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New Forum Menu On-line

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Phillip, Nov 3, 2002.

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  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    I just updated our forum templates in order to accommodate the new Flash menu Jamie designed.

    Let us know what you think and if you notice any issues with the new menu and the forum working together. We'll be tweaking it some the next few minutes.
  2. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member

    I wondered why it was up :) ......... But still it's great help to get back on your site:D

  3. EmmyMik

    EmmyMik Well-Known Member

    When I first saw it I was confused. But now I'm not.

    Very nice!

  4. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Is it supposed to be fading in and out like that ? I didn't notice the others doing that. It's very nice !
  5. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    This one fades. A little variety. You may now link to all areas of the site. I like how this integrates the site and forum. Something that could not be done as well on Delphi. :)
  6. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I think the fade is a little too slow. Bringing in a fade isn't a bad idea, but making it slow on a forum page which people flip through like 20 a minute means people are continually seeing black space at first. I like the choice of characters, very colorful and contrasting and the way things like 'Calendar' and 'Faq' has been integrated is very cool. The curtain effect is very cool too but i think it being part of the fade up looks wierd !
  7. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Geez, the fade is a fraction of a second!:eek: I think on some systems that portion of the page is taking longer to load for some reason. It's the only explanation We will look into it. This is likely a temporary menu for the next few months. :)
  8. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Actually Jamiekins, it may well be because i'm on a slow connection because it all seems faster once it's in the cache. Even though the header loads fast, it seemed to make the fade more than a few seconds and also meant the white part of the curtain effect appeared a lot later than the rest of the forum. Nothing major - it's a lovely header - y'know how picky Muppet fans are. Don't worry, i'll get over it one day ! :eek:
  9. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Fixing that. Didn't see the white version up yet. Thanx for telling me. ;)
  10. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    The fade is sliced in half. You almost don't even notice anymore, but it is important that the users feel comfortable and apparently this was an issue. I'm just glad it's finally up. LOL!
  11. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    Way to go Jamie, Phil, and everyone else! Love how you incorporated an element from each of the other sections of MC.
  12. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Much appreciated Jamie - so much better now. If it wasn't for the surfing of Muppet sites i'd have nothing to do while at work so comfort is indeed a big concern. I'm feeling as snug as a blue footed eagle now ! :D
  13. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    No prob. It was quite easy. It's just been so long since I designed the menu.
  14. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    Boo. It looks nice, but I hate the fact that I need to have Flash enabled to get to the CP, Search, Members and Calender.

    At least on the rest of MC there are standard HTML links to the sections of the site that non-Flash users can get to. It seems to be fully catered to Flash users only now.
  15. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    We will consider that in an upgrade. I don't get why you would disable Flash if you have it. Any user who does so knows they are limiting their web experience. Expect many sites to transfer their content to an entire Flash format in light of what MX can do these days. I recently had the privilege to go to a Macromedia demo. Geez, there really are no limits anymore. Getting around the web without Flash will almost be like renting a car without a credit card. But we still want to keep thing easy for the longtime MC user. We will see what we can do about that.
  16. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member


    I use the Opera browser which allows the user to enable or disable various luxuries (read: annoyances) such as pop-ups, animated gifs, javascript, java, Flash, etc... at will. I keep Flash disabled 90% of the time to avoid animated and sound-driven advertisements, but I can enable it on the fly.

    Most web designers don't use Flash properly -- you're one of the few I've found who uses it wisely -- and keeping it disabled makes for a much nicer web browsing experience.

    As long as you're considering things for future updates, I'd like to request a "View New Posts" link on each page so I don't have to keep going back to the main page for it. That would be cool.
  17. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Thanx for the compliment. I thought you had that sort of reason. You are right about Flash designers. Like Dreamweaver, Flash has an easy to use interface, which can be deceiving. It makes any novice think they can just start designing without thought or education. (It also holds true for digital cameras and "filmmakers") As for sound, I just keep my PC on mute.

    Many people also dislike Flash because it is new. If it were around ten years ago it would have already been the standard. There are so many fantastic things that can be done now; forms, live update charts and graphs, etc. As a designer - I make the choice to use it to help strengthen it as a web standard.

    I am also annoyed by recent Flash-based pop-up ads too. They spoil it for the rest of us. There have been a lot of lengthy ads (especially by the Fox channel) that have no close button! I make it a point to not respond to the messages (as if it helps) but see it as the cost of business on the web. Can't be free forever.

    Nonetheless we need to be mindful of MC users. It will likely remain this way for a while. This particular menu was a temporary fix anyway. It was rushed to be timed with my portfolio but didn't materialize until now for various reasons. I also encourage you to disable Flash when visiting Muppet Central this holiday season.
  18. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    Ohhh, wow, like it's toootally groovy fer sher!
  19. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    The solution for non-flash users would be to have the 'User Cp', 'Calendar' etc as text links in the footer i guess.

    Also a 'View New Posts' link on every forum page has been requested now a few times and never happened - it'd look great sitting there underneath the date or could just be inserted on the template as a text link.
  20. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    Exactly. This is what I was suggesting. It's very easy to do really.

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