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Written by Mark Forrester on April 28, 2009 Product news.

Aperture ThemeI know there have been a lot of people eagerly waiting for the launch of this theme and I can now finally say our first dedicated photoblogging theme has arrived.

In mid-March when I posted an early teaser on my blog I received a lot of feedback about what our wonderful Woo users would like to see in a photoblogging theme. I got some great ideas from this and although I couldn’t include all of the requests I’ve tried to build it as best I can, thinking like a woo photographer.

Aperture’s custom built home page makes for an impressive visual display of your portfolio of photos/work/products. Note the slashes there. Aperture has evolved into quite a multi-functional theme. What was originally and predominantly built for photographers can easily be customized for just about any type of website by tweaking the theme options panel and renaming some of the widgets.

Aperture is built on our awesome new Woo-Framework that has an enhanced “Custom Settings” panel to easily upload your featured image for each post. The theme option’s interface has also received a make-over thanks to the wonderful Foxinni.

There’s tons to play with in Aperture – 12 alternate styles, 7 custom Woo widgets and 6 widgetized sidebar and footer spaces should keep you busy!

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I’m not going to post our awesome default style here, have a play with that on our WooThemes Aperture Demo.

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So view the demo, read up on the specs of the theme and then give us a little feedback love…

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27 Responses

  1. James Morrison
    April 28, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    Looks very nice!

    Sure to be a popular theme.

  2. Tiago Noronha
    April 28, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    Neat :)!

    Nicely done, Mark.

  3. Daus
    April 28, 2009 at 9:22 am #

    Very neat, indeed.

  4. Scott_AD
    April 28, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    This theme is beautiful! Awesome work!!

  5. Ehab
    April 28, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    Like I said in Twitter, this is one of the best Woothemes ever 🙂 (after PTN ofcourse) 😀

  6. Gilles
    April 28, 2009 at 10:29 am #

    I’m looking for what is missing. Nothing found so far.

    Think I’will buy that one!

    Nice look and good job done.

  7. Christine Meintjes
    April 28, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    As I photographer, I can honestly say this is a cool layout!

  8. Nik
    April 28, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    Sexy.

    Also waiting for a theme for musicians 😉

  9. Adii Rockstar
    April 28, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    @Nik – We’re actually working with Elliot Jay Stocks on something in that line… So you can expect something from us in the coming months! 🙂

  10. Wouter
    April 28, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    Great complete theme. Looking forward to more complete themes!

  11. Enk.
    April 28, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    Woot! Looks awesome.. A Brilliant one really ! 🙂

  12. Richard
    April 28, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    Looking good!

  13. Premium Theme Info
    April 29, 2009 at 4:20 am #

    New theme released! Nice to see it!

  14. Osa
    April 29, 2009 at 5:05 am #

    Really Beautiful theme, Just missing the Search functionality.

  15. Chris
    April 29, 2009 at 6:18 am #

    Just check the demo. Looks good but where it says “Select Category” the drop down menu dosent work? Unless this has being left for us to do anything we want with.

    Thanks

    Chris

  16. Mark Forrester
    April 29, 2009 at 7:14 am #

    Osa: The search widget can reside in any of the 6 widgetized areas. We just have chosen to nnot have one on the home page, but that can easily be added.

    Chris: There is a bug with the js dropdown in IE. Our JS Guru Foxinni is on the case and we’ll have a fix hopefully really soon.

  17. wpmad
    April 29, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    looking good guys…have fun at the FOWD Conference in London, take some pics for us and post them here when you get back 🙂

  18. Chris
    April 30, 2009 at 3:50 am #

    @ Mark: Cheers Mark. Will test in FF.

    Another question is it possible that on the catergories page that there can be just a preview of the image and not so much text?

  19. kevin
    April 30, 2009 at 12:50 pm #

    Not to be a hater Woo people, but some of the recent themes are starting to look a lot like earlier ones. And the boxy content areas and such are looking a lil tired. Not hating on y’all, b/c I used to be a member of the club. I’m looking to get back into my membership, but haven’t seen much compelling me to. :-/

    Would love a theme that focuses more on the IA and the finer elements. For instance, that dropdown on Aperture is just so clunky. And those grey boxes around the content makes the page very staggered and not very smooth or sophisticated.

    It may just be me, but the quality of themes when I joined Woo early on seemed really above the norm and *totally* worth the cost. Feels like the creativity has flattened a bit.

    Again, it may just be me. But for what it’s worth…

  20. Mark Forrester
    May 1, 2009 at 7:21 am #

    @Chris: Yes you could remove the excerpt from displaying by reomving one simple line of code in archive.php.

    @Kevin: We appreciate your honesty. Have a look over at the upcoming theme releases if Aperture doesn’t tick your box – http://woocommerce.com/2009/03/more-upcoming-theme-concepts/ Hopefully you’ll find something you like there, as you’ll really struggle to find that sort of diversity at any other theme shop!

  21. vincent
    May 2, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    What if you’d wanna have more categories? it would be great if the category images would slide, so there is room for many more.

    I would consider this for a holidaypictures gallery, having a new category for each holiday. But if I can only add 4 categories?

    wonder how this is implemented now, can’t really make it up from the demo 🙂

  22. Gilles
    May 2, 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    In Google Chrome, Firefox, IE 7, and Safari: the print version is really not good. A CSS would be needed for that.

    In IE 7: the drop-down menu on the top right (SELECT A CATEGORY) does not work (another gotcha from MS).

    Still, I like the design.

  23. Mark Forrester
    May 5, 2009 at 8:14 am #

    @Vincent: You can have as many categories as you like on the home page. You just need to set them to display in the theme option’s panel. If more than 4 they will span over two lines.

    @Gilles: Thanks for the error bugging. We’ll look into it! 🙂

  24. Ernesto
    May 8, 2009 at 2:22 am #

    Hi,
    Seems really nice… But what about translation of the theme (such as french, for me)? Not for the back office but at least for all nav. messages that visitors can read… Do you have language packs?
    Thanx for your answer.

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