Discussion on Aperture - The First Photography Theme for Ghost

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Liking this theme!! Well done

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Thank you very much!

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love the simplicity and beauty but..

You should be able to press and drag the photos left and right, click on the right or left side to go back and fort..

Missing menu for contac+about and more info.. and it would be super sexy if you could press a picture and come into a new page with a similar slide but maybe with smaller images… if so i would buy it straight away.. it looks good but lacks content for me :(

QBKL

Hello Patrik,

Thanks for your comments and feedback! Right now we had to make due with the simplicity of the Ghost CMS, which also means a tiny lack of features since it’s only in its first stages.

This means we do not YET have much control over content targeting and features like static pages (contact, about, other menu items) aren’t yet there. But the amazing people behind Ghost are already working on these features and extended functionality and as soon as those features are released to the public (expected in the next official release) we will also update the theme to incorporate them.

Until then, we really wanted to show that Ghost doesn’t only have to look like an infinite series of Tumblr-like blog themes. It can take many forms as long as you want and have the vision.

Regards,

Alex / QBKL

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Really like this theme!

The non-native scrolling is kind of annoying, however. Stuttery scrolling and strange, unexpected behaviours. Can you convert this to native scrolling (instead of javascript or whatever is currently being used).

Also wondering—this could make the basis of a really interesting long-reads magazine theme for Ghost. Something like this: http://www.obox-design.com/view_item.cfm/title/the-writer-a-wordpress-theme-for-authors

I’d be very interested if you created something like that!

QBKL

Hi there,

Unfortunately, the native scrolling, besides the fact that it would completely break the design flow, has its limitations in display (size, aspect, overlay). While it would look OK on mobile devices due to the way scroll is handled, on desktop devices it would be a visual nightmare.

We had to go with the best currently available solution, while still inspecting other possibilities.

We’re very fond of Ghost and we’ll be looking into creating more themes, yet Ghost is still an infant and we have to grow alongside it.

Kind regards,

Alex

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I’ve had a single day’s (and only a single blog entry’s) worth of looking at it and seeing what works (from the POV of what I’m trying to do), and I must say I really, really like it a lot.

I do wish I could drop an in-line tag that would stop the text preview (at the bottom of the image, main navigation) where I want (instead of whatever is default) that also indicates <more>. (Example: “I’m writing the first line of my entry [preview tag] and I would like to make it a longer sentence than what I would normally like displayed in preview” would result in “I’m writing the first line of my entry <more>” as the preview text under the main image.)

I also wish the image itself was a live link to the longer, full text of the entry (even my own wife didn’t realize how to navigate to the main text of the blog entry).

One other thing: there’s no RSS option on the “would you like to share this” lineup of icons and options. A plug-and-play Disqus option would be nice too, but now I’m just getting greedy.

These are all minor nit-picks, and I also realize I’m not using the theme as a true photoblog (but rather a blog that uses large, impactful images as the “hook” to get you in and reading the longer entries).

It is a very, very well-designed and good-looking theme, so kudos to you and I am looking forward to future updates as Ghost matures and becomes more content-rich.

QBKL

Hi there,

We’ve already received valuable feedback on Aperture, yours included and we’re looking at improving the user experience these days. We’ll be updating the theme in a few days to implement some changes so be sure to check back when the update is live.

Also got your email message and I’ll personally continue to assist you there as the issue you’re experiencing should not happen and I’ve tried to replicate it using your exact post content on our production version and the theme should only output images and not even a single line of text in the scroller. I’m going to reply to your email and we’ll see what went wrong. Most likely it is something somewhere in the content editor.

Kind regards,

Alex

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Thanks. I’m going to suspend posting entries until it gets worked out (they just look too… um… below average in the meantime).

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Hello! Any update on the display problem I’m experiencing? I haven’t received an email from you and was just curious as to what the status was. Thanks, —M.

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Hi there, I’ve just emailed you about it. Let’s continue the support there.

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I commented in the ghost.org thread but I wanted to point out that the posts do not indicate they may have more images not shown in the blog roll. It’d be great if the titles could include some sort of indicator that say there are more images to be seen if the title is clicked.

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Hello, answered on the Aperture topic on Ghost forums. Have a look.

Regards, Alex

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Version 1.1 has just been released, containing small fixes and usability improvements, mostly targeting mobile devices. Enjoy the download!

Alex / QBKL

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theme looks terrific.

QBKL

Thank you Dennis! Much apreciated!

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Hi there! I love this theme. I’m migrating my website over to Ghost, and this is what is powering the look and feel, perfectly showcasing my photography in a minimalist fashion.

