17 responses to “CE4 Announced

  1. Exciting news! Will there be the ability for clients to log into their proof galleries without access first the auto index? Ie has a client access option in navigation menu?

    • There will be password improvements when using Publisher to manage galleries, but using the login to redirect to specific galleries is not something we plan to support at this time. It may or may not be a possibility down the line, when the client response gallery forms up more.

  2. Will you still be using the same Form-to-Email form as in previous TTG releases?

    I’m asking as recently I have been subject to spam via my contact form. Not a huge problem at present but still very annoying and I’m sure that it will increase over time. I’m not aware if any other TTG users are suffering from spam via their contact forms so this may not be something you are even thinking about. I’d like to note that I am not a huge fan of captchas or any extra steps that visitors have to do to fill out a contact form.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to the new plugins Matt.

    • David: I started getting a lot of spam from my Form-to-Email too. I also don’t like captchas, but I had to do something as it was getting out of control.

      What I did was just add another field under the form and ask users to type a word to prove they’re human. The word is randomly chosen from a list I created and is encrypted when the form is submitted to match against what is typed in the box. It’s certainly not foolproof but I went from getting 50 spam mails a day to 0. You’d have to have some knowledge of HTML/PHP to implement it on your own site though and I’m not sure how dirty you want to get. :) Matt, maybe you could implement something like this for CE4?

      You can see it in action here.

    • We’re dropping the Form-to-Email script in CE4.

    • The form-to-email system does seem to leak e-mail addresses, though there doesnt appear to be any real reason for it.

      I know that as the form directs to an obscure email address, e.g. contactform6373646473@mydomain.com, yet that exact address gets spammed.

      Obviously, the catch all address picks them up regardless. Even with SpamAssassin set up, many got through the filter.

      The solution for me was to move my business email to Google Apps for business and their GMail client. You can keep your me@mydomain.com address.

      I’ve gone from 50 spams or more more per day to less that one per week.

  3. Two Questions

    1) Will we be able to use Publisher to change photos on “home” page?
    2) Will we need to redo our site like CE2 to CE3, or will the upgrade be straight forward and no re-work? (I know CE3 was a drastic rewrite from the ground up)

    Can’t wait to see CE4!

    Ken

    • CE4 is an even more drastic rewrite, so redesigns will need to happen. Ben is working on a utility function to help upgrade existing publisher-managed CE3 albums to the new CE4 Publisher. If your images remain the same size in your gallery design, then you shouldn’t need to re-upload them.

      The CE4 Pages Home page will support CE4 Publisher, yes.

      • Great!!!!!! This will be nice to update Home Page photos via Publisher!!!!! Can’t Wait!!!!! Is it July yet???!!!! LOL!!!!


  4. Jan Copier says:

    At this moment I’m only using the free TTG 2014 HTML Gallery and I want to purchase the CE3 Web Publishing Bundle.
    Q: is it wise to order this package write now, or is it better to wait till the CE4 release?

    Thanks in advance.

    Jan

    • Purchasing now, you will be upgraded to CE4 for free when the plugins release, so there’s no harm in it.

      Templates saved using CE3 will not be compatible with CE4, so you’ll need to redesign. But migration shouldn’t be too difficult if you setup your galleries using the publisher, and it wouldn’t hurt to start now on wrapping your head around our workflow.

      • Thanks Matt, for replying so quickly.

        I will place the order for the CE3 Web Publishing Bundle.

        Jan

  5. Will CE4 (publisher specifically) work with CE3 Client Response Gallery?

  6. I dozed off during the CE3 updates while waiting for a Horizon revamp. Will CE4 be flexible enough to support a horizontal scrolling layout? I’m not looking for thumbnail plus pop-up slideshow type layouts. To me those makes sense for the client galleries or holiday snaps, but it is just not how I like to present my work.
    Thanks!

    • I don’t have concrete plans at this point, but a CE4 Horizon is definitely something under consideration. For launch, we’re planning Auto Index, Cart, Gallery, Pages, Publisher and Theme for WordPress. We’d like to follow that later in the year with a revamped Client Response Gallery. And depending on how development pans out (feature updates for all-of-the-above, and working toward launch of CRG) then a new version of Horizon could happen either before or after CRG.

      I might have done a CE3 version, but it didn’t fit in with my focus for the CE3 series as a whole, and then I got distracted by new prototypes and such. One of the downsides of being such a small outfit, we need to be mindful of spreading ourselves too thin over too many plugins. So Horizon is something I’d like to do when I can fit it in, but when looking at the CE4 series as a whole, it’s low priority compared to the others. Still, keep an eye on our news feed. When things settle down, it’s something I will likely consider returning to. I know there’s a least a small audience that’s interested in it, and it’s something I’d like to do when I’m finally able to allocate the time to it.

      • Thanks for the response.
        I’ve long been impressed by the range of plugins you produce, and by the many options that they include. I understand why you wouldn’t want to over extend yourself. I also figured out from your forum that Horizon generated less discussion than other plugins, presumably meaning it was not the most popular product.
        As it is, I use it in a rather stripped down and slightly doctored form. Perhaps it is possible to add extra layout options to the Gallery plugin as opposed to releasing a separate product. If choosing between two gallery plugins, I would buy one or the other, but if more options are included in one plugin, I may well use them. I’ll definitely keep an eye out to what gets released. Keep up the good work.

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