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Media Manager Suggestions (5 posts)

  1. Rob Roy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The concept of the new media manager is great, the execution not so much. There are a couple of essential workflow issues.

    1. Featured Image - this has been addressed in a couple of other topics, but a checkbox to set the current image to the featured image would be great. Having to go to another place in the dashboard just to do what was already a function in the previous version seems a little backward.

    2. Uploading - Not sure why it was necessary to remove the media manager functions from the uploaded window. Another issue with this current workflow is that there are plugins which add options to the Edit Image page, which was previously available after the media was uploaded. Now you must click Edit, wait for the new window to load, find it there, then save and close the window to get back to what you were doing. Having to open a new window to get to any of the media options after you upload seems counterproductive when, again, it worked the right way in the previous version. The goal should be less steps and fewer new windows, not more.

    3. Image URL - there are thousands of plugins and themes that require the url of an image, but in the new media manager there is no way to get the image URL anymore without going to the Media Manager, then Edit (which opens a new window), then copying it, closing the window, going back to the post or theme option or gallery setting, then pasting it into the field. Yet again, this worked fine in the previous version of the media manager. Opening the media manager overlay gave access to the image URL without having to open new windows and go to different parts of the site.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Having to go to another place in the dashboard just to do what was already a function in the previous version seems a little backward.

    I'm a little confused about this. What's so different about hitting Add Media followed by Set Featured Image whilst editing a Post or Page?

    Not sure why it was necessary to remove the media manager functions from the uploaded window

    Sorry - confused again (it's obviously not my day). As soon as an image is uploaded, you have access to the Edit Image link in the right-hand pane of the current window.

    Image URL

    Again, you can access the image url via the Edit Image link in the right-hand pane of the current window as soon as the image is uploaded.

  3. Rob Roy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    1. You're basically doubling the steps required to set a featured image just by removing a checkbox that was already there in the previous version.

    Previous workflow: Add Media -> Select Image -> Insert & Set As Featured Image
    New workflow: Add Media -> Select Image -> Insert Image, then scroll down the page Set Featured Image -> Select Image -> Set Featured Image

    2. In the previous version of WordPress, several of the functions that now require a new window to be opened were available in a single window by expanding the pane. Once you uploaded an image, clicking Edit expanded the image pane to give access to the same information that now requires you to open a new window. With the previous design, if you uploaded ten images, you could edit the information in the same window then click save once when you were done. In its current iteration, you must now click the Edit link on every single image, open a new window, edit the information, update, close the window, click edit on the next image, open a new window, edit, update, close, etc. etc. for every image you just uploaded.

    Previous workflow: Upload Media -> Edit -> Save Changes
    New workflow: Upload Media -> Edit -> New Window -> Save Changes -> Close Window

    3. I'm talking about external access to the information, when a theme or plugin needs the direct URL of the image.

    Previous workflow: Choose Image -> Select Image -> Copy URL (from the image link area) -> Close Modal Box
    New workflow: Choose Image -> Select Image -> Open Image Editor (in a new window) -> Copy URL -> Close Image Editor -> Close Modal Box

    They all introduce extra steps to the media workflow. Why? What is the purpose in moving from modal boxes (which everyone is moving towards) to opening new windows (which everyone is moving away from)? Even Gmail no longer opens a new window when you compose a new message, but rather a pane within the current window.

  4. pacovilla
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    '

    You're basically doubling the steps required...
    '

    It's the same with assigning the permalink to the uploaded image. It used to link to the post permalink by default, now it defaults to the attachment and there is no button to change it. You must type the permalink manually or back out, copy it from the main editor and then go back and paste it in. I have been trying to add get_permalink to the media manager but with no success.

  5. jrodb
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @danetidwell

    You are 100% right. This is a major frustration for me. I just uploaded 14 files that need editing. Before, I could do it in about 60 seconds. Now, I have to open 14 new windows just to change the titles or permalinks.

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