Looking forward to future updates as this theme grows along side Ghost!

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Thank you so much! Enjoy Aperture!

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Hi, I purchased the theme and was wondering is there a specific size the images need to be, I only fit about four images on the main screen, and two of them do not appear at all and one is stacked below the first image, thanks.

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Hello, there is no specific size required for the uploads. Preferably they’d be of a bigger size since it’s a photography portfolio but it’s not mandatory. Can you give us a link to look at?

Regards, Alex

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Hi Alex, sorry for the delay, here is the link. The pictures that I don’t size to be 2”x 2” just show up as long large pictures on the main page, you’ll see them at the end of the 2×2 photos, thanks again.

www.thelibertariansocialist.com

QBKL

Hello,

There’s no issue with how the images are sizing up. Keep in mind that the responsiveness of this theme is based on height, not on width, and in your case, those images are excessively wider than tall, which leads to that appearance.

Regards, Alex

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Nice minimal horizontal theme. Is there any workaround to reduce the size of the images on the homepage without ruining the responsiveness of the website?. The images are huge on big monitor and maybe is preferable to have an option to reduce the size of the pictures so to be more comfortable for the eyes. Like here… http://levantis.tumblr.com/

QBKL

Hello,

As you can see, the theme that you show as an example doesn’t adjust on resolution change, it is not responsive. With some custom coding Aperture might be perhaps tweaked to stop expanding in height from a point on, but that would also affect other elements in the design as the whole theme concept was based on that adjustment.

Regards, Alex

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Thanks Alex for your reply. Today I made some changes and i thing Aperture responsiveness is working properly .. Tell me your opinion http://nicklevantis.com Regards Nick

QBKL

Hi Nick,

What can I say, it looks absolutely gorgeous! Love the cover images on the first page! Also, the music is pretty awesome. “Citizen of pain” reminds me has a very good Depeche Mode/Dave Ghan vibe!

It’s so nice to come across a really good implementation/modification of the theme. Thanks for sharing!

Regards, Alex

mystmyst

Thanks Alex for your kind words . Your Aperture is one of the best implementations of (responsive) horizontal themes. I wish to have soon a more complete Ghost version with categories, tags etc . 5 stars from me ..

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Is it possible to set how many post appears on the pages? The demo contains 5 posts per page but I would like to have 10 or more posts per page. Thanks

QBKL

Hello, yes that is possible in the administration panel of your Ghost installation.

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Hi there, QBKL. I’ve got a couple of questions in regards to Aperture.

1. Will an update for Ghost 0.4.0 be coming out soon to take advantage of the static page implementation? Right now it’s a bit difficult to add links for the static pages without digging through the code.

2. How would I go about making them look/function like the home page? I have a mix of horizontal and vertical images, and would really like to have them scale properly to the screen size with a horizontal slider.

3. On the home page, how would I go about turning the entire image into a link? Currently it’s only the small black rectangle with the title that is clickable.

Thanks for your help!

QBKL

Hello,

1. We’re already working on updating the theme to 0.4.0.

2. The homepage is basically running through a series of posts while a static page is still a single post. Creating a page template with proper scripting for a scrolling gallery would apply that template to all static pages and you might not really need that on every page. The best way would be to adjust the coding and to create a HBS template for each particular page you want to display that way. But that requires a decent deal of coding knowledge. And I would advise against it if you’re not prepared for it.

3. Converting it to full width/height is only a matter of CSS. Locate the link definition in style.css and adjust it to your needs by removing top and left positioning and setting the width and height to 100%.

Regards,

Alex

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I’ll take a look at the CSS and hack away at the HBS in hopes of making it work.

It may be a feature you would want to consider implementing.

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Thank you for the beautiful theme QBKL.

I’m having difficulty adding comments using the universal code for Disqus into post.hbs. Have you had any experience adding comments to the theme? All the best!

QBKL

Hello,

The Discus commenting system conflicts right now due to the way detail pages are loaded via AJAX. Implementing it would result in a generic commenting box for the whole website, not for each post.

We’re still looking into the best way to add it in.

Regards,

Alex

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What do you think the optimum width is for both landscape and portrait images?

QBKL

Hello, There’s not optimum width as the theme resizes images based on height. The best would be not to have extra wide images compared to their height (double or more) as you might have to scroll to see one image in full.

