, please try again on your iPhone. I believe you will see one single column of images fitting across your screen. It should look good now.

* A second copy of the page number links is at the bottom of the page now.

* After viewing big images or the slideshow, you should no longer see that blank "No such gallery" page. You'll stay in the gallery. YAY!

* The blue buttons at the top are fixed so the last one correctly points to "Contact" page.

Whooo hoooo :)

If you see anything different, feel free to take a screen capture (I do that by holding in my power button on my iPhone, then clicking the main application button on the lower front of the phone... snap.. I got a picture of my screen). Upload it here or email it to Support.

And thanks for all the feedback. We're working on it.

Have a great weekend,
Jim


P.S. Now we will see if we can fix the bug where the image is being squished upon enlargement view on smartphones.


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3/18/2016 3:04:42 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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  My gallery does open on my iPhone 5s now!! :) Thanks for the great progress you and the team are making, Jim!!


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3/18/2016 4:38:05 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  My gallery now opens on my Samsung Galaxy, and it looks great! Yay!
(I'm not going to tell you which Galaxy it is because it's embarrassingly old ... But if it will open on mine, it will most likely open on the up-to-date ones!)
Way to go, Jim and BP staff!


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3/18/2016 6:08:04 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Jim, thanks! And yes, I now have one column of thumbnails. Has there been any thought of having two (or three) columns of thumbnails? That would mean reducing the image size of the large thumbnails, but I think the display would still look good. That would place a lot more photos at our finger-tips. For example, right now I can scroll thru 30 photos in the single column. But if there were three columns, then I could see 90 images. If a 2nd column, then 60 images. Just a thought. I appreciate you fixing the bugs and keeping folks updated. Good luck!


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3/18/2016 6:49:14 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  I'm so glad you are getting all the phone problems resolved, Jim.

I only use my phone for the occasional call, so I'm still interested in how the galleries look on a desktop. I would love to have the option to have my images display in rows instead of having the collage (also called jigsaw by some) look?


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3/18/2016 7:02:33 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Agree with Nikki ... I would also like the option, on a desktop, to have my photos display in rows (all the photos in equally sized boxes), or in a single continuous line (as they appear on my phone).
Keep up the good work!


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3/18/2016 7:17:50 PM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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  I have to agree with Nikki, too. The jumbled collage makes my gallery much weaker than it used to be. I'm someone who will never be able to afford a smartphone (my mom pays for my old flip phone) so I really value having a great look on my desktop computer. Please, Jim, please, do something to help those of us who are a bit old-fashioned!!


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3/19/2016 6:59:59 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  I agree with Nikki......Not a fan of the "jigsaw" look.


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3/19/2016 7:43:54 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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  I know that a lot of websites, including my photo website, have two formats, one for desktop computers and one for mobile phones. Wouldn't it be possible to do that here?


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3/19/2016 9:20:48 AM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  I agree with others - I don't care for the collage look of the display, and I would like to be able to see the badges again (without clicking or hovering).


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3/19/2016 10:16:47 AM

 
Natasha Pliss
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  I agree with Nikki, Peggy, Melinda and Bob. The longer I look at the new “improved gallery” the more I dislike it. And it’s not a matter of being old fashioned which I am certainly not. On my big screen desk top this new display looks shocking in a negative sense. Any gallery has to showcase every piece of art in the best possible way. That’s why background color, right space, framing and even the colors of the adjacent paintings or photographs mean a lot.

I agree the new jigsaw collage looks bright, exciting and eye catching. But it’s not a gallery to me. Yesterday a friend asked what I had done to my beautiful, classy gallery and why. Well …

Jim, I hope we can have one more option in addition to a FLASHY JIGSAW COLLAGE which certainly attracts a lot of people. Another option should be a GALLERY-LIKE DISPLAY with rows of photographs in right size boxes enhanced by the AWARD BADGES which we worked hard for and really proud of.


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3/19/2016 10:24:28 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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  I have to add that it really is quite dismaying not to be able to see at a glance where my latest EP was handed out. A lot of us like to track the progress of the monthly contest in this way.


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3/19/2016 10:52:16 AM

 
Larry Smith
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  I also agree with all the remarks on the dislikes of the new “improved gallery”. If I forward the gallery to anyone interested in my photos all the gallery looks like now is bunch of mixed of pictures that anyone can do making a collage.


