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Here you can see a list of the new features that have been implemented into ePHOTOzine and read more about each of them.
|New Gallery Pagination|
We have added a bit of a performance tweak to the gallery today. You will find the pagination (links with page numbers) has changed. We now have a box to enter the page number you wish to go to and a few other tweaks that you guys won't notice, except loading speed hopefully.
|Book Review Category Browsing|
Our book reviews section now has all the books categorised into convenient sectors such as digital retouching, close up, lighting etc.
Check it out, and if you feel you could write a useful review of a book you own that isn't already included let me know.
|Gallery Upload Type|
We've added a feature request - you can now select JPEG, TIFF or RAW as the method you used to capture a digital image when you upload to the gallery.
|Private Messages User Search|
Richard has added a new feature for e2 members making the PM system much better. If you look at "My Messages" page you will see a new link to Create a Private Message. You no longer have to go searching for a user to PM them. Simply key in the user name and send the PM. To the right of the PM's Send a Message box is Find a Person. Here you can search our database for members using their username or real name. When the members' names appear, click on the one you were looking for to make it appear in the To field of the message. Simple
This also includes the ability to send one message to many people at once.
|Forum Notifications from topic creation|
you can now set email notification when you create a new forum thread.
|Create Forum Topics Quicker|
Richard's made two improvements to the forums.
You can now create a new topic without having to go to the category first. Just select Start New Topic from the Forum menu and select the category you want to post in from the drop down list.
This changes from a three step process to one
|Members Portfolio Search|
Now added an option to search for users so now you can find all your online photo buddies!. Go to the member portfolios page to try it out.
|2 New Forums|
Couple of new forums have been added, the Beginner Photographers forum for everyone out there starting-out and the Introduce Yourself for all our new members of ePHOTOzine to let us know a bit about them.
|Display Favourites Options|
Due to popular demand, we have introduced the ability for e2 members to choose to have both fav photos and photographers, or just one of them.
Ben's created an ePHOTOzine avatar Sudoku. It's in Beta stage, meaning there may be a few bugs. We've made it live for you to play and test, but it's not linked to or promoted on the site yet.
The first game features staff avatars. It's a competitive game so your time gets uploads on to a score table and you only get one go in the competition. The nine members with the fastest times go through to next weeks puzzle and the winner's avatars are used.
It's all for fun so please don't go finding Sudoku hacks to get the quickest time. Enjoy - ePHOTOzine avatar Sudoku
|Site Wide Avatars|
Yet another small nifty feature by request:
We now have site wide avatars on all comments and if you don't like seeing avatars and your an e2 member, you can disable avatars.
|View Your Modifications|
If you go to your Recent Activity you will see a count of the modifications you have done. Click on that number and you will see all the modifications you have done. You can also delete these modifications (if you wanted to for some reason).
Just letting you know that we now have a new Panoramic feature to the gallery. This will allow e2 members to upload images that are 2000x450px and up to 800k in filesize.
|Gallery Navigation Clean-up|
We now have the Reader's Choice Gallery linked to from the gallery home page and from the site PHOTOS drop down menu. David's also cleaned up the menu on the Gallery home page so it should be easier to spot the upload button and the other gallery menus.
|New Directories Layout|
The directories sections are now two column for non enhanced pages, making it easier to view more content on one page.
|Photo Views Count on Portfolio|
We have added a view count on each photo for e2 members so they can see how an individual photo is performing rather than having to go to the stats page.
|Next/Previous Gallery Links|
We have just added forward and backward buttons in the gallery. Just hover over the left or right of any photo to reveal an arrow and click anywhere in that area to go back or forward through the gallery.
Just a heads up - we have added a new mini gallery of avatars. You can vote too!
Clicky here to see!
|Increased Gallery Upload Sizes|
We just changed the gallery upload page so it explains the new V4 upload specs for resized photos. As part of the redesign you're probably aware that the normal gallery size has been increased from 500 to 600pixels.
We have also set a new much higher limit for compression:
normal gallery images raised from 60Kb file size to 100Kb
e2 1000pixel images raised from 200Kb file size to 400Kb
Hopefully this should please everyone, but please still try to keep the file sizes well below these figures by optimising you file before uploading. There's an article [link=http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Resize-your-photos-for-the-web]here[link] that explains how to resize. Ideally we'd like to see 600pixel images at 70k and 1000pixels at 200k.
|Drop Down Menu|
We now have a drop down menu which should please everyone.
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