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Photography Question 
James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  1 .  Note to Member Gallery Owners
Good news! There is a new Member Gallery in the works! We at BetterPhoto are trying to make your Member Galleries look cleaner, more slick, and more personal. Take a look at the following test page and let us know what you think:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/member.asp?mem=124

Do you like it better? Would you rather keep the old display (with the BetterPhoto filmstrip)? Do you have any requests or suggestions regarding the look of this new Member Gallery? I may not be able to utilize all suggestions, but if you have any thoughts you'd like to share, please post them in this Q&A thread.

Thanks for your input!

2/7/2005 9:23:32 PM

Kip T. Berger
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/20/2002
  I think it is an improvement Jim. Hope to see it implemented!

2/8/2005 1:00:22 AM

Jacqueline  W. Mills
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/20/2002
  Definitely sleeker and more efficient. Thanks!

2/8/2005 2:39:15 AM

Diane Dupuis-Kallos
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/27/2003
  I like the new look. The bigger thumbnails are great. The less cluttered top is also great. Am I dreaming or is the URL going to be short like that? If yes it will fit on my business card without someone needing a magnifying glass to read it!
I don't see any link to get to the BP homepage. Is that on purpose?
The changes are great Jim! Thanks so much!

2/8/2005 3:44:24 AM

  The clean look and the larger thumbnails look really nice. My aging eyeballs would appreciate slightly larger font size on the bio info however.

2/8/2005 3:57:29 AM

  I like the look! The larger thumbnails are a definite improvement. The whole overall effect is a improvement. Thanks for all the hard work BP does!

2/8/2005 4:09:15 AM

Diane Dupuis-Kallos
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/27/2003
  OK - I tried it again and realize the link to BP is at the top (where it is written BP in big letters!) I like that! I agree with Dorothy that the font at the top of the page is a little small...

2/8/2005 4:09:56 AM

  I like it, Jim !! The larger thumbnails are great!

2/8/2005 4:32:41 AM

Mellanie 

member since: 7/16/2004
  Fantastic work! Like the larger thumbnails!

2/8/2005 5:24:09 AM

Wanda Judd
BetterPhoto Member
wandajudd.com

member since: 4/2/2003
  Count me in as well...I love the larger tumbnails and clean look.

2/8/2005 5:42:19 AM

  I, too, like the fresh, clean look and especially the larger thumbnails. As a "senior citizen" I also would like to see the default font a bit larger (it can be resized in IE, but the largest size is smaller than previously). I think that the link back to the BP home page should be a bit more obvious (a "HOME" button?). We certainly want everyone to find about all the great offerings on this site, no matter how they got to our own galleries. Great improvements!

2/8/2005 5:51:27 AM

cj patterson
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 6/8/2004
  This looks great! A very nice improvement!!

2/8/2005 6:40:55 AM

Mellanie 

member since: 7/16/2004
  Jim, could you do something about the check box at the bottom of the 'response' pages? Like leave it unchecked and let us actually check it if we want to be notified if someone responds to the thread? I know sometimes I forget to 'uncheck' the box and I also know I have the option to later turn these responses 'off/on'. I just think that if BP leaves these boxes unchecked would be a really nice 'improvement' too! Anyway, just a thought!

2/8/2005 7:13:45 AM

James R. Jackson
BetterPhoto Member
jaybirdphotography.com

member since: 6/2/2003
  Jim, I like it! I like it without the film strip, too. I like the film strip at the home page and other pages, but for the galleries, it is a distraction. Please DO go for it! Jay

2/8/2005 7:28:42 AM


BetterPhoto Member
  i agree I like the new look and bigger thumbnails. but the only thing that bugs me is the uncheck and check button and if I go to my member gallergy I have to hit the back button cause I try to go back after working on something it makes me sign in again.but other wise then that I like the new look.one more reguest can we add color to our text black can be soo boring some times!:=)

2/8/2005 7:29:25 AM

Andy 
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/28/2002
  The new look definitely is better. I am also like to see a bigger font for the Bio/Contact section. Another suggestion is to be able to go back to the home page after scrolling all the way down. Maybe adding "Home" before the page numbers. Like "Home 1 2 3 ...". Just a thought.

2/8/2005 7:42:12 AM

Jennifer S
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/9/2004
  It looks great!!! Can't wait to have it! Thank you!

2/8/2005 8:34:21 AM

Fedor G. Pikus

member since: 12/13/2003
  Larger thumbnails? What's not to like here? Go for it!

2/8/2005 10:22:27 AM

Jennifer Brooke Chao
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/24/2004
  Looks awesome! Can't wait to see it implemented. Thanks!!

2/8/2005 10:27:12 AM

Olga Gabay

member since: 2/27/2004
  Yes, it looks great!

2/8/2005 10:30:01 AM

Jessica Perry

member since: 6/21/2004
  It is a vast improvement. It looks more like a gallery now.

2/8/2005 10:31:22 AM

Joseph M. Harper
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/8/2003
  Great improvment.

2/8/2005 10:32:28 AM

Donna W. Neal
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/8/2003
  Love the larger thumbnails and the clean look Jim!

2/8/2005 10:38:35 AM

Jim Damare
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/8/2002
  The filmstrip is nice but... The new page is much easier on the eye withouth the extra clutter. It has that "taste great...less filling" kind of thing going for it with the new look.

2/8/2005 10:47:35 AM

Kathleen Clemons
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/19/2000
  It looks wonderful, Jim. Love the changes.

2/8/2005 10:52:25 AM

Lesli Gresholdt
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/23/2003
  Can't wait! Looks much better and very professional. I like it a lot. No changes needed!

2/8/2005 10:56:17 AM

  Count me in! Love the new look! Thanks!

2/8/2005 10:58:45 AM

  I love the larger thumbnails! A huge improvement. Can't wait!!

2/8/2005 11:00:49 AM

Janet L. Davis
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/7/2002
  Love the look! Thank you!

2/8/2005 11:01:59 AM

Paula Showen
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 6/22/2003
  It's perfect! I can't wait to have it! Thanks for all of the work you do for us!

2/8/2005 11:03:24 AM

Jennifer Rennison

member since: 1/10/2004
  Looks simple and clean, love the larger thumbnails! Thanks for all your hard work!

2/8/2005 11:06:01 AM

Dennis Handa

member since: 8/20/2003
  I like the new look-definitely cleaner plus having more images available is good.
Dennis Handa
www.dhphotoart.com

2/8/2005 11:14:26 AM

VERN E. WAHLBERG
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/9/2004
  AWESOME LOVE IT JIM..!

2/8/2005 11:14:56 AM

Kim Helmick
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/17/2004
  It looks great! I am very excited about this!

2/8/2005 11:18:51 AM

Allan L. Plucinik
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/31/2003
  I like the larger thumbnails. But the links for Bio, Gallery, Contact look better the way they are now inside a graphical button or whatever you want to call it. The font size for the text should be bigger.

2/8/2005 11:19:15 AM

Bonita M. Fils
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/15/2005
  I love the new look Jim! The larger thumbnails are a plus. Thank You!

2/8/2005 11:19:16 AM

JAMK  Photography
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/13/2004
  Looks good!!

