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Spaces Update

Spaces Update

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A few weeks ago, we released an update to Spaces that included what we thought were some improvements to the photos experience within Spaces (described here). Some of the changes we made were a hit, like opening up comments by default so you easily see what people had to say about the photos you posted.

Some of those changes, though, were not so much of a hit. For example, in an attempt to make the photos “pop” visually, we added a border around the photos. Unfortunately, we didn’t take into consideration the diverse themes that Spaces users have adopted. In many themes, the thick white border looks bulky and distracting.

Second, in an attempt to ensure that the photos appeared on your screen without forcing you to scroll around, we shrunk the size of the photos a bit. However, the way we did it ended up resizing the pictures poorly and made some people’s photos appear choppy.

Well, we’re listening. As of today, we’re introducing a couple of fixes to these problems that we hope will restore the beauty of your photo viewing experience. We’ve reduced the border to a tasteful couple of pixels and tied it into your theme, so it should blend nicely. As they well know in art galleries, a tasteful frame can enhance the quality of a photo, but it should never distract from it.

We also increased the size of the display area for photos and made it more closely match the proportions taken by typical cameras, significantly reducing the amount of distortion. Internet Explorer 7 users will see an even greater increase in quality, as we took advantage of the more advanced “bicubic” interpolation it offers (an innovation that we hope all browsers will follow).

In the meantime, we’ve been working hard on a host of additional improvements to the photos experience, but those aren’t quite ready to show off yet. Thanks for staying with us and stay tuned!

- Jordan Schwartz