Pixelation

General => General Discussion => Topic started by: Indigo on February 22, 2016, 10:34:44 am

Title: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on February 22, 2016, 10:34:44 am
So as you can tell, we have a new skin!  This skin represents about 2 years of work between my day job at Zynga, Chasm, and Life.  But I wasn't entirely alone, I was lucky to have some good help along the way from these fine folks

Ptoing: Worked on the original mockups for the new skin some years ago
Crow: helped a ton with server-side issues
pistachio: Did some great work on developing a new icon set. They've changed a bit since then, but the initial work was absolutely invaluable
Atnas: Gave lots of valuable feedback throughout the development as well as gathered the first batch of featured threads
CyangMou: The great work he's been doing with GoodReads is what lead to the Tag mod we now have installed

Thanks guys!  And also thanks to the rest of the mods who gave great feedback along the way.

We also now have a new domain name.  Read about that here: http://pixelation.org/index.php?topic=19726.0

A few things to note:

Featured threads and activities:
As part of our new goal as a moderating team to spark more activity and better content, we're going to start rolling out a major activity once a month and frequently highlight quality threads and place them prominently at the top of our site.

GoodReads and Tags:
One of the recurring problems we deal with at this forum is the loss of really great answers/resources to common problems and questions.  Part of the problem is it's currently pretty difficult to quickly find the types of threads you're interested in researching such as "dithering" or whatnot.  This is where the tags mod comes in.  I've completely rebuilt the tags mod to suit our needs here.  It's currently turned off for regular members (we may open that to everyone to use in the near future), but mods can now tag threads with common subjects and mark when it has especially good content.  In the coming weeks we will be converting our archived good reads threads into regular tags to keep an eye out for that

There will probably be issues with the skin
I tried my best to keep the skin bug free, but it's very likely I didn't catch everything.  If you see an issue, please let me know by posting in this thread.  Make sure you provide a screenshot of the issue, and tell me what browser and operating system you're on.

Known Issues:
        Missing page style: who's online
        Missing page style: Statistics Center
        footer info widths need fixed 50%
        post overflow issue with large images
        avatar area of posts can overflow their width
        "last post" link style
        Mixed navigation font in Chrome
        Redirect board icon
        New posts icon needs redesign
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: surt on February 22, 2016, 11:55:21 am
Text is horribly blurry for me in both Chrome and Firefox.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: wolfenoctis on February 22, 2016, 11:56:23 am
Fantastic work on the new skin, makes the site come alive ;D Thanks to everyone who contributed and especially to you Indigo, it looks amazing  :y:
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on February 22, 2016, 11:59:45 am
Text is horribly blurry for me in both Chrome and Firefox.

agreed.  I'll be looking into better fonts, also making the text a bit higher contrast against the background colors
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: surt on February 22, 2016, 12:07:54 pm
I think once it's sharpened up it should readable enough with the current contrast levels, its just the combination of the two that makes it painful to read.
Otherwise looking rather gorgeous.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Atnas on February 22, 2016, 12:13:52 pm
Just so happy with this. ; u ;

