Yes, it's coming together nicely. Thanks for all your hard work.
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As a few have stated font size is looking much better. Also as said it doesn't matter what the numbers say if the reality is different.
However the New Post page is still very hard to read quickly or even to just read at all. Too much unnecessary stuff and spacing, etc. What we used to have was far superior.
With all that said thing are certainly improving.
Thanks for all the work
Replying to a thread..just gives me a ' quick reply '.
Too busy a format. My eyes..
p.s. the only way I found is ' quick reply '; ' Go Advanced '.
I have to ' press ' the ' Top ' icon 5/6 times before anything happened.
In a months time you will all wonder how you put up with the old format. Its what you get used to.
I bet this upgrade offers some extra security measures that we needed.
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What motivated this change was:
1) we have been compromised by various attacks some of which had damaged our database and caused the loss of PMs
2) Some of the plug-ins we used were full of security holes, and development had stopped on them, so new versions were needed. The Newest versions were only available on VB4 although some different ones were available on the prior version too.
3) The style system has totally changed from VB3, which forced us to re-style using the new tools that VB4 offered.
4) Moving to VB5 (some day maybe) is a very big jump from VB3, but much better from VB4.
Besides the forum software upgrade, we have:
1) Updated the base operating system to the latest version.
2) Updated to the latest versions of Apache and PHP 5.5 BTW the prior version of forum software had many issues with current versions of PHP
3) Installed a new content delivery system that includes both caching and reputation-based screening of client ip addresses
4) distributed content world-wide to 23 points of service to improve our page load time and reduce our server load
5) added redundancy to our dns, so address translations won't fail when one provider goes down.
6) prevented root logins unless one holds the correct X.509 certificate so that hackers might be thwarted.
7) Added automatic log scanning software that blocks ip addresses that appear to be doing things we consider threatening
8) changed the structure of the databases so that backups can occur in minutes instead of hours
and a whole bunch of techie things which include changing the graphics libraries to produce better image quality.
So, Yes I am sure there are issues, but fundamentally EVERYTHING has changed.
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Whew. Lots of work, Bob. Thanks for taking on the overhaul.
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Thanks for all the hard work, Bob! I know what a big undertaking this was!
My images are gone
the text color when doing a search is too close to the background color of the text window (was searching for a post in B/S)
seems to occur with other text windows as well
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Bob, a very big undertaking indeed. You and the team working with you have done a super job.
Have there been changes to how images are attached?
I just added a few images and now they appear as small (no complaint about that) then when you click on them they appear larger but it appears you are controlling the size (no complaint about that either).
Thanks for all your work with the upgrade, looking great!
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I uploaded a couple of photos to the gallery, and now they are waiting for a moderator. Is that the way it's intentioned to be? In that case, I must upload my photos to another gallery. Part of the fun is to get stuff online right away.
My photos are hosted on Flickr or my own server. I don't upload them separately to every bulletin board forum. I find I can still use the IMG url /IMG mechanism, but I have to enter it manually—the image tool defaults to uploading the image here now.
Can we get another icon that loads images from a url the old way? Thx.
The old way was to simply link to the image. That makes the forum and mobile views not under control of the forum software. The problem with a pure url is that it forces the browser (including mobile) to scale the image once the whole thing has been downloaded.
To upload images click the insert image icon in the editor.
Once there you will find two tabs,
one from computer which allows the uploading of files, and one from URL which does an upload (to create scaled images for thumbnails and for mobile).
I am having a harder time finding the actual image url in flickr since they seem to have obfuscated it a bit.
What Flickr does offer is a BBCode option.
Simply select that option, then copy/paste it into your post.
Hmm. I really don't like the way BBS forum software does scaling most of the time, and I'm not thrilled with seeing attachments of my photos besides what I post inline in the message. I size my photos specifically for when I post them to the world to see, it's part of the rendering process.
But I use the BBCode output from Flickr most of the time, and nip the direct image URL when that's important if I don't want the click-through to work. I don't know why that's difficult. :-)
I presume the second image is the size that you set the image to be, without scaling. Look at the over-sharpening in the first, a result of scaling and resharpening.
My example ... Done right, the two images should be identical and unscaled (the photo is 1200 pixels wide).
from flickr by uploading from URL (retrieve from remote and reference locally disabled):
Leica M-P + Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH (LTM)
from flickr with BBCode:
You do have to be sure you capture the hard link from the original post sizing, not from a scaled version. Flickr adaptively scales things too; it's why I hate seeing scaled photos.
Note that on my iPad mini, both your images appear the same size. On my 27" display, your two photos appear two different sizes. Both my images appear the same size (smaller) on either device, and are scaled much less obtrusively on the iPad.
Every image I load into our gallery is 1200 px wide. That's why I use our gallery than some other web site like flicker. Folks you get free space use it.
Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.
And Guy, I participate on at least seven different forums as well and a few mailing lists. Flickr and my own web server are the basis of my posted image management. I won't change that for one small forum. The majority of the audience that follows my work is certainly not on GetDPI... Many of them are people who buy photographs, not camera gear. :-)
I'm also having real problems with uploading images to the fora. My old method no longer works (embedded image link in small 1024 image) to get a larger size and uploading 1200 pixel images directly from my desktop are also downsized and resharpened. I'll just wait until this is sorted out before posting more images.
EDIT: I'm now using the old [IMG] coding to insert linked images and working fine.
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It can be done at the expense of mobile users which now constitute about 25% of all our page views.
Where I am most concerned is for those folks who store a very large images some as large as 80 Mpx, where a direct url to the image would cause that entire image to be downloaded to their mobile device and only then scaled by their browser.
That adds considerable load time when browsing the site by such devices if such large images are referenced.
I hope that folks will have the good sense not to directly link huge images as it really slows down thread browsing.
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not a huge deal, but i am noticing the new images shown on the right side seem way over-saturated
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I have turned off sharpening in thumbnail production.
There used to be a dedicated link to the Buy & Sell in the menu bar. I miss this. It saved me some navigation if I wanted to check the B&S directly from one of the fora.
Just to say again that my snaps previous to up grade have disappeared. Seems like all who post as thumbnails have suffered such a fate. Woe is us! Thanks for all the hard work Bob et al.
We are working toward a resolution to the missing attachments.
Keep your fingers crossed, but we think it is possible.
did you check out the text/background in the search window input box?
I thought I did.
Is it still bad?
i just went to the B/S forum and clicked search this forum; still wonky there
Top page near Welcome <username> message is settings
Then "My Account"/"General Settings"
Near the bottom of the page under "Miscellaneous Options" you will see the various editor options.
The font size tonight seems to be smaller again. :-\
Which font? Almost every sort of area has its own settings.
There have been no font changes for the last few days.
A separate thought:
Something that's always seemed a little strange to me is that the only place I can get a concise list of 'threads I'm subscribed to that have new activity on them' is in the Settings control panel. That's always what I want to see first when I look in on a forum. Second is 'new activity on the forum in general,' which the New Posts button handles.
Wouldn't it make sense to have a dedicated button on the main bar for that sort of list? I don't use much else in my Settings area all that often, and the button to get there is in a completely different part of the screen.