GardenStew Upgrade - What's New?

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  1. Frank

    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    Hi all,

    I'm so happy to finally welcome you to a new look GardenStew! :stew1: There will undoubtedly be changes to your everyday Stew routine so apologies for that in advance.

    I've compiled a quick list of some improvements that I can explain in details over the next few days:
    - Larger photo size uploads
    - Multiple photo upload
    - No longer lose your list of Latest Posts (due to closing your browser)
    - Draft auto save on messages (posts) and conversations (PMs)
    - Mobile theme, browse from your smartphone/tablet
    - Watch forums
    - See which posts of yours were Liked
    - Follow or Ignore members
    - Easy quote, just highlight with your cursor
    - Quote multiple messages
    - Categorised Smilies
    - Viewing updated threads takes you to the latest unread post, not the last post in the thread.
    - Improved search
    - Unlimited Conversations (previously PMs)
    - Tag members in posts, write @ then the username
    - Improved text editor for writing posts


    You may have noticed that while the forums look completely new, the rest of the site looks pretty much that same. Non-forum features will work just as they have before :)

    There is so much to write about just in one post and I've just been sitting in front on this computer for 8 hours straight :eek: So I'm going to make a cup of tea.

    Please ask any questions you have below. I'm sure there will be many!

    Thanks so much for your patience today and please let me know if you are having trouble signing in to your account.
    Here's to the future of GardenStew :stew1::stew2:
    // frank

     
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  3. Kay

    Kay Girl with Green Thumbs

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    Hi Frank, Hope you are enjoying a bit of down time with your tea. Thank you so much for all the work you do for us at GS.
     
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    Kiasmum In Flower

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    I would think something slightly stronger than tea would be in order Frank,after 8 hours in front of a computer!

    Thanks for the new-look site.

    I'm really glad to see multiple photo uploading,now all I have to do is find something to photograph.
     
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  5. Frank

    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    Thanks KM, I'm actually still working on sorting out kinks so this makes it 10 hours and counting. And it's 2 AM here :eek:

    Tomorrow I will try to get a multiple photo upload tutorial posted :fingerscrossed:
     
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  6. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    No complaints from me as I love the new look and features Frank. You work so hard on our behalf and each and every one of us appreciates all you do. I hope you enjoyed that cuppa and will get some rest soon. Thank you.
     
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    marlingardener Strong Ash

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    I'm back, and I'm happy! Thank you Frank for making the upgrade so quick and relatively painless (for us, not for you!). I think your tea should be called Glenlivit . . . .
     
  8. Netty

    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Thanks Frank!
     
  9. dooley

    dooley Super Garden Turtle

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    It was so fast that it was here last night and the new one was here this morning. I'll find my way around but it may take a few days. I have a picture to post but have to change the size first. Should go and have another try at it. Some days my mind takes a little more time to figure things.

    dooley
     
  10. Shawchert

    Shawchert Seedling

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    This is going to take some getting used to!!!
     
  11. Kay

    Kay Girl with Green Thumbs

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    I have found myself hunting and pecking around to get familiar with the new style. Once I figure it all out (?) I'll be fine:smt101
    p.s. Love the emoticons
     
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    Well done Frank!
     
  13. S-H

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    Excellent work Frank - You rock, (specially when it comes to large size picture uploads)!!! :smt023

    But one thing isn't quite to my liking... The old greenish theme was (in my opinion) somewhat better looking then this one. This really has too much empty white color area on the screen, (way too much). While the old greenish theme could easily be identified with plants and trees, as it had a very bright yet comfortable natural look. And so was very comfortable on the eyes... But this isn't as friendly as that. :smt009

    And I also can't find any way of easily accessing and attaching my previously uploaded photos in this post, which is why I am now only able to give the link over here:

    http://www.gardenstew.com/plantstew/garden-image.php?image_id=47913&user_id=10866

    Anyhow this theme bothers me on this account, as my monitor is a very big widescreen one. And my room is deliberately kept very dark (plus my PC's operating system's theme is also dark) - Although this works out great when I am doing my usual AutoCAD stuff (where the background is usually kept black, to symbolize infinite depth). But anything that has too much white in it, really starts to hurt the eyes over a period of time... Perhaps it's just me, as I grew up in the 1980's and 90's (watching re-runs of the original Star Trek, as well as ST The Next Generation), and so think that computers and monitors must always have colorful glowing lights on them (blinking in and out of sequence), and should be placed in a dimly lit area as well.

    See this clip to fully understand what I mean:


    :rofl:

    But on a bit serious note also, white really is a very unfriendly color for me, makes me feel as if I am in a hospital or something... Culturally speaking also, white is a color (in my part of the world) that is sometimes associated with death and funerals, (which is why nobody would dare ware anything white on weddings and at other festive occasions). So giving the members an option to customize the color theme would indeed be a very nice thing to have. That way nobody gets to have their say on this issue, but can rather optimize it to our own liking!

    Or please try going back to the old color scheme. As not only will that give a more familiar feeling to us all, but will also be easier on the eyes. Because this is just too bright and way too harsh...
     
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  14. Frank

    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    Thank @eileen, @marlingardener, @Netty, @dooley, @Shawchert, @Kay, @KK Ng and @S-H :headbang:Glad you like it!

    Hi S-H, if you look to the bottom-left of the page you will see a link, "Style:". You can use it to choose between different colour schemes for GardenStew. As of know they are all white background themes however it's entirely possible for me to cook up a 'Dark' theme when I get the time. Leave it with me :smt023

    Thanks MG, however I try not to "drink and keyboard". :chuckle:
     
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    S-H Young Pine

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    Thanks! It was so small that my eye didn't notice it. Anyway, if you need any 3D graphics, either as a tiled background for the new themes, or anything else - I'll be glad to assist! Anyway I now anxiously wait for a darker twilight kind of theme - Something on the lines of dark greenish, brownish, and blueish (the colors of foliage, Earth, and the sky just before evening time). With a little red, yellow, and orange thrown in there too (symbolizing fruits, flowers, and vegetables) - Again, as they appear at dusk...
    :stew1:
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Hi Frank! Just noticed I am now a 'mighty oak'?
     

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