default skin was like a government issued concrete dwelling

now the walls have flavor
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Night on February 22, 2016, 12:14:50 pm
Awesome! Much better vibe and overall look for sure.  ;D
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Roach on February 22, 2016, 12:16:19 pm
 ;D :D ;D :D
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Reo on February 22, 2016, 12:46:59 pm
What a lovely thing! The forum looks vibrant and alive again! Great to see Bruce again.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: RAV on February 22, 2016, 12:58:03 pm
Excellent and congratulation!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Basketcase on February 22, 2016, 12:59:26 pm
I was just reading a thread at work (lunch break) and saw it suddenly switch. Great work. Hope to get my stuff in the featured bar this year.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: lachrymose on February 22, 2016, 01:41:44 pm
This is really nice. Great work guys!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: dpixel on February 22, 2016, 01:47:28 pm
Lovely work.  A big thumbs up from me!   :y:
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Parkerbaby on February 22, 2016, 01:49:08 pm
Great color scheme. The images I've been seeing for weeks look so much better now that there isn't such a bright backdrop.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Carnivac on February 22, 2016, 02:27:26 pm
Finally the Pixelation forum has some 'personality' again! :)
Looks great. :)
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Seiseki on February 22, 2016, 02:48:10 pm
Amazing, I'm completely blown away by this!
Love the Featured and activities getting so much space in the header, it really brings the boards to life!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Crow on February 22, 2016, 03:14:43 pm
Holy moly, Indigo, this is better than I had anticipated. I love it.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Friend on February 22, 2016, 03:53:06 pm
(http://new2.fjcdn.com/comments/It+s+it+s+so+beautiful+_7b34f5c2f3a31f2e47d795a529d2198a.jpg)
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: API-Beast on February 22, 2016, 04:31:59 pm
What have you done!!!  :blind:


After the initial shock though, I can say it looks pretty darn good. :y:
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: trough on February 22, 2016, 04:38:20 pm
Looking Good!  I remember you had a theme similar to this one before, was that a prototype?
(I know you are messing around with that font, but right now it seems
really big. Images also seem to be broken, although you probably know this!
Edit: Never mind, this was caused by accidentally viewing the site with GNU IceCat browser.)
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: astraldata on February 22, 2016, 04:42:55 pm
Maybe it's just me, but the all-caps on the breadcrumb thing is killing my ocd -- a long string in all caps on a single line such as the following isn't very user friendly to go back to the exact section you want to be since it's harder to visually separate the crumbs without the camel case humps to fall back on when the spacing and >> aren't enough:

Pixelation
    General
    General Discussion
    Official Pixelation Skin

Nitpick aside, this looks great! I prefer it over the old purple dark theme of ye olden days of Pixelation.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: PixelPiledriver on February 22, 2016, 06:06:57 pm
Looks nice!  :)
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: ptoing on February 22, 2016, 06:19:00 pm
Loving it overall, super great work Indigo.
The little kinks we can iron out in the coming months, hehe.  :y:
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Phoenix849 on February 22, 2016, 06:50:04 pm
A pleasant surprise today, I'm surely loving it so far!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Dex on February 22, 2016, 08:09:45 pm
Looks absolutely wonderful guys, great work!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: ErekT on February 23, 2016, 01:12:46 am
Omg I just saw Bruce Lee blinking at me!

Looks sweet, nice one :)
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Mathias on February 23, 2016, 03:11:34 am
IT HAPPENED!!!!!!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: 32 on February 23, 2016, 03:52:27 am
Yessss :0'. Looks gorgeous. Thanks for all the hard work Indigo and everyone else.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: MikePixel on February 23, 2016, 05:28:43 am
This looks so good! Good job!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Veksell on February 23, 2016, 07:50:32 am
Looks really good.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: surt on February 23, 2016, 07:50:39 am
For some reason text looks perfectly sharp and readable on my phone in the Android version of Chrome.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on February 23, 2016, 09:38:19 am
Thanks for the kind words everyone.  I'm really happy everyone is liking it :)

I just pushed a number of fixes including the unread posts/replies pages and font tweaks

@Surt:  Can you post screenshots so I can contrast the two?
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Ai on February 23, 2016, 10:22:24 am
Before the fix was pushed, fonts were clear but the POST REPLY /FEATURED/etc text looked misaligned. Now all texts are some amount blurry. I know that's the opposite of what others were reporting. Firefox 44.0.2 on Arch Linux x86_64, using infinality-bundle for font rendering.

