Placid changelog
Placid changelog
placid.app

Editor: Background blur for glass effects 🀍

 

Improvement

  

By popular request you can now use the blur effect on shape elements in your templates to create backdrop blurs πŸ™Œ

Add it together with a bit of transparency for a nice milk glass-like look – all layers behind the shape will automatically be blurred!

Placid Editor background blur effect

Editor: Gradients, gradients, gradients 🌈

 

New

  

More colours please! You can now create super-custom gradients for your shapes and texts 🀩

Add elements in the colors of a rainbow or sunset, or use partially transparent gradients for overlays: The settings support adding as many colours as you want, choosing between linear and radial gradients, and setting different angles.

As always, we added a collection of presets for your inspiration!

Placid Editor gradient settings

Editor: New photo effects ✨

 

New

  

We added a pretty comprehensive collection of photo effects you can add to picture elements in your templates:

  • Instagram filters
  • Color corrections for brightness, contrast, saturation, grayscale & sepia, hue rotation, and inverting
  • A blur filter
  • Duotone filters

We're especially in love with the Duotone filters, for which we also offer some nice presets to get you started!

Have fun playing around with them and tell us what other effects you'd like to see πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈ

Placid Editor duotone effect examples

WordPress: Better LinkedIn link preview support

 

Improvement

  

If you experienced troubles with LinkedIn not picking up your Open Graph images for link previews of your WordPress site - we have a fix for that now!

This problem actually does not only happen using the Placid WordPress plugin, but also with Yoast or other plugins that allow you to set social share images. The reason: LinkedIn prefers oEmbed information to Open Graph when creating their link previews. Depending on your setup this could cause issues because the automatically set oEmbed_thumbnail may be wrong or empty.

The solution: To get your intended share preview images on LinkedIn, you can now activate a Placid plugin setting to update your oEmbed thumbnail URLs with the Placid Open Graph images βœ…

Placid WordPress oEmbed settings

Another fix would be to disable embeds altogether in WordPress, but we know some of you want to keep them enabled!

New Editor SDK Component: Placid Button πŸ“¦οΈ

 

New

  

We added another component to our SDK! The <placid-button/> is meant to be an easy-to-use option to add template editing functionalities to your backend.

It can either display just an "edit template" button, or a template preview including the button.

Placid Editor SDK Button component with template preview

The component just needs an access token and template ID to power a full editor implementation!

Editor SDK Component Configurator βš™οΈ

 

New

  

We created a convenient interface for configuring Placid Editor SDK components.

You can find it in the API Token section of your Placid API projects πŸ‘€

Placid Editor SDK Config Builder

First, choose the component you want to embed. Then you can choose the settings you need and define scopes & permissions for editing to get a customized and ready-to-use embed snippet!

API: Signed URLs πŸ”‘

 

Improvement

  

You can now secure your URL API parameters by signing them.

Create a signature using your private API key and append it via the ?s={signature} parameter. Read more about signed URLs in our documentation!

Authentication options

You can still use the URL API without authentication, or restrict image generation to signed URLs only in your projects settings.

Placid signed URLs only setting

Use this option if you want to make sure no one can request images from your account by changing the parameters of embedded Placid images!

WordPress update: Studio integration ✨

 

Improvement

  

Our latest WordPress plugin update brings one-click image generation with our Placid Studio to your WP backend!

With the Studio form in the On-demand Image menu of our plugin you can instantly create images from your templates any time.

Placid WordPress Studio

More WP updates

  • The plugin now also ships with our new editor
  • We restructured the plugin to make it easier for you to find the different options for automations and on-demand image generation

New component & options in our Editor SDK

 

New

 

Improvement

  

We now offer a new component in our Editor SDK: With a canvas component you can display a responsive view of your templates. Fill its layers dynamically to use it as a live preview in your backend (without needing to generate an image)!

Placid canvas SDK component

Additionally, we added some options to customize the editor web component:

  • Disable canvas resizing, transparency settings and template renaming
  • Choose between different save button functionalities

(Need anything else? Just reach out!)

Editor SDK Demo: NFT Headers for Twitter 🐦️

 

New

  

We built a demo app with the new Placid Editor SDK: Our NFT Header tool automatically updates your Twitter profile header to show new NFTs in your wallet! (No idea what NFTs are? Here's an explanation!)

It fetches your NFT art from the OpenSea marketplace, continuously generates new header images and auto-updates your profile.

We offer some nice template designs, but users can also use our Placid template editor to easily customize them. Thanks to our SDK, it only took 3 lines of code to implement the editor functionality! 🀸

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We had fun building a real-world app example with our SDK – and also added a few more configuration options to the editor component along the way!