2/8/2005 11:20:56 AM

Cathy Gregor
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/5/2003
  I like the 'new look' better as well!
-cathy

2/8/2005 11:21:21 AM

Charlene Bayerle
BetterPhoto Member
PictureThisbyChar.com

member since: 1/9/2003
  Love the bigger thumbnails!!! Easier to
see. I agree about the font...a little bigger would be great!!!
Thanks for the imporvements.
Charlene

2/8/2005 11:22:01 AM

Carol Dibble
BetterPhoto Member
caroldibble.com

member since: 3/18/2002
  I like the new look, Jim. how about a black background to make the photos stand out? Just a suggestion. Thanks for such a great web site and forum for us budding photographers. :)

2/8/2005 11:23:07 AM

Cathy Gregor
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/5/2003
  Defintely better....
I know this is my second response!
-cathy

2/8/2005 11:23:36 AM

Holli Mc.

member since: 4/7/2004
  I think that it looks very good and would love to see my work displayed with the bigger thumbnails too..
Thanks for asking about our thoughts on it and wondering how we all feel about it.. I say it's a great improvement!

2/8/2005 11:26:11 AM

Jim &. McCullaugh

member since: 12/2/2003
  Great.
I am definitely on board.
-Jim

2/8/2005 11:26:36 AM

Arthur Rosch
artsdigitalphoto.com

member since: 7/22/2002
  It's clean and sleek, Jim. I approve.

Art

2/8/2005 11:26:38 AM

  I think it is an improvement, looks great.

2/8/2005 11:27:47 AM

Marja H. Konimäki

member since: 8/18/2003
  Great work! I like the new look!

2/8/2005 11:27:58 AM

  Yes, Here's another vote for the new look. Larger thumbnails is a big plus.

2/8/2005 11:29:04 AM

  Change is good! I like the new look too!

2/8/2005 11:30:08 AM

Philip Petrou

member since: 2/28/2004
  Great Look, big improvement!

2/8/2005 11:32:56 AM

Allan L. Whitehead
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/27/2001
  I'm in total agreement with everyone else, I love the 'new' format. Its cleaner and is truly is much more professional looking. I would suggest you leave the 'checked/unchecked' box as it is. I personally like seeing all the comments from others on entrys that I comment on. If I had to check the box everytime, it would really be a royal 'pain'. Jim, great work, as always, you guys are awesome, please keep it up - Allan

2/8/2005 11:35:52 AM

Shirley Pearce
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/16/2004
  Although I liked the links on the side, I do like the cleaner look and larger thumbnails. Good Work! Thank you!!

2/8/2005 11:36:34 AM

  A+

2/8/2005 11:37:21 AM

Katrina M. Scheidler
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/2/2004
  Hello
I love the new freshness of the look.
great job,cant wait.

2/8/2005 11:43:14 AM

Darcy Daniels
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/20/2004
  I like the increased size of the thumbnails and like the cleaner look without the "filmstrip" along the left side... definately think this is an improvement. I like the suggestion of using a black background.

Thanks!

2/8/2005 11:44:28 AM

  Hi Jim,
I love the new look, very clean. Also the larger thumbnails are great!!
Thanks for a wonderful site.
Stacey

2/8/2005 11:46:35 AM

Grayce  Pedulla Dillon
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/25/2001
  I like the larger thumbs. An improvement on an already good site. My only suggestion would be to offer a choice of background colours. I'd like black.

2/8/2005 11:48:30 AM

  Thanks to all of you for all your hard work! It looks great! -K :)

2/8/2005 11:49:39 AM

Allan L. Plucinik
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/31/2003
  I definitely do NOT prefer black background. Black is too dark, depressing. I like a bright and positive color. White is bright and positive but still neutral.

2/8/2005 11:51:50 AM

Amy N. Cappelli
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/25/2004
  Perfect, I love the larger thumbnails!

2/8/2005 11:54:57 AM

Christopher W. Holmes
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/27/2004
  Jim,

Thanks for soliciting our input. I think the new design is a wonderful improvement.

Since you asked for suggestions and input, I did have another suggestion--and it might impact the site's revenue so I make this comment understanding that you might not be able to make the change--but would it be possible to eliminate the google advertising on the page for each photo contained in our membership galleries? I'd be inclined to pay a few bucks more a year for my membership gallery in return for a "totally clean" web page for my photos.

Just a suggestion and thanks for the great site.

2/8/2005 11:54:59 AM

  I think it looks great!!! I love the larger thumbnails!

2/8/2005 12:00:26 PM

Steven Butterworth

member since: 8/24/2004
  Yes it is definitely a good change. I cannot at the moment think of any improvements. Perhaps 4 pictures per line.......

I love this picture of yours "Lavender Waves
Provence, France "

2/8/2005 12:01:08 PM

Elisabeth A. Gay
BetterPhoto Member
expressionsbyann.com

member since: 4/2/2004
  Like the larger thumbnails very much! It looks great - go for it!!
Ann Gay

2/8/2005 12:01:18 PM

  Very classy and clean, Jim. I love it! A couple of small suggestions: Have the "Discuss" line change to "Read discussion" if a discussion has already started. On the Gallery page, perhaps place flush right next to "Jim Miotke's Member Gallery" a smaller version of the bio photo to make it even more personalized. A choice of background colors as Grayce suggested is also a nice idea. And a little larger type as others have suggested. Also, have the option to put all 100 photos on the same page or else break it up as you have done on your sample page. Thank you very much for offering a change and soliciting our input. Keep up the great work!

2/8/2005 12:02:39 PM

Robin L. Holden, Sr

member since: 2/13/2004
  I like the new Gallery look but I never liked the white background. I would prefer to see a gray backgound I think it would be better for viewing the photos/images.

Also when you click on a thumbnail to view the large image it takes you to the larger view. Would it be possible to add a link to return to the last position in the gallery?

2/8/2005 12:03:05 PM

Mark Oxley
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/22/2001
  A nice improvment Jim. I like the cleaner look also. Thank you.

2/8/2005 12:09:56 PM

Jessica McCollam
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/30/2003
  Jim, I too LOVE the larger thumbnails!! I think it would be a great change!:)

2/8/2005 12:11:08 PM

  I like the overall look better, to be sure, it is certainly cleaner, and bigger thumbs are a plus. I would like to see it implemented.

*It may add a little something to have a "scaled down" version of the film strip running down the left hand side - not large enough to impinge on the thumbnail size, or to even contain links, but just to add a little design kick, and to keep the gallery pages tied in with the design of the rest of the site ... just a thought.

Thanks for continuing to provide a great community!

Regards,
paul

2/8/2005 12:12:50 PM

Lisa Doyle
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/28/2002
  I think a darker background would make the photos look better... If you look at your tiger I think the snow gets washed away because of the white background on the site ... Larger photos are great !!! Nice work :)

2/8/2005 12:13:06 PM

  Jim, I agree with all...the larger thumbnails are great and it looks wonderful!

2/8/2005 12:13:13 PM

Kimberly C. Roland
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/7/2004
  Looks Great! Go for it!

2/8/2005 12:14:11 PM

Diane Epstein
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/9/2004
  I agree that the option of a black background would be wonderful, so that those who like white can keep it as is, and those who want black will be happy puppies. I have a site of my own with a black background and I think they stand out nicely. I use the betterphoto for all my latest photographs since I am not set up to add them very easily.
http://www.astheromansdo.com/gallery/index.htm Let me know what you think. If it were black I would feel more comfortable linking my site to the better photo one. Otherwise I like the new additions very much.

2/8/2005 12:20:51 PM

Debbie L. Bruce

member since: 2/23/2003
  I agree with the majority. I like the cleaner look and larger thumbnails. I can't wait until it gets implemented.

2/8/2005 12:23:10 PM

  Looks wonderful! I do agree I'd like to see a slightly darker background. Looks great, though!

2/8/2005 12:25:22 PM

Cathy Gregor
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/5/2003
  I like it!
Sorry for another response
I'm trying to get myself of email notification!

