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Album Organization

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Based on your requests, we’ve change the way Albums are organized in the left navigation pane of your DropShots site. In the past, each Album (or folder) stayed in the order in which it was created – with the newest Album at top and the oldest Album at the bottom. Many of you wanted them in a specific order, for example your "favorite pictures" always on top, and this just wasn’t possible – until now.

Now your Albums are in alphanumeric order (numbers first, then a-z). We concluded that this methodology would provide the most flexibility – you can now label your albums so that they can show up in any order. For example; if you want a specific folder to show up at the top of your list you can just give it a name with a number or letter that falls before any of the other names in your list. Here are some ideas to help out with your organization:

Let’s say you wanted everything to continue to be ordered by date, then just put the date in the name like "08-06-15 Zoo Trip." Using this method will result in all of your Albums in chronological order with the oldest at the top and newest below like the example below.

Album Order by Number

Or perhaps you want your "Favorite Picts" folder to always stay on top: you could label it like: "1 – Favorite Picts."

Album Order by Date

I’m sure you get the idea, you now have total control of how your albums are ordered.

Even Sharper Images!

Monday, June 16th, 2008

The DropShots software development engineers have outdone themselves again as it relates to making your images look as good as possible on DropShots. I won’t get too technical here – but will say that the DropShots upload software was modified to make your images even brighter, sharper, and more vivid than ever before. The new sharper images take a little more room to store on our servers, but we feel it’s worth it to make everyone’s images look as good as possible. Please take a look at the images below to see the difference (it’s subtle, but we feel significant); the image on top uses the original uploading software and the image below was uploaded with the new uploader.

Your images will be enhanced the same way whether you use the Dropbox or the web uploader.

Original Image

 

New and improved image quality

The DropShots team is always looking for ways to make your images look as good as possible – and we won’t stop here.

Your Pictures into Treasures

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Hopefully you have noticed by now that you can easily transform your digital pictures into lasting treasures directly from the photos you already have posted on DropShots!

Not only can you instantly turn pixels into glossy Kodak quality photos, but you can also create these fun products as well:

Photobooks, Calendars, Posters, Greeting Cards, Post Cards, Mouse Pads, Mugs, Key Chains, T-shirts and more!

Personally, I know I have some fun things planned for the holiday… I am going to be taking LOTS of photos then compiling all those memories into Photo Books and Calendars and sending them to my participating friends and family.

Another thing I am doing is taking all my photos from all of 2007 and creating a "The Year in Pictures" Photo Book… kind of a year book of sorts. It’s a great way to memorialize, archive and make use of all the photos taken from the past year.

DropShots wishes you and your family a warm and wonderful holiday!

DropShots Video Size and Speed

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Hello All!

To improve the speed of video streaming and viewing experience you will notice we changed the size of the video viewing screen.

When we first introduced DropShots 2.0 we deployed a screen size of 650X400. Because it requires a considerably bigger and "heavier" video to display in that size it caused extensive buffering and viewing interruptions on some internet connections.

To eliminate this problem and to make viewing video nearly immediate and seamless we adjusted it to:

Premium User: 480X360
Standard User: 400X300

As an aside, the previous version of DropShots was 320X240 for both Premium and Standard users.

How can we deliver a bigger video faster? We greatly improved the video encoder which allows us to deliver the bigger video with an improved viewing experience.

As always, thanks for all your enthusiastic support. We appreciate you!

New Enhanced Features

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Hello All!

Everyone here at DropShots wishes you a warm holiday season.

We have been busy!

Drag-n-drop thumbnails from ANYWHERE!
Now you can drag-n-drop thumbnails into albums or trash from every page – including your user home page! This makes moving and organizing your photos SUPER easy!

Easier Scrolling
Another notable enhancement is on the Large Photo View (the view after you double click any thumbnail). You can scroll by either -
1) using the scroll bar on the right,
2) clicking on the the next thumbnail and now
3) if you roll your cursor over the right or left side of the photo you will see a "previous" or "next" function.
This allows you to go from picture to picture without moving your cursor at all.

LOTS more enhancements behind the scenes to make it even faster and more reliable as well.

Features coming soon:

Search

Star (Premium User) Identification

# of pics and vids you have

And much, much more!!

You Asked for it… Ta Da!!

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

This is why YOU were Time Magazine’s Person of the Year… YOU have great ideas! 

We have taken many your feedback and ideas and released a new version of the User Home page today.

Now you can…

  • See that the TITLES are back! 
  • See many days worth of pictures "above the fold" regardless of how many photos are in each day.
  • One-click to the large photo view.
  • Familiar, clean and simple user interface.

Tell us what you think… not that I had to tell you that!  

Note: If you need customer service click on the Help at the top right, comments for needed assistance left on the blog don’t get to the proper place.

Update 9-12-07

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Hello!

There has been a lot of request for the "Classic" DropShots style as you have called it. Well we are working on a modification to the User Home page view that I think you are REALLY going to like. We are working out the technical issues now so I don’t want to get too specific with promises, but I will tell you it includes:

  • Cleaner, less busy or cluttered look.
  • Ability to see multiple days above the "fold" regardless of how many pictures are in each day.
  • Titles/Commentary above each day <-yeah!

