Otto, your comment seems to have a tone of nasty sarcasm. I don't understand your anger. I'm really trying to make WordPress better.
I'm never angry. Sarcastic, perhaps. Text is not a perfect medium, keep that in mind.
You said that uploading in 2.7 was "fast as heck" and I had previously disagreed, saying it was "slow and cumbersome". Therefore I demonstrated the speed. I don't understand why you would fault me for demonstrating the very thing I said I was going to demonstrate.
It is fast as heck, and my video proved that. But your video did not demonstrate speed of uploading at all, you demonstrated *multitasking*, which is something else entirely.
I haven't been able to get captions to work properly on my own blog theme. Which is I suppose my own problem. Though I haven't seen it used much on other blogs. The majority of the photos on your own blog don't use captions (4 of the 6 since June).
My own blog is perhaps not the best example, as I don't write much on it, as you may have noticed. And what I do on there tends to be experimental. More of a playground than a useful site for anything. However, I do tend to use captions when appropriate.
However, most professional sites on the internet do have captions on their photos. Any news site like CNN, for example. And getting them to work is just a matter of adding some styling to your theme, really.
Such functionality could be worked into any image upload system. While I'm still not convinced the current version of the gallery functionality built into WordPress is a good idea, that is a topic for another discussion.
No, not really. The gallery has quite a few behind-the-scenes functionality that would not work nearly as well in a plugin arrangement.
I can make another screencast where I upload 4 images instead of one but the results will be the same. I can't see how you're arguing that WP2.7 image upload is faster than WP2.3.
Look closer. You'll notice that I selected and uploaded all those 4 images at once, with only one selection of images. That could have just as easily been a hundred pictures. With the old uploader system, you had to select and upload them one at a time.
Much quicker to select your shots, hit upload, and then go make a sandwich while waiting on the network to send them over.
In those 38 wasted seconds, I typed my post.
38 seconds is a loooong time to wait for nothing every time you write a post with images.
You're arguing for my very next point, was that you cannot write a meaningful post in 38 seconds.
And if your blog is any indication, then so do you the majority of the time. The majority of the time your posts are just about the same length as the demonstration I gave... a few sentences and an image or link.
My blog is actually not a meaningful indication, however, there is no post of substance on it that took less than 20 minutes to compose. Some of the shorter ones were tests, such as the Talk Like a Pirate day one, where I was testing translation plugins I had installed and was working with at the time.
The whole purpose of my commenting here is to hopefully make writing WordPress posts easier and faster. I'm not here to argue for the sake of arguing.
You could have certainly fooled me, because every argument you make is specious, flawed, unreasonable, and occasionally downright silly.
I mean, you're arguing that 38 seconds split between a few tasks is a long time to wait. Are you freakin' kidding me? Seriously? Because that's one of the stupidest arguments I've ever seen.
It almost always takes me longer to FIND the photo I want in the post than it does to upload it. I mean, how impatient can you get?
So I'll ask this one last time: how can WordPress image uploading be made faster?
My suggestion for you would be to switch to a plugin to do that sort of thing, or stop using WordPress.
However, there are certainly ways that it could be sped up.
The modal windows and multiple steps required to upload images that were introduced in 2.5 take up a lot of user time. Can this be remedied? Who might I work with to improve this situation?
WordPress is open source. Change the code yourself if you want it changed. Nobody is stopping you. If your changes are for the better, then you're free to submit them and they might make it into WordPress. If not, then they won't.
But that's the beauty of open source software. Don't like it? Then fix it yourself.
In the meantime, I'm inclined to ignore anybody who makes complaints about the FREE software that they got for FREE and are using for FREE. If you want to improve it, then improve it. But useless complaining doesn't make changes happen.