New Skin!! New Look!!

Discussion in 'Off Topic Lounge' started by zathros, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. ThunderChild

    ThunderChild Active Member

    From a designer's eye, overall, I like the new look. Congrats!

    With my glasses and 23" monitor I have no problem reading, but I can definitely see the point many are making, and have to agree with them.
    The color scheme is definitely softer on the eyes, however I would also put in my vote to make the text default lighter. Not necessarily pure white, the one just next to it like I used here would be sufficient IMO...:wave:

    EDIT: I'll add my vote to the "multiple color setting option" too, that seems like a good idea.
  2. spaceagent-9

    spaceagent-9 Right Hand Man and Confidant

    new look

    its hard for me too, I was shocked and needed emergicare because of the surprise, and my lips move when I read, but only because im a hillbilly.
  3. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    You so funny!! Work with us. Tablets are not real computers either and the .01% of people who read this forum through those devices are small in number (I'm only joking!). Yes, I actually do have that statistic!

    It is what it is. I think that you will find, especially in low light environments, that it is much easier to read and the pictures you guys are posting really POP OUT!.

    As the great philosopher JarJar Binks once said: "Meeze lika duh new skinny teengy!" :)

    Have fun and play with it.:p:twisted: When your done, try the forums features and make your posts look exactly like you wish. :)
  4. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Thank you for sharing the colour chart, Zathros. However, my contrast and colours are really fine on my system. Even though it looks as if we were exchanging secret notes which others are not supposed to see. Or as if we were printing with an empty cartridge. The text is very hard to make out.

    I have found out that it might not be only a matter of contrast but of the default text colour, too. The default text colour is black and this is why it looks so dark. It is not shown really black but very, very dark-grey. This is why the text almost disappears. If you switch to grey for example (which under different circumstances would look strange) the text can be seen much better.

    So I'll be switching the colour to a lighter tone till that issue is fixed. I don't know what will happen to the text if someone is trying to print it; maybe it will become invisible because it is printed light grey on white. :-(

    Bad thing is that the text colour of every new post has to be changed before submitting the post which is a bit daunting. Anyway, that affects only my posts. The posts of the other members will still remain in that darker tone unless they switch to the lighter one, too. I don't like that at all. Please have the default colour of the text made lighter.
  5. johanvanacker

    johanvanacker Member

    There a number of advantages to using a dark background, such as energy saving and softer for the eyes to read.
    Imho, I like the grey letters better because the contrast is softer. When there is a lot of white text, I find it harder to read.
  6. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    I fully agree and must say that I prefer your text colour. :thumb:
  7. Kiyoshi

    Kiyoshi Member

    I like the new look and feel, but I seriously miss the "new posts since last visit" button. That was my main way to navigate the site. Where did it go and will it come back? Pretty please?
  8. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

    It's right there...

    I agree. The "New Posts" button is right where it used to be (at least for me), but its letters have vanished. That's one thing for the team to consider, IMHO.
  9. Kiyoshi

    Kiyoshi Member

    Thanks for that hint, Rogerio, I found the button xD but yeah, it should be textured
  10. silveroxide

    silveroxide Well-Known Member

    Thanks Rogerio, I also thought that the new post button was deleted, but it is there but the letters are invisible. That is also one of my ways to navigate as well.
  11. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    Every concern is being noted and will be addressed as soon as we have "every" bug noted. You don't want to go into the system and make changes till all the data is in. So keep posting, and Please make notification about the "Quick Links" being between the "Search and Log Out" buttons. If the contrast can be made higher for the default letters, it will. Personally, since I use this computer in an other than bright room, I find it very easy of the eyes. I can sympathize with tablets, and other forms of viewing that may be having problems. Honestly, I don't know if the default letters can be made brighter. I can easily live with this. The other skin was too bright overall and washed out my eyes. I find this much easier to read, but that's me, and everyone is different. If I had to put a number on it, I would say, from public and private comments 85% of the people commenting to me are happy with it. That's not too bad. :)
  12. Strode

    Strode New Member

    i like it, very nice. personally felt the old look was a little outdated and looked like internet 1.0 this is definitely the new cool. nice work.:thumb:
  13. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Thank you, Zathros.

    BTW, I noticed the Zealot logo has re-appeared in the upper left corner. That looks veeeeeeeeeeeery niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!!!!!

  14. cafe

    cafe Member

    The forum now looks much more modern (the old look did indeed look quite antique) but I'm not a fan of the colour scheme. I much prefer black text on a light background. Having all the forums visible on the same page is a good thing.

    Can other colour schemes be made available via the user CP? I'm really not a fan of light gray on dark grey.
  15. youngku

    youngku New Member

    I have to agree, the change hurts my eyes. I appreciated the "mellow-ness" of the older style. But anyway, that's just my opinion. It does look sharper and more refined, and in general, very nice, but it just hurts...make it stop, make it stop!!!
  16. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

    it's probably me...

    It's probably lil' old stupid me, but the "Post Icons" do apper different in my PC. For instance, the "red face" appears like a telephone, the "smile" looks like an "i", and the arrow is a check mark.
    Is there something I'm missing or doing wrong?
  17. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    Oooookay! We have changed again!! :mrgreen:

    I have to admit, my earlier posting and comment about the text colour issue was maybe a bit to hasty; While at work today in a sunlit (yes,amazingly for the Netherlands,) office, the lighter text was difficult to read......

    But, now. Taadaa!!!! The text is whiter and bolder now, and yes even now again at night, it is still as pleasing as last night!

    The layout, scheme and new logo are top notch!

    I am glad to have you people running the shop...:thumb::thumb:

    EDIT: Oh man, I just switched to the 'other' site direct from here... The contrast change was like a slap in the face! I'm glad we are now on this format on Zealot .:thumb:
  18. cafe

    cafe Member

    Oh yay! White text is much better!
  19. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    One step closer to perfection! :thumb:
  20. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Oops, TWO steps closer ... the "New posts" button is back! :thumb::thumb:

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