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  • This new Forum layout.

    Is it supposed to be responsive?
    On my Tablet I get an oversized panel. It's resizable, but when you skip between articles, it presents as oversized.
    Desktop is ok but that's huge by comparison.
    Ted Giles
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  • #2
    Not sure how responsive it is supposed to be, but it is not very. Maybe after some adjustments, it will get better. Looks like it may not be PHP, but in MS coding. TOO bad if true
    Dave Mason
    dave@aldadesktop.com
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    • #3

      Can you provide an example of the issues that you are encountering? What do you mean by an "oversized panel?"
      I have checked on an iPad and iPhone and am not seeing issues so I could use more detail.

      We are making some updates to the layout and I'd love to get your feedback.

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      • #4
        The bleached white background is hard on the eyes - and I'm someone who generally prefers a light background.
        Peter
        AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

        Peter@AlphaBaseSolutions.com
        https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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        • #5
          The new board wouldn't let me upload an image a few minutes ago. I miss the old format.

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          • #6
            Was there something wrong with the old Message Board. Was it broken? Was there a problem? Did it not have functionality that was needed/critical to move forward. I'm with Peter, the blazing white is hard on my eyes, and there is a lot of it because I agree with Ted, since everything is now bigger, there will be much more scrolling to be done to view even single posts. On my laptop,
            this 5 response thread is 5 full scrolls to 5 separate screens to show the whole thread. Gosh how I hate having to scroll through empty space and oversized fonts and objects!
            Mike W
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            • #7
              And there is clearly a problem because my post when written did not wrap after the word "laptop" in the compose box but did in the view panel.
              Mike W
              __________________________
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              • #8
                My eyes feel like they are bleeding.

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                • #9
                  On my laptop at home, have tried 2 different laptops, and my phone I am getting Error 403 - Forbidden message. Can get on by remoting into office and using chrome on my desktop PC. Must say I do not like the new layout

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                  • #10
                    One of the things I really liked about the old forum was I could get in, quickly find anything that was interesting to me, read it and get out. This takes a lot of studying. Also, I liked seeing the old posts in case I wasn't on this forum 24/7. Is there a place for perferences so I can eliminate the stuff I know I'm not interested in?
                    This is sorta like Microsoft where every improvement makes avery tasks 3 or 4 more steps....
                    Pat Bremkamp
                    MindKicks Consulting

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                    • #11
                      I hate changes to things I liked the way they were. I lost all but 2 folders I created for saving certain posts. OTOH, the tabs at the top were be more useful if a link to the Wiki were included.

                      It would be nice if developers asked their users for input before creating tools they don't have to use...
                      Robin

                      Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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                      • #12
                        It seems much slower than the old message board to me.

                        And I agree with other comments that the stark white background is rather harsh on the eyes.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MoGrace View Post
                          I hate changes to things I liked the way they were. I lost all but 2 folders I created for saving certain posts. OTOH, the tabs at the top were be more useful if a link to the Wiki were included.

                          It would be nice if developers asked their users for input before creating tools they don't have to use...
                          Robin

                          That's why you save threads/posts to your own computer using the save page option of the browser.

                          You get a file with the page to view and a folder with all of the supporting files to view that page as it was when it was saved.

                          The cloud is nice, but the cloud is in control - not you...

                          Al Buchholz
                          Bookwood Systems, LTD
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                          Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
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                          When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.

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                          • #14
                            Perhaps there could be an option to use the old or new format? The data should be the same.
                            Softening the bright white background would be an improvement.
                            The old format is better.

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                            • #15
                              At least it seems MUCH faster today!
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