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New version 4.2.3 of the Slide Show 4 skin
Posted: 02-Nov-2016 17:19
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Changes in version 4.2.3 of the Slide Show 4 skin:

  • If a folder contains another folder and not all images are before this folder in the jAlbum Explorer, you get an error message. The folder name is now showed in this message and also logged in the System console window.
  • If the Profile image on the Index page / Footer tab ends with ".", the next file extensions are checked: first "png", next "gif" and finally "jpg".
  • Non-used theme image files generated via the folder panel are now automatically removed.
  • The Facebook share function for the thumbnails page was no longer correctly working. This is repaired now with new code using Open Graph Markup for sharing. If a theme image is used the theme image will also be shown on the Facebook page, else the slide corresponding with the thumbnail showed on the Folder panel will be used. Option 'Use secure links' should be set if your album is uploaded to a secure site (starting with 'https:') like the server.
  • The F key opens now on a PC the Facebook share dialog, if the index page is shown and also if a slide is shown.
  • The mouse cursor hint of a theme image used as foreground image on a PC shows now the album title if the album title is in the image or if the title is hidden. So without title or if the color combinations makes it difficult to read the album title you can always read it via the mouse cursor hint.
  • Clicking in the Theme image used as background image, toggles now also the top buttons, if these are not fixed.
  • The panorama expansion buttons are now hidden if all next options are set: 'Start slide show automatically', 'Disable viewer settings' and 'Hide slide buttons: yes'. This is done to hide these buttons in embedded slide shows.

Previous changes and solved problems:

