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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.
We are pleased to announce that e2 members now have a personal blog feature.
A blog is like a journal/diary. This allows e2 members to write articles in their portfolio on topics they feel are important to share with others. All blogs have the ability to comment and RSS feeds so its easy to stay up-to-date with anyone's blog.
To start using your blog, go to your portfolio and click 'Blog' in your portfolio bar.
Along with this we have also added the option to receive notifications when your blog entries receive a comment and we also have a Members' Blogs page which shows the latest blog entries sitewide and the top 25 bloggers.
Enjoy and get blogging!
The challenge gallery has been improved we have done the following.
When you vote on a challenge the page no longer has to refresh - just like voting on a picture.
Challenges now can have end dates so that they will end at some point. There are options to set the end date and the stop uploading dates so that you can see all the images before you vote.
We hope you like the improvements and will take fresh look at the challenge gallery.
|ePHOTOzine TV Menu Link|
To make it even easier to jump to ePHOTOzine.tv we have added an ePHOTOzine.TV 'Television' icon in the main menu.
We have integrated photography video feeds from ePHOTOzine TV into ePHOTOzine.com to make it easier for all our members to find videos on ephotozine.tv.
A couple of weeks ago, we added the video search tab into our site wide search, now you can browse the videos by going to:
Links to this page can also be found in the Reviews and Techniques drop downs.
You can also view the latest 3 videos from ephotozine.tv on the ePHOTOzine homepage.
We now have an award for best photos from Junior members. This appears underneath the Junior photo, alongside RC, EC awards etc
|Portfolio Comments Notifications|
e2 Members now have the option to receive notifications when a comment is posted on their portfolio.
To turn on this option, go to My Settings > Website Options. At the bottom of the e2 Options, select 'On' for Portfolio Comments Notifications.
This notification will be sent via your default notification method (which you can also set from website options).
|ePHOTOzine.tv Video Search|
We have included videos from ePHOTOzine.tv in the ePHOTOzine sitewide search.
We have added a new tool on all articles/news/reviews/techniques which allows you to share the article on 33+ social bookmarking sites, post direct to your blog, email to a friend, SMS and instant message.
To use it, go to an article, click on 'ShareThis' at the top right or down at the bottom of the article. Then from the pop-up window select the social bookmarking site you wish to publish to or post to your blog/myspace.
|Orkney Flag Added|
For all you people in the orkney islands. You can now wave your flag high!.
|Disable Good Critique Option on your Photos|
We have added a Website Option to enable/disable the 'Mark as Good Critique' options on photos that you upload.
So, if you do not wish for others to mark comments as good critique on your photos, disable this option.
You can find the option in My Settings > Website Options
|Show / Hide Good Critique Medals|
There is now an option for all you e2 members who don't like the new critique medals. You can now hide the medals or even the whole good critique green box if you wish. Look in your settings section for the option.
|Good Critique on Comments|
We have just introduced a new feature allowing useful gallery critiques and comments to be marked as helpful. Here's the outline of the idea and how it works. We will create an FAQ in due course
Our idea is to rate a comment/clique, like the mark as helpful option in the forums. To avoid any form of bias/friendly ratings we have made it so that the helpful comments have to be approved before they go live. It may sound complicated, but it's really easy. Here's how
A photo is uploaded.
A number of comments are made.
One stands out as being particularly good critique/helpful comment.
The owner of the photo, or a member browsing (including moderator or critique team) can mark this comment as helpful
This then goes into a pot for approval.
The critique team and mods have access to the comments waiting for approval and can then either approve or reject.
If rejected the comment cannot be submitted again.
Once approved posts get a green panel like they do in the forums.
Owner of useful critique/comment gets a point.
Points add up and can be viewed on member's portfolio with a small icon next to the how long you've been a member stars.
A blue icon appears by anyone's name where 1- 24 critiques have been marked helpful. This changes to yellow for 25 to 49 helpful critiques, silver for 50-99 and gold for 100+.
This will hopefully encourage plenty of worthwhile comments and also make it easier for those wanting to learn as they will be able to look at a photo and instantly see helpful comments.
To ensure we don't end up with thousands of comments to review, if anyone abuses the system by marking everything as helpful they will lose the option to submit comments as helpful in the future, so only use it on comments/critique that really are helpful.
|Change Your Username|
We have now given you the ability to change your own username.
You can only do this once so please choose your new username wisely should you want to change it.
|Unlimited Critiques for e2 Members|
We have taken away the 1 critique per week restriction for e2 members.
|ePHOTOzine.tv is Here!|
We are pleased to announce that ePHOTOzine.tv is now live. You can access the site by going to www.ephotozine.tv.
ePHOTOzine.tv is a website that brings all the best photography videos online from YouTube, MSN, Google and many other sites into one place. We also have some exclusive video content as well to have a look. Watch some great photo editing tutorials, photography techniques, hands-on gear reviews and much much more.
It's free to sign-up so go over to ePHOTOzine.tv now and register for free!
Along with the Members Meetings upgrade, we have also plugged in a new personal calendar. You can access your calendar from your portfolio by clicking on 'My Calendar'. From here you can see all the meetings you have marked as attending.
If you are an e2 member, you get 2 extra features for your calendar. There is the ability to add personal events to your calendar and you also can enable the 'Mini-Calendar' on your portfolio by going to My Settings > Website Options. This allows you to view your calendar at a glance.
You asked for it in the last upgrade poll, so here it is. A brand new Members' Meeting section to the site. You can now schedule members meetings, see who is attending, upload photos, get directions, view a map and much more.
