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#1 Re: Backlight Support » Newbie - Need LR to create One Website with Sub-Galleries » 2019-08-14 09:49:43

Thanks, JezUK. Both for your compliment that our galleries look a lot nicer, and for your patronage. I hope you will come back at some point in the future to give Backlight a go.

#2 Re: Backlight 2 Support » masonry on Ipad landscape » 2019-08-14 09:46:07

the iPad is a 2x display, so has a 2048px resolution, but behaves as 1024px. This is true for all Apple devices with Retina display.

#3 Re: Backlight 2 Support » Backlight settings transcript » 2019-08-12 04:54:19

Exported templates are saved as semi-readable TXT files. This may or may not be of value to you. By semi-readable, I mean that the output is unformatted, and that the settings are given their coded names, rather than their human readable names.

You could probably auto-format them using editor features or clever Find & Replace techniques, though.

#4 Re: Backlight 2 Support » What should I do to respect Latin characters? » 2019-08-12 04:50:40

"Special" characters should not be permitted in URLs, period. If they are happening when creating albums in Backlight, then that's probably something we'll need to address in an update.

In the meantime, please do not use such characters in your slugs.

#5 Re: Backlight 2 Support » Problems after Wp-Theme update » 2019-08-12 04:48:33

I would expect the cart warning to be a separate issue, and probably one for Ben to weigh in on. Perhaps deserving of a separate thread. When you receive the warning, though, does anything show in the browser's console, or are there any red entries in the Network tab of the debugging tools?

#6 Re: Backlight 2 Support » Problems after Wp-Theme update » 2019-08-11 10:20:57

Initial research seems to indicate that this problem only exists for images with captions, and that posting an image WITHOUT caption gives us the regular, desired behavior.

If anyone else can confirm this observation, would be helpful.

#7 Re: Backlight 2 Support » Problems after Wp-Theme update » 2019-08-11 09:45:53

Also, apologies for the delay getting to this. I've been driving cross-country and have been largely offline the last two weeks. Back home now, and catching up on things.

#8 Re: Backlight 2 Support » Problems after Wp-Theme update » 2019-08-11 09:44:50

Based on what I am seeing, an interim fix until we figure this out may be to include custom CSS in your theme, to the effect:

figcaption img { display: none; }

#9 Re: Backlight 2 Support » Problems after Wp-Theme update » 2019-08-11 09:42:52

Looks like a second IMG tag is being rendered inside of the FIGCAPTION element, which is weird.

Structurally, output should look like:


Instead, you're getting:


Can you do a couple of things for me, please?

1. Tell me the steps you're taking to embed the image, whether clicking the Add Media button and whatever after that, or taking some other steps. Please be detailed.

2. Provide me with the resulting code that appears in your editor.

3. Are you using the Guttenberg or Classic editor in Wordpress?

4. Is there anything unusual in the Caption, or other associated metadata or text for the image in Wordpress?

#10 Re: Backlight 2 Support » More Options for Panorama? » 2019-08-11 09:10:50

Rod's suggestion above, for using the Album Set as a thumbnail grid for panos, is the correct approach. This is in line with how all of the other presentation methods work, and plays nice with Lightroom's Publish Services.

It might work to create a separate presentation type for a grid-based gallery, but I'm not sure it would be worthwhile, and I would need to accommodate for galleries of mixed pano and non-pano images.

#11 Backlight 2 Support » More Options for Panorama? » 2019-07-21 09:39:31

Replies: 8

I'm thinking to add a small number of customization options for captions in the Theater's new panorama presentation.

Any other requests?

#12 Re: Backlight 2 Support » WP Theme and CRG on Backlight 2 » 2019-07-21 09:37:50

The designer in Backlight 2 is easier to use and more flexible than in CE4, so I would hope you'd be able to create a reasonable approximation of your theme using Backlight's Designer, hopefully with better ease than you did with CE4.

"Hopefully" being the operative word, though.

#13 Re: Backlight 2 Support » New Panorama function on Theater » 2019-07-21 09:32:23

Matt also screwed up and left the pink testing background on the captions. Sorry about that. Will have fixed for next patch or update.

#14 Re: Backlight 2 Support » Backlight 2 not able to access image more tha 2 metadata fields. » 2019-07-07 10:51:43

Is there a link where I can see that Descriptive album set? That's not representative of what I've been seeing in my development environment.

#15 Re: Backlight 2 Support » Backlight 2 not able to access image more tha 2 metadata fields. » 2019-07-06 08:11:38

dsegar wrote:

... there is a setting for Bokeh SVG on or off but a search for Bokeh in either the documentation or forums for Bokeh returns nothing - not an issue for me but Backlight is supposed to be intuitive and many do not know what this is ...

"Bokeh" is a standard photography term, and this particular thing is fairly easy to sort out by turning it on and then off again.

dsegar wrote:

What is a BADLY needed is simple listing of all settings with a short explanation of what exactly they apply to - think the list of settings at the end of all camera manuals.

Straight up, never going to happen. It's largely unnecessary, would not be kept up-to-date with changes, and would bloat documentation to the point of uselessness. The more documentation there is, the more difficult it becomes to find the thing one actually wants to find.

Where we feel the intent of options is unclear, we put descriptions and helper text in the UI.

Not to dismiss your point that better documentation would be great. It would be. But some things are realistic and would be genuinely useful, and some things are not realistic, and would only serve to clutter the docs. I think a breakdown of sliders falls squarely into the latter category. Realistically, we would not keep such a thing up-to-date; we would set it and forget it, and it would quickly fall behind the actual product.

dsegar wrote:

1. I would like to replace the nav buttons on the single image page with css styled text buttons and have not yet found a way to fully implement this.  Not a deal breaker but annoying.

