The End of Flash and What this Means for SimpleViewer.

October 29th, 2016

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Google recently announced that the Chrome browser will start blocking Flash by the end of 2016. Flash content will be blocked by default, however users will be able to enable it on a site-by-site basis. For SimpleViewer galleries, this means that users will need to click a button in Chrome before viewing the gallery content.

This is another painful blow in the slow decline of Flash. Since SimpleViewer is built with Flash, we are now recommending potential users switch to our sister product Juicebox instead.

Juicebox makes it easy to build beautiful image galleries that work on all modern web devices. Juicebox has been built from the ground up with future-proof Javascript and HTML5 to work on the broadest range of devices including Android and iOS. Juicebox features the ease-of-use, beautiful interface and attention-to-detail that you expect from the creators of SimpleViewer. We offer a free Lite version and a paid Pro version. Please take the tour, view the demos or download it and take it for a spin.

For more information on Juicebox compared to SimpleViewer please check this blog post on the subject from 2012.

Special Offer Discount Price for Existing SimpleViewer-Pro Customers

If you are a current customer who has purchased SimpleViewer-Pro, you are entitled to a special side-grade discount price of 30% off Juicebox-Pro. To get your discount coupon code, please email us with your SimpleViewer-Pro transaction id or purchase email address, and we will send you your coupon code.

Update for SimpleViewer Flickr Galleries

June 27th, 2014

On June 27th 2014 Flickr will change their API to be more secure. We have updated SimpleViewer to handle this change. Any SimpleViewer gallery that loads images from Flickr must be updated to the latest version (v2.3.2) or images may not load. If you haven’t upgraded in a while, this is a good opportunity to make sure you are running the latest version including all the recent fixes and improvements.

As always, SimpleViewer-Pro upgrades are free within the same major version number, check here for upgrade information. SimpleViewer standard users can get the update here. Please report any issues in the support forum. We’ll be updating the plugins and templates in the next couple of days.

Showkase Update and svManager Sidegrade Offer

August 16th, 2013

We just launched a new version of Showkase! This version includes new customization options, a new theme and much more. Showkase is our complete image gallery website creation tool. Showkase allows you to build an entire portfolio website with no coding required, including an unlimited number of image galleries. Showkase includes the SimpleViewer and Juicebox galleries and runs great on phones, tablets and desktop.

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New features include better control over gallery index pages. You can now set the number and size of thumbnails, and you can select which gallery image to use for the index page thumbnail. We added better global and individual gallery controls, support for IPTC title and description meta data and much more. Check the full version history here.

We have also added a new theme called ‘Gallery Manager’. This is a super minimal theme that can be customized to fit in with an existing website. This theme is also useful for converting from svManager to Showkase.

Showkase does a lot of what svManager does and a whole lot more. Showkase has a much improved user-interface and supports building a complete website, including non-gallery pages. Showkase also includes the latest Juicebox gallery. svManager is still actively supported but we are recommending that new customers go with Showkase over svManager.

Special Offer Discount Price for Existing svManager Customers

To encourage svManager customers to try out Showkase, we are providing a special offer discount code. If you are a current customer who has purchased svManager, you are entitled to a special sidegrade discount price of 30% off the price of Showkase. To get your discount coupon code, please email us with your svManager transaction id and original purchase email address, and we will send you your coupon code.

Showkase is Live!

December 17th, 2012

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We are very happy to launch Showkase just in time for the holidays! Showkase lets you build a great looking HTML5 image portfolio website from scratch. Showkase is a one-time purchase web app that you install on your web server. Check out the new Showkase.net for a full list of features and demos.

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Showkase sites look fresh out of the box, and are designed to be beautiful and easy to use. Showkase comes with 3 built-in website themes and 3 image viewers to choose from. Showkase sites are built with HTML5 and responsive design to work on all devices including iPads, iPhones, Android devices and desktop browsers. Showkase sites are touch device ready and look great on different sized screens.

Showkase comes with 3 powerful image viewers: JuiceboxSimpleViewer and ListViewer. These viewers provide a beautiful, responsive user interface to display your images in an easy to use manner. Easily customize your Showkase site by selecting from 3 built-in themes. Fine-tune color schemes, fonts and image sizes via the admin interface.

Should I buy the Standard version or the Pro Viewer Bundle?

Showkase comes in 2 versions: Showkase Standard and the Pro Viewer Bundle. Showkase Standard includes the Lite version of the Juicebox and SimpleViewer galleries. The Pro versions of these galleries offer advanced customization options, no branding, and unlimited images per gallery. If you purchase Showkase Standard, you have the option to purchase the Pro galleries and upgrade at a later point.

I own Juicebox-Pro or SimpleViewer-Pro. Can I use it with Showkase?

Yes. Customers who have already purchased Juicebox-Pro or SimpleViewer-Pro can purchase Showkase Standard and upgrade it to use the Pro viewer.

Updates for SimpleViewer and TiltViewer

September 21st, 2012

We just pushed minor updates to SimpleViewer and TiltViewer, mainly to fix a couple of issues that arose with the latest Flash player. Changes include:

  • Added IPTC caption support to svBuilder. To load IPTC titles or captions into a local SimpleViewer gallery, use the svBuilder top menu. Do Images -> Captions -> Use IPTC Title or Caption
  • Added a fullscreen button to TiltViewer. A bug in Flash Player v11.3 broke switching to full screen from the right-click menu, so we also removed that menu item.
  • Fixed thumbnail loading in svBuilder for Mac OS X 10.6 and lower, caused by a bug in Adobe AIR v3.4.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST UNINSTALL PREVIOUSLY INSTALLED VERSIONS OF SVBUILDER BEFORE UPGRADING.

