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Titles and “By Date” Update

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!

8 Responses to “Titles and “By Date” Update”

  1. Jean G. Says:

    I don’t think you understand how we use captions. THe caption used to be there for all the pictures on that group to give context and so didn’t have to be repeated for each. It seems this could be done by making albums for each, but that seems tedious and many more clicks both to create and to view in context.

    I have some questions about the upcoming serach function. What will it look at? right now, I upload photos with just the DSC number assigned by the camera. Do I have to add identifiers to every picture for it to be searchable? For those who do this on all their photos, it will be very helpful. For me, that would be a huge amount of extra work, when I used to be able to just scan the captions.

    From Darren Hardy:

    When the Search function is released it will pull search results from keywords in captions and comments. This is called auto-tagging. All your photos and videos are essentially auto-tagged based on the captions and comments friends and family make.

  2. Jennie Says:

    Adding the day of the week to “by date” ordering is great… Thanks! I couldn’t help wondering, though, if making the little calendar page graphics into “by date” links wouldn’t be more intuitive. As you’re scrolling through your whole library, click on the little calendar page to go to photos from that day!

    I’ve loved every improvement you’ve made since the roll out… Great work. Thanks for listening! STILL waiting for the return of my “post all thumbnails from this day” option, though! But I’m making due with text links in my blog to DropShots days or albums.

    Re: albums… Sometimes the chronological ordering within the album gets mixed around for some reason… Anybody else noticing that? Like, if I make an album of photos from a single day, it should be ordered exactly the same as the “by date” view. But it’s not. I’m wondering why that happens…

    LOVING the big new videos, though! Thanks again!

  3. Kerry Says:

    Hi Darren

    Is it possible within the settings that an option be added to elect to change the background colour of the screen? I find if it was an option I would select black as my background colour as photos on the internet seem to appear brighter and more vivid when the background colour is black.

    thanks for listening
    Kerry

  4. Amy Says:

    Everything has been resolved thanks to a very helpful Susan. Thanks Susan. Now I’m enjoying dropshots again. I do think, however, a phone number for support is helpful for users still, though.

  5. Corinne Says:

    Duh nevermind, just noticed that the chronological order has been addressed!!

  6. Tina Says:

    First off — thank you for all of the improvements that you are making and continue to make on our behalf!

    The question I have is: I just started putting together some Albums, however, none of the pictures are in chronological order — I have some pics of Christmas in my Album and then the next will be Easter and then back to Christmas?? Is there anyway we can get the pictures on our Albums to be in order from the time they were taken by date on….?

    Thanks in advance!

    From Darren Hardy:
    Yes, this is a function we are working on. It will work just as you described when done. Give us a little time on it.

  7. John D. Says:

    I think that you should allow for the albums to be re-ordered based on our preferences (or better yet, in alphabetical order).

    Yes! Something we are working on!!

  8. genendy Says:

    Hi! I read the blog and I’m having the same issue as someone else there. I can not get photos to drag and drop to an album. I read the response and I click on the date but I still don’t see all the photos from that day at once. Any suggestions?
    Thnks in advance.

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