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#1 Steven P.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 10:37

We have been working on a new backend and theme for quite some time now, as you'll see it is almost completed but comes with drastic changes.

Firefox: SNAG_0003.png IE8: SNAG_0003.png

Rounded edges are supported on Mozilla, but not IE because we don't use images to emulate the corners.

The "Zune promo" image below the leaderboard ad is one of 2 promo images that slide in and out and Dave has worked his socks off making the news page completely custom in such a way that a reader can select different filters to display their news of choice. for example (if I remember correctly) www.neowin.net/news/microsoft/windows7 would be a valid filter link which would only display news relating to Windows 7.

I'm sure Dave can add some important points to this topic, but for now I have had clearance (for some time now) to post this preview image so we can get some feedback.


#2 vetMax™

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 10:44

I like it. The only thing that takes my eyes away from anything else is the font used where: All, Software, Gaming, Apple, etc is and along the top as well (News, Downloads, etc). It just looks too 'standard'.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 10:53

I really like the idea of the Editorial box instead of that 'orrible "around the web" one :)

Looks really good, the thing I'm looking forward to seeing most is the News CP.

#4 DaveLegg

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:54

We have been working on a new backend and theme for quite some time now, as you'll see it is almost completed but comes with drastic changes.

The "Zune promo" image below the leaderboard ad is one of 2 promo images that slide in and out and Dave has worked his socks off making the news page completely custom in such a way that a reader can select different filters to display their news of choice. for example (if I remember correctly) www.neowin.net/news/microsoft/windows7 would be a valid filter link which would only display news relating to Windows 7.

I'm sure Dave can add some important points to this topic, but for now I have had clearance (for some time now) to post this preview image so we can get some feedback.


You don't remember rightly ;) It'd be www.neowin.net/news/tags/windows_7 for just windows 7 news. You can combine multiple tags to see exactly the news you wish, eg: www.neowin.net/news/tags/apple/windows_7/xbox You can also get an RSS feed of your custom view at www.neowin.net/news/rss/apple/windows_7/xbox Once we get the Javascript work started on the dev site, there will be a nice pretty UI to do all this through :)

I think you folks know about project Ignition? Well this is it, everything here has been re-coded from the ground up, so brand new code, far easier to work with, more efficient, and BUG FREE :D

#5 vetCalum

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:14

I think the overall design makes the website look much more professional for a news website. I really like it :)

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:25

I'm really liking it. It's a lot cleaner and easier to see the important stuff at a glance. I really love the idea of being able to create a "custom feed" of the news, rather than having just the options of the different "channels" if you will.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:55

I do think its great too, obviously us members wont be seeing the mod-bar at the top, but the whole design is polished quite well. Whats the deal with the neowin logo and member drop down next to the search box? Also, I take it the 3-ball icon is for an advanced search?

Is the top of the news container going to be implmented in flash? or something like jQuery goodness?

I agree about the font though, but its kinda hard to describe because the majority of the design is all text anyway, maybe lessen the impact so much?

Keep up the good work :)

#8 DaveLegg

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 13:33

I do think its great too, obviously us members wont be seeing the mod-bar at the top, but the whole design is polished quite well. Whats the deal with the neowin logo and member drop down next to the search box? Also, I take it the 3-ball icon is for an advanced search?

Is the top of the news container going to be implmented in flash? or something like jQuery goodness?

I agree about the font though, but its kinda hard to describe because the majority of the design is all text anyway, maybe lessen the impact so much?

Keep up the good work :)


The Neowin Logo you mentioned is where it shows a thumbnail of your Avatar. The dropdown provides quick access to things like your forum profile, messenger and so on. The 3-ball icon at the moment provides access to alternative colour themes, I'm not 100% sure if they're staying.

I assume you're referring to the Zune promo in your next comment? That's purely jquery.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 13:38

I just realised how much spare space we have on the bottom right side. It could of course be good to have the free space, but if you wanted something to go there, surely you could have a Twitter feed or something.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 13:50

I have a suggestion. I think the logo used in this post is much better than the current one. I believe it looks cleaner and is just nicer on the eye. DaveLegg mentioned to me that it is an old logo, but is there any reason why it isn't used? Could it be used?

#11 Denis W.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 17:06

Hmm, I just noticed the screenshot here has rounded corners. But on my end the edges are all square. :huh:

#12 Timan

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 17:34

Hmm, I just noticed the screenshot here has rounded corners. But on my end the edges are all square. :huh:


May as well address this now :p.

Firefox, Safari & Chrome will have rounded corners + drop shadows.
IE & Opera will not

#13 DaveLegg

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 17:35

May as well address this now :p.

Firefox, Safari & Chrome will have rounded corners + drop shadows.
IE & Opera will not


To sum that up, get a proper browser :p

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 17:44

Hmm, I just noticed the screenshot here has rounded corners. But on my end the edges are all square. :huh:

Heh. I started using IE when I installed the Win7 RTM, just to try it, and I didn't realise Atlas had rounded corners until Dave Legg visited and he was like "What are you doing with IE?", baha :D

#15 Denis W.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 17:48

To sum that up, get a proper browser :p


Opera not a proper browser? Screw off :p

On topic, without knowing anything about web coding I opened up the error console and found errors relating to webkit-border-radius and moz-border-radius. Is this the reason why the rounded borders will work in only Firefox/Safari/Chrome?