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WP/LR Sync 3.0 & Meow Apps Store

Big changes! WP/LR Sync has been perfectly stable for some time, so it was time to add a new feature in it: images ordering (within a collection / gallery). But the biggest change is that there is now a Meow Apps Store with a powerful licensing system. The rest of my plugins will also use it soon (and this is actually a requirement which has been asked to me by the WordPress team). By buying my plugins on the Meow Apps Store, you will be able to unregister websites from a license key, get invoices, manage your downloads, etc. So much more cleaner and less licensing issues.

What are the new licenses ?

There is basically two types. The main one is called simply “WP/LR Sync“. The license options are either Yearly or Lifetime. You will get all the following versions, like what you probably have with Adobe Cloud. The second one is “WP/LR Sync 3“, it is a forever license that doesn’t expire, but it is linked to that version.

Note that the little licenses are much cheaper than before, and now anybody running one website can currently get it for 9$ / year only. Get it quick, it is my recommendation 🙂

What about your current license

Are you using a former Forever?
Your license is linked to WP/LR Sync 2.x or WP/LR Sync 1.x. If you got it less than 120 days ago, just to get a new one (any of them) on https://store.meowapps.com. Then, contact me, with your previous license key (and preferably, the email you are using on Paypal), and I will refund you right away. If it is more than 140 days ago, I will provide you a 50% discount on the WP/LR Sync 3.0 license.

Are you using a Yearly?
If the last payment is more than 140 days ago, I cannot refund you (Paypal policy). So you would need to wait a few months, and get WP/LR Sync from the new store after that (or you can get it right away if you like). If it is less than 140 days ago, get a new one on https://store.meowapps.com. Then, contact me, with your previous license key (and preferably, the email you are using on Paypal), and I will refund you right away. Also don’t forget to cancel that previous subscription in your Paypal. With the new store, you will be able to control it directly from there (only for the new one, of course).

Your current license
Once it is refunded, the previous serial will stop working. Otherwise, it will continue to work, but my goal is of course to shut off the old licensing server.

Affiliation

If you are interested in becoming an affiliate and make some money selling my plugins, that is now possible. Create an account here: Meow Apps Affiliates.

Thank you!

I am working hard on making all this better. Handling thousands of customers, the support, the new features and all the other aspects is difficult but thanks to the support of many of you and your advices, I am able to find the best way to handle it all 🙂 So, big thanks for your kindness and for loving this plugin.

  • Eyal Oren

    Thanks Jordy. Perfectly understandable and a very small price to pay. Keep up the good work!

    One app I would love is a way to use the photo’s GPS on a map. Similar to how I can go into a folder in LR now and pull up the Map to see all of my photos which have GPS data. Any way to bring that functionality to WordPress?

    • Long time no talk Eyal 🙂 Well, that wouldn’t be part of WP/LR Sync, but I have always wanted to create a plugin to do something like that actually. However, now the focus is on the Meow Gallery and Meow Lightbox, along with improving the plugins I made already, I can’t find time to add another project, even though I really want. Let’s see in the future, maybe this year 🙂

  • studioluminous

    so what was forever isn’t forever but now forever is forever? As I understand it now, I have to pay to keep my service going, being a 2.x forever purchaser… I know $9 a year isn’t all that much but it feels a little off to change it up like this. How long do I have before my license is void?

    • The term “Forever” was confusing so I am not using it anymore, I replaced it with the version number. Forever means to buy a specific version of the product and that it always works. In your case, the 2.x will always work, and the WordPress plugin will get the updates, but no the LR one (so you will not get new big features, but the fixes which are mostly on WP side will still be there). That said you can switch to the new license for free if you got it less than 140 days ago, or if it is more I can grant you a 50% discount on the WP/LR Sync 3.

      • studioluminous

        What I was referencing is the $99 forever plan that’s not tied to a version on your new store. That forever version covers all future updates for up to 5 URL’s correct?

  • caitlin

    hello,
    I just tried to purchase the app to sync the plugin on my wordpress site with my LR and it says that there is an error so it can’t be purchased? Please let me know if I am doing something wrong.

    Thanks!

    • Did you try with Paypal? Or the other one? It should work with no issues, I didn’t hear of any issues these last days. Please let me know.

  • Jordy, regarding the sort options, why not allow support for WordPress’ built-in gallery sort options? https://codex.wordpress.org/Gallery_Shortcode#Options

    Right now, if I make any change to a gallery with ~150 images in it, it takes well over 5 minutes for Lightroom to finish the “Updating Published Collections” part, and in the end about half of my images end up unattached.

    I’ve since stopped using this feature (as it’s unusable) and simply add the gallery sort options directly to the code in WordPress.

    • WP/LR Sync doesn’t override the WordPress behavior, if you specify an order in WP, then this is used by your theme or gallery system. WP/LR does nothing to that, it just keeps the order of the photos within the array in the shortcode, which is usually random when done by WP, then this order is used.

      However, the fact it gets unlink and everything is something totally different, it looks more like a problem with the Post Types extension (or another extension), how is it used, or potentially, a bug in it.

      • I seem to be excellent at finding either obscure bugs or incompatibilities that break the plugin…

        I have post types extension set up to add a regular WordPress gallery into a custom post type. It works just fine with no custom order, I just thought I’d try the custom order feature today and it seems to have screwed up something! I had to delete the gallery entirely and sync it from scratch.