Simply stated, MUCH like the User Home page of the "Classic" DropShots but technically improved with much more attractive design. This really brings together the best of both worlds – the simple, clean and useful user interface of "Classic" DropShots with the technical advancement, speed and elegance of "DropShots 2.0".

Give us a couple/few weeks as Ryan and his team are having to pull out all their tricks to make this work (and work excellently!) on this new architecture.

All your ideas and feedback has been exceptional! Thank you!! We do appreciate it all 

Titles and “By Date” Update

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Good Monday Morning All!

It has been a busy weekend here at DropShots.

1) DropBox - There has been a new DropBox release for both PC and Mac. If you have updated the DropBox recently it should auto-update. Read more here

2) Titles – Titles were a function needed in the old DropShots layout. Because you could only see the first 3 photos for a day, titles were used to provide context and information about the day’s events not represented in what just happen to be the first 3 photos.

On the new system you can see the entire day’s experience represented by all the photos and videos so captions to each image are more purposeful. This also activates the keyword tagging so images can be found via the forthcoming search function as well.

One feature we did add was an identifier on each image that has a caption. Now through the caption function you can add the commentary that tells the story of your day or experience before even clicking to the Large View. Now your viewers can simply scroll over the caption icon and see the caption you made.

 

We will be appending your previous titles into your site shortly as well. Nothing has been lost.

Remember, to make captions just click below the date on the Large View:

3) "By Date" Update

To make searching and navigating to your photos easier we added the day as well as the date number to the view. If you knew the event was on a Saturday, it will be easier to find the photos you are looking for.

As a navigation summary:
1) Your User Home page is sorted most recent day at top so your viewers can see what’s new at the top.

2) When "By Date" is clicked everything is ordered in date and time chronology.

A) Year - see all photos and images for the entire year
B) Month – see everything in that month
C) Day - see all the fun for that day

3) Search - coming soon.

A) Search only photos
B) Search only videos
C) Search by tag or keyword

4) Large View – see all you photos and videos in big living color while being able to continue scrolling through your entire library.

5) Albums – see the special collections you have put together in separate albums.

Oh, one final note, many of you did not like the idea of having your friends and family rate your photos and videos so we have heard you and will be eliminating that feature off our development list… due to bad ratings!

Have a wonderful week! Keep creating magical memories and sharing them with those you care about!

Image Ordering Update

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Hello there!

Hopefully you have been watching the Improvement List and all the updates we have been making. This is thanks to a lot of your great input.

One update I wanted to call particular attention to was the change in ordering of images on DropShots. Now all images are arranged chronologically (proper calendar and time ordering) for all "By Date" navigation (before it was all most recent date and time at top, the down to oldest).

Now only the User Home is ordered by most recent date (then proper time sequence within that day). This is so you and your visitors are not seeing the same 1998 photos everytime the go to your site. Having the most recent date on the User Home page brings up the most recent photos to the top. Once clicked into the "By Date" navigation it will be in normal calendar and time chronology.

The Large View also is now ordered by oldest (or first within a day) downward. As you have said, this makes more sense in telling the story of a day, vacation or any other event.

Hope you like how it works now. Let us know!

Problem solving for video uploading or viewing issues:

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

 

PC/Windows

There is a new Windows DropBox update (release date - Aug. 19th, 2007)

Latest release fixes the black screen, red text video problem:

1) Be absolutely sure you have the latest DropBox: Go here to Download
(be sure you properly login to the DropBox after downloading so it knows your account)

2) Be sure you have the latest Windows Media Player 10 or 11: Click to Download

3) Be sure you have an updated version of Flash: Click to Download

4) For .MOV files be sure you have the latest Quick Time Player: Click to Download

MAC

There is a new Mac DropBox update (release date –  Aug. 19th, 2007)

1) Be absolutely sure you have the latest DropBox: Go here to Download
(be sure you properly login to the DropBox after downloading so it knows your account)

2) For .MOV files be sure you have the latest Quick Time Player: Click to Download

 Please try these steps, delete any faulty videos and re-upload them after you have done the above.

Viewing Issues

1) The site is best viewable at a minimum resolution of 1024X768. To adjust go to Start > Control Panel > Display > Advanced > adjust the resolution.

2) Make sure you have javascript and cookies on:

The javascript setting is under Tools>Options>Content
The cookie setting is under Tools>Options>Privacy

 

 

4) If you are still having troubles, you might want to disable your firewall and security settings temporarily to see if that is the cause of the problem.

Just in case… Updating your Firmware:

DropShots has been tested with the latest software operating systems and browsers.  Please make sure your system is running the latest software if you are having any problems with DropShots.  It is possible that there is a bug or problem with an older operating system that has since be remedied by the latest software.

For Mac:
Click on the apple logo on the top-left bar; then click on about this Mac; then click on Software Update.

Alternatively you can go to:
To check your current software/firmware version you can go to the apple logo on the top-left bar; then click on about this Mac; then click on more info.
 
For PC:
Run Windows Update: http://www.windowsupdate.com and follow the on screen instructions.

If you still experience an upload, viewing or audio problem we want to know. Please contact us through "Help" on your site.

P.S. – be sure to watch this post for updates to the improvement list.

 

3) Update your browser:

Internet Explorer 7: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/ie/getitnow.mspx
Firefox 2: www.mozilla.com
Safari 3: http://www.apple.com/safari/download/