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[resolved] Starter's Questions - Photos, Descriptions, Background (34 posts)

  1. Andrewjmarino
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,
    First, I like the simplicity and functionality of the plugin design. Nice admin layout and instructions. I hope to use the plugin extensively.
    Second, I'm fairly new to WP and newer to WPPA+. Most I understand, but I have a few questions on things I may not yet understand:

    1) I used the Insertion code to add a single photo to a page. But, the description (or title when you hover over it) is not attached to the photo. Website link below.
    Related to this, I would want any inserted WPPPA+ photos/captions to match the font style/border of the photos I inserted through the Media Library. I already understand how to change to size to make it similar to my other photo sizes

    1A) My album description doesn't show up on my gallery page, but I'm not overly concerned about having one. Just wondering why not?

    2) Is there any way to edit (rotate/crop/etc) a photo in the Manage Photos section?

    3) I want a black background (like you have on your webpage (Custom page template)), but I don't clearly understand how to make this 1 change. Can I do this simply through the custom field >name >field on the edit page? And, if so, what is the exact name and field? If not, how?

    4) If I add the Filmstrip Navigator, will it always be above the Photo Descriptions? Seems like the other way would look better. Main photo > Description > Filmstrip Navigator.

    These are probably future issues:
    - ability to store 1 photo in 2 different albums?
    - add photo from WP Media Library? (I know you said this is under consideration in future upgrades)
    -maybe some more options for fade ins/outs

    My test gallery page is here:
    http://www.visitbanteaychhmar.org/?page_id=580

    Thank you,
    Andrew

    - ooh, 1 more thing. I cannot turn off the music on your Docs & Demo site. If I hit mute/stop and then open a new page, the music starts again. Sorry, please don't take offense, but it's a bit annoying.

  2. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    That is a lot...
    Let me try some answers.

    1. Currently only just the photo, like 'normal' media photo when you give no title etc (i.e. no caption). I needed to make the changes for version 3.0.0 first. Now i can start thinking on how to implement the [caption] and make it work like the media photos. So, let's say: it's in the factory, but it will take some time.

    1a. I see the album descriptions like: photos of members dogs (in small green) below the Big title (black) both in firefox and ie8. Do you run ie in some strange compatibility mode? or do i miss what you mean?

    2. No, sorry, do that on your local pc before uploading or importing.

    3. I did it with javascript. The full version of the template (a modified template from the twentyten theme) is there in the wp-photo-album-plus/theme directory. This will probably not work immediately in your theme, but you can use it to modify a copy of your themes page template. It should not be difficult. When making a new template, make sure the header contains the following lines (with an arbitrary name):

    /*
     * Template Name: My Photo Album page
    */

    4. See my topic on Modifying WPPA+ Theme about making the right copy.
    Then therein is a section like:

    elseif (wppa_page('slide') || wppa_page('single')) {							// Page 'Slideshow' or 'Single' in browsemode requested
    		// The next 7 lines define the display of the fullsize images and slideshows.
    		// You may change the order of them. Do not leave one out, if you do not want a particular box,
    		// you can switch it off in the Photo Albums -> Settings admin panel.
    		wppa_startstop('optional');				// The 'Slower | start/stop | Faster' bar
    		wppa_slide_frame();						// The photo / slide
    		wppa_slide_custom('optional');			// Custom box			// Reserved for future use
    		wppa_slide_rating('optional');			// Rating box
    		wppa_slide_filmstrip('optional');		// Show Filmstrip
    		wppa_slide_description('optional');		// The description of the photo
    		wppa_slide_name('optional');			// The name of the photo
    		wppa_browsebar('optional');				// The 'Previous photo | Photo n of m | Next photo' bar
    		//
    		wppa_run_slidecontainer('slideshow');	// Fill in the photo array and display it
    	} // wppa_page('slide')

    Well, do as suggested, change the order. Its self explainatory.

    5.1. One photo in two albums is not possible, the info is in the photo (i belong to album ..) and not in the album, and is one-fold by concept. I am thinking of an easy way to make a copy into another album. It will be considered.
    5.2. Go to Photo Albums -> Import admin page.
    You can select any gallery directory there where to import photos from. (Not yet on multisite installations (?))
    5.3. Fade-in/fadeout. Yes, any bright ideas?

