Photo Folio News

I’m happy to announce the beta release of Design X version 16 which brings some next level design tools to our award-winning software. We really wanted to take Design X to the next level and… we achieved it. What you can do with this software, you will find nowhere else! Bold statement, I know, but we are the only software company in the world where specific features are NOT locked into themes. Everything is interchangeable in our Designs.

New Adranos Design

Here’s a link to the overview of new features:

In a nutshell here’s what I think is so awesome:

  1. We created a Staging Area where you can copy your current site and tweak it or redesign it completely then push the changes to the live site anytime you want.
  2. We created the new framework called Max Scroll that allows you to scroll your entire site vertically, then horizontally, then vertically, then horizontally…
  3. We added all these cool new features to go with the max scroll: paginated thumbs, static cursors, overlay galleries, slideshows, reveal menus and a scroll down icon.
  4. All the other features we’ve built over the last 11 years work in harmony with the new features so there’s got to be a million different website designs you can make.

We’ve created 3 awesome new designs to give you a taste of the new features:

Design X Version 16 is in a beta release but has been tested by users for over a month and is available now when you sign up for a demo: 14 Day Free Trial

2 Photographers using PhotoFolio software just won best website awards from PDN Magazine which brings our streak to 9 years and 44 awards. A true testament to the customization available with our software! You won’t find another company in the world with this many design awards using the same software for every single site.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners:

Andrew Hetherington
Dan Saelinger

Check out: Andrew Hetherington

Check out: Dan Saelinger

We are digging this new concept of thumbnail only galleries (no click through to bigger images). With the 2x and custom thumbnail sizes you can create some really unique experiences and of course it’s sooooooo client friendly.

Then we thought… how can we make this awesome-er? Video. Video is how we can make it really unique.

Introducing video thumbs. The video plays inside the thumbnail. No more clicking through. Just keep scrolling and looking and watching.

Video Thumbs

Here’s the support page on the new settings:

Just when I think we’ve done it all with thumbnails our clients keep pushing it further.

Photo Folio Client Colin Price

Our custom sizing and 2x features have inspired a few photographers to make their thumbs GIANT and so we added a couple new settings to accommodate that.

If your thumbnail size exceeds the thumbs we create from your original image we now use the original image instead. Your thumbs will be crisp on all the latest high res screens.

We added a new global setting and menu item override where you can  display thumbs only and turn off the click through to the single images and you can force the use of your original images for all thumbs (not just when they are bigger than the thumbnail we create for you).

Here’s the support page on the new settings:

Check out these clients taking thumbnails to 11:

Photo Folio Client Stomping Ground Photo
Photo Folio Client Simko
Photo Folio Client Trevor Paulhus

It’s been a long summer but it’s time to get stoked on marketing your work again. PhotoFolio clients have been using our new features to revamp their websites for their fall campaigns:

PhotoFolio Client Fredrik Brodén
PhotoFolio Client Dylan Coulter
PhotoFolio Client Matt Hawthorne
PhotoFolio Client Trevor Paulhus
PhotoFolio Client Chris Straley
PhotoFolio Client Simko
PhotoFolio Client Chad Kirkland

Are You Ready?14-day Trial – Get Ready

Our sites are designed to be viewed quick and slow at the same time.

In a hurry to jam through a portfolio? No problem hit the thumbs and start trucking. Want to check out that awesome project in all its glory on your 5k screen? We got you covered.

But what if you have a project that needs some explaining… a bit of text to kick it off. You can drop in a text page or rely on captions but what if the Art Director is in a rush and just wants to see the thumbs? We got it. Introducing Titles and Descriptions for thumbnails:

Any gallery can have a Title and Description to go with the thumbs.

Image Showing New Thumbnail Title

Here’s a support page with more information on the thumbnail Title and Description:

All sites are updated and ready to ROCK these new options.

With the launch of our news/blog page this year some of our clients needed different text page settings throughout the site, so like we currently do with thumbs, images, video, and captions we added overrides for text pages in each menu item (double-click the menu item in the Media Library to reveal the settings). Most of you will never need this but for those of you that do we’re happy to provide it.

If you haven’t tried the news page feature we released in v15 you’ll be stoked to once you see it in action on these sites:

Starboard and Port News Page
Fulvio Bonavia News Page
Waechter Architecture
Brian Cummings News Page
Jaime Kowal Press Page
Steve Babuljak New Work Page
Hannele Lahti Blog Page

Here’s a support page with more information on the news/blog pages:

All sites are updated and ready to ROCK these new options.

Our new overlay menu allows you to become a minimalist or maximalist with the push of a button. And what I love about this new feature is exactly that… a quick settings change and boooooooooooooooom your site has a new menu. No template switches necessary.

Check out these sites to see it in action:

Trevor Paulhus Website

Fab Fernandez Website

Gianfranco Tripodo Website

Evan Kaufman Website

Steven Simko Website

This is how our clients reacted to our new HERO Thumbs:

SO AWESOME!! Great idea! Sick!!

With the push of a button, any thumbnail can now be made twice as big as the others.

Dylan Coulter Example
Elizabeth Weinberg Example
Benjo Arwas Example
More information can be found in our manual:


Congratulations to PhotoFolio client Ted Cavanaugh on your selection to PDN’s 30 Photographers To Watch. Check out his website here: