Upcoming Lightbox improvements (2019 edition)

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  • BoofunkingBoofunking Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 7 Big grins

    The new "LightBox" changes stink! The viewing experience is lousy and unacceptable. You broke my web site on Windows, Android and my iPad. Totally crappy what you did to my SmugMug site! And CSS code to fix some of the issues shows does not fix all the issues some of the code does not work because of the underlying bad programming. Totally disappointed and annoyed with these bogus changes!

  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyRegistered Users Posts: 2,523 Major grins
    edited November 16, 2019

    ...and on the other side of the coin, I am completely happy with the new lightbox. For me the text display is perfect just where it is. Please don't change a thing - or if you do, then make it customizable to the current view.

  • ShinryaShinrya Peter Stewart Hong KongRegistered Users Posts: 161 Major grins

    Same here. Now they've ironed out a few issues, I'm sure only more CSS tweaks will follow. It's a nice modern improvement over the old lightbox and shopping cart experience.

  • YTSEmanYTSEman Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 3 Big grins
    Hi,
    could you return sizes button back please? My clients need to download different sizes (no, they are not able to resize the image themselves) so without sizes button I need to upload one photo multiple time. Or at least create some smart gallery of the same things. This was one of the reasons why I chose smugmug as storage for my photos. Really why did you remove such wonderful feature?

    Thank you,
    Petr

    > @leftquark said:
    > In addition to a number of improvements, we've also removed or changed some functionality and I wanted to make sure all of you are aware:
    > 1) The Sizes button has been removed.
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    > 2) A number of the Tools have been removed, specifically: “Collect”, “Develop with PicMonkey”, and “Crop Thumbnail”
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    > 3) A number of the Tools were omitted but will be added soon: “Show (or Hide)“, “Make a Copy”, and “Replace”
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    > 4) The Photo Info option to display metadata has been merged with the “Photo Details” (Title, Caption and Keywords)
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    > 5) We’ve changed how Show Filenames works.
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    > 6) The “Map” currently is not displayed as part of the Photo Details. It will be added in soon but was omitted to get this launched sooner.
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    > 7) Pinch to Zoom on Android will not work at launch. We’re working on adding it back in.
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    > 8) Tapping the Buy button no longer opens a menu, it immediately launches the add to cart options in a sidebar
  • AllenAllen "tweak 'til it squeaks" St. Louis, MoRegistered Users Posts: 9,787 Major grins

    I agree, the size button in lightbox needs to come back.

    Al - Just a volunteer here having fun
    My Website | My Blog
  • leftquarkleftquark SmugMug Product Team Administrators, Vanilla Admin, SmugMug Product Team Posts: 3,724 SmugMug Employee

    We've added some unique CSS classes to the Lightbox for customizers & custom CSS. They can be targeted like this, which also removes the need to use !important:
    .sm-user-ui .sm-lightbox-v2 .user-ui-lightbox-close-button.sm-button { }
    .sm-user-ui .sm-lightbox-v2 .user-ui-lightbox-fullscreen-button.sm-button { }
    .sm-user-ui .sm-lightbox-v2 .user-ui-lightbox-slideshow-button.sm-button { }
    .sm-user-ui .sm-lightbox-v2 .user-ui-lightbox-details-button.sm-button { }
    .sm-user-ui .sm-lightbox-v2 .user-ui-lightbox-share-button.sm-button { }
    .sm-user-ui .sm-lightbox-v2 .user-ui-lightbox-comments-button.sm-button { }
    .sm-user-ui .sm-lightbox-v2 .user-ui-lightbox-download-button.sm-button { }
    .sm-user-ui .sm-lightbox-v2 .user-ui-lightbox-tools-button.sm-button { }
    .sm-user-ui .sm-lightbox-v2 .user-ui-lightbox-favorite-button.sm-button { }
    .sm-user-ui .sm-lightbox-v2 .user-ui-lightbox-view-favorites-button.sm-button { }

    SmugMug Director of Product / dGrin Afficionado
    aaron AT aaronmphotography DOT com
    Website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com
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  • BigRedBigRed Major grins Central MarylandRegistered Users Posts: 284 Major grins

    Is there any way to disable the Lightbox "Close" tooltip? Seems extraneous and distracts from the image. I'm guessing it's controlled by the Title attribute for the X icon??

    http://www.janicebrowne.com - Janice Browne Nature Art & Photography
  • leftquarkleftquark SmugMug Product Team Administrators, Vanilla Admin, SmugMug Product Team Posts: 3,724 SmugMug Employee

    @BigRed said:
    Is there any way to disable the Lightbox "Close" tooltip? Seems extraneous and distracts from the image. I'm guessing it's controlled by the Title attribute for the X icon??

    Could you expand on your thoughts around extraneous and distracting? The tooltip only shows up when the user moves their mouse over the close button, which means at that point they are no longer viewing your photo and their attention and eye are moving on to something else.

    In this day and age the "X" button is pretty well understood to close the window but general design principles are to always make actions clear on what they are, so describing what the "x" does helps accessibility. In fact many of you here have added CSS so that the words "close" are always displayed next to the "X", and not just when there's a hover.

    SmugMug Director of Product / dGrin Afficionado
    aaron AT aaronmphotography DOT com
    Website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com
    My SmugMug CSS Customizations website: http://www.aaronmphotography.com/Customizations
  • AllenAllen "tweak 'til it squeaks" St. Louis, MoRegistered Users Posts: 9,787 Major grins
    edited January 16, 2020

    "In this day and age the "X" button is pretty well understood to close the window"

    It would also be much more clear if visitors were just told what it meant like "Return to Gallery".
    example:
    https://www.photosbyat.com/Birds/Missouri-Bird-Photos-A-G/i-Mrg8Z6F/A
    Also notice how bad that close popout looks.

    Another point. Millions use Facebook and their photo overlay disappears when the mouse moves off the photo almost instantly.
    Why do we have to put up with that 5 second delay?

    Al - Just a volunteer here having fun
    My Website | My Blog
  • BigRedBigRed Major grins Central MarylandRegistered Users Posts: 284 Major grins
    edited January 17, 2020

    @leftquark said:

    @BigRed said:
    Is there any way to disable the Lightbox "Close" tooltip? Seems extraneous and distracts from the image. I'm guessing it's controlled by the Title attribute for the X icon??

    Could you expand on your thoughts around extraneous and distracting? The tooltip only shows up when the user moves their mouse over the close button, which means at that point they are no longer viewing your photo and their attention and eye are moving on to something else.

    In this day and age the "X" button is pretty well understood to close the window but general design principles are to always make actions clear on what they are, so describing what the "x" does helps accessibility. In fact many of you here have added CSS so that the words "close" are always displayed next to the "X", and not just when there's a hover.

    Thanks for asking. For my site & audience, I believe that the "X" is self-explanatory for closing the Lightbox (and returning to the gallery). I don't recall ever seeing a site that adds the "close" text on hover. In my experience, it's unnecessary; it distracts users not from the photo, but rather from their simple closing action. One of my users was surprised by it and even asked me what it meant. I'm not prepared to claim that there's never a justification for it, but it's my goal to make my version of the Lightbox as clean & simple as possible.

    http://www.janicebrowne.com - Janice Browne Nature Art & Photography
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