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RedCart version 5 – Rollout!

We’re super excited to announce that we’ve begun rolling out the new RedCart version 5 platform! Before you can upgrade to v5, you must upgrade to version 4.5.3. After you upgrade to version 4.5.3, your cart will be ready and waiting to accept the v5 upgrade.

RedCart v5.0.0 Release Notes:

Please read over these release notes carefully before proceeding with the upgrade. Flash player will be removed from all browsers after December 31, 2020, so we recommend upgrading before then.

New Features:

  • Completely Redesigned Front-end (NO MORE FLASH!)
  • Frontend Designed specifically for mobile devices
  • Mobile ordering! (for prints, packages, and digital downloads)
  • New HTML Uploader in the Admin (RedCart Desktop is gone)
  • High-Res File Cloud Storage (Self-Hosted users need their own Amazon AWS account)
  • High-Res Single File Download Delivery (Self-Hosted users need their own Amazon AWS account)
  • High-Res “Download All” zip file Delivery
  • Tag File Download for Customer Favorites
  • Fully compatible with SSL / HTTPS secure connections
  • New and improved upgrade process that reduces upgrade time and is compatible with more hosting providers
  • PHP 7 Compatibility

The Store and Custom Store Products – NOT YET SUPPORTED – COMING SOON!

  • The store section and custom store products will not be available after you upgrade. Please make sure that you have a plan B in place for any custom store products that you were relying on in v4. We will be adding this functionality back in soon in subsequent releases.
  • Although your custom store products will not be available for purchase after the upgrade, your current product configurations **WILL NOT BE LOST**. They will be available for purchase again after we release the update for custom products.

v4 Features NO LONGER SUPPORTED:

  • All Image List functionality is being removed (This is replaced with a tag file download for the customer’s Favorites). Be sure that you download all of your image list order data before upgrading to v5.
  • Although your custom store products will not be available for purchase after the upgrade, your current product configurations **WILL NOT BE LOST**. They will be available for purchase again after we release the update for custom products.
  • Image List Types are being removed
  • Event Code style login (you can still link directly to individual galleries). Older v4 event code galleries can still be accessed by entering the event code into the password field.
  • RedCart Desktop (no more Adobe AIR – we replaced this with an HTML uploader)
  • MIGS Payment Gateway
  • No more Flash Player! Yay!
  • Star Ratings (we might bring this back if there’s more demand)

Tasks for Photographer BEFORE Upgrading:

  • Before you can upgrade to v5, you must upgrade your cart to v4.5.3.
  • After you upgrade to v4.5.3, your cart will be ready and waiting to accept the v5 upgrade. When we’re ready for you to upgrade to v5, you’ll see a new upgrade link on the dashboard in your Admin. This might be the same day or it might be a week later, so please don’t expect it to happen immediately. We want to make sure that things are going smoothly and we don’t want to overload support while we’re working through upgrades and possible issues. So please don’t log new support tickets asking when you’ll receive the upgrade. You’ll know when you see the upgrade link on your dashboard 🙂
  • After the v5 upgrade, the Terms of Service text will be removed so it’s important that you copy your TOS text and save it somewhere. The Terms of Service will be replaced with a custom link where you can link to your own external web page that lists your terms of service. Visit the Configuration -> Screen Notes and Text page in your Admin and copy your **Terms and Conditions** text and save it somewhere that you can reference later.
  • Create a new web page on your website that lists your Terms of Service. Use the text that you copied earlier to recreate your Terms of Service.
  • All image list functionality is being replaced with a tag file download for the Favorites section. Be sure that you download all of your image list order data before upgrading to v5. You will not be able to access your old image lists after upgrading to v5.

Tasks for the Photographer AFTER Upgrading:

  • Visit Configuration -> Screen Notes and Text and add your custom link to the Terms of Service page on your website.
  • Visit Configuration -> Screen Notes and Text and add a custom link to the Privacy Policy page on your website. (this never existed in v4 so this is brand new)
  • On the Admin Dashboard in the top right of the screen, click on the Action Items and complete any unfinished action items. Be sure to click the Complete button after you’ve completed each one.
  • If you’re Self-Hosted, make sure that your site can be accessed with SSL (https:// instead of http://). If not, ask your hosting provider to ensure that all traffic to your cart is routed through SSL. (Self-Hosted Users: This is required if you want to enable the Amazon S3 integration for high-res file storage as this integration will not work without SSL.)
  • All of your gallery cover photos in v4 were square crops. In v5, we do not crop the cover photos, so you might want to check your old galleries and choose new cover photos if you don’t like the way they are displayed on the frontend.
  • The thumbnails in version 5 are much bigger than they were in v4. For this reason, your old gallery thumbnails will be stretched and appear soft. Although not required, we recommended that you regenerate any galleries where you want the thumbnails to look optimal.
  • If you were using watermarks in v4, you might need to reconfigure your watermark which you can now do from the Configuration -> Colors and Branding page.

Coming in Updates:

  • Improved Welcome Cover Photo Page Layout
  • More robust and intuitive watermarking configuration
  • Custom Store Products with Image Collections
  • Description images
  • Slideshow
  • Black and White conversions
  • Hide Images with Owner Password
  • Check Order Status screen
  • Color Tone Changes
  • Color Tone Changes on Image File Downloads
  • Image File Downloads configured for Gallery Owners Only
  • More Layout Options
  • More bug fixes and enhancements released more frequently in the coming weeks.