Being back from a long pause, kindly reminded of X3 by license discounts mail, I finally find some time to think of X3. I installed the latest beta, read the release notes ... X3 has kept on moving and moving !
I wish to ask you a few questions about features I humbly submit again for your review.
Video, possible to stop buffering on page load : status : fixed in 0.22 ! thanks !
reference : https://forum.photo.gallery/viewtopic.p ... 176#p41176
Videos are currently shown "as separate" objects, not being "part of the picture set"
status : open
importance (to me): high
reference : https://forum.photo.gallery/viewtopic.p ... 176#p41183
Any news on that ? reference on flickr (not my photos, Andi Singer)
please try the behaviour : https://www.flickr.com/photos/beatmanf/ ... 143653078/
I personally find it elegant and easy to use. You mentioned you'd work on video integration.
Please also keep in mind it wasn't so in X2 (see capture in https://forum.photo.gallery/viewtopic.p ... 176#p41182 )
Prefetching & Lazy load
status : question,
importance : low
reference :https://forum.photo.gallery/viewtopic.p ... 176#p41183
In X 0.22 release note,
I recall the conversation about -10 & +30 images and theLazy loader is the mechanism that dynamically loads images in galleries on browser scroll.
- Re-written from scratch for much-improved performance. One should notice speedup on larger galleries and on mobile devices, on page load, and when scrolling.
- Lazy scroll event is throttled at 1 second.
- All 3 modules (gallery, folders, context) share the same lazy scroll event.
- Now, lazy loader makes sure at least one image beyond visible viewport is preloaded (useful for vertical layout, where "next" image might be outside of the lazy load threshold).
It looks like you went "+1" which is a reasonable approach for column based.
Couldn't lazy load be a user defined parameter and/or possibly follow different behaviors for Justified or any grid type views ? "one page beyond view", granted it's an "advanced" setting, "use at your own risks". I like that I get to take the chance.
Audio player --> brace yourself for that one, I'm back !
* "folder override" or better said user selected audio source,
status : open ,
importance : EXTREMELY high to me
Without starting a "best-practices-vs-a-matter-of-taste-really-if-I-wish-to-design-my-site-please-let-me-do-it" argument all over again ;-), I wish to have a possibility to have a different audio content per gallery.
Giving it a bit more thought than in the past, I tried to think of a less implicit and more elegant way. It turns out the concept already exists in your own design :-)!
Just like the gallery assets, the user gets to point at different audio folders. It could be in the advanced settings under "Audio Assets". So several audio folders could be supported.
[img=563x132]https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2& ... &zw&atsh=1[/img]
I'd like to introduce another example of audio use. A blog post about a place, a topic, I wish to have a specific atmosphere conveyed. It's a relatively easy way to have X3 also work as a story telling experience, using the Blog post module for instance.
To give you an example : a documentary style web experience, with sound http://www.lemonde.fr/photo/visuel/2017 ... 89037.html
please, notice that as you scroll, a story is told.
So it's not about "imposing a view to your viewers", it's about viewers who know what they will find. I'm not asking for such advanced layouts (frankly, the example is not that beautiful)
Mind you I'm not asking so much and the site might not be to your taste. It can also be a "quick and dirty" folder override like it used to be in X2, but having though of your audio assets, I like the idea.
Again here, please consider that I'm an old X2 user having lost X2 support and a previously existing X2 "feature".
*audio player controls
status : open,
importance : moderate
I stand to my previous position that the current "implied" controls are less than ideal and that an icon transformation on hover would be nicer ( see screenshot in post https://forum.photo.gallery/viewtopic.p ... =15#p41057 )
Also consider a simple "playlist control"; user enable/disable. Generally speaking, I'm all for being able to disable/enable features.
So in summary,
1* Audio assets folders (X2 featured folder overrides)
2* Video integration (X2 handled it ok)
3* Audio player controls
I'm pretty much decided to buy X3 but I'm undecided between the private and the pro licence but I didn't find info, can you point to documentation regarding the actual interesting functionalities :
X3 E-commerce plugin coming soon --> I guess that one but any more details?
X3 Search plugin coming soon --> search content based on ? user meta data? exif ? ... for the end user too ?
X3 Panorama plugin coming soon --> can you elaborate?
Also, I have to say I'm in a bit of a dilemma here. I'm interested in the pro but I fear the development of the pro features will drive you away for the "basic" features I feel are missing ;-)...
Could you please be so kind to take the time to answer and give realistic answers (+a possible timeframe) on these features ?
You are this close to make me stay quiet forever ;-)
Thanks in advance for your time and dedication,