2/8/2005 12:26:29 PM

Cathy Gregor
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/5/2003
  I like it!
Sorry for another response
I'm trying to get myself off email notification!

2/8/2005 12:26:53 PM

Laura Raney
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/1/2004
  I like it....It's much better
Great work.

2/8/2005 12:27:14 PM

Mary J.  Costa Pearson
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/17/2004
  I love the bigger thumbnails!! I look forward to the change.

2/8/2005 12:27:52 PM

Monique Bogaerts
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/19/2004
  Very nice, an option to shoose the backgroundcolor (black withe)
maybe?
Otherwise I like the new very much.

2/8/2005 12:28:14 PM

Patrick Petronico

member since: 7/11/2003
  Looks Great! Definately like it.

2/8/2005 12:29:38 PM

  I like it, Jim. The larger thumbnails is a positive. I think you've accomplished your goal to make a cleaner, classier gallery page.

2/8/2005 12:33:09 PM

Jerome D. Brown

member since: 10/13/2004
  I appreciate the clean lines and larger thumbnails. I'm ready to switch.

2/8/2005 12:34:31 PM

  I think the new version looks great Jim!Thank you for all the hard work you put into this site!

2/8/2005 12:35:12 PM

Kathleen L. Nelson
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/1/2001
  It's a big improvement, Jim. I like it a lot.

2/8/2005 12:36:30 PM

Ahmad Imran
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/8/2004
  Definitely a good and newer look. Must go ahead with it. Liked it.

2/8/2005 12:37:34 PM

  Sorry....this is just to turn off email notification :)

2/8/2005 12:40:36 PM

Monique Bogaerts
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/19/2004
  Also for turn off email notification :)

2/8/2005 12:44:44 PM

Robert M. Booth

member since: 11/9/2004
  Looks good. The less cluttered look is nice as are the larger thumbnails. I do agree with the comment of at least one writer that there should be a way to navigate back to the BetterPhoto home page. Unless of course the purpose of this is for when a photographer might be sending a link to his pictures so that it looks more like it could be the individuals own website. Otherwise however, again, I do like it.

2/8/2005 12:46:54 PM

Deb Brown
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/20/2003
  LIKE THE CHANGES.....LOVE YOUR STIE, AND APPRECIATE THAT YOU CARE ENOUGH TO ASK MEMBER'S OPINION...THANKS A BUNCH!

2/8/2005 12:48:40 PM

Marja H. Konimäki

member since: 8/18/2003
  Great!

2/8/2005 12:51:29 PM

  I love this new look it's great, the larger thumbnails are a great improvement. I think this site and those connected with it do a wonderful job, I suggest it to all my photographer friends.

2/8/2005 12:53:31 PM

john clayworth
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/21/2004
  The larger thumbnails are a real improvement, an option to alter the background colour would be a bonus as I find darker backgrounds more restful to the eyes

2/8/2005 12:54:30 PM

Robert M. Booth

member since: 11/9/2004
  Looked agian, still like it.

2/8/2005 1:00:26 PM

  I like the clean look; however, I would want the links from "Home to Sign in."

2/8/2005 1:01:50 PM

Monique Bogaerts
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/19/2004
  Sorry, just can set off email notification.

2/8/2005 1:06:10 PM

  One other suggestion: It would be nice to have an easier URL to give people. Perhaps the way Yahoo Geocities does it, which is: www.geocities.com/membername. Just a suggestion.

2/8/2005 1:06:25 PM

Joy Rector
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Joy
Joy's Gallery

member since: 6/26/2002
  Like everyone else, Jim, I like it. I like th larger thumbnails. The font at the top could be a tiny bit larger.

2/8/2005 1:12:26 PM

Gianna Stadelmyer
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/7/2004
  I LOVE the larger thumbnails!!!! And I also like the idea of having a choice of background colors. It would make it even more personal. I think it's a nice clean look, but maybe TOO clean/plain. I think design-wise, it'd be nice to have a little "kick"...like maybe place the title on a filmstrip across the top. It just looks a bit too generic right now with the plain white background, simple, black font, and nothing else. Love the idea and thanks so much for asking for our input:-) That's why I LOVE this web site and just recommended some of the classes and galleries to someone today:-)

2/8/2005 1:18:09 PM

  It's good to incorporate the same design principles into the web pages that we use in our photos! In this case, moving in close and removing distractions. Thank you for getting rid of all the clutter and making the thumbnails larger.

2/8/2005 1:19:06 PM

Renee Luba
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/13/2004
  I definitely prefer the more classy uncluttered look of this....however, my personal preference is also for a black background. Just my opinion, but I find that most photos look better when viewed on black rather than white.

2/8/2005 1:27:30 PM

Renee Luba
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/13/2004
  I definitely prefer the more classy uncluttered look of this....however, my personal preference is also for a black background. Just my opinion, but I find that most photos look better when viewed on black rather than white.

2/8/2005 1:27:38 PM

Mark Jansen
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/17/2004
  Yes, The larger gallery looks much better.. But it would be nice not to lose the film. Or if not that, some kind of graphic, a Camera, Tripod, or some visual related to photography.
Maybe, some imagery related to the body of work each photograher like to shoot mostly. Say.. People type symbol if they have people in most of there work. Or maybe Mountains and trees, and lakes. Or maybe something for close-up work. A magnifing glass graghic symbol. Maybe a option to select and choose an image from a catalog provided by Better Photo to add to your gallery.

2/8/2005 1:29:03 PM

Steve  Hopkins

member since: 10/30/2003
  Jim - good progress towards revising look of the site. Film strip should go from gallery pages - takes up too much space - just need smaller buttons across the "top" of the gallery page. And takes too long to load, esp. when clicking to see a larger view of photo.
Heading looks to bland - needs some color gray & or black or a gradient from dark gray to white.

2/8/2005 1:35:32 PM

Diane Epstein
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/9/2004
   I agree with Patricia Marroquin's suggestion to have an easier URL to give people. Perhaps the way Yahoo Geocities does it, which is: www.geocities.com/membername. If we had www.betterphoto.com/diane.epstein I would be able to give my address out to so many more people (including business cards) rather than on occassion when I track down the http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery dynoGallDetail.asp?cat=&photoID=553379

Also, I agree that the ads on the page really distract from the clean, photographic look that I think we are all striving towards. Otherwise, the new site idea is great, especially if we had a choice between black and white. That would be a dream to have it all. Dreams do come true.

2/8/2005 1:40:33 PM

Earl Larden
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/2/2004
  Like the sleeker look. Another older retired member asking for larger fonts and less ads. Thank you for your efforts to keep this site the freshest and best site aspiring to help all photographers.
Thank you
Earl Larden

2/8/2005 2:17:02 PM

Jennifer  L. La Velle
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/22/2004
  I like the look of the new page and agree with what others have stated. My suggestion, which is actually only a suggestion for the page where only I can go to change my gallery page: I suggest that there be a link there that can show us what pictures we have put into the contests and when they were entered. I would also like to be able to delete duplicate photos (I added some pictures to my gallery during a class I was taking, and couldnt move them to the classroom sight without reloading them...giving me duplicates.)

Otherwise, the new sight is nice. Of course, I would like my gallery better if it were full of YOUR pictures, but that's a whole OTHER story :o)

Jen

2/8/2005 2:17:28 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member
cammphoto.com

member since: 7/17/2003
  I like the new look of BP in general.
The new Q&A and Comment format is great!

A few things I've noticed though:
*The date of entry does not appear on the original question in the Q&A,...only on the responses.

*Is there still a way to access the "Search Site" link? (The left tool bar now covers it.)