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Having issues with the site taking a long time to load. Having to scroll on a lot of images that are not extra wide. FYI I am www.camerajot.com

QBKL

Hi there,

Since you’re using extremely large images (over 2500 pixels wide) it only makes sense that waiting for them to load and then resize to fit on a page with 5 such images does take a while. It’s only a matter or loading heavy images, nothing else. Play with their dimensions and even export options and you might come to a much better loading time.

Regards, Alex

PS: Very beautiful photos you got there!

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Would love to see an Update for 0.4.0

QBKL

Hello, we are working on integrating the new features properly. Will release an update soon.

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got an ETA?

QBKL

Hello, we’ve been working on this for the past days and we’ll be submitting an item update during this weekend.

Regards, Alex

QBKL

Hello, the update went live last night. Enjoy!

Regards, Alex

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I have been working on trying to create a horizontally scrolling post page, but I’m not having much headway.

Given that this is a photography centric theme, are there any plans to introduce a horizontal post page? It’s a format that functions extremely well for image portfolios. It’s also one of the selling points advertised for the theme. Having the horizontal scrolling remain across the main page and post page would add to the cohesion of the theme.

I will continue trying to make the code do what I want on my own, but having this feature be supported would be huge.

QBKL

Hi Matthias,

The natural flow of a page is downward. People expect to read content, text, from top to bottom. The theme itself is a gallery of images and clicking on each one will take you to a page that adds details about that image. It doesn’t take you to a set of images that that home page photo works as cover for the set.

That’s not something that Ghost supports for now and only in that case, when it will, supporting side-scrolling for image sets could make sense. Otherwise, it’s a disturbance to the paths users expect to follow.

Regards, Alex

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Instead of being insulting, could you do what I asked in one of my older comments and point me in the right direction for adding this functionality myself? Or will I need to continue to “support” your product myself?

QBKL

Hello Matthias,

Insults do not begin with “Hi Matthias”, or end with “Regards”. I do not know where did you get the feeling that anyone had any wish to insult you or talk down to you. I’ve been only pointing you to the reason behind the choices we’ve made with this theme and why we went one way or the other.

Also, I’ve already explained why such a functionality would not find its way officially on our theme since it’s not something that:

1. Ghost has built-in functionality for; 2. It only justifies a person’s needs, not the entire buyers expectations.

What you are asking for as support is private, extensive customization, and based on the rating you gave the item that you already stated in a previous comment that you “love”, I cannot help the feeling that you are trying to hold us at gun point for that customization.

You say you ask for “functionality that makes it a Photography theme”, and by that you mean “horizontal IN-POST scrolling”. How is this vital to a photography centric theme?

“I suggest you study page layout and continuity before saying something as stupid as “the natural flow of a page is downward.”

The above is a quote from your other message. And you say that I have been insulting to you?

I am really sorry that you are having issues with what you wish to accomplish, and issues that are not actually faults of the theme. The theme is sold as-is, there is a viable preview available which clearly shows how the theme functions. All the features advertised work without issues and I have tried to “blindly” respond to your questions and guide you where I could, considering you didn’t even share a link to what you are trying to achieve so that we could help you out as we did with quite a few of our customers. And we do provide customer support as best as we can, despite the fact that customer support is not a prerequisite on Theme Forest items.

Matthias, in this whole conversation I have not once insulted you. Yet, you’ve insulted me, you’ve actually talked down on me about what I should study – which I do, and did every day for the past 15 years since we’re bringing background up – and I’ve been nothing but polite to you.

How is this ever going to get sorted if you threaten us with revenge ratings, insults and so on?

I sincerely do apologize for leaving you with the wrong impression in any previous post that made you think I might have talked down on you but I assure you it’s not the case. And if you’re willing to talk to us with the same respect we have for our customers and for our work we might actually be able to help out. But that also means we need a “hands-on” approach and a clear description on what you’re trying to achieve because, believe me, saying “I need horizontal scroll in posts” doesn’t clarify it properly particularly when we might have doubts about such functionality and its place in the real world.

Nonetheless, kind regards,

Alex

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Hi, Alex,

You’re quite right, I was the only one who was directly insulting. I am sorry. I was frustrated this morning due to some outside reasons that don’t need to be mentioned, and I took it out on you. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t insulted, because I was, but that’s no excuse for me to belittle your design skills.

Yes, I did state that I “love” the product. That when I first purchased it back in November. Since I purchased it, it has received 1 update, despite promises that an update “is coming”. If I was “trying to hold you at gunpoint” for customization, I would have contacted ThemeForest.

“How is this ever going to get sorted if you threaten us with revenge ratings, insults and so on?”

