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Post by 4hams on Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:46 pm

Hey folks do any of you have some cool ideas for a new Forum Banner?

I am trying a few things but the forum software is very restrictive to say the least. Let me know what you think and please post any suggestions or ideas.
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Re: Forum Banner Ideas

Post by Steve on Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:08 pm

I'd suggest to do what you're doing by posting a new banner each week to see what knid of feedback you get cause I don't have any specific ideas for a banner.

Currently I like the larger font style you have up, but the smaller black block type font banner above is not needed, IMO.
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Post by smduff on Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:45 pm

I like that one, I agree that the small one on top can go, I didn't even see it until I read Steve's post LOL.
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Post by zebadee on Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:09 pm

Hi smile:
2nd forum header is a by product of having an email address.
So when you get a PM notification or email via the forum.
It states from McT's instead of the forumotion (global) default.

For those who can.
Look in the uploaded pics in Admin Panel > Display >Pics management > Click on "See examples" to see mine. Wink

N.B. Loading a banner this way may mean you are able to "hide" the 2nd header... though I doubt it.
But it does give you almost ultimate freedom... ROTFLMAO
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Re: Forum Banner Ideas

Post by 4hams on Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:28 am

Yes I agree that the plain text black colored tezt has to go it is only visible when looking at the screen at a certain height which is why you did not see it originally Duff me also.

The forum software is very restrictive in these respects. I will remove the black text immediately as it looks awful now that i know it is there.

If anyone has the forum set to send emails on new post as Zeb stated if I remove the black text the emails will come titled from forumotion and not McT's...
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Re: Forum Banner Ideas

Post by Steve on Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:06 am

4hams wrote:
The forum software is very restrictive in these respects. I will remove the black text immediately as it looks awful now that i know it is there. thanks

If anyone has the forum set to send emails on new post as Zeb stated if I remove the black text the emails will come titled from forumotion and not McT's...
This sucks when it doesn't say from McT's :(:
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Post by zebadee on Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:30 am

Hi smile:
Now showing one of the original headers I made.
But kept the current one as well.
Instant comparison.
Using that method you could create a banner (even flash), without the title of McT's.
Then have the smaller version that allows McT's emails.
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Post by Steve on Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:30 am

Yea, the upper looks great. With both though looks a little crowded.
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Re: Forum Banner Ideas

Post by zebadee on Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:38 am

Steve wrote:Yea, the upper looks great. With both though looks a little crowded.

Hi smile:
Yes, that is the case for now.
(But good for comparing. Don't you think?)
But the upper can be altered in size the lower removed etc.
Alternatives can also be submitted by members & possibly a vote on which is best! Wink
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Post by Steve on Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:37 pm

Yes, excellent for comparing.

Upper one looks even better now being bigger. (Bigger is always better) :laugh:
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Post by 4hams on Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:38 pm

zebadee wrote:Hi smile:
Now showing one of the original headers I made.
But kept the current one as well.
Instant comparison.
Using that method you could create a banner (even flash), without the title of McT's.
Then have the smaller version that allows McT's emails.

I like this banner for now till we can decide.
I would love to see a banner that was made up of computer hardware images could even be animated gif or flash. then the title of McT's below it so we get our email name back!

Are ya any good at flash Zeb? I have not touched the program in 10 years. I still have a Flash 5 disc here somewhere?
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Re: Forum Banner Ideas

Post by zebadee on Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:16 pm

Hi smile:
Only tried it once.
Found it distracting ...... (plus it wasn't all that anyway Wink )
ROTFLMAO
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Post by 4hams on Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:06 pm

What software do you use to make banners gif's and so on?
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Re: Forum Banner Ideas

Post by Steve on Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:41 pm

What the heck is going on right now at the top of the forum?

A work in progress? thinking
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Re: Forum Banner Ideas

Post by 4hams on Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:03 pm

Yes anybody got any ideas?

Having a banner without the forum name in it allows the Name to be placed below the banner and it gets us our proper email address back...

Any ideas folks?
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Re: Forum Banner Ideas

Post by SavageNFS on Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:04 pm

can you run a slide show for the banner showing off user pics of rigs, parts, etc?
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Re: Forum Banner Ideas

Post by 4hams on Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:19 pm

Thanks Savage I am not sure if I can embed code for that or not? I'll have to look into that.
Thanks for the suggestion!

I also have to be careful to use a font for the Title that all or most computers and Browsers can display. http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html

Anyone else?
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Post by SavageNFS on Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:28 pm

There are some pluggins that are available that should help. The easiest way to do it that I have seen take a bit of prep work. People send you (for example) the pics of their build/part/whatever and you put together each group in a strip. Each strip of pics becomes an individual banner. As you get more banners you add to the "master". The master file runs in a loop in something like power point or picasa. Only drawback is the master would need to updated as people contribute photos. I know this is pretty simple in vB, but that is really all I have messed around with myself.

They other way is to set up a gallery here, people upload photos, and a script pulls a random out of the gallery. Much easier to manage.

Certainly not the only thing you could do, but it may provide some (computer) pr0n for the occasional visitor looking for some eye candy. There are a lot of other places to get that as well too.
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Re: Forum Banner Ideas

Post by 4hams on Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:40 pm

If you or any other members can produce something like that please do so and let us all see it!!!

We need to find something or design something that we can all come to an agreement on.

My thoughts are I would like to see something Computer and Techie like weather it be animated or not does not matter to me, but animated may look cool like your giff in your signature.
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Post by SavageNFS on Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:48 pm

Depends on your definition of animation. True animation would require an actual movie to start with, but you can fake it with transitions built into picasa and power point (like fade in/out, spins, etc). