17th August 2003, 10:26 PM
OpenLens back online
Anyone here remember OpenLens (my namesake here )? Well, I decided to give it another go. If you don't remember what OpenLens was, it was a community I setup where people could discuss photo-stuff and create online albums. At the time I started it as an alternative to PhotoAlley, which had just been bought by Ritz Cameras who then closed the albums/critique.
Oh yeah...its was free to use and photos in member albums were hot-link-able (leech-able).
Still is. Still are.
I've made some major improvements over the initial try, both on the end-user side and to the admin control side. The admin side improvements allow me to better control abusive users, which is what brought the original site down. On the end-user side:
- Dedicated Photo Critique /w/ ratings, comments, top lists, etc...
- Improved Gallery with more features (like themeing, eCards, manipulation via 30 filters, etc...)
- Short URLs to your albums
- Better forums (based around Invision 1.2)
- Cleaner look and style
- and more stuff...
Anyway, I've dubbed the new site "PhotoCrafter" and you can reach it at http://photocrafter.net. The older domain (openlens.com) still works, as do a couple of others .
Take a look and let me know what you think. You can email me directly with any comments/suggestions (firstname.lastname@example.org) or just post them in the appropriate forum there.
Thanks to those who took the time to press buttons and test things out for me.
18th August 2003, 12:30 AM
hallo, welcome back, Brian. Why do you drop openlen.com? I think it's a better name, hehe... emotionally attached.
The new interface is neat. Wish yr new site all the best.
18th August 2003, 08:20 AM