"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." - Albert Einstein
Posted 21 June 2010 - 10:36 AM
The forums have been updated today to a newer version of the Invision Board software that brings with it a few new features and changes.
Prior to this update there were two ways to keep track of new profile comments, new threads, new posts etc. - either via private message or via an e-mail notification. A third option has now been added called "Inline notifications", these are essentially notices that are displayed on your profile box in a new drop-down menu at the top right hand corner of the page. You can set up your notifications to let you know about anything and everything on the forums that interest you from a new friend request to when someone quotes one of your posts in a thread. A box will also appear on the sidebar on the board index to display your notifications as well. The private messanger now falls under the notifications system as well so in addition to the green "new messages" box you can have a notification set up to let you know about new personal message conversations and replies.
To set up how you'd like the forum to notify you about things go to My Settings and select Notification Options from the menu on the left.
It is now possible to see a preview of the first and last posts in a thread from the forum view without having to enter the thread. Hovering your mouse over the topic you will see a small icon appear on the right, clicking it will open a window giving you a glimpse of what's going on in the thread without having to go in there.
Profile and status system revamp
The status bar on profiles has now been expanded to accomodate a complete Facebook/Twitter style status system. You can now post status updates to your profile as often as you like and these will be archived and made available for viewing by yourself and other members. A full view of all the latest status updates is available both from your profile page and on a new sidebar block on the board index from which you can also update your own. In addition to this it is now possible to post replies to status updates, you can also "lock" your own status entries if you don't want anyone to comment.
To accomodate this new system the profile pages have been slightly redesigned with the profile fields down the side, the "about me" page is still there and can be accessed via the tabs at the top. The old comments system is also still there and works the same as before.
New mobile phone skin
A new skin has been added for mobile phone users, this new skin features a number of improvements for mobile users over using the default or lo-fi skins and will make using the UM forums on the go a lot easier.
A number of minor changes have been made throughout the forums so you'll likely come across them on your travels, other things to look out for are the new "Share this topic" social bookmarking options and an improved search system
As this update is still very new there may be a few things that need to be tweaked and fixed, if you run in to any errors or problems while using the forums or have any questions on how any of the new features work please let me know.
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 08:02 PM
I will be honest, the page looks terribly busy. There are a lot of things to click and see but from my chair, it don't see it being necessary.
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