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3/19/2016 11:36:52 AM

 
Tracy L. Hart
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3/19/2016 1:24:43 PM

 
Michele Peterson
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  I'm trying not to be too disappointed over the new galleries and just seeing what everyone else thinks. Reading these past few posts, I'm adding myself to the list of those who would like to see a choice with our galleries. I'm not a fan of the jumbled look and I do miss seeing the badges at first glance. Not only my own, but others as I look at their galleries. Even looking at galleries is not as enjoyable anymore, because of the confused look to the display of the photos. Having the "next" page numbers on the bottom would be nice also. I know you are listening, Jim, and we thank you for that and for the hard work you and your team are putting into this. Hope to hear your thoughts soon.


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3/19/2016 6:39:38 PM

 
Irene Colling
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  I'm happy to know that many of you also dislike the jig-saw; collage type gallery look. Love your responses, and agree with each of you.


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3/19/2016 6:41:53 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  Mixed emotions about all this new stuff. I love being able to see images bigger...but after I messed up the order of my images, trying to sort them is a nightmare. The whole drag and drop thing is fine for those who only have a couple hundred images, but try it with having 2000!. On my personal website, I have the option of opening all my images in one nice big page and can move entire block of images at a time...having to move images one at a time takes forever!
Before I had my Winners all in one area, then my Finalists, and then POTDs...Now some of my images which have POTD and Winners only show the POTD...The All Time EP medal takes the place of the Winners or finalists medals...And there is nowhere to see your Finalists without having to open every image...I really loved being able to see all the awards I got for each image, now it takes several moves to get to that point...Just seems to be too many things going on now. I liked clean and simple...Now I would never send anybody to my BP gallery to see my work.
I am hoping BP comes up with an easier way to organize our galleries...Just my 2 cents...


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3/19/2016 7:07:54 PM

 
Beth W. DeBor
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  I'm not a fan of the jigsaw look either.


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3/19/2016 7:21:17 PM

 
Cindy Bendush
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  I agree with everyone above regarding my dislike of the jigsaw gallery without the option of seeing the badges. Our galleries were clean and simple and I'd like the option to continue to display our galleries as before. I've been trying to put my finger on why I dislike the new style so much and its because the jumble of images feels overwhelming and looks disorganized. Its uncomfortable for me to view as a result.


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3/20/2016 2:42:28 AM

 
Pat Harry
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  I don't mind the jigsaw so much, other than not being able to see the badges. I like looking for gold - I use those to study. What I don't like is clicking an image for enlargement, and seeing all the clutter from the jigsaw around the enlarged image. It really detracts from the image being viewd.


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3/20/2016 6:40:42 AM

 
Ray J
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  I too would like to be given options in regards to how our galleries are displayed. I appreciate the fact that I can now view my gallery on my iphone, but was surprised that all the pictures were in one single row. I like Ken's idea of possibly having 3 rows. I also agree with many of you that the awards we all worked so hard for should be visible upon opening our galleries. I do appreciate the hard work Jim and his team are doing. Some of the changes have clearly been well received. But I am also seeing that there are aspects of the new gallery that are unpopular as well. Since this is the case, I'm hoping that we can simply be given options to display our galleries as we'd like. I think this would work well for the majority of BP members, and would certainly be much appreciated.

All the best,
Ray


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3/20/2016 4:13:59 PM

 
Michele Peterson
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  Thanks, Jim, I just noticed my gallery has the "next page" buttons on the bottom now. :-)
Hope to hear back about some of our other concerns soon!


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3/21/2016 8:29:39 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  As you look for ways to display the badges again, Jim, please don't forget to look for a way for us to lose the jigsaw look. Staff Favorites just came out and I visited a couple of galleries but just gave up in dismay. Not only can I not see the badges easily, that mishmash of images makes it impossible for me to step back through the entries with any sense of organization.


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3/26/2016 1:27:41 PM

 
Joannie Bertucci
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  I totally agree with Nikki on the difficulty of seeing our own badges let alone someone elses! Nikki said the staff faves were out and I hadn't checked my e-mails so I went to my gallery and had to roll over each image instead of seeing them immediately and some of March images were patched in with Feb. Please Jim, make is more user friendly! Thank you!


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3/26/2016 7:23:11 PM

 
G. Margaret Hennes
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While I appreciate all the hard work done by Jim and the BP staff, add my voice to those who prefer the former "gallery" look with space around the photos and badges/awards clearly visible. I worked hard to earn them and it was motivating to see them, as well as seeing where I stood on monthly EP,s.

Happy Easter all!


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3/27/2016 7:06:03 AM

 
Sharon Sawyer
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  I have to agree with others on not liking the jigsaw look & when you click on a photo there is a mishmash of photos behind it and the X button to close it is not on the photo but off the right top corner of the gallery. I can't find anyone's Staff Faves & still have a hard time trying to comment. I was able to upload a photo from my Android Smartphone & you quickly added the name of it to the list so thank you very much for that. I also had a system for sorting my photos by Wins, Finalists, Stave Faves & EFPs but no longer is there a way of keeping it neat & tidy as before. I'm afraid to share with my friends as it is confusing for me so can't image how they would be able to navigate. I know Jim you're doing your very best & appreciate that, but must point out my dislikes. I want the very best for BetterPhoto & it's members. A choice for the old format would be awesome!!! Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend & happy shooting to all.


