The last week has been pretty busy, as usual, for us here at 500px. Apart from exploring Google+
(yes, we’ve got invites), we’ve got some interesting updates.
First of all, your photos are now safe from copying across the site — in community, portfolio, blog. You can’t drag or save the photo.
As always, we’d like to remind that it’s just a visibility of security, as there is not technology on earth that can save your photos from copying. Not us, not Flickr, SmugMug, PhotoShelter or anyone else. It’s not possible. So, this security measures only makes it a little harder to copy the photo. Currently, it’s on by default for everyone, and we’ll make a switch to turn if off for those who like openness.
We’ve also added a lightbox, available for all photos. Just click on the photo
We like to add features without cluttering the interface with hundreds of buttons and switches. So, some features will be hidden, until you find them. For example, navigation
. Or navigation from the keyboard.
So now, when you browse from Popular
, Editors Choice
, you are treated to the custom navigation, that takes into account where you came from, so you can browse faster. How much faster? You can flip through the photos with “J” (backwards) and “K” (forward) buttons on the keyboard, and also use “F” to fave a photo, and “L” to vote with “Like”.
We've also added new language to the mix — this time, Brazilian Portuguese (Português Brasileiro)
. We'd like to thank all our friends in Brazil and Portugal who helped translate it.
Of course, we also added tons of fixes to EXIF reading, deleting accounts, translation and UI.
What’s coming up next? We hope to further simplify login and sign up, making it less prone to user or system errors, optimize speed to make things even faster, fix search, and add some nice touches to portfolios.