You can access the Members Meeting section from the ePHOTOzine drop down....or click here
|Classic Modifications View|
If you now go to your settings you will find an option to go to the classic modifications view. If you enable it and go to a modification photo and click on one of the modifications you will no longer get the lightbox. Instead the image will appear just below it along with the description, and the user who uploaded it.
|New Features List|
We have added the new features list (this page) which will replace the forum thread in the ePHOTOzine Discussion forum.
This page will display a log of new features that have been added to the site with a short description of each.
Along with this we have included a "New Feature" indicator into the user bar which shows you the number of new features that have been added to the list since the last time you checked.
|Automatic Modifications on Critique Photos|
Today we have changed the upload options so that when critique is enabled on a photo, it will automatically enable the modifications feature as well regardless if you are an e2 member or not.
This is to help encourage visual critiques and changes.
|Skill Level and Photography Types|
We have added an extra portfolio option so that you can set your skill level and what kind of photography interests you.
You and others can then see the information on the about page.
We have added a "My Site Mood" feature which is located on the blue user bar. Click on this and set how happy you are with ePHOTOzine. Please do not let your personal situations influence this, so if you're sad that your goldfish has died or you've just won the lottery it's out of our control.
It should only be used as an ePHOTOzine gauge
|User Award Notification|
You can now set in My Settings > Website Options to receive notifications when your photos receive a user award.
Back from V3: You can now set in My Settings > Website Options to receive notifications when your photos receive modifications.
|Next/Prev Gallery Thumb Preview|
Another little addition to the gallery that might help some of you get around better...
When you move your mouse of the next/prev arrows to the left and right of a photo, a little preview thumb of the next/prev photo will display.
|E2 Membership Term Options|
We have just added some extra payment options for e2 signups, e2 renewals and e2 presents. You can now purchase 1 month, 3 month, 6 month, 1 year, 2 year and 5 year terms for e2 membership.
Hopefully this makes it more affordable for everyone out there.
A new feature for all you e2 members out there. User Awards!. You can make an award using our award generator or upload one. When you have done this shortlist you favourite photos or just vote normally.
You can view both from your award manager. You get one vote every 7 days so choose wisely!. View your favourites in your award gallery or everybody elses in the users award gallery!.
Don't forget to check out the FAQ's on the new feature.
Another useful little tool has been added to ePHOTOzine. Down at the bottom of the page you will see a series of 16 squares to help you calibrate your monitor correctly.
We now have a download section in order to download some of the podcasts that we have made as well as some ePHOTOzine wallpapers.
You can also submit some downloads of your own so open up and share with your ephotozine buddies.
|Default Notification Type|
A new option has been added to your portfolio settings so you can set the default for your new notifications (email or PM).
We have added the Cornwall flag from the country drop down
A new statistic has been added to the your statistics on your "Recent Activity" page to indicate how many people have you listed as one of their favourite photographers.
|My Quick Links|
Richard's just added a new "My Quick Links" feature for e2 members.
The idea is you can create a personal menu system for our site, bookmarking specific pages/areas you visit regularly on the site, but also bookmarking other websites you visit.
Check out your blue user bar on the right and give it a try. It should be self explanatory.
The before and After gallery has now been converted to the Version Gallery. We now allow many different types of version uploads:
- before and after
|Before And After Larger Versions|
Now when you upload your after shots to your before and after photo make sure you upload at 1000px x 1000px to enjoy another large image when you click on that version.
|My Submitted Reports|
We have now added the ability to view your closed reports that you have made to the site. You can access this through your "My Submitted Reports" link in your portfolio.
|Before and After Gallery|
An exclusive Before and After Gallery has been introduced. There are more details and
|Block Forum Topics|
We have added some more functions for the forums. You now can block forum topics. If you enter a topic and click on Hide Topic at the top when you leave it you will no longer be able to see it in any of the sections. Recent Activity, Search, Hot Topics etc.
To manage hidden topics go to Manage Topic Views from the Forums menu.
A new poll system has now been made. View the past polls you took part in!. Also we have a new poll so please if you could fill it out. You can find the system
or from the ePHOTOzine menu.
|Best Of Gallery|
We now have a Best of Gallery
This gallery lets you look at the highest voted or highest viewed pictures of the week and goes right back to the launch of the site. There's plenty to keep you entertained here.
|Topic Owner Notifications|
Upgrade now so you can choose if to get notifications from all users or just the owner of the thread or photo.
E2 members can see what notifications they have, add all their photos to notifications and all their created forum questions. All at the at the touch of a button.
e2 members go to your portfolio and click on my notifications to check it out.
|'Quote this Post' Link|
Made a change to each post so if click on the 'quote this post' link, it will take the text in that post and put it in the post comment box below. Hope this helps when you want to quote other peoples posts!.
Hi all, if you look in the My Settings page, you will notice we have added a timezone feature That way times will feel more normal to you all - especially those who live in far off places
Another new feature that we have added is the e2 Mini-Bios on comments.
Clicking an icon on an e2 members comment will pop up a small box with the latest photo they have uploaded and a bit of information about them. This also includes a few quick links to their portfolio.
You may have noticed, but if not, there's now a members' celebrating birthdays list at the bottom of the forum home page. It was introduced earlier in the week, but it's the first time I've had chance to say it's live.
|Membership Year Stars|
Hi All, we've now added stars next to names in comments - you get a star for each year you have been a member!
We have added flags to comments so we all can get a bigger picture of where everyone is from. You can set this information in the "My Settings" page.
|Forum Topic Helper|
In the forums, if you create a new topic, we now check to see if there is any other topics that might be the same and display them to you. This may help people who are looking for an answer to some photography questions.
We have a new gallery called "Junior Gallery". Posting in this forum is available to our members that are under 16. Just to show everyone the up and coming talent in the photography world.
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