Hello! I am happy to announce the release of TTG CE3 Client Response Gallery, the highly anticipated update to one of our most popular gallery plugins for years running.
The elevator pitch:
The Client Response Gallery facilitates communication between the photographer and client following a shoot. The photographer publishes a web photo gallery of images from the shoot, and the client marks images as selects by ticking a checkbox for each image to be kept. Selected images are then submitted to the photographer's email address as a comma-separated list, which may be copy-and-pasted into Lightroom's filters to quickly isolate images in the catalog for processing.
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Optionally, the gallery also allows the photographer to display image EXIF and IPTC metadata, and allows the client to rate images, specify a number of custom options (such as output or delivery parameters), and leave comments for images, all of which are included in the email to the photographer.
Over the years, the Client Response Gallery (CRG) has been used and advocated by well-known photographers such as Terry White and Lee Varis, and was recently recommended by Scott Kelby in an episode of _The Grid_, in which he suggested Adobe should buy the gallery and make it a fundamental part of Lightroom's Web module!
Our latest CE3 iteration of the plugin brings many refinements and improvements, making this the definitive version of the Client Response Gallery. Features such as ...
Responsive design is a keystone of the CE3 series of plugins, and the CRG is no exception. Galleries scale and reflow for small displays and touch screens, allowing clients to make and refine image selections on-the-go.
TTG CE3 Client Response Gallery is designed to be used on desktop, laptop, tablets and mobile phones, including iPhones, iPads and Android devices.
Image Selects and Selects Refinement
Selected images are submitted to the photographer's email address as a comma-separated list of file names, allowing the photographer to quickly and easily isolate images within Lightroom's catalog by copy-and-pasting the list into the Library's filters.
The gallery's status bar keeps a live count of selected images, and allows the client to refine their selections by changing the gallery's view mode. In previous versions we called this "Lights-out" mode and the feature was only available to galleries of 250 or fewer images. For CE3, we're just calling it "refinement" and have rewritten the feature to remove the ceiling, allowing image refinement to be used in galleries of any size. From left-to-right, the circular icons in the status bar do the follow:
- Show all images.
- Show selects, dim unselected images.
- Show selects, hide unselected images.
- And the envelope icon jumps the client to the submission form at the bottom of the page, eliminating the need to scroll.
These features are available on desktop machines, and also on tablets and phones.
The optional feedback features launch an additional input panel for each image (pictured above). Here the photographer may display EXIF or IPTC metadata for the image, allow the client to assign ratings from 1 (low) to 5 (high), set up to 14 custom options, or allow the client to write-in comments on individual images. All of this arrives via email as easy-to-filter lists:
- Ratings and options are delivered as a comma-separated list of file names so that images may be filters and dealt with as a batch.
- Comments are displayed for each individual image.
Feedback features are not available in mobile layouts.
Publish Services Support
The Client Response Gallery is fully compatible with TTG CE3 Publisher, making it easy to publish and manage galleries from Lightroom's Publish Services.
Easily setup new galleries for recent shoots; publish all images at once, or upload images on-the-fly to an existing gallery.
Keep galleries up-to-date by removing rejected images.
Update existing galleries with newly processed images in response to client feedback.
And when the client asks you, "Where are those hilarious outtakes and behind-the-scenes shots from location?", you can add those images to the gallery with just a few mouse clicks.
Password protected galleries aren't a new feature, but they're worth mentioning and CE3 does bring some handy improvements. You can manage login credentials using TTG CE3 Publisher, and protected galleries are now flagged as _noarchive_, _noindex_ and _nofollow_ for search engine bots and nefarious spiderbots. Eeewww, _spider_-bots, reducing the likelihood that unwanted visitors will stumble upon your galleries or images, and offering improved peace-of-mind to your clients.
The Usual CE3 Hotness
Additionally, the new Client Response Gallery enjoys all of the other benefits of the new CE3 series, including tighter code and a smaller overall footprint, a streamlined design interface and improved online performance, social networking features, improved search engine optimization, and more.
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If you're upgrading from CE2, then lookup your existing order for upgrade. Depending on date of purchase, you will either have a free or discounted upgrade to CE3.