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ScapeMode Premium Photography Wordpress Theme

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General

Latest Version 1.1.1
Price From $25

ScapeMode is a theme specially built for photography blogger where you can showcase your photos with style. The theme has 4 blog index styles, 7 animation styles, auto thumbnail generation, 9 additional widgets, 6 google adsense positions, social network ready and more! All can be controlled via the powerful theme options page.

Furthermore, we provide 8 extra Admin Tools for you to manage the theme and Thumbnail Control Tools to control your thumbnails. Also, it can have unlimited colour schemes (it has 2 colour schemes currently). As soon as I make the colour schemes available for download, you can install them easily by copy and paste the files.

PSD for header and buttons (for localisation) are provided.

Compatibility

Compatible with WordPress version 2.9 up to 3.2.1

Discussions

For pre-sale questions, you can contact me via email.
You can discuss about this theme (not theme support) at the blog.

Theme Support

If you have problem while using the theme, free support is available at the ScapeMode Support Forum.

Add Feature / Tweak

If you need some tweaking or want to add features, you can contact me.
*Depending on the matter, you might need to buy me a cup of coffee or 3. Also, due to commitment, I do not guarantee I will take the job.

Last Update : 27 August 2011

Features

Key Features

  • Super Powerful Theme Options Page at Admin Panel (see screenshot)
  • Unlimited Colour Schemes. Easy installation (download the scheme files and paste into theme folder)
  • 8 extra ScapeMode Admin Tools for you to manage and customise the theme (see screenshot)
  • ScapeMode Thumbnail Control Tools allows you to regenerate thumbnails easily (see screenshot)
  • Localisation / Translation-ready using po/mo files
  • 4 blog index styles to be choosen from
  • 3 Fully widgetized sidebar at footer area (all items can be arranged at widgets page)
  • 7 animation styles to be choosen from
  • Post info (we called it HoverInfo) shown when user mouseover the big thumbnail, the hoverinfo template is customisable
  • 9 additional widgets built-in (can be added, arranged & customised at widgets setting page)
  • 6 google adsense positions, can be enabled/disabled, size and type can be customised.
  • 9 main font family/stacks and 7 font sizes available to be choosen, you can add your own fonts easily too.
  • Animated 3 level depth drop-down navigation menu for both pages and categories
  • Elegant & smooth effects powered by jQuery
  • Caching feature built-in to save server load
  • Threaded comments

All Features

  • xHTML valid
  • Fixed-width
  • Uses Wordpress "Set Featured Image" feature to upload photo for your post
  • Super Powerful Theme Options Page at Admin Panel (see screenshot)
  • Unlimited Colour Schemes. Easy installation (download the scheme files and paste into theme folder)
  • 8 extra ScapeMode Admin Tools for you to manage and customise the theme (see screenshot)
  • ScapeMode Thumbnail Control tools allows you to regenerate thumbnails easily (see screenshot)
  • Localisation / Translation-ready using po/mo files
  • 4 blog index styles to be choosen from
  • 3 Fully widgetized sidebar at footer area (all items can be arranged at widgets page)
  • 7 animation styles to be choosen from
  • Post Info (we called it HoverInfo) shown when user mouseover the big thumbnail. the hoverinfo template is customisable
  • 9 additional widgets built-in (can be added, arranged & customised at widgets setting page)
  • The 8 widgets include: flickr photos, about us , latest tweets, youtube videos, sponsored ads, tabbed menu, popular photos, google adsense ads and random photos
  • 6 google adsense positions, can be enabled/disabled, size and type can be customised
  • 9 font family/stacks and 7 font sizes available to be choosen, you can add your own fonts easily too.
  • Animated 3 level depth drop-down navigation menu for both pages and categories
  • Animated lightbox zoom in effect on thumbnails and photos
  • Categorized view allows you to display posts for up to 4 categories at blog index
  • Attach photo to your post using Wordpress built-in Post Thumbnail feature, photos will then be auto cropped to all required sizes. No more work is needed.
  • Allows you to show EXIF data/camera settings for your uploaded photo, if your uploaded photo contains those data
  • Top social bar with 7 items, hidable, arrangable & extendable. The 7 items include twitter, facebook, flickr, linkedin, rss feed, feedburner subscription and feedburner feedcount showoff.
  • Display latest tweets using php curl (if supported) or javascript, with feature such as cache, smart date and exclude reply
  • Built-in caching feature for latest tweets, related post, popular post to save server load
  • Social Bookmarking ready for visitors to share your post, uses Sexy Bookmarks plugin.
  • Related posts, same category posts and random posts available in single post.
  • Single Post Options (individual post settings) allow you to apply settings like hide original photo, hide exif, hide download link or hide social bookmark area in a specific post only.
  • Custom User CSS feature let you make changes to the theme css without altering the original style.css
  • Header PSD available for download
  • Shortcode [originalphotourl] to include the URL to the original photo in your post content / excerpt
  • Prevent visitor outflow, allow you to set all external links to open in new window
  • Built-in version checker (it notifies you when new version is released, can be disabled)
  • Pagination ready (without needing external plugin)
  • Threaded comments
  • Degrade nicely for visitors that disabled javascript

