Full screen slideshow

Until recently, full screen slideshow in Piwigo implied the use of Flash with plugin Cooliris. The new plugin Fotorama brings full screen without Flash and with a much better image quality.

Full screen slideshow with plugin Fotorama (here a 1680 pixels wide screen)

Full screen slideshow with plugin Fotorama (here a 1440 pixels wide screen, with navigation square thumbnails)

Plugin Fotorama simply replaces the default slideshow (no specific icon) and offers many options, such as the transition (crossfade, dissolve…) or the navigation style (dots, thumbnails or nothing).

For a high image quality, Fotorama automatically displays the biggest possible photo size, depending on your screen size.

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Piwigo 2.7 on Piwigo.com

As of November 24th 2014, 97.07% of Piwigo.com accounts have been upgraded to Piwigo 2.7

Piwigo 2.7 has been released 5 days ago. You can read 2.7 Release Notes to have full details about new features and improvements. Many of you already have already asked us how they can get it on their Piwigo.

A notification email when your Piwigo is automatically updated to version 2.7

A notification email when your Piwigo is automatically updated to version 2.7

On Piwigo.com, you don’t manage updates, so it’s useless to try by yourself. The update to Piwigo 2.7 will be applied automatically without any action from you. Then you are notified by email with a summary of changes. We have started to update Piwigo.com accounts.

Don’t forget to be patient :-). Piwigo 2.7 has been released but it doesn’t mean all plugins and themes are already compatible with this new version. The update can be performed once all your active plugins/themes are available in Piwigo 2.7. So if you want Piwigo 2.7 quickly, make sure you deactivate plugins you don’t really use.

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Upcoming Piwigo 2.7, we want you for beta-testing!

Piwigo 2.7 “release candidate 1” was released yesterday with many new features and improvements. Here is a small sample:

  • new upload form, with drag & drop and no more Flash
  • sort albums by date
  • improved search
  • interactive discovering of Piwigo features with plugin “Take a Tour”

All changes are described on Piwigo.org annoucements: 2.7.0beta1, 2.7.0beta2 and 2.7.0RC1.

Piwigo 2.7 new upload form uses HTML5, which means "no more Flash required" and that's really cool. Drag & drop will make photo selection much easier from your file browser!

Piwigo 2.7 new upload form uses HTML5, which means “no more Flash required” and that’s really cool. Drag & drop will make photo selection much easier from your file browser!

We need your help to test Piwigo 2.7 Release Candidates. You can browse a Piwigo 2.7 demo, but the biggest changes are on administration side. If you want a test environment, ask us and we will provide one!

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New theme Modus

Theme Modus, created by rvelices, will bring a modern look to your Piwigo: big square thumbnails for your albums, horizontal menu bar with drop down menus, automatic size selection, modern thumbnail display (à la GThumb+). Modus is ready for high density pixel screens (retina-like) with specific thumbnails and SVG icons.

Piwigo theme Modus: big thumbnails for albums, responsive, retina compatible.

Piwigo theme Modus: big thumbnails for albums, responsive, retina compatible.

Modus is a responsive theme. This technical word means that the display will automatically adapt if you visit your Piwigo with a tablet, a smartphone or a big screen. Modus comes with 5 color schemes out of the box.

Here is a tip for users who want to give a try without breaking their current theme: activate this theme but don’t make it the default theme immediately. Edit your user and make it use Modus, then you can see if it looks nice on your Piwigo. Then you can set Modus as default theme for all users!

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Referral program gets stronger for summer 2014

This blog post includes two announcements related to Piwigo.com referral program. The first one is an increased bonus: for each referee, the referrer gets a 6-month bonus (instead of 1). A nice €19.5 discount, with no limit on the number of referees!

Piwigo.com Referral Program, new "Invite your friends" feature : mail, feacebook, twitter, google+

Piwigo.com Referral Program, new “Invite your friends” feature : email, facebook, twitter, google+

The second announcement is the “invite” feature. In your Piwigo, on page [Administration > My account > Manage > Referrals] we have added an “Invite your friends” box. You can send an email or share the referral link on social medias (Facebook, Twitter, Google+).

