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#1 Helene

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 12:23 PM

The technical upgrade is complete, but I've found that a lot of things have changed to the "skins" and maybe the settings. The default look is a lot different. It's cleaner and a better format for the iPhone version, now available to iPhone users.

It will take a while for me to find all of the things that have been customized in the new code apart from the design, and you'll be seeing those changes gradually as I find them. Just so you know:

1. The "friends" feature will eventually disappear.
2. Photo avatars will not be supported.

I didn't realize quite how extensive the changes would be, and I'll be working on learning to read and follow the new code. The design, though, is the least priority.

#2 Helene

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 12:26 PM

Some terminology differences:

1. "Watch this topic" is the old "Subscribe to this topic".

2. "Recently added topics" is a subset of "View new topics" results, displayed at all times. Underneath that is the list of subscribed forums or topics, if the "Topics" tab is clicked.

3. "View new content" = "View new topics"

4. "Search" is no longer a link, but a permanent edit box to the right.

5. All of the little icons on posts that confused everyone are now text: "Multiquote", "Edit", "Reply", etc.

#3 Helene

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 12:31 PM

Some functionality differences:

1. If you're subscribed to a topic (i.e. "watching" it), you can "unsubscribe" by clicking the "Stop watching topic" button at the top right of the page.

2. The default for "edit" is "Quick Edit" -- there's a button to "Use Full Editor" if you want more features.

3. The default for "post options" -- signature checkbox, enable emoticons, and post icons (not emoticons in the post) -- is "closed"; to open, click the green "+" or the "click..." text. There is no re-close option.

#4 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 12:41 PM

wow, what a job Helene!!!!!

#5 Helene

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:09 PM

Oh, snap: The subscription notification emails now start with who [username] replied to a topic, not just "Topic Reply Notification".

#6 dirac

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:09 PM

wow, what a job Helene!!!!!


Seconded. Thanks for all your hard work maintaining and improving this site for the benefit of all of us.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:10 PM

This feels like moving to a new apartment... :wink:

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:13 PM


wow, what a job Helene!!!!!


Seconded. Thanks for all your hard work maintaining and improving this site for the benefit of all of us.

Third-ed (is that a term?). Thank you so much, Helene. It's a little hard to let the old, familiar look and terminology go. As Cristian says, it's a bit like "moving into a new apartment," but also like moving OUT of one that has become a kind of home.

This new look, however, is smashing. :wink: :clapping: :clapping:

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 02:00 PM

I like the new look a lot, thanks again!

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 02:45 PM

I'd like to echo all the thank you, Helene. At first the new look was a....surprise, but now I like it. It looks stunning on an iPad!

I'm very sorry you have so much work to do, though.

#11 Helene

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 03:17 PM

It's just temporarily frustrating until I figure out the paradigm. But IPS did all of the work so far. They had a lot of feedback from their customers, did the usability, and they changed the design to make it feel less dated.

The home page means more scrolling, though, because of the two info boxes (subscribed threads and new threads) to the right that take up horizontal real estate. It looks optimized for iDevices, though, where scrolling is the flick of a thumb!

#12 Hans

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 03:19 PM

Do the blogs still exist? I can't seem to find mine.

#13 Helene

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 03:21 PM

Do the blogs still exist? I can't seem to find mine.

I'm trying to find where I can reinstate the link.

#14 SanderO

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 05:01 PM

Very relaxing interface. Good work!

I feel I need to wander around the grounds and get reacquainted with it. How do we get the iphone app? What does it do? Make BalletTalk available in an iphone friendly format? If so, that sounds lovely.

Thanks for this lovely work!

#15 ViolinConcerto

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 05:04 PM

Really, really amazing. My compliments, admiration, (envy) and awe.


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