  • You can now use Google Fonts for normal text.
  • Two new check-marks for background image: "Auto-size background image" and "Don't scroll background image". The effects of these check-marks are only visible on a PC.
  • With jAlbum V15 it is now also possible to define a theme image by dragging an image to the Theme Image box in the new Folder panel. More information in the PhotoSwipe release notes.
  • You can now use the theme image also as background image or as a normal (responsive-) image. More information in the PhotoSwipe release notes.
  • It is now possible to use always the whole view-port for a slide image, if the size of the image allows that. See here for an example album. To enable that, set check-mark "Image should fill the whole view-port if the view-port is smaller as the image" on the Slide page settuings.. You should enable this only if all your pictures do have about the same size and are in landscape format (unless you view your images only on a mobile device). If you have a mixture of portrait and landscape formats, you will mostly see on a PC that the portrait format pictures will not fill the whole view-port, because in that case they should be enlarged beyond the natural image size. That is no problem on a mobile device, because for a portrait format picture you can rotate your device over 90°.
  • With the new option ‘Justified Gallery' on the Thumbnails tab of the index page settings, the number of thumbnails on a row on the index page will be reduced if the screen width is reduced, but all thumbnails on a row do get the same height and all rows except mostly the last row will get the same length, see here for an example. Because the slide border and shadow parameters are not used if this option is selected, the panel which contains these parameters is disabled and a special panel for Justified Gallery parameters is enabled if this option is selected. Details of the Justified Gallery parameters are documented in the Justified Gallery documentation.
  • If you set the new 'Spherical panoramic image' check-box in the ‘Panoramic image’ panel, the panorama will be displayed in the interactive Photo Sphere Viewer created by Jérémy Heleine. Click here to see an album made with spherical panoramic pictures. You should only do this if it is horizontally a 360° panorama. In the ideal case the panorama should vertically span an angular range of 180°, so in that case you have an aspect ratio of 2:1. Special 360° cameras, like the Ricoh Theta V, create these images exactly, see the first 3 panorama pictures in the example album. However if the panorama is made with a normal camera, where the images are stitched by a multi row stitching program like Autopano Pro, the aspect ratio may be larger, but in that case you can still use this viewer, as you can see with the other panoramic pictures in the example album. This viewer can be used in jAlbum version 13 and 14; the new ‘360° image’ panel introduced in jAlbum 14.2 is not used in the Slide Show 4 and PhotoSwipe implementation of the Photo Sphere Viewer. You can use the panoramic images generated by jAlbum in the ‘slides’ folder. However it is also possible to use special panoramic images not processed by jAlbum, by storing these pictures in a ‘panslides’ sub directory of the output directory. The name of the image in the ‘panslides’ folder should be equal to the name of the corresponding slide image in the ‘slides’ folder. The image in the ‘slides’ folder will be presented on the slide page and if the same image name is found in the ‘panslides’ folder, that image is used if the expansion button is clicked. If such an image is not found in the ‘panslides’ folder, the Photo Sphere Viewer will use the image in the ‘slides’ folder. It is also possible to use for the slide page and the viewer different images. To do that make the album and next copy the image from the ‘slides’ folder to the ‘panslides’ folder. Next edit the corresponding image in the images folder and make the album again. This procedure is used for the first slide in the example album. Note: You can’t display a spherical panorama locally, you should upload your album to test this. Version 4.2.1 gives a warning message if you try to view a spherical panorama locally.
  • In panel 'Show in thumbnail tooltip' is the text 'File name' replaced by 'Nbr + File name'.
  • If 'Show shadows on index page' has been set, the top menu shows also a shadow.
  • If the folder box width is used, the folder box image css has now a max-width to prevent that the images is wider as the box.
  • If no new window is selected for the Google Maps route link on the Links tab and a kml or kmz file is entered in the URL field, the map will be displayed in a section of the index page like the map for a slide location and a panorama expansion page. So background music is not stopped, but if a html file is entered, the index file is replaced by the html file and the background music stops if no new window is selected. See here for an example. The buttons in this example are made with these settings on the Links tab:
  • On a touch screen device, a map page is closed both by a swipe up and by a swipe down. Use two fingers to scroll a map.
  • Google Map full-screen button removed from the location window.
  • Text in the link panel corrected
  • Problem with Google Maps apiKey solved.
  • Several http links replaced by https links.
  • Bug fix in Music.htt.
  • It is now possible to use for the custom link icon for links 6 an absolute URL starting with http.
  • All text behind "..." in a comment is displayed at the bottom of the slide page if you click on the "More info" link at the end of the displayed comment. This extended comment is not displayed on the index page.
  • New colored set/reset Full screen icons.
  • If check-mark 'Open first slide automatically' was set, a panorama could not be expanded. This has been corrected.
  • Order of .inc files changed: First and as last
  • The Google Maps window shows no longer a full-screen button after the close button.
  • The name of variable which remembers the setting of checkbox 'Start slide show automatically' is changed, so if you use that setting, you have to set it again.
  • If checkbox 'Start slide show automatically' is set, clicking the Close slide button will skip the index page again and open the link given at the top of the Links settings page.
  • New check-mark 'Disable close slide page' to remove the close button for embedded slide shows. It is only enabled if check-mark 'Start slide show automatically' is set.
  • The skin gives now a warning message if after a folder a video or image is detected.
  • If 'Start slide show automatically is set' and 'Stop after the last slide is set', the Slide shows stops and the first slide page is displayed, so clicking the Play button will repeat the slide show in that case.* The full screen options and the automatic scrolling of an expanded panorama works now also under Linux.
  • It is no longer possible to show in a Facebook Share action, the slide image and as link the slide page, see The correct slide image is now shown, but the link goes to the same image.
  • The special characters in the Copyright and Author fields are now correctly displayed if there are xmp metadata available.
  • New include file just above the navigation section which replaces the wrongly positioned 2nd insert of file
  • New include file at same position as
  • A new button 'Move the help button to the settings window' has been added on the Index page / General tab. If you set this check-mark, you get space to add extra buttons like the AddThis Share buttons via inc files.
  • If the file name is displayed on the slide page, the encode characters are now removed.
  • With embedded album code like index.html?2 the slide show could not be started by clicking the image. This has been corrected.
  • The Slide Show did not start if the play button was clicked from an album opened by clicking a camera icon on a Google Earth / Maps window. This has been repaired..
  • File embed.htt added, which detects which kind of page should be embedded. So you can use now menu item 'Album / Embed album' to get the code to embed an index page or slide page in a website. Here is an example of an embedded album (index page) and here is an example of an embedded slide show.
  • Bug in the focal length removed.

