Orchard 1.7 contains a new media manager as well as a number of features to help process and edit media within Orchard. All of this is still in development, but I am seeing new built-in media content types like Audio, Document, Image, and Video; Image Editor and Image Profile content types to edit images and process images; a Media Location Term to integrate media into the Taxonomy Module; Media Libraries that allow you to logically group media that appears in your media storage; new Content Parts that allow you to add libraries and galleries to other content types, like Pages and Blog Posts; and a more user-friendly interface supporting drag-and-drop of media within your Media Libraries. This is a lot of new media management features in Orchard 1.7 to take in at one time, so let's start simple and look at the Image Editor.
Image Editor in Orchard 1.7
If your Orchard Website has a lot of image galleries and portfolios, you may be interested in the new Image Editor in Orchard 1.7 that gives you the ability to resize, crop, and apply filters to images. These image editing features are a nice addition to Orchard as it allows you to do basic editing and effects right within Orchard without having to use a separate photo or image editor.
One of my favorite features is the ability to Crop Images in Orchard. My website is full of screenshots that need to be cropped and/or resized to display in the blog. I'll take a snapshot with TechSmith's SnagIt; resize, crop, and manipulate in Adobe Fireworks; and then upload into Orchard for inclusion into the website. Now you can crop your images using Orchard just as you would in a separate tool like Photoshop, Fireworks, Acorn, Pixelmator, Gimp, etc. Below you can see me cropping the photo for my blog post on the Orchard Workflow Module.
Of course, you can also just resize an image in Orchard CMS 1.7 and it is very similar to above except you just change the image width and height directly without a resize tool.
Image Filters in Orchard CMS 1.7
In addition to resizing and cropping images in Orchard using the new media manager features, you can also apply filters to your images.
Obviously we can't expect filters like we see in Adobe Photoshop, but it's nice to have basic image filters such as brightness, saturation, hue, noise, sepia, exposure, contrast, vibrance, etc.
I've just touched on one new feature you will see in Orchard CMS 1.7 with regard to media management and processing. If you have simple needs to help resize, crop, or apply filters to photos and images in your photo gallery and portfolios, you will appreciate the new Image Editor. It's obviously not trying to compete with professional image and photo editing tools.
Check out my Orchard Tutorials as well as new features in Orchard 1.7, including:
- Extending Orchard Workflows with Custom Activities
- Run Orchard Recipes from Orchard Dashboard in Orchard CMS 1.7
- Orchard Workflow Module in Orchard 1.7
- Content Picker has Content Type Filtering in Orchard CMS 1.7
- Shape Link for Orchard Menus in Orchard 1.7
- Orchard Content Type Layer Rule in Orchard CMS 1.7