The Scoop

A blog about what's new and changing on sacbee.com

February 9, 2012
A new mobile multimedia player from The Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento Bee launched a new Multimedia section, blog and photo player. We're very excited to now present the great photography from The Bee and around the world in a large format on desktop computers, tablets, and mobiles. Our focus in this area was driven by our strategy, analytics, and testing designed to increase daily unique visitors specifically on weekends. You will soon begin to see more QR codes in the paper linking print stories to their mobile gallery.

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Help us make it better -

Developing for Android and other non-Apple devices is complicated by the wide range of hardware and software variations. Here's where we need your help. Please visit http://sacbee.com/multimedia on your non-Apple smartphone with a web browser and see if the gallery loads and displays photos. There are many improvements in the roadmap for the player, but at this time, we're most interested in basic performance on the widest range of smartphones. If the player doesn't seem to be working correctly for you, please click the "?" in the upper right to see some tips and email your comments.

If you have an Apple phone, we of course want you to use the player, but we are more confident about the testing we completed on those devices. That said, if you do come across any issues please use the "?" for tips and to send us an email.

Mobile tips:

In the main interface:

  • Touch and slide to change photos
  • At the last photo of the gallery, slide to the left to open the gallery browser
  • Tap to hide/show the user interface
  • Tap "Galleries" to find other galleries to view
  • Tap the play icon to start/stop the gallery slide show
  • Tap the close icon to go to the mobile version of sacbee.com
  • If the caption text is too long to fit then drag it up and down to read more

In the gallery browser:

  • Slide to left/right/up/down (depending on your orientation) to view more galleries
  • Tap a gallery thumbnail to view that gallery
  • Tap the close icon to return to the current gallery

Known issues:

  • Occasionally when sliding between photos, the display stops in-between two photos. If this happens, just tap the screen to realign the photo.
  • On some devices, changing orientation will occasionally incorrectly fill the available screen area. If this happens, refresh the page to reload the viewer.

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I also want to note that this is the first graduate from Bee Labs. A big thank you to all who helped us with our beta testing. More great things to come.

October 14, 2011
Bee Labs: Experience The Bee's photos like never before

Our second test release of a new multimedia player is now available in our Bee Labs section. When you have some time, please stop by at http://sacbee.com/labs to try it out. If you played with the first release, you'll notice a much cleaner interface and a snappier response when stepping through photos.

If this is your first time, one feature we'd really like to get your feedback on is the "Galleries" listing which allows you to browse over 100 galleries from any other gallery. There is also a toggle to show and hide captions that we've positioned differently, so viewers can see more of a photo while captions are visible. Also, note the full-screen and play buttons which we hope will give you the best experience in any gallery.

Thanks for helping us make sacbee.com a little bit better.



About The Scoop

The Scoop is a blog where the managers of sacbee.com talk about new initiatives and our plans for sacbee.com. You can reach us by at the e-mail addresses below or you can comment on our postings.

Tom Negrete is managing editor of The Bee and oversees the daily work of journalists who produce news content for the newspaper and sacbee.com. Negrete, who has been at The Bee since 1994, has served as assistant managing editor for business and sports, sports editor and assistant city editor. E-mail him at tnegrete@sacbee.com or reach him at (916) 321-1171.

Seán McMahon is The Bee's Director of Digital Media, overseeing the interactive efforts of the company. His e-mail is smcmahon@sacbee.com.

Linda Gonzales is digital team leader for Sacbee.com and has been an editor at The Bee since 1995. You can email her at lgonzales@sacbee.com.

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