Neowin Update: Welcome to Atlas2

Today we're proud to announce the launch of Atlas2 for the news & forum sections of Neowin.

The update took into consideration feedback from Neowin members after our extensive upgrade in January.

For registered members, we have improved the custom options for Neowin

It's now possible to select a custom font

Custom theme color

And "Scene"

To benefit from this, register today and customize your Neowin experience.

Aside from the cleaner, leaner look to an already great theme, we've also been working with Microsoft to implement Web Slices on Neowin, now you can stay up to date 24/7 right from IE8.

Selecting the Web Slice (in Internet Explorer)

Selecting the webslice

What you see from Internet Explorer

The result

Our developers have worked tirelessly to realise this update and judging by the initial feedback from our members we think we're on the right track.

Also don't forget that between June & October we're giving away subscriptions every week to registered members. So if you are a lurker, why not take the plunge and register to participate, discover the additional custom theme options, and off topic forums that our registered members enjoy daily.

 

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I preferred the last one, the extra features are nice, but it looks like a step back design wise and a bit bulky.
Also the logo looks a bit jagged, unless its just me, lol.

Also unless its my connection being funny, a lot of the images especially the header ones look nastily pixilated.

Hehe, nice work, anyway, don't really care in Web Slices, but for others, this sure will be pretty convenient

Just something I noticed, you would make better search engine rankings if you change your news title on news pages (this page) to a h1 rather than your logo. Also on other pages don't have your logo as a h1, have a more meaningful title such as "Neowin news etc etc" on the home page.

The emoticons don't work too well against a dark background. Would it be possible to have emoticons matted against black for the Midnight and Darkside styles?

can we change the look back if we don't like it as i don't like this new look. i used to be able to browse the entire forums but the click of a button but now i can't.

Look, This is where I re-enable adblock on this page.

The banner ad on the top is HORRID. I could care less for the scrolling box - I never use it, but put the ad there for crap's sake. It's noticeable there, but unobtrusive. The new HUGE banner ad on the top is horrible.

lflashl said,
WTF why would you change it! the old one was just released! and wheres SPY.... looks nice but not enjoying it!

dont worry just found it....

Pretty awesome stuff. I love the support of Segoe UI, amongst other goodies.

Any plans on porting the old 'scenes' to Atlas2, though?

Website looks outstanding. Good job.

By the way, is there a way to switch back to the mobile version after clicking "view desktop version" on my smartphone? Maybe i'm just not seeing the link..

I really miss having the ability to expand the page width via the toggle link, other than that, I think Atlas2 is a step in the right direction.

I was almost unhappy when I saw that altas2 upgrade made it too me but no darkside, then I came here(news side) and got darkside, so now im happy .

Waiting for forums update and ill be happy as hell.

But great job devs! Keep it up. This looks so much cleaner. I didnt know it was possible for you guys to get cleaner with Neowin.

My only suggestion is making news posts have more content on the main page. I'll dare throw an example: Engadget where they take good piece of an article then show the rest after the 'Break'.

I really like the new design.

Just a few criticisms though:
> The Digg, Twitter and FB links in the articles aren't aligned properly. In particular, the bottom border of the Digg logo is cut off.
> I think the side sections (e.g. Latest Community Activity, Latest Software) need to be "lifted out" of the page a bit more. Maybe add in a border?
> The article-image cycler at the top needs to be continuous (rather than leaving a 3rd page with only a "IE9 preview" article-image).
> A tiny annoyance. The tab for Forum Posts in the Latest Community Activity starts off way too close to the left border. Could the gap be increased slightly? Or add the "Show" text, like the main body tabs?
> Could the overall/main RSS feed banner be added to the "All" news section in the main body?

New site crashes IE again (perhaps that advert problem is back?)
Firefox looks better as usual of course.

AKLP said,
Supporting IE is boring

Ive only noticed one bad thing about this design, come on guys, cant you get some rounded corner love in IE8?

Even if you have to use a library such as niftycube, it just looks incomplete after viewing the site in Chrome

Go Neowin! Go Neowin! It's your birthday! We gonna party like it's your birthday!
In all seriousness though: I'm in love with the new update
Nice job!

Hmm, I like the new features but I liked the previous way of showing the "featured" news items - actually the whole top of the site (header, featured, ...) better. Anyway, great job but I'm just not too happy.

The Web Slice is nothing new. It was there before the update. o_O So, far the update looks good. Only thing I don't like is the links turning green on hover.

xiphi said,
The Web Slice is nothing new. It was there before the update. o_O So, far the update looks good. Only thing I don't like is the links turning green on hover.
It was there, but we hadn't announced it. Has only been there for a week or two.

It's a shame 'Scenes' aren't carried over to the forum, and it would be nice if we had the option to change the page width like we used to, I dislike the main page being different to the forums.

I do really like the new changes though, I have it set to Midnight with no scene and it does look very good.

manosdoc said,
It's more IE8 friendly, and sure faster.
Not for me, I tried IE8 for a change, and it crashes it - switched back to Firefox, although I've never found a site that crashes my IE8 before.