Screenshot link (http://i.imgur.com/0gwfUtH.png) with slight edit (inset blown-up section)

Doesn't seem too bad, but is especially apparent on the POST REPLY / FEATURED font.
Edit: I think the text zoom level may be wrong (non-default) in this shot. However, I just checked at default zoom and the blurring is equally present.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on February 23, 2016, 10:28:36 am
if this is the degree of blurring that people are reporting, then it's way too subtle for me to care about - that's just OS font-antialiasing.  That looks fine to me.  I don't think there's much I can do to improve it - that's just how fonts are rendered by the browser/OS
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: surt on February 23, 2016, 11:20:47 am
Looks much blurrier than that for me Chrome on windows:
(http://img.uninhabitant.com/pixelation_chrome_windows_crop.png)
It looks like it isn't doing any hinting.

Android I think it's just the much higher pixel density masking the blur.

With the old theme text rendered fine for me.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Ai on February 23, 2016, 11:41:51 am
Hmm. To me that also looks like OS font rendering.
 * Stem snapping on the H is different
 * Subpixel handling looks less sophisticated (but can't tell this for sure.. maybe just less sharpening applied.)
I guess I could probably also get a result like that by adjusting Infinality's settings.

At the moment I'm considering the blurring as only relevant on the POST REPLY/ TOPIC SUMMARY... font.. which I think probably IS badly hinted.

EDIT: with the help of woff2sfnt and FontForge.. it looks like it isn't hinted at all. I tried to autohint it, but encountered an error about characters containing "self-intersecting" paths when generating a TTF

EDIT2: hm, actually looks better when I dragged it into GIMP (which renders exactly the same, but without subpixel offsets). Also looks pretty decent with antialiasing off (except the left upright of the H, which looks too thin unAAed). I'll see if I can force it to autohint.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Gil on February 23, 2016, 12:38:47 pm
Yeah, I think the issue here is that the fonts used are badly hinted. For me, I mainly dislike the hinting on the main text font.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: A2J2TIWARI on February 23, 2016, 12:58:24 pm
Amazing work guys! Really really great! I opened the site and was like "WOOOAAHHH!!"

Thanks for all this :)
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: HarveyDentMustDie on February 23, 2016, 02:55:06 pm
I'm so glad to see that new skin is officially activated. Great job guys, very slick and modern design. :)
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Parkerbaby on February 23, 2016, 04:06:53 pm
In the title of the Re: part at the top of posts, the 'l' and 'i' are identical.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on February 23, 2016, 10:33:33 pm
It appears the problem is the font I'm using "Titillium Web" doesn't scale to smaller sizes well at all.  If the font is set to 100%, then it's perfectly sharp.  I'll push a change for this when I get home.  Thanks guys
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: SilverExe on February 24, 2016, 02:27:47 am
The reply box looks like a quote, appart from that it's really good. Rockin' it!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: yaomon17 on February 24, 2016, 02:29:35 am
It appears the problem is the font I'm using "Titillium Web" doesn't scale to smaller sizes well at all.  If the font is set to 100%, then it's perfectly sharp.  I'll push a change for this when I get home.  Thanks guys
You should use ms comic sans.  :y:
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Kable on February 24, 2016, 03:25:42 am
Feels great! Thanks for putting in the work!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on February 24, 2016, 03:33:51 am
The reply box looks like a quote, appart from that it's really good. Rockin' it!

not sure what you mean.  Can you post an image of what you're talking about?
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Helm on February 24, 2016, 11:03:07 am
Yay! Super happy to see this! Great! Wonderful! THANK YOU  :D :D :D :o :o :P :-* :ouch: :blind: :blind: ;D ;D ;D :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: ErekT on February 24, 2016, 12:56:02 pm
The skin is so good it gave Helm a seizure :o

Very good skin!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Zizka on February 24, 2016, 07:44:35 pm
Wow, I really dig the new look! It looks *soooo* much better. :y: :D :y:
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Silenia on February 24, 2016, 10:54:33 pm
Certain posts tend to get squeezed to the side pretty badly. Seems to be related to the length of the poster's "personal text". (Or whatever that customizable text field below the avatar/postcount/karma is called)

Happens in Firefox 44.0.2. Can also confirm for IE 11.0.9600. Windows 7. Could check Chrome, Safari & Opera when I'm back at home, but suspect it happens across browsers.