2/8/2005 2:19:14 PM

Patty Razonable

member since: 10/2/2004
  I agree with everyone! Great improvement and larger thumbnail!

2/8/2005 2:19:25 PM

Denise  M. Prichett
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/24/2002
  It looks great!!!!i can't wait for the redesign!

2/8/2005 2:33:33 PM

Marsha S. Smith
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/21/2004
  Jim, I agree with the majority. I like the bigger thumbnails and would like black background, but will be content with whatever you guys come up with.

2/8/2005 2:36:06 PM

Gwyn Jolley

member since: 11/9/2004
  I could give my response as are most of the responses on this and other issues. . . in a sheeps voice.

But will choose to be the wolf...although it is an improvement and it is appreciate as so many have stated.

There are many, many things that could be done to enhance the viewing of images on member sites. Color options have been mentioned and quite frankly from a marketing e-commerce background; portfolio or gallery sites generally show better in a black or adarker color. Unless you do a lot of high key people photos (white weddings).

In looking at options, you must consider price, what are you able to give in options to us for the price you charge.

Being able to catagorize the pages would also be nice. Counters, more customizable options, contact forms, address books for guest comments instead of discussions (since nobody here ever discusses...only comments. Nobody gives feedback, only the commone Nice! or Great!. (either nobody dares give a gentle suggestion or they don't know enough to do so.)

Lets face it there are a growing number in competition out there, I have been contacted by several in the past few months, one in the past week...who quite frankly as your competitors....are are offering many more options, much nicer sites, expecially for the more serious minded photographer or artist...and they are quite reasonable.

Any improvement should not go without notice...but to be honest...it wasn't enough for me to notice without you telling me what had been improved.

There you have it. An honest and forthright answer...

Having built a several sights from scratch and fromm Dreamweaver (anyone can do it if they want to learn) what people are looking for are the options of creating their own special place with ease of use and no time. I am prime example...I can make my own...but would rather choose a templated sight to host in order to reduce maintance time (I'd rather be shooting!)

Gwyn

2/8/2005 2:49:32 PM

Monique Bogaerts
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/19/2004
  Could someone help me, I can not unsubcribe from this post...
My mailbox is exploding;)
Melanie, I do not see the off button

2/8/2005 3:00:21 PM

Bobbie Davis
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/10/2004
  I love the larger pictures!!!!!! Looks great!

2/8/2005 3:01:11 PM

Monique Bogaerts
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/19/2004
  Ooops, found it, thanks!

2/8/2005 3:03:43 PM

Monique Bogaerts
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/19/2004
  Ooops, found it, thanks!

2/8/2005 3:03:50 PM

Norman P. Banks
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/20/2000
  Hey Jim, I'm definitely for the new look with its larger thumbs and cleaner Page. You have my vote! (smile)

Norm ,:-)

2/8/2005 3:45:02 PM

Norman P. Banks
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/20/2000
  Oh yeah Jim, I almost forgot! If you could do a lightbox type background (black) it would be great!

Norm ,:-)

2/8/2005 3:55:12 PM

Ed Heaton
BetterPhoto Member
edheaton.com

member since: 12/13/2003
  Great job Jim,
I like this look much better!

2/8/2005 4:01:00 PM

Debra Booth
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/2/2004
  Thanks very much, Jim, for your email about the changes you are working on and for the opportunity to provide input.

I really like the more minimalist presentation and the larger previews. The font sizes play better with the "Text Size" option in Firefox than with the same option in Internet Explorer, at least with the way my browsers are set up. That's fine with me since I try not to use IE unless I have to.

As a person approaching the geriatic stage of life, I am in favor of design choices that would minimize actions that could contribute to repetitive stress injuries. I have spent way too many years on computers, and before that, typewriters, and my fingers, wrists, elbows, and shoulders have not fared well. I use as many keyboard shortcuts as possible to protect myself, but it's not easy to avoid using that mouse all the time.

So, here are some changes I would like to at least throw out there for consideration. (Please forgive the long preamble, but I felt it was important to explain the reason behind some of these suggestions.) Okay, here they are now, really...

1. Move the navigation links to be right aligned, such as the "Next x" button. This would place them closer to the scroll bar and make them easier to access. I also don't care for centered text from an aesthetic point of view.

2. Look at some of the usability suggestions from previous Q&A threads. I would be so thrilled if I could click once to open a picture page and add my comment to the top of the discussion on that page without having to scroll or go to yet another page. This would also help users who have slower Internet access, and it would probably cut down on BP's bandwidth requirements. (I realize that this may be out of the range of what you're doing now with the galleries.)

3. I would love to know which category contest photos are entered in without having to go to the category pages to find them. (It would also help me remember where I had submitted one in case I wanted to submit it in another category in another month.)

4. Will there still be an option to display 10 photos on a page? This may be less necessary with the larger thumbprints--the smaller ones could tend to run together--but it is also a way to decrease bandwidth needs.

I really am happy with what you are doing with BP, and I hope that my comments sound constructive as that is how I intended them.

Thanks again!!
Debra

2/8/2005 4:16:24 PM

Calgarey Penn

member since: 10/3/2003
  The proposed changes are positive. It is a cleaner format and offers easier choices to visitors to individual galleries.

Do it!

2/8/2005 4:17:33 PM

Allan L. Plucinik
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/31/2003
  How do I shut off the emails I'm getting every time someone responds to this Question?

2/8/2005 4:28:10 PM

Allan L. Plucinik
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/31/2003
  How do I shut off the emails I'm getting every time someone responds to this Question?

2/8/2005 4:28:40 PM

Jennifer Rennison

member since: 1/10/2004
  Allan, If you sign in on the left to your member profile page towards the bottom you should see Q&A's that you've responded to and off/on, click on off and it should turn it off.

2/8/2005 4:38:02 PM

Randy L. Morgan
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/6/2004
  I have designed and still maintain a few web sites for the fire service. I have learned that ease of navigation is key, as well as cleanliness. I have always found your Better Photo web site easy to use, with a pleasant look. I like your new idea for member galleries.

2/8/2005 4:40:10 PM

Allan L. Plucinik
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/31/2003
  Trying to turn off email notification.

2/8/2005 4:48:14 PM

Lisa Doyle
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/28/2002
  Also trying to turn off e mail notification :)

2/8/2005 4:55:08 PM

Alejandra Reyes
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/7/2004
  Wonderful Jim!!!
I do agree I'd like to see a slightly darker background, maybe a neutral gray or an option to choose the color.

2/8/2005 4:58:43 PM

Allan L. Plucinik
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/31/2003
  This is really infuriating!

I have signed in and gone to "discussions that I've responded to" but this particular Q&A session is not listed so I don't have the opportunity to turn off email notification.

It does list photo discussion that I've responded to and I can turn those off if I want, but this Q&A session is not listed.

Also when I respond to this Q&A session I am UNCHECKING the "If you would like to be notified when someone responds to this thread, check this box."

But I'm still getting emails.

2/8/2005 5:00:45 PM

Maverick Creatives
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/1/2004
  That sample is so much better than what is displayed at the moment. There are many free sites available on the web to display pictures and the one you are proposing appears so much more professional. That makes it a worthwhile investment for you loyal following.
AND FINALLY,,,,,PEOPLE WILL STOP ASKING ME IF THAT IS MY PICTURE IN THE UPPER CORNER !!!! I'M TIRED OF TELLING THEM NO NO NO,,,,I'M SO MUCH MORE HANDSOME THAN THAT POOR FELLOW.
LOL
Regards
Gary Berger

2/8/2005 5:15:35 PM

Harold Kelley
southland-images.com

member since: 2/18/2004
  I really like the look, but I too would like choices of background colors. Still, it is much improved.

