Deep within the Zoomshare office resides a
collection of servers running a duplicate copy of
our application for development and testing. Within
this damp lab the mad hacker/programmers, including
yours truly, slave over every line of code, looking
to improve performance and reliability.
About once a week a service bell rings summoning us
from our dungeon to "The Meeting Place" where that
week's directive is read to all within ear shot.
For the past few weeks the directive has repeated,
exactly the same, like a drum beat, over and over
"Improve Photo Albums, Improve Photo Albums". Then
with little warning we are pushed back down the
stairs to our lab, deprived of sunlight and all but
bread and water, until one day at the Sacred
Council of Fogg the Stone of Wine declares "It is
Eh, ok, maybe not quite like that. Yet, we do
indeed work everyday on improving Zoomshare
and indeed for the past
few weeks within our lab environment we have been
focusing on enchantments to photo albums and soon
those changes will be seeing the light of day. That
of course brings us to the big question: What in
will be changing?
Album Changes: Navigation
First and foremost the biggest change to
Zoomshare sites for visitors will be a new
navigation scheme, designed to allow a visitor to
easily move between individual images and removal
of the awkward "pop-up window".
At first, navigating images within album looks the
same; first a list of albums in alphabetical order,
followed by a collection of thumbnail images
representing the various sorted images within an album.
However, everything changes after the next mouse
click. Previously when a visitor clicked on a
thumbnail image a pop-up window would open with a
full-size view of the image. Within the upcoming
change upon mouse click the thumbnail view will
disappear and be replaced with a new "mid-size"
view of the image.
The new mid-size view has the following enchantments:
- Mid-size view of image
- Embed Codes for the image <--
More on this in a bit
- Previous & Next navigation to view album images
at the mid-size "level"
- If a free site, a new ad space
To view a full or originally uploaded size, a
simple mouse clink on the mid-size image will do
the trick. However instead of a pop-up window,
which most web browsers restrict these days, a "lightbox
" effect is in place in
which the image opens in a "modal dialog box
". Simply put
everything within the browser window is "grayed out
" to draw focus to the
image "on top of" everything else.
Album Changes: Embed Codes
With the addition of the mid-size view to
photo albums another element the "Share" or "embed
codes" have been added alongside each image to
enable sharing of your images among visitors to
your site and the web in general. Depending on the
size of the image each image will either have a
collection of Small & Original or Small, Medium and
Large code for embedding the image into a web page
or bulletin board.
In addition each image will include a URL to use in
instant messages or emails as well as the embed
code for the Zoomshare Flipbook Widget containing
the whole album in which the individual image is a
Use of these embed codes is similar to other codes
found on the web today; the visitor simply uses
their ever handy copy and paste abilities to select
and copy the embed code they wish to use, then
paste that code into the desired location as needed.
Album Changes: Console
Selecting Share Code for Embedding
Don't want your images to be "shareable" by
your site visitors? No problem, within console a
new album setting allows a Zoomshare user to
control which, if any, albums are "shareable". By
default all albums are, so if you wish to limit
which albums provide share information one simply
needs to disable the feature as desired.
Console Disable/Enable Share Information
Even if a Zoomshare user wishes to disable
information for the outside world,
within console the embed codes for any image can
still be found for use within Zoomshare pages or
To access this new Share information within console
two new features have been added to the Add &
section of the photo album console.
A "Share" link above each new image provides for
that image's embed codes when desired. Simply click
on the Share
link to reveal the necessary
In addition to the Share
link, the embed
codes for each image are also provided in the
section of each image, just in case.
Back to the Pit of Despair
Share Information within Console
As with all change it will take a little bit
of time for the dust to settle. If anything seems
amiss or if you have a suggestion, comment or
feedback, please do send them our way at: customerservice
at zoomshare dot com
. But with any luck the
Shared Wizards of Zoom will declare "It is Good."