    6. Funny, my daughter has the same problem, by me it stopped playing completely about a week ago, and autostart is off. Is there a ghostbuster in the house????

  3. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    5.1 In version 3.0.0 you will be able to copy a photo into an other album.

  4. Andrewjmarino
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you for the kind reply. I'm still 'test-driving' your plugin along with a couple others before I make a final decision. I saw the 3.0 upgrade; very nice to have a 'copy photo' option.
    I'm sure your very busy and have plenty of requests.

    To me, the biggest 'need' is the ability to add photos with descriptions/captions into pages and posts. This eliminates double-uploading to your gallery and the WP media library.
    After that, some nice styling features/skins/background options would be an added bonus.
    It's still a very nice plugin with good support and admin.

    BTW, I don't have any dog photos in my gallery (#1A from above). Check my page again. I'm running your gallery with 2 others as tests.

    Thanks, good luck
    Andrew

    And, the music still auto-plays on your website:(

  5. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    About: display with caption:

    I made that specially for you (and the rest of the world).
    Use %%mphoto=..%% in stead of %%photo=..%%

    I will remove the radio

  6. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    About the dogs:
    I must have mixed you up with someone else, sorry,

    Please make a page with album cover(s) that exhibits the issue so i can look into it.

  7. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    About skins:

    Please look at the 'Appearance' settings in the Photo Albums -> Settings admin page. You can change almost everything like: colors, borders and fonts.

    Background images are so customer specific (because of the sizes) that they are not pre-defined. However, almost everything is in a box that can have a background image defined in the wppa_style.css file.

  8. Andrewjmarino
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,
    That was a quick fix and almost perfect. The border doesn't wrap around the whole image and the caption text looks like it's 'top-justified.'The scrollover of the images says 'test.'
    If you look at the images on my other pages (inserted using WP media library) and compare to your upgrade I think you'll see what I mean.
    Thanks again, it's getting better.
    Andrew

  9. Andrewjmarino
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I think I forgot to include my website link:( Sorry.

    Andrew

    http://www.visitbanteaychhmar.org/?page_id=662

  10. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Please place e 'genuine' wp media photo also on the page, it should be exactly the same layout, as i translate the wppa+ script to a [caption] phrase. So maybe your themes css needs modification. If you place a real wp-media picture basides 'mine', i can see more.

    What shall i do for the title (Test)? The name of the photo?

  11. Andrewjmarino
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,

    At the bottom of my Gallery page are the 2 images (WPPA on top; Media Library below). The whole image is 'wrapped' in ML.
    Yes, I'd think most people would want the title of the picture on the hover. But, I'm guessing some people don't want it. So, it probably needs to be an option. I'm not sure how much work that would involve for a future upgrade.

    Thanks
    Andrew


    http://www.visitbanteaychhmar.org/?page_id=662

  12. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    I added a class that will fix the alignment problem in 'my' galleryphoto.
    Fot the time being i changed the title into the name of the photo.

    Do a re-install (see this page for instructions). Look for fix 005.

    Wait an hour or so to get wp have the download ready for you.

  13. Andrewjmarino
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I do believe that fix has worked:)
    The wrap and font looks correct on the page now.
    Thanks, great help and support.
    Andrew

  14. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    In version 3.0.1 you will be able to configue a link from a media-like single photo the same way as you can configure a link from a thumbnail image now.

  15. Andrewjmarino
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,
    Does that mean a WPPA option from the WP Media Library? It's getting much better with the few changes you've made. I'll put in my wish list for a few more - all with good intentions:)

    - full-screen slideshow option
    - crop/rotate etc after uploading in case somebody makes a mistake/or forgets to edit before uploading
    - I haven't check yet, but can you have different size slideshows on different pages?
    - I'm not smart enough to follow the custom template instructions (though I will try again!), so if (some of) those customizing options could be built into the admin options at some future point. Your plugin is way easier to use, but the others I'm testing have just a little more pizazz and style to them.
    I'd prefer to use yours in the long-term.
    Thanks
    Andrew


    http://www.visitbanteaychhmar.org/?page_id=662

  16. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    The media-like display of wppa+ photos we talked before will have a configuraple link in 3.1.1 like thumbnails have already (3 choices, and at 2 choices an option to select a page or the current post).

    You can already easily import wp media photos into the wppa+ system: goto the Photo Albums -> Import Photos admin page, select a directory from thge dropdown list, press the Set source directory button and select the photos you want to import.
    If you have a non-standard media directory configured this will be found in 3.0.1.

