Photo-Folder is working on tablets and smartphones without requiring the user to install a native application through an "application store".
When the plugin is launched on a smartphone or a tablet, an empty page with the plugin logo is displayed while waiting for the plugin to load fully.
Photo-Folders support touch and multi-touch on Apple iOS tablets. It supports simple touch on Android.
- You can use touch to select groups, albums and navigate in the pictures.
- One touch on a picture will enlarge it.
- You can then use a pinch-out to display the picture in full browser mode and a pinch-in to get back to the previous mode, until you reach the thumbnails display mode. On Android, pinch-in and pinch-out are replaced by an up or down swipe on the picture. These gestures works also on iOS.
- A left or right swipe enable you to change the picture. It will show the next or previous picture progressively.
- In full screen mode, the navigation menu disappears after a couple seconds (same on a PC/Mac). A long touch on the screen will make it visible again.
- In full screen view, it's possible to zoom on the displayed picture with either a touch up, which will zoom in from the centerof the picture, or with a double touch, which will zoom in from both fingers reference points in the picture. A fast zoom out or touch down will move back to displaying the full picture.
Photo-Folders behaves slightly differently on tablets. The icons of functions related to one album or one group are flushed one line down. The text font is larger than the default one used on PC/Mac.
Likewise, the pictures upload features and its related drag/drop is not available on tablets where... drag&drop is not available.
The full screen automatic slideshow (“play” button) displays the pictures in portrait mode when then screen is used in portrait mode, and in landscape when it's the tablet mode. A simple rotation switch the slideshow from one mode to the other. You then show pictures occupying the whole tablet screen without disgracious black bands.
Photo-Folders is also having a specific behavior adapted to smartphones. The user interface is further simplified to accomodate the small screen real estate.
First, you'd better bookmark the plugin url to access it in full screen mode. Here's how to proceed on an iPhone or an iPad from Safari where you'll have input the URL of your web site and plugin.
With clicking on the current name, the list of the current group's albums is shown and you can sort it and chose another album. You can also change the group with the horizontal and scrollable list showing up at the top of the screen. You can navigate in the album when one picture is displayed with the arrows at the bottom or with your finger. In the album selection dialog, a small button at the top right enables cancelling the current selection.
It's also easy to switch to full screen mode to remove the album name and plugin logo at the top of the screen. On the iPhone, a "swipe out" and on Android, with a swipe up. The inverted gesture enables you to move back to the previous display mode. The display is automatically adapting to portrait/landscape switch. You can also move back and forth between thumbnails and one picture modes.
It's also possible to zoom in a picture displayed full screen, with one finger or two fingers for more precision.
Basic albums and pictures functions are also available: to send an email with a link of the plugin, to dowload an album's pictures, to request a picture deletion or renaming to the administrator, to display the cameras and lenses used for a picture or an album and to launch a slideshow in full screen mode.
Search features are also available. With selecting the "Search" group at the end of the group's list when selecting an album, you can input a named. The list of items will show up below. You can then select the type of item to display: groups, albums, cameras, people name, author, etc. With chosing "album", you get the list of albums containing pictures with name or description containing the searched text (words input in any order). You can select an album and get the related pictures. You can even sort the items by number of pictures and date of last picture taken in the item.
Photo-folders smartphone support also includes widgets embedded in your blog posts. Pictures will display automatically in the available space. Pictures will always be shown with their thumbnail versions to save bandwidth.
Here is the result with an iPhone 6.