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3/28/2016 9:51:36 PM

 
Sharon Sawyer
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  PS: I found this on another Q&A and found it interesting. Are we judged on images 1024 pixels or 800 pixels? It will make a difference on how tightly an image is cropped. I guess I should direct this question to Jim by email.

The Uploader recognizes the following file formats as images:

JPEG
TIFF (in Internet Explorer only)
BMP
GIF
PNG
PSD (in Internet Explorer only)

I recommend uploading JPEGs.

Here's one very cool thing I forgot to relay to you all... the large size is now 1024px on the long end (not 800). So you can save as JPEG 1024px on the long end, before uploading.

Also, rotate your photo before uploading, if it needs it.

Thanks,
Jim


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3/28/2016 10:09:51 PM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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  "TIFF (in Internet Explorer only)"

Surprised to see this because FYI: I've been uploading TIFFS in Google Chrome successfully for quite a while.


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3/29/2016 7:00:55 AM

 
Jim Miotke
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  Hi all,

We have a new, better uploader - as per the other thread announces. (Thanks Sharon for copying here too)

You can upload at 1024 now! The judges see the size you see - so uploading at 1024 will be more impactful than uploading a small photo. But they still vote yes on a smaller photo when it's outstanding.

If you downsize your images before uploading, I would adjust it to fit 1024 on either dimension.

Thanks,
Jim


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3/29/2016 11:42:25 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Thanks for this information, Jim. Two questions.

1) You said, "If you downsize your images before uploading, I would adjust it to fit 1024 on either dimension."

By "either dimension" do you mean either the short or the long side or do you mean "adjust it to fit 1024 on the long side whether the image is horizontal, vertical, or square"?

2) Is this affecting, immediately, retroactively and going forward the image quality as displayed and, therefore, viewed on our monitors?

I'm asking this because I had occasion to view one of my own most recent Staff Favorites this morning - wanted to send a link to someone. When I did, I said to myself, "Whoa, that really doesn't look sharp and clear. I guess I should have paid more attention when I processed and uploaded. And I guess I'm really lucky to have gotten an SF on it." LOL

Was this my imagination or do your older images that are already uploaded not "lose quality" for the viewer?


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3/29/2016 11:53:25 AM

 
Peggy Pfister
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  Thanks for this info, Jim.
What happens if you do not resize before uploading? (I never do.) Does the uploader automatically resize? Does it now resize to 1024 px on the long side?
Thanks, and keep up the good work!
Peggy


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3/29/2016 11:53:53 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  oops - sure wish I could edit for typos here!! That last sentence should have read "NOW lose quality" rather than "not lose quality".


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3/29/2016 11:54:23 AM

 
Beth W. DeBor
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  Regarding badges being visible, EP badges are showing up under the image in the manage/edit section of "My Photos" but SFs and beyond are not showing up. Jim, can those badges be added or replace the EP?


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3/29/2016 1:24:16 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Beth says, "or replace the EP?"

That would be amazing!


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3/29/2016 1:31:47 PM

 
Jim Miotke
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  Nikki,

1) Yes, I mean "adjust to fit within 1024".

2) On all main BetterPhoto pages (viewing recent entries, etc.), the image will show just as uploaded. So it won't look soft unless it was that was before uploading. On your Classic Gallery, there's a known problem but it's JUST IN THE SLIDESHOW view. When viewing the large version (before hitting the Play button to start the slideshow), the photo should be limited to 1024. Some 800px or less photos will show softening here; and images in the slideshow (known problem) get even bigger. We have it on the big list to limit this displayed size.

When you click on the "View Details" link, it should show your photo as is (without any problematic enlarging).

In the meantime, best views are a) at BetterPhoto galleries such as Recent Entries... or b) when you click the "View Details" link.

The gallery page itself (with the thumbnails, slideshow, etc) is the only problematic place.

Clear as mud, right ;-)

Peggy, you can continue to NOT downsize before uploading. That works just fine.

Beth, it should only show the Editor's Pick where the photo is not a prize winner, finalist, or staff fav... In other words, it should work as you suggest. But you're not the first person to say this. Problem is: it's hard for me to find photos to test this out, and see what, if anything, is going wrong.

Can you please take a screen capture of a page with photos that you KNOW are more than Editor's Pick, but are only showing the EP badge - you can either attach it here or email it to support.