Happens here, among other places: http://wayofthepixel.net/index.php?topic=17772.msg158549#msg158549

Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on February 24, 2016, 11:11:53 pm
Thanks for the heads up!  I'll add it to the list of things to fix :)
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Mathias on February 25, 2016, 12:45:45 am


Here's something - are we missing the jump-to-last-post link when inside a subforum?

The little orange dots on left indicate which post is the oldest one you haven't seen yet, so that's good but not what I'm referring to at the moment.

In the far right column, the last poster is listed and clicking the username goes to his profile, but there's usually also an icon one can click to jump to that very last post.

Ought to be where I added the red circles, I think:

(http://i.imgur.com/m20fIX4.png)
(screenshot taken while using Chrome)

I for one use this forum feature a lot.

___

Awesome job on this skin! Super happy it's here.
All fonts look fine for me, by the way.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Silenia on February 25, 2016, 12:49:45 am
Indigo, you're welcome. Figured you couldn't fix what you weren't aware of, so reporting it seemed the sensible thing to do.

Beyond the few issues here and there--and there's certainly less of them than I'm used to from different communities--the new theme certainly looks good and works well. Thanks for all the hard work! ;D
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on February 25, 2016, 02:17:41 am
@Mathias
Right under the thread title there is text "last post..." That's a link.  Is that what you were looking for?
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: RAV on February 25, 2016, 02:37:18 am
Yeah, right, that's it, under the title of topic.

Like Mathias, I was missing it sorely, but prolly would never figured it until you mentioned it.

Now that you say it, it makes sense where it is. Maybe it could need a better visual indicator that it's an actual link to click on.

But generally, it's just a position I'd never suspect, because usually it's a mini icon next to the last poster's name on far right.

Now that I know, it's fine for me, but others might still be confused.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: AlexHW on February 25, 2016, 02:39:57 am
@Mathias
Right under the three title there is text "last post..." That's a link.  Is that what you were looking for?
Yeah, I didn't notice that either, and thought it was removed.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: wzl on February 25, 2016, 03:40:11 am
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12237727/Art/tmp/pix_gif.PNG)

missing image, points to http://www.wayofthepixel.net/Themes/default/images/post/.gif

 ???
Title: Last Post link
Post by: Mathias on February 25, 2016, 08:52:43 am
@Mathias
Right under the three title there is text "last post..." That's a link.  Is that what you were looking for?

OH MY GOSH haha yeah . . . there it is. Dang that's some serious camouflage.

In terms of web ui design, it seems inconsistent that the actual "Last Post" link isn't styled like a text link - no UP state color or even rollover (that's something I feel is missing - rollovers for the smaller text links [besides the pointy hand cursor], which I could write off as a style decision but do think it hurts usability. You might even try using javascript to dynamically change the default UP state color and generate an OVER state color based on adding/subtracting points from H,S, and B. We used this technique on our last site with big success; worked really well).



When on the main, clicking the thread name is meant to take you to the last post, right?

(http://i.imgur.com/zG9j2PV.png)



---

For real though, again, I can't stress enough how happy this skin is making me, despite any small hang-ups I or anyone has. Designing/working on a forum skin is no small task.

And this skin is the best Pix has ever had.
Compare it to the last custom skin, started by miascugh (http://wayofthepixel.net/index.php?action=profile;u=14). I don't think he was ever able to finish it:   ANTIQUE PIX01 (http://i.imgur.com/Uj2Hs42.png)   ANTIQUE PIX02 (http://i.imgur.com/f24UIDE.png)
Title: Large Image Control
Post by: Mathias on February 25, 2016, 10:12:39 am
Should large images be cropped to the post body and a horizontal scrollbar appear for the affected post, like the previous default skin?