Have a nice summer and spread the news!

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Robots and visit history

Piwigo 2.6 has introduced a geolocation feature for your visitors. Now you know where your visitors come from and you may have discovered that you often receive visits from Redmond (Washington, USA)  and Mountain View (California, USA). Don’t panic, this is not an attack: they are just robots of Bing (Microsoft search engine) and Google.

Visit history, Bing is visiting your Piwigo (Redmond, USA)

Visit history, Bing is visiting your Piwigo (Redmond, USA)

Their visits are useful because they make you “findable” in search engines. But maybe you don’t want to see all this noise in your visit history. Activate the new plugin No Stats for Robots if you want to see only real human visitors. Of course, this plugin won’t stop search engines, it just avoid registering their visits.

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Piwigo.com website new design

Piwigo.com website gets a new design. Main changes are on the home page: big background photo, more space, less text. We have also created a drop down menu and a bigger footer. We hope you like it! Design by Thomas Malandain and Florian Pasqué.

Piwigo.com new home page

Piwigo.com new home page

The big background photo is taken randomly from a list of photos. Currently we have one from Radu Velicescu (team member) and one from Jean-Philippe Pichardie (user). If you want to contribute and have one of your panoramic photo featured on Piwigo.com home page, contact us!

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Piwigo 2.6 on Piwigo.com

As of March 12th 2014, all Piwigo.com accounts have been upgraded to Piwigo 2.6.

Some of you already know that Piwigo 2.6 has been released a few days ago (and even a bug fixing version 2.6.1). Once you have seen the 2.6 Release Notes, you naturally ask how to get this new version on your Piwigo.com.

New user manager in Piwigo 2.6: faster and easier to user

New user manager in Piwigo 2.6: faster and easier to user

Be patient. Yes Piwigo 2.6 has been released but it doesn’t mean all plugins and themes are already compatible with this new version. Many of them have been updated, so we’re going to start working on Piwigo 2.6 for Piwigo.com. We have a few changes to apply, such as the account manager (subscription, referrals, data retrieval).

On Piwigo.com, you don’t manage updates, so it’s useless to try by yourself. The update to Piwigo 2.6 will be applied automatically without any action from you. Then you are notified by email with a summary of changes. The update can be performed once all your active plugins/themes are available in Piwigo 2.6. So if you want Piwigo 2.6 quickly, make sure you deactivate plugins you don’t really use.

Stay tuned

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Future Piwigo 2.6

Piwigo 2.6 is currently under tests as “release candidate”. It brings new features and many technical improvements. Just a few changes in Piwigo 2.6:

  • many icons in the administration (“retina” compatible)
  • geolocation of your visitors
  • new group manager
  • new email templates
  • new pages in mobile theme
  • new user manager

You can find all new features and changes on Piwigo.org annoucements: 2.6.0beta1, 2.6.0beta2, 2.6.0RC1 and 2.6.0RC2.

SmartPocket, the mobile theme, gets many new features: a full menu, a dedicated page for the photos with photo details and user comments, search page, tags page and so on.

SmartPocket, the mobile theme, gets many new features: a full menu, a dedicated page for the photos with photo details and user comments, search page, tags page and so on.

We need your help to test Piwigo 2.6 Release Candidate. You can browse a Piwigo 2.6 demo, but the biggest changes are on administration side. If you want a test environment, ask us and we will provide one!

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Offer Piwigo.com for Christmas!

Starting today, offer a Piwigo.com account! We’ve made it super simple:

  1. Choose the subscription plan you want to offer
  2. Confirm the payment
  3. Give your gift code!

This gift code can be used either for a new account or for a renewal.

You know we’re nice at Piwigo.com: if you take 2 years it is 10% off, and 20% for a 3 years subscription! No need to use your calculator:

Offer a Piwigo.com account

Offer a Piwigo.com account

A Piwigo.com account will be an original gift for your friend addicted to photos or for your father who wish to share family photo shots.

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