Extra Features for Buyers

  • Free updates to all future versions
  • Free theme support at support forum
  • Include PSD file for header logo and buttons (for localisation)
  • Extra Downloads section available for side downloads such as localisation files, etc.

Features in All ZENVERSE themes

  • Widget-ready and gravatar-ready
  • Tested and working properly in Mozilla FireFox, IE7, IE8, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome.
  • Tested and working properly up to Wordpress 3.2.1

Screenshots

Blog Index Styles

Blog Index Style 01: [4:3] Big thumbnail size 640x480 , mini thumbnails at right

Blog Index Style 01: [4:3] Big thumbnail size 640x480 , mini thumbnails at right

Blog Index Style 02: [4:3] Big thumbnail size 640x480 , mini thumbnails at left & right

Blog Index Style 02: [4:3] Big thumbnail size 640x480 , mini thumbnails at left & right

Blog Index Style 03: [16:9] Big thumbnail size 960x540 , mini thumbnails at bottom

Blog Index Style 03: [16:9] Big thumbnail size 960x540 , mini thumbnails at bottom

Blog Index Style 04: Mini thumbnails only (no big thumbnail)

Blog Index Style 04: Mini thumbnails only (no big thumbnail)

Theme Features & Guides

Choose your desired Blog Index Style with preview

Choose your desired Blog Index Style with preview

Choose your desired Colour Scheme with preview

Choose your desired Colour Scheme with preview

What is Big Thumbnail & Mini Thumbnail?

What is Big Thumbnail & Mini Thumbnail?

Post Info (Hoverinfo)

Post Info (Hoverinfo)

Categorized View section at blog index

Categorized View section at blog index

Organised Theme Options Page

Organised Theme Options Page

Top social bar with mouseover animation

Top social bar with mouseover animation

Category drop down menu

Category drop down menu

3 vertical sidebars (at footer)

3 vertical sidebars (at footer)

