Monday, November 12, 2012

Research and Development

'Gear' photo (c) 2010, Sonny Abesamis - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
We're still working hard behind the scenes to make Wylio better and better. There's been a lot going on in all of our personal lives which put some of the updates for Wylio development on the back burner these past couple months. But have no fear, we're still here! The upside of bootstrapping Wylio with our own funds is that we can move at our own pace. The downside is that we can't put full-time energy into it (since we have to make money to live from other jobs) and sometimes that slows the pace of development. That said, thank you for all of your support! We are grateful to everyone who has found our service useful and want you to know we're working to make it even better.

Currently we're developing:
  • Updated search results page and navigation
  • New account login types without the need for a Google account
  • Better sign-up experience and flow
  • Additional credit types and updated embed code including text links
We don't have an ETA for the new developments, but they're in process. If you see ways we can improve Wylio, feel free to let us know. You can contact us at: support@wylio.com or leave a comment after this blog post.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ads Showing for Premium Users

'Bug' photo (c) 2010, Ton Rulkens - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
We're currently tracking down a bug that's causing ads to show for Premium users. It got introduced during one of our recent updates to Wylio. I apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we fix the problem.

UPDATE:
This problem should now be fixed

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Up and Running

'Run ' photo (c) 2009, DieselDemon - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
It appears that Flickr is up, running, and accepting search queries from Wylio again. Thanks to everyone for their patience during the service interruption!

Flickr is Down

If you're having trouble getting pictures from Wylio today, you're not alone. Flickr, the source for Wylio's images is currently down.

Flickr has posted a couple updates about the problems here:
http://blog.flickr.net/en/2012/02/23/time-for-a-massage/

And here's a nifty utility to let you know if Flickr is actually down for everyone, or if you are having connection issues closer to home:

http://www.downornot.com/flickr

(UPDATE: It appears that the "down or not" site is now... down)


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jan 30th Updates

'Socket-Wrench-Set-19mm_319236-480x360' photo (c) 2010, Emilian Robert Vicol - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
We've recently made a few updates to Wylio, here are a few:
  • The color picker in the dashboard (for choosing credit colors) works better now, the previous color picker was a bit buggy.
  • We've updated the icons for the positioning, downloading, and embedding buttons.
  • You can now search Wylio using a url in your browser's address bar. For example: http://www.wylio.com/Search/?search=wrench&page=1
  • The credits placed under the images should look a bit better now.
We hope these small improvements make our service work a little bit better for you. Thanks for using Wylio!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Plans for the Future

'Wrench' photo (c) 2009, Per-Olof Forsberg - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
    In this, the first quarter of 2012, we're planning to continue refining our core functionality. We want it to be a pleasurable experience to use Wylio on a daily basis. There are a few known bugs (like odd text artifacts in IE9 during picture re-sizing and usability issues with the color picker in the dashboard) that we're working on. If you have specific suggestions for ways we can improve Wylio, feel free to post a comment here.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Move to Amazon Complete

    Wylio's move from Google App Engine to Amazon's cloud services is complete. We're excited to get back to developing and improving Wylio now that the move is finished! As always, feel free to let us know if you run into any trouble or have any suggestions for Wylio.