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subSilver now available!

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 2:18 pm
by psoTFX
Tom's subSilver theme is now the default there here :) Of course everyone can access it via their profile.

It's not currently in CVS and won't be till a few kinks are worked out in the code and elsewhere.

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 2:28 pm
by SHS`
Hah, this is a bit confusing now, not sure if I'm posting on subsky.com or phpbb.sf.net. :)

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 2:30 pm
by psoTFX
It's quite simple, if you see any posts from me moaning and complaining then it's sourceforge.net ... if not then it's subsky :D

subSilver now available!

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 2:31 pm
by adder
psoTFX wrote:
Tom's subSilver theme is now the default there here...


Quick question... does this mean that PSO's theme/templates will be no longer updated? The reason I ask is because I've based my site's templates/themes on the PSO set, and personally prefer it, as it seems to be lighter on the bandwidth. :)

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 2:32 pm
by Ca5ey
Looks pretty nice!

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 2:41 pm
by SHS`
It's quite simple, if you see any posts from me moaning and complaining then it's sourceforge.net ... if not then it's subsky


Good point, didn't think of that. ;)
Quick question... does this mean that PSO's theme/templates will be no longer updated? The reason I ask is because I've based my site's templates/themes on the PSO set, and personally prefer it, as it seems to be lighter on the bandwidth.


Well, it is psoTFX's own template, so for the final phpBB2, I guess it will be dropped from the distribution. It'll probably stay on the dev board for a mo as psoTFX will probably update his own template rather than the other ones on the basis he's more familar with it.

As for bandwidth use, psoTFX's one was more extremely light, rather than subBlue's being heavy. At the very least, it's no heavier than vB or other BBSes.

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 2:49 pm
by psoTFX
PSO will still be updated, Tom will update subSilver (obviously ... !). PSO will probably be in the final distro as an extra template, either that or it'll be downloadable (just no one complain about the position of the buttons ;) ).

Hehe!

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 2:54 pm
by subBlue
Hah, this is a bit confusing now, not sure if I'm posting on subsky.com or phpbb.sf.net. :)

You tellin' me! I can finally see what the things like with loads of posts :)

Right, gotta make my subSky forum even better now ;)

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 3:17 pm
by SamG
And just when I finally understood the real beauty of the reply button being faithfully in the corner... :D

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 3:18 pm
by tanis
SamG: eheheh! :) just don't tell to PSO ;)

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 4:23 pm
by Kanuck
My God, it's beautiful! Damn, it's incredible how big of a difference the user interface can make to a bulletin board... it doesn't have that vBulletin feel anymore, it's soft and smooth... I balk at using the word sexy, but it's pretty damn close :)

I've noticed something very curious: typing on a page that looks so pretty, I'm discouraged to use bad language, insults, or anything of the sort... the innocent little page might see it! It's a happy looking page, it gets me in a smiley-kinda-mood... maybe that explains Paul's mysteriously docile behaviour lately! ;) :p

As far as some "kinks" to work out, I figure you might like a little feedback, Sub:
  • Some of the images, like the Post and Reply icons, are missing their height and width tags. A small issue, it just "wonkifies" the look of the page during loading. (There's a word for Webster's!)
  • I suppose you're probably already working on a way to insert BBcode/Smilies at cursor position... I won't mention it. Oops, too late.
  • I'd suggest that the Post and Reply buttons be moved from their current positions (just above and below the post table) into the horizontal bars that frame the top and bottom of the table, so that the inline navigation and page count will always be on the far left of the page, instead of being pushed to the right by the buttons. (You know... kinda like PSO's template :P)
Aside from those little issues, which are strictly a matter of opinion for the most part, I absolutely love this template!

Of course, given the chance, I could have done much better... only God knows why the dev team picked YOU to create the design. :lol: (A little jealously never hurt anyone, right?)

But seriously, sweet job, man.

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 4:41 pm
by Kanuck
Oops, one more thing, don't wanna edit in case someone's replying.

Go into your profile, set the date format to "FFFFFFFF", go to the forum index, and you'll see some lovely repeating gradients. Simple remedy, I didn't really look around to see if this problem shows up elsewhere, so you might wanna look.

Current code:

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TD.rowpic   {background-color:#DEE3E7;background-image: url(templates/subSilver/images/cellpic2.jpg);}
New code:

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TD.rowpic   {background-color:#FFFFFF;background-image: url(templates/subSilver/images/cellpic2.jpg);background-repeat:0% 50% no-repeat;}
background-repeat is your best friend :)

Some replies

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 4:55 pm
by subBlue
Thanks for your kind words Kanuck, this is what makes it worth while ;)
As far as some "kinks" to work out, I figure you might like a little feedback, Sub:
  • Some of the images, like the Post and Reply icons, are missing their height and width tags. A small issue, it just "wonkifies" the look of the page during loading. (There's a word for Webster's!)
  • I suppose you're probably already working on a way to insert BBcode/Smilies at cursor position... I won't mention it. Oops, too late.
  • I'd suggest that the Post and Reply buttons be moved from their current positions (just above and below the post table) into the horizontal bars that frame the top and bottom of the table, so that the inline navigation and page count will always be on the far left of the page, instead of being pushed to the right by the buttons. (You know... kinda like PSO's template :P)
Aside from those little issues, which are strictly a matter of opinion for the most part, I absolutely love this template!

1) I intentially didn't specify the post/reply button dimensions as i tried to make the template as easy to customise and change when it's widely released. It also defeats the point of specifying the images in template .CFG file if you were to define them directly in the template. On IE it can wonkify sometimes on the first load (might make a little change).

2) Unfortunately you can't insert smilies at the cursor position unless you have something selected. Javascript actually returns the selected text of the form input box rather than the cursor position. Nothing more we can do about that i'm afraid. However, selecting text and then clicking a smile will insert at the selected text position without replacing the selected text.

3) I think this is just a matter of personal preference. I've tried as much as possible to make this template distinctive and original as possible (which is hard for a forum since they basically all look the same). So i decided to move the post/reply buttons outside the conversation table.

Anyway, i'll still be developing the template as phpBB2 matures so feedback is appreciated. Going to make another colour scheme too i think...

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 4:55 pm
by dhn
Ha, you won't see the problem with long links or texts in my template (must be finished about when phpBB 3.0 is released). :) But this is the only plus point my template has. Great work Subblue!

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2001 5:03 pm
by subBlue
Oops, one more thing, don't wanna edit in case someone's replying.

Go into your profile, set the date format to "FFFFFFFF", go to the forum index, and you'll see some lovely repeating gradients. Simple remedy, I didn't really look around to see if this problem shows up elsewhere, so you might wanna look.


I think this is more an issue with people being able to enter nonsense date formats. I have been considering changing the date format box to a more user friendly drop down list with the common date variations.

The repeating cell background is actually something i use intentionally with the silver/grey cells to get that nice chamfer look. Like many things it was something i stumbled across by accident, but duely exploited hehe :D