Scribbles Update Blog
March 24th, 2024

Image previews option and tweaks

Late last week, thanks to Sticker Spotter, I worked on general improvements on handling posts with just images. The problem being that short posts (posts without title), with a non-expanded post page, or just on your archive page, would render... nothing. That obviously isn't good at all.

I also noticed this on other blog posts that came through on the Explore Shorts page, where it would render just the date and the grey outline of where text would be. Well, no more. Now it does the right thing and fetches the image.

Sticker Spotter showing up with just an image in the Explore
Shorts posts.
Sticker Spotter showing up with just an image in the Explore Shorts posts.

It was well worth the effort to get this to work. Although not perfect, it certainly looks much better.

Article image previews

Next up I finally enabled a hidden option that allows you to show an image preview on your post list, if it has one. Find it in Nitpick options for your blog.

The Show Image Previews Nitpick option.
The Show Image Previews Nitpick option.

With that enabled, it will grab the first image in your post and display it alongside your text — if you have text that is. Here is what that looks like:

A post, with the image preview to the right.
A post, with the image preview to the right.

Nice and simple — it also slightly rotates as you hover over it. On smaller screens, the image will show at the bottom of the excerpt from your post.

There could be some edge cases here, so let me know if you find anything weird — there is only so much I can think of.

Hope you enjoy it.