  • The full screen options are now also enabled on Android systems.
  • Navigation buttons on the expanded panorama page moved to the middle of the window.
  • The 'Next slide' button is now the most right button in the upper right corner.
  • Code improvements
  • Expanded panorama function was not correctly working on windows PC with touch screen support.
  • Resize problem with expanded panorama page solved.
  • Problem with too high videos solved.

  • The PhotoSwipe and the Slide Show 4 skin belong now to the same skinFamily, this simplifies moving from one skin to another without having to re-enter the same settings.
  • 'Web location' object implemented for jAlbum version 14, with two new options:
  • Option 1: "Replace web location image by the web site and add navigation buttons" on the Slide Page settings. If set, the web location slide image is replaced by the opened web location and navigation buttons are showed in the upper right corner, to see it click on the first thumbnail of this album. If not set, the web location is opened in a new tab by clicking the 'More info' button above the web location slide image, to see it click on the first thumbnail of this album.
  • Option 2: "This is an album of albums" on the Slide Show 4 - General settings tab. If set, clicking a thumbnail of a web location on the index page will open the corresponding web-page directly, so the corresponding slide page is skipped, see my Vechtdal album. If you click on a thumbnail, the corresponding album will be opened in the same tab. Return to the parent album of albums by clicking the up arrow button on top of the child album.
  • New option on the Links tab: "Clicking the up-arrow button returns to the previous page" (works only if the album has been uploaded to the server and the album contains no folders).
  • It is now possible to show keywords below a slide image, if the corresponding option on the Slide Page settings has been set. For aan example click here. On the bottom you see in the slide image description the File name, the Title, the Keywords and the Comment.
  • In the previous version no optional titles were displayed in the slide description, this has been corrected.

  • The display of expanded panorama pictures has been improved.
  • A new 'Panoramic image' panel, implemented with the help of Dschuwi, see this thread eliminates the need to enter user variable 'maxImageWidth=30000' for panoramic pictures.
  • It is now possible, via user variable 'pan360' or via a new 'Panoramic image' panel, to indicate that a panorama is a 360° panorama. You can in that case endless scroll through the panoramic picture, see this example.
  • The video camera icon onto video thumbnails and all button icons are now svg-files leading to sharper images on the buttons, both in the smallest and largest button size.
  • The location of the photo is now displayed in-line, no longer is a pop-up opened.
  • A new 'Map' settings tab allows you to define the map type, the zoom level and the API key to be used for the display of the location in case the image contains GPS data.
  • The Play button on top of the index page is no longer showed if the current album page contains only folders.

  • The scrolling bars are no longer visible if the top buttons on the index page are hidden.

  • If an external page is displayed, no comment is displayed on that page, to prevent that possible buttons are below the comment.
  • New full-screen icon on the index page; it changes in full-screen mode.
  • The buttons and image on the slide page are no longer moving with up/down touches on an iPad/iPhone. As a result, depending on the width/height ratio of the image, the optional camera data displayed with description type 'Below image in the border' in landscape mode, are sometimes not fully readable. Rotate the iPad/iPhone in that case in portrait mode or select another type of slide description.
  • The buttons on an expanded panorama page are no longer moving on an iPad/iPhone if you scroll horizontal through the image. These buttons are now displayed in the upper left corner.
  • The arrow down key on a PC keyboard enlarges a panorama if an expansion button is visible. If that is not possible, it shows the picture location if GPS info was available. A touch up swipe gesture on a mobile device has the same effect.
  • You can now use the PanPlugin or SlideBounds plugin to enlarge the size of panorama pictures before you make an album. This is easier as entering user variable maxImageWidth=30000 for the selected panorama image manually.
  • In Google Chrome version 55 and next, the audio control did show a download button. This button is hidden in this version.
  • The viewer settings button was incorrectly aligned if the home/parent button was absent.
  • Slide description type 'below image with or without shadow' shows no longer a gap at the right site.
  • Problems with show/hide EXIF data solved.
  • Empty arrays are removed.
  • Better code to fetch the orientation of mobile devices.
  • jquery TouchSwipe version 1.6.18 is now used.