   See wzl's post (http://i.imgur.com/47musHZ.png)
Title: Favicon
Post by: Mathias on February 25, 2016, 10:26:40 am
Here's a suggestion that's more a mental effect than anything else - why not update the favicon to put the seal on this new skin.
I haven't really been around here for a while and this skin's really helped make me want to haunt this place again.

(http://i.imgur.com/Sop4ta7.png)

A freshened up favicon would be great.
Current one is an oldie but still matches the new skin, so just a color update or maybe nix the bg and just have the "P" on transparency?
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Jad on February 25, 2016, 02:32:43 pm
YEAHH

YOU DID IT!!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: yaomon17 on February 25, 2016, 09:31:59 pm
Updating the favicon could be a good idea. Does the forum have an official logo or something?
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Super17 on February 26, 2016, 05:17:15 pm
I just want to say that I really like the new design - I haven't test it yet, but looking forward to it :)
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on February 26, 2016, 07:59:26 pm
Added the suggestions to the list.  Thanks guys.  I'll get around to them when I can

When on the main, clicking the thread name is meant to take you to the last post, right?
Yup, intended behavior

And this skin is the best Pix has ever had.

Thanks that means a lot :D
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Mathias on February 27, 2016, 02:04:35 am
It really is, though.


Alright . . . I hope we can seal this thread up soon and move on with things, I know Indigo would like to call this thing done asap, but 3 small things:

1.
Can the "Hello [username]" at very top right be a link to our profiles, if we're logged in?
That was always how it worked before. I see the new orange bar with the Profile button.

2.
Posts per page, in threads.
10 feels way too little. I'd suggest at least 25. Don't want it too high for everyone.
I don't see a personal setting for this. I'd set mine to ~50 if there was one.

3.
Image size control! For those that post massive, layout breaking images, or if they just want to scale their image down a little.
I propose modifying the existing image tag or adding a new one with width control ability.
With BBcode, this is how you'd do it:

BBCode usage:
Code: [Select]
[imgw={NUMBER1}]{URL}[/imgw]
HTML replacement:
Code: [Select]
<img src={URL} width={NUMBER1} />
Help line/example:
Code: [Select]
[imgw={pixel width}]{image's URL}[/imgw]
Image's aspect ratio shouldn't be altered.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on February 27, 2016, 07:34:23 am
1.
Can the "Hello [username]" at very top right be a link to our profiles, if we're logged in?
That was always how it worked before. I see the new orange bar with the Profile button.
Really not a high priority for me seeing how there's a profile button right below it on the Nav

2.
Posts per page, in threads.
10 feels way too little. I'd suggest at least 25. Don't want it too high for everyone.
I don't see a personal setting for this. I'd set mine to ~50 if there was one.
Done, 25 it is.

3.
Image size control! For those that post massive, layout breaking images, or if they just want to scale their image down a little.
I propose modifying the existing image tag or adding a new one with width control ability.
With BBcode, this is how you'd do it:

BBCode usage:
Code: [Select]
[imgw={NUMBER1}]{URL}[/imgw]
HTML replacement:
Code: [Select]
<img src={URL} width={NUMBER1} />
Help line/example:
Code: [Select]
[imgw={pixel width}]{image's URL}[/imgw]
Image's aspect ratio shouldn't be altered.

This already works:
Code: [Select]
[img width={pixel width}]{img URL}[/img]
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Ambivorous on February 27, 2016, 08:00:26 am
Obviously even more thanks for this amazing skin, Indigo. It's beautiful and warms me in places.
I decided to use the forums for a little while to get used to things before I would recommend anything (because often you just get used to certain things). I only have two things at present that irk me.

The first is the "there are unread posts" little icon. I use this religiously, so it's something I noticed very quickly and that impacts how I use the site a lot.

(http://i.imgur.com/MAITRZP.png)
(Made this wide as an excuse to test the image size thing.)

