Recent Visual Pursuits Changes
You can now specify different transitions to use for a Gallery when you transition
from one image to the next.
Image Competition Manager 3
A new version of the Image Competition Manager is available with many new features,
improved reliability, and improved performance. You are required to switch from ICM 2 to ICM 3
by February 1, 2015. We are expecting to turn off the ability to use ICM 2 on that date.
There are numerous new videos on the use of ICM 3 that can be viewed via the Help
menu on your website of via the Help tab on ICM 3.
There are some important differences between ICM 2 and ICM 3.
- ICM 3 requires that all users and competitions are configured using your Visual Pursuits website.
- You cannot create or alter user accounts, competition types, competition groups, or competitions with ICM 3.
These items must be configured on your website.
- The full range of limits and values in Award Sets are used by ICM 3, so we recommend watching
the video on Award Sets.
- Limits on scores are enforced, so review the limits you set on your Manage Competition Types page.
- ICM 3 will not run on Windows XP. All later versions of Windows are supported.
ICM 3 can coexist with ICM 2, so you can use both programs until you are familiar with the new
version. You must not make changes with both programs at the same time, however. Synchronize each
program with the website before switching to the other program. You can also delete the ICM 3 database
on your computer to start over. ICM 2 and ICM 3 must use different folder locations.
You start the install and setup process from the page http://www.visualpursuits.com/ICM/download3.shtml.
Please watch the video on installing and setting up for the first time.
All subscription levels have been enhanced by increasing the storage usage
allowed for each subscription by 20%. Most organization can store full HD images
for several years of competitions without exceeding their storage limit.
Embedded Galleries on Custom Pages
Premium Subscribers can create custom pages and menus. This new feature allows
you to embed a gallery on the page, just like the one you are used to on
your home page.
You could always use a link to a gallery, which is how you would display a full
page gallery. This new option allows a small gallery to display on the page.
Just like the home page gallery, a user can click on the images to display
To display a gallery you need to place a variable in the location on your page
where the gallery should appear. It takes the format %Gallery-[GalleryId]%, where
the GalleryId comes from the link should on the Manage Galleries page.
For example, %Gallery-6281952c-3bb3-44c8-aca1-4ee4a77d4d90% would be placed on your page.
A number of new options are now available on the My Galleries page. Use the
"Edit Options" button for a gallery to change these options. One useful option
is to place the gallery on the left or right side of your custom page, allowing
text to flow around the gallery.
Limits by Competition Group
You can now specify a limit on the number of images a member can submit
over multiple competitions within a Competition Group. This only applies
to competitions immediately below the group and not to subgroups.
The ICM 2 program does not enforce this limit, but it is enforced when
submitting image via the website and with the ICM 3 program.
The "My Galleries" and "Manage Galleries" pages have been updated to allow
categories to be assigned to galleries.
You can now specify a link to a webpage or document that should be associated with a gallery.
This could be used to provide details on what the gallery represents or information
on how the images were created.
Content Managers can now manage galleries. Previously only website Administrators could
manage galleries. Administrators have the implied role of Content Manager.
Categories for News Articles
The "News and Information" page has been updated to allow categories to be assigned
to articles. While this page is used for both displaying a list of articles
for the public and members, it also allows editing of articles if viewed
by a user with the "Events Manager" role.
PayPal Payment Support
Premium subscribers may now use their own PayPal accounts to collect payments
from their website users. Use the new menu "Administration", "Manage PayPal Buttons"
to save button definitions you created with your PayPal account. Instructions are
on the webpage for inserting your button definition into a webpage.
Image Library Upgraded
Improvements were made to the Image Library pages to improve performance and to allow
multiple changes and deletes at once time.
Home Page Gallery Upgraded
The gallery display for the home page was upgraded to provide more functionality, matching
the features in other galleries on the website.
An option was added to the competition definition page to hide title from judges.
This is only effective for Website Judging.
Premium subscribers can how specify links for menu items as well as page content.
Links can be useful if you want a menu item to immediately download a document
or link to a different website.
The default view for the organization calendar has changed to "Agenda".
You can still display the old calendar form my clicking "Month" at the top of the
page. New buttons let you export the calendar to Outlook, Google, or other calendars.
The old event list has been eliminated since the Agenda view duplicates that usage.
Galleries and Competition Results
Significant enhancements were made to the display of Galleries and
competition results. The new slide show displays thumbnails and has a
full screen mode.
You can now place your resource links into categories.
Resource Links are managed by the website menu "Administration",
"Manage Resource Links".
Now Visual Pursuits
We have changed our name from Photo CLub Services to Visual Pursuits.
You may see both names displayed until our conversion is complete.
The service continues to be developed and supported by Software Pursuits.
This is only a name change.
Submissions in Closed Competitions
The "Submit Images to a Competition" page will now let you select closed
competitions. This allows you to view the images you may have submitted to that
competition and allows you to print labels to attach to prints, even though
the competition deadline has passed.
Website Image Import into Competitions
A Competition Manager can now import images for any user directly into a competition.
While this is not advised in most circumstances, this feature could be useful if
you are reconstructing historical competitions.
To use this feature, use one of the "Manage COmpetitions" pages to locate your
competition. Use the "Images" button to display all the images in the competition.
At the bottom of the page you will find a button labeled
"Upload or Catalog Images into Competition".
New Themes Available
You may now chose to use several new themes to change to appearance of your
website. New themes include: Glow, Silk, Simple, and Black Metro Touch.
Export from Competition Groups
Competition Managers may now export competition data from Competition Groups by using the "Images"
button on any group. This displays a list of the images in the competitions. If
you use the "Export to Excel" button additional columns are added to create a
spreadsheet with all of the competition data.
Judging Score Audit
Competition Managers may also use the "Images" button for a Competition or
Competition Group to review the scoring used by judges using the Website Judging
feature. A new column is displayed should the individual scores and rankings.
You may now customize certain e-mail messages that are automatically sent to
members in certain situations, such as registering for an event.
You customize these e-mail messages using the website menu "Administration",
"Manage Web Content".
Custom Menus and Web Pages
Organizations with Premium Subscriptions can new override any of the normal website menus
and may also provide their own custom web pages. Use the menu "Administration", "Manage Menus"
to add content pages or to change the menu text for system pages.
You do not need to know or use HTML coding to use custom pages, but HTML can be
utilized for maximum flexibility. The same standard editor used in other parts of the
website can be used to create your custom pages.
Information on Premium Subscriptions can be found by using the Help menu on your website.
If you access your website using a smart phone or tablet you may use a new button
that appears at the top of each page to switch you into "touch mode".
This will change the "theme" used to one with larger fonts, which should help
with touch displays.
By default, when you send an e-mail to other members or to a group, the recipients cannot
use "reply all" to the message because the recipients are in a "blind copy" list instead
being listed in the "To" section. This is to protect privacy and an attempt to keep e-mail
addresses private. Small clubs, however, may choose to allow all members to see the e-mail
addresses of other members. This enables the ability to use "Reply All" to messages.
Labels by Group
Competition Managers can now print labels for prints by competition and competition group.
This is done with the new "Labels" button on the Manage Competitions pages.