What We've Been Working on in the Last Few Weeks

2015-04-07 88

Our new website is now about 2 months old. After rolling out the most important features in the beginning, we have now been fine tuning them and working on the overall performance of the website. Taking a step back, we now want to ask what you think about it!

If you’ve been to the website recently, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve added some of the most-requested features, in addition to smoothing out a few small glitches here and there to make everything faster and easier:

  • The email notifications and reports are back
  • Photos by users which are embedded in an article or note are now linked – just click on the little chain icon on the bottom left corner of the photo to leave a comment, like the photo or maybe even follow the user
  • If you still use RSS readers (we do), there is now an atom feed of our Magazine
  • Reporting photos or comments can now be done with a simple click, which then notifies us so we can take a closer look
  • Photos taken by newcomers have been added to the overview page of Homes
  • We’ve also spent quite a bit of time working on the performance of the site and it should now load way faster (especially the images)

Aside from the most obvious feature, the LomoWalls (which we are currently working on), we are now wondering if there is anything you are still missing. Please let us know your feedback in the comments! Thanks.

written by pan_dre on 2015-04-07 #news #next

88 Comments

  1. grazie
    grazie ·

    HI. Everything looks good and better. I'm happy to see the improvements that are being done constantly. The new site is easier to navigate now. My only thing right now is with the "feed". I think it might be better to get news about the new albums from friends rather than scroll through all the photos. Sometimes someone uploads 30++ photos at once and it is a bit taxing scrolling down the feed. The old site had the news about new albums posted and that's what I look for (aside from notifications) whenever I check the site. Overall though, great job!!! the site looks awesome.

  2. u-t-e
    u-t-e ·

    I love the new site! The heart-shaped and immediate like function is great, and I enjoy the new clean look and the bigger pictures. Thank you very much for the amazing work! It is greatly appreciated!
    Questions: I have been wondering is how and when the trending photos change. So far, my trending photos have been the same ever since the launch.

  3. u-t-e
    u-t-e ·

    Also, the notification sound scares me because it very much sounds like my anti-virus program and the sound it makes when it has found a virus. But I assume that's just me ...

  4. recurving
    recurving ·

    @u-t-e: trending is a combination of time and popularity. If you upload some new photos today and they get some likes they will most surpass all your currently trending photos. So in short: the "younger" a photo is the less likes is takes for it to become trending opposed to "older" photos.

  5. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Hi. I'm happy with this new site, it looks better and it is faster. So far, so good :)

  6. djramsay
    djramsay ·

    new site looks great, however i cant find my lomokino movies and searching my photos sometimes causes issues

  7. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    i am pretty happy with the page in general. anyway i am - as said several times before - missing bookmarks for pictures.
    besides that the performance on my ipad2 and using the coast browser is sometimes poor. the browser breaks down and for example if i like a picture it happens that the heart doesn't turn red so it looks like if i did not click the button.
    i do really appreciate the effort you put in there: you did a pretty good job. thumbs up.

  8. recurving
    recurving ·

    @djramsay: LomoKino movies will come back (sorry, compared to other features it wasn't that heavily used, so we put other things on top of our list).

  9. pan_dre
    pan_dre ·

    @bloomchen I'm not sure what you mean with the bookmarks for photos? If you like photos they are collected in your photo likes for example. Or do you mean a more general bookmarking?

  10. sigbarth
    sigbarth ·

    The new site is great, the bigger photos are neat and getting used to the new layaut was relatively painless too. But maybe (just maybe) after getting the lomowalls back up you could look into bringing back the "mini movie" function for animating oktomat/actionsampler photos. While it's no biggie if thats not possible, I kinda liked playing around with it. Thanks!

  11. mapix
    mapix ·

    yes, the new site is a lot better than the old one! But I really miss the lomowalls. And it would be nice to be able to klick on the picture and then get to the next one. Thanks a lot!

  12. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    The site is stable and mostly works well. I'd like to be able to edit photos en mass no matter how big the album and com back to the description and edit bits without starting having to start over. Thanks.

