March 25, 2010
Timothy Armes has already made some major internal changes to his visually impressive ‘Impact’ web engine. Following popular demand there’s now lots of control over the image scaling behaviour, including an option to scale each image to fill the browser window cropping them.
More information on the new scaling options can be found here: http://photographers-toolbox.com/products/impact.php?sec=quickguide#scaling
This new version also enhances the viewing experience on the iPhone.
March 25, 2010
The Turning Gate has released two new web engines for use exclusively in the recently released Lightroom 3 Beta 2, taking advantage of the new support for AS3 Flash galleries.
TTG Simpleviewer-2 allows users to create Simpleviewer-2 galleries utilizing the full range of available configuration options, including many options not available in the Airtight Simpleviewer engine included with Lightroom. TTG Simpleviewer-2 also supports the new LR3 watermarking options, displaying of image sets from Flickr, and gallery indexing via TTG Auto Index and TTG Pages. TTG Simpleviewer-2 is available to all Lightroom users as a free download.
TTG Monoslideshow-2 allows Lightroom users to create galleries using the popular and powerful Monoslideshow Flash gallery. Designed for maximum flexibility, Monoslideshow can be used to create gallery types ranging from simple image rotators, to complex slideshows with thumbnail navigation, ken burns effects, professional image transitions, a full-screen viewing mode and more. To use TTG Monoslideslideshow-2, users must first purchase Monoslideshow separately and supply it to the web-engine. Until the end of March, TTG Monoslideshow-2 will be available at the introductory price of $15, after which it will cost $20. Those interested in demoing Monoslideshow before committing to a purchase can try out the fully interactive, online Monoslideshow demo.
Finally, recent updates to both TTG Stage and TTG Pages allow embedding of the new Simpleviewer-2 and Monoslideshow 2 Flash galleries, making it easy to integrate these galleries into your website. For more details, visit The Turning Gate at its new address, http://lr.theturninggate.net.
March 20, 2010
LRB Exhibition from Sean McCormack of Lightroom Blog has been updated to version 1.1. Feature additions and bug fixes include:
Added Top Gap
Added Numbers checkbox
Added body image check box.
Changed less for fewer
Change UI colours
Added a Switch to the galleries to hide the menu and force all images into Gallery 1, acting as a single gallery rather than a website.
Added Number Height slider
Added Menu Gap slider
Menu gallery swap
Menu and Identity Plate transparency choices
Added Flickr code and made icon.
Body Height added
Fixed spacing in Gallery numbers for Gallery 4, 5, & 6.
Add tiles for number colour and hover colour.
Changed copyright date
Fixed bug that caused error code to be visible when someone enters a period (.) in a number box.
Current users can update using their download link, and this counts as one of the 9 downloads they purchased. It’s not compulsory to download, unless you need the features and bug fixes here. The 9 downloads can be used as the user sees fit. For those interested in the plugins features and purchase information, you can access the main LRB Exhibition Page.
March 19, 2010
Timothy Armes has just released a new Web Engine for Lightroom called “Impact”. The gallery fills the web browser with imagery in order to provoke the greatest emotional response from the viewer. Tim discusses the philosophy of the gallery design on his blog.
As with his first Web Engine (Elegance), Impact is distributed as a plugin which simplifies the installation process and allows Tim to keep users up to date with automatic updates.
The gallery also feature some other interesting features, such as:
Multiple image resolutions are exported and the most appropriate resolution is used when displaying the images. This ensures fast loading on mobile devices without penalising the image quality on desktop machines.
Users can bookmark images and return directly to them (the URL changes as the slideshow advances).
Designed for iPhone. The iPhone will be served with low resolution images to increase download speed. When viewed in landscape mode the navigation bar is automatically moved out of way to leave more room for the images. Finally, users may then swipe between images.
Impact is available from the Photographer’s Toolbox.
February 26, 2010
Timothy Armes has today released version 1.10 of “PLUS for Lightroom”. This plugin is used to embed PLUS image licensing metadata into images as they are exported from Lighroom.
The major new feature in the release is the ability to specify multiple PLUS “Packs” when defining a license. A PLUS Pack is essentially a pre-packaged set of image rights usages that significantly simplify the specification of image licences for many common scenarios – they form part of the PLUS standard.
PLUS for Lightroom is the first PLUS application to offer the ability to specify multiple packs. This was new territory and Timothy worked with PLUS to iron out complications that he came across.
You can learn more about the plugin here:
You can learn more about the plus standard here:
February 9, 2010
Matthew Campagna has announced that TTG Stage has been updated to version 2.2. The most exciting addition is the new liquid stage mode, which sizes Flash galleries such that they occupied the entirety of the browser viewport, minus the space needed for the header and site menu. Pretty cool stuff.
He’s also revised Google Analytics implementation, included new options for adding custom CSS and scripts to the page and more.
The new liquid stage:
And here’s the original, fixed layout (still an option for use):
The full news posting with complete changelog is here:
TTG Stage currently supports Airtight Interactive’s SimpleViewer, AutoViewer and PostcardViewer, as well as MonoSlideshow, Polaroid Gallery, FlashNifties, SlideShow Pro, DIMIN Slideshow and the Lightroom Flash Gallery. TTG Stage can also display photo sets from your Flickr account.
February 4, 2010
Lightroom Blog has announced the launch of LRB Exhibition, a new web gallery plugin for Lightroom. This plugin provides a showcase style website for Lightroom users.
Home, About, Contact and Blank page
6 Galleries, 2 external links
Google Analytics support
SEO features built in
Custom jQuery Gallery
Multiparagraph, floating text boxes
W3C vaild (base code)
More information at Lightroom Blog.
December 7, 2009
TTG Simpleviewer-2 is now available as a free download. TTG Simpleviewer-2 brings Airtight Interactive’s new Simpleviewer v2 to the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Web module. Simpleviewer 2 improves upon the original with three gallery styles (modern, compact and classic), direct Flickr integration, a fullscreen mode, larger thumbnails, automatic language support, and benefits from having been written in AS3. A full list of improvements in both the free and Pro versions of Simpleviewer 2 can be found on the Simpleviewer website.
TTG Stage and TTG Pages will soon be updated with embed support for Simpleviewer-2 galleries. Unrelated, TTG Highslide Gallery Pro 1.9 is nearly release ready with a number of impressive new features.
December 3, 2009
Lightroom-Blog.com has announced that LRB Portfolio has been updated to version 2.4. This is mostly a bug fix release, but contains some feature updates.
Fixed issue where the menu offset could force the gallery to the right with Cmotion in Safari.
Fixed IE issue where there would be a gap at the bottom of images. (further work may be needed)
Changed Contact form so you no longer need to edit mail.html to get the correct email address)
As with all updates, these are free to current 1.x & 2.X users of LRB Portfolio via the download link they received on purchase. New customers interested in buying this plugin can do from from the LRB Portfolio Website.
The updated User Guide is with the plugin, but can also be downloaded from the website.
December 3, 2009
Proselect is a popular program for portrait studio manangement. There is a certain amount of crossover of features, but there are also specific features that Lightroom doesn’t have. In order to make movement of information between the 2 programs smoother, Allen Gambrell has written a plugin simply titled ‘Proselect to LR‘. Using custom fields you can search and apply Proselect data. You can also filter the data and check status via a Metadata Field List. To create this information in Proselect, use File>Export>Filename List.