At first it was completely unnoticeable to me (don't know if you want to change that to accommodate newer users), but now it's easy for me to spot them. The problem I am still facing is the small size (at least compared to the previous skin where it was a massive "NEW" box).
Would you be able to make the clickable area slightly larger? Making the actual icon larger is up to you, and maybe you could add an edge or two to it to attract the eye more, but mostly it's just inconvenient to click. #firstworldproblems

The second issue I have is the anchor text under your username in the top right (the links). I just struggle to read this and I'm not a fan of blue on blue with blue. Might just be a personal gripe though, so not really any priority.

(http://i.imgur.com/wUjMr4f.png)

Mostly though I'm just really enjoying using this new skin and it's definitely helped activity.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Crow on February 27, 2016, 09:01:31 am
2.
Posts per page, in threads.
10 feels way too little. I'd suggest at least 25. Don't want it too high for everyone.
I don't see a personal setting for this. I'd set mine to ~50 if there was one.

You can actually change that for yourself already, right here (http://wayofthepixel.net/index.php?action=profile;area=theme). Which is why I'd also like to re-discuss the global change to 25. I think it's a bit much.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Atnas on February 27, 2016, 09:47:35 am
I also prefer 10. I had it at 25 for a short while years ago, but its easier to remember what page of a thread certain replies are on if they are grouped in 10s, for me at least. I'm aware I can switch this back to 10 in my personal settings, but I think it might become overwhelming for those not aware of this setting.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on February 27, 2016, 09:48:37 am
okay reverting.  two mods outweigh one ;)
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Mathias on February 27, 2016, 12:29:04 pm
Oh THERE it is, "Look and Layout", in yer account settings. Didn't . . . see that earlier. Ok cool!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: eishiya on February 27, 2016, 06:23:53 pm
I'm liking this new skin a lot, but I hate how blurry the post text is (which I see has already been mentioned). The colours are fine, the problem is just the font - it doesn't include a bitmap version (or is too new; I've heard Windows ignores embedded bitmaps for all but a few legacy fonts) and is not hinted well enough for it to render cleanly at this size.

Playing around in Firebug, I disabled the Titillium Web font and kept just the "Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" part of the CSS and the forum looks lovely and clear (I'd probably change the size to be a little smaller though).

Edit: It took me too long to see that to get to the other account settings you have to mouse-over the "Modify Profile" bit. Maybe put a little down arrow icon next to things that open menus on mouse-over? I've set it to use sidebars (I'm so glad that's an option!) because I just know that I'll forget again.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Super17 on February 27, 2016, 07:29:48 pm
Just realized something under the "Forum profile" settings (didn't read the whole thread, so forgive me if it was already mentioned):
The options for the messanger seem a bit outdated for me (ICQ, AIM, MSN, YIM). I don't know which are the commonly used, but it's defenitely missing Skype I think and just four seems too few. And maybe it would be possible to add some options for social media platforms like Twitter, or to commonly used art-showcase sites like Deviantart or Pixeljoint. Or am I overlooking something?
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Gil on February 27, 2016, 10:04:44 pm
I feel like no one uses any of those anymore (isn't MSN gone for example?). I don't think I've talked on AIM the last decade, not sure if ICQ is still alive and if it is, if anyone outside of Israel still uses it?

So yeah, I agree with Super17 that Twitter, Skype, Facebook, Youtube and Twitch are waaaaay more prominent than any of those.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: hapiel on February 28, 2016, 11:42:49 pm
Awesome work!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: odedrt9 on February 29, 2016, 05:43:13 am
I feel like no one uses any of those anymore (isn't MSN gone for example?). I don't think I've talked on AIM the last decade, not sure if ICQ is still alive and if it is, if anyone outside of Israel still uses it?

So yeah, I agree with Super17 that Twitter, Skype, Facebook, Youtube and Twitch are waaaaay more prominent than any of those.

No one is using ICQ anymore, even here in Israel lol.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: eishiya on February 29, 2016, 05:48:34 am
Even though I use AIM more regularly than any other communication platform, I still agree that the list of IM options is outdated to the point of uselessness.

