Friday, July 31, 2009

Showit v2.0 Webinar in Espanol!

You read that right! Thanks to our good friend Rodolfo (Rudy) Arpia and all the photographers at Foro de Fotografia there will be a Showit v2.0 webinar in Spanish this Tuesday. This webinar will be hosted and moderated by Foro de Fotografia.

Espanol Showit v2.0 Overview
Date: Tuesday - August 4, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm PDT

Register by clicking on the button below.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Webinar Playback - New Gallery Features

Yesterday we had a great webinar on how the new Gallery Widgets really enhance the ability to customize your site. The new galleries offer much more flexibility in displaying your images with much less work. Here are a few highlights of the new galleries features.
  • You can now have your page background within a Style Group feed from a gallery. This means if you want your background to transition while playing a slideshow you can do this with a single page, versus a bunch of pages.
  • Display multiple galleries on the same page pulling from the same or different series of images. This is a nice feature to replace the traditional gallery launch page, allowing you to replace the static images with galleries.
  • Seamlessly transition from gallery to gallery without the display area requiring a reload on your page. This creates a clean transition from gallery to gallery when viewing your website.
So make sure to check out the webinar and if you have more questions jump into Club Showit to join the Showit community.

View the Recorded Webinar

Also, keep an eye out for a Showit update that adds more features to the galleries widget coming soon. That update will include some cool features on embedding controls for the galleries. As always, software updates are free and will be included as soon as you confirm installing the new version.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Webinar Playback - Building a Client Site

We had a great webinar last Friday with over 50 people on how a photographer can build a client website from scratch! Thanks to everyone that joined in because we had some really great questions and interactions.

I realized after the webinar it probably was a misleading title as some of you had never used Showit. If you joined us and are new to Showit I'm sure you felt a little overwhelmed with how fast topics got covered, so I apologize for that. We do have some great Showit Tutorials you can watch that will guide you through how to setup your site.
For those that did not make the webinar you can watch it (and all of the webinars) via the Tutorials page.
View the Recorded Webinar

There were some requests to see the final published site created during the webinar so we've left that up to check out at

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Showit 2.0 Widgets Webinar Playback

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Showit widgets webinar yesterday. We've uploaded the video to the Showit Tutorials for your viewing pleasure. If you have any questions on how to use the widgets this is a great new reference.

View the Recorded Webinar

We've added a cool new feature to the recorded webinars by including some markers for you to quickly reference specific material for play back. Note the arrows with text at the bottom of this screen shot.
Also, remember that we have another webinar tomorrow hosted by DJ on building a website from scratch. You can register here. We encourage everyone to join. Our example will be how a wedding photographer can quickly build a basic site for a bride and groom. This can be a great added service that you can include as part of unique offering to your customers. But we will be covering all the basics of starting a website from scratch, so if are not a photographer and you want to build a site but haven't started hopefully this will be a great opportunity get you started!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Register for Our Upcoming Showit Webinars!

We've had a chance to look through all the questions from the Showit v2.0 webinar last week. We really had such great participation and feedback! We're super thankful to have the best users who are passionate about Showit and want to be involved in making it better.

We have scheduled a few topic specific tutorials that we hope you will register for and find helpful. The schedule is below with a registration link. Unfortunately we won't be doing any tutorials on where you can get an ushanka...that one you'll have to figure out on your own.

Showit 2.0 Widgets Overview
Date: Wednesday - July 22, 2009
Time: 2:30 to 3:00 pm PDT
Join us for an overview on how to implement and configure the standard widgets included in Showit 2.0.

Showit 2.0 Building a Website from Scratch
Date: Friday - July 24, 2009
Time: 9:30 to 10:00 am PDT
Join us for an overview on how easy it can be to launch your website from scratch with Showit 2.0. We will cover the basics of getting your site launched with a custom look.
Click Here To Register

Showit 2.0 New Gallery Features
Date: Tuesday - July 28, 2009
Time: 9:30 to 10:00 am PDT
Join us for an overview on using and configuring the new gallery features in Showit 2.0 to maximize loading time and viewing options.

Showit 2.0 Updated Share Feature
Date: Thursday - July 30, 2009
Time: 9:30 to 10:00 am PDT
It's now easier than ever to share the content from your website with your blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages with Showit Share.

Interview with Dave Cross Online

We were pretty stoked when Dave Cross from dave cross online did a blog post about Showit, and then even more stoked when he asked to interview DJ on his blog. For those of you that don't know Dave he is the Director of Curriculum for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), so he is a pretty smart guy...and he's a pretty nice guy.

You can check out the interview here.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Showit v2.0 Webinar Available for Playback

Click below to view the webinar that was hosted on Tuesday July 14th, 2009.

