IMPLEMENTED: Restore the Option to NOT have the slideshow

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  1. janderson99 profile image53
    janderson99posted 11 years ago

    The slideshow does not suit many hubs and the horrible black button ruins the first photo. Please allow authors to choose whether they want it or not. You get a slideshow with just 2 or 3 photos which is silly.

  2. MickiS profile image75
    MickiSposted 11 years ago

    I appreciate your suggestion, janderson99. However, we are unlikely to change our new slideshow implementation.

    Here's why: We implemented the slideshow this way to bring photo viewing inline with conventional, widely accepted photo viewing practices. The use of a separate page for each photo was very outdated.

    Since we have implemented the new slideshow, views of photos have risen significantly and feedback from readers has been very positive. As such, we are unlikely to change it back.

    1. Michael Willis profile image66
      Michael Willisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Micki. I do like the new slideshow implemented, but why not move the slideshow button Off of the image and place it just Below the first image???
      This would make the first image look even better.

  3. MickiS profile image75
    MickiSposted 11 years ago

    I realize in re-reading this thread and seeing Michael's comment that I may have misunderstood janderson99.

    janderson99, correct me if I am wrong, but you are referring to the link that appears in the first photo of the hub that reads "See all # photos" that when clicked, launches the new slideshow?

    If so, I misunderstood  your suggestion and thought you were referring to the left/right arrows that appear on mouseover once the lightbox with the slideshow is open. So sorry.

    1. janderson99 profile image53
      janderson99posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      It is as Michael has said. You take a nice photo and the horrible black nav button ruins it. I have already started adding a work around where I add a white area about 20% of the image height below the image. But I would prefer no slideshow as it it silly for my hubs that feature graphs etc.

      Below is how the work around appears - should be an easy fix, just move the nav bar up (probably best as it does not interfere with the attribution) or down as below.

  4. WriteAngled profile image73
    WriteAngledposted 11 years ago

    When there is more than one photo in a hub, the first one appears with a huge ugly black bar across it saying something like "view the remaining photos".

    This really ruins the first photo. It seems the only way to avoid having this is not to use more than one photo in a hub.

    I don't understand the point of having that black bar and shoving all illustrations together. As people read the article, they will come to the photos that are relevant to each particular section when they reach that section. What is the point of grouping all illustrations together? If someone just flips through them without reading the text, they will not realise what the photos are attempting to illustrate.

  5. MickiS profile image75
    MickiSposted 11 years ago

    Ok, let me see what we can do. Stay tuned.

    1. janderson99 profile image53
      janderson99posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm tuned in and waiting.
      Can we please have an update on this?

      1. MickiS profile image75
        MickiSposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        No update since I last posted 12 days ago. The two of us who are responsible for this have been working over time to get the new user profile out to Staff profiles so that you can preview it and give feedback.

        So, in the meantime, this is on the back burner for a few more days.

        1. janderson99 profile image53
          janderson99posted 11 years agoin reply to this

          No worries
          Thanks for the update.

  6. UnnamedHarald profile image92
    UnnamedHaraldposted 11 years ago

    The slideshow may replace the "old, low-tech" way, but the images are too small. Could they be enlarged to be more viewable? I see that slideshow views have gone up, but they should if that's the only way to see lightly bigger images. In addition, sometimes an image in the slideshow appears out of place (lower part of the screen). Please reconsider moving things around so the image can be larger, even enlarging the slideshow window. Better yet, have an option, like Flickr, where the original can be viewed from the slideshow. Some people spend a lot of time creating graphics with labels, arrows, etc and the originals look so much better.


    1. MickiS profile image75
      MickiSposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      We show the original size of the image. Sometime users upload images that they have cropped. For us to resize them larger changes the resolution and makes them look blurry.

      The slideshow is only as good as the author is at photos. Not much we can do about that.

      1. WriteAngled profile image73
        WriteAngledposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        But why have this stupid feature in the first place?

        Illustrations are there to illustrate the points being made in the text. They are a totally secondary feature. Any author with minimal writing skills can make the same point without any illustrations whatsoever!

        Your intransigence in giving us the ability to stop slideshows ruining our hubs has reinforced my intention not to feature more than one image in any future hubs I might produce.

        If I need to use further illustrations, I will upload them elsewhere and place a link to them from my hubs.

        1. ktrapp profile image92
          ktrappposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Interestingly, I have a hub where many, many readers have found it through Google images. It's the images that drove them to the hub, not just the text. As a matter of fact, the hub has over 2,000 page views and almost 11,000 slideshow views.

          The photographs convey very meaningful information in this particular case and are not secondary; they're not just placed there as a way of breaking up text or because the writing is lacking. Additionally, good captions not only help guide the viewer through the slideshow but also are one way that Google indexes images.

          Anyway...I'm sort of going to miss that black slideshow bar on this hub because I don't think hovering over the images is very obvious to non-hubbers. At least the slideshow option is available no matter which photo is hovered over though.

  7. UnnamedHarald profile image92
    UnnamedHaraldposted 11 years ago

    Thanks for replying, MickiS, but some of my images that I uploaded are clearly not being shown as the size I uploaded-- unless they are being cropped when received to fit in the slideshow. I do realize that the size of the photos I upload are my responsibility.

    As far as being totally secondary, most successful web pages use images combined with text (similar to magazines). If I can show a small map, for example, that saves me and, more importantly, the reader from reading tortuous lines of text trying to paint that picture in their mind, I will use a map. And I do have minimum writing skills.

  8. WriteAngled profile image73
    WriteAngledposted 11 years ago

    Unfortunately the new profile forces links between the profile and other hub producers who might be total anathema to the profile holder.

    It also cuts off the profile at an arbitrary point in order to spew out some content determined purely by Hubpages.

    A profile is a personal page. Why are you trying to impose content on it that might be loathsome to the person writing the profile? 

    This seems to be a further step into making hub authors helpless employees of Hubpages rather than free agents.

    I will place disclaimers on my profile urging the reader not to follow these arbitrary links. I find the concept extremely offensive.

    Despite what Hubpages may wish to think, we are NOT your employees, and some of us want nothing to do with your "corporate strategy".

    If you no longer wish this to be an open platform, please have the decency to say so openly, so we can decide on the best options for our articles.

  9. Sally's Trove profile image78
    Sally's Troveposted 11 years ago

    While we're on this topic about slide show views...

    A while back I suggested that the photo capsule title be included with the slide show view, so that the capsule title and photo caption together could tell a summarized story of the whole hub just from the slide show view.

    That WAS implemented, for a short time.

    Then, when this current non-optional slide show view was implemented, the photo capsule title disappeared from the slide show view.

    Can you put it back, and if not, why not?

  10. MickiS profile image75
    MickiSposted 11 years ago

    janderson99, this is turning out to be your lucky day. Also at lunch time today, we modified the implementation of the Slideshow, so that the 'Show All x Photos' link only appears when a user's mouse hovers over a photo.

    This way, per your suggestion, they can see the first image without obstruction.

    1. Michael Willis profile image66
      Michael Willisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Micki and those behind the scenes on this modification!!! This looks so much better.Great Job!

    2. janderson99 profile image53
      janderson99posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks! This is fabulous!
      Finally the black thingo is gone!
      Thanks so much.

    3. Rosie2010 profile image67
      Rosie2010posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Much better!  Thanks, MickiS.

    4. janderson99 profile image53
      janderson99posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Whoops! The Black Thingo can't count!!!

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