Are you a Jupiter user? If so, I'd like to hear from you.
There are a several features in Jupiter that I'm considering retiring. Most of them involve a lot of difficult-to-maintain code, in exchange for functionality that, for all I know, no one is actually using. But I don't want to remove a feature that will cause multiple users to open their veins and bleed out on their keyboards. I am not without empathy, in spite of what you may have heard.
Here's the current hit list:
"First image" and "Last image" navigation. Why would a visitor want to go instantly to the last image in a slide set? And if he wants to start with the first image again, he can go back to the thumbnail page and click the first thumbnail. So, two clicks instead of one.Removed in current release.
The numbered link list on index pages. My reaction is that visitors won't know what page they want to go to. And if you're creating that many index pages on a given level, maybe you should consider using a folder structure to organize your material, rather than spreading it out over a large number of index pages.
Overlays on the thumbstrip thumbnails (as opposed to the regular index page thumbnails) for video, audio, "new," star, and custom. Is a site visitor actually going to decide whether or not to click on a thumbstrip thumbnail based on what kind of slide page it's going to take him to?Removed in current release.
The thumbstrip itself. Because Jupiter is a fairly simple "slide page" skin, the thumbstrip isn't a fancy, sliding affair. It's pretty rudimentary. Do site visitors actually use this, or is it just screen clutter? It adds a lot of overhead to the album generation, and the amount of code involved is surprisingly large.Removed in current release.
The "star" overlays on thumbnails. An interesting idea - use the jAlbum colored "flags" to convey some information to the visitor. A blue star indicates a Democratic image, and a red star will take you to Trumpland. But is anyone actually using this in a real album?
Displaying the video/audio length in the thumbnail caption. I'm not passionate about killing this one, but I wonder whether it's used. Do your site visitors decide whether or not to go to the slide page for a video based on how long the video is?Safe because some users want it.
The option to disable "on-image navigation." Does anyone ever want to turn off the ability to click on the left or right side on an image to navigate? If so, why?
Double and beveled borders on thumbnails and/or slide images. They look kind of interesting, but is anyone using them?
Do your site visitors decide whether or not to go to the slide page for a video based on how long the video is?
I'm not a Jupiter user, but when I am offered a video in a news site, the length of the video does matter. E.g. "A condensed history of the second world war" in 51 secs is not worth opening. If it is 12 hours long, I don't have time for it. If it is 10 minutes long, I will look at it.