Galleries: The impact of upload ordering and cropped thumbnails on captioned gallery flow

Random upload ordering and the lack of uncropped images in gallery editing flow frustrate captioned gallery flow enough that I fallback to wp-admin to make captioned galleries.

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The media modal in gallery edit view. Cropped thumbnails make ordering and captioning difficult.


Calypso gallery editing flow does not offer access to uncropped images. Cropped thumbnails make ordering and captioning galleries difficult. I’m missing necessary information when given only cropped thumbnails. The core WordPress media modal offers an uncropped thumbnail in the sidebar. This makes the difference in being able to order and caption a gallery, thought it is an immense eyestrain.

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Core offers an uncropped thumbnail in the sidebar, making captioning and ordering an immense eyestrain, but possible.

Among the mockups made during the design of the Calypso media modal was a gallery flow with an extra step to satisfy those needing access to uncropped, full-width images and caption fields wider than a thumbnail.


The image on the left mocks up a full-width captioning step as part of gallery flow.

To order or caption a gallery, I need uncropped images big enough for my presbyopic eyes to see. With both the Calypso and core media modals, I must flip back and forth between publishing and my camera roll app/site/folder (where the images are big enough to see), correlating lists of images that are often sorted in opposite directions. This is so very frustrating. I’ve hovered over the tiny thumbnails in the core media modal with friends, family, and clients, all backs stooped and eyes squinting as we try to caption and order a gallery. Can we satisfy the need for uncropped, full-width images in gallery edit flow?

A workaround is to leave gallery editing flow, returning to the media library. There you can use Edit to get at wider caption fields and bigger, uncropped images. This workaround flow is complicated by the modal not respecting upload order.


When dropping multiple files, order is not retained. This random ordering compromises the usefulness of Edit in captioning flow and frustrates list correlation.

That’s the view when returning from gallery editing to the media library. The images are not in order, making correlation with the gallery edit view difficult and frustrating. Edit flow reflects this random order rather than gallery and upload order. Since images in the Edit flow aren’t in order, captioning by arrowing through images is out of order. When captioning, I need the images to be in gallery order. Calypso’s media modal is the only step in my image flow that doesn’t respect order.

My image flow: My photos auto-upload from my devices to Google Photos. I download from Google Photos to my laptop via Chrome, where they are dragged to Calypso from the Mac OS finder. Order is retained through this entire flow until the media modal breaks the assumption of order preservation.

Further, I accidentally cancel the media modal often. I lose selection order when this happens. Since the images are uploaded in a jumble (instead of in the order they are dropped), I can’t easily resurrect selection order like I can in wp-admin, which retains drop order. I re-upload entire galleries to Calypso’s modal rather than scrutinizing images. This is a very frustrating and anxiety inducing exercise that happens to me with regularity.

When editing galleries in older posts, falling back from gallery to Edit flow means scrolling the media library (perhaps a lot) until you see selected images.

Any time I’m in the media library I’m concerned with accidentally destroying selection. This adds anxiety to my gallery flow.



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