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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 03-01-2007 10:01 AM 993 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s another design update time! I’ve decided to celebrate our 1st birthday with the facelift of the project, blog, topic and workshop pages. As you can see life is never boring here on LumberJocks ;)

Here is the screenshot of the updated project page (one of the Mark’s projects serves as a nice example):

Project page redesign

As you can see I’ve added handy statusbar/toolbar right under the project title. It summarizes all of the project “meta” info like the author, posted time (right now in ago format, once I add the support for TimeZones I will show real date as well), number of views, comments and new comments (if any). Edit link was moved to this toolbar too so look for it there if you want to edit your posts.

This toolbar is present also on the blog entry, topic and workshop pages to make your browing experience consistent.

Next is the author card that you can see on the left side. It contains author buddy icon, name, handy (again;) links to profile, projects, blog and also the number of postings done by the author since registration. So this card provides you quick summary about the author. And it also allowed us to save some space because the old author info boxes were too high and contained much less information.

You will see this author card on the blog and workshop pages too.

Now about the most “dramatic” change. After adding author card to the project I had dilemma about the position of the pictures. They didn’t look good above the author card and they didn’t look good below it either. So I asked myself: “Are the pictures essential part of the project?”.. as you can guess the answer is YES so why not display them prominently right above the project story? That’s exactly what I did. This way it was also possible to show slightly larger versions of the 2nd and 3rd picture. And they still don’t take too much space out of the story because they are presented in one compact row. Hope you like this.. I’m really interested to hear your opinions on this. I personally like it more now and encourage you to browse through some of your projects to see how better they look now ;)

And don’t forget to click on the pictures to enlarge them. I’ve changed the color scheme of the enlarged picture viewer from white on black to brown on white. Now it blends nicely with the rest of the LJ design. Tip: remember that you can switch between the images in the viewer directly by pressing P or N (previous, next) keys or by hovering over the current image and clicking either on the left half of it (goes to previous picture) or the right one (goes to next picture). More about this in the coming help.

OK that’s it. Hope these changes will make your experience here even more pleasant.

And stay tuned for the weekend.. we’re preparing the interview with our Winter Awards winners ;)



15 comments so far

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Obi

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#1 posted 03-01-2007 10:56 AM

Very Nice . Great Job Martin. Since I went to bed at 9 and my body thinks my nap is over, it looks like Im the first one to see this. ( Don must be working)

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#2 posted 03-01-2007 01:00 PM

ah .. here’s your post..
(rubbing my eyes….) I looked for it before I posted a comment but didn’t see this.

Bravo—again.
I like it

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 03-01-2007 01:59 PM

Martin,
Great layout, when do you sleep? I like the images running across the top, plus the whole image shows up now. The second & third images are almost as large as the first. I’m sure I’ll notice more things as I use it more.

-- -** 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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Karson

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#4 posted 03-01-2007 02:39 PM

Very Good Martin. A nice improvement.

-- 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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Bill

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#5 posted 03-01-2007 06:13 PM

Great job Martin. Amazing how you keep thinking up these things to improve the site.

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

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#6 posted 03-01-2007 08:01 PM

Looking good. I’m like what I see.

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Martin Sojka

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#7 posted 03-01-2007 08:03 PM

Thanks for the positive feedback!

Dick, I use to sleep during US evenings ;)

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Martin Sojka

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#8 posted 03-01-2007 08:04 PM

hey Dennis.. we posted almost at once here. Glad you like it.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 03-01-2007 08:21 PM

Martin
I have a cousin who manages a tech support company in the Phillipines. He works night shift all the time. All the business is from USA.

-- -** 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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#10 posted 03-01-2007 08:28 PM

Dick, I’m in the Europe so I’m 6 hours ahead of the US east.

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scottb

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#11 posted 03-02-2007 01:16 AM

Looks like a nice improvement. will take a day or two to get used to the change, but then we’ll never remember how it used to be. Appreciate the increased meta data at the top.

Are you sure you’re sleeping? Admit it, either your not, or perhaps you’re a coding somnabulist!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Don

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#12 posted 03-02-2007 12:23 PM

Just keeps getting better and better!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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oscorner

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#13 posted 03-02-2007 04:47 PM

It gets a thumbs up from me, too!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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jockmike2

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#14 posted 03-06-2007 04:10 PM

Good job Martin, of course what ever you do ends up being a good job, ususally. I was a supervisor once and was told by my supervisor you never tell anyone they’re doing excellent, because that denotes that can’t improve anymore. We know though you’ll continue tweaking. GB. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Bill

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#15 posted 03-06-2007 07:19 PM

Sigh..that is such a sad commentary on our current management methodology Mike. I have seen it so many times, and is one of the reasons I am glad to be out of the corporate world.

Martin rocks! (or whatever the current lingo is for an excellent job).

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

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