Zooomr Mark III, It’s Coming

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[I am CEO of Zooomr]

Well, I’m really excited with the progress that is being made on Zooomr. Kristopher Tate has been working 19 hour days coding away like a machine to produce the best version of Zooomr yet. We are getting closer and closer to release every day and hope to have something to delight everyone shortly.

Kristopher released the photo above along with a video today as a sneak peak at the new Zooomr. As cool as having three views for yours and your friend’s photostreams will be (thumbnail view, regular view and blog view) it is nothing compared with the other stuff coming out that Kristopher, I and a few others have been playing with behind the scenes. The best stuff coming out of our next release for Zooomr will be the social sharing stuff. I can’t get into it all right now but it will be like nothing you’ve ever seen from a photo sharing site before. In addition to all the new features Kristopher has also fixed over 250 bugs in our previous version of Zooomr and implemented some great new ways for you to log in and enjoy the site. We are also hoping to redefine the stock photography market (more on this later).

We are almost here. Down to the homestretch. If you have a particular issue today, hang tight. It likely will be fixed in the new version. Thanks to all of the great photographers on Zooomr so far. We couldn’t have done it without you.

If you haven’t signed up for Zooomr yet you can do so here. Keep in mind though that it’s going to be a whole new and better experience very, very shortly.

The future looks bright indeed. The best phtographs in the world have yet to be taken.

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12 Comments

  1. Jeremy says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing the new features! Does Mark III have better support for metadata when uploading from Aperture via JUploader?

  2. Nick says:

    Thomas,

    if I signup now, will I have the possibility to move my account away from OpenID, or should I wait for mark III if I don’t want to use OpenID ?

  3. Duncan says:

    Fantastic! Looking forward to seeing it! well done to all!

    Is there any chance in the future of…

    a) an API of some description (or have I missed it?)
    b) Better location searching on the tag map, search for photo’s near lat/long, zip/postal code etc

    But all the same for for the size of the development team its incredible!

  4. Thomas Hawk says:

    Nick, yes people who sign up with OpenID now will be able to change that to an email/pw combo when we launch Mark III.

    Jeremy, what do you mean by that exactly. Where are you running into problems here?

  5. Thomas (tmv32) says:

    Cannot wait to see what Mark III has in store. I do not have an account yet, but I am planning on signing up after Mark III gets released.

    The only question I have is if there is a reason why Zooomr is so slow to load images. It happens when I at home using Comcast and also at my work when I am on a Lan connection there. So two different ISP connections that are high speed. Just seems weird. Not sure if it is because I am in Chicago and your servers are in California maybe? Just wondering if any one else in my area experiences slow load times for Zooomr. Also does not matter what browser I use. I have tested on a Windows XP machine using IE and Firefox and on a Mac OS 10.4 machine using Safari or Firefox. Just curious? Still love the site!!

    Thanks

    Tom

  6. Thomas Hawk says:

    is if there is a reason why Zooomr is so slow to load images.

    We are presently coloing our stuff here in California. We have recently joined in partnership with Amazon.com to begin having them do our processing and image storage. This should improve speed in Mark III.


    a) an API of some description (or have I missed it?)

    Part of Zooomr Mark III will include the release of our open API.

    Better location searching on the tag map, search for photo’s near lat/long, zip/postal code etc

    You will be able to do this in Mark III but can do this today in Zooomr. Simply type the Zip Code in the Jump box on TagMap. Also if you type any latitude/longitude separating them by commas in the jump box that will take you there as well.

  7. Marvin Chery says:

    So are you guys getting away completely from OpenID?

  8. Thomas Hawk says:

    So are you guys getting away completely from OpenID?

    Not at all. We love OpenID and will continue to support it as a log in choice on the site for those that want it.

    We’ve been one of the few sites out there to use them for 100% of our log ons so far. We really wanted to give them a big push the best we could.

    But we’ve gotten a lot of feedback at the same time that some people don’t want to use it. That they just want an “old skool” simple email/pw logon option.

    So we will support both with Mark III.

  9. Thomas (tmv32) says:

    “”Thomas Hawk said…
    is if there is a reason why Zooomr is so slow to load images.

    We are presently coloing our stuff here in California. We have recently joined in partnership with Amazon.com to begin having them do our processing and image storage. This should improve speed in Mark III.””

    Thanks for that information Thomas. Looking forward to the updates!! 🙂

  10. Steelsun says:

    Some other things I’d like:

    1) Better photo sets/albums. I just can’t figure out how to do them now, it ain’t intuitive. (Flikr’s setup is nice, but I hate the 3 set limit for non-pro (payers))

    2) Ability to stay signed in easily. Seems like everytime I restart the browser I have to relog in, yet this does not happen on most of the other sites I am on.

  11. Elinesca says:

    OpenId is crap. That’s why nobody else is using them fully!

    Just a thought: The Geo tagging as it is now with zip code and latitudes isn’t useful. Most of the time, I have no idea what these are, so tagging is painful!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Zooomr used to be slow before, now with the advent of MkIII it is even slower!!!!
    My connection times out before most menus have loaded.
    The new site is completely unuseable.