[wp-hackers] GSOC - just some ideas for students

Patrik Bóna patrik.bona at mrhead.sk
Sat Apr 2 09:14:21 UTC 2011

And one other thing that I've forgot.

Maybe it would be also good idea to have tags for media. Attachment is 
also post (id DB), so there should be no problem. Only what is needed is 
to make UI for it.

With tags user can easily find their files...


On 04/02/2011 10:43 AM, Patrik Bóna wrote:
> Hello Hackers, Hello Students!
> To be honest, I did not read all the GSOC posts from this list because 
> I did not have time. So I don't know if I can propose some ideas or 
> not, but i will try.
> I have some ideas for image managing mainly for UI, but also something 
> for programmers:
> 1) Meta box for images in edit post screen. This is based on 
> experiences of different users. Now when you have attached 20 images 
> to post and you want to include each image to different position in 
> text you need at least 6 clicks for each image: Upload icon, gallery 
> link (attached images), choose image, choose align, choose size, and 
> insert into post. With 20 images this take a lot of time and also you 
> are still opening thickbox window...
> The idea is to make meta box with images thumbnails. You just click on 
> thumbnail, choose size, align, maybe also caption and just drag and 
> drop image to the text. After drop there will be html added to text.
> This will save a lot of time (and nerves) for users who needs to work 
> with more images... As i said this is real world example from my 
> clients. They like WordPress, but they don't like inserting images, 
> because it is complicated.
> This meta box can also include icons for file upload... Currently 
> icons are available only if editor is available for post type. 
> Sometimes I don't need editor for some post types, but i need 
> possibility to add files...
> 2) New image size handling. In present you can set three image sizes 
> in admin panel. But just these three and they are also valid for all 
> post types. But with custom post types it is not good solution. 
> Example from my site: I have regular posts where i need just one image 
> size. I have pictures published by users where i need 3 custom image 
> size. I have galleries again with different sizes.
> I know that i can add image size with add_image_size, but this is not 
> good. Because it is valid for all post sizes. So know i use 
> wp_generate_attachment_metadata filter to generate needed sizes for 
> gallery...
> I have more ideas how to solve this:
> - add another parameter post_type to add_image_size so only images for 
> given post_type will be resized
> - add possibility to specify image sizes with add_post_type_support ? 
> or directly within register_post_type ?
> - add possibility to manage all post type image sizes directly from admin
> These were just me ideas. As i said i don't know if they can be used 
> in GSOC or not, but i think that especially first one will be valuable 
> to users. I know that it can be done by plugin, but it would be nice 
> to have it in core.
> Many thanks
> Patrik
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