Beta Version for Testing PhotoQ 2.0 Available Now

A beta version of PhotoQ 2.0 is now available for testing. I am happy about any feedback that I can get from you on the new version, be it that everything works just fine, be it a bug that you found. To keep everything more or less in a single place, I would be glad if bug reports were submitted to the forum, e.g., in the PhotoQ 2.0b thread.

As always, please note that the beta version is meant for testing only. If you use it on your “real” site, please be sure to have appropriate backups ready.

If you use iQ2 as well, please download this version to use it together with PhotoQ 2.0b.


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PhotoQ 1.9 and iQ2 1.3 for WordPress 3.0

New versions for both PhotoQ and iQ2 are now available for download. If you use both PhotoQ and iQ2, please update both at the same time.

As already explained in the post on its beta version, here is what’s new in PhotoQ 1.9b:

  • *** New requirements: PhotoQ 1.9b needs at least PHP 5.1.2 to run. In particular: PHP 4 is no longer supported. *** If your current site runs on PHP 4, switching to PHP 5 is usually a matter of simply adding a line or two to your .htaccess file. Please contact your webhost for details.
  • All of these known bugs should now be fixed.
  • PhotoQ is now able to read IPTC metadata in addition to EXIF. (IPTC tags are treated the same as EXIF tags, so they also show up under “Choose Exif Tags” in the PhotoQ EXIF settings.)
  • There seems to be a high demand to get the post date from EXIF. PhotoQ is now able to do so. (new setting under “Further Options”)
  • WPMU support was dropped in favor of the new WordPress 3 networks. (should work pretty much the same as WPMU, so the same instructions apply)
  • Huge parts of the code have been rewritten with not many classes that remained untouched. Although this is the biggest change of all, it should be mostly transparent to the user. Major refactorings like this will most probably continue for the next few versions: I hope to end up with a cleaner, stabler and more versatile code base enabling many new features for version 2.0.

More details and an explanation of all the features can be found in the PhotoQ Documentation and on the iQ2 theme page. Please post any support questions or bug reports on the forum and not as comments to a blog post.

Finally, I decided to give GlotPress a try. Thanks to this wonderful tool, everyone can now easily contribute to translating PhotoQ and iQ2 at the following URL: http://www.whoismanu.com/translate/ . To log in, you use the same credentials as for the forum. If you don’t have an account on the forum yet, you can register at http://www.whoismanu.com/forum/ . A registration also allows you to directly download the latest language .po files. If you feel highly motivated and want to become a validator for a specific language (preferably your mother tongue), please let me know (Note that you can contribute without being a validator). If you want to contribute to a translation in a language that is not listed on the page, please let me know and I will add it.

So, now it is your turn. I am happy about any contributions I can get. Even if you only translate one single line, you help to bring this project forward. It is really not difficult and pretty self explanatory. If you nevertheless feel that you need more information, I suggest that you read the “Getting Started Guide” at wordpress.org to get a short introduction to GlotPress. More general information on translating WordPress can be found in the codex.

PhotoQ 1.9b – Beta Version Available for Testing

Cannot wait until the next PhotoQ version comes out? Want to help testing? So why don’t you download the beta version of PhotoQ 1.9 that is now available?

I am glad about any feedback I can get from you on the new version, be it that everything works just fine, be it a bug that you found. To keep everything more or less in a single place, I would be glad if bug reports were submitted to the forum, e.g., in the PhotoQ 1.9b thread.

Note that there is also a new iQ2 version that you should also download and install if you plan to use PhotoQ 1.9b together with iQ2.

Here is what’s new in PhotoQ 1.9b:

  • New requirements: PhotoQ 1.9b needs at least PHP 5.1.2 to run. In particular: PHP 4 is no longer supported.
  • PhotoQ is now able to read IPTC metadata in addition to EXIF. (IPTC tags are treated the same as EXIF tags, so they also show up under “Choose Exif Tags” in the PhotoQ EXIF settings.)
  • There seems to be a high demand to get the post date from EXIF. PhotoQ is now able to do so. (new setting under “Further Options”)
  • WPMU support was dropped in favor of the new WordPress 3 networks. (should work pretty much the same as WPMU, so the same instructions apply)
  • Huge parts of the code have been rewritten with not many classes that remained untouched. Although this is the biggest change of all, it should be mostly transparent to the user. Major refactorings like this will most probably continue for the next few versions: I hope to end up with a cleaner, stabler and more versatile code base enabling many new features for version 2.0.

Updated Spanish Translation

New language files for the Spanish PhotoQ translation are available here: .mo, .po

A big “muchas gracias” goes to Leo Rocha who provided me with this corrected version.

PhotoQ Photoblog Plugin 1.8.3 – Now Also For WPMU

The newest version of the PhotoQ Photoblog Plugin for WordPress now also supports WPMU. All of PhotoQ’s major features are also available under WPMU, allowing you to host your own photoblogging community.

Here is a list of the major changes in PhotoQ 1.8.3 (there also is a compatibility update for iQ2: iQ2 1.2.3. If you use both, iQ2 and PhotoQ, please upgrade iQ2 to version 1.2.3 before upgrading PhotoQ to version 1.8.3. If you don’t, PhotoQ cannot be activated while the old iQ2 theme is running.):

  • WPMU compatible (for differences with respect to WordPress version, see below).
  • Queue can now be sorted according to different criteria (e.g. Capture Date that is read out from EXIF metadata).
  • PhotoQ now supports non-standard locations of the wp-content folder  (advanced users only, see below for details).
  • Photo title and/or description can now be automatically read out of EXIF “ImageDescription” field. The corresponding settings are under “Further Options->Auto Titles” and “Further Options->Auto Description”.
  • File permissions are now handled in the same way WordPress handles them (i.e., folders get permissions of parent folder, files get permissions of parent folders minus execute permissions). Should give fewer problems with files that cannot be deleted via FTP if Apache runs under a user different from the FTP user. Permissions of existing PhotoQ files and folders can be recursively changed to match the new handling through the button “Fix Permissions” under “Settings->PhotoQ->Maintenance” (Note that this is not mandatory and it is a good idea to backup before you do so).
  • Fixed bug that made appear watermarks at an angle.
  • New theme preset for AutoFocus.

Thanks to all the people who helped me test the WPMU version. Special thanks to Ovi and Stéphane for all the very helpful reports and comments.


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