Freeway 6.1 and Exhibeo 1.1

Happy Friday, FreewayTalkers!

I just wanted to drop by to let you know that we’ve pushed out a couple of free updates to Freeway and Exhibeo. Details can be found on this blog post (writing blog posts is turning out to be an annual event, I must do something about that!)

http://blog.softpress.com/2013/08/two-updates-for-the-price-of-none/

Enjoy and have a fantastic weekend. Oh, and look out for more MacUpdate goodies this weekend. You may want to let your friends know they can pick up a bargain.

Joe


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Should I see a version number change on the SendForm action (new spam trap feature).

Still seeing 1.0 even on a new FW doc.

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You guys always know how to make my day. :slight_smile:

Really loving the Thumblie theme, responsive thumbnail galleries were always a bugger. Also, the “use master settings” button will really come in handy. Last but not least, the improved softpress.com is much nicer looking.

Speaking of your website, there seems to be a few bugs (Safari):

http://cl.ly/Qj2y - “Limitless Possibilities” is always against the left edge of the browser.
http://cl.ly/QjXo - See the odd line under the stack?


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You should do but it looks like the number didn’t get bumped. The spam trap code is in there though.

Joe

On 9 Aug 2013, at 17:35, “DeltaDave” email@hidden wrote:

Should I see a version number change on the SendForm action (new spam trap feature).

Still seeing 1.0 even on a new FW doc.

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Thanks, Caleb!

On 9 Aug 2013, at 17:44, “Caleb Grove” email@hidden wrote:

You guys always know how to make my day. :slight_smile:

Really loving the Thumblie theme, responsive thumbnail galleries were always a bugger. Also, the “use master settings” button will really come in handy. Last but not least, the improved softpress.com is much nicer looking.

Speaking of your website, there seems to be a few bugs (Safari):

http://cl.ly/Qj2y - “Limitless Possibilities” is always against the left edge of the browser.
http://cl.ly/QjXo - See the odd line under the stack?


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The spam trap code is in there though.

But as an option - or by default? Coz I see no mention in the Action palette!

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By default. You want to turn spam on? :wink:

On 9 Aug 2013, at 18:06, “DeltaDave” email@hidden wrote:

The spam trap code is in there though.

But as an option - or by default? Coz I see no mention in the Action palette!

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Though still on os10.6 I was curious to see examples of Exhibeo as I’m in the process of updating my photography website. Sorry but rather disappointed in your examples.

Of course it all depends on how as a photographer you wish others to see your images and as a web designer you wish to integrate galleries. For me with photographers hat on I’m looking for clear navigation (thumbs) and a good clear view of the image that loads quickly with a caption that does NOT intrude onto the image. Nothing messy and lets the image speak.

So.

Showtime; try viewing on a 23" monitor rather than a laptop, I don’t wish to scroll an image and image takes an age to load. Thumblie; for goodness sake give the image some space.
The other examples are rather gimmicky for me, I’m sure will be of use somewhere.

Sorry to have a downer on your efforts, especially as I’m a supporter of Freeway. With my photographers hat on I don’t think your doing yourself any favors, though I’m sure some will appeal and be ideal, if working with the right type of photography.

I’ve looked at many methods to show images and most fall down in some way.

I’ll be using the new lightbox that comes with Pulse this time round. Not sure if the thumbnails are responsive but the larger images are.

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By default. You want to turn spam on?

I like the fact that the PHPFF action gives me the option.

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Hi s,

Thanks for your feedback! We went with larger images for impact, but I can certainly see your point so will likely reduce them down in size to give them a bit more room and load faster.

Cheers,
Joe

On 9 Aug 2013, at 20:54, “seoras” email@hidden wrote:

Though still on os10.6 I was curious to see examples of Exhibeo as I’m in the process of updating my photography website. Sorry but rather disappointed in your examples.

Of course it all depends on how as a photographer you wish others to see your images and as a web designer you wish to integrate galleries. For me with photographers hat on I’m looking for clear navigation (thumbs) and a good clear view of the image that loads quickly with a caption that does NOT intrude onto the image. Nothing messy and lets the image speak.

So.

Showtime; try viewing on a 23" monitor rather than a laptop, I don’t wish to scroll an image and image takes an age to load. Thumblie; for goodness sake give the image some space.
The other examples are rather gimmicky for me, I’m sure will be of use somewhere.

Sorry to have a downer on your efforts, especially as I’m a supporter of Freeway. With my photographers hat on I don’t think your doing yourself any favors, though I’m sure some will appeal and be ideal, if working with the right type of photography.

I’ve looked at many methods to show images and most fall down in some way.

I’ll be using the new lightbox that comes with Pulse this time round. Not sure if the thumbnails are responsive but the larger images are.

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…We went with larger images for impact, but I can certainly see your point
so will likely reduce them down in size to give them a bit more room and
load faster.

Or, give users some ability to determine these things. Just a thought.


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We went with larger images for impact, but I can certainly see your point so will likely reduce them down in size to give them a bit more room and load faster.

Sorry Joe, didn’t mean to sound so critical. Maybe a bit disappointed I wasn’t going to use it as an excuse to upgrade:-|

Definitely resizing images will help with initial impression.

