Website Update: May 2015


    May 11 2015 | 10:04 pm
    Hello everyone!
    I'm putting this out there now. We've updated the website. Again.
    The important thing I would like to ask, before anything—Please try to do a hard refresh of your browsers first, or clear your caches, if possible.
    • A new font we're trying out. It's more condensed, a little more space-conscious, and will lend itself well to our very lengthy and robust conversations on the Forums as well as the various articles on the website.
    • There was also a small formatting issue with the Max Copy Compressed Patch that made it render improperly on a couple of browsers. This should be resolved now, but do let me know if it's still occurring.
    • Author and Community pages have gone through a bit of a revamp as well.
    • Also some small adjustments to the website styles.
    We're constantly on the mindset of improving the website, and of course your feedback is always welcome and appreciated. That being said, this will also not be the last you'll hear from me!

    • May 11 2015 | 10:44 pm
      As always, my thoughts when you change something fundamental (like the font) every few months...
      The problem with changing the look of something like the forum is that it's a resource for lots of people. There is something to be said for familiarity and consistency in design. I mentioned this to my friend Alex who runs a design agency who said that it's a poor choice to keep changing the font. It's probably not a good idea for any kind of site, and from memory I don't recall any other site changing as much as this one. Once I get used to the font or some new style it changes. I actually don't mind the tags too much now, but this site seems like it would benefit from less seemingly aimless fiddling, and just being left alone for a while.
      I preferred the old font.
    • May 12 2015 | 8:19 am
      The font looks really nice! And the small changes here and there, I like them!
      @Mike, I get your feeling, I used to have the same! But the constant changing kind of grow on me! Also, lately the changes do improve the site, instead of completely change stuff like they used to!
      So... nice changes Ginger, keep on the good work!
    • May 12 2015 | 9:26 am
      Nice refresh. Cool.
    • May 12 2015 | 10:22 am
      It is still really hard to see at a glance what post is new or interesting to me...
      I don't come here so often since the "improved" website and the only times I do, it doesn't take long before being annoyed by scrolling through a list of posts, lost in the middle of the page, where the only thing different from one to the other, is a bunch of tags.
    • May 12 2015 | 2:40 pm
      Thanks, friends.
      I don’t come here so often since the "improved" website and the only times I do, it doesn’t take long before being annoyed by scrolling through a list of posts, lost in the middle of the page, where the only thing different from one to the other, is a bunch of tags.
      SPIP, would this be more because of the topic titles themselves, or a specific design issue? What would help you figure out which ones were more "interesting" than the other?
    • May 12 2015 | 3:09 pm
      The first things that come to my mind are: 1. too much scrolling. Why is the width so small and doesn't use more of the available space ? Add to that the labels/tags under the topics and you can't see a lot of topics at the same time without scrolling. 2. There is probably something better to find about the titles or the location of the tags. It's hard to understand what is the thread speaking about at first glance. 3. The tags at this location are of little use. They just add more space between each titles. A column for them could be great. With the possibility of sorting the threads by tags, dates, or why not authors or last posters ?
      Hope this helps.
    • May 12 2015 | 8:41 pm
      So much wasted screen space. Line spacing is huge! Today, we have beautiful screens, with great resolutions, so I don't understand why c74 use so much empty space. Very coherent with the poor decision to thicken object box lines and to increase wasted space in message boxes from Max6 to Max7.
    • May 12 2015 | 8:49 pm
      i love the new fonts and look changes.
      i agree that there's a bit too much whitespace separating posts, for my taste.