Thanks to everyone that made the Showit v2.0 webinar so awesome! It ended up lasting over an hour and had more that 150 people! As an added bonus for you enjoyment you can catch DJ's antics while he got bored during some of the "tech talk".
DJ getting bored while Todd talked tech

And remember you can check out all the Showit Tutorials if you have questions on building your website, or join in the community at Club Showit and ask questions you have.

I was totally overwhelmed (in a good way) with the response after having about 80 questions in the first minute of the webinar. We know that means we need to do more education, but we also realized that means people are using it!

Since we obviously were not able to answer every question we will be having a more webinars next week. I'll post up a schedule later so keep an eye out. We've reviewed all the questions from Tuesday and will be doing some focused 30 minute webinars on specific topics.

I can't end this without a HUGE thanks to everyone who has downloaded Showit. Since releasing Showit Free not even a week ago there have been almost 2000 new signups! We are super grateful to everyone who is using and evangelizing Showit! If you consider yourself a Showit Evangelist make sure to join Showit For Life on Facebook as well as get involved in Club Showit!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Welcome to Showit v2.0!

For all of you that have been anxiously awaiting Showit 2.0 the wait is over! Showit 2.0 is available for download here. If you are already a subscriber just login in and you will be upgraded automatically.

First, a big thanks needs to go out to all of you that have been using Showit because without you a version 2.0 would never have been possible. But I also cannot pass out the thanks without thanking the Showit development team (Todd, Aaron, and Brett) for putting in some long hours the last few weeks in being ready to launch Showit v2.0 exactly 1 year after the launch of Showit v1.0. That's right, it's anniversary day!

Showit 2.0 has a ton of new really awesome features but we are most excited to announce that Showit is now FREE! If you are currently a subscriber you now have Showit Pro, which is still $39 per month. The new FREE version is pretty awesome too!
  • FREEDOM to create a complete website and publish 5 pages...for FREE
  • FREELY Share your creation on Facebook, blogs, and Twitter
  • FREE access to music, graphics, and videos to use on your Showit website
  • FREE hosting of 30MB of data
  • FREE vanity URL with your name
  • FREE access to Club Showit
  • FREEDOM to be in CONTROL of your website
Another really cool feature in v2.0 is Club Showit. You can now discuss features you would like to see, ask how to questions, share your new website with the rest of the Showit community, and much more. So login and join the conversation!

Stay tuned for additional announcements and features highlights in the coming days and be sure to sign up for our free live webinar next week.

Showit v2.0 Feature Highlights

We are really excited about all the new features in Showit v2.0. You really should just go download it now! If you still need convincing here is a quick look at some of the awesome new features in Showit v2.0.
  • 100% FREE version...we are not joking. You get a fully customizable website for FREE!

  • Club Showit!
    After feedback from all of you we created a place to bring together the community of Showit users to interact with each other inside the app! We hope you will share ideas, questions, and get feedback on your website. You can also view Club Showit directly via the web, but we felt putting it inside the app made it that much easier to use.

  • Updated Galleries Widget
    The process of building galleries is now much easier. We've also changed how the galleries load so each image loads faster for your viewers.

  • Updated Share Feature
    We've redesigned a bunch of the areas in the app with you in mind! A big one is the Share feature allowing you to embed content from your Showit website to your blog, Facebook profile, SmugMug page, or all of the above. It's now easier than ever to link your web presence together!

  • Redesign of the App for Easier Use
    One of the first things you'll notice after logging in is how many things we've changed (for the better of course). Make sure to check out how the media library is much easier to use and interact with, speeding up the process of your website creation.

  • New and Improved Style Groups
    We've added some really great new style groups thanks to Myntd, Spilled Milk Designs, and Moka Designs. We've also redesigned some of the existing Style Groups with the new galleries widget.

  • Limited iPhone Support
    Yup, you read that right. Flash is not supported on the iPhone but we did figure out how to make your site render better on the iPhone by including a screen shot of your layout at the top of the html page and then you can click the links below to go from page to page.

  • Advertising Opportunities
    We love to introduce our users to cool stuff. If you have a product that you'd like to reach the Showit Community you can now do that by partnering with us. Email Kevin (at) for more info.
Login to Club Showit and let us know what you love about Showit 2.0!

Showit 2.0 Webinar Tuesday July 14th

Showit 2.0 New Features Overview

Join members of the Showit team for a 30 minute v2.0 features overview session followed by a question and answer time! We will try and answer all of your questions in the meeting but if we don't get a chance submit it in Club Showit and we can continue the conversation there.

Welcome to Showit V2.0


Today we are doing a "soft" launch and not doing a blast but I wanted to put this post up to invite you to go in and check out some of the new features.

We'll explain more of them later...but for now just have some fun!