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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by JGZinv on 3/29/2009, 3:17 pm

    I made a section for introductions attached to The Sofa, are there any other categories or
    forums/subforums we need to add?

    Almael - do you want a game mod or translation specific section?

    Edit - I also bumped up the font size on the forum by 5%, everyone fine with the change?
    Need more / less?


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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by AlexT on 3/29/2009, 4:06 pm

    JGZinv wrote:Edit - I also bumped up the font size on the forum by 5%, everyone fine with the change?
    Need more / less?
    Now i see why my eyes feel better lately...if everyone is happy - you can bump it up even more!

    P.S. How many launguages forum UI got anyway? I see whole forum in russian and it's a pretty good translation, funny to see something like this after A.N. Razz


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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by JGZinv on 3/29/2009, 4:10 pm

    10% I tried first and it seemed.... overkill...

    My main consideration is if we start having long posts with much text in them... may take
    up quite a bit of space at large font sizes... but I'm lookin for feedback either way.

    I'm feeling a little better, not well... but I'm not confined-to-bed-because-I'll-infect-the-planet bad either.

    Edit - and as to forum UI languages... everything in your Profile / Preferences / Board Language settings I guess. That's the same list I have in the admin panel. How well it translates... no idea. Looks like Japanese is in there.. kinda funny. Wonder how well it'd translate something from the novels if you posted as a japanese user, then switched to english.


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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by JGZinv on 3/30/2009, 12:01 am

    While were on the subject... hows the new background strike ya?
    Everyone wanted to break away from the black, but I thought we might see if
    this would mix it up enough so make it ok.

    Was going for something galaxy-ish and found a fractal... maybe could be a tad brighter or blue-er...

    I tried these too...
    http://i88.servimg.com/u/f88/13/68/81/90/galaxy10.jpg

    http://i88.servimg.com/u/f88/13/68/81/90/blueyb10.jpg

    http://i88.servimg.com/u/f88/13/68/81/90/galaxy11.jpg

    http://i88.servimg.com/u/f88/13/68/81/90/galaxy12.jpg

    http://i88.servimg.com/u/f88/13/68/81/90/galaxy13.jpg


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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by AlexT on 3/30/2009, 5:05 pm

    It's awesome! I like this or any background similar in style. I'd call it "mystery of space" because of feeling it inspires. But now - the rest of the forum looks like it could use some tuning Smile It's actualy fine as it is, it's just that the background has green in it, aprox. 1/4-1/3 closer to blue. In future - you may consider changing some UI elements to match clors of the background, i'd say grey lines are potential candidates for such change... But so far, since black still dominates - it's fine. This background is great for mood - the most important part!
    As for other pics - 11 and maybe 10 are also cool, but smaller so you picked best one i think, though blue is always slightly more positive color than dark green - more complex background is better in this case imo. Darker ones are better too- as long as black dominates it is more like background and not the picture that draws attention from forum itself.
    Edit: i'd say maybe try that #11 theme just to see how blue will work. I think this one is great but too green maybe..Though you can just photoshop/hue it Smile

    So what's with the pic at top? Am i the only one who see it stretched and Lafiel on it is fat? Razz
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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by JGZinv on 3/30/2009, 6:37 pm

    No fat lafiel for me... maybe refresh your screen?

    I can probably hue the current bg to blue... it's my favorite out of the group too.
    It's sort of blue in places.. forum covers up most of it.

    Not sure what else I can change the gray bars to.
    Blue or black... black is already all over... Ideally they would be transparent
    to show off the bg more. Not sure if I can do that... maybe with a empty transparent gif.

    Edit - I made it blue since I'm bored at this hour in between things...
    how's it look now?


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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by AlexT on 3/31/2009, 10:55 am

    Looks nice, but judging from look of both - previous and current one i'd say something inbetween should be perfect - you may try it when you're bored again Smile Too much blue changes it's mood, lessens it's contrast (since it affects bright, near-white parts too)... I think original+ just a bit of blue should work perfectly, but this background is great imo.

    As for languages - forum doesn't translate posts, it's just that UI appear in language that corresponds to windows settings windows settings Smile

    Btw, i noticed that forum not always want to show pictures i want to insert into post. What are restrictions - (formats/size etc)?
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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by JGZinv on 3/31/2009, 4:01 pm

    Well you've got two different methods of loading an image.
    One is by link URL (photobucket/imgshack/etc) and the other is an upload
    from your computer.

    The one for uploading the image has a resize selector, which can be set to no.
    So I don't think there's a limit on size. There IS however a limit on your
    personal amount of space for images (it's per user, and then per forum).

    Now I'm not sure if posts count or if that is just your personal gallery you can make.
    Probably both. The limit per user is 10 MB total space. So really you're better off
    having a photobucket, tinypic, or imgshack.. since that is so small.

    Now on my admin panel I've got the same image uploader box, but it says:
    Allowed formats : bmp, jpg, png, gif, tif < 2 Mo

    No idea what < 2 Mo means in this context but it's there.


    As to the BG I'll work on it again I guess later... We're only talking 7 points of hue and 3 or 4 points of saturation difference between the two images. That's not a lot of room to keep fiddling with.


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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by JGZinv on 4/1/2009, 10:40 pm

    BG is half between the two previous versions.


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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by AlexT on 4/3/2009, 4:57 pm

    Is it back to green now or still some blue? Anyway - looks nice Smile
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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by JGZinv on 4/3/2009, 7:14 pm

    It's in between the blue and green original one now.


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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by AlexT on 4/6/2009, 8:09 am

    Ok, i though about Seikai forum.. maybe we need something like "talent area" of A.N. - something for FanFics and art?

    Anyway - i'll start art topic soon and i think Almael will probably transfer his stories to fan-fic area closer to A.N. closing date..
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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by JGZinv on 4/6/2009, 2:32 pm

    I'm thinking that seikai and anime should probably go into those sections that exist,
    although we could establish a sub forum in there if need be.

    I did make a "creative works" section, not sure about placement though.


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    Post by AlexT on 4/7/2009, 7:23 am

    Ok, is there any way to insert images with automatic creation of thumbnails? I mean - you see little version in post and when you lick you can view full version.
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    Post by JGZinv on 4/7/2009, 1:43 pm

    I went through and checked the admin panel and the profile options, and didn't see anything
    that would adjust such a feature. But I do understand what you're talking about, and yeah it was fairly
    useful.

    There is a setting for that type of function in regards to your personal gallery space, but not posts.

    It may be something that I'd have to see if it could be added, or it may be a feature of phpBB rather than the IPB engine we're using. It might be worth it to see just what happens if I switch the engine to phpBB and if there's any benefit to that. Most likely it'll screw up the skin... but I'd think it should revert back if we had an issue.


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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by AlexT on 4/7/2009, 5:49 pm

    Update: it's working now. I just used built-in thumbs feature of imageshack service - it just allow you to have link with small thumbnail picture (updated my creative works topic)
    Though it's not part of the forum engine - at least you can use imageshack's thumbnails, though i just discovered that if you use the thumb url prepared for you it will set you to the imageshack's page containing image and not image itself so i replace url with direct link to the image and leave thumb url intact.
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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by AlexT on 4/11/2009, 5:46 pm

    Ok, here's how i see the image at top - doesn't it look a bit squashed?

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    Post by JGZinv on 4/11/2009, 11:47 pm

    It doesn't look squashed... as much as your screen resolution is so huge
    that the banner is not going all the way across.

    If I make it your size, we won't even see half of it.
    I've seen the forum on a 768x1024 screen, and it exceeds the right side.

    This is a complicated problem.


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    Post by AlexT on 4/12/2009, 4:55 pm

    I dont mind it being not big enough, i just know what i see - Lafiel and that sun behind her are stretched horizontaly, about 1/2 above normal. Here's how it should look i think - round sun, slim Lafiel Smile
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    Post by JGZinv on 4/12/2009, 6:20 pm

    Oh yeah that.. makes a bit more sense now.

    Acid actually said she looked fat too...

    *scratches head* I dunno, anyone got a suggestion or source images for a new
    banner?

    This one's kinda served it's purpose, and there's not a great deal I can do about
    the stretching without a lot of heavy editing. If I'm going to go that far, might
    as well just make a new one.


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    Post by AlexT on 4/13/2009, 3:48 am

    Well, i didn't put too much effort into resizing it, i can try to make it better so that it doesn't loose quality as much.
    The pic look like if it's also could be "interlaced" - it's when every next line of the image is black, like some video. Sometimes people do it on purpose - it may look good so i'll try both.
    But pic is good and it looks well with background so we should try to save it i think
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    Post by JGZinv on 4/13/2009, 1:15 pm

    What I'm talking about isn't a matter of image quality as much as there's very little you can do to account for the "warping" when you resize an image that is not proportionate
    to the original size it started at.

    You can take it down close to your target size, and then stretch it the rest of the way.
    This helps a little.

    You can resize the image while retaining a copy of the object you don't want to be stretched - and then add that object back in later so there is no object distortion. Only the background in this case would be warped.

    The latter of the two looks the best usually, but with as many rays of light that are right up against Lafiel, you're talking about a lot of editing to get her out of the image so the BG can be shrunk from wallpaper size.

    I'm also thinking the banner probably needs to be less wide. Even on this screen which is 1024x768 it is wider than any other part of the forum. On my laptop screen which is 1280x800 it fits fine... on another screen it extends past the side too.


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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by AlexT on 4/15/2009, 10:44 am

    Hmm...i think you're making things more complicated than they realy are. The image was resized to incorrect proportions and all you have to do is resize it back to it's original proportions. Both Lafiel and sun and rays and everything else was equaly resized so if you restore right proportions - it will be ok. The only downside is slight loss of quality so to avoid it - it's better to reduce it's horizontal size than increase vertical Smile

    1024x768 is minimal resolution these days but it should be considered to be standard minimum so yeah - forum should look ok on that resolution. Anything higher is just a matter browser window size.
    I'll try browsing forum with handheld device - it should be interesting. I don't know about other members, but i often like to read forums as i sit somewhere with beer or coffee, or even in a lot more extreme places Smile And no, i'm not talking about bathroom - i posted many of my larger posts on Abh Nation while i was siting on top of the tree, in some jungle, forest, on boat on the river etc. so i realy hope it will work well with opera mobile/IEmobile etc Smile
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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by JGZinv on 4/15/2009, 1:47 pm

    Where do you live, the Congo River? Shocked

    I'm trying to set up my new laptop now and will be out most of the afternoon and evening for church activities, but I'll see if I can do something about the banner tonight.


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    Re: Things to fix - a list

    Post by JGZinv on 4/16/2009, 11:48 pm

    I'm sorry guys I've not gotten anything done.
    Had some serious problems I had to work though and things still aren't great.

    I'm dead beat on my butt and sore all over, maybe things will look better in the
    morning.


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