TTG CE2 Publisher released + Highslide update
We've been drumming it up for a while now, and I am today extremely pleased to announce the immediate availability of TTG CE2 Publisher, our new plugin for Lightroom's Publish Services.
TTG CE2 Publisher is a plugin for Lightroom's Publish Services which allows you to easily manage photos and albums on your server when using supported TTG image galleries, without having to output images through the Web module.
Previously, to create a new gallery you would have needed to use the Web module to design and export your gallery, then an FTP client to upload the gallery to your server to be viewed online; you would repeat this process for each gallery to appear on your site. A change to published gallery or galleries – a design change, or the addition of images to or removal of images from the collection – required that you recreate the gallery or galleries in full and upload everything again. In short, making changes to published galleries was a time-consuming chore.
TTG CE2 Publisher utilizes Lightroom's Publish Services to change the game. Templates may be created from the Web module, then re-used as needed via the publisher to create any number of galleries; changes made to that one template are immediately pushed to all related galleries. You can publish new images individually or in groups to existing galleries directly from the Library module, or you can remove or reorder images in an existing gallery, all without having to revisit the Web module.
All the creative power of TTG, now with greater ease of publishing and managing your images online. TTG CE2 Publisher begins a new era of Lightroom-to-Web publishing.
The plugin is fully documented in our wiki, but the gist of how it works is this:
- You use the Web module and a supported TTG image gallery to create a gallery template.
- You upload this template to your website.
- You use TTG CE2 Publisher to create any number of images galleries based on this single template.
- Your galleries appear online in your gallery index, either on the TTG CE2 Pages Galleries page or in the TTG CE2 Auto Index location of your choosing.
- You may add images to your galleries or remove images from your galleries at any time, and may update all of your galleries just by making changes to the base template.
TTG CE2 Publisher is a 1.0 release. It's fully functional and thoroughly tested, but not feature complete and we are most definitely looking for feedback from users so that we can craft stronger updates.
Our intent is to eventually support all TTG image galleries, but for the 1.0 release, the publisher is only compatible with TTG CE2 Highslide Gallery 4.2.0, released today. I'm going to say that again, in big letters:
Compatible with TTG CE2 Highslide Gallery 4.2.0
Additionally, the publisher does not yet support image metadata. Therefore, you cannot use metadata info plates, image headings or captions, or other metadata-dependent gallery features. We'll be aiming to get this into a benchmark 1.1 release. There will probably be smaller 1.0.x updates before that happens, though.
That said, I think it's otherwise in pretty strong shape, and I think you're going to like it. Ben has been the lead on this project, and his developer's intuition has really taken the publisher beyond what I had originally conceived it could be when we started talking about the project. Our testers have also been a huge help in bringing us to this release, so many thanks to Rod Barbee, Niall Horley, Ben Verwey and Kris Hunt. And to everyone for your patience and interest in this project as we've slowly pealed back the onion; we are ever thankful for the support and enthusiasm of our users and forum members.
We wish we could have gotten this to you sooner, but we wanted to make sure it was done right. We think it has been, and I personally feel this is the most significant thing we've added to The Turning Gate since first introducing the mobile gallery more than two -- maybe three -- years ago. It's not just another plugin added to our stable, but a significant addition to the toolbox that stands to revolutionize and rejuvenate your entire Lightroom-to-Website workflow. It's a game-changer.
TTG CE2 Publisher is available at an introductory price of $30. Get it in the shop.
And you will most definitely want to read the documentation for setup and usage information.
We will be accepting feedback and answering questions in the TTG CE2 Publisher section of the forum.
Highslide upgrades are happening as usual. You should receive an email with hyperlink to your order, or you may access your order from the "Find Your Order" section of the site sidebar.