Rikki

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  1. Rikki added a post in a topic: TV Shows   

    John Doyle  
  2. Rikki added a post in a topic: Revenue Idea in IPS4   

    Some of the ideas mentioned here are things we've actually brought up internally before. I can't say if/when they would be added, but we've been thinking along similar lines.
  3. Rikki added a post in a topic: Desktop browser, stuck in mobile view in IPS forums   

    At 1024 you would see the full version - it's only at 980 that it goes into the mobile view. So if you have a 1024 monitor and you don't browse with a full-screen browser, you would indeed see the mobile view.
    It's not as simple as just giving the user the option to turn it off. If they were to turn it off, the full version would not display properly at < 980 because it is not designed to do so. Moreover, responsive sites are responsive to the device by definition. You will be unlikely to find it as an optional thing on any other responsive website because by design it is showing you the optimal display for your browser.
    A per-user option won't be available. A global option to turn off responsiveness is available as a theme setting for situations where the site itself decides to disable it, accepting the caveats that entails.
    I understand others have their own opinions about catering for small devices, but responsive design is the present and the future, and so that's what we have opted to go with.
  4. Rikki added a bug in IPS4 Bug Tracker   

    Email titles always ending in ?
    I am subscribed to  http://community.invisionpower.com/forum/491-ips-community-suite-40/  and strangely, every email I get has a ? at the end of the title:

    Notice the emails from the presales forum don't, though.
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  5. Rikki added a post in a topic: Lack of navigation, breadcrumbs is unsettling   

    What you are seeing is the mobile (responsive) view. It's designed for phones, and as such space is at a premium. The design of the header is intended to be consistent with other mobile interfaces.
  6. Rikki added a post in a topic: Would be nice for us skinners   

    I have changed most of the the things brought up here, except Pages issues (because that needs a general sweep through anyway, so I'll tackle those at that time).
    Generally, ipsBox should wrap rather than be inside. Feel free to let me know if you find other areas you think are inconsistent.
  7. Rikki added a bug in IPS4 Bug Tracker   

    Broken HTML in meta tag
    Go here:  http://community.invisionpower.com/forum/469-converters/
    The header is broken because HTML is being inserted into the meta tag instead of being stripped:

     
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  8. Rikki added a bug in IPS4 Bug Tracker   

    Fatal error viewing a report
    Went to report center, viewed a report with no problem. Refreshed, and got the error below, and it now shows on  all  reports I read:

     
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  9. Rikki added a blog entry in News and Announcements   

    4.0 - Cover photos
    I want to briefly show our new cover photo support. Cover photos allow users to upload an image to represent something in the community; we currently support them in profiles and calendar events and may roll out support to other areas later.

    Here's a video of it in action for a calendar event.



    It's really simple to use, and of course still works responsively like the rest of our default theme. We hope it adds a new element of customization for content in your community.

    Developers

    For developers, supporting cover photos in your own addons is as easy as you'd expect. A helper is available which handles the nitty-gritty for you; you simply add $item->coverPhoto() to your template, override a couple of methods in your controller, and optionally build your own menu to control the user interaction (or you can let the helper output them for you, as in the video above). That's it!

    As always, screenshots are from pre-release software and are subject to change before release.
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  10. Rikki added a blog entry in News and Announcements   

    4.0 - Front-end Responsiveness Round-up
    We've previously shown how responsiveness works in the AdminCP, but I'd like to briefly introduce responsiveness on the front end, and pick a few views to show you as examples (this will be a screenshot-heavy entry!)

    What is responsiveness?

    Before we get to that, allow me to recap what responsiveness is. Responsive design is a method by which you design one page in such a way that it adapts for the available screen space on the device the user is using. This means that one theme handles both the full desktop view and the condensed mobile view with some clever CSS, in contrast to 3.x where we had a separate mobile skin.

    When we took the decision to use responsive design for IPS4, one key aim was to ensure that the mobile view isn't feature reduced. We want all functionality and all areas of the suite to be available regardless of device, and with only a couple of exceptions we're on track to deliver this.


    Primary navigation

    In mobile view, the primary navigation collapses and moves to a menu accessible with the icon in the top-right. The breadcrumb becomes a 'Back' control, taking you up a level from the current page:



    The primary navigation, when opened, looks like this:



    Moderation

    Given that the responsive theme supports all functionality, this naturally includes moderation. IPS4 support full moderation capabilities regardless of the device you're using. Here's an example of moderating images in Gallery. Notice the menu to quickly select types of content to moderate, as well as the floating toolbar at the bottom of the screen to choose actions.