2/8/2005 5:26:21 PM

Andrea E. Martinez
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/30/2004
  I like the new look also, bigger thumbnails...great improvement!
go for it!

2/8/2005 5:49:37 PM

  For sure I like the bigger thumbnails. Is there a possibility of grouping or theme the images?
Thank you!

2/8/2005 5:54:53 PM

  I like it! Much better thumbnails!!!

2/8/2005 5:56:53 PM

Donna L. Cuic
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/5/2003
  WONDERFUL improvement Jim. I think it will be a big hit.

I do have ONE suggestion that I have been thinking about emailing to someone, so I was tickled to get your email about this thread and about making suggestions. It would be nice that after you signed in from the front page and was taken to you Member Profile Page and then upload a photo or whatever that you have a link to go back to your member profile page. I don't know if its possible but it surely would be nice.

Just a thought.
Donna

2/8/2005 5:57:15 PM

Donna L. Cuic
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/5/2003
  Forgot to mention your photos are awesome. I don't think I could pick a favorite, they are all great. ~Donna

2/8/2005 5:59:42 PM

Donna J. Taff
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/29/2003
  I like the new way much better, the image's being larger is really nice.
Donna Taff

2/8/2005 6:01:13 PM

Marta Azevedo
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/24/2002
  Yes, I like it better.

2/8/2005 6:07:25 PM

Marta Azevedo
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/24/2002
  Yes, I like it better.

2/8/2005 6:07:40 PM

Darcey S.

member since: 11/8/2003
  Classy, simplified, bigger thumbnails, great improvement!

2/8/2005 6:09:47 PM

Carla Metzler
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/13/2004
  I think the new design is a wonderful improvement, to an already wonderful site. Thank you for asking.

2/8/2005 6:16:52 PM

  If the thumbnails are going to be that big, then yes I like the new look!

2/8/2005 6:32:39 PM

Mellanie 

member since: 7/16/2004
  I read Donna C.'s response and had something to add....I have found several people who did not know how to upload to their gallery AND to the contest at the same time. So they would enter their daily photo into the contest and then have to sign in and add it (unhide or whatever) to their gallery later. Maybe add somewhere to the website how to do this or better yet, generate an automatic email to the person creating a new gallery. It took me several weeks before I figured out how to do this! Just a suggestion that I had to add!

Again, thanks for all the hard work you guys do at BP.com and thanks for asking for our input!

2/8/2005 6:37:45 PM

  I hate the ads...forgot to add that. : )

2/8/2005 6:45:05 PM

Reed Hull
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/7/2004
  Makes me wish I hadn't signed-on with FolioLink.

2/8/2005 7:18:43 PM

Ruth A. Parish

member since: 11/10/2004
  Looks great - keep up the good work. I look forward to when I can implement it - not to rush you though - take whatever time you need.

2/8/2005 7:30:00 PM

 
Thanks for the chance to have some input, Jim!

First of all, I like the simpler look. It puts the focus on the gallery thumbnails rather than the site advertising. I also won't have to keep explaining to people that the guy in the right hand corner is not me :-) It is a little stark though and could benefit by merely putting the header text and member statement inside colored bars or other shapes (to give it a graphic element). Larger fonts would help also.

If you can easily allow color options then I would suggest black, gray & white. If you can only provide one option then I most certainly prefer black. To me it is classier and most importantly it shows off the photos better. It's also important that the background color stays the same when you click on the thumbnail and go to the expanded version.

For useability, I really like one member's suggestion that the hot spots stay on the right side of the page next to the scroll bar. It sure helps keep the mouse action to a minimum.

I like where you're headed and sincerely appreciate all the hard work you put into the site! --- Gary

2/8/2005 7:33:20 PM

Eileen Gayle

member since: 2/8/2005
  Excellent new look - above suggestions say all I would. Thanks for all the effort!

2/8/2005 7:38:45 PM

  I like the new look, especially the larger thumbnails.

2/8/2005 7:45:17 PM

  Jim,
I like the new look a lot! I hope everyone else agrees and this can be implemented soon.

Thanks for the change!

2/8/2005 7:45:42 PM

  Jim,
I like the new look a lot! I hope everyone else agrees and this can be implemented soon.

Thanks for the change!

2/8/2005 7:45:52 PM

Adriel Torres
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/21/2004
  Love the new look. Thanks for striving to improve the site. The only suggestion I have is that I would like to see a little more color towards the top of the gallery.

2/8/2005 8:00:30 PM

Janice L. Hatfield
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/20/2004
  I think it is a little more eyeball friendly. The format looks nicer and I like the bigger photos.

2/8/2005 8:37:24 PM

Latief Askari
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/11/2004
  I think the new look is great.

2/8/2005 9:18:06 PM

Stephen H. White
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/25/2004
  I too like the new look. The larger photos are a plus...no pun intended. I do like the idea of adding color as Adriel suggested.

2/8/2005 9:40:18 PM

samia s. hendal

member since: 3/11/2003
  Me also like the new look,good work jim

2/8/2005 9:46:24 PM

  Like it a lot, though I'd like it even better if it would have a greater visual impact force. Instead of being mesmerized at loading by the outstanding quality of the members’ pics, the eye is bored by the intro text and navigation tool. I'd suggest that:
1. "Page 1: 1-30 of 66 photos
skip to page
1 2 ...3 "
text be moved it in the upper right corner
2. Put the intro text in a table next to " XXXX 's Member Gallery" title

2/8/2005 10:02:16 PM

Anette Linnea Rasmussen
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/31/2003
  Looks fine to me. It good to see the site in a new way...
Best wishes Linnea

2/8/2005 10:11:22 PM

Mette Vendelboe Allison

member since: 1/28/2003
  The new look is better, more simple and elegant. It would be good if there was a function so that one could change the font size to match one's eye sight.

Mette

2/8/2005 10:23:01 PM

Sharon Naude

member since: 11/28/2002
  Really a nice improvement, looking forward to seeing it happen, love your
site Jim, keep up the good work.
Best Wishes
Sharon
South Africa

2/8/2005 10:30:37 PM

bob cornelison
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 6/9/2003
  I like the larger thumbnails! Looks like most of us want the new look!
~:O)

2/9/2005 12:01:24 AM

Patricia A. Kuniega
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/17/2003
  Love the clean, new look and larger thumbnails of the Member Galleries! I also like the shortened bio pages. Since web design is part of what I do for a living, I have just a few suggestions which relate more to navigation than layout and don't all pertain to the member galleries themselves.

1) It would be great if the option for being notified of a response on a thread was off by default. You would only click if you wanted to be included in the discussion. Since most of us respond to hundreds of photos in a week, this is a lot less clicks per day and one less thing to remember to do!

2) All those back-clicks from the photo discussion thread to the contest pages add up. It would be great if you could provide a more ergonimically-friendly way to get back to the contest.

3) The new layout of the Q&A discussion pages is great. I like having the author's name off to the left. However, I'm not crazy about where it's placed in the new photo discussion threads. I think having it appear just under the discussion rather than right after it, with no break would be easier to read and help pick out names from the thread.

That's it for my 2 cents. I've seen a few generations of this website already and each time it gets better and better! Thanks for asking the users what they think!

2/9/2005 12:08:00 AM

Sherrye Nozaki
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/26/2004
  I like it very much. The emphasis is on the photos not words on the side which can be distracting. However, one problem I have with the current web site is every time I want to change something in my gallery I have to keep signing in. For some reason I can just sign in once and make changes or do multiple things. For example if I make a change to the photo order, then view my gallery and then want to then make a change to something else I have to sign in again.

