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Offline Riven
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« Posted 2011-12-07 21:16:07 »

Showing thumbnails in showcase and featured section:
It picks the first image of the first post. Feel free to adjust your threads with this in mind.
N.B.: Members abusing this increased visibility (i.e. NSFW graphics or ads) will be perm-banned on the spot. Needless bumping your own thread will result in a warning.



Showing viewers browsing a specific board
Not really that interesting, but I saw IndieGamer do it, so...



Showing ads of games published by our own members
  • To see them: logout
  • On every page: one rectangle (160px) under [featured game] on right side of the page
  • On every topic: two banners (640px), interleaved in the messages/replies
If you have a finished game and a couple of banners, drop me a note and your ads will be served for free. You'll get access to the ad-management interface that also shows statistics on how your ads are performing.

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Offline ra4king

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2011-12-07 21:21:16 »

How do you set a thumbnail to your showcase post?

As always, thanks for taking the time to maintain JGO Riven Smiley

Offline Riven
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« Reply #2 - Posted 2011-12-07 21:29:18 »

How do you set a thumbnail to your showcase post?
I explained that in the post.

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Offline ra4king

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2011-12-07 21:35:34 »

Grin oops didn't read carefully

Offline Mike

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2011-12-07 23:08:46 »

Looks very nice Smiley I like that the showcase/featured games section now looks a bit less like a forum and more like a portfolio.

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Offline Riven
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« Reply #5 - Posted 2011-12-07 23:37:20 »

Looks very nice Smiley I like that the showcase/featured games section now looks a bit less like a forum and more like a portfolio.

Thanks! It's still not ideal, bit I agree it's better. I actually got the urge to browse the older topics Smiley

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Offline ReBirth
« Reply #6 - Posted 2011-12-08 02:20:00 »

Good work on ads and showcase thumbnails! Cool

Offline Scarzzurs
« Reply #7 - Posted 2011-12-08 08:51:13 »

Very cool feature indeed! Cheesy

However, I did notice that some of the topic images have been scaled poorly.
I guess the author can adjust their images accordingly, but in that case I'd be nice to know how the scaling works / what resolutions are the most optimal. :-)

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Offline Riven
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« Reply #8 - Posted 2011-12-08 10:39:07 »

However, I did notice that some of the topic images have been scaled poorly.
I guess the author can adjust their images accordingly, but in that case I'd be nice to know how the scaling works / what resolutions are the most optimal. :-)

1. The image is scaled to a height of 128px.
2. The width is scaled keeping the w/h ratio.
3. The image width is cut off at 256px.

TLDR; to make the image fill the entire thumbnail: make the image twice as wide as it is high.

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Offline dishmoth
« Reply #9 - Posted 2011-12-08 11:18:25 »

I think the thumbnails are brilliant!

But they might be a little more brilliant if they were scaled to either a height of 128px or a width of 256px, whichever gives the smaller result (so no cropping).  And I'm not really a fan of the black borders down the sides of the images - unless there's a reason why you want all the thumbnails to end up the same size.

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Offline Chromanoid

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« Reply #10 - Posted 2011-12-08 11:42:10 »

very nice! at http://zfx.info we have some kind of pic dump on the main page. maybe you could add such a thing at the front page too. I think it motivates people to post pics.
Offline Riven
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« Reply #11 - Posted 2011-12-08 12:18:39 »

But they might be a little more brilliant if they were scaled to either a height of 128px or a width of 256px, whichever gives the smaller result (so no cropping).  And I'm not really a fan of the black borders down the sides of the images - unless there's a reason why you want all the thumbnails to end up the same size.
Thumbnails with different widths looks really messy.

Regarding scaling width vs. height... it's not like I have the dimensions of the images... the URL is all I've got, so I can't really determine the best way to scale

... well, I could write some obscure javascript executed on img.onload -- *sigh*

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Offline Riven
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« Reply #12 - Posted 2011-12-08 12:20:31 »

very nice! at http://zfx.info we have some kind of pic dump on the main page. maybe you could add such a thing at the front page too. I think it motivates people to post pics.
I agree, I already planned to add thumbnails to the sidebar - the code is ready, but I'm still messing with the layout.

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Offline fruitmaze

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« Reply #13 - Posted 2011-12-08 12:38:03 »

Great with thumbnails in Showcase and Feauture section! I saw several games now that I had missed before.
Offline dishmoth
« Reply #14 - Posted 2011-12-08 12:47:40 »

Regarding scaling width vs. height... it's not like I have the dimensions of the images... the URL is all I've got, so I can't really determine the best way to scale

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« Reply #15 - Posted 2011-12-08 12:57:01 »

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Offline Grunnt

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« Reply #16 - Posted 2011-12-08 13:00:44 »

It looks really good!

Offline EgonOlsen
« Reply #17 - Posted 2011-12-08 15:27:42 »

These preview images make the affected forums almost unusable on mobile devices. Can it be disabled somewhere?

Offline Riven
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« Reply #18 - Posted 2011-12-08 17:52:22 »

These preview images make the affected forums almost unusable on mobile devices. Can it be disabled somewhere?
Now using HTML5 canvas to shrink the images ahead of time, instead of during reflow / scrolling.

Better? Works on my crappy Android phone.

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Offline EgonOlsen
« Reply #19 - Posted 2011-12-08 18:12:34 »

Yes, it's better now... Smiley

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« Reply #20 - Posted 2011-12-08 18:24:07 »

very nice! at http://zfx.info we have some kind of pic dump on the main page. maybe you could add such a thing at the front page too. I think it motivates people to post pics.

Done! (Logout to see)

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Offline EgonOlsen
« Reply #21 - Posted 2011-12-08 21:58:13 »

Yes, it's better now... Smiley
...but i still don't like it, even on a desktop machine. It makes everything harder to read...an option to disable it would be great.

Offline Riven
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« Reply #22 - Posted 2011-12-08 22:08:43 »

Yes, it's better now... Smiley
...but i still don't like it, even on a desktop machine. It makes everything harder to read...an option to disable it would be great.
This is a serious question: why would you want to read the listings in the showcase?

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Offline EgonOlsen
« Reply #23 - Posted 2011-12-09 07:58:47 »

This is a serious question: why would you want to read the listings in the showcase?
To get a quick overview of what is new.

Offline aazimon
« Reply #24 - Posted 2011-12-09 23:53:38 »

Some people just can't be pleased.  Roll Eyes

I like it.
The black border is a little hard contrast, perhaps a gray border. I mean blueish gray border.  Roll Eyes
Offline ReBirth
« Reply #25 - Posted 2011-12-10 04:42:34 »

Why the puppy games ad been called shameless?  Clueless

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« Reply #26 - Posted 2011-12-10 10:36:48 »

Why the puppy games ad been called shameless?  Clueless
It's a real ad. I do not control what is displayed there. Yesterday I literally made $0.004 (less than a cent, w00t!)

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« Reply #27 - Posted 2011-12-10 10:53:39 »

Yeah it really needs other advertisers to compete with us or we're not going to end up paying very much for the spot Smiley So far I've spent 33c and got 11 clicks, hehe.

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« Reply #28 - Posted 2011-12-10 12:17:23 »

Showing thumbnails in showcase and featured section:

Thank you, very nice feature!
Imho a more common aspect ratio for the thumbnails would be better (like 16:10 instead of 2:1). Also it might look cleaner to simply replace the post type icons column with the thumbnails instead of adding them to the subject...

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« Reply #29 - Posted 2011-12-10 12:49:34 »

Will do!

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