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Arteis16 Sep 2011 11:58 p.m. PST

I've noticed for the past day that whenever I click on on an image in anyone's Blogger blog to enlarge it, instead of getting the enlarged image as I used to, I now get a black gallery page.

At the bottom of this gallery page is a filmstrip that contains thumbnails of all the photos in that blog posting. In the gallery itself, one of the pics starts enlarging automatically (and very slowly), though oddly not necessarily the one I actually clicked on.

The whole thing takes ages to download – the thumbnails seem to need as much time as the full images, so waiting for the whole lot on my slow connection isn't worth it.

Anyone else notice this? Is it a new Blogger feature? If so, I hate it, as it is a "mystery meat" result of clicking on the image – when you click on an image to enlarge it, your purpose is (obviously) to enlarge it, not to unexpectedly and unwantedly get a whole slow-downloading gallery.

6sided17 Sep 2011 1:46 a.m. PST

It looks like a new feature. Its called Lytebox, and most shopping cart sites use it nowadays.

Its not something we use by default on member blogs, although there is a gallery plugin members can use (and a flickr gallery option), but neither use lytebox effects.


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Pedrobear17 Sep 2011 2:26 a.m. PST

I hate it. It's screwing up my blog. :(

olicana17 Sep 2011 2:42 a.m. PST

Yep, started on mine the day before yesterday. I guess it will be prefered by blog pic hunters, who only want a quick look at the images, but not by me.

Bob the Temple Builder17 Sep 2011 3:17 a.m. PST

It appears to be happening on my blog as well.

I did not ask for this and I find it annoying that it has been introduced without any explanation.

Arteis17 Sep 2011 4:01 a.m. PST

Hmmm, seems it is not a popular new feature:

Pedrobear17 Sep 2011 5:07 a.m. PST

They sprung the auto-spam filter on us too, and many people weren't happy because all of a sudden legitimate comments got blocked.

That's custoemr service with a free service for you… :(

Lord Ashram17 Sep 2011 7:16 a.m. PST

And they STILL shrink my Bleeped texted pictures, even though the photos I am uploading are huge. It is really, reallly, really frustrating. If six sided can keep large pictures large I may have to switch over.

Sysiphus17 Sep 2011 7:28 a.m. PST

Yep, hit my blog as well. Thanks Blogger but, no thanks!

CPBelt17 Sep 2011 7:54 a.m. PST

Very easy to get rid of. All you need to do is add a bit of code to your blog's template. I'm using the code the fellow in the linked thread created. Works perfectly. If you've never fiddled with the code, it is quite easy. Here's some instructions. I hope they make sense.

Click Design --> Edit Template
Click "Download Full Template" to save a copy of your original code. Always a must so you can restore it to avoid any problems.
Find (Ctrl-F) the text "/head" in Edit Template code box.
Copy and paste the code below directly *before* the </head> tag
Save Template

This should eliminate it. Worked on my blog.

Add this code exactly:

<script type='text/javascript'>
function killLightbox() {
var images = document.getElementsByTagName('img');
for (var i = 0 ; i < images.length ; ++i) {
images.onmouseover=function() {
var html = this.parentNode.innerHTML;
this.parentNode.innerHTML = html;
this.onmouseover = null;

if (window.addEventListener) {
} else {

ScoutII17 Sep 2011 9:15 a.m. PST

Very easy to get rid of.

Till the next time they change the script. While the snippet that you offer is pretty benign and shouldn't cause issues down the road for those who are less tech savvy…it is something that might hit other "features" as well as be made obsolete should Google change the particular light box script that they are using.

Something that would have been nice for Google to do, would have been to offer a check box in the backend to enable or disable the particular script on a blog.

It also can prove problematic for people who were already using a lightbox. When an image is clicked…you actually end up with two of the pop-ups. The above script may (or may not) actually kill both of them depending on the variables used.

Anywho, have I mentioned that Google is Evil…Blogger is Google…Blogger is Evil.

d effinger17 Sep 2011 9:58 a.m. PST

Yes it is VERY annoying. I just up-loaded two pics that I want the reader to open up and examine closely but now you can't! 8&$%&#@*!!!! *spit*


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Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Sep 2011 11:06 a.m. PST

You could use the earlier version of Blogger. My iMac won't accept the download for the newest version so I did not upgrade it. No problems so far.

Pauls Bods17 Sep 2011 11:18 a.m. PST

This is all related to the new interface or??? I haven´t touched it and no problems…yet :-/

Lord Ashram17 Sep 2011 12:19 p.m. PST

Ah, added the code (although the one you provided didn't quite work, I found what looks like an identical one that did… no idea why) and that got rid of it. Thank god.

Also, found that the reason my pictures were small was that I was out of space. Of course, it was almost impossible to find that information out… but I bought some space (stupid blogger) and now the photos are the correct size.

Yesthatphil17 Sep 2011 12:27 p.m. PST

I also was annoyed with it.

However, after some fiddling …

when it goes to the gallery screen, below the larger version of the image you clicked is a URL for that image (if that's the right jargon) … click that and you get the full size image alone just like before. Close it goes back to your blog page which is on the gallery feature. Or swipe and copy the Url on that page to get your picture reference say for posting here. Etc.

It may not do everything it did be fore, but mine in fact is (though may be I'm not asking too much) …

Sorry if I just stated what everybody already knows (sometimes it is the answer some times it annoyingly stating the obvious – it's not always clear til you do so …)

maybe it helped


Marslatour17 Sep 2011 3:05 p.m. PST

Yesthatphil you are a star, just tried and it worked, a bit of a pain but at least I can get round it now. I thought my pc was playing up, don't you just love new technology!!!

ZeroTwentythree17 Sep 2011 6:44 p.m. PST

I'm not a fan of the new image thing either.

They sprung the auto-spam filter on us too, and many people weren't happy because all of a sudden legitimate comments got blocked.

I noticed this the other day when one of my own comments, on my own blog, using the same account, got blocked by their spam filter.

ZeroTwentythree17 Sep 2011 6:47 p.m. PST


I temporarily switched to the new interface, but it was buggy as hell. Even after switching back to the old one I have troubles with the cursor not always displaying where it's actually located when typing/editing my entries. (The cursor will be blinking in the upper left of the window, but it's actually located somewhere else when I type.)

StarfuryXL518 Sep 2011 12:17 p.m. PST

You could also right-click on the image in the blog and choose "Open Link in New Window" or "Open Link in New Tab".

Given up for good22 Sep 2011 12:29 p.m. PST

After listening to your feedback we've decided to roll back

Blogger have listened to the comments (what no complaints) and pulled it – full story here link

Mini site:

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