    Settings page

    Taking the settings area as an example, here's the same screen at the three supported breakpoints - desktop, tablet and mobile.








    Profile view

    Here's profile view (which we covered in more detail here ) as seen on a phone:




    Calendar

    Calendar views on mobile:






    Gallery

    Viewing albums & images in a category:




    Blog

    The blog homepage:



    And viewing a blog:




    Forums

    Submitting a topic on mobile:




    Conclusion

    So that wraps up this round-up of responsive views. Naturally, there's many more views than this in the suite and we can't show screenshots of every single one, but hopefully this entry has given you a taste of a variety of views, and a better idea of how we're approaching mobile users in IPS4.


    As always, screenshots are from pre-release software and are subject to change before release.
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  11. Rikki added a blog entry in News and Announcements   

    4.0 - Profiles
    Profiles are one of the key sections of a community, as everyone knows. They are what represent your users; where their information is shown and their content is gathered. When users contribute quality content to your community, their profile is where other users go to find it in one place. In short, it's an important area.

    In IPS4, profiles have had a complete makeover. There's a lot to cover, so I'll start with a numbered screenshot, and address each section individually (please note this is a large image; if you're on mobile, you may wish to wait to view it full-size).



    1 - Header images

    In 3.x, users could customize their profiles by uploading a background image. In practice, this didn't work well when the software was integrated into an existing website design, and the options presented often ended up with a garish profile. In addition, social networks like Facebook and Twitter have adjusted user expectations on how profiles are customized.

    In IPS4, instead of page backgrounds, users instead get to customize their profile header image. This provides the best of both worlds - ample space to choose something creative, but it's contained and won't mess up a website design.

    2 - Reputation

    The user's current reputation count is shown prominently in the info column, letting other users know if this member is an asset to the community.

    3 - Warnings

    For moderators/staff, the profile now provides quick access to warning tools. By expanding the panel, they can see a brief history of recent warnings:



    And clicking one of these pops up the warning details:



    New warnings can also be issued inline, of course.

    4 - Followers

    Followers replace friends in IPS4, and the user's followers are shown in this block. Instead of requiring mutual acknowledgement as with the traditional friends system (an approach that isn't entirely useful in a community of anonymous users), in IPS4 you follow users whom you find interesting in order to be updated when they contribute to the community. Users can of course prevent others from following them, if that is a concern to them. We'll have more details on how followers works in a later entry.

    5 - About the user

    Traditional information about the user is shown in the next block, including custom profile fields.

    6 - Recent visitors

    Recent visitors to this user's profile are shown next. As with 3.x, this can be toggled on and off by the profile owner. In 4.x, this is done by clicking the X in the corner of the block.

    7 - Follow/Message member

    These primary buttons enable others to follow the user (if enabled), and send a new message inline, without leaving the page.

    8 - User's content

    In 3.x, browsing a user's content was handled by the search area of the community (though links were available in the user's profile and hovercard). We felt this wasn't the best place for it, though. After all, a user's content should be available in their profile.

    That's what this button does. It switches the profile view to 'content browsing' mode, where you can see everything the user has done. It's smooth and buttery, and because it all loads dynamically, it feels like a true part of the profile. Here's a video of it in action (14MB)



    9 - Long-form custom profile fields

    IPS4 supports various kinds of custom profile fields, including rich-text editors for long, styled content. Those custom profile fields will be shown in the main section of the profile where they get the space they need to be effective. About Me is a default field, but you can of course add your own too for your users to fill in.

    10 - User's 'Nodes'

    A node is a fancy developer term for content containers that a user creates themselves, like gallery albums and blogs (as opposed to forum categories, which are created by the admin). In IPS4, a user's 'nodes' are shown right on their profile page, making it easy to find more interesting content from the user. In this screenshot, you can see my profile is showing my albums, my blogs, and other blogs to which I contribute.

    For developers, supporting your application in this section is easy too.

    11 - Status feed

    The status feed from 3.x is of course still present, and the interaction is all inline without leaving the page.


    Conclusion

    That's profiles in 4.0. We hope the new focus on content and streamlined design provides a better experience for your users!


    As always, screenshots are from pre-release software and are subject to change before release.

