Capture Minnesota Revamped

Capture Minnesota Revamped

Greetings, Capture Minnesota folks! It's an exciting day for Capture Minnesota. Today, we are happy to announce a completely revamped Capture Minnesota web site! The site has been redesigned from the ground up to maximize beautiful photography of Minnesota in a rich user experience. We've added a bunch of new features. Here are the highlights...

Huge Photos | The best part of Capture Minnesota is the dramatic images photographers submit from across the state. Now, viewing photos on Capture Minnesota is even better because we increased the display size of photos to fill the entire width of the site! Plus, clicking on a photo will isolate it on a dark background so you can focus in and soak up a photo's beauty.

Browsing | We rebuilt Capture Minnesota to emphasize browsing of photos. Now you can easily navigate to the previous and next photos in a collection, like a category, group or user. To make things even easier, you can also use the left and right arrows on your keyboard to navigate. Read more about browsing and collections if you want the full details.

Voting | We noticed folks were finding it harder and hard to vote "nix it" for a photo, so we did away with nixing of photos completely! Now, you browse photos within a collection, like a category, and vote "I dig it" for the ones you like. Navigate to the next photo if don't want to vote. Simple as that! Check out the voting FAQ page if you have any questions. For the power voters, we also built in an auto flow feature complete with tons of shortcuts!

Popularity | Because of the new voting concept, we had to make some tweaks to the way photos are ranked. As with any ranking system, it's important to keep in mind no computer algorithm can accurately determine a photo's quality. That said, we think our new popularity system is a great way to highlight photos receiving a lot of positive attention. Read more about popularity if you want the nitty gritty. Oh, and don't worry: all of the previous "dig it" votes for your photos still count.

Dashboard | Your dashboard has been redesigned to feature all of the content and updates you're interested in a more organized way. Login and navigate to your dashboard to see a beautiful display of photos from the users you follow, activity on your photos, stats for all your photos and updates on discussions you're involved in. Everything from the previous dashboard is included in the new dashboard, but it's much prettier to look at and much more organized!

Photo of the Day | The Photo of the Day page has been completely redesigned to allow for a larger display of photos. The redesign also allows for vertical photos to win the award. Yay! Check out the Photo of the Day page for today!

Challenges | We have a brand new format for challenges! Based on the feedback from many users, we did away with the head-to-head matchup style challenges in favor of a one-up, 1-5 rating system for challenges. Check out the currently-running challenge or learn more about how challenges work.

Much More | These are just a few of the new features you'll find on the revamped Capture Minnesota. Jump in to see the new contests page, navigation, countdown clock, community page, groups, forums, award pages, FAQs, categories, profile views and so on.

We hope you enjoy the all-new Capture Minnesota. We've been hard at work on these new features and even have a few more lined up in the coming months, including a curated gallery feature and a new profile page... to name a couple. Our aim is to make Capture Minnesota the spot for Minnesota photographers, Minnesota photo enthusiasts and Minnesota fans alike! If you haven't visited Capture Minnesota in a while, we encourage you to jump back in and join the community of folks looking for the best of Minnesota in photography!

Chris Fenison

posted by Chris Fenison

published about 3 years ago in Capture Minnesota News