This was our first task after releasing ProofBuddy 2.1, and since that was done this morning the mobile cart plugin has been updated to work with version 2.1.
Biggest change, aside from working with ProofBuddy 2.1, is that this plugin is now free and works with both the Lite and Pro version of ProofBuddy.
How does it work?
One of the settings is a string that does a regular expression match on the browser user agent string. If that is too geek for you, don’t worry. Just let the plugin do its thing. If you understand regex and user agents, the plugin looks for an identifier in the user agent to determine if the visitor is using an iPhone or Android.
Why a plugin and not a theme?
There was too much involved basically hijacking what ProofBuddy normally does to make this a theme. A theme just couldn’t give the control needed. Plus, by making it a plugin it only affects visitors on mobile devices. A theme would affect all visitors.
Great, so where can I get it?
Easiest is to download and install through ProofBuddy. Head to Options -> Plugins and click on the Add Plugin button on the top right.
Or, you can go to our extend section and download through there.
A couple weeks ago I posted about a plugin we were working on to get ProofBuddy working inside a WordPress theme. Well, it’s up and ready. Just added a page on our documentation site on how to, with the help of a plugin, to get ProofBuddy wrapped in your WordPress theme.
It’s not 100% where we want it yet. Most notably the iframe is a bit jumpy as it resizes. But it is a much easier way to get your proofing pages to look like your main site if you’re using WordPress.
We’ve had quite a few requests for a WordPress plugin that works with ProofBuddy. And it is on our wish list. Catch is the requests have always been for a WP plugin without much else.
So the question for today is, if there were a WordPress plugin that interacted with ProofBuddy, what would you want it to do?
Here are my thoughts, roughly in order of likelihood. Let me know what you think in the comments if this is close to what you would like to see.
Shortcode for WP pages / posts
This is what I’m guessing most of the requests were after. Basically some way to insert a gallery from ProofBuddy in to a WordPress post. Maybe something along the lines of [ pbGallery passcode=123 ] that would pull a gallery out of the ProofBuddy database and insert it into a WordPress post.
Done correctly, this would allow you to basically wrap ProofBuddy inside of your WordPress theme and your visitors may not even have to know they’re using ProofBuddy.
Possibly a dashboard widget for WordPress that displayed info about your ProofBuddy albums when you login to wp-admin. Something similar to what’s in the ProofBuddy dashboard already where you could see sales, image counts, that sort of thing.
Some sort of interface that would let you insert an image that you’ve already loaded in to ProofBuddy without having to upload again.
Not sure how this one would work though.
Most of the really great features that have made their way in to ProofBuddy have started as a request from a user. Y’all are the ones using ProofBuddy every day with your clients and know all of those little nit picks that could make it better, and we truly appreciate any input you may have.
A bit of an update on a feature we’re working on right now that should make adding and updating themes and plugins a lot easier.
ProofBuddy 2.0 is dependent on server settings on whether it can install plugins and themes automatically, and most hosts aren’t setup to allow ProofBuddy to do what it needs to do. And they’re setup the right way. While it would be nice for ProofBuddy to have access to write anywhere it needs to, it’s generally safer for a host to not allow that to happen.
With ProofBuddy 2.1 we’re adding the ability to upload themes and plugins using your FTP login information instead which should make it easier to add new plugins and themes. ProofBuddy will also occasionally check for new versions of any plugins and themes you have installed and let you update to the newest versions automatically as well.
The goal is for this also to allow you to update ProofBuddy through this same process.
And here’s an obligatory screen shot of the first step to installing a new plugin via the new FTP uploaded.
We’re looking for 5 or 6 ProofBuddy users to help us test out a new plugin that will allow your visitors to view their proofs in a mobile friendly layout when they visit your site on their iPhones and Androids.
Ultimately this will be a premium plugin at $9.99, although Pro users will be able to get a free copy. Likewise, testers of the plugin will also receive a free copy. If you’re interested in helping with the testing please leave a comment below. We’ll take the first 6. And be sure to include your email address. It’s not published but we do need a way to get in contact with you.
Looks like there’s a bit of a limitation on the iPhone emulator I used to get the screenshot. The actual plugin rounds the corners on the thumbnail and fullsized images to more closely match the iPhone menu icons. For some reason the emulator doesn’t as you can see in the screenshot.
We’ve updated our Twitter feed plugin to add support for @ and # links.
If you’re upgrading from a previous version you can simply copy this version on top of version 1.0.
A new plugin is available for download that will add a variable set to ProofBuddy to allow you to display contents of packages within your theme.
Once installed and activated, there will be 3 new variables available for use.
Will display the contents of any packages available for the current image. This variable only works within the fullimage.tpl template file.
Displays the package contents for the image specified by #. For example, if you want to display the contents of packages for image ID 123 you would put <!–packageContents:123–> into your theme file.
Displays the contents for packages associated with the current album. This will typically be the same as the current image, but may not be if you’ve set the image to individual pricing.
In the plugin folder is a small CSS file named packageContents.css. There are a handful of CSS selectors that you can use to customize how the list looks on page. Each element is wrapped in a <span> so you can style it pretty much however you like.
And a thanks to Louis DiChello at Custom Creative Photo for the idea behind this plugin.
Adding to our list of plugins that add commonly requested features our newest plugin will allow you to copy one pricing list to another.
When activated a new icon will be on the Options -> Pricing page between the icons for a new pricing set and renaming a pricing set. Clicking on this icon will allow you to copy the currently selected pricing set to a new set.
We’ve added a new plugin, and it’s one that’s been requested by a lot of users.
Let’s take a look at a screen shot.
The image is roughly 4×6 proportion and the user has selected and 8×10 print. The masks are applied to show them an approximation of what their image will look like after cropping.
You can either install the Show Crop plugin through the plugin browser or manually download and upload using your favorite FTP program. (We like FileZilla)
Once you’ve gotten Show Crop onto your server you will need to active it. Click on the Options -> Plug-Ins tab and the Activate link next to the Show Crop plugin.
Once activated, the Show Crop plugin will add two new options to the Options -> Images tab. Crop Opacity is a number between 0 and 100 that is the percentage opacity of the mask. Crop Color is the color of the mask and can be any string that works as a CSS color. Literal colors (black, white, etc), hex colors (#cccccc, #123123), or rgb codes all work.