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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 10-07-2007 05:40 PM 880 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As Bill noticed I have upgraded our picture viewer. Problem with the prev and next buttons was that they were not always on the same place and you had to hover the image to see them. To enhance the usability I’ve moved these two buttons together with the close button to the new separate toolbar at the top of the page.

Enjoy!



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Bill

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#1 posted 10-07-2007 05:52 PM

Well done Martin. This is a nice update, and I think the pictures seem bigger now too.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Mark Mazzo

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#2 posted 10-07-2007 05:56 PM

Martin,

I think that this is a great new feature. However, I am noticing today that it seems intermittent whether I see the new upgraded viewer or I just see the picture in a simple browser window requiring me to click back to get back to the post. Not sure if it is just on my end. By the way, I’m using Firefox 2.0.0.7

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at http://thecraftsmanspath.com

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#3 posted 10-07-2007 06:36 PM

Nice…It would be great if you could enhance the max allowable image size of pictures placed in the body of the text to at least 800×600. 640×480 just dosnt have the resolution detail. Thanks for the toolbar upgrade

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Martin Sojka

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#4 posted 10-07-2007 06:54 PM

Mark, the picture viewer is activated only when the page is fully loaded (green progress bar at the bottom of Firefox window). I will try to update in the future.. no luck so far ;)

Brad.. I agree that it would be better. We had 500px wide content area few months ago but then I introduced this new design with 640px wide content area. 800px would add another 160px and the site would not fit into 1024×768 screen resolution – the most popular right now.

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#5 posted 10-07-2007 06:56 PM

Mark, I’ve had the same problem, now and again, for a couple weeks now (prior to this change and again this morning).
I too am using Firefox.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 10-08-2007 12:41 AM

It looks real good , Martin. Thanks

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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markrules

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#7 posted 10-08-2007 01:04 AM

I liked the old way… You only had to click on the left or right half of the picture for it to work. Any way of keeping that ability?

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 10-08-2007 04:58 AM

Martin;

I wish I had your magical abilities with the site.

Great job.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#9 posted 10-08-2007 05:00 AM

Great viewer. I also like the change.

Sometimes the ads are slow to load and it seems to link directly to the image.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Karson

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#10 posted 10-08-2007 05:02 AM

The problem that Mark and Debbie refer to I’ve had with IE and I’ve noticed it for over a month.

But it is intermittant.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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WayneC

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#11 posted 10-08-2007 05:04 AM

I see it more when I am accessing the site using a VPN.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 10-08-2007 06:11 AM

I just discovered your change today. I was going up & down the sides of the images with no luck, then notice the bar at the top. It’s a great upgrade, as usual.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Martin Sojka

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#13 posted 10-08-2007 12:03 PM

Hey, the problem with late activation of the picture viewer is fixed now!!!

It is activated immediately after the thumbnails in the code.. no more waiting for the rest of the pages (including banners) to load woo hoo.. I’ve tested on Windows in FF and IE. Let me know if there is some problem on other platforms/browsers please.

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#14 posted 10-08-2007 12:09 PM

You are doing an amazing job with the site, Martin.

I also suffer from the occasional random picture opening in a new page instead of a floating overlay window. I did notice it more often when clicking on the first picture of the series, be it a project or a workshop and with the page fully loaded. I am working in Safari 1.3.2, the last version for my OS X 10.3.9—in a couple of weeks I will try again how things work on Tiger and Safari 3.0.

I also agree with Markrules, even if the new layout is much nicer and clean, it’d be great to keep the old functionality of “picture halves”. I was used to neve look for the “PREV/NEXT/CLOSE” buttons but click on either half of the image or outside in the white zone and now I have to precisely position the cursor on top.

Anyway, I love LJ so much that I can’t really complain! Keep up the good work that enlighten our days, Martin.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 10-08-2007 04:56 PM

Hi Martin,
I just discovered that by clicking on Right, or Left keys you can change pictures. This may be old hat to others, but I thought I’d mention it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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