Gallery

  • The love affair between photographers and mobile websites is often lukewarm. It would be nice if everyone used cinema display monitors to view your images. However, we cannot ignore the fact that more and more visitors are viewing your website on mobile phones than ever before.  Mobile browsing has doubled since 2009, and the numbers just keep going up. Having a great mobile website is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. With the recent mobile upgrades, visitors to your Redframe powered website will have a better experience viewing your products on their mobile devices, thus creating a better impression of your work. What’s New? It’s Faster.  The mobile Web is significantly slower than what people are now used to on WiFi or broadband connections. Mobile devices operating under a 3G network are still delayed in download speeds and many users still pay for bandwidth. Redframe for mobile  has been rebuilt from the ground up for optimal performance. Every bit and byte has been scoured over to make sure it has a useful purpose. The result is a faster loading and better-performing website on mobile devices. More Refined. The new mobile upgrade will result in your site content adapting to smaller screens making it easier to see on mobile phones. This means that your customers will not need to zoom in to read and view content.  The new mobile gallery  is an elegant presentation of your work with a seamless touch interface that makes viewing web images on the phone a pleasant experience. More Intuitive. As more people use their phones to access websites, they develop new habits while navigating mobile websites. Redframe takes advantage of this to deliver a robust new menu system that makes it much easier for your customers to find what they are looking for. Your visitors can browse your site with one...
  • We’ve quietly released a new feature that allows you to have pages and galleries that don’t appear in your websites menu system. How does this help you and how would you ever use it? I’m glad you asked. Let’s looks at a few scenarios. 1. Online Proofing / A hidden gallery. Do you want to share a gallery that you don’t want all your visitors to see but you also don’t want to require a password to log in to. For example, you’ve just shot a wedding and want to share it among the wedding party. All you need to do now is make it a private gallery. You can then share the link via email and your clients can deep link directly to their gallery. Meanwhile their gallery will not appear in your web site menu, so your other clients won’t be distracted by it. Previously, a private gallery needed to have a customer account attached, requiring a username and password. This feature is still available, but no longer necessary for galleries that you don’t need security for, you just don’t want the general public looking at them 2. Hidden galleries accessed only from a portfolio page. This is good an option if you want to follow a minimalist approach. You’ll keep your menu navigation uncluttered but your clients can access the galleries from a portfolio home page. In this scenario, you could have a simple menu that only has home, portfolio, and contact as options. When portfolio is clicked on, the user goes to a page you’ve built with links to the galleries you want them to access. You can even skip a separate “Portfolio” page all together and do the same thing on your home page. 3. A hidden page. Why would you ever need a hidden...
  • Have you ever been looking at your images, and leaned in towards your monitor to get a closer look? Ever hold your iphone less than one foot from your face to get a look at some details? Bigger TV’s, bigger monitors, bigger smartphones- consumers have driven the prices of these luxuries down, and Redframe has taken that idea to heart. When you work hard to capture someone’s perfect moment, or create something inspiring, sometimes you want it to be displayed it a BIG way. Now with our new Large Image Viewer, you can enjoy the same sharp custom look that you are used to with Redframe only larger on the screen making your work the primary focus of your site. Your background design, menu tabs and sidebar will all clear off the monitor making way for our largest image display yet. Even the navigation tools for the gallery will disappear when not in use, using the screen to fully display the details you have captured. Navigating through the gallery images is also quicker and easier with the large Image Viewer. You can quickly scroll through the images in the gallery because a larger amount of thumbnail images appear at the bottom of the screen when the mouse is in use, or the arrow keys are used. You can click right on the gallery name to view, or hide the thumbnails. Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, or the arrow keys on the screen can really accelerate the scrolling system enabling customers to visually search through the gallery with ease (bigger and faster… what will they think of next?!) You can choose this new gallery layout from your Redframe dashboard by going to ‘manage your galleries’ under ‘main menu’, then clicking ‘ layout’, or you can use our real Time...