  13. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    @pan_dre hallo, wir hatten diese diskussion schon einmal. also mir persönlich geht es hauptsächlich ums bookmarken von fotos - das kann allerdings auch auf artikel ausgeweitet werden. sicherlich sinnvoll für tipster usw. wenn ich ein foto like, dann verschwindet das einzelne bild zwischen den bildern von aktuell 1882 seiten likes. ich hatte auf der alten seite die collections genutzt um inspirierende bilder "zu sammeln". weil mir das bild gefällt, ich die technik selbst ausprobieren möchte etc. das war eine sammlung von vielleicht 200 fotos - eventuell etwas weniger, eventuell auch etwas mehr: www.lomography.com/photos/collections/35-personal-collectio… - leider kann ich das nicht mehr sehen, aber du kommst da viellicht dran. also wenn ich nun die möglichkeit hätte, diese bilder zu bookmarken, sodass ich die auf einen blick habe, wäre das toll. denn ich kann mir ja nicht immer die tags und den user merken, sodass ich das foto über die suchfunktion finden kann. im prinzip würde mir auch die collection reichen, allerdings bin ich dann darauf angewiesen, dass die user die bilder einreichen und ich muss sie zuvor deswegen anschreiben. nur bookmarken ist einfacher und effektiver.

  14. kasta72
    kasta72 ·

    Yes the new site is much better, i likae the design But i agree with #grazie - it would be nice to see the albums again in the feed. Also for organizing my photos, adding keywords and descriptions, it would be better to do it for all the album, exactly as before. And one terrible feature for me - scrolling up the photo i am watching actually is shortcut to go back to overwiev of the album - always make me angry there is no logic in that :)

  15. stouf
    stouf ·

    The new site is wonderful. I still think the top banner should un-dock and follow the scrolling. In the competition section, bringing back a list of ongoing competitions would be nice. Keep up the great work guys.

  16. chilledvondub
    chilledvondub ·

    Good afternoon, I wasn't too impressed initially but once all the features had been reinstated it became easy to pick up. The only things I've missed are the camera shelf, completion status (for geo-tagging, exif etc) achievements and lomowalls. One thing I'd really like is to have a quick home link in top navigation bar to view your OWN home not just the global homes page, rather than having to go to the dashboard or even if you made the dashboard flash enabled with a drop down it would be nice. Would speed viewing your images a lot quicker especially on a mobile device and desktop :)

  17. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    It took me a while to get used to the new site, but I am very happy with it - especially after i realized that new photos of friends were listed in the Feed section. I love that it shows all the photos so you can easily brows through and "heart" the ones you like immediately without having to go through all the extra clicks to open an album up. Also, i love the heart button. I think that was actually my suggestion!!?? Can I take credit for that? LOL - I'm sure many others also thought of it. I haven't really explored articles and tipsters yet, but I hope to soon. Hopefully creating articles will be easier too.

  18. laurencea
    laurencea ·

    the new site looks good and the upload is MUCH better. i'd still like the gacility to rotate a photo in Edit as a lot of 120 scans come back sideways or upside down (depending on camera) and it's a faff to import them into iphoto, rotate and export again - that's the only thing i'd change. cheers!

  19. masha_njam
    masha_njam ·

    hi ! first of all i would like to thank you for effort that you spent preparing a new site for us . it looks great and i think better then that one that was before. yes it is different and i still need to get used to it but overal i like it a lot . what i miss is a bit more info about lomographers ( country , city , etc ), photos (country, city, camera and film) and also cover picture ( lomowall ) . have a great day or evening ! tschuss!

  20. minchi
    minchi ·

    The editor of the photos... ehm...I preferred the way it was

  21. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Am I the only one that doesn't miss the LomoWalls? It's not that I don't like them, but I don't see a need for them. I like the way our popular/trending photos and albums show up on our home pages. I used to view LomoWalls as a good way to advertise for a new album, but now we can see several photos from each album before even opening it.

  22. yago56
    yago56 ·

    At the beginning of the new Lomopage there whre som problems. But now it works very good.
    I am missing the LomoWalls.
    The presentation of the pictures is much better than before. The picture looking great.

