Improvement in the forum

Hello everybody!
We made some changes in the forum and we’re excited to share the news!Here is the list and we’ll look forward to receive your feedback on things you would like to have available in Pixel2Life tutorials and forum pages.Sign in with email account
Now you can use your email or forum user name to login.

Facebook Connect, twitter and OpenID
Be always logged in! You can now associate your forum account with your facebook account, twitter, Google or another OpenID provider to sign in with a single click.
Do it by clicking here or just sign in to the forum, enter in « My Settings », go to Manage Facebook tab on the left and enter your information.
This is done with Facebook connect, Twitter or OpenID so it’s very secure.

And next time, you can login with just one click in the icons on the upper right corner

As you probably already have a forum account, remember to follow the steps presented here, because if you first log with facebook without first associating your account, you will end up with a new different forum account! But don’t worry, you can always disassociate them by clicking

We highly recommend that you associate your account to simplify your sign in process.

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Photo Editor
In Pixel2Life Forum → Your control panel → Settings → Profile Settings
You have new options to use your facebook or twitter photo, upload one, and crop the image to generate the perfect thumbnail.

Changes in « Display Name »
We made some changes to allow more frequent changes of display names.

Improved Topic Marking
A topic with many pages isn’t marked as read until the last page has been loaded. This means you can partially read a topic and come back to it later. We’ve made it even easier to locate your last read position with a handy link on the topic page.

Search In Titles

The scope for search was relocated, allowing you to specify « Search title and content », « Only search in titles », and « Only search in content ».

This level of customization for searches in any application should help you better find content when you know where the search terms may be contained.

Tagging
This screen shot shows how you add tags when creating a new topic. This is in ‘open’ mode with prefixes enabled.

This shows a topic that has been tagged and a prefix added.

This shows the search page which is shown when you click a prefix or tag.

In the advance search, you can search for specific tags.

This tag mechanism is experimental and we are going to evaluate their utility.

Improved View New Content Overview
The view new content page remembers your last selection preferences and stores them in the database so next time you load the view new content page, it’ll automatically use those preferences. There’s no need to go into your User CP to set them anymore!

Filter by « Followed » items only
You can now elect to filter the view new content result set by items you follow. This will search forums and topics you are following (in other words, ‘watching’) and present topics inside forums that are new or topics that you’re following that have new posts. This makes the view new content area much more useful as it is delivering just the content that you want to read.

Screenshots are taken from IP.Board help.

This shows the view new content page showing all unread content from items that I follow. I am following the forum « A Test Forum 2 » and the topic « Test counters » but I am not following the forum « Sub Forum ».

This shows the ‘view first unread post’ link available on partially read topics. Clicking it takes you to the first post that you haven’t read based on marking data stored in the database.

Auto Saving Text
A new and really handy feature we’ve added is auto save. As you type, the editor checks to see if there’s any new content and if there is, it’ll ping off via Ajax to save what you’ve written. If anything happens to your page, upon reloading you’ll see it’s stored your content and you can quickly restore it. You won’t lose another post to a browser crash or server time out.

IP.Board saves as you go.

A refresh without posting allows you to view and optionally restore any content that has been auto saved.

Sharing Media

You can access your previously submitted content.

When you click on this button, your shared media popup will open allowing you to browse, search and include media you wish to include in your post.

Interface
The actual « PM count » and « Notification » boxes have been removed from the drop down icons and placed with a high visibility count.

Here’s what you’ll see with some new personal messages and new notifications:

And here’s what you’ll see without any notifications:

Regardless of if you have any new messages or not, clicking the inbox link will bring up a list of recent personal messages:

The new functionality in this area is:
– Redesigned inline pop-up window
– Inbox link available at the top of the page at all times
– Notification link available at the top of the page at all times
– ‘Alert count’ for each only shows content you’ve not acknowledged.
– Once you’ve viewed the drop down list the alert count is removed until fresh content arrives.
– Reading a personal message will mark any associated notification as read.

Notifications
Check the new notification management by clicking here. You can also enter to the forum, then click in « My Settings » and choose the notifications tab.