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« on: December 19, 2007, 06:03 »
Well, now that the stress of the server move (which was surprisingly not so much) is pretty much settled down, we're back on the case of rolling out new features.


- Autosuggest feature in our main top-right search input has been improved.  It is now faster and smarter.  It now does smart matching on what you type literally..    so when you type in the letters 'woma' you will get:

woman   430
young woman   52
sexy woman   12
blond woman   10
mid adult woman   8
womans legs   6
elderly woman   5
upscale woman 4

I am pretty happy with this as even the mother-of-all Autosuggests, Google Suggest http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1&hl=en, which was the first major implementation of this form of search in a web application, still only matches the literal characters you type.    Typing in 'woma' there would not return 'young woman'.

Paul had asked me why 'kid' and 'kids' show up as 2 options, and after examining the logic for this, the conclusion is:   we ask that you, the artists, input only one form (the most relevant) form of each keyword.   If there's three children, then enter 'kids', only one, 'kid'.  The autosuggest input will show all plurals and variations that exist literally in the database, but, when you click on any particular version, the search results page will return a ranked list of related words.   So.. in a nutshell, if you click on 'kids' that doesn't mean your results page will exclude 'kid'.   It should, in most cases, match on any variation of a root word. We are still trying to work out synonym functionality.

- Submissions Page I know some of you still have overdue files there, but hey we are moving forward.  ;D The Submissions Page  (http://www.zymmetrical.com/account/submissions/)has been redone to use a more advanced data grid with filtering and sorting, and (coming tomorrow), a way to upload model releases and use checkboxes to indicate the photos associated with that photo.

It also has a nice little pie chart and some condensed statistics on the bottom for those of you who like to crunch numbers.


« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2007, 12:49 »
May I add that, according to Alexa ranking, we have been ahead of Corbis Snapvillage for more than a month. We are only 2, they have at east 50 people and the fire power of Corbis. We are also gaining fast on others. We must be doing something good !!!

You can see the graph here : http://blog.melchersystem.com/__oneclick_uploads/2007/12/picture-1.png

« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2008, 17:13 »

Would it be possible to sort images in Art Manager in inverse order (newer first)?  It would be much easier when we go edit prices and tags (though I never edit tags...)


« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2008, 11:57 »

Besides the previous suggestion, can you improve the sales report a bit?  I sold two images this weekend (yeah!), but in the report I only get their image IDs.  You could add a thumbnail and/or a link to it.  With a still very small portfolio there, I can check which images are those, but it's a pain.  Imagine if I had a few 100 images - that would be impossible!

It would also be neat to be able to see all sales and earnings (maybe also views) for each image (as in IS or DT).



« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2008, 15:42 »
Hi, yes actually we have a new user interface, that we selfishly started off using in our private editor approval page. :) 

On the to-do list is to get this new datagrid (as it's referred to in programmer talk) moved over as the new front-end for pages like the Art and Sales manager.     The Submissions Manager page already has a prototype example of this new grid - basically it has all the things one needs for sorting and organizing big sets of data easily: sorting by column, filtering, page resizing etc.       

I have been admittedly sidetracked by other major projects - our new Expanded Search (complete, more or less), and our new purchasing system (waiting to tie up a few loose ends, but still a daily distraction).

Hopefully we can get the new UI up and running on those pages in the coming weeks - I agree some areas are downright barbaric, including the Price changing option, it really needs a batch update option.


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