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!

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!

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!

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!

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

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!

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.

Plugin Automatic Size replaces Autosize

As described on previous post, plugin Autosize had too many problems. Anyway the feature of automatic photo size is an excellent one. Plugin Automatic Size is taking over, with a much simpler code (simpler code = less bug).

Plugin Automatic Size is now available for Piwigo 2.4 and 2.5 on Piwigo.com. Considering many users are still blocked on Piwigo 2.4 because they use Autosize, in the coming days we will change the upgrade script for accounts: if Autosize is activated, it will automatically be deactivated and Automatic Size will be activated. This will allow the upgrade to version 2.5.

Plugin Automatic Size needs beta-testers

Many users have activated plugin Autosize (approximately 10% of you, which means one of the favorite plugins). Unfortunately this plugin is incompatible with several other plugins and themes. Autosize is not available on Piwigo.com for Piwigo 2.5. In order to replace it, we need the help of beta-testers for the new plugin Automatic Size. See details on Piwigo.org forum.

New plugin Automatic Size adds an option in the size selection box.

New plugin Automatic Size adds an option in the size selection box.

New plugin Birthdate

Plugin Birthdate gives people age on each photo. Since Piwigo knows the date of the photo and if you tag the photo with people name, Piwigo only needs to know the people birthdate to display their age on photo. Plugin Birthdate let you define the birthdate of any tag.

Plugin Birthdate: first step is to add birthdates

Plugin Birthdate: add a birthdate

Plugin Birthdate: on administration side you can see the list of defined birthdates

Plugin Birthdate: on administration side you can see the list of defined birthdates

Plugin Birthdate: on the page of the photo, next to each tag Piwigo displays the age

Plugin Birthdate: on the page of the photo, next to each tag Piwigo displays the age

Depending on the age, Piwigo will display seconds or minutes or hours… or years. If you have a family photo gallery, you will certainly appreciate to immediately know the age of kids on each photo!

Plugin Copyrights + Perso Footer replace LMT

Plugin LMT, License Manager Tool, is not compatible with Piwigo 2.5 yet. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can replace it with plugin Copyrights and plugin Perso Footer.

Plugin Copyrights lets you define licenses and apply them on photos. This plugin is much simpler than LMT because it relies on standard administration screens: Batch Manager gets new filter and new action, and you can also change the copyright on the photo edition screen.

Plugin Copyrights for Piwigo let you create licenses and apply them on your photos.

Plugin Copyrights for Piwigo let you create licenses and apply them on your photos.

Plugin Perso Footer lets you add a piece of text in your footer. Very simple.

Create a custom footer on all your pages with Piwigo plugin Perso Footer

Create a custom footer on all your pages with Piwigo plugin Perso Footer

Social Buttons replaces Google+1 and TweetThis

Plugins Google+1 and TweetThis are no longer supported and are replaced by the new plugin Social Buttons. The idea is to have all your social media buttons merged into a single plugin. Social Buttons currently manages 5 social networks: Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.

New plugin Social Buttons let you share pages on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.

New plugin Social Buttons let you share pages on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.

Plugins Google+1 and TweetThis are not available on Piwigo 2.5. For a faster upgrade of your photo gallery to Piwigo 2.5, deactivate these plugins. Let’s also say that FacebookPlug is not compatible yet with Piwigo 2.5, so if you’re only interested in the “like” button feature, replace it with Social Buttons too.

Piwigo 2.5 on Piwigo.com

As usual each time a major new version of Piwigo is released (version 2.5 this time) many Piwigo.com users ask how to upgrade. It’s nice to see how motivated you are! But you will have to be patient. As said on blog post Piwigo 2.4 and upgrade on Piwigo.com :

On Piwigo.com, you don’t manage updates, so it’s useless to try by yourself. The update to Piwigo 2.4 will be applied automatically without any action from you.

Version 2.5 is a much smaller step than version 2.4 was. It means that plugins and themes are simpler to adapt and that upgrades will occur sooner. I hope first photo galleries will be upgraded in less than 2 weeks.

New on Piwigo 2.5: as long as your thumbnail is not ready, we display a default icon.

New on Piwigo 2.5: as long as your thumbnail is not ready, we display a default icon.

Once your gallery is upgraded to version 2.5, you are notified by email with a summary of changes. The main advice to have your Piwigo upgraded to 2.5 as soon as possible: deactivate plugins you don’t really use.

For now, discover changes introduced in Piwigo 2.5.