        Wish I could provide more info, but I won’t be trying that again…

        • It’s strange that this option could actually crash something, it was well tested and used by many, so not sure. But maybe, by any chance, did you had a look into your PHP Error Logs? Maybe something happened there, and that will give us the explanation.

          • Nothing out of the ordinary there, unfortunately.

            Here’s the local Lightroom Log.

            [code]
            05/01/2017 20:16:16 TRACE URL: https://thecolephotos.com/wp-json/wplr/v1/presync
            05/01/2017 20:16:17 TRACE Presync info follows.
            05/01/2017 20:16:17 TRACE {
            max_execution_time = 180,
            max_size = 52428800,
            post_max_size = 52428800,
            upload_max_filesize = 52428800
            }
            05/01/2017 20:16:17 TRACE URL: https://thecolephotos.com/wp-json/wplr/v1/sync_collection
            05/01/2017 20:16:18 TRACE Last check was 5mn ago.
            05/01/2017 20:16:18 TRACE Photo: C:UsersjoecoAppDataLocalTemp1D427E9C-F723-44D1-8F35-FAE1E5E13432Dancing and bouquet toss FULL-192.jpg
            05/01/2017 20:16:18 TRACE Filesize: 1167315
            05/01/2017 20:16:21 TRACE URL: https://thecolephotos.com/wp-json/wplr/v1/sync
            05/01/2017 20:16:27 TRACE Photo added. URL is https://thecolephotos.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=8472&action=edit.
            05/01/2017 20:16:27 TRACE URL: https://thecolephotos.com/wp-json/wplr/v1/order_collection
            05/01/2017 20:21:27 ERROR Response: ‘wplr.lrplugin/JSON.lua:383: html passed to JSON:decode(): nn503 Service UnavailablennService UnavailablenThe server is temporarily unable to service yournrequest due to maintenance downtime or capacitynproblems. Please try again later.nn’
            05/01/2017 20:21:27 TRACE Check connectivity to Google.com
            05/01/2017 20:21:27 TRACE Check connectivity to https://thecolephotos.com
            05/01/2017 20:21:28 ERROR Got an error from WordPress. Please follow the instructions available on the ‘Debug Connectivity’ page at https://meowapps.com.
            05/01/2017 20:21:28 ERROR Could not ordered collection 29.
            [/code]

            No out of memory errors or php timeouts, so not sure what the issue is. I’m on a vps, so shouldn’t be anything like that, although that’s what it appears to be…

          • We should probably do this in 1-1 support, through my contact form. By the way, I need the PHP Error Logs in that case, no the logs from the LR plugin. Only the PHP Error Logs would get the info we need.

  • Joerg Bruemmer

    hey Jordy. For some reason I cannot purchase the standard license. It always comes up with bad request. But does not show, which data is wrong. Any idea, what is going wron?

    • Hi! Yes, I know it’s happening and it’s terribly annoying. It’s happening to 20% of my clients and I have no idea why. The developers of the system seems to be working on it but I am not sure neither… I am still waiting. Do you mind trying with Paypal instead?

  • Jonathan R

    Jordy, after some months away from adding new content to my web site I today needed to get a gallery up (never good to do things at the last minute) and find that my WP/LR Sync can’t work because, I guess, it’s v2-something. On your site here I cannot find:
    1.how to write you about the change to v3.x — You mention writing you about the transition from a v2 license.
    2.how to register with your store to buy something that will work today
    3.where on this site is the support contact form in which I give you my license to allow me to ask about this?

    Error on the host’s log say (some info changed for security):
    [Wed May 17 13:15:49 2017] [error] [client (ip #)] File does not exist: /home1/jonathan/public_html/xxxxx/wp-json
    [Wed May 17 13:15:19 2017] [error] [client (ip #)] File does not exist: /home1/jonathan/public_html/xxxxx/wp-json

  • I have one question for the WordPress plugins:
    Will the plugin stop working if the licence is not renewed?
    Where can I read the terms of the license?
    I suppose this is still Open Source GPLv2 or compatible as this is required for any WordPress plugin.
    Thanks

    • Yes, it will stop working. GPL is not required by WordPress, but only for plugins hosted on the WordPress repository. The LR plugin is not covered by this. What are you specifically looking for and what is the issue? If you want to use a software, buy it, sponsor the developers. If a software doesn’t work, make sure you have the right to ask for the refund.

      • You are wrong. You must comply with the license GPL2 from WordPress so you must use the same licence or compatible if you create derivative work.
        So yes, you must follow GPL2 or compatible for any plugin that goes into WordPress.
        I think you are not understanding how the GPLv2 on WordPress works. Please read about it.
        I am considering to purchase your plugin, but I won´t promote or purchase any plugin that do not comply with the GPL license from WordPress.

        • By the way, I am referring to the Retina 2X pro plugin, I arrived here from a link on that plugin, related to the store. I do not know how the WP-LR sync works but all plugins on WordPress must follow the GPL2 or compatible.
          I also sent you a private contact form email, in case you want to reply in private.

  • Hi, why did you remove my comment from here? The comments were fair and straight. Can you explain this?
    Censure is not good.
    I have attached the image of the comments you have removed. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7d07eec3f2e5525059ec034ec09198d0245ccdfa6e3cce6bb97739a3b3d3e8a7.jpg

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