We’ve rolled out an iteration of small user experience updates on the image page meant to make your life easier and nicer when browsing or sharing your pictures on MyBloop.
On this first release, we’ve introduced what I call an “Action Toolbar” on the Picture page.
Currently it has basic actions, for any visitor on the site. On further upgrades functionality for signed members and picture owners will be included to have everything conveniently (without clutter) in one place.
Also we’ve fixed navigation to be easier on the eye, you’ll notice the alignment of the “Previous” and “Next” icons below the thumbs on the upper right, also we’ve added a “Browse” (folder) link there if there’s more than one picture on the folder that contains the picture you’re currently watching.
Now, if there’s more pictures, clicking on the current picture will take you to the next picture in the folder. If you reach the end, clicking will take you back one picture in the other direction. Thanks Fernando from Venezuela for this suggestion. This in turned made us put a “Full Size” action button on the toolbar, which now appears only if the picture has been sized down for the display purposes on the picture page.
Stay tuned for lots of improvements in user experience to make the site easier and more convenient.
If you have ideas or valuable feedback in this subject please
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In case you don’t have the update already, Blooploader 0.8v is already out for Windows and Mac.
Version 0.8 - 09/20/2008
- Initial integration with Icon Trays (All OSes)
- Highlights the row when user is about to drop files inside the blooploader.
- Fixes major crash issue when browsing folders
- Refactored folder content fetching code to have asynchronous painting once all
folder elements are fetched from worker thread.
Please let us know of any problems on this post’s comments section.
To Linux users: We are working on a .deb installer. For now you can checkout the source code from our subversion repository:
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svn co https://blooploader.googlecode.com/svn/trunk blooploader
Now you can upload straight to the folder where you want your files to be, no more dragging new files all over the place to get them to the right place.
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Just wanted to share with the community that we’ve been working hard this month on making the image browsing and sharing experience a lot better.
For those interested geeks, we’ve developed our own distributed cache system in python, it not only caches images but it will process images when they’re requested the first time, it will resize them for thumbnails, for display, for playlist covers, and it will optimize the display image if you want to see it fullsize so that it will download faster. We are using PIL (Python Imagin Library)
Other cool upgrades are coming this month for your browsing and sharing pleasure.
So give it a go, and start blooping more pictures, we need more test data to stress out our distributed image cache. It will be an evolving project so expect a few hiccups along the way.
It’s coming after we finish the site scalability upgrades. We’re planning to fix the crash issues and adding a couple minor features, however bour priority is to get it to be more stable before adding any of the cool functionality we have waiting for it.
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Mostly a bug fix release, no new functionality has been added, we’re aiming for decent stability before going after new features.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 10 so far )
For our Linux users, you can safely update to Ubuntu Hardy if the one thing holding your breath was compatibility with the Blooploader.
Currently we run the Blooploader in Linux from source, you just need to have installed, Qt4, sip4, and PyQt4 on your machine. If you are an Ubuntu user this translates to:
- Checking out the source from our subversion repository
- sudo apt-get install python-sip4 python-qt4 python-qt4-common
For those of you that want to try the Blooploader in Ubuntu, and you have no clue on how to use the command line, we promise we’ll have a new .deb installer for our next release now that Hardy has enabled binary packages on their repository for all our dependencies.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 4 so far )
We just released a really great new feature that is very simple yet very effective. When you’re logged into your account, simply open any file page and click on the name of the file to edit it in place. This is a quick way to organize files quickly! Here’s an example:
When logged into your account and you are viewing a file, simply place your mouse over the filename and it will be highlighted in blue if it is editable:
Then click on the filename and a textbox will open up allowing you to edit the filename. Press Save when you’re finished and the job is done.
It’s a small touch, but it’s a very convenient feature, since well named files will lead to easier content discovery.
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Now when you want to embed a music player for a playlist or song to your Blog/Site/MySpace, you have the option to have it Autoplay or not when the page is loaded.
Now our blogging users will be able to have more than one MyBloop Music Player on their home pages.
If you already have several players autoplaying (making a loud and unpleasant User experience), you can add a “autoplay=no” parameter to them.
You will have to replace twice on your embedding code…
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While the flash uploader is constantly being updated and improved upon, it has come to our attention that quite a few of you are having issues uploading files – or, for that matter, even seeing the flash uploader show up properly.
Because we used the latest technology, it is imperative that you update to the latest version of Flash to make sure the uploader will work for you. You may have flash player 9, but you still need to get the very latest version. At the time of this post, it is version 9,0,47,0. From our testing, this works on both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. We do need to do more testing on Opera and other browsers, but unfortunately at this time we haven’t had the opportunity to do so. There have also been some known issues where Flash will not update to the latest version, but unfortunately at this time it is out of our control. Try contacting Adobe or look online for possible solutions. We will do the same, if we find some results I’ll be sure to update this post.
If you have any questions relating to the uploader please feel free to ask us here in reply or use the feedback form, we will answer your questions directly. You can also send a message directly to me, Fitim or any of the other developers on MyBloop and we will get back to you as fast as we can.
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