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Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #88872] Wed, 30 April 2014 23:47 UTC Go to next message
avatar natalia  is currently offline natalia
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A very beautiful release this week:

Visual Refresh
Today, we're rolling out a new look to our site that brings more focus to you, your products and your shop.
Visually, we want the spotlight to shine on you. Our new look adds more space and clarity to the layouts, and brings the focus on products. Your images really stand out now!

Sell Tab - go straight to your Shops!
We are also introducing a new Sell tab to the top navigation. When Shop Owners visit Shapeways.com, we know that over 80% of the time they go directly to manage their shop. This new space is dedicated to simplify the selling experience and help Shop Owners run successful businesses on Shapeways. While many of the tools remain familiar, today you'll already find new shop owner tutorials. If you're one of the many Shapeways Shop Owners, we hope you enjoy the improved access to these tools.

Image Cropping
In addition to the visual update, we're improving how we crop product images that are not the correct size in order to make photos and products look more polished and professional. Images that aren't the correct size often have white space around the edges, so we will now crop them to fit to the closest dimension. Also, being sure to never distort the image, images which are uploaded at a size smaller than the default size (625px by 425px) will not be stretched to fill. From what we have seen, the cropping helps to bring the subject into focus (your product!) and remove extra white space around the edges

Also, as a followup from last week, we added the designer's name next to the product title on every product page. :-)

Let us know what you think!
Natalia

[Updated on: Wed, 30 April 2014 23:50 UTC]


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Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #88877 is a reply to message #88872 ] Thu, 01 May 2014 00:19 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm trying to use the Shop Inventory page. It seems that the bug of "blank" item numbers has been fixed... Thank You.

however.. a couple of small things:

1) When you type in a # into one of the sort boxes and hit Tab - it takes you to the EditModel link.. should take you to the SORT link instead.

2) All updates to the page are done in Ajax or something... when you have a large shop and click on Search or NextPage - it seems as though nothing is happening for several seconds. It REALLY needs some form of "processing" or "please wait" indicator.

3) I can't seem to make the Tag Selector Icons at the top of the page do anything. Search seems to work, but filtering by Tags seems to do nothing but come up with 'Sorry .. we didn't find any results".


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Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #88878 is a reply to message #88872 ] Thu, 01 May 2014 00:25 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks for flagging Stony, I'll investigate!


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Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #88964 is a reply to message #88878 ] Fri, 02 May 2014 02:14 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Cropping works good , really helpful. :)


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Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #88990 is a reply to message #88964 ] Fri, 02 May 2014 13:30 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks numarul7 :)
Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #89327 is a reply to message #88872 ] Thu, 08 May 2014 17:17 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm still thinking that alongside [Shop]...[Design]...[Sell] could be a handy link to [Help] that could include all aspects of help available from Shapeways and the community.

Paul

[edit] premature submit... Doh!

[Updated on: Thu, 08 May 2014 17:19 UTC]

Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #89430 is a reply to message #89327 ] Fri, 09 May 2014 20:27 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Image Cropping

Hmmm can't see what's the purpose of the new cropping. At least for my shop it doesn't make sense the way it:s done.
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/MinifigCustomsIn3d

Currently can't see why it should be an advantage to crop some parts of a picture away.
(maybe if there's white space all around then yes, but to center in the middle and crop some upper and lower parts away ???)

Maybe you can give an example.


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Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #89740 is a reply to message #89430 ] Thu, 15 May 2014 12:26 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks SW for messing up my shop photos! The cropping is now awful.

When you make changes like this, you should not change existing set-ups. Now I will have to redo many of my photos that were perfectly fine before. Who says your ideas about white space are the correct ones?

Another website change, another fail...
Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #89778 is a reply to message #89740 ] Thu, 15 May 2014 18:28 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Yes, automatic design changes on things show owners have configured that way are problematic. Costs me further hours of reediting ....


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Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #90720 is a reply to message #89778 ] Fri, 30 May 2014 02:13 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Looks like cropping goes bad , due the fact not all users made a photo with a center on the design and second they end with cut out signature.

Seen today on some shops.


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Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #90763 is a reply to message #90720 ] Fri, 30 May 2014 11:54 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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numarul7 wrote on Fri, 30 May 2014 02:13

Looks like cropping goes bad , due the fact not all users made a photo with a center on the design and second they end with cut out signature.

Seen today on some shops.

Can you provide examples?


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Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #90765 is a reply to message #90763 ] Fri, 30 May 2014 12:01 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Yep, mine.

See also here
Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #90770 is a reply to message #90765 ] Fri, 30 May 2014 14:46 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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And here:
https://www.shapeways.com/model/1003590/pickelhaube.html?li= aeTabs

I've spent already half a day to reedit my shop so I've added once more one of the original pictures. You can see the effect on the 2nd picture.

In principle all items which are not shown alone will get troubles since the item won't be in the middle.In my case it will be out of sight since it's normally in the upper third of the picture.
Since also the picture dimensions change and are different from platform to platform or shop to shop provider I don't want to change that to often.

[Updated on: Fri, 30 May 2014 14:51 UTC]


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Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #91190 is a reply to message #90763 ] Wed, 04 June 2014 08:59 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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stonysmith wrote on Fri, 30 May 2014 11:54


Can you provide examples?


https://www.shapeways.com/model/1600062/great-white-shark.ht ml?modelId=1600062&materialId=28

looks also in the payed add bad, i get i.a. on faceboock.
Re: Weekly Release Notes: April 30th - visual refresh, sell tab, image cropping & more [message #91483 is a reply to message #90763 ] Fri, 06 June 2014 23:31 UTC Go to previous message
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I admittedly don't update my shop frequently, but between the last order I placed for myself 2 weeks ago and now, I managed to notice weirdness with my item photos. Hence my comment here.

So, I'll probably spend some time fixing my photos this evening. I'm ok uploading a fixed size, but it does mean that if the aspect ratio of images is controlled, then I will be placing my own empty space on images if possible. I'm hoping the tool doesn't literally crop anything I upload which is the exact size required.

I may drop a before and after picture of some of my page to demonstrate what it is vs. what I think it should be. I understand that Shapeways must continue operating as a business, regardless of how disengaged its shopowners may be. However, I do think that the cropping notification should have been sent to me in an e-mail notification prior to its rollout. I love Shapeways and I love making whatever I can imagine become physical reality. As long as Shapeways makes an effort to inform me of changes, I'm happy.

 
   
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