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  12. Rikki added a blog entry in News and Announcements   

    4.0 - Embeddable content
    IP.Board 3.x supports "My Media", which enables you to share other content from within the community by using the "My Media" button on the editor. This results in:


    http://community.invisionpower.com/files/file/4464-ips-gdk-for-ipboard-32-amp-33/


    While this works, it has a few shortcomings:
    The styling of the block isn't really designed for each type of content it might show Users have to click the My Media button, then browse for the item, when they probably already know the URL they want to link to Not all content types are supported; e.g. you can't use My Media to link to a topic. For developers, implementing support for My Media in other applications was a process involving extension files and multiple methods


    We wanted to make sharing existing content much easier in IPS4, both for users and developers. "Embeddable content" is our solution.

    How to use it

    To embed content from elsewhere in the community, here's a step by step guide:
    Paste a link to it


    That's it! When you paste a link to almost any kind of content, whether it's a forum topic, calendar event, gallery album or more, IPS4 will automatically embed a small preview of the content, designed specifically for that content. In order to not disrupt an existing paragraph of text however, the embedded block won't be used if the link is surrounded by text. Embedded content only shows if the link is pasted on its own line, giving users more control over their post.

    Here's what a post looks like with a few embedded types shown:



    Embedded content can be used anywhere as you'd expect, including posts and comments, but also status updates, IP.Content articles, and so on.

    For developers

    Supporting embedded content in your apps is very easy; your content model simply has to implement IPSContentEmbeddable:

    class _Topic extends IPSContentItem implements ... IPSContentEmbeddable
    Your controller then simply looks for an embed request and returns HTML - that's it. Our default blocks also have their own template and CSS file, so theme designers can change the styling on a per-theme basis.

    Conclusion

    Our hope is that this easier method of embedding content encourages more cross-posting and highlighting of good content in IPS4. The process is almost wholly automatic, meaning users don't have to think in order to share great content with others.

    As always, screenshots are from pre-release software and are subject to change before release.
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  13. Rikki added a blog entry in News and Announcements   

    4.0 - Q&A Forums
    One of the most distinctive uses for a forum is that of a 'knowledge community', where users visit in order to get help with a problem or question. Our own Pre-sales forum uses this model, but we also have many customers who run forums that are almost exclusively knowledge-based (such as Roxio and Evernote).

    IP.Board 3.x introduced the concept of a "Best Answer" flag, allowing topic creators and staff the ability to highlight the reply to a topic that they deem best answers the question. This shows a snippet of the post in green at the top of the topic. Many sites now use this feature, but for IPS4 we wanted to expand the functionality offered for these types of forums.

    Question & Answer Forums

    Forums in IPS4 will enable you to set a forum as a "Q&A Forum". This adjusts the forum to be specifically designed for knowledge sharing. Instead of topics and posts, it has questions and answers.

    On the forum index, the forum will be shown as a Q&A forum with its forum icon (unless you've set a custom forum icon for that forum):



    Forum View

    When you enter the forum, instead of the normal topic listing, you see a list of questions:



    You'll see here that questions that have a best answer are indicated with a green checkbox. You'll also notice that one of the stats on the right hand side is 'votes'. In Q&A forums, questions can be voted up or down by users, in order to give them more visibility. More popular questions will bubble to the top (depending on the age of the question). You can of course still order by more traditional methods, if you wish.

    Popular questions from the past 30 days are also highlighted at the top of the forum, providing an up-to-date 'knowledgebase' that other users can see. Using our own presales forum as an example, if someone asked a question about an important feature and it was voted highly, other users visiting the forum would see it right at the top, which is great for content visibility and helping users get the answers they're looking for with minimal fuss.

    Question View

    Clicking into a question shows an adjusted topic view:



    The question (i.e. the first post) is shown at the top of the page on all pages, with answers listed below. You'll see that replies can also be voted up and down - in fact, this determines the order in which answers are shown inside the question. Popular answers, as determined by the community, will appear at the top, with worse or incorrect answers being pushed down. This is great for quickly finding the best information for the question at hand; in IP.Board 3.x, all too often a high-quality answer will appear in the middle of a topic and unfortunately go unnoticed by the topic creator or others looking for an answer. You can still sort answers by date, if you prefer.

    In the screenshot above you can also see the first post is marked as the best answer. "Best Answer" always appears at the top, regardless of its vote count.

    Question/answer ratings are separate from reputation, so you can of course still "Like" posts even if you don't think they're a good answer to the question.

    Conclusion

    So that's the new Q&A feature for IP.Board. We think it'll a big step forward for knowledge-driven communities using IP.Board, or even individual forums in other communities (like our pre-sales forum), helping users find answers to their questions more efficiently, and ultimately making your communities more useful.