It would be nice to have something more like a textbox where you can enter your stuff line-by-line, Network: Username, and to have the relevant links built based on what "Network" is, with unrecognized ones just left as plaintext. That way the forum could have support for more networks added (or old ones removed) over time without losing contact info. I doubt there's a premade plugin for that, though - plugin-makers seem obsessed with having dedicated fields for everything.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on February 29, 2016, 09:37:18 am
Removed: AIM, ICQ, YIM, MSN
added: Twitter, Skype, Pixeljoint

Are there others people feel strongly about adding?
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Mr_Hk_ on February 29, 2016, 09:43:39 am
Awesome skin and mood.  :y:
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Alex Sinigaglia on February 29, 2016, 10:15:48 am
Wow! What an update!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Super17 on February 29, 2016, 11:17:13 am
It would be nice to have something more like a textbox where you can enter your stuff line-by-line, Network: Username, and to have the relevant links built based on what "Network" is, with unrecognized ones just left as plaintext. That way the forum could have support for more networks added (or old ones removed) over time without losing contact info. I doubt there's a premade plugin for that, though - plugin-makers seem obsessed with having dedicated fields for everything.
That seems a great idea to me. However, I doubt that it's easy to implement.

Thanks Indigo for changing it so quickly!
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: 0xDB on February 29, 2016, 11:18:55 am
Removed: AIM, ICQ, YIM, MSN
added: Twitter, Skype, Pixeljoint

Are there others people feel strongly about adding?
Lovely! ... Well, almost afraid to suggest it since deviantArt is not exactly the place of choice to be when it comes to Pixel Art but it seems as the scope of this place has already widened with low-poly stuff and sketches and lots of people also sharing traditional art, there could be interest in linking to deviantArt profiles as well.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Gil on February 29, 2016, 12:21:48 pm
I agree with having deviantArt in there. Maybe a general "stream" button? You'd be able to fill in an url to Twitch, Youtube, Picarto or whatever?
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Alex Sinigaglia on February 29, 2016, 01:53:02 pm
This is not very important, but perhaps making it so the Offline and Online icons look different enough and more evident could be good.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Cyangmou on February 29, 2016, 02:55:22 pm
Removed: AIM, ICQ, YIM, MSN
added: Twitter, Skype, Pixeljoint

Are there others people feel strongly about adding?

I'd be really happy about adding "Deviantart" too

Regarding social networks (just from a modern standpoint):
Facebook might also make a lot of sense for many people, just considering the size.
Tumblr and Instagram might be important too
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: eishiya on February 29, 2016, 09:25:58 pm
Rather than adding dedicated Tumblr, Instagram, etc fields, how about just having more "website" slots? I'm sure that should be fairly easy to implement, at least compared to my other suggestion (textbox of network-username pairs). For IM programs, protocol-specific fields allow the forum to build specialised program-launching links, but for social networks like Facebook and Instagram where it'll just be linking to a webpage, there's no benefit in having a dedicated field, those can all be treated as regular websites. The one website slot that's there already lets you set a URL and a Title. For social networks, people could put the network name as the title (e.g. "Facebook").

The lone website slot made sense back when many people had a personal website and before social networks, but nowadays most people have a number of "websites" in the form of social network pages like dA, FB, etc.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on March 01, 2016, 08:06:45 am
I hear ya eishiya, but currently there's not an easy way of doing that so I'd rather not bother.  I did add a few more though; Tumblr, Facebook, and DeviantArt.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: eishiya on March 01, 2016, 04:51:19 pm
That's curious. I would've imagined adding N generic website slots would be easier than adding N specific-website slots with icons. I haven't administrated Simple Machines though, so I wouldn't know. Hopefully a modification for it will come along.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Crow on March 01, 2016, 07:21:10 pm
To be honest, I don't really see the point. If all else fails, just throw it into your signature..?
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on March 01, 2016, 08:06:16 pm
to give a little context, adding additional link slots comes built-in with SMF. That's what I'm using to add new icons.  I can also add generic text slots, but these have a number of issues:

