ProofPress version 1.0.4, Release Candidate 1

We are happy to announce a new update and our first Release Candidate aka RC1. Here’s a nice definition of RC from Wikipedia:

release candidate (RC) is a beta version with potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. In this stage of product stabilization, all product features have been designed, coded and tested through one or more beta cycles with no known showstopper-class bug. A release is called code complete when the development team agrees that no entirely new source code will be added to this release. There could still be source code changes to fix defects, changes to documentation and data files, and peripheral code for test cases or utilities. Beta testers, if privately selected, will often be credited for using the release candidate as though it were a finished product. Beta testing is conducted in a client’s or customer’s location and to test the software from a user’s perspective.

Here’s a change-log of things that were fixed and tweaked:

  • Fixed PHP classes to make ProofPress compatible with the ProPhoto Blogs theme.
  • Fixed currency issue. Now currency shows correctly both in the back and front-end and PayPal
  • Fixed and tweaked the Watermark functionality.
  • Fixed permalink not showing correctly in the Client Edit section.
  • Fixed Taxable not showing correctly in the Products table
  • Fixed default Product Categories saving multiple times.
  • Fixed the browser title not showing.
  • Fixed country and state to show as saved on Basic Settings
  • Fixed some hardcoded addresses in Order Preview
  • and some other coding stuff to make ProofPress work smoother.

What we are already working on for version 1.0.5

  • Recoding part of the front-end to make it more responsive and more customizable
  • Fixing some elements on the front end that are not changing after customizations
  • Minimize some JavaScript to make ProofPress faster

Here is our future development list once we have released the stable version (in order of priority):

  1. Create a more flexible and complete taxation system for US, so that users are able to add county and city sales taxes accordingly.
  2. Digital Downloads functionality, with an automatic resizing system and creation of downloadable zip archives.
  3. Italian, French and Spanish translations.
  4. Theme API, for third party developers to be able to create their own themes and designs for ProofPress.
  5. Payment Gateways (Amazon.net, Stripe, Mijireh Checkout)
  6. Better invoicing system. We already have one but we want to improve it and make it even more flexible.
  7. Online contract signing with pre-made contract templates (we have great attorneys working for us, so why not use their knowledge).
  8. Lead collection and management. Another step into making ProofPress a complete studio management system.
  9. and much more… so feel free to propose any ideas you have.

After the launch of the final version we will create a feature request board on our site so that you can post your ideas and let other users vote. The more votes a feature gets the sooner it will be developed and included by us.

How do I update ProofPress?

First remember to back-up. Always back-up your WordPress installation before updating any plugin.

Everyone who has ProofPress version 1.0.2 and after will be able to update the plugin automatically from the WordPress admin panel.

To do so go to the “Plugins” navigation and click on the “update now” link in the yellow box.

Update ProofPress

If you are still running an older version of ProofPress that doesn’t yet have the automatic updater (i.e. version 0.9.0-1.0.1) then go to your customer account on our site and download the latest version 1.0.4

If you still don’t see the yellow space and the update notifications go to “Dashboard > Updates” and click on the “Check again” button.


ProofPress @ WPPI2013

As many of you already know, we are exhibiting at the WPPI trade show this year. We might still be young and in fact this is our first time at WPPI and many of our booth visitors today had no idea about our existence, we are so excited about being here in Las Vegas, NV with everyone.

Here are some photo highlights:

ProofPress at WPPI2013

Considering that we flew into Vegas from Milan, Italy through New York, we had to bring a pop-up display, as we could not bring anything larger or heavier into the plane. This turned out quite positive, as it took us less than 30 minutes to prepare and set-up everything and we had most of the weekend off to enjoy the fabulous Las Vegas.

ProofPress at WPPI2013 2

And some more pictures…

ProofPress at WPPI2013 3

ProofPress at WPPI2013 3


It’s just the beginning

The idea of creating a WordPress proofing photo cart was born about 18 months ago, and after a few months of brain storming and interviewing different photographers we had decided to start the project. It took us about 6 months of development to realize that the finances we initially pledged were not enough to continue the project and so had to put it away for a while until we could afford to continue. That being said, we need to thank you all for your interest and for the continuous inquiries and support, which led to us looking for an investor or a business angel to relieve us of the financial burden of the project. So, in August of 2012, Zilman Media, an Irish based IT company took over the project’s pecuniary needs that gave a boost to this start-up.

And today, we are finally announcing our first public beta release. We know that there’s a lot to improve and we are committed to adding as much useful functionality to ProofPress as physically possible. It’s just the beginning.