Another ecto version is out in the wild. It has one new feature that has been requested for a while by a variety of users: Movie upload:


What the new feature does, is offer users an option to indicate how the movie is used in the blog entry. There are two options: ecto creates a link to the movie inside your blog entry. This can be a direct link or a javascript that opens a new window with the movie in it. This option uses a thumbnail as the link. A nice feature is that you can tell ecto which frame of the movie to use as a thumbnail. To do this, use the movie controller to go to the desired frame. Then, in the "Movie" pane, click the "Set thumbnail to current frame" checkbox. If it was checked already, uncheck and check again to refresh the thumbnail.

The second option is an embed tag. The movie is then inserted right into your blog entry. This can be useful for small movies, but be careful not to overuse it or embed large movies. Embedding can make page load much slower.

For a list of other changes, consult the History file. One of these changes may be very useful to users with large iPhoto libraries. I have improved image loading in the iPhoto import window, to allow users to switch albums during the process. There's no need to wait for ecto to finish loading the images. I was motivated to do this enhancement after I noticed Jim was trying to import photos from a library that was over 9000 pictures large...

On the Windows front, ecto is coming along nicely. The final version should be rolling out next week. It will also have interapplication cooperation with newsreaders (FeedDemon, in this case). Kudos to Alex and Nick for their hard work!

Posted by Adriaan on May 31, 2004