  23. kleeblatt
    kleeblatt ·

    We used to be able to pick one of our photos and send it as an e-mail . I MISS that option !!!!! Can we please have it again !!? Besides from that I've become familiar with this new site .. it's taken a while , but for now : I'M LOVING IT !! :)

  24. lonur
    lonur ·

    You've got about everything I can think of covered. Was wondering about the lomowalls but I see that you guys are working on it. Im pretty satisfied.

  25. recurving
    recurving ·

    @kasta72: we took that shortcut out. Though we liked it also @dermanu mentioned he's having problems with it.

  26. lomaugustry
    lomaugustry ·

    New stuff looks good I'm hoping the camera shelf and lomo walls will be back soon. I know you are working hard on the recent relaunch events and competitions these are a great way to win back those who we lost in translation to the new format. Will our old walls return? or are they completely gone ?

  27. b2377
    b2377 ·

    I agree with @laurencea all we need is a rotate button before publishing. Also, swap Logout with Shoutbox in the drop-down menu on the right. That's it! :)

  28. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    The new site is easier to scroll down, but a lot harder to navigate, to find/upload/edit photos, and less intuitive. Many features are hard to find. I still have no idea where that shoutout box is...

  29. tasjarhodes
    tasjarhodes ·

    I still like the old site more, but I'm getting used to this now, so it's not that bad (I didn't try the Uploader yet, though). I would like to add some suggestions and ask about some of the old features:
    - Could you add the Random LomoHome button again? I liked that option.
    - Can we see the time when notification is received (like in comments and shouts), not only the date?
    - Old Feed view...
    - Showing the date when the photo was taken (like before).
    - More detailed LomoHomes (again like before: age, city, country... maybe even the date when we joined the site?).
    - Also, a question about LomoWalls: Are we gonna get a more detailed LomoWall building? Having options like rotate and crop photos, being able to move photos around more freely and make photos overlap each other would be cool. So building LomoWalls would be more like making a collage, rather than just filling in some rectangles.
    I still don't understand what's with the round profile pictures... Just for the aesthetics? Because most of the photos are rectangular, so they are being cropped awfully.

  30. zoe191
    zoe191 ·

    I am getting used to the new site. I think it's cool. Maybe I just haven't figured it out yet, but I don't see how I can zoom in when viewing a Spinner photo. Previously there was some kind of super viewer (I forgot what it's called) and then you could see a larger pic but you would have to scroll sideways because it's a long photo. I also want to have an easier way for visitors to navigate a home. Previously there were thumbnails of album covers that you could click to open albums. Now, you have to scroll all the way to the bottom and click a page number to see other albums.

  31. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    I agree with Grazie. I don't want to wade through every new photo in my feed. There are people that I might want to view an album sometimes but not every time so don't want to see every new image from them...also, would be really nice if I am viewing a new album if I could click like and next without having to scroll down which is very annoying and time consuming. I find I am spending far less time on the site now because frankly it is very cumbersome to simply view each image in a given album. That said, there are some very nice things such as the larger images. I realize it is very difficult to do all this and I appreciate the work that has gone into it. Hopeful that it will all be optimized in the end.

  32. kelvin_wx
    kelvin_wx ·

    I can't agree with Grazie no more! and I think the site is getting better and the old edition is not bad either, it is kinda old school fashion:).. well, about suggestions, I think we should keep all the functions we already have.. and I wish we can get back the "date" on which we shot the photos but not uploaded them. and I really love the "hand-picked" photos:PP After all the new site is also really really pretty. well done fellas!

  33. kelvin_wx
    kelvin_wx ·

    By the way, I love the LomoWall~ wish it could come back soon~~:P

  34. stonerfairy
    stonerfairy ·

    I miss Lomowall and I can't write on my lomo fren's wall to say thanx, discuss or chat, now it has become a message (private inbox). Email notification we got, are restricted to who message and comments my photos only, and I think email notification informing us how many frens likes our photos just like the old email notification is good enough.. Other than that, everything is cool! awesome!

  35. ekeupratama
    ekeupratama ·

    I love the new layout of this site..
    but I think I like the old feed, because it gives you more efficient information about friends who published a new album, wall, blog, etc

  36. pasadena85
    pasadena85 ·

    i do not like the new layout. too much chaos and i think it's way to complicated to put the metadata to your photos especially if you like to add different tags or something like that to several photos. i miss the lomowalls and i don't find what i am looking for when i am on the page.
    i think i do not dislike the new layout, i even hate it and desire the old look !

  37. tracyvmoore
    tracyvmoore ·

    I cannot say enough, how much I LOVE the new site. I agree with @grazie about the feed being about new albums rather than new photos. Other than that, I find everything about the new site wonderful. @clickiemcpete says that he found himself spending more time on the old site. I find the exact opposite happening to me. This is mainly due to how GREAT the new site works on my cell phone and tablets. I love browsing photos and albums on my feed while standing in line, or anywhere that I am, because it works so well on all my devices. With the old site, I only used it while at home on the computer. I thanks THANKS! and CHEERS! keep up the great work!

  38. kasta72
    kasta72 ·

    @RECURVING: Great!!! Thanks a lot!

  39. alexkon
    alexkon ·

    Why did you remove the button "Like" at the top? When she was there, it was more convenient when working on a tablet PC. The button "Dislike" in my opinion unnecessary. You think first and then put "Like". THANKS!

  40. rosalinenancy
    rosalinenancy ·

    @chilledvondub you can access your home by clicking on your username at the top of the drop-down menu in the right-hand corner. took me a while to figure that out though! :P
    i agree with others that the editing of photos could be made easier, but other than that i'm enjoying the new site and looking forward to the return of lomowalls! thanks for all your work so far! :)

  41. srcardoso
    srcardoso ·

    I love the new site, it seems to me much more adapted to the recent technologies (what a pain in the ass it was to use the old site with a tablet or a smartphone!)
    One thing I would change is the login page. Why to change of page to be able to login on the site? A direct login section on the banner of the first page instead of the"Login" button could count one click less, and less time waiting for a page to charge. IMHO.
    Bonne journée! :-)

  42. disdis
    disdis ·

    I like the style but still getting used to find everything

  43. recurving
    recurving ·

    @bloomchen: I still think "traditional" bookmarking is the better tool than using our collections. But I've collected the photos from your link and will send you message with a link to this file!

  44. deje
    deje ·

    WTF!? Where is lomowalls?

  45. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    @grazie @clickiemcpete back on the old page i intentionally did not open some albums of certain users simply because the teaser-shot looked the way what i would suspect from him/her and i thought i am not in the mood to look at it. but besides that i opened every album and picked several thumbnails to watch in large. so in this matter the new feed is better in matters of how i use it. i don't need to extra click it and i can not exclude some user bcs i am not in the mood for their shots.
    @recurving thanks a lot for the links. i owe you a beer or two. but you see those are many links and bookmarking them is a job ;o) but i am glad i now have them (back).

  46. pan_dre
    pan_dre ·

    @deje We are still bringing them back don't worry!

  47. recurving
    recurving ·

    @deje: they are mentioned in the last paragraph of this very article! We are working on them.

  48. recurving
    recurving ·

    @bloomchen: no problem at all. And I'd really check out something like www.pinterest.com or similar to make this task easier.

  49. neja
    neja ·

    I think I have found everything by now... Loveling the big size pictures and clicking L for making likes.

  50. neja
    neja ·

    P.S. still haven't figure much about the magazine, stuff like locations, etc. but didn't really look too hard yet

  51. llcooldawe
    llcooldawe ·

    It's different - love the bigger pictures - like looking at trending photos, and it is fast and easy to like photos - I find I comment less on photos and it is harder to keep track of users I follow - medals section still does not work however do I really need this? I am learning a different way of using the site.

  52. recurving
    recurving ·

    @llcooldawe: why do you think you comment less? Too far down the page? Or is liking too "easy" on the overview pages so you don't even think about leaving a comment?

