New version of Altima Lookbook Pro released with number of great improvements

New version of Altima Lookbook Professional announcement

We are happy to announce the release of new version of Altima Lookbook Professional. This new version has number 1.6 and contains number of significant changes, both in underlying technologies and in functionality.

1. Move to new jQuery slider library.

In previous versions of Altima Lookbook we had been using Camera library for slideshow functionality. Camera was a great solution couple years ago and still works fine, but the project looks a bit abandoned, there are no new releases for a long time. New version of Magento (CE 1.9+ and EE 1.14+) includes responsive theme that contains Cycle2 library, which is now recommended to be used for carousels/sliders/slideshows, so we decided to migrate our extension to this new library. In addition to working with more up-to-date technology your store in many cases will have less libraries included that is good for both performance (faster load time) and technical complexity of the solution.

We’ve worked hard to replicate the functionality missed in Cycle2 library, namely all that nice transitions that existed in Camera, so new version of Altima Lookbook didn’t lose any nice feature.

2. Automatic jQuery inclusion recognition

Around 75% of issues our customers reports to us when they install our extension are related with double jQuery inclusion. If it happens Altima Lookbook and often other extensions using jQuery don’t work as they should. To tackle this we’ve added and automatic recognition, is there jQuery already included on the page where lookbook slider should appear and if it is we don’t include jQuery. So there will be less conflicts and easier installation.

3. Improved work with vertical sliders

In the previous versions if your slider contains both portrait (vertical) and landscape images the slider may look a bit odd: portrait/vertically oriented slider occupies less horizontal space, so rendering of such sliders were not ideal. In new version we transform all slides in the slider to have the same dimensions, so such portrait slides look much better.

4. Call specific slide in slider

We had several requests from the client about making a link to lookbook slider such a way that it starts not from the first slide, but from slide #3 for example. Now it is possible, you can add a parameter in URL and people who click URL will see your lookbook starting from the specific slide.

Aside of these major changes we’ve fixed number of small bugs and made other little improvements, so we hope that you’ll enjoy using a new version of Altima Lookbook Professional.

To purchase Altima Lookbook Pro visit our store

You can also visit product page on Magento Connect to check what our customers think about the extension

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