SlideDeck 2.1 progress update: first screenshots and info

Alright folks, I promised you progress updates on SlideDeck 2.1, so good news: progress has most definitely been made.

In this installment, I’m excited to share the latest designs! These are of course just preliminary comps of what the new SlideDeck 2.1 admin area will look like. Some things will definitely change as we get into front-end development, but the overall look is just about there. With that said, check out the new look, after the jump.

The Dynamic SlideDeck Editor

SlideDeck 2.1 | Multisource Editor preview

Click to enlarge

“The new interface is visually more refined and clean.” ~ Dan, Design Lead

A thing of beauty, right? So, let’s dissect this a little bit. The first thing you might notice is the row of Content Source “chiclets” in the header area – the fact that there are several of them is your big tip-off to the new multi-source function of SlideDeck 2.1. Instead of being tied to only one content source, you can now easily mashup a bunch of your different content streams in one SlideDeck.

Much like in the current version, you’ll start by picking out your first Content Source and configuring it – the difference now is that you can add another – and another. And another! In this example, you can see we’re imagining how the interface would look with a Flickr/Dribbble/Vimeo mashup.

“We tightened up the UI so the user can create SlideDecks without scrolling in a simple-feeling interface.” ~ Dan, Design Lead

What happens if you’re pulling in, say 10 different sources? Well, that’s what we like to call an ‘edge case’ – it’s not likely that many people will want to do that, but we’re considering solving for it by wrapping the chiclets to two or more rows. Problem, (potentially), solved!

You can also see that the options panel is undergoing a bit of a transformation too – most notably with the incorporation of the Lens picker. Consider how it looks in SlideDeck 2…

SlideDeck 2 | Current Lens picker

…versus how we’re imagining it in 2.1. Workflow-wise, we feel like it makes more sense to have the Lenses associated with all the other configuration options for the SlideDeck. We’re looking to show larger icons for each Lens, so you’ll have a much better sense of how each one looks before actually applying it to your SlideDeck:

SlideDeck 2.1 | Lens picker preview

The new SlideDeck 2.1 Lens picker | Click to enlarge

You’ll also notice that the new options panel has more breathing room around each item, and nicely-crafted little icons to properly designate what each  panel is related to.

SlideDeck 2.1 | Options panel preview

The new options panel | Click to enlarge

The Custom SlideDeck Editor

One area you’ve not seen yet is the Custom SlideDeck Editor. We’re still busy designing this part of the update, but here’s a sneak peek at what we have so far:

SlideDeck 2.1 | Custom slide editor

Custom slide editor | Click to enlarge

Sure, it looks pretty simple, but like most awesome things, there’s actually a lot going on here. Firstly, each tab icon represents one slide in your Custom SlideDeck – each of which can accommodate a variety of content, including images, video, text and your own HTML. We’re also mulling over enabling drag & drop reordering of the slides, and creating a set of icons to represent what kind of content is in each slide (because we love our icons around here…).

Other toupee-raising announcements

Hold on – you’ve seen all the pretty stuff, but there’s still exciting news to share!

We’re truly excited to get this update pushed out – so much so that we’re going to make an early preview release available to all current SlideDeck 2 users, prior to the official launch! This will be the unfinished version of the plugin (the beta, if you will), so it’d be a wise move not to use it on a live site – but for those of you who’ve been anticipating the new features, it’ll be the perfect opportunity to kick the tires a bit.

Be sure to keep an eye on your dt account, as we’ll be posting the early preview release for download there. If you’re not familiar with your dt account, why not get acquainted ahead of time here?

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Coming up next time

We’ll have more designs for you to see, a brand new Content Source and a huge new announcement that’ll let you actually tailor SlideDeck’s functionality to your specific needs!

UPDATE: We just posted the latest set of screenshots and info here – go check ’em out!

In the meantime, we wanna hear your questions – we know you have ‘em.

By | 2012-05-31T14:49:26+00:00 May 24th, 2012|

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  1. Mike July 14, 2012 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Responsiveness can’t come soon enough. That missing feature is a deal-breaker for me!

    • Jason July 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Yep, we’re throwing ourselves at this as we speak! =)

  2. Amanda July 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Can you make it responsive?

    • Jason July 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Hey Amanda

      Yep, that’s next on our list! =)


  3. Kellie May 30, 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply

    I love love that with this release we can create a slide mashup of videos, content and links to other sites!!

    • Jason May 30, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Yep, I was looking at the prototypes just yesterday, and it’s pretty hot to see all this different content coming in automatically. =) We’ve got some web magicians here, that much is for sure.

  4. deepsouth May 29, 2012 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Thanks Jason. “Responsive” seems to be this todal wave that’s washing over everything these days.

  5. deepsouth May 29, 2012 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Can I make a couple of requests? First to have the option of opening slide cointents in a lightbox. I’m specifically thinking here of Flickr pics or videos. Otherwise the view size is limited to whatever size the slider happens to be – and that might be tiny if it’s in the sidebar.
    Second, if this version won’t be responsive can there be an option to turn it off for mobile devices?

    • Jason May 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks, deepsouth – I’ve added both your suggestions to our feature request list, so we’ll see what happens!

  6. deepsouth May 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Will 2.1 be responsive?

    • Jason May 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Richard

      No, we’re not making SlideDeck 2.1 responsive. It’s something we’re definitely looking at for a future update, though.


  7. Clifford P May 26, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Cool stuff. When will it be responsive?

    • Jason May 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      The answer is “not yet, but we’re looking into it!”


  8. Mike Golding May 25, 2012 at 10:03 am - Reply


    Awesome app you have here! I’m wondering if you all will provide some professional features for the more business oriented people like myself. It is very hard to find awesome designed consumer apps that can also be used in a more professional environment these days. When I say professional, more like pro “edge case” user that needs advanced features. Kinda like once loyal Blackberry users that jumped shipped and switch to an IPhone (like myself).
    For example, I think a feature that allows you to secure your slide (make only part of it or in whole) accessible to selected people very useful. Something like you find on Scribd, etc. Secondly, ability to use a thumbnail or another pic as cover picture. A few more option to share your slide (other than Twitter and Facebook).

    Mike Golding

    • Jason May 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Hey Mike

      Thanks very much, and there are some interesting ideas you’ve put forward here! Let me address each of them:

      – In terms of making only certain parts of your SlideDeck viewable, we’re dealing with publicly viewable content being pulled in, so even if we were to implement that kind of “lockdown”, it’d only apply to the SlideDeck – the content would still be viewable at the source.

      – Custom covers is an interesting idea, that we could definitely consider – we’re curious how people have been using covers so far, so if a lot of people like using them, we could consider adding this level of control

      – With regards to other options for sharing your SlideDeck, yep, that’s something we’re keen to do – we feel like the Overlays are a big area we could expand on.


  9. richard May 25, 2012 at 7:46 am - Reply

    great news. looks awesome.
    Are there any plans to add parallax effects through the lens functionality?

    • Jamie May 25, 2012 at 8:07 am

      At this point there are no plans for parallax in lenses.

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