Exosphere said,
Not for me, I tried IE8 for a change, and it crashes it - switched back to Firefox, although I've never found a site that crashes my IE8 before.

I use IE8 forced Document mode + lots of Inprivate Filtering + Site blocking through hosts.
Never crashed. Actually feels snapier.

Blackhearted said,
As long as darkside isn't available on the forums, i don't like this change. I'd rather go back to the old one.

Darkside is available in the news section and also in the forums (top right theme changer).

Neobond said,

Darkside is available in the news section and also in the forums (top right theme changer).
Darkside only works on the main page. On the forums it's shown as (coming soon), and as such, does nothing.

Blackhearted said,
Darkside only works on the main page. On the forums it's shown as (coming soon), and as such, does nothing.
We are working on Darkside, just give us a few days

It's not a simple color change, a lot of work goes into that theme. We wanted to make sure we had some good field testing on the other forum themes before we delve into Darkside.

Simon said,
We are working on Darkside, just give us a few days

It's not a simple color change, a lot of work goes into that theme. We wanted to make sure we had some good field testing on the other forum themes before we delve into Darkside.

I love the theme, I'm waiting in anticipation !

I really do like this new design, especially working on getting the web slices going, what a great feature!

Makes me proud to support this fine website haha, the staff/devs/admins actually working to make this site better, all the time

Jed Stocker said,
I really do like this new design, especially working on getting the web slices going, what a great feature!

Makes me proud to support this fine website haha, the staff/devs/admins actually working to make this site better, all the time

Web slices! +1

Examinus said,
Why update Atlas when it's so young? This version looks unfinished to me.

Totally agree, seems a step back to me.

Exosphere said,

Totally agree, seems a step back to me.

Yeah, it certainly is. It feels unfinished, things just do not feel right.

There seems to be issues with the drop down menus like news, files community when mouse overing it on Firefox the text is white and only able to read it when mouseovering on something and news looks terrible as Latest News is written in black but it has the same colour backgruond the articles itself

Try doing a hard refresh CTRL+F5 because I've tested this in all browsers (except Opera) And it works for me and a whole lot of other people!

I've got problems with the Files Community & Resources rollovers, the text is white and unreadable, the News one is fine however.

This whole update is gorgeous. Loving the fact I can use the Segoe UI font as well The 'Pro' theme currently takes my fancy.

-Dave- said,
cool


its a shame there isnt an option to make the page wider, got massive gaps on my macbook


Try a 27" iMac! hehe

gdigger said,


Try a 27" iMac! hehe

A non-fixed version would be great. The only problem I foresee is with the 'Scenes' at the top.

-Dave- said,
its a shame there isnt an option to make the page wider, got massive gaps on my macbook
Do remember though, if it took up the full width, news articles would be unreadable and most of the scenes wouldn't work. Incredibly long lines of text do not make for a good reading experience.

-Dave- said,
cool
its a shame there isnt an option to make the page wider, got massive gaps on my macbook

+10000. The best way the front page can be enhanced is by allowing it to be made wider like the old Neowin.

DarkNovaGamer said,

A non-fixed version would be great. The only problem I foresee is with the 'Scenes' at the top.

Anandtech did this as well The web seems to be going backwards and getting skinny again. Though with Aero Snap, I guess I can have two pages up at once

-1000
A total lack of understanding of the web asking for that.
You try show me a site that fills your screen (if you higher than 1024px res), they are rare, because they're unusable for many reasons.

ObiWanToby said,

Anandtech did this as well The web seems to be going backwards and getting skinny again. Though with Aero Snap, I guess I can have two pages up at once

Neowin could always make a rather enormous Scene/header and then have it scale down to fit the monitor resolution.

DarkNovaGamer said,

Neowin could always make a rather enormous Scene/header and then have it scale down to fit the monitor resolution.
No, because only Flash can do that using Vector graphics, if it's JPEG it will look bad for everyone else. Bad idea. Size of this site is a universal standard. That's spot on.

The news story content looked a bit unprofessional, in my view, when it was beyond 640 pixels wide. This was the case before Atlas.

rm20010 said,
The news story content looked a bit unprofessional, in my view, when it was beyond 640 pixels wide. This was the case before Atlas.

That maybe true. There is always the future to think about though. Atlas +.

Exosphere said,
-1000
A total lack of understanding of the web asking for that.
You try show me a site that fills your screen (if you higher than 1024px res), they are rare, because they're unusable for many reasons.

1024x768 was a common width for Web site pages because the common CRT was usually 14 or 15 inches, and that was often the top resolution; remember, the flat-panel display (and especially the *wide screen* flat-panel display) is of recent vintage.

Besides, site designers hate scrolling, too.

Tager said,
looks great so far. great job!

And most of the good stuff is usable outside of *Windows* (let alone IE 8); I just did a half-ton of customizing from within *Firefox* on Kubuntu Lucid (font, picture, color), and I'm just a registered member (albeit a long-time one; comes from barely having two dimes to rub together all too often). Subscribers will doubtless get more to play with (which is sensible); still, it's nice to see us mere registered members aren't left in the lurch.