    As always, screenshots are from pre-release software and are subject to change before release.
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  14. Rikki added a blog entry in News and Announcements   

    4.0 - AdminCP Reordering
    Different staff members typically have different roles within a community - especially larger communities, where you may have staff responsible for the theme, others handling tickets and different staff maintaining the system. In 3.x, we had a 'Bookmarks' system in the AdminCP that allowed you to create a menu of frequently-used sections in an effort to make them easier to get to, rather than navigating the main menus.

    As with every feature in IPS4, we took some time to think about what this Bookmark feature aimed to achieve, and whether it was the best way to achieve it (seriously - we have considered everything you'll see in IPS4 very carefully; nothing gets a free pass).

    We determined through speaking to administrators that the primary use of this feature was actually to get to one place quickly - whatever place that might be. It appeared to be rarely used as an actual bookmarks menu, and besides, duplicating browser functionality should always send up a red flag. We decided to rethink the idea.

    What we decided to do instead is allow AdminCP menus, both primary and secondary, to be reordered on a per-admin basis. This means each admin can set the AdminCP menu up however works best for themselves. If you use the theme system a lot, you can make that your first menu item. Or, if you use the ticket system in Nexus, you can put that first.

    Here's how it works:


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  15. Rikki added a record in IP.Board   

    Backslash turned into entity in ad code
    If you enter code in the Ad Code Integration settings which contains a backslash, it gets turned into an HTML entity when you save, causing the ad to break.
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    What's on my mind?

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      Pretty Pink World Domination :D

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  2. Brett L » Rikki

    testing...

    1. Brett L

      More testing

    2. Brett L

      Test.

    3. Brett L

      Twstjdkdkfkr f flood r r

    4. Rikki

      Replying!

  3. Rikki

    testing

  4. Breadfan » Rikki

    Just testing.

  5. Amy T » Rikki

    what are you doing?

  6. invisiblex_merged » Rikki

    see here lightbox loading faster ..can we have like that effect http://www.jbacterium.com/easius/

  7. Rikki

    This is a status

    1. Hennet

      This is a comment

    2. DawPi

      This is Sparta!

    3. IPBSupport.de

      WOW, Riki found the Statusupdates :D

    4. onlyME

      what is it?

  8. .Corey » Rikki

    not management?

  9. AlexJ » Rikki

    I like the new interface and layout of downloads! I hope the category layout also changes in future! Thanks!

  10. Digory » Rikki

    For some reason I always think of Lilo & Stitch when I see your username on the forums.

  11. Rikki

    I'm just updating my status, don't mind me.

    1. Maxhunter

      :huh:

  12. Rikki

    Reply to my status please!

    1. Josh

      No!

    2. Rikki

      :(

    3. AnthonyKinson

      hello :D

    4. Bj08

      Ant stinks!

    5. TWF

      neat :D

    6. Matt

      REPLY

    7. AtariAge

      We look for things to make us go!

    8. Energizer

      Test

    9. iozay

      It looks... Shiny :o

    10. Hennet

      teeeeeeeest

    11. stoo2000

      Bump :P

    12. AndyF

      You got me good and proper the other day :p

  13. Iestyn » Rikki

    Hello Rikki. I've just been looking through your Flickr photos. Are you a professional photographer? Awesome photos mate.

  14. Rikki

    Check out Gallery on this board, we've updated to 3.1.0!

  15. AndyF » Rikki

    Hi Rikki :)

  16. AcidArtworks » Rikki

    checkout my thread please on feedback<ipb board

  17. AcidArtworks » Rikki

    I wanted a refund because I have found a new forums that have interested me. I am sorry but I stand by my option, but I come back someday to buy a IPB license i am like 99.9% sure because IPB is perfect for graphics site and VBulletin for something else, if i start my graphics site 100% il come back to buy IPB but that wil take a yea...

    Dear IPB staff,






  18. Rikki » randomtestaccount

    I do all the skinning and javascript :) I only modify the php as necessary to do my part of the work.

  19. randomtestaccount » Rikki

    Rikki do you code the Structure for IPB or do you code the skins only? (btw the skin looks breathtaking)

  20. Rikki » Keith J. Kacin

    I bet it's nice and cool in Texas, eh? :D

  21. .Brian » Rikki

    Hello old man :p.

  22. iAdi » Rikki

    Your design is beautiful!

  23. tranceandy » Rikki

    Well done on the website Rikki :D

  24. MGBrose » Rikki

    Wanted to say, Great job on the homepage!

  25. Joey_M » Rikki

    Can't tell you how awesome your making the 3.0 skin!
    Great work ;)