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From Lightroom to Wix

Exporting images from Lightroom to Wix, or synchronizing a gallery in Lightroom with a gallery in Wix, does that sound like a cool feature to anybody? WP/LR Sync does it perfectly with WordPress already, of course. But I have been looking at Wix, and even though I don’t find it as interesting as WordPress as a platform for photographers, I guessed that some users might be interested in synchronizing Lightroom with Wix. It wouldn’t be like reinventing the wheel to adapt WP/LR Sync to Wix so if you are interested in this, please let me know (in the comments) πŸ™‚

Migration to the Meow Apps Store

First, if you are using WP/LR Sync, this article doesn’t apply to it. For the WP/LR Sync upgrade, please check this: WP/LR Sync and the Meow Apps Store.

To comply with WordPress.org rules, changes in the code and how the plugin was distributed had to be made. If your license starts with the “F-” or “I-” it is not compatible with the new versions of the plugin (and the new licensing system). The plugin now requires being bought through the new Meow Apps Store. This link:

Meow Apps Store

Why? On WordPress.org, only the free plugin can be hosted, so it cannot be Pro anymore (I was forced to make this change, so you might have missed this message displayed in your WP which was part of the update). It is also a big change and investment for me, but WordPress.org is right, this is the way to go. This new store also comes with many features (keys, licenses, renewal, upgrades, cancellations, discounts, etc.).

For my existing users, to ease this upgrade, I made the price of my licenses cheaper or with more URLs. 

  • If you have a Forever license (starting with “F-“)
    If you got this license less than 160 days ago, reply to the welcome e-mail you received from Meow Apps (or use the contact form) with your previous license key and the e-mail you are using in Paypal. I will refund the previous payment. If it is more than 160 days, we are out of luck, but I will give you a 90% discount, and you can get any license your like.
  • If you have a Yearly license (starting with “I-“)
    If you got this license less than 160 days ago, reply to the welcome e-mail you received from Meow Apps (or use the contact form) with your previous license key and the e-mail you are using in Paypal. I will refund the previous payment. If it is more than 160 days, we are out of luck, but I will give you a 50% discount, and you can get any license your like. Also, don’t forget to cancel your current subscription in Paypal (click here if you don’t know how to do this).

If you really want to continue using the previous version of the plugin that works with your old license, you can still get it here: old versions of the plugins.

Thanks a lot for your understanding. It is best for the future, and currently a lot of work for me. My plugins will switch to this new store one by one.

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ So, big thanks for your kindness and for loving this plugin.

WP/LR Sync better than ever

First, happy new year to you all! πŸ™‚

My best plugin became by far WP/LR Sync, not in a financial way (not at all, unfortunately) but in term of the number of themes and plugins working with it, the enthusiasm of my users, the fact it works perfectly, etc… I myself use it also every day and I am glad I made it this way. The next step is to make sure it works excellently with all the themes out there and the mobile apps are already on their way!

The blog of MeowApps is not very active, to be honest I prefer to spend time on making the plugins better and talk to you directly, but I think it would be also great if we could chat together (and talk about other plugins, it’s not like my plugins are the only interested ones). I opened the pages on my website for comments, and I also have created a little while ago a Facebook group called: WordPress for Photographers. Feel free to join and participate, ask questions.

Also, there was a big update in my Media Cleaner and Media File Renamer plugins recently, so don’t hesitate to try them.

Cheers everyone! πŸ™‚

 

WordPress 4.4 and Retina (High-DPI)

Hello,

Today, is a great day! WordPress 4.4 was released and it now creates by itself the src-set tag, including all your image sizes. That enabled the browser to load the most appropriate size for your browser device πŸ™‚

Now, WordPress still doesn’t generate the Retina (high-dpi) images and WP Retina 2x will do its duty, as it always did. If you have the latest version of WP Retina 2x, it already adds the retina images directly in the src-set created by WordPress.

I recommend you to have a new look at the settings of WP Retina 2x. Thanks to WordPress 4.4, you optimize the retina process and make the whole solution really neat.

In Basics

WP 4.4 Basics

 

Of course, keep the Auto Generate, you need your Retina Images. You also need to keep the Responsive part of WP 4.4 but you have this option to disable if you don’t like it (or have issues with it). I recommend to also disable the new “Medium Large” size that was added by 4.4, it’s not neat, it’s just an alternative size just in case. Since you are using WP Retina 2x, all the sizes are perfect, you don’t need this un-perfect size in the middle.

In Advanced

WP 4.4 Advanced

A new “Responsive Images” method has been added. This method simply adds the retina images in the src-set created by WP 4.4. When all the plugins and theme support WP 4.4 well, this method will be the most optimized one. Until then, keep on using the current recommended method, PictureFill. It does what the “Responsive Images” is doing but also rewrite the HTML for the older IMG tags to include the retina images.

If you have any questions, please ask below. Enjoy those new releases, towards a cleaner, faster WordPress πŸ™‚

I recommend you to use WPEngine or SiteGround. They are both excellent hosting services and work perfectly with all my plugins.