PhotoQ WordPress Photoblog Plugin 1.7: Long-Awaited Features Are Finally Here
PhotoQ 1.7 makes managing your WordPress photoblog easier than ever. With this major update of the PhotoQ WordPress Photoblog Plugin, several long-awaited features finally see the light of the day. Here is a list of the highlights:
- PhotoQ learns your language – it now supports internationalization
- Run PhotoQ on your server without giving users admin rights thanks to the new support for WordPress roles and capabilities
- Handling of EXIF metadata has reached a new level of flexibility. PhotoQ can even automatically generate WordPress tags from your EXIF metadata.
- Editing published photos has been considerably improved and simplified. You can now change published photos with only a few clicks.
At the same time the iQ2 Photoblog Theme has also seen some significant improvements. For a full list of changes of both PhotoQ 1.7 and iQ2 1.1 as well as for upgrading instructions, read the rest of this post. For a complete documentation and installation instructions, please check out the main PhotoQ page.
Upgrading to PhotoQ 1.7
Upgrading to PhotoQ 1.7 is done in the usual way, most easily via the WordPress auto-upgrade feature. This being a major update it might be wise to backup your database and files before you upgrade. If you use both, iQ2 and PhotoQ please upgrade iQ2 to version 1.1 before upgrading PhotoQ to version 1.7. The reason is that there is an incompatibility between the old version of iQ2 and the new version of PhotoQ and PhotoQ cannot be activated if the old iQ2 theme is running.
Further, due to the fact that the handling of EXIF metadata has been completely overhauled, you will unfortunately loose your PhotoQ EXIF settings in the upgrading process. Therefore, you might want to write down your current selection of EXIF tags (under Settings->PhotoQ->Exif) before you upgrade, such that you can activate the same tags in PhotoQ 1.7 again. Finally, the new EXIF handling also entails an automatic update of all your already published PhotoQ posts which makes a backup even more important.
PhotoQ now has support for internationalization. I am looking for people who are motivated to translate PhotoQ into their own language. If you would like to translate it, please drop me a line first such that I coordinate and make sure it doesn’t get translated into the same language twice. All i18n related files can be found in the “/lang” directory inside the plugin folder. The German version of PhotoQ is part of its core and already present in the current update.
For the current translation status of PhotoQ please check the Internationalization section of the PhotoQ main page.
Roles and Capabilities
PhotoQ now supports WordPress Roles and Capabilities. The following roles are allowed to use PhotoQ: “administrator”, “editor” and “author”. Administrators are the only ones allowed to change PhotoQ Settings. All three roles are allowed to access the queue. However, authors are only allowed to edit/delete the photos they uploaded to the queue themselves. Additionally, PhotoQ defines the following three capabilities: the capability…
- …to reorder the queue
- …to use the primary post button to publish posts
- …to use the secondary post button to publish posts
For both the editor and the author role you can grant or deny any of these three capabilities under Settings->PhotoQ->Further Options.
Improved handling of EXIF information
PhotoQ’s EXIF handling has been completely renewed. Under Settings->PhotoQ->Exif you will now find two lists, one for selected EXIF tags and one for EXIF tags that were not selected. You can move EXIF tags between the two lists by drag-and-drop in order to select/deselect them. As before, selected tags are formatted for display in your theme and put into the photoQExif custom field. However, you can now also change their order of appearance by reordering the list of selected EXIF tags.
For every EXIF tag you can now choose a custom display name. This allows you to e.g. display “DateTimeOriginal” as “Date” in your theme.
A new cool feature is the possibility to automatically generate WordPress tags from EXIF metadata. If you e.g. check the “Create post tags from EXIF data” check-box of the “Make” and “ApertureValue” EXIF tags, PhotoQ will automatically add WordPress tags “f/2.8″ and “Canon” to the post of a photo that was shot with a Canon at f/2.8.
Finally, PhotoQ gives you full control over the way in which you want your EXIF data formatted through the new “EXIF Formatting Options”.
Editing of published photos
PhotoQ 1.7 finally corrects the awkward and much criticized editing of published photos. When you edit a published PhotoQ post, the corresponding image is no longer shown in the WYSIWYG WordPress editor, but in a section apart. The editor merely shows the photo description and changes you make there should now really be always reflected on your blog. Any published photo can now be easily exchanged by uploading a new one with only a few clicks.
- PhotoQ now has its own dashboard widget
- Auto-titles have more options to allow for proper capitalization of titles that are generated from file names (see Settings->PhotoQ->Further Options->Auto Titles)
- The default status of posts posted via PhotoQ can be set to any of “publish”, “draft”, “private”
- PhpThumb updated to 1.7.9
- A lot of bugs have been corrected, e.g. those here
iQ2 1.1 brings the following changes:
- Compatibility with PhotoQ 1.7
- Internationalization Support. Here also, the German translation is already included.
- iQ2 now offers paged archives. You can specify how many photos you want per page.
- Option to show photo description in RSS feeds.
- Option to show a custom welcome message on the first page.
- Option to move photo title above the photo.
- iQ2 also sports a new skin (“Cherry Chocolate”).
Thanks to everyone who reported bugs on the forum. You are extremely helpful, I just can’t find them all by myself :-). I would also thank everyone who suggested improvements/new features. This also is very helpful and as you can see a lot of these requests finally ended up in PhotoQ 1.7 (Sorry to all of you who didn’t find their favorite missing feature included yet. Maybe it will make it to the next release, I just can’t do everything at the same time. Thanks for understanding.). Finally, I would like to thank Christian van Meer for beta testing and for the support he is giving on the forum. Check out his blog to see a nice example of what can be done with PhotoQ and iQ2.