Smile:)

2/9/2005 12:38:14 AM

John Cullen

member since: 10/31/2003
  Looks like the weight of opinion is _for_ the new look, so I'll just add my (euro)cent's worth of vote and agree, it's a _significant_ improvement!

2/9/2005 1:03:51 AM

  Sorry for the second entry, I forgot to uncheck the box to be notified of all answers.

2/9/2005 1:35:36 AM

Paul Michko
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/23/2004
  It looks great to me also. I say it is quite an impovement.

2/9/2005 3:46:25 AM

Diane Dupuis-Kallos
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/27/2003
  Sherrye - once you've changed the order of your photos it brings you to your newly re-ordered gallery. All you have to do is hit the back button to get back to the member admin page - instead of signing in again.

I would prefer it the notification box was unchecked! You can see by all the e-mails here that people keep forgetting to uncheck it - and seem compelled to keep writing a comment! In the e-mail you get telling you that there has been activity on this Q&A - down at the bottom of that e-mail there (usually but not always) is a link to stop notifications. Click on it - and then click on the stop notifications button when it brings you to BP. If that doesnt't work - in everyone's gallery right after you sign in is the list of all the photos and Q&A's that you've ever discussed. The Q&A's are all the way down at the bottom. This one should also be there. Click on the off button to turn it off. If you comment again and hit the don't notify me button it doesn't change anything because you've already asked before to be notified.

Also - just in case for those who don't know - and it took me months to figure this one out so I totally agree with informing new gallery members on how to do this with their "Welcome to BP" e-mail - you can enter a photo to the contest and your gallery all at once through your Member gallery admin - upload photo section. It is quite a time saver.

I would also appreciate an option of background colors if that is a possibility.

I definitely would appreciate reducing the number of clicks and scrolls - especially when commenting on photos - would love to be able to fill in my comment at the top of the page rather than the bottom... And after commenting having to hit back so many times is not very user friendly. I would like to be able to get back to the page where I found the photo in one easy click...

Having a short and easy URL to get to my bp gallery would be great.

How come sometimes you see the date someone uploaded the picture right under it where the discussion is - and sometimes you don't? Today's POTD is one example. Would love to know why that is.

Last but not least - I truly truly appreciate the opportunity to give our feedback before these changes. Thanks so much Jim for offering us this fantastic home away from home. We truly appreciate all that you and your colleagues at BP do!!

2/9/2005 3:48:44 AM

Ed Wenger
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/9/2004
  My vote is for the new format. Looks great.

2/9/2005 4:01:03 AM

Datha Y. Thompson
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/17/2004
  LOVE IT.. LOVE IT.. LOVE IT!!!!!

2/9/2005 4:33:58 AM

Steve  Hopkins

member since: 10/30/2003
  Get rid of that auto ck mark! I forgot to uncheck it yesterday when I responded to new site plans and received 70 responses today!
Let the user ck the box if we want to follow thread...

2/9/2005 4:58:17 AM

MaryJune OLeary
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/19/2004
 
 
  old look
old look
 
   
 
Thanks for asking our advice and opinions on the new site designs. I really like the larger thumbnails of the new site. Overall it is a much cleaner look.

I would like to see a few things remain the same as the old page. I like the old look of the bio/info, gallery, and contact tabs as well as keeping them on the right of the screen.
I also prefer the old member gallery heading.

2/9/2005 6:35:56 AM

Duane Carter
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/7/2003
  I like it, especially the larger thumbnails!

2/9/2005 6:43:22 AM

Gwyn Jolley

member since: 11/9/2004
  Ughhh!!!! Darn threads anyway!
Getting off...
Forgive me for not thinking of it in my response.

2/9/2005 6:45:23 AM

Mark R. Stanford

member since: 8/19/2001
  Jim,
It looks great. Your on the right track. Keeping up with the times. Change is good...

2/9/2005 7:39:18 AM

Mark R. Stanford

member since: 8/19/2001
  Jim,
It looks great. Your on the right track. Keeping up with the times. Change is good...

2/9/2005 7:39:53 AM

Judith G. Secco
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/18/2002
  Jim,
I think it looks wonderful!
Judy

2/9/2005 7:57:29 AM

Kevin Elliott
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/10/2004
  I agree, looks really good. Also look as if you've designed it to work on an 800char screen width. Can you put that up to 1024 with slightly larger thumbnails and more/better spacing.

I don't know anyone still running 800. (& now I wait for the I still do...).

Kev

2/9/2005 9:05:29 AM

Robert F. Walker
BetterPhoto Member
bdieventphotos.com

member since: 8/24/2004
  Yes, very clean looking. Like the larger thumbnails too. Thanks for asking for our input. You have done a great job with "Betterphoto.com", so keep up the fine work.

2/9/2005 9:13:25 AM

Thomasa 

member since: 2/27/2003
  I agree with the rest, looks like the new gallery is a hit!

2/9/2005 11:02:17 AM

Ahmad Imran
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/8/2004
  Much better

2/9/2005 12:24:44 PM

James R. Jackson
BetterPhoto Member
jaybirdphotography.com

member since: 6/2/2003
  Great idea!

2/9/2005 1:09:05 PM

  Looks Great Jim,Larger Thumbs Are A Plus Nice Clean Design:-)

2/9/2005 3:29:06 PM

Diane Dupuis-Kallos
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/27/2003
  Talk about quick response!
Thank you so very much Jim and everyone at BP for turning that little check mark off when we discuss a photo!!!!! WOOOPEEE for your quick response to that little issue!!!
THANKS THANKS THANKS!

2/9/2005 3:49:41 PM

Sandi Barker

member since: 9/3/2003
  Love the new look, but I agree on maybe adding a black background. Pictures would definately stand out.

2/9/2005 3:52:26 PM

Mellanie 

member since: 7/16/2004
  Well, Jim, I'm with Diane! You guys at BP are the best! Changing the default on the email notifications.....we asked and you listened! Thank you, thank you, thank you....of course now I have to train myself not to click on the box!

2/9/2005 4:38:55 PM

Anita Taylor
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/19/2001
  It is definitely a great new look! I like that you can access all the photos at a glance rather than jumping from category to category.

2/9/2005 6:00:55 PM

Patricia A. Kuniega
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/17/2003
  Wasn't sure where to post this, but I love the new drop down menues. Soooo helpful and quick to navigate! Great idea!

2/10/2005 6:17:49 AM

  Love, love, love the new dropdown menus! Also the unclicked box for the feedback. Now if we just didn't have to go through all the comments and the respond box could be at the top...My dream!!

2/10/2005 8:07:42 AM

  I Would Like To See The White Background Leave Also But To An 18% Gray This Would Be Much Less Distracting,The White Usually Makes The Precieved Lighting In An Image To Light,The Default Ps Is Gray Rather Than Black,Also The White Border Needs To Be Removed To A Borderless As It Doesent Always Fit A Particular Photo,I See Lots Of Great Ideas Here! Thanks BP For Listening:-)

2/10/2005 10:00:05 AM

Rob Mesite
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/27/2004
  I especially like the larger thumbnails. Overall, an improvement to an already excellent site.

2/10/2005 10:28:18 AM

Debra Booth
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/2/2004
  I love the new menus!!

2/10/2005 12:27:08 PM

Kevin Elliott
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/10/2004
  Jim

Lots of comments on backgrounds. For me white is best.

Perhaps you will allow us to customise our displays for items like this.