9 additional widgets

9 additional widgets

Single Post/Page elements: EXIF, download link, social bookmark, adsense

Single Post/Page elements: EXIF, download link, social bookmark, adsense

Single Post: Related Photos, Same Category Photos and Random Photos

Single Post: Related Photos, Same Category Photos and Random Photos

Single Post Options

Single Post Options

7 animation styles

7 animation styles

Theme version checker, notify if update found

Theme version checker, notify if update found

9 font family/stacks available to be choosen

9 font family/stacks available to be choosen

Shortcut to extra scapemode tools in admin panel

Shortcut to extra scapemode tools in admin panel

Stretched Big Thumbnails : Reason and How to Fix

Stretched Big Thumbnails : Reason and How to Fix

ScapeMode Thumbnail Control Tools

Regenerate Big Thumbnails

Regenerate Big Thumbnails

Crop tool

Crop tool

Resize tool for cropping purpose

Resize tool for cropping purpose

Scan for Stretched Big Thumbnails

Scan for Stretched Big Thumbnails

ScapeMode Admin Tools

Tool 1: Arrange Top Social Bar Buttons

Tool 1: Arrange Top Social Bar Buttons

Tool 2: Extend Top Social Bar Buttons

Tool 2: Extend Top Social Bar Buttons

Tool 3: Delete Theme Cache

Tool 3: Delete Theme Cache

Tool 4: Edit Hoverinfo Template

Tool 4: Edit Hoverinfo Template

Tool 5: Categorized View settings

Tool 5: Categorized View settings

Tool 6: Adsense Ad Manager

Tool 6: Adsense Ad Manager

Tool 7: Delete Extra Thumbnails

Tool 7: Delete Extra Thumbnails

Tool 8: Get Page & Category IDs

Tool 8: Get Page & Category IDs

Full Settings Page Preview

Full theme options page

Full theme options page

Full widget settings

Full widget settings

Colour Schemes

At the moment, we have 2 colour schemes for this theme, including the default colour scheme.
Click on the image for live full page view.

Showing 1 additional colour schemes

Dark version of scapemode.

Dark version of scapemode.

FAQs and Guides

  • Things you need to do/know after installing this theme

    • Set the posts displayed per page, according to the blog index style you choose. Refer to "Blog Index Settings" at theme options page.
    • Add/edit widgets, since this theme is widget-ready.
    • Install SexyBookmarks plugin if you want to let users share your post/do social bookmarking.
    • Deactivate WP Page-Navi plugin, if you installed one.
    • What is Big Thumbnail & Small Thumbnail?
  • Customising the theme's css manually

    • If you want to customise the css, do not edit any css files directly. Instead, you should make all changes you need in the scapemode/user.css file and activate "Custom User CSS" at the theme options page.
    • The user.css file will be loaded after everything, so it can override the default theme's css.
    • This is to save your time while doing manual upgrade.
  • Attaching a photo to your post

    • When you add/edit a post, scroll down to "Featured Image" box and click "Set Featured Image".
    • After choosing a photo to upload, please wait a moment while wordpress is crunching the photo to all required sizes.
    • Then, make sure you click "Use as featured image", NOT "insert into post".
    • Finally, press "Save all changes" then close the menu.
  • What size should my photo be?

    • We have a few blog index styles for you to choose from.
    • If your photos have aspect ratio of 4:3 , 16:9 or similar ratio, this theme works for you.
    • If your photos are smaller than 640 x 480 pixels, you can choose "Mini Thumbnails Only" as your blog index style.
  • My big thumbnail on the blog index are stretched!

    • This illustration can better explain why and what is a stretched thumbnail.
    • For example, the default blog index style [4:3] uses thumbnail size of 640 x 480 pixels.
    • In order for wordpress to create a thumbnail of 640 x 480 pixels, your main photo should be at least 640 pixels wide and at least 480 pixels high.
    • Or else, wordpress CANNOT generate thumbnail from your smaller photo. Thus, your smaller photo will be "stretched" to 640 x 480 pixels to fit into the box.
    • Therefore, using the same theory, if you are using [16:9] 960 x 540 blog index style, your photo must be at least 960 pixels wide and 540 pixels high.
  • I am not satisfied with my big thumbnail

    • Sometimes the main subject of the photo is not centered or focused in the current auto generated thumbnail.
    • When you edit the post, scroll down to ScapeMode Single Post Options and press "Regenerate Thumbnail" button.
    • You can regenerate thumbnail using ScapeMode Thumbnail Control tools, you can crop a better thumbnail by deciding yourself which area to be cropped.
  • Colour Schemes

    • You can easily install colour scheme by copy and paste the colour scheme files into scapemode theme folder. After you paste the files, it will be available to choose at the theme options page. More colour schemes can be downloaded at the "Download" section as time goes by.
    • Not all colour schemes are included in the theme by default because they would take up a lot of space. You can check out the colour schemes available at Colour Schemes tab and download the colour scheme you want.
  • Widgetized Sidebar

    • In this theme, the sidebar is at the footer. The footer is divided into 3 columns, that is 3 widgetized areas.
    • Therefore, after installation, please visit the widgets page, add widgets and arrange them.
  • EXIF data

    • When you take a photo using a camera, the EXIF data which include camera settings (aperture, focal length, exposure, etc), date taken and more will be saved inside the photo itself. Example
    • During upload time, we extract the data from your photo if they exist and displays it.
    • You can choose to hide the EXIF data.
  • Social Bookmark in single post

