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Apr 20 2007, 05:49 AM (Post #1)
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Important: Before you do ANYTHING, be sure to do a COMPLETE reload of Origin XT by pressing CTRL+R. The style sheets were heavily modified so if Origin looks strange to you, be sure to recache the CSS (style sheets). If that doesn't fix things, clear your browser cache and cookies, and relogin to Origin XT.

Synopsis: What you see right now (after a clean reload, of course) is an Alpha Preview of XT Version 2—the next release of Origin XT. As it is a preview, many things are still subject to change, such as the banner (which still looks not-so-gorgeous—perhaps worse than before) and the color palette. But the general sense of things—the tabs, the insertion & subjugation of forum navigation (among other things) into the website wrapper, the clean, logical feel of things will all remain, in one form or another. What all that means is that I am fully open to critiques, suggestions, offers of help as of now, to help me mold the final stages of Origin XT.

Details: For this version, I went for the direct, logical, professional and clean (and compact) feel. I hope you can see that. The tabs organize Origin into distinct, yet interconnected, sections or parts (the active tab is reddish, and they use NO javascript at all). The wrapping of individual parts around the encapsulating wrapper of Origin XT further emphasizes that logical connection between Origin as a network of web-services and the individual parts themselves. The color scheme follows a natural coloring law of dark, light, dark in order to emphasize the portion of largest contrast (the content), and separate the inside from the outside. These reasons are why Origin now has this "feel."

The compact organization is done with a single Members' bar and the integration of Member Functions (login for guests and skin-change dropdown for members) into the navigation line. Figure out the rest stongue.gif

What else is planned? I am also working on features to make creating XT articles much more simplified, such as standardized and uniformly clean tags for headings, subheadings, and block-indentation features, etc. At the same time, I am also adding in more XT settings to do things such as satisfy some of the Luddites like Odd (who apparently isn't here right now) stongue.gif


Right now, I am asking for everyone's suggestions for anything—particularly for the color palette and the logo, both of which I think can use a lot more work. Also, it'd be nice if someone can transparent-ize the post buttons! Thanks for your time ssmile.gif
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Apr 20 2007, 05:51 AM (Post #2)
Here for the cute boys ;)
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It looks very clean and smooth. Perhaps though, you could do retro-Origin skins?
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Apr 20 2007, 07:17 AM (Post #3)
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What happened to the side buttons I loved so very very much?

Also, the lighter grey doesn't look that great.
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Apr 20 2007, 07:56 AM (Post #4)
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I have side buttons. Try switching the skin.
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Apr 20 2007, 11:33 AM (Post #5)
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I like it, it is easier to navigate.
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Apr 20 2007, 05:45 PM (Post #6)
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I like it too, basically everything about it is better. As far as the color issue, my monitor sucks, so this color scheme is actually better for me.
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Apr 20 2007, 09:19 PM (Post #7)
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Everything does look better...though now the buttons don't fit with the whole scheme. You mentioned that I believe...

I much prefer the absence of the side icons. o_o

The pages take close to thirty seconds to load now though. <_< Way too slow.
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Apr 20 2007, 10:10 PM (Post #8)
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QUOTE (MasterOdd @ Apr 20 2007, 02:19 PM)
Everything does look better...though now the buttons don't fit with the whole scheme. You mentioned that I believe...

I much prefer the absence of the side icons. o_o

The pages take close to thirty seconds to load now though. <_< Way too slow.
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Yeah I did o_o

>_< That's in the XT settings. Turn it off then. The icons are cute stongue.gif

rip.gif That's not the problem of the skin. In coding this, I reduced file-size by over 30% so it's the server acting up.
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Apr 20 2007, 11:56 PM (Post #9)
Here for the cute boys ;)
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Could you bring back the "___ posts since your last visit <insert time here>" thing? I liked seeing that because it told me how active Origin was.
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Apr 21 2007, 12:39 AM (Post #10)
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There is no feasible place to place that anymore. Instead, use the get latest replies option.
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Apr 21 2007, 03:34 AM (Post #11)
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Yeah, I know. I already do. It was just a nice luxury to have, you know. ssmile.gif
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Apr 21 2007, 04:52 AM (Post #12)
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We also save several database queries stongue.gif
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Apr 22 2007, 02:38 PM (Post #13)
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*stares* OOoh, prettyful. =3
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Apr 23 2007, 06:50 PM (Post #14)
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Looks awesome THUMBS.GIF

I'm sorry I haven't been around much in the past few weeks, been pretty busy both online and off rip.gif however, I am back now and inline with this new development I am ready to write write write. I just need opinions on what to write.

The place looks A-MAZING now. Congrats on a job well done Grand. It has been a long time in the making, but I can now see what I am working with and I feel trés motivated about the Project again sbiggrin.gif
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Apr 24 2007, 04:03 AM (Post #15)
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ssmile.gif Thanks. I definitely appreciate the freedom you afforded me by not hassling me with minor details as it was still in major development stongue.gif
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