    Full screen slideshow will be added to the enh-request list.

    Crop/rotate will not be implemented, its easier to re-import or upload. I am not going to correct all the mistakes in the world.

    Its quite simple to size the slidesow. Use this script:

    %%wppa%%
    %%slide=nn%% where nn = the album id
    %%size=ss%% where ss = the width of the show in pixels
    %%align=xx%% optional left, center or right

    Or on a generic photo album page simply:

    %%wppa%%
    %%size=800%%

    You can style almost everything, see the Photo Albus -> Settings admin page, chapter Appearance.

  17. Andrewjmarino
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,

    I'm sorry, I totally forgot about the 'Import' function. I have a question related to it.

    My Media Library has a total of 151 images in it.
    When I use the Import function, it's showing almost every possible size variant of my images (500+ images).
    For example in the folder: WP-Contents/Upload/20011/3 (uploads from this month into the WP Media Library) I see the following choices for importing for 1 image. They're all the same image - different sizes.

    DSC_0019-1024x680.jpg DSC_0019-150x150.jpg DSC_0019-250x166.jpg
    DSC_0019-300x199.jpg DSC_0019-640x480.jpg DSC_0019-940x1000.jpg DSC_0019.jpg

    It wants me to choose importing from 7 different sizes of the same photo. I certainly never uploaded or created 7 different files in the WP ML.

    1) I don't understand why
    2) Is this a Media Library issue or a WPPA issue?
    3) Best suggestion? Upload the largest size I may need?

    Thanks
    Andrew

  18. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Import the largest photo there is. This will give you the best results.
    Note that you can set the Resize on upload checkbox if you want wppa+ to downsize to your wppa+ local maximum size.
    Probably in your example DSC_0019.jpg is the original photo that has not been resized before. Use that!

  19. Andrewjmarino
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I am almost there, and I hope this is a reasonable question:
    I converted my WP Gallery Page to single column (no sidebar - looks much better).
    I set the the Column Width and Image Size to 800 pixels (480 Height) - this seems to match the page template because the WPPA Navigation bars are the same length as the 'bar line' under the Page Title which is set in the WP Weaver admin.
    I did not check the 'Resize on Upload' box because the images I'm using are 1600x1200 (I know a little big, but not huge).

    But, shouldn't the image be the same width as the Navigation Bar - 800 pixels? The images are smaller. It's a minor discrepancy and I could live with it. But, I'm not sure why and what I am missing?

    And, are 1600x images ok, or do you feel/think I should resize to 1024 or 1200?

    As always, many thanks
    Andrew


    http://www.visitbanteaychhmar.org/?page_id=662

  20. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Indeed, you are almost there! My compliments.

    There is still one thing you ought to know:

    The width and height you specified in the first chapter of the settings panel (800 x 480 in your case) are the maxima that are used in the full-size/slideshow display.

    As the aspect ratio is a 'holy' quantity in wppa+ and your picture is a little less landscape than the 800 / 480 ratio, the height is now the limitation. The picture is displayed at 722 x 480, corresponding to the original ratio of the photo.

    Set the height to 532, and this picture will exactly fill the width of the nav-bars. If you set the height larger, the width will stay the same, you will have space obove and/or under the image, depending of the vertical alignment you specified for full images.

  21. NYFlats
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Opajaap, you've created a great plug-in. After spending hours of frustration with NextGen, I uploaded yours instead and love the cleanness of it. Also, your responsiveness and helpfulness above is great.

    I'm having trouble with not being able to rotate the pics. I've followed your instructions above and rotated them locally. However, whenever I go to upload them, they are turned horizontally.

    Is there something I am doing wrong? Or perhaps a setting I need to adjust? I saw the user above had figured this out.

  22. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    It is obvious that your local rotation failed.

    Since you are the second this week asking me, i will add the rotate function to the wishlist. Follow the changelog, it will be clearly announced when it is implemented.

  23. NYFlats
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I found a work-around to make it happen. Initially, I had the photos stored in a folder on my desktop and I was uploading them from there. They were automatically inserted horizontally despite my efforts to rotate them.
    However, when I moved them into IPhoto first, they could be uploaded vertically from there.