I'm not over comfortable with being able to post a comment/reply with only entering my email address. Be much better if for all comments/replies we had to enter our passwords as well. More effort, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before some sicko starts posting badly under someone else's email.

One other thing that'd be really good is a persistant link to my gallery, once I've signed in, no matter which page I go to in the site.

Kev

2/11/2005 12:37:12 AM

donnalee cataldo
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/3/2003
  Unfortunately I couldn't get in to see the new look of the galleries. It said website not found. Any help from anyone to get in would be welcome. Thanks
Donna

2/13/2005 6:55:00 AM

Debra Booth
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/2/2004
  I'm so happy with the changes to the galleries and to the member admin pages! Thanks, BP, for making all these wonderful updates!

2/13/2005 6:25:55 PM

Cesar J. La Rosa
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/27/2004
  Thanks for asking for our feedback.

I was very happy to see the new look you've given to our Member Galleries, Jim. The larger thumbnails, the dropdown menus and the cleaner design are certainly a great improvement.

Although some people seem to prefer a darker background, I would personally like it to stay the way it is.

I think Debra mentioned this, and I totally agree with her: It would be nice to be able to see the category we've submitted our photos in. Do you think it would be possible to add a line under the submission date that appears when you see the larger photo?

Thank you for this great surprise and for the great job you're doing.

Congratulations!

Cesar

2/13/2005 9:52:21 PM

Kevin Elliott
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/10/2004
  Jim, I second Cesar's comments, however it'd be even better if we could have a competition entry history with the pictures. Some time ago I uploaded quite a few photos. I've no real idea what I entered in the competition and what I didn't enter. Also under which category.....

2/13/2005 11:07:32 PM

MaryJune OLeary
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/19/2004
  Thank You to all of you at Better Photo. The new member gallery is absolutely wonderful. Thank you for asking and listening to our many suggestions.

2/14/2005 6:30:40 AM

  The changes are great - I love the sleek updated look! The colorful mini pic icons add a nice personal touch to comments. Thank you, BetterPhoto!!

2/14/2005 5:07:22 PM

James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Hi everyone,

I wanted to first thank you very much for all of the excellent suggestions. Your input is extremely valuable to me.

If you have not noticed the new and improved galleries, please take a look. We are exhausted after working non-stop these past weeks, but it was certainly worth it. We are thrilled with the results and are glad to hear from many of you that you love the enhancements too.

As a recap, here is what we've done:
* Premium Galleries (that's what we're calling them now) sport a clean, professional look. Ahh much better!
* Even non-paying BetterPhoto members now get a photo gallery; but non-paying members are limited to only showing 30 images and get the old, (let's say, "Classic") BetterPhoto look. We really want to encourage photo sharing and community with everyone, so if you have an aunt, co-worker, or friend who you think would like to join, please invite them to BetterPhoto.
* We figured out a way to give you short URLs - check out the new "Nicknames" feature in the "Member Info" tab of your new Member Center.
* We made "Mini-pics" - little visuals relating to photography. You can choose from several images we pulled from my gallery and from stock photography. Or you can upload your own image or your own symbolic graphic.
* You can now see which images you've entered into the current content. Yahoo!!!
* You have the choice of buttons right aligned, if you want.
* You can now cause the text to be bigger... you can put that magnifying glass away now.
* You can have it so visitors jump right to the one-big-image-per-page view.
* We have a splash of color option - a mini filmstrip that displays up near the top of each page.
* In the new Member Center (which I got to say, is VERY COOL), you get to make many changes to your own account. You no longer have to email Heather to have your name or email address changed. And you are returned to these admin pages after making changes.
* And you have a quick link to your gallery - look for the "View Gallery" link near the top of each admin page.

We Did Not Do...
* As much as I appreciate that so many of you asked for black or other-than-white backgrounds, we can not do this with the Premium Galleries. And, believe me, this decision is not because we want you all to buy Deluxe Web Sites. Of course, we would love that, but our motivation is much less "salesy" than that.

All of the current photos are surrounded by a band of white, to make the dropshadows blend into the white background behind them. Translating all of the images to something that would look good on black, or on gray, or on another color... would be far too expensive and time-consuming and just downright terrible for us. Sorry, but with over 100,000 images to think of, it just isn't something we can afford to do. We sincerely hope that the new look and the splash of color will please your eye a bit. If not, I again encourage you to look into a Deluxe Web Site.

* We also ran into major complications when trying to program for multiple galleries/themes/categories. This, along with your other suggestions (header split onto two lines; font color choices; less photos per page; all photos on one page; and gallery blurb in a sidebar) we have heard and thank you for. Even though we can't do them with this product, we appreciate the suggestions very much.

Miscellaneous Notes:
* I just want to be sure everything is working right... you CAN turn off email notifications now, right? Let Heather know if this still doesn't work for you.
* Many of you have already noticed that I changed the default on the "notify me" checkbox. Remember to check it now if you do want to be emailed.
* Jennifer, you CAN move previously-uploaded photos into the contest using the photoID field. The true problem is that we just have not had time to write up good instructions and help pages for all of these features. That's next on the To Do list.
* The date, as well as many other cool details, are back on QnA detail page now, and both the Q&A and Discussion detail pages have been cleaned up. I am still working on a few of the pages, though, so bear with me.
* I really like the suggestions about streamlined commenting and navigation... I just have to put my thinking cap on as to the best way to make this happen.

Again, thank you all very much for your support, enthusiasm and constructive suggestions. If you encounter any more bugs over the next few days, please do continue to let us know. We are feverishly trying to cross all the T's and dot all the I's but there are bound to be a few things we miss.

Thanks again for your patience while we take BetterPhoto to the next level of professionalism and success. We really want to give you want you want and we sincerely hope that our efforts help make your own photographic endeavors even more fun and successful.

2/17/2005 11:48:10 PM

  Thank you, Jim!!! The improvements have just been awesome! I think it's super that non paying members will have a small gallery now too. I'll certainly encourage as many as I can to join! Great job all of you!!! Thank you so much!!!

2/18/2005 5:42:34 AM

  Yes Thank you Jim and everyone who worked so very hard on the improvements! I too can let friends know they can get a gallery without having to worry if they can afford it. I agree with Sharon the improvements ar awesome!!

2/18/2005 6:19:49 AM

Susan T. Parady
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/16/2003
  Thanks for all your hard work, Jim, and BP Staff. You've made a great site even better!

2/18/2005 8:20:13 AM

  Thanks Jim,And To All The Staff At Bp Im Really Enjoying All The Great Changes!!

* We figured out a way to give you short URLs - check out the new "Nicknames" feature in the "Member Info" tab of your new Member Center.

Jim Could You Explain This New Feature As To How It Works?

2/18/2005 8:32:38 AM

Patricia A. Kuniega
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/17/2003
  I am just delighted with the way the new member galleries look! People always tease me that it's the little things in life that seem to do it for me. Today's little joy was that newly added splash of color! : )

There are so many super changes that have been made in the last week or so that it's like coming to a whole new site. Thank you for implementing so many requests! I think you have lots and lots of very happy members, Jim!

2/18/2005 9:40:53 AM

  Looks Like The New Url Works Now Jim, Much Better!!Thanks!

2/18/2005 10:19:33 AM

Kevin Elliott
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/10/2004
  Jim, I second all the praises and thanks above. A couple of points:

The links to galleries etc. now go direct to sign up pages (as does deluxe web sites and so on). Can we have a clear VIEW/Sign Up options please.

