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IP.Board 3.2 Update: Mobile Skin

Posted by Rikki , 01 June 2011 · 10,781 views

We've had specific support for mobile touch devices in the IP.Board suite for a number of versions - these devices see a specially designed skin which is stripped down and touch friendly, rather than the usual skin. We've taken the opportunity to update this skin for IP.Board 3.2, refreshing some aspects of the style and adding support for new features.

Launcher

Gone is the linear menu of community links, replaced instead with a new launcher screen that shows the various areas that can be accessed:

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As well as looking more pleasant, the increased space for each item should make tapping easier. In addition, you'll notice that we now display bubbles that show the message/notification counts, like on the default skin.

General interface improvements

We've restyled most elements in the skin, to lighten it and reduce the space necessary. As an example, here's the topic list:

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You'll notice the navigation bar that used to be present is now displayed as a 'Back' link in the header bar - a convention mobile users are well used to. The individual page title is shown in the black bar, with the page content following.

In this particular screenshot, you might also notice that we're using the standard default skin read/unread topic markers, since they're perfectly suited.

Here's a look at the slightly-updated topic view:

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As well as the cleaner display, you might notice we also support the new Like feature for posts.

Notifications

Notifications aren't something we've supported in the mobile skin before, but with more focus being placed on them in IP.Board as a whole, we took the step of adding them to the mobile view too. They essentially work just like you're used to, with the option to go to the user, the content, of the individual post:

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Tagging

Tagging is a new feature introduced in IP.Board 3.2, and since tags can be set as required when posted, it was essential that posting support was added to the mobile skin. This series of screenshots shows the process:

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To remove a tag, simply tap it, then tap the Remove Selected button that will appear:

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If you choose to use the closed tagging system (whereby users can only choose from tags you define), a select list is shown instead, allowing users to choose from the native phone interface.

View New Content/Searching

IP.Board 3.2 introduces a new way of filtering results when using View New Content or when searching. A bar is shown on the left, with the various filter choices able to toggled on and off to change the results. While this interface clearly wouldn't work on a mobile device, we did want to ensure the filtering options were still available. This is what we came up with:

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Clicking one of the buttons on the top bar presents the available filters, with the currently-used shown with a check:

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Looks very nice.
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davemcnally
Jun 01 2011 01:06 PM
Looking forward to trying this out!
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Yes, finally. Very nice. I've always had annoyances with the mobile skin though, so I want to try it out first. But from what I see it looks really nice.
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holy cow.

amazing.
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WHOAAAA
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Looks good.
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Neat!!!! :wub:
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Now for my community, this IS good news :)
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Page transitions?
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Sweet!
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Just release it already lol, stop teasing
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Hooray!
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Brian Guerra
Jun 01 2011 02:48 PM
oh yeahh! thats what im talking about :D
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Love it :)
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Sexy!
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Wow nice design :)
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Damn Rikki nice job! I'm with townie83 though, just release it already and stop the teasin! :P
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Is this the unannounced feature? if it is well done, if not then I'm really looking forward to it.
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markopolo2002
Jun 01 2011 03:58 PM
Am I correct in assuming (from the last screenshot) that the new mobile skin will support IPDownloads?? (w00t)
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SIIIIIICK!!!!!!!!!!!

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