To uninstall the previous version of svBuilder:

  • On Mac: Delete the ‘svBuilder’ file from Applications folder
  • On Windows: Use Control Panel -> Add / Remove Programs

Check the full changelogs here and here. As always, SimpleViewer-Pro and TiltViewer-Pro upgrades are free within the same major version number, check here for upgrade information. SimpleViewer standard users can get the update here. Please report any issues in the support forum. We’ll be updating the plugins and templates in the next couple of days.

 

What does Juicebox Mean for SimpleViewer-Pro Customers?

May 10th, 2012

We’ve had some feedback from SimpleViewer-Pro customers who are confused as to the relationship between SimpleViewer and Juicebox, so I’m going to discuss some of the ideas behind our current strategy.

Why 2 Different Products?

SimpleViewer was originally built in 2003 using Adobe Flash. Flash was, and remains to be, a great technology for building web image galleries.

Around 2009, a new class of mobile internet devices began to surge in popularity (e.g. iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets). These devices do not support Flash (Android has limited Flash support, but this is being discontinued in the future). To cater to these devices, in 2010 we released a version of SimpleViewer that offers limited support for non-Flash devices.

As we looked at adding more features to the non-Flash version of SimpleViewer, it became apparent that we had to redesign and re-build from scratch. In order to maintain consistency between the desktop and mobile versions we needed to remove the Flash component and rebuild entirely in JavaScript. To support various screen sizes we had to redesign the UI.

So the decision was made to create a new product called Juicebox and to keep the existing SimpleViewer product alive. Many SimpleViewer users are happy with their existing galleries and do not want to change. Rather than force Simpleviewer users to upgrade to a new version with a different design and feature set, we decided to give them the option to keep their existing galleries or to switch.

SimpleViewer remains  a great image gallery product. We will continue to actively develop and maintain both products separately.

What are the Differences between SimpleViewer and Juicebox?

  • Juicebox is a separate codebase to Simpleviewer with a different design and feature set.
  • Juicebox has full compatibility between desktop and mobile galleries. All features work across all devices.
  • The Juicebox design is more streamlined and minimal.
  • Juicebox design, icons, fonts etc can be completely customized via CSS.
  • Juicebox UI is built to be flexible to adapt to different screen sizes. Read about how Juicebox adapts for various devices.
  • Juicebox has a different licensing model. Juicebox requires a per-site license.
  • JuiceboxBuilder includes ‘true’ watermarking.

Should I Switch to Juicebox?

If you are happy with your current SimpleViewer galleries then there is no need to switch. If you require full compatibility between desktop and mobile galleries, you should go with Juicebox. Before you decide, download the free version of Juicebox and see what you think.

Special Offer Discount Price for Existing SimpleViewer-Pro Customers

If you are a current customer who has purchased SimpleViewer-Pro, you are entitled to a special sidegrade discount price of 30% off (to give a price of $34 dollars for the Single Site license and $69 for the 5 site license). To get your discount coupon code, please email us with your SimpleViewer-Pro transaction id and original purchase email address, and we will send you your coupon code.

We will be sending out an email newsletter update with this information to existing SimpleViewer customers in the next few days. Please post any questions in the comments below.

Juicebox has Landed!

April 30th, 2012

 

We are very happy to announce that Juicebox – “The Ultimate JavaScript Image Gallery” is finally ready for release! Please take the tour, view the demos or download it and take it for a spin.

Juicebox makes it incredibly easy to build beautiful image galleries that work on all modern web devices. We offer a free Lite version and a paid Pro version. Juicebox has been built from the ground up with future friendly Javascript and HTML5 to work on the broadest range of devices from IE6 up to Android and iOS. Juicebox features the ease-of-use, beautiful interface and attention-to-detail that you expect from the creators of SimpleViewer

Juicebox is brought to you by the same team that built SimpleViewer. We will continue to develop SimpleViewer and the other members of our image gallery family in parallel to Juicebox.

Check out Juicebox here!

Help Improve Our Products and Win a Free Copy of Juicebox-Pro!

April 23rd, 2012

We are always interested to hear what our customers have to say about our products.

If you have purchased SimpleViewer-Pro, please take a few moments to complete this short survey. Customers who complete the survey will be eligible to win a free copy of Juicebox-Pro, our new HTML5 Image gallery product!

[UPDATE – Contest is now closed. Free copies of Juicebox-Pro went to Sergey Yurin and Jens Trautmann.]

Coming Soon – a Brand New HTML5 Image Gallery!

March 16th, 2012

Some exciting news from the labs – we are close to launch a brand new image gallery product called Juicebox! Juicebox is built from the ground up with Javascript and HTML5 to work on all browsers and devices from Internet Explorer 6 up to iOS and Android.

Juicebox features the ease-of-use, beautiful interface and attention-to-detail that you expect from the creators of SimpleViewer, and is built with web standards (aka not Flash) to be completely future-proof. We can’t wait to show it off but we don’t want to release it until it’s just right.

Stay tuned for more details, or sign up for the Juicebox newsletter to hear about the launch first!

SimpleViewer v2.3.0 Released

March 2nd, 2012

In this release we’ve stomped a load of bugs, improved resized image quality and added compatibility with Lightroom 4. For best performance, make sure you are running the latest version.

Check the full changelog here. As always, SimpleViewer-Pro upgrades are free within the same major version number, check here for upgrade information. SimpleViewer standard users can get the update here. Please report any issues in the support forum.