There does seem to be a bit of a trend for big in your face full screen images but just because you can doesn’t always mean you should.
I suppose my ideal if its the images that are the prime interest is something that will look good (and navigate well) on an ipad, the nearest to looking at work in a book, especially regards size. Anything smaller for viewing a range of images is just rather superficial imho.

hey ho,

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Or, give users some ability to determine these things. Just a thought.

Yep, that’s how I’m going to do it – it’s now an option in the application. The samples are currently set at the highest setting. Switching it down to 1024px would make the images sit in the center of anything but the smallest screens (we also made it so they don’t grow beyond that size now) and give them more room.


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Sorry Joe, didn’t mean to sound so critical.

No, I didn’t take it that way at all. The feedback is very welcome and they were very good points :slight_smile:

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Hi Joe

What about making FW responsive? I’m finding that I’m not using FW as much anymore because of it’s not responsive. I do have Caleb’s addition, but I prefer to use something that gives me more control right in the original program.

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Sorry Joe, didn’t mean to sound so critical.

No, I didn’t take it that way at all. The feedback is very welcome and they were very good points :slight_smile:

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Hi there

I’ve been reading about high resolution websites using Freeway Pro 6.1 at http://www.softpress.com/kb/questions/447/High-Resolution+websites+in+Freeway

Are Exhibio and Showcase high resolution ready as long as I make everything twice the size as I normally would or is this not possible?

All the best

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If you are using non-pass-through images, and your original (source) images are at least 144ppi at the dimensions you are using them (recall how to do the adequate resolution calculation from your print design days?) then you don’t need to do anything extra. Freeway will automagically create 144ppi versions of the images and use them in place of 72ppi versions at the same physical (inches) dimension. They will be 2x the pixel dimension in both axes, and they will be compressed more mightily than their 72ppi equivalent would be. The visual effect will be nearly identical on a low-res screen, and superior on a high-res screen. The total file size will be nearly equivalent, owing to the greater degree of compression possible on a high-res image without incurring visual degradation.

Walter

On Aug 13, 2013, at 12:46 PM, Gordon Low wrote:

Are Exhibio and Showcase high resolution ready as long as I make everything twice the size as I normally would or is this not possible?


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Thanks Walter, I hope you’ll forgive my slowness. Are double-size images at 72ppi and normal size images at 144ppi one and the same? The knowledge-base talks about using the former but your method seems better to me as I can keep the physical sizes the same.

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The Web is never concerned with the (inches, centimeters, ppi) at all, only ever the pixel dimensions. An image with 1200 pixels in each axis will appear exactly the same (all other things being equal and not specified) if it is set to have a 144ppi header or a 36ppi header. Only Photoshop and various DTP applications care at all about the ppi header. Printers care about the ppi, but screens generally do not.

The “high dpi” trick with Web pages works like this: you set the width and height of the image in HTML or CSS code, disregarding the original pixel dimensions of the actual file referenced. The browser reads the width and height you have specified and sets the display box accordingly, and squeezes the image on screen to fit that box.

<img src="1200x1200.jpg" width="600" height="600" alt="Retina" />

A “retina” screen has twice the physical pixels in each dimension as a normal screen, and when viewing normal low-resolution Web images, just “up-rezzes” the original image to fit the new pixel grid, effectively making four (slightly mushy, fake) pixels out of one actual source pixel. On a 2x or higher-resolution source image, it doesn’t need to do this magic, so the final image is higher quality (since those aren’t four fake pixels, but rather four actual source pixels, which can be and often are different from one another, and therefore convey more image data).

On a low resolution screen, the browser does the same sort of thing, but actually averages those four source pixels to make one display pixel on screen. This sort of averaging is the same sort of thing that happens in Photoshop (or Freeway) when you convert a large original image into a Web-friendly low-res version.

Walter

On Aug 13, 2013, at 1:01 PM, Gordon Low wrote:

Thanks Walter, I hope you’ll forgive my slowness. Are double-size images at 72ppi and normal size images at 144ppi one and the same? The knowledge-base talks about using the former but your method seems better to me as I can keep the physical sizes the same.

All the best

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Hi again

I guess my brain cell must still be on holiday so I’m obviously missing something. I have created three high resolution graphics from the same master file. One is for the page background and the other two should line up perfectly when placed on top. Except, well, they don’t. Even a copy of the background image placed on the page doesn’t line up.

You can see my test page at Strathtay Scottish and the Leyand National 2

I have tried both normal and passthrough graphics along with GIF or PNG files and each time the graphics won’t line up properly with the background. Hopefully there’s an obvious quick fix I’ve overlooked.

I am viewing the page at standard (low) resolution in Safari on an iMac as Santa passed me by when handing out something with a retina display. I have included a screen shot that is outlined in black on the page in case you can’t see what I am seeing. I have tried several other browsers and the effect is the same in all of them.

As an aside when I copy and paste one high resolution graphic the pasted copy is identical. However if I select two or more high resolution graphics at the same time the pasted copies are half the size of the originals.

All the best

Gordon


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