Thanks very much,
Jim


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3/29/2016 4:14:11 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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I'm not Beth, but here's one, Jim. My most recent Finalist which still shows only the EP. I actually can't find a single badge that is not EP in my entire member center.


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3/29/2016 4:26:29 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Also, I just uploaded the image in question resized to 1024 on the long side and compared the "View Details" display in side-by-side tabs. No noticeable difference, so that is good. Thanks, Jim.


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3/29/2016 4:40:52 PM

 
Peggy Pfister
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Thanks for the response, Jim.
Here's one of mine that was a second place winner, but is showing the EP bade in the "Manage/Enter" function.
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3/29/2016 5:37:31 PM

 
Sharon Sawyer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2007
  Gradually learning to navigate my own & others galleries more each day. The Platinum Uploader is very fast which is great.

Nikki, I found no change either. Guess I have to go to recently uploaded to check side by side images. I did it before right from my Photo Manager. Now when I click on the photo, I can't click on an arrow to the right or to the left to compare quickly. I had to click each photo separately from Photo Gallery & look very carefully to see if they were the same or not. Takes more time & I don't think as effective or convenient as the old way. BUT good to know there is no difference.

To save wear & tear on my neck I have my screen photos & print enlarged quite a bit, so I don't put my neck out trying to see things with these ole eyes. Progressive glasses are not the best ... maybe time for glasses just for computer.

So I assume things look different to different people depending on the size of their screen monitors???

I like that you can see if you an EFP in Photo Manager, but thus far, it doesn't go any higher than EFP as far as I can see.

I'm starting to see how much work goes into making all these changes. We've lived through change before & we probably will again. Some of you much more than me. (smiley face)


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3/29/2016 9:22:19 PM

 
Beth W. DeBor
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  Jim, Nikki and Peggy uploaded examples of the EP badge being the only one in view so I won't.


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3/30/2016 7:37:01 AM

 
Ed Lauderdale
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  I'm with Beth.


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3/30/2016 8:27:05 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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  I cannot believe that I didn't notice this before. One of the things I dislike about the new galleries is that the titles are not displayed with the images! I realized it as I was browsing through my "Photos That I Love." One that page, there is more "white" space between images, the titles appear under the images, AND the awards appear. This would be a lovely way to display images in our galleries! Sort of a combination of the old and the new...


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3/31/2016 6:49:30 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/2/2005
  I'm not a fan of the jigsaw look either! I also don't like that the badge that shows when you hover over an image is the All Time Editor's pick badge, not the Grand-Prize, First or Second Place badge. One has to open the image to see those.


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4/1/2016 2:09:01 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  And once you do open it, Jessica, there is no easy way that I can see to get back where you were. There is no way to close an image once you View Details except by using the browser back button, and that takes you back to page 1, not the page you were on. So looking at an image in the detail view, which is what you have to do if you want to see or do anything (like maybe comment?!), brings you to a standstill in terms of browsing your own or anyone else's gallery.


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4/1/2016 6:02:57 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Is there any progress on this? I continue to find the jigsaw look unfortunate to say the least.


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4/27/2016 9:20:32 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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  It seems that the number of entries are way up this month, so you must be doing something right, Jim. I, however, don't like the jigsaw-like gallery either, and the site is not user friendly for people with limited computer skills- I would think that it would be super difficult for visitors to navigate I commend you and your staff in trying to accommodate members' wishes and suggestions.



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4/27/2016 11:16:58 PM

 
Jill Odice
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  I agree with Melinda," I realized it as I was browsing through my "Photos That I Love." On that page, there is more "white" space between images, the titles appear under the images, AND the awards appear. This would be a lovely way to display images in our galleries! Sort of a combination of the old and the new..."
I had not checked that out until I read her comment...I would love to be able to make my gallery look like that, or at least have the choice...


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4/28/2016 9:56:42 AM

 
Pat Harry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/26/2006
  My gallery doesn't display correctly on my Android. Well, more accurately, if a select an image to enlarge, it doesn't display correctly. The badge and image text are off the screen on the right, with just the right left edge visible. I can't swipe left of right to pick up the rest of the view.


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4/29/2016 6:39:22 AM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  I just checked the QA page and saw all the activity on this thread. Lots things to think about. I don't much care for the jigsaw look but I can live with it but I, along with a whole lot of others, miss seeing the badges. Now they disappear unless the mouse scrolls on top of them. I wish this could be fixed. Most people my age like they way things used to be but in this case, I think the way things used to be is a whole lot better in many ways. I enjoy BP as do the rest of the people who posted on this thread. Most of us are not going anywhere but we do have our opinions and most are of the same opinion. Please bring back a way for the badges to be displayed permanently.


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