Tag Archives: My Work

It has no longer been 2 years since Easy Photo Album has been updated! 1.3.6 is out!

As a part of Five for the Future at WebDevStudios we get to work on Open Source WordPress projects every last Friday of the month all day, and as a result I was able to help the 7000+ Easy Photo Album get a working plugin.

Easy Photo Album is a plugin that I crossed while helping some users with this support request. I noticed that the plugin was old and hadn’t been updated in over 2 years! I tried to contact the owner for a few months, and finally we were able to work together to get the plugin updated at last!

1.3.6

1.3.6 features major updates to get the plugin working again:

  • Major fixes to missing minified files (previously fixed in 1.3.5 but came back) and WP Media
  • Simplified screen for creating Albums so Saving/Publishing is easier to understand
  • Fixes to TinyMCE button/modal when no albums were created
  • Can now organize Albums into categories called “Shelves,” props @kammak

Now on Github!

The plugins development is now on Github where other’s can contribute!

The Future

This plugin is used by a lot of people, so I would hope that I can help in contributing more! If you have any ideas or feedback, checkout the Support page on WordPress.org. This is why I love OSS!

Working with WordPress 3.2: Clutter free and high contrast help me focus; mono-spaced fonts too

WordPress 3.2 Editing a post

You know, I think I rather like working with the new WordPress 3.2 UI. I find it to be less cluttered, and the lack of color actually helps me focus on editing.

This version of WordPress is very WordPress 1-ish.

So far a few things that I have noticed about WordPress 3.2, that I like, is more space given to editing, the high-contrast and mono-spaced fonts (finally) in HTML view.

WordPress 3.2 uses Mono Spaced Fonts in HTML View

Trying out Shortmail: What happens when I send a message longer than 500 characters?

Shortmail.com Screenshot of Empty Inbox

I just signed up for ShortMail.com, a service that enforces (as you will see) 500 character or less email messages. I had to have a twitter account to sign up. Right away I send myself a really long message!

Long Email I sent to my Shortmail.com email

I was hoping, actually, that the message would get delivered. But, rather, it emailed my GMail account back and told me that the message was too long and that I had to edit it! Now, right away, I can’t imagine using this at work. This extra step would frustrate me, my mom, and probably many others. I think it would be easier to just allow the long email through and limit my messages to 500 words or less.

Shortmail Response to a large message

This message doesn’t seem too rude, but “Keep it under 500 characters this time, ok,” sounds a bit brat-ish to me.

The sender has to edit their message.

I didn’t even edit the message to finish delivering it.

First Impressions, A Single Post in WordPress 3.2

I just posted a little bit about Mark Zuckerberg right after I updated WordPress to 3.2. At first, once I went to create a post, I was actually a little jarred, I have to admit. WordPress’s new font choice seems to be a little outdated to look at, I kind of wondered if something had gone wrong with my latest update (still wondering).

WordPress 3.2 using Arial as base font?

It looks as though WordPress has chosen to use Arial as their base font for most of the text. I’m not sure why, but for some reason this triggers 1990’s mode in my head when I see it. Arial is much easier to read, but it really feels out-dated. As for posting, I didn’t find it any different, still the same old kick ass WordPress!

WordPress 3.2 Buttons

There are some new graphics, a more steel kind of look given to the editing bar.

I’m not to fond for the rounded bevels and shadows on the left menu, and I found the previous versions “collapse menu” graphic to be much easier to use (compared to the new one).

The new look I’m not so mad-crazy for, but speed editing and clutter are among the top things I am going to keep a look-out for. That’s why I love that they finally made the site-title smaller!

WordPress 3.2 Smaller Site Title in Dashboard