New Release: Theater Add-on for Backlight

Backlight’s Theater Add-on is now available in early-access. The Theater Add-on is Backlight’s successor to CE4 Stage.

By early-access, we mean that the add-on offers only a limited number of presentation types, with additional presentations, features and refinements planned for future updates.

At present, the presentation types available include (linked to demonstrations):

The Theater Add-on is available for $25 USD, and can be purchased from under the “Add-ons” section of the Backlight Store page. If the current version supports presentations that you will use, then buy it now; you’re waiting on a presentation type from CE4 Stage that is not yet supported, then do not buy the Theater Add-on. Tell us in the forum what you’re waiting for, keep an eye on our news feed, and buy the Theater Add-on when that presentation type, or an equivalent replacement, appears in an update.

Upgrade pricing is available for owners of CE4 Stage. I have updated existing orders to include discount codes, and have sent notifications, so check your email to claim them.

  • For purchases on or before January 31, 2016, click the link in your email or lookup your order by email address and order number; you will find the discount in the attached TXT file.
  • For purchases newer than February 1, 2016, click the link in your email or recover your orders to your email address; the discount TXT file is inside the zipped CE4 Stage package, so unzip the download to access.

For those of you curious about the name change, and why I’ve opted not to call this the Stage Add-on, some background. When I first created the Stage plugin for Lightroom, Flash-based image galleries were all the rage. I had created a number of Lightroom plugins for popular Flash galleries, and Stage was conceived as a companion piece, to create embed pages with branding, navigation and such, things that were generally missing from the Flash gallery components. So you’d set the stage, then bring on the players. Nowadays, Flash is essentially dead, our product is less about creating embed shells for external players, and presentations are built-in. Over time, the product has evolved from a playhouse into a theater. Ta-da!

So please, check out the demonstrations, and purchase if you like what you see. Let us know in the forum what’s working for you, or if something isn’t; let us know also which presentation types you’re keen to have sooner than others.

For the full-screen presentation, you will also need to create a full-screen page template, so we have that documentation prepared for you. It’s easy to do, and the full-screen presentation works nicely as a Home page!

13 thoughts on “New Release: Theater Add-on for Backlight”

    1. Cool. HTML5 video will probably be implemented in the first update, as it will happily complete the trilogy of video support.

  1. I see that Theater supports multiple still images, with Publisher managing those images.

    Can I have some text, then an image, then some more text, then another image, etc…. on one page?

  2. Great – thanks.

    Two questions:
    1. Will there be a disadvantage to buy now (any update fees for later presentation types?)
    2. Is it possible to have an overview of “all” videos in one gallery/collection and have the full size video only after clicking it? (Maybe I missed something in your description). I would love to include videos in my picture galleries (e.g. with “autoindex”).

    Best regards,

    P.S. any idea, when the wordpress module might be available? 😉

    1. Hi Volker,

      I would never punish early adopters in such a fashion. Whether you buy now or later, there is no disadvantage. All updates within this product generation will be free for owners of the Theater Add-on, as we have done in the past, and I will not be implementing a system of micro-transactions over the purchase price of the add-on.

      I’m not sure I understand your second question. Every video is treated in the same way as an album, so the “overview of all videos” would be an album set containing multiple video albums, each album being a single video. This is similar to how we have the demonstration set, which includes both the Vimeo and YouTube demonstrations. Does that answer address your question?

      As for WordPress, it’s in-progress. Ben has a working prototype for the underlying engine of the thing, but I have yet to touch it to begin designing, as I’ve been working on Fotomoto and Theater for today’s releases. I will hopefully be hands-on with it within the next couple of weeks, and we’ll maybe have something to release in September or October. This is all tentative, of course.

      1. Hi Matthew,
        I know that your way of providing (free) update is very high, that’s why I wonder that you recommend to wait. I think, that even the current 4 presentations will be worth the $25 – and I have got a reduction from my CE4 stage purchase 🙂

        Regarding my second question – I did have problems to include videos in my “normal” galleries in the past with CE4. When I come back from vacations, I want to present to my friends a mixture of pictures and videos on one page and I could not find a solution in the past. Thats what I am looking for, to mix pictures and vidoes in one gallery. I will check your demos soon – I just bought the new theater and I am looking forward to test it.
        I did not change my “official” site to backlight as most of my page based on my blog – therefore my P.S. question 🙂 Looking forward to see it sometimes in 2016. Thanks for your support and software.

        1. I would just prefer people purchase the add-on for what it is, rather than based on expectations set by CE4 Stage, as there will surely be differences.

  3. In the slide show demo there is a white time line running at the bottom of the frame. Will that be seen in the slide show or can it be made invisible?

  4. on the full screen option can i have text over the top of it?
    im wanting full screen bleed slideshows in the background of the page with my written content over the top.
    for example a wedding portfolio playing as the backdrop with my wedding services and prices over the top.
    that alone will most likely put it on my purchase list

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