After much anticipation, the release date of P4 has finally been announced – September 27th. As with any product launch, much is expected from this recent upgrade. “Is it different from P3? How much different will it be? Is it compatible with my existing P3 designs? Will P3 still be supported?”
In response to so many questions about the upcoming features, I’ve decided (with ProPhoto’s permission of course) to put together a brief synopsis of some of the features for the upcoming upgrade.
Let’s look over some of the cool new features shall we?
Easy to navigate Dashboard:
The upgrades in P4 is apparent from the WP Dashboard itself. ProPhoto 4 now has it’s own column just underneath the Comments section of the Dashboard.
Completely revamped UI:
Expanding on the P4 Customize area brings you to a new user interface that is far more appealing and easier to use than P3.
New drop down menus:
One of the coolest features being introduced are the new drop down menus. Choosing and moving from one area of the Customize area has never been easier.
Custom fonts are here!
I think one of the biggest request that has come through the forums has been that of custom fonts. Guess what? ProPhoto listened. You can now upload custom fonts! Fonts must be uploaded individually as a zipped Font Squirrel font kit. This is going to be one of the coolest features of P4!
Enhanced Menu Navigation Links:
Remember the plugin “My Link Order”? It’s the plugin that allows you to format and arrange your links? There’s no need for that anymore. To create navigation links is a breeze. To arrange them is even easier. Simply drag them to the position you want them to be in and you’re all set. There are even options for a secondary and vertical menu navigation links!
Grid Layouts are here!
This has been a long awaited feature for the ProPhotoBlog template and now, it’s here! You can now create magazine-styled layouts, client access areas (I’ll create a post that details how to create this), and many more. The text comes in either a rollover style or a text below the image. See a sample here.
Enhanced Mobile version of your blog:
Remember the days when you created a beautiful masthead slideshow only to be shown a static image when you view your site on an iOS device? Gone are those days! Say hello to the newly revamped mobile version of your site that is now compatible with an iPad and iPhone devices. Browsing your site on an iPad reveals your beautiful masthead slide shows just as if you were viewing them on your desktop. It’s truly a cool new feature!
Call to Action links are now built-in!
These call to action links are perfect for those who are trigger shy on HTML coding. Unlike P3, call to action links are now easier to add on your blog. Simply create and upload an image, select which call to action function you want and you’re all set. It couldn’t be any easier than that!
Now you can enable ProPhoto to automatically and silently update itself in the background whenever a new free update is available.
1. “When is the official release”? September 27th is the official release date of P4.
2. “Will my current designs be compatible with P4″? Yes they will transfer over.
- Update from ProPhotoBlogs: You will only be able to import designs from ProPhoto 3. Designs from ProPhoto 2 will not be pulled in at this time, and must be loaded into ProPhoto before migrating to ProPhoto 4. Sorry! Also, ProPhoto 1 does not use the design system, so your customizations in ProPhoto 1 must be re-created.
3. “How much for the upgrade form P3″? An official announcement for the price will be forthcoming.
4. “Can I still buy the designs at the Design Store”? Yes. The designs are still available for purchase.
5. “I was about to buy P3. How much will P4 be”? An official announcement for the price will be forthcoming.
This is just a teaser of what to expect from the new P4 upgrade. There will be an official launch from the ProPhoto team coming soon. If you had purchased ProPhoto recently, no worries. Those who purchased ProPhoto 3 after August 14th will get to upgrade at a reduced rate (TBD). If you were thinking of buying or upgrading to ProPhoto 4, NOW is a great time!