Use custom CSS. See below.

dsegar wrote:

2. On the album set  pages, there is a quirk that looks bad when a vertical image is the random image selected and displayed from the album.  In CE4 equivalent this was easily and cleanly handled by the text flowing to fill the space left by the downsized image needed due to the height- width properties of the vertical image.  I can live with this but it looks like bad design so any ideas about how this can be addresses would be welcome.

We recently revisited the layout and thumbnail handling of the Descriptive album set layout. Make sure you're running the latest version.

The Descriptive layout in Backlight is fluid and responsive, and so not at all the same as in CE4, which relied on fixed pixel values for sizing. Both ways have inherent pros and cons. Despite visual similarities to CE4, though, they are in fact very different.

dsegar wrote:

3. Here is the absolute deal break or make issue for me.  My site is educational and completely depends on displaying several pieces of metadata information about each of the images shown.  Backlight fails utterly here.  First, there are only two metadata items allowed (other that image name and dimensions) - I need 5 or 6. Second, the metadata are not available in the single image template except in the very poor single line title field.  This tilte line defies styling that can make several pieces of information easily readable under the image.  CE4 suffered from these same issues but I was able to edit the php code in the template to access additional metadata items where my Lightroom stores relevant data items (mostly IPTC text fields).  There is no full textual php "template" in Backlight as there is in CE4. Thus developing php code to add metadata items and make them available for printing in a formatted div (as done in CE4), can apparently only be done by using a phpplugin code section, (which would probably be placed at singe_page_bottom hook location) but I am not a php expert and have not found a way to do this yet.  At this point I need to know if this is possible, and preferably get pointed to the right sample code snippets to base this on.  Otherwise, as I say, this is a deal breaker as I my time needs to be assigned to other things (authoring several textbooks) and there will be no way I can ever move fro CE4 to Backlight.  Any ides on how to approach a phpplugins fix that would allow multiple image metadata text fields to be fetched would be welcome. This boils down to the whether it is possible to fetch multiple metadata fields and make them available for echo or print commands.

Load everything in your caption, with some character between the items. For example:


Then use jQuery to split on the chosen character -- in this example, % -- and reformat the metadata into a list:

function scripts() {
	// Target single-image pages
	if ($this->hasPhoto()) {

echo <<<SCRIPT
		// Split and reformat metadata
		var photoInfo = $('.single_image figcaption').text().split('%')
		var metadataList = $('<ul />')
		$.each(photoInfo, function(i, item) {
			if (item.length > 0) {
				metadataList.append('<li>' + item + '</li>')
		$('.single_image figcaption').html(metadataList)

	return false;
} // END /**/

Add custom CSS to style your changes:

ul.single_icons .single_image_next a,
ul.single_icons .single_image_prev a {
	padding: 0 6px;
	width: auto;

.single_image_next a::after {
	content: "Next";

.single_image_prev a::after {
	content: "Previous";

.single_image figcaption ul {
	padding: 0;

.single_image figcaption ul li {
	list-style-type: none;
	padding: 0;

#16 Re: Backlight 2 Support » Client Gallery - Question re: "Access code" in TTG Publisher » 2019-07-06 07:26:27

Protected galleries require an access code to view and interact with. While Ben would need to chime in on the specifics of expiry, protected sessions do not persist. For example, quitting the browser will kill the session. Take note of the difference between quitting the browser, and merely closing a tab (while keeping the browser application running).

In general, users will need to access the protected gallery and complete their session in a single sitting.

You can "log out" a user by visiting the URL with `?logout`, i.e. ``.

This is technically not logging out, because the user is never truly logged in; this will cancel the access session, returning the gallery to protected status.

Protected galleries are never closed for feedback, as the session is never bound to a persistent user.

#17 Re: Backlight 2 Support » BL Album restoration from Lr backup failed » 2019-07-04 11:11:41

Yes, sorry. That page is very Backlight 1 centric.

I've updated the title, which will hopefully prevent future confusion. And stubbed out a page for a Backlight 2 version, which we'll need to write at some point. I'll need to consult with Ben on best practices for backing up images and such when using the built-in publisher.

#18 Re: Backlight 2 Support » Wp-Theme Multi-Language??? » 2019-07-04 11:06:32

We've looked into it a bit. It's troublesome, as our multi-language implementation is very internal to Backlight. We've tabled it for now, may come back to it at some point for a second attempt, but not sure when or if that will happen.

#19 Re: Backlight 2 Support » Scrolling » 2019-07-04 11:00:22

Good news! I've got this working, and I think we'll have a Theater update with panorama support in the near future.

#20 Re: CE4 Publisher » Meta Properties for :image always defaults to 'photos/' folder » 2019-07-01 02:03:36

Social media stuff should all work correctly in Backlight 2. If you find something amiss, let us know. I was testing it all pretty thoroughly while actively working on those aspects of the code, though, and it's been pretty reliable in my experience since then.

#22 Re: Backlight Support » Bug Found in "add an item to cart" popup » 2019-06-19 13:28:48

Contact me via email if you need me to dig up your discount codes for the upgrade.

#23 Re: Backlight 2 Support » Is it possible to copy BL2 site to iPad for offline viewing? » 2019-06-18 13:59:53

The solution would probably be to create galleries as progressive web apps. It's rather a different way to built, though, than Backlight is built.

#24 Re: Backlight Support » Bug Found in "add an item to cart" popup » 2019-06-18 13:44:55

Our demos are always running the latest version of Backlight. You can check the galleries on your phone.

#25 Re: Backlight Support » Bug Found in "add an item to cart" popup » 2019-06-10 06:02:43

I cannot access galleries on your site, but in my own tests, I'm not having an issue on my iPhone. Make sure you're running the latest version of Backlight 2, and also your web-browser. I'm guessing this is a browser-related issue.

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