  53. photobarbie
    photobarbie ·

    I LOVE the new look and the quickness of photo uploading. Many of the new features are fantastic! I do miss a couple things though. Mainly what happened to the dates in our albums? They're gone. I always enjoy knowing when a certain photo was taken especially for those of us who've been here for years. I also would like to be able to upload photos from the past and arrange where I'd like them to go (mainly towards the back of my other more recent albums). It seems we are unable currently to rearrange album location. I also miss being able to click on a photo and immediately being able to select that photo to enter into a competition. Now if we want to enter a competition we have to go searching for our photos which sometimes is difficult to find.

  54. chilledvondub
    chilledvondub ·

    @rosalinenancy ah good shout! I forgot one thing maybe categorise notifications like you kept messages separate maybe if you could filter, likes, comments and mentions. As when you log in to see 100's of notifications there's the possibility of missing comments and mentions when trailing through likes :)

  55. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    You guys have made massive improvements since launching the new site, and for that I'm really grateful. My requests to make it even better:
    - Make it simpler to create albums, e.g. by making it possible to edit photos directly on the Uploader page. Currently, on the 'Edit selection' page, you don't even get a thumbnail of the image(s) you're editing, which makes it harder to think of a title and/or description.
    - Bring back the date and time of day tags.
    - Include Notes on the Homes overview page. (I haven't read any since the relaunch because they're so hard to find!)
    - Bring back the camera shelf (and make it so we can list ALL our cameras this time, please).
    - Seeing a list of my recent activity is useful, but it used to be possible to easily track the activity of others simply by visiting their Home page. I liked that a lot, because it helped me to see whether they'd posted a new album, blog, article, movie, etc., and also what photos and other content they'd liked or commented on, which introduced me to content I might not otherwise have seen.

    That's it for now. Will be back if I think of anything else. Thanks for considering my requests, and keep up the great work so far...! :)

  56. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    Oh, and I'd also really appreciate if you could include the name of the photographer below selected and trending photos, like on the old site.

  57. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    P.S. I strongly support moving the Like button ABOVE photos. Scrolling is a bitch!!

  58. trash-gordon-from-outer-space
    trash-gordon-from-outer-space ·

    I am very happy with the site in general. There are some minor things missing like more information in the homes and I think the Photo / Album Edit could be overhauled at some point to make it more intuitive but everything is working fine and the site is very fun to use so it's easy to forget these "flaws". I discoverd lots of new lomographers to follow and rediscovered many old photos of those I already knew. At first I also wished the feed would show albums but I remember that I often didn't visit albums, when I didn't feel like it. Now that we see the photos in the feed, I see and like many photos that I would have missed if I had to open the album intentionally. I don't think I need Lomowalls back. It feels like they don't fit to the new concept, but I'm ready to be corrected on that. I would have said the same about the shoutbox a few months earlier, and now it has become one of the strongest and most fun features of the website. Thanks to the team. You're doing a great job creating something that we can enjoy everyday.

  59. fivedayforecast
    fivedayforecast ·

    hip

  60. amsiglela_yallehei
    amsiglela_yallehei ·

    I like the new website but I can no longer upload photos from my Apple Mac. I can upload photos on my wife's notebook, which uses Windows but I'm wondering if there are plans to enable us to upload photos using computers running on Mac OS.

  61. amsiglela_yallehei
    amsiglela_yallehei ·

    I was able to upload a new profile picture from my Mac though. Actually I like the idea of round profile pictures. I think it's cool, even though we might want to upload a new picture if the old rectangle one doesn't work in a round format.

    A feature not in the new website that I hope will be added one day is the "minimovie" function for photos taken with sequential multilens cameras such the Oktomat.

  62. recurving
    recurving ·

    @amsiglela_yallehei: this is weird. The whole development team works with Macs, so it should work out. Can you open this site supportdetails.com and send me the details? My email is markus@lomography.com. Thanks.

  63. llcooldawe
    llcooldawe ·

    Why I find I am commenting less? Liking is too easy on the overview page: however easy liking is one of the things I really like. It would break the liking flow to make a comment.

  64. isabelbatteria
    isabelbatteria ·

    I hadn't come to Lomography in a long time and now I'm amazed! It's beautiful and so clean. Thanks for the hard work! However, I was wondering: will we again be able to see in an article whether it has been translated and to what languages? Also, will users be able to translate articles themselves again? I found this extremely useful because, myself being a professional translator, I would translate my own articles immediately after being published, thus making sure something wouldn't get lost in translation. Thanks!!