    • To show Social Bookmark buttons, you need to install "Sexy Bookmarks" plugin.
    • Required plugin settings:
    • - Set menu placement setting to "Manual Mode"
    • - Enable "jQuery Compatibility Fix" to prevent loading 2 jquery files, wasting server bandwidth
    • - Lastly, select the social buttons you want and arrange them
  • WP-PageNavi Plugin Conflict

    • If you have WP-PageNavi plugin installed, you should deactivate your WP-PageNavi plugin, because we already had the plugin built-in.
  • Some extra features on this theme

    • You can use shortcode [originalphotourl] in your post content or excerpt, and it will be replaced with the URL to the original uploaded photo attached with the post.
    • You can add "lightbox" css class to any anchor <a> tag, point the "href" to the desired photo, jquery lightbox will be used to show the photo when users click on it. eg: <a href="photo.jpg" class="lightbox">View Photo</a>
  • The font is too small!

    • I personally love small fonts, so the default font size is small.
    • However, you do have the option to increase the font size and even change the font family at Theme Options > "Main Settings".
    • Common font size that other sites use is 13px, and their font family is normally trebuchet ms or tahoma.
    • Play with the settings to get your desired look.
  • How do I add fonts to the Main Font Type selection list?

    • Open scapemode/includes/fonts.php then follow the instruction given.
  • Why should I periodically clear the extra unused thumbnails?

    • When you upload a photo to a theme, we programmed the theme to automatically create thumbnails of all possibly required sizes.
    • This is because we have no method to determine which sizes are needed during upload time.
    • As a result, we create all possibly required sizes, which in turn occupies extra spaces in your server.
    • Therefore, you can use the Admin Tools (occasionally and optionally) delete the extra thumbnails to save your server space.
  • Localisation

    • A POT template file is included with the theme inside /extras/languages/ folder. With softwares like PoEdit, you can open the POT file and translate the theme into your language. When you're done with the translation, save the mo/po files inside /languages/ folder.
    • All po/mo filenames must begin with the language code, an underscore and the country code. Eg: en_GB.po
    • Other resources you might need : Installing WordPress in your language, List of language codes, List of country codes.
  • Change Tabbed Menu's Animation Style and Speed

    • To change the animation settings, open monoshade/js/zentabs.js follow the instructions. I don't include this in the theme options page because I think it is not neccessary to cause extra load to your server.

ChangeLog

Version 1.1.1

  • Unlimited Colour Schemes. Easy installation (download the scheme files and paste into theme folder)
  • New blog index style: Mini Thumbnails only (No big thumbnail)
  • New template file: author.php to show an author's posts
  • New template file: archives.php to show all posts (good for SEO)
  • Cleaned all extra admin tools' php codes and moved them to extras/admintools/ folder
  • Cleaned up theme options page
  • Added "ScapeMode Thumbnail Control Tools" that allows you to crop/resize/upload a new thumbnail for your posts. Useful to fix stretched photo problem or regenerate a better thumbnail if your subject is not centered/focused in the current auto generated thumbnail
  • Added shortcut to extra admin tools at the top right corner of admin panel. can be disabled
  • Better javascript hover tweak on thumbnails
  • Better 404 post/page not found message
  • Used the correct function load_theme_textdomain() for localization now. If you used mo/po file for translation, please rename your po/mo file to remove the theme name. For example, if your po/mo file is scapemode-en_GB.po, rename it to en_GB.po
  • Fixed deprecated functions and argument for register_sidebar_control() , load_plugin_textdomain(), etc
  • Fixed a bug that displays wrong big thumbnail in [16:9] 960 x 540 blog index style
  • Fix for all blog index styles : wrong title attribute given when HoverInfo disabled
  • Random Photos used in widget is now separate with Random Photos used in single page
  • Now have more choices of cache expiration time (from 30 mins up to 60 days)
  • Files Changed: 27 files BUT only 4 template files needed to edit (download the changeset at "Download" section - 5 mins upgrade)
  • 2 new files: archives.php and author.php

Version 1.0

  • First Version of ScapeMode

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