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Gridbox 2.5.9 Automatic Image Compression Tool and more

Gridbox 2.5.9 Automatic Image Compression Tool and more

Today we want to present you a new update for the Joomla Website Builder Gridbox. In the Gridbox 2.5.9, we have added the image compression tool which automatically resize and compress pictures on website pages. Also, Gridbox 2.5.9 includes improvements for plugins Slideshow, Carousel and Slideset. Let's take a look more closely on new features and improvements in the Gridbox 2.5.9.


Automatic Image Compression

In Gridbox 2.5.3 we have implemented built-in performance tools using which you can combine and minify HTML, CSS and JavaScript files, also you can enable Page and Browser Caching.

However, pictures play a major role in your site speed optimization. Not optimized and large pictures can seriously slow down a page loading. Pictures should be optimized!

Gridbox Photo Editor allows to resize and compress pictures, but optimizing each image manually takes a lot of time.

Gridbox image compression tool it’s an ultimate time saver which compress and resize pictures automatically.

Enabling Image Compression and Resizing

To enable Automatic Image compression and resizing, from the Gridbox editor navigate to the site settings, tab “Performance” and enable image compression.

Enabling Image Compression and Resizing - Joomla Website Builder Gridbox

After enabling the option and visiting the page at frontend all pictures will be resized and compressed automatically.

Compressed pictures will be placed to the folder ".../images/compressed". After disabling image compression, folder "compressed" with all pictures inside will be deleted.

Please note, by default, image quality we set to 60%, it’s the best compromise between image quality and file size.


Slideshow With Thumbnail Navigation

In the Gridbox 2.5.9 in addition to the classic dots, we have added thumbnails navigation for the plugin Slideshow.

Slideshow With Thumbnail Navigation - Joomla Website Builder Gridbox

It looks very attractive and most importantly it is very convenient for viewing a slideshow with lots of pictures.

To enable thumbnail navigation in the plugin slideshow, open slideshow settings and navigate to the navigation, from the drop-down menu select "Thumbnails".

Enabling Thumbnails Navigation in the plugin Slideshow - Joomla Website Builder Gridbox

Additional thumbnails options allow setting the number of thumbnails per slide and height in pixels.

Also, you can set a position for the slideshow navigation - "Outside". This feature is available and for the classic dots navigation.

Outside Thumbnails - Joomla Website Builder Gridbox


Lightbox For Gridbox Slider Plugins

For Gridbox plugins Slideshow, Slideset and Carousel we have added an ability to view original pictures in the lightbox.

Lightbox For Gridbox Slider Plugins - Joomla Website Builder Gridbox

To enable lightbox option for these plugins, open plugin settings, in the tab "General", check-in "lightbox". In the tab "Design", you can set lightbox background color and transparency.


Changelist

v.2.5.9 - 1/11/2018

  • Added: Automatic Image Compression;
  • Added: Thumbnail navigation for the plugin "Slideshow";
  • Added: Lightbox for plugins "Slideshow", "Slideset", "Carousel";
  • Fixed: Responsive column layouts in plugins "Mega Menu" and "Overlay Section";
  • Fixed: Issues with "Move To" in the Gridbox media manager;
  • Fixed: Issues with typography "Inherit" in the plugin "Text".