Well, ratings are a form of feedback. There was no threat. There was a bad rating. I have been unsatisfied with the support you have provided in general. We’re now on Ghost 0.4.1 and we haven’t seen a single update for Aperture, baring the initial support update. You can wrap this up in as many niceties as you want, but opening with “Hi” and ending with “regards” does not magically make this good communication.

On the matter of respect, I was respectful from the beginning, up until this morning. I had questions in regards to the functionality of a paid-for product. I was, and remain, willing to do the work myself to add the features I am curious about. You have consistently refused to help, and given empty reasons as to why you won’t help.

• “But that requires a decent deal of coding knowledge. And I would advise against it if you’re not prepared for it.”

• “The natural flow of a page is downward. People expect to read content, text, from top to bottom. The theme itself is a gallery of images and clicking on each one will take you to a page that adds details about that image. It doesn’t take you to a set of images that that home page photo works as cover for the set.”

There’s some quotes from you. Maybe I took them the wrong way. In fact, judging from your last response, I did. But no matter, I felt insulted, and I still do. You don’t know what my coding knowledge is, and dissuading someone who is curious is a terrible thing to do. Would you discourage a child trying to ride a bike? Why discourage someone trying code in some functionality? I wouldn’t have been as insulted if you had taken that statement and ended it with something like “I’m not sure if this will work, but try xyz, and good luck!” Something like that expresses concern for your customers capability, while still pointing them in a direction that will hopefully yield results. If another question follows, then a response that addresses the why you can’t provide the support would do the trick.

Now to respond more directly.

I am trying to make a cohesive layout for my imagery, and in doing so, I am going outside of what Ghost was explicitly created for. I purchased Aperture under the assumption that it was a true horizontal layout. It is not. It has a horizontal landing page, and then vertical post pages. This was problematic, because while the main page scales the images responsively, the post pages do not. This creates uneven and unbalanced pages. While I recognize that using a post page as a makeshift gallery is a specialized use, I do think it would be an extremely useful option for us as the consumers to have. Take a look at photography centric layouts for other platforms, or even at jqery based galleries, a horizontal layout is almost always used or implied.

Now, how is that vital, you ask? Well, 1. It creates a cohesive layout across the board. From looking at your website, it’s clear that you understand the need for a cohesive presentation of ones work. 2. Like I mentioned in a earlier post, I have a mix of horizontal and vertical images. They have different heights. In a vertical scroll, those images all scale to the same width, which causes different heights, which in turn causes some images to not fit on the screen. (http://iammatthias.com/places/)

I wil continue what I’ve been doing, and try to figure this out on my own. While some advice would be appreciated, I really don’t expect it at this point.

Hope you have a nice day, Matthias

QBKL

Hi there,

First of, sorry for your unrelated issues. Things like these happen and we take them out on other people sometimes. Now, let’s leave all these long accusative / apologetic messages out of this section, because I personally think we both came to a better understanding of each other and realized we can reach much better things if we do actually communicate, clearly and concisely.

While I do understand your need in your particular case for a horizontal scroll, I can assure you that for a lot of other people this would not work, because most also add descriptions to those images and the texts would not flow properly, basic browser behavior.

Now that I see what you’re trying to achieve, I think we can come to a decent result, but I must tell you upfront that if we go that way, for the time being – unless Ghost will someday give us a way to create gallery post types and particular templates – all your posts will be built this way, as if image galleries will be expected.

If you’re good to go with it, shoot me an email through the contact form on QBKL’s profile and we’ll start from there. I’ll get back to you tomorrow as it’s already late here.

What do you say?

Alex

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I say, “great!”

Thanks, Alex.

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The Aperture Ghost theme has been updated to version 1.2 which now features support for Ghost 0.4.x including:

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  • Featured posts
  • Added fly-in sidebar navigation to link to your static pages
  • Included script updates to latest builds

Enjoy Aperture!

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Version 1.3 is live and ready for download! Compatible with Ghost’s 0.4.2 new features and improvements including: linked tags, tag archives, update for deprecated functions and other minor improvements.

Enjoy Aperture!

Alex / QBKL

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how do i get the menu in my design? and can i change the title go back to photos?

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Hello,

We’ve noticed there’s a bug due to the FontAwesome version contained in the package. The bug has been fixed and we’ve submitted the new package (version 1.3.1) to ThemeForest for approval. Should be approved in a couple of days maximum and you should get a notification email when the update is live.

To update from 1.3 to 1.3.1 you only need to replace your “assets/font-awesome” folder entirely with the “assets/font-awesome” folder contained in the download package.

Regards and thank you for your understanding,

Alex / QBKL


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