And like Crow said, if you really really want a text link, just put it in your signature
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Cyangmou on March 01, 2016, 08:36:26 pm
great work Dan  :y:
think it's fine as it is, and if someone misses a specific comunity he always can ask in this thread or pm you directly I guess.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: eishiya on March 06, 2016, 10:20:44 pm
Is Bruce going to be a permanent part of the logo? I assumed it was a joke referring to the older logos and would get removed after a while, but I'd like to know for certain. Jump scares/sudden unexpected movement make my adrenal gland go nuts, and he's given me a couple of scares already. I don't expect the logo to get changed just because of me, of course! If there are no plans to make it a still image already, I can just block that specific image so it doesn't show up.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Crow on March 07, 2016, 11:33:58 am
Considering that this is how the old logo looked and worked as well, I suppose it'll stay. Sorry about that~
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Larwick on March 09, 2016, 01:11:59 am
Hey guys it looks great, good work.  :crazy:
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Vagrant on March 09, 2016, 09:14:35 am
Wow, this was really an awesome surprise. Made my day.

Excellent quality work.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Indigo on March 09, 2016, 05:57:31 pm
Is Bruce going to be a permanent part of the logo? I assumed it was a joke referring to the older logos and would get removed after a while, but I'd like to know for certain. Jump scares/sudden unexpected movement make my adrenal gland go nuts, and he's given me a couple of scares already. I don't expect the logo to get changed just because of me, of course! If there are no plans to make it a still image already, I can just block that specific image so it doesn't show up.

Maybe this link would help you:
http://www.addictivetips.com/web/stop-animated-gifs-from-autoplaying-in-your-browser/
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Mathias on March 11, 2016, 01:47:01 pm
Pix got its skin, still can't believe my eyes. Thanks a milli', Dan!
Looks like this thread has cooled down and everyone's generally happy. I am.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: kriss on March 11, 2016, 03:36:13 pm
It's really an awesome work you did : great colors/ fonts/ navigation ...

I'm glad this forum is alive and with this new skin  ;D
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: eishiya on March 15, 2016, 04:17:57 pm
Could tooltips (title attributes) be added to the various icons, like "Popular Thread", "New post", etc? No set of icons can be self-explanatory to everyone, and on the web we have the luxury of tooltips to remedy that problem.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: yaomon17 on March 15, 2016, 08:42:33 pm
Could we add a super important feature where if the konami code is entered, a full recreation of shaq fu becomes playable on the index page(or a cool image pops up like the other boring websites)
js script
 (http://code.snaptortoise.com/konami-js/)
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Mathias on March 28, 2016, 03:18:16 pm
May've uncovered a bug - when wrapping a width-defining, inline image reference with url tags, the end url tag gets stripped once post is submitted, and all content after the url open tag becomes part of the link.

This post http://pixelation.org/index.php?topic=19566.msg172477#msg172477
is an example.

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Also, if you try the same thing without defining the image's width (because you want to make an image clickable) it looks like the image resize script thing is causing the url tags to be removed altogether.
This means we can't post a non-resized image inline and it be clickable. Just the cost of having the image resize thing active?
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: surt on August 20, 2016, 09:55:27 am
When posting a wider than content area image it gets scaled down to an NPOT scale and then cannot be zoomed to a clean integer scaling. For example (http://pixelation.org/index.php?topic=16253.msg177882#msg177882).

Ideally it'd scale down by a POT, so that zooming can restore it to 1:1, or alternatively don't down scale below 1:1.
Title: Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
Post by: Crow on August 20, 2016, 01:06:36 pm
Thanks for reporting that! Images that are downscaled by the CSS are now first displayed at 100% zoom after the first click, then zoomed as expected on any following ones. If you find any other/new bugs, please do tell :P