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Title: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 07 Feb 2014 11:42AM
Those of you who preferred not to or could not use the new colourful logo were give the choice of changing the them they use to Curve Minimal Multicolor which has the old logo on it.

One of the members using that theme would find things easier if the icons I recently added were not used on that theme, therefore I am going to try to do this.

The heads up is for anyone who wants to use the old logo but wants the icons to remain on the theme they use, you need to let me know if I need to add a fix for you after I make this fix.

 :-)
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 07 Feb 2014 12:03PM
Some people might ask why I did not forsee the need for a fix and set it up before adding the icons, in effect do what sites like BBC Ouch did. The thing is doing it this way means I get feedback as I go.

There is a way to 'take the icons out of the Minimal Theme it is going to involve me Uploading a plain icon image for every icon shown in default mode and then giving each a name of a icon in default.

The software will mean the conversation with the server goes.

In default mode > loading webpage > look for icon > go to webroot >themes > default >images > post > then take the image that is called DWP and it will me the icon of a man in a suit.

In Mininmal Curved mode >> loading webpage > look for icon > go to webroot >themes > Curve_Minimal_Multicolor_2  >images > post > then take the image that is called DWP will me a plain icon
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 07 Feb 2014 12:41PM
There is a lot more work to do eg the icons are not finished and every time I add a new one I have to edit the Minimalist Theme, but hopefully this sets a few peoples minds at rest.

Please look at the attachment below  >attachment< it shows what those using the Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme now see in Talk.

Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: lankou on 07 Feb 2014 01:02PM


Please look at the attachment below  >attachment< it shows what those using the Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme now see in Talk.

I must be being very thick what are "themes?"
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 07 Feb 2014 01:14PM
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I must be being very thick what are "themes?"

Lankou,

Themes are just not on your radar of things you need to know, your not thick.

A theme determines the colours, text, icons etc that are used to illustrate the design of the message board.

On there website the people who designed the website have a section where programs offer theme downloads for free.
There was a thread in talk about purple recently which reminded me of this site where they use a purple theme http://spartacusforum.org.uk/ sorry but the forum has been closed because of spam. That was a surprise. Anyway here is another link to show an alternative theme, http://custom.simplemachines.org/themes/index.php?lemma=353
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: lankou on 07 Feb 2014 01:18PM
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I must be being very thick what are "themes?"

Lankou,

Themes are just not on your radar of things you need to know, your not thick.

A theme determines the colours, text, icons etc that are used to illustrate the design of the message board.

On there website the people who designed the website have a section where programs offer theme downloads for free.
There was a thread in talk about purple recently which reminded me of this site where they use a purple theme http://spartacusforum.org.uk/ sorry but the forum has been closed because of spam. That was a surprise. Anyway here is another link to show an alternative theme, http://custom.simplemachines.org/themes/index.php?lemma=353

What I should have written is how are they altered on this forum because I can't find them anywhere.
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: seegee on 07 Feb 2014 01:31PM


Please look at the attachment below  >attachment< it shows what those using the Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme now see in Talk.
I must be being very thick what are "themes?"
You're not thick, it might easily be something you didn't notice at the time.
Some of us aren't seeing the multi-coloured splash at the top of the page, as it's too intrusive - we were given the option of a different colour-scheme (theme) with more muted colours.  When I'm not logged-in, I see the splash & quickly log-in to reduce the discomfort.
Moving icons are sometimes hard to deal with but they aren't on every page.
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: seegee on 07 Feb 2014 01:55PM
There are some members who have moving pics as part of their profile - is there any way to make them stationary in the "minimal" theme?  It's hard to ignore something persistently moving at the side of a post; that makes some difficult to read, which is a shame as I don't want to miss those members' contributions at all.  Maybe I am the only person who finds this hard, in which case I'll have to carry on tolerating it. 

It's not sensible to try different settings for each individual, that'd be a ridiculous amount of work for you, SM - and whatever you do won't suit everyone as we are all different.  If you change A to suit N, then O will say they'd really like C, whereas P would like D better and Q wants to go back to A...
There do seem to be a few of us who'd have difficulties with a lot of colour, motion or multiple icons above threads as well as a fair number who find those things useful.  Is there any real need for more than 2 or 3 options to suit the vast majority of members?
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: Dic Penderyn on 07 Feb 2014 02:50PM
I have so far changed my avatar at least twice when other users found them difficult to cope with, it is not a problem the users concerned contacted me by PM and I was happy to oblige if you have a problem with a particular avatar just ask the user concerned explaining what the difficulty is and they will probably change it.
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 07 Feb 2014 03:04PM
Lankou,

Ahh I see okay to see how other themes look and to save the changes to a different one go to your Profile and do the following:

Profile >Modify Profile > Look and Layout >

Where it says    Current Theme:      Forum or Board Default click on (change)

On the next page you can choose to preview or use any of the themes shown.