  24. Andrewjmarino
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,
    I'm 98% there:) Mostly, I just need to pick and choose photos. Just a few minor things and I'll be ok (for a while I hope:)

    1) Is there a 'magic way' to center the photo sidebar widget without also moving the image down to the right. My padding (top/left) is currently set at 20 which is almost centered. It seems I could do it by enlarging the image, but I much prefer the smaller image size. I want the WPPA Slideshow to have more prominence in the sidebar area. Honestly, I could live with it as it is. Maybe it's a 'wish list' item.

    2) On my Gallery Page, some of my photos are still a bit smaller than the full frame size, even though when I look at the image size I uploaded it's larger than 800x532
    Example: Ox-cart ride = 1400x1050x24b 612kb
    If I upload the full-size (2048x1536 750kb)it's the same size.
    Again, I can live with it for a few images. Mostly, I'm curious as to 'why' to help me understand the relationships between photo size, pixels, aspect ratio etc. This photo (and the other 'smaller ones' in the gallery did come from a different camera) which I think is the reason, but I don't understand the reason.
    Are there any good articles/resources on this you know about?

    2) My big 'wish list' item is a stylish container/background (maybe with image/container border options) for the slideshow. If this could be put into the Settings I'm sure many of us would love it - for those of us who are too uncertain about writing and inserting code properly. A future wish list item, please.

    3) Donation. I don't see a PayPal donation (like many other plugin authors) on your website. I'd be happy to send you a few $ for a great plugin and great service.

    Ok, thanks again and I'm almost there:)
    Andrew
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  25. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    1) Which widget are we talking about?

    2a)Did you upload with the Resize on upload box checked while the height was still 480? Try setting the fullsize width and height at 800, upload a photo and see whats happening with the width.

    2b) The problem is that everybody has different aspect ratios, some have lanscape only, some have mixed portrait/landscape etc. So a background image i will not be able to supply. But this topic is 'constant on my mind'.

    3) There is a link here.
    There are two links on the Photo Albums -> Help & Info page (almost at the bottom), one in euros and one in dollars.
    I will add one on my Docs & demo site.

  26. jeffreyking
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    thank you for making such a great plug in. I am using a widget to display a photo. I would like the photos rotated every time the page is refreshed. This way the visitor sees a different photo on every page they access. Is there a way to do this? If not, can one be added?

    Thanks again, Jeff

  27. jeffreyking
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    For more information, I am using the photo of the day widget with one photo. I would like to add more photos, if there is a way to display a new photo only when a page is loaded. Thanks again for the wonderful plugin. Jeff.

  28. Andrewjmarino
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    1) The Sidebar widget, specifically. It has settings for Photo Widget Width: pixels and padding top/left. If I increase the pixel size I can center it (keeping the padding=5), but the image is too big.
    I want to keep the same image size, but center it in the sidebar. If I increase the padding to center it, the image also moves down by the same amount, away from the Widget Title (Award Winner). It's currently set at 20 pixels. Like I said, I can live with it, but it'd be nice to adjust horizontally/vertically separately, unless I'm missing a way to do it now.

    2) I think I'm seeing the how important the issue of aspect ratio is.

    I can set the height to 600 and the 'smaller' images I mentioned then horizontally fill the full frame. However, this, of course, makes everything vertically bigger so vertical images aren't fully visible and the caption and lower navigation bar are no longer visible on the screen (14" screen).
    I think I have to decide on a full/gallery size that I'll be comfortable with, has a good aspect ratio, looks good and is functional for both horiz/vert images.
    This is correct, right?

    Thanks
    Andrew

    http://www.visitbanteaychhmar.org/?page_id=662

  29. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    @ Andrewjmarino:

    1) I will split top and left padding in a later rev.

    2) This is the reason the height setting has been added a few revs ago.
    A fair good way is: a) set the width equal to the column width; b) set the height exactly at the size that corresponds with your landscape photos layout; c) set Resize on upload on.

    This will produce a rectangular space that is the same size regardless of the photosizes, with the width being fully filled when landscape, and the height fully filled always.

    Before this there was only one full-size setting that resulted in a square area with gaps above and/or below the landscape photos and gaps besides the portraits.

    One should maybe only make landscape pictures, or, from a programmers point of view even better only square photos, that would make life easy!

  30. Jacob N. Breetvelt
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    @ jeffreyking:

    I will add the option: change every pageview in the near future.

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