Version 1.3 released

We’re happy to announce we’ve just released version 1.3!

We have received a lot of customer feedback, and the goal in version 1.3 was to make Photography Orders more robust and expand its usefulness.

Here’s a list of what we’ve done.

Public Galleries

Public galleries was a hotly requested feature. Public galleries allow event photographers to create galleries without the need to create a client first.

Payment options, checkout and order processing

The major part of v1.3 was to move order processing from offsite (Paypal/Google Checkout), into Photography Orders. Now customers checkout in Photography Orders before being paying.

You can now offer more than one payment option at a time. We’ve added support for Moneybookers, which is an alternative to Paypal, especially for countries and currencies where Paypal doesn’t service. We’ve also added support for offline payment methods. You can choose to allow customers to pay offline/later.

Orders are now saved in Photography Orders. You can view orders you’ve received and update their status/comments, rather than just receiving an email with the order details.

Navigation and design improvements

  • Prev/next buttons on the show photo page mean customers can now move forward and backward in a gallery without having to go back to the gallery
  • Caching of photos means customers load photos once, and after that, they load instantly. This creates a much faster and nicer experience
  • Watermarking can now be selectively used. Previously, you could only toggle the watermark for all photos. In 1.3, the watermark setting determines if a watermark will be placed on newly uploaded photos.
  • Pagination of photos. Galleries are now split over several pages, with 32 photos per page. Previously, photos would all load on the one page
  • Minor improvements to the interface.
  • Go back buttons have been reworded and

We hope you like version 1.3. If you have any feedback, questions, praise or found bugs, please let us know in our forums.

Cheers,

Luke

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Upcoming features in v1.3

We’re currently working on version 1.3 of Photography Orders. The goal for 1.3 was to flesh out a lot of the features, and expand the scope of what Photography Orders can do.

Better checkout and order processing

In v1.2, the checkout is handled either at Paypal or Google Checkout. In 1.3, the checkout is handled by Photography Orders, and the customer is then sent off to pay after completing the order on your site. Coupled with that, orders are now saved so you can process them from within Photography Orders.

We’re adding more payment options, including offline payment and Moneybookers.

Better gallery navigation for your customers

In 1.3 we’ve made some improvements to the customer interface including pagination, and the ability to go from one photo to the next without having to go back to the gallery overview. We’ve also added some aesthetic changes, for example, galleries now have a thumbnail of the first photo inside the gallery.

Public galleries

Event photographers will be able to upload galleries without the need to password protect them.

We’re looking forward to releasing v1.3 within the next couple of weeks. If any existing customers are interested in beta testing, shoot an email to info@photographyorders.com.

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