Category: News

I was listening to an interview with Steve Fine, Sport Illustrated’s DOP on the Photoshelter Blog and he gave a shout-out to APF client Mike Powell for his excellent website.

For a limited time the signup fee is $250/month for 4 months (zero interest).

 

You can now embed your Vimeo videos in all our websites.

  • You can now embed your Vimeo videos in all our websites.
  • Works on iPhones, Android phones and iPads too.
  • Videos scale with the site… that’s something you’ll only find here.
  • Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Make something awesome with it.

 

We’ve just released an update to our popular ipad app. If you’re not familiar with the app, it allows you to sync your entire APhotoFolio portfolio (images and video) onto an ipad, then you can lock it and hand out or mail to your clients. No need to recreate your portfolio over again on the ipad and you don’t need an internet connection to show someone your work (there’s also an ipad version of your site if you happen to be connected). Here’s what’s in the update:

* Significantly improved the sync process (approx. 3-5 times faster)
* Added 2 new color themes (grey and cream).
* Added new sync to update changes you’ve made to your site on the app
* Added the ability to toggle off the thumbnail borders
* Added the ability to change the names of the galleries inside the app
* Removed battery level indicator and time while inside the portfolio app
* Many other performance improvements

Visit the iTunes Store to download of this latest innovation from the leader in portfolio websites for FREE.

We have a new Facebook App: http://aphotofolio.com/facebook-app

It adds your portfolio to your facebook page. Pretty sweet addition to our family of innovations that you will only find here.

Before APhotoFolio you either worked with a programmer to create a one-off design that was locked and rigid or you bought a template that was locked and rigid. We created open and flexible sites that allow the user to adjust everything without extra cost and programmer nightmares.

We build custom websites where YOU can change everything yourself.

See for yourself, the thousands of top photographers and artists who’ve chosen the freedom of a custom site from us (click here).

 

Finally, we eliminated the hassle of trying to figure out how much space you needed, how much bandwidth (who would ever know that?), how many images you wanted in each portfolio and even how many portfolios. There is no limit.

I guess you could say we got tired of hearing people say “No, you can’t do that.” With APhotoFolio, you can.

 

We recently launched our new European Datacenter to better serve our customers on that side of the world. Existing customers were moved over at no cost. Initial feedback when viewing the sites in their new location was:

“Wicked Fast”

Visit these sites from Europe to see for yourself:

chrisdodduk.com

bipedpictures.com

guphoto.co.uk

danielogorman.com

office36.com

Now, when you sign up for a site with us you can choose between the European Datacenter (based in London) or the American Datacenter (centrally located in Texas).

Photo District News awarded 5 of our sites best website design for 2011. I couldn’t be more thrilled as an affirmation of the incredible product we’ve created but also because the tools allow photographers to make the sites their own.

Several of the award winning designs came from the exact same template except the photographers easily put their own stamp on each one to make it uniquely recognizable for an award.

PDN is a magazine about photography and really what our sites do better than anyone else is make looking at pictures enjoyable, so you don’t notice the design. In my book that’s what makes them award winning.

Congratulations to Dan Winters, Brian Smith, Brett Danton, Michael Clark and Erik Skaar.

 

I’m happy to announce the latest update to the mobile version of our websites. It’s available on all new sites and our current clients have been updated as well. With this version we lead the industry in mobile sites and here’s why:

  • Built from the ground up, our new mobile sites match the gravitas of our main sites
  • All of your outbound links work including snazzy icons for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Captions are supported and look fantastic
  • Images can be zoomed
  • Video is fully supported
  • You have total color control from within the APF admin
  • Works on all the new Android devices and of course the iPhone
  • Unlimited images, galleries, pages, videos and links

When we started building websites 3 years ago a mobile version was a nice add-on (most of our competition didn’t even have one) but not a deal breaker. Now, I’m certain that many of the all important first-impressions and even complete hiring decisions will happen on mobile devices (if they haven’t already) and so we built a site that will help you beat the competition. If you don’t believe me check out these numbers:

  • 101.2 million smart phones were sold in the 4th quarter of 2010 (Yes, that’s only 3 months of sales)
  • 22.3 million had Android running on them
  • 16.2 million were iPhones

Here’s a look at a few of the different screens:

Menu Screen:

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Gallery:

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Caption:

photo17

Text Pages:

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Social Networking Icons:

photo10

Bio Page Image:

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Video:

photo7

Video Playing:

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Note: Everything works in both Landscape and Portrait mode (images, videos, pages, menu).

Phew! 2010 was an exciting year to be in the website business. The technology is evolving so fast we just keep the accelerator mashed to the floor to stay ahead of it.

The iPad release was by far the biggest story of the year and we were the first website company to release an iPad mirror site built in HTML5 and then the only company to update it and add more features. We think the iPad is an awesome device and see all kinds of tablets coming from other companies next year. Of course we will be working hard to update and enhance the iPad experience for our clients throughout 2011.

We saw a lot of changes from google this year as well and released an updated HTML5 mirror site to all of our users to take advantage of them. We continue to believe flash gives the best user experience on the desktop but we will continue to work hard in 2011 to make sure we have our HTML5 skills up to speed if any of that changes.

PDN gave us two awards for website design this year and I think we’ve got a pretty good chance to get a few more next year. We have some great new designs in the planning stages that adhere to our mantra of “building simple to use, big, clean, feature rich websites without fuss.”

At the beginning of the year we built APhotoClient, an image/shoot delivery tool that works seamlessly with our sites. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from the people using it for two simple reasons:

  1. You look like a buttoned-up pro when clients get their shoots delivered like this
  2. The clients don’t need an instruction manual to operate it.

Then, we just released an incredibly simple yet powerful PDF creator for all our clients to use.

Of course we plan to tinker with both of those next year. I keep a list of all the great ideas our clients come up with.

Finally, all year long we’ve done constant work under the hood on all these sites to improve our clients and their users experience.

So, what can you expect from us in 2011? I’ve already got 3 major projects set to launch in the first quarter of the year, but after that, well, just like in 2010 we plan to keep the pedal mashed to the floor and build whatever we need to continue to be the leader in innovation for portfolio websites.

Happy New Year.

Rob Haggart
APhotoFolio.com