  • Check-mark 'Disable Viewer Settings' added, if set, the default settings cannot be changed by the viewer. It is recommended to set that check-mark for embedded albums.
  • More recent jquery lib version jquery-3.1.1.min and Minified version jQuery UI v1.12.1 used.
  • Automatic scroll actions to the top of the index file removed.
  • The default value for Allow swipes on the index page is now On the theme image only for all screen sizes.
  • It is now possible to use a Google Fonts for the album title. To use it, check the new check-mark on the Slide Show 4 'General' tab and chose the font you like to use on Google Fonts page. Copy the name of the selected font to the text-box after the check-mark. For examples see the Sample album and the albums indicated on that page.

  • Several integer fields are now better validated.
  • The Full screen button works now too for Chrome and Safari on a PC.
  • A slide page can now automatically be opened in full screen mode if selected by the viewer in the viewer settings window.
  • Minimum device screen height removed for the theme image.
  • If the video width on the Slide page settings page is empty, the natural width of the video is used instead of the full window width.
  • The image title may now also contain links.
  • It is now possible to show a description on a slide page with a movie.
  • It is now possible to show a description on a slide page with an external page.
  • You can now select 0, 1 or 2 line breaks after a file name and/or title in the image description.
  • It is now possible to show folder-tiles without thumbnails, to make more space for text.
  • Exif info contents and layout improved click here for an example.
  • Problem with spaces in folder box height and folder box width solved.
  • Problem with quotes in a thumbnail tooltip solved.
  • Problem with an empty description below the image in a box solved.

  • The Exif data are now displayed below the slide description. Clicking the Exif data will hide the EXIF data. If Show Exif Info via EXIF button has been selected, an EXIF button is displayed in the upper left corner and if this button is clicked, the Exif info is showed below the image. Clicking the button again will hide the Exif Info. For an example click here.
  • Because the Exif data are no longer displayed in a window, the menu button and menu strip have been removed on the slide page: the slide page buttons are again showed in the upper left corner and the info and panorama expansion button is displayed in the middle above the panorama.
  • Exif Info can now be showed/hidden via the letter E on a keyboard
  • More compact focal length reported and 'Manual' removed from WB if a light source is available.
  • It is no longer possible to display the image description above the image and it is no longer possible to limit the image description initially to two lines.
  • Comment font-size can now be set on the Slide Settings page:
  • The slide image description background color is now applied to all description types except 'below image in the border'.
  • The slide description can now be composed of the file name and/or title and/or comment, the image title is no longer showed in the browser tab.
  • Clicking outside the slide image will now hide/show the image description and/or the slide buttons in the 2 corners (only if Hide buttons No has been selected in the viewer settings window). The same action is possible with H key on a keyboard.
  • Better names for button sets and some button images changed.
  • Panorama page code improved: expansion button is now near the image top, except if combined with info button, in which case it is at the top of the window.
  • Improved layout of tall settings pages. Layout adapted to allow the use of horizontal and vertical scroll bars on the settings tabs on small screens.
  • Two new group panels on the Index general panel:
These groups "Show below thumbnail" and "Show in thumbnail tooltip" allow you to select for these items, the filename and/or the image title and/or description (comment). Thumbnails maximal vertical margins have been enlarged to 99px to make more space for long text below the thumbnails.
  • On the Index page / Thumbnails page:
It is now possible to select different colors for the folder tile background and the folder tile border.
  • It is also possible to show optionally also comment below a folder thumbnail if the new check box "Show comment in folder-tile" is set. For an example click here. Of course the comment which you can display on a folder tile is small. If you like to give a long description on the album page of the folder, enter this long description in file and the short description in the comment field of the folder thumbnail. If you have already long comments in the folder thumbnail. you can hide this comment on the folder tile by unchecking checkmark 'Show comment in folder tile'.
  • In case of shadows on the index page, the folder thumbnail gets no shadow now; it stays in the folder tile. For an example click here

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