  • This is part 3 in a series about customizing your Redframe galleries. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 Want your users to sit back, relax and enjoy viewing your images? Your Redframe gallery provides you with total control over how your slideshow acts. In this article I will be covering a few of the options that can altered to best present your images. Be sure to remember that you always have the option of creating a custom gallery for each and everyone of your galleries. that is covered here. The first option is the Transition Effect. your options here are none, fade, slide top, or slide side. Fade is an alpha or opacity transition from one image to the next. Slide top will animate the image in from the top down and Slide Side will animate the image in from the outside. Choosing None will simply show the next image with now transition effect at all. The Large image frame option is a very subtle change to the appearance of your gallery. You are given two options, either ‘none’ or ‘clearframe’ . Choosing  ‘clearframe’ will add a subtle frame around your large image. Not much of a change but still some custom control over your look. Getting back to the slide show controls we can now look at changing the transition speed and the slide show speed. These options probably sound too similar and one of them should probably be renamed (please leave any suggestions in the comments) but for now let’s get into figuring them out. Transition Speed is the time it takes to animate from one image to the next. If your transition effect is set to none then this is not really applicable, however, for the other effects, it can noticeably alter them. The transition speed...
  • This is part 2 in a series about customizing your Redframe galleries. Check out Part 1 and Part 3 Have you decided that you are ready to change the way your gallery looks and acts but aren’t sure how to start? Let’s start into it here with the presentation options. These are the settings that will change the way your gallery looks. Let’s start with the first two options which are Image On Page or Pop Up Image. [raw] [one_half] Using image on page will result in a layout where the thumbnails are on the page beside the featured image. The main image can be on the right side or left side using a setting we will cover below. [/one_half] [one_half last] Choosing Pop Up image will result in a gallery where the main image will appear above the thumbnails once it is chosen to be viewed. [/one_half] [clear] [/raw]  Image On Page Using the ‘image on page’ option will provide the following options: Thumbnail Position: The thumbnail position is pretty straight forward. You can either have the thumbnails appear on the left or right of your featured image. Image Size: Once again the option is as straight forward as it sounds. The options are fractions of the page width.The larger the fraction the larger your image will be in relation to the space your thumbnails take up.  The next two obvious options are the ability to control the size of the thumbnails and whether the will be on the right or the left of the featured image. The size of the thumbnail will effect how many will be displayed on your site. The larger the thumbnail, the less there will be on screen. The number of thumbnails on the screen will also be affected by what resolution your client is viewing your site at. Redframe...
  • If you’ve already used the Thumbnail Widget to add gallery thumbs to your pages then you know it’s designed to highlight a single gallery. What if you wanted to show a selection of thumbnails to several galleries instead of one? You can do it, you just need to know this trick. Check out the video below for a demonstration.
  • October 2, 2012

    Customizing Your Galleries Part 1

    Do you ever wish that you can make one of your image galleries look and act differently than the others? Or maybe you want every gallery to act look different than the others. One of the advantages of a Redframe site is that you don’t get locked into only one gallery for your entire site. In fact you have lots of options and can change every one of your galleries if you so desire. Why would you even want that? Maybe a gallery has fewer or more images than the others. Perhaps it’s a private gallery and you know your client has a particular preference that you don’t want to use site wide. Maybe you just want to add variety. Whatever the reason, the important thing is that you have the ability to do it if you so desire. Let’s look into how to do that. You will need to start on the Manage Gallery page of your Redframe admin area. Pick the gallery you want to customize and click the ‘layout’ button. This will result in the Gallery Editor appearing and the magic can begin. So that’s what you will see when the gallery editor opens. Notice that it states “This Gallery is using Default settings”. Once you make a change to any of the settings this message will change to the following: Notice that you are given the choice to revert to the default settings or use the new settings as your new default. If you choose to use these settings as your default, all other galleries on your site that are set to use the default settings will share these settings. But for the purpose of this article we want to keep this gallery as a custom and keep going. All the changes we make will then...