Photo Gallery improvements coming next week

We're rolling out some improvements to the Photo Gallery element next week, and we wanted to give you a heads up. The video below gives an overview of the changes and shows you a bit of what it looks like. See below the video for a quick summary of the changes.

Summary of the changes

  • The detail view of the images has been improved with a sleeker, new interface. All of the content and functionality of this view remain the same.
  • The thumbnail views are not changing at all.
  • The interface for managing the photo gallery is not changing at all.
  • The most important change is behind the scenes, where we have removed the use of the Prototype JavaScript framework and we are using jQuery instead. This is designed to resolve issues in some instances where jQuery in your own templates could conflict with the photo gallery.
  • Prototype is still used in the Form Builder elements, but we will be working to change that to jQuery in the future.
  • This is an incremental step in improvements to the Photo Gallery. There is more to come in the future.

Potential issue for customized styles on the Photo Gallery detail view

There is one way in which this change could potentially impact an existing website design on LightCMS. If you have created custom styles to change the appearance of the detail view of images in the photo gallery, those styles will no longer work. However, nothing will break as the photo gallery will now simply utilize our improved photo gallery detail view, which is what you see on the video above.

Please note, this only affects you if you have customized the look of the DETAIL / LARGE view of images. The thumbnail view of images will not be affected. We are not aware of any websites on our system that have done this type of customization, but it is possible, so we want to make sure you are aware of this change. If you have any questions about this, please email our support team at answers@lightcms.com.

Here's an image you can show to your clients

If you'd like to communicate this change to your clients, you can use the image below, which is unbranded, to show them what the new photo gallery detail view will look like.

Tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday or Thursday

The launch date is tentative at this point, but we are aiming for Wednesday or Thursday, July 28 or 29, 2010. We do not anticipate any downtime with this update. Thanks and we look forward to bringing you the changes!

6 comments (Add your own)

1. Colin Rowley wrote:
Great update. Thanks, TIM!!!

Thu, July 22, 2010 @ 12:21 PM

2. Ben Fjare wrote:
JQUERY FTW! Thanks guys this looks very good!

Wed, July 28, 2010 @ 3:21 PM

3. Graeme Swift wrote:
I may be coming into this a bit early but this functionality seems a little broken to me. It seems as if you don't fill the 'caption' area, the description area is completely ignored. Sometimes I don't want the text to be as big as the 'caption' size, or I'd like to use an italics or hyperlink in the title.

Thu, July 29, 2010 @ 8:43 PM

4. Graeme Swift wrote:
by the way, i think it does look great. An amazing improvement on what was there before, just apart from that little snag.

Thu, July 29, 2010 @ 8:46 PM

5. Ryan wrote:
@Graeme, thank you for your feedback. I will discuss this with the team tomorrow to see if we can come up with a better solution for the caption/description area.

Thank you!

Thu, July 29, 2010 @ 11:04 PM

6. Ryan wrote:
@Graeme, your request is now live. Thanks again for the feedback!

Fri, July 30, 2010 @ 3:32 PM

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