  65. trash-gordon-from-outer-space
    trash-gordon-from-outer-space ·

    @isabelbatteria That's a good point. I would like to have these back, too.

  66. vlindertje235
    vlindertje235 ·

    Love the new site, I agree with the points Buckshot (and others) made. I'd really love to get the camera shelf back, and the translation option on articles. I can't find the requested posts (each month) for the magazine though, or is it hidden somewhere?

  67. pan_dre
    pan_dre ·

    @vlindertje235 Here is the latest requested posts article www.lomography.com/magazine/310149-requested-posts-film-pho…

  68. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    @pan_dre Newcomers photos are great! Now please add in www.lomography.com/my/feed (feed) the list of articles published by friends and followers! This is another important way to find new articles written by people I follow!

  69. u-t-e
    u-t-e ·

    Uhm, has the banner on top - complete with dashboard etc. - been gone for days or is it just me?

  70. recurving
    recurving ·

    @u-t-e: what banner do you mean? You mean the navigation bar?

  71. stouf
    stouf ·

    What about an additional list view in our 'My albums' section? It would make it easier to access old albums, without having to go through pages showing only 10 albums at a time.

  72. u-t-e
    u-t-e ·

    @recurving: Yes, the navigation bar. It's gone.

  73. u-t-e
    u-t-e ·

    @recurving: And my home looks messy, too. The pictures on the starting page are huge.

  74. meryl
    meryl ·

    I hope I can use my IPAD to see pictures by sliding screen mode.

  75. djramsay
    djramsay ·

    Hi I've just uploaded some photos but couldn't see where to add the camera and film I used, also no map to show where it was taken

  76. kuasimudo
    kuasimudo ·

    an detail.. I would love to have in the photo edit selection an option in the camera that let us put doubles.. like having place to put 2 cameras..

  77. motagirl2
    motagirl2 ·

    I miss the mini movies :)

  78. stouf
    stouf ·

    A few mods I'd love to see:
    1. Notifications: Add a button to load all unread notifications
    2. Homes: Add a map showing the locations of our shots and articles
    3. Friends: bring back the three sections (friends, people you follow, people that follow you)
    4. Competitions: Add a list of the ongoing competitions
    Please?

  79. eleonorepairet
    eleonorepairet ·

    Its great !! I would also suggest :
    - seeing more pictures per page, especially to upload pictures into a competition. In general I liked seeing more pictures per page for albums and just anyone's pictures in general :) ( they dont have to be smaller, but just more loaded per page).
    -direct notifications tab
    -lomowalls ;)
    -I thought the old lab was easier to use to put the metadata

    But the new site is very sleek !!

  80. eleonorepairet
    eleonorepairet ·

    Or it would be great to be able to choose the number of pictures shown per page and their size for many of the site 's features and not just our "edit photos" area as it is now :)

  81. choidaehan
    choidaehan ·

    Although I'm still familiar with old one, new one is more chic. And I bet new one would be better than before and now. Cheering Lomography!!

  82. eleonorepairet
    eleonorepairet ·

    Sorry for another comment but just another idea: what about an app ? So we can easily browse through and like photos waiting for a bus :) but everything is lovely with the new site !

  83. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    Now the site is great! Waiting for lomowalls and minimovies

  84. theblues
    theblues ·

    Don't know if it was already suggested but I think itw (like the #people) should appear in the feed when it is sbd we follow, as notes or articles written by them
    But anyway, the new website is really functional, fast and clear so keep up the good work :)

  85. sedgetone
    sedgetone ·

    minimoves again please, lomowalls were nice but needed more creative options.

  86. ces1um
    ces1um ·

    Having trouble with the uploader. Portrait style photos upload in landscape for some reason.

  87. draekko74
    draekko74 ·

    What would be terrific is to integrate with other stuff, for example Flickr, but even better would be to have a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom - that would be a dream.

  88. churchva
    churchva ·

    Fantastic site! I only miss the mini movies...

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