We’ve got really good present from Magento Marketplace team – our extension for Magento 2 – Lookbook Professional was released at Magento Marketplace.
As you probably know, Magento Marketplace is a new extension marketplace/app store that Magento launched this year. It has much more rigorous review process, including both technical side – code quality and clearness and marketing – value for Magento merchants. So we at Altima are really happy that our Lookbook Professional extension came through this process. It serves as additional prove of our work quality and the value that Lookbook Pro brings to Magento merchants.
Altima Lookbook Pro allows to create beautiful responsive sliders, where at each slide you may create multiple clickable tags (hotspots) linked to your products or other web pages. It provides true “Shop the Look” experience for consumers.
You can also purchase Lookbook Pro directly from Altima Store.
As most of the people in Magento community know last week Magento issued a new security patch SUPEE-6788 that does a good job to harden Magento against cyber criminals. This patch however changes admin routing that leads to the lost of back compatibility with many extensions, including our Lookbook (both Free and Pro versions).
To address this issue we’ve released new versions of the extension and prepared patches for old releases. The references and recommendations are below.
Altima Lookbook Professional
A new minor update version 1.6.2 compatible with SUPEE-6788 is released, that is what a new customer gets when purchases Altima Lookbook Pro from our online store.
We’ve also prepared patches for 3 previous versions, the links to download them are below:
You just need to download patches and replace the files they contain.
If you run older than 1.5.2 version of Altima Lookbook Pro it is probably time to upgrade. Aside of SUPEE-6788 there are number of great features available in newer releases.
Altima Lookbook Free
We’ve released a minor update version, 1.1.1 that is compatible with SUPEE-6788, you can download it from our online store (free of charge). We’ve submitted new version to Magento Connect, hopefully it will be approved there soon.
Today we’ve released a new version of the most popular lookbook extension for Magento eCommerce – Altima Lookbook Professional. The version 1.6.1 has number of improvements:
Better single slide presentation. We’ve removed annoying Pause button and transition bar, so nothing now distract your customers from single slide lookbooks. You can check it in action at our demo website
Pinterest integration, your users now can share images they like on Pinterest
Special treatment of hotspots for smaller sliders – we hide there non essential information, so lookbooks now are more user-friendly
No error for hotspots with deleted products. In the past situation when the product used on sliders is deleted caused error, now we handle it better
Entering payment information is a critical part of purchase process and even slight improvement there can help significantly lift online retailer’s revenue.
Some time ago we’ve discovered a great jQuery library developed by Jesse Pollak that makes the process to fill credit card details much more intuitive and user-friendly. It basically guide a user through the process and provides true WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) experience. The image below (credits – J.Pollak) illustrates how it works better than words
The library is completely open-source (released under MIT) licence and we decided that it would be great to have a Magento eCommerce extension based on this library, so even not very technical savvy merchants can install it and benefit from much better credit card forms.
We were a bit busy with our other Magento extension, so it takes some time, but finally, Better Credit Card Form extension for Magento eCommerce is ready! We decided to release it under MIT licence, anybody can download it, use for commercial and non-commercial projects, improve and modify.
You are welcome to download the extension from our online store or Github and share your feedback with us.
If you own online store you know that increasing your store conversion is an important source of additional revenue and profit. Event slight conversion increase can significantly improve both top and bottom lines of your online business.
Today we introduce a new extension that can help Magento eCommerce store owners in this never-ending quest:Payboard Conversion Optimisation extension for Magento.
Payboard is an innovative solution that helps your website visitors navigating through websites using “boosters”. Boosters are small overlay windows that appears on top of your website content and recommend the next step. The system is self-learning, so the next step is the one that based on past users behaviour provides the best conversion.
Payboard works on subscription model, they have both free and paid plans.
Altima has developed official Payboard extension for Magento eCommerce, so installing Payboard to your Magento store is easy and doesn’t require to tweak the code.
The extension is free and available in Altima online store, so you are welcome to install it, get Payboard account and drive your Magento store conversion.
Altima Lookbook Professional version 1.5.2 is released today.
What is new in the latest version:
support of real-time hotspots placement for better responsiveness. Now hotspots are placed on right positions on fly, without page reload, which is especially useful for mobile users who switch from portrait to landscape mode or vice-verse;
support of single slide mode. Some customer uses lookbook with just one slide. For example it can be used to display a scheme with many small products linked. We have improved usability for this case, right now if you have just one slide the navigation and transition effects will be automatically disabled, you may check single slide in action here (link to our demo-site);
support of default link. Right now you can define a default link for each slide. It is linked with the whole slide and works when user clicks to the slide area not related with any hotspots or in the case when the slider is degraded to simple gallery on very small screens. Effectively it also allows to use our extension for simple slider, when you need just one link per slide, so you don’t need to install multiple extensions;
New version, numbered 1.5.0 is released August 11 and has the next important updates:
Lookbooks are responsive now. We have been asked about that numerous time by our clients and finally that feature has arrived – size of Altima Lookbook Pro sliders now can adopt to screen size and therefore can be used easily with responsive themes like new one that supported by default in Magento CE version 1.9
Naturally the extenison is compatible with Magento CE version 1.9 now;
Support of jQuery 1.10
Few notes about responsiveness.
First, placement of hotspots is defined on the load of page, so if you just resize browser window you’ll notice that hotspots are getting wrong. It isn’t ideal but shouldn’t affect most of the users who just load the website and don’t play with its window size. After page reload the placement is corrected.
Second, if the area for lookbook becoming equal or smaller that certain size (400 pixels wide now) it degrades to the simple slideshow, without hotspots. The reason of that is that our tests indicated that it isn’t a good user experience to operate hotspots on small screens. It is possible however to change that limit in configuration file if you really want it.
We will continue work under new version of Altima Lookbook, stay tuned, there are lot’s of idea we have to implement, but if you have your thoughts about how we can make the extension better – drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org!