I tried emailing myself from better photo to check it was working. Got a message entitled 'A Message from Kevin', sent by Kevin. I nearly deleted it as spam, untill I remembered that I'd sent it. Please put in the message title something like 'A Message from Better Photo Member Kevin'

Kev

2/19/2005 12:18:56 AM

  Hi Kevin, on the Contact form where it asks for your name, I just type in my name and BetterPhoto member all in that one space. Hopefully it helps people like me who forget the email might be from someone at BP.

2/19/2005 8:43:50 AM

Diane Dupuis-Kallos
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/27/2003
  Hi Jim!
Just getting around to reading your most recent message and wanted to say thanks so much for the FANTASTIC! improvements you've made to BP!!!!!
DDK

2/20/2005 4:55:24 PM

Phil S
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/27/2003
  Jim & Staff-

Thanks for all that you do and have done! I have had a few good deals in my life and BP is one of them. I still can't believe all that I get for such a small fee. I sure feel that I get the better end of this deal. There are no photo clubs in my area and the nearest photo store is over 2 hours away. Your site is full of valuable information no matter what level of experience a photographer has. Your improvements are wonderful and even before them, BP was the best deal on the web. Thanks again to you and everyone at BP for all of the hard work. You will hear no complaints from me and for those that do, I think their camera might be a little out of focus!

2/21/2005 3:38:27 PM

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Jason L. Stone

member since: 12/21/2003
  2 .  Member Galleries
Once I've ordered a Member Gallery, how long will it generally take to set up? Thanks and Mahalo,

12/27/2003 11:47:58 AM

Nicole Boenig-McGrade

member since: 7/13/2003
  Hi Jason, I have a Member Gallery at BetterPhoto and from memory, which does sometimes abandone me, it only took a day or two before I could start uploading photos. I have found being a part of BetterPhoto to be most helpful, rewarding and enspiring. Kind regards,

12/28/2003 4:04:05 AM

James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Thanks Nicole for your wonderful comments! We are so glad you are enjoying BetterPhoto so much.

And Jason, if your Member Gallery is not set up yet, please feel free to email Heather at heather at betterphoto.com with any questions you have.

12/29/2003 10:45:58 AM

Lisa Pereira
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/26/2003
  Love the new layout! It's aesthetically more pleasing- for sure and 10 stars fro removing the default check mark under "If you would like to be notified when someone responds to this thread, check this box." when commenting on an image! I always forgot to uncheck it!

Thank you for that!

Great Work!

2/15/2005 8:47:59 AM

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Ramey M. Edwards

member since: 10/12/2003
  3 .  Adding a Photo
I forgot how to add a photo to my gallery, can you tell me how again?
Thanks,

12/7/2003 12:48:45 PM

James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Hi Ramey, we will resend you the instructional email. Use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page if you have further questions.

12/29/2003 10:14:51 AM

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Mette Vendelboe Allison

member since: 1/28/2003
  4 .  Choosing photos for galleries?
I would like to know how you choose what goes into your galleries?

7/12/2003 9:56:48 AM

James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  We simply try to fit the photos into the subject categories that are most appropriate.

However, the real answer to your question is that we are understaffed and don't have the resources to keep up with the amazing number of great photos being uploaded each day ;)

7/14/2003 10:33:19 PM

Mette Vendelboe Allison

member since: 1/28/2003
  Thanks for your quick response, Jim! I can imagine that it's a lot of work going through so many photos. Take it as a compliment. You are the best photopage on the net, I think:-)

7/15/2003 1:43:58 AM

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Harold Campbell

member since: 2/10/2002
  5 .  Name For A Member Site
If I purchase a Member Site can I rename it? Instead of Harold Campbell's member site I would like it to be PoppysPics.

Thanks

7/12/2003 6:39:16 AM

James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Hi Harold,

This is possible. The Member Galleries are based off of your user name so when we change it to PoppysPics, that is what will show up under all your photos, discussions, etc. Just let us know via the Contact link at the botton of the page if you would like us to change your name in the database.

Also be aware that with a Deluxe Web Site, you can keep your Harold name the same AND get a domain name that features PoppysPics. I just checked at PoppysPics.com is available - for the moment at least :)

7/14/2003 10:29:29 PM

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Jimmy Wen

member since: 9/9/2002
  6 .  HELP!!!
HELP! I can't add photos to my Gallery, I can find any indication that allows me to have access to up load the pictures for my Gallery! Where is the access!!!

11/23/2002 2:12:25 AM

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Jeremy Manning

member since: 11/7/2002
  7 .  uploading more images to my gallery
 
  Mirriored Building
Mirriored Building
101 California St. Shot with a Polarizer Filter
© Jeremy Manning
 
  Ghosts in the tunnel
Ghosts in the tunnel
Two gentle "ghosts," walk in the path of my camera as I frame this night shot.
© Jeremy Manning
 
  Burning Flower
Burning Flower
© Jeremy Manning
 
  Blue Flower
Blue Flower
© Jeremy Manning
 
  Candle Light
Candle Light
This picture was shot of two candles with an infrared filter
© Jeremy Manning
 
How do I find the sign in page to upload more images? I can't seem to find at anywhere...

11/19/2002 2:31:42 PM

Jeremy Manning

member since: 11/7/2002
  haha, those pictures weren't supposed to load here. lol, I was trying to load them into my gallery.

11/19/2002 3:19:21 PM

Jimmy Wen

member since: 9/9/2002
  i'v got same problem with you Jeremy, I can't find the sign page too.

11/23/2002 2:03:23 AM

Julie Randolph

member since: 1/14/2003
  I'm having the same problem! Did anyone answer the question about uploading more files on your personal Gallery????
Thanks!
Julie

1/23/2003 4:22:29 PM

Timothy L. Leggett
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/14/2003
  ok folks heres the answer
at the bottom of the green strip on the left side of your screen click on Sign in, enter your email address and then your password, this will take you to a page where you will see your name and member gallery admin center, click on member gallery acmin center and that should get you to where you want to be.

3/6/2003 2:14:40 AM

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Stina Bish
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 6/10/2002
  8 .  Removing Photos from the Selections Page
How can I clean up my photos in the Selections Page? I know I can select which ones I was displayed in my Member Gallery, or not, but if I fix up a photo and upload it, how can I delete the old one completely?

8/11/2002 10:27:09 AM

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JOHN WALSH

member since: 5/22/2002
  9 .  club?
Jim. I got"PCAUTHORITY"& thought it was a club 'thing'? I am in NIKON CLUB,what is 'above',that requires two yrs.membership in advance? it says it's members are"dedicated",I think they would have to be! The Nikon club will do me! John

7/24/2002 5:35:34 PM

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Lindsey Wilson

member since: 8/15/2001
  10 .  About the website
It has been awhile since I have uploaded a picture on the website..I was wondering how I can find old photos I have posted on this site.
thanks...Lindsey

6/25/2002 5:31:31 PM

Cristian G. Montalvo

member since: 9/18/2002
  Lindsey,
I have the same question... can you let me know if you receive a response and I will do the same if I hear something before you do.

Also, I've found that by going to www.google.com and typing in your name and portrait title you can find your images. See the problem with me is that I forgot what I named my self portrait.

I hope this helps.
Chris

2/11/2003 2:13:33 PM

Michelle Ross
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/1/2004
  I'm trying to go into my gallery management area and it will not let me in. I think the improvements to the site are great! I would like a link that takes me direcly to my gallery once I'm signed in. Maybe it is already like this and I just can't figure it out but it seems I have to always sign in even after i'm SIGNED in to go and view my gallery. Right now I just uploaded a photo to the contest and I want to make this viewable in my gallery and it will not let me into that area???????

2/12/2005 5:17:37 AM

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