I have pushed out the changes I recently discussed to my photo album software. Album preview images now utilize the new 16:9 size, making it easier for me to select nice looking previews. Several album preview images have been changed as a result. The collection preview images have also been modified. I plan on doing some more work on collection previews in the near future, to allow for varying image collage templates.
Please let me know if you spot something broken. I made a lot of changes on the back end in the midst of doing this upgrade; hopefully I squashed any bugs that got introduced.
Over the past few months, I have been intermittently working on a few modifications to my photo album software here at the site. The only change I have pushed out to the site so far is moving my favorites to their own dedicated tab. Another change that I’m still pondering is a modification to the aspect ratio for photo album previews. Here’s an example of the change I’m thinking about making:
The example on the left shows an album preview block as it appears on the site today, while the example on the right shows how I plan to make the preview image larger (please ignore the color differences). Today, each album’s preview image is a 16-to-6.4 ratio image (250 x 100). This tight ratio makes finding a usable preview image harder than it should be. I’m thinking about changing the preview to a 16-to-9 ratio (roughly 250 x 140). Using this alternate ratio, should help make preview photos stand out a bit more, and will make it easier to select nice looking images. The down side to this change, however, is that is will push content farther down the page (not to mention the slightly longer load times for the larger images).