The "AstroBin Updates" thread

siovene
17 Sep, 2016 10:11
Hello!
Because I want to keep you all informed on what work I do on AstroBin, and I don't want to make a mess by creating a new thread each time, I thought we can have this thread here, for me to announce updates, and for us all to discuss them!

So please use the SUBSCRIBE button up above if you want to be in the loop!
Edited 17 Sep, 2016 10:30
siovene
17 Sep, 2016 10:13
I will start right away with a small update. I have, I believe, improved the readability of the website a little. The default text color is now a bit darker, and that helps a lot because pure white against a dark background is just too much contrast.

That also means that now there's more contrast between regular text and highlighted text, so it's easier to skim content and find what you want.

Additionally, I have increased the default font size by one pixel. It's definitely noticeable and I like it much more this way.

Enjoy!  smile
siovene
17 Sep, 2016 13:48
Excuse me if I'm on fire today  smile smile but I just released something that will make many of you very happy!


I've just performed major improvements to the mobile (phone and tablet) UI, and although it's nothing like a real app, this is now quite functional!

The phone UI is trimmed down in several places, with some problematic (but of secondary importance) elements completely removed, but now the menu works and it's not super ugly.

So enjoy!  smile
Edited 17 Sep, 2016 13:49
siovene
17 Sep, 2016 20:52
You can't quench this fire… but I swear I'm going to bed now. I've just rehauled the notifications UI. You get:
  • Off the dropdown menu, onto a modal dialog
  • In the dialog you see every unseen notification, plus the latest seen ones
  • Marking as read works as before
  • As a bonus, even the full list of the notifications, accessed via the "View all" button, now looks better
  • I think it looks better now
Enjoy  smile
Ethan
18 Sep, 2016 00:07
Lots of good updates today! I think the text needs to be re-lightened up a bit more and be more universal.
Hartmuth_Kintzel
18 Sep, 2016 00:21
I've tested the mobile UI.
It works fine. smile
Miguel_Morales
18 Sep, 2016 14:37
I really like the "new" notifications much better. Great improvement!   smile
siovene
18 Sep, 2016 15:03
Thanks Migues, I like it too :-)
siovene
18 Sep, 2016 22:24
Today I have done another round of massive UI improvements for the mobile UI! Now both phone and tablet devices should be able to have a pretty good browsing experience :-)
Hope you like it!  smile

PS: please let me know if you spot any regressions or mistakes!
Edited 18 Sep, 2016 22:24
Ethan
18 Sep, 2016 22:33
Mobile is better! I think it would be a little better if the Quick search bar was visible there!

Also, is the Actions menu on images that aren't mine supposed to be empty?
Edited 18 Sep, 2016 22:41
siovene
18 Sep, 2016 22:42
No, it's supposed to be missing. Fixed now. But you know what? I think that mistake was always there! Crazy!
siovene
19 Sep, 2016 11:18
More updates:
  • Slight change in fonts for improved readability (it might take a minute to get used to, then you won't see the difference anymore)
  • Made the default font a bit brighter, compromising as per Ethan's suggestion
  • Removed the tooltip from the topic list, because on mobile that meant you had to tap two times to open a topic
  • Added an ASTROBIN logo to the headerbar in mobile views
  • Prevented forum pages to get wider than the viewport, on mobile, when long URLs were posted
I hope the font changes won't be too controversial! I personally find this much more legible than the default sans-serif that we had before.
Edited 19 Sep, 2016 11:18
Miguel_Morales
19 Sep, 2016 15:24
I think I'm missing something here, where can I get this app? I downloaded an "Astrobin" app from the play store but it doesn't have anything like you folks are talking about!  smile
siovene
19 Sep, 2016 15:28
There's no app, it's about what you see when you go to AstroBin.com using the browser on your mobile device.
Miguel_Morales
19 Sep, 2016 15:30
Ok, got it now.
siovene
19 Sep, 2016 17:01
New update: now you can change the "autosubmission" property of a group. If you want to remove it, then you have the choose whether to keep or delete the images currently in the group.
Starry-Eyes
20 Sep, 2016 05:03
Nice!
siovene
25 Sep, 2016 16:40
Hey guys, I'd like to check with you if you like what follows, before I publish it. I redesigned the home page slightly, here are the main key points:

  1. The IOTD now takes more space
  2. The UPLOAD button is gone, you can just use the button in the user menu
  3. The "latest from the forums" takes more space, seeing that the forums are growing I thought it'd be a good idea to do that
  4. Now the main section… in the settings you can choose if you want "Global stream", "Personal stream", "Recent uploads" or "Uploads from people you follow"
Here's the explanation:
  • The streams are similar as before, but with two big improvements: the actions are grouped! So if X and Y like an image, you won't see two separante entries… you will see only one "X and 1 other like this image". Same for other actions. Also, the images are bigger.
  • The "recent uploads" section now features larger thumbnails, like the ones in the user galleries.
Here's a screenshot… what do you think? :-)


Miguel_Morales
25 Sep, 2016 17:02
I like it. I think the "forums upgrade" is excellent.

The "X Likes plus others" is also fantastic.

When will we see these changes?

Great Job!
siovene
25 Sep, 2016 17:03
We can have these changes in a few hours unless you guys suggest some changes or really hate how it looks or something :-)
hbastro
25 Sep, 2016 17:45
Looks good!!
Miguel_Morales
25 Sep, 2016 18:26
Like Nike says.. "Just Do It"   smile
siovene
25 Sep, 2016 18:28
Alright, incoming! There might be something like 5 minutes of downtime.
siovene
25 Sep, 2016 18:59
It's online! Give it a little while for the global stream to be populated :-)
The IOTD on the front page will be slightly taller tomorrow.
hbastro
25 Sep, 2016 19:05
Salvatore,
Wow, nicely done!!!
The thing I enjoy most about Astrobin is seeing everyone elses work and I think the changes showcase the images in a very pleasing way…
Dave
 
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