 :-)

Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 07 Feb 2014 03:21PM
Seegee,

That is a good question to ask now because I do know more about the tech side of things than I did the last time the topic of Avatars came up.

As far as I know it is an either or situation, which means and you can either see all the avatars or none.

Profile >Modify Profile > Look and Layout >

Put a tick in the box that says  Don't show users' avatars. Next to save changes click the Change profile button on the bottom right of the page.

Thank you for what you said in relation to the number of options I can be expected to create.

Dic,

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I have so far changed my avatar at least twice when other users found them difficult to cope with, it is not a problem the users concerned contacted me by PM and I was happy to oblige if you have a problem with a particular avatar just ask the user concerned explaining what the difficulty is and they will probably change it.

 >star< >bighugs< a user led solution.

The only animated I can readily think of right now is Stalwarts and he has used that one for years now. It goes back to Aimoo days and people gave him the okay on it. If it has become problematic for some we need to think about which compromise is best because some people use Avatar recognition more than names.

Seegee,

If you are like me and can only think of the Avatars people are using when they have posted recently then next time you see any others that bother you either Pm the member, post here about it or PM me and I am sure we can sort it out.
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: seegee on 07 Feb 2014 04:16PM
It is stalwart's avatar that is difficult & I wouldn't want it changed to something completely different (unless nobody can find an immobile skunk) because the picture still makes me smile. 
I do find it hard to read text alongside it though and I appreciate most of his posts across different threads/ boards. 
If I'm the only person who finds this hard then I'd rather it wasn't changed; as you said, I've been living with it being "a bit uncomfortable" for a long time now, though it hasn't got easier as I thought it might at first.
Avatars do make it a lot easier to ID people without the mental gymnastics of reading a series of posts while trying to remember who wrote what, in reply to whom.  I think if I could do that I'd quite likely be fit to work (as far as I know brain injuries don't fix themselves after the first year or so but I'd be pleased to be the first spontaneous repair after nearly 20 years!).  The avatars make scrolling through a thread to see what someone's referring to simpler.
So you see I don't want to hide all avatars but still find the deodorant-wielding stripy-beastie hard work. 

Can I repeat what I said earlier in this thread - "I appreciate most of his posts across different threads/ boards", I don't want to stop reading stalwart's posts, don't want to stop enjoying his witty comments or learning from informative ones, so I hope no offence is caused. 
Stalwart, get back on board ship & resume your duties at once if you are reading this nonsense. >biggrin< >bighugs<
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: ATurtle on 07 Feb 2014 07:26PM
Sunshine, the work you have done is fantastic.  I love the way the icons on the threads are big and clear.  That one with the books is perfect for AO and all his stats!
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: DarthVector on 07 Feb 2014 11:16PM
If anyone wants me to extract a stationary image from an animated avatar, I can give it a go (not all animations disassemble into full frames). As an example, Kizzy's avatar was originally the master frame from an animation.
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 07 Feb 2014 11:25PM
Darth,

Thank you for offering but I clicked  on things until I worked out how to do it using Photoshop.
I sent it in an email to Stalwart, we will know more of what he thinks next time he checks his email.
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: stalwart on 08 Feb 2014 02:00PM
Firstly, I'm sorry if I've caused you any discomfort Seegee.  :-(  I did bring this up when I first thought of it and at that time everyone said it was ok.

Sunshine, I couldn't find any examples on the e mail so would suggest a frame with the aerosol pointing towards the tail (if that makes sense!)  If not I'll try to find another avatar.
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 08 Feb 2014 02:20PM
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I did bring this up when I first thought of it and at that time everyone said it was ok.

 >hugs< Yes I remember that. It is just a bit of a rethink now time has passed.

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so would suggest a frame with the aerosol pointing towards the tail (if that makes sense!)

Snap that is what I already did.

 >attachment<

Rather than delay I am going to change your avatar now if you want me to change or redo anything just let me know.
I will make sure I keep a copy of the original before I change it.
 >thumbsup< >tah<
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: Hurtyback on 08 Feb 2014 06:27PM
I like the adapted avatar. To my mind, it clearly shows what the skunk is doing, without the movement that some members find unpleasant  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 08 Feb 2014 06:54PM
If anyone wants me to extract a stationary image from an animated avatar, I can give it a go (not all animations disassemble into full frames). As an example, Kizzy's avatar was originally the master frame from an animation.

And very happy I was with it too  >biggrin<  I'm another who gets overly distracted by 'flashing images' so  >tah< for amending it, Stalwart - your pungent pal looks just as good *holding-my-nose*  ;-)
Title: Re: Curve Minimal Multicolor Theme - the one with the plain logo
Post by: seegee on 08 Feb 2014 08:44PM

Thank you for understanding, stalwart - hope I didn't upset you.  >bighugs< >chocolate<

 >tah< for finding how to make the skunk be still, SM. >hugs<