Premium Lenses are here!13 Comments
We're thrilled to unveil new Premium Lenses with our latest plugin update! Now, all SlideDeck users can pick up additional Lenses from right inside the admin area, for as little as $9 each!
Today, we've released 3 brand new Lenses for our Personal, Professional and Developer users, named Titles, Polarad and Leather. Each has been finely-curated by our design and development teams for specific scenarios that were raised by our users, ranging from showcasing your Instagram images to fitting in seamlessly with clean, minimalist WordPress themes. We'll delve into specific tricks and tips for each new Lens in upcoming posts, but for right now, check out the examples and screenshots below, or simply update your installation, and look for the new icons in the Lenses tab of the SlideDeck editing screen!
If you're a SlideDeck 2 Lite user, you can also get in on the Lenses fun, as we've made the Fashion, Half-Moon and Classic Lenses available to you for purchase inside the admin area too! Hit up our (newly redesigned) Examples page to see them and don't be afraid to hop into our free live demo to create some sliders of your own!
Meet the New Lenses
Inspiration by Fubiz.net
With a clean, minimalist look, Titles goes with everything - just like your favorite jeans. It's best used with large, colorful imagery to provide a stimulating backdrop for each slide, and contrast with the bold title band.
Best used for: Featured post headers, minimalist themes, image & video content sources
Supports: Dynamic Content SlideDecks
Awesome feature you should know about: You can manually control the size of the thumbnails, and scale them up and down!
Images from Trey Ratcliff
Polarad is a supremely flexible Lens that brings back the halcyon days of your favorite instant camera. The nostalgia of aged polaroids, the fun of sharing photos and all of SlideDeck's photo sources, this one has tons of applications all over your site. Show your photos one-by-one, side-by-side in multiple variants, or even stack 'em up!
Best used for: Sidebar/footer/in-post image galleries, image content sources
Supports: Dynamic Content SlideDecks
Awesome feature you should know about: Polarad is the first Lens we've ever created that can show multiple image slides at once!
Images from Pinterest user carrieshan
Leather contains gorgeous textures and a unique top-positioned navigation by default. It's a flexible theme that can fit in with almost any 'crafty' or vintage-style site, and works with images, videos, or even mixed-content sources like RSS feeds.
Best used for: Sidebar/footer/in-post image galleries, vintage-style themes, image & video content sources
Supports: Dynamic Content and Custom Content SlideDecks
Awesome feature you should know about: Leather lets you configure the amount of skeuomorphic touches you show in your slider!
Now, I'm sure you've got questions, so we've taken the liberty of addressing a few of them right here:
I purchased a Lens - now how do I install it?
Easy! Once you’ve downloaded the .ZIP file of your Lens(es), just visit the “Lenses” screen in the plugin admin area, and click on the “Upload Lens” button in the top right. From there, you can upload the .ZIP file to your WordPress installation, and voilá! Your new Lens will be available for selection while you’re creating and editing your SlideDecks.
Do I need to purchase Premium Lenses for each website I use SlideDeck on?
Nope, it’s just a one-time purchase! You can use Premium Lenses with as many websites as you have SlideDeck Licenses for.
Does purchasing a Lens give me access to support and free updates?
No, support and certain free updates are only available to Personal, Professional and Developer tier SlideDeck users. If you need support, you should look into upgrading, though, it’s totally worth it!
Got more questions about Lenses? Check out our full FAQ section.
Remember, to get your hands on these Premium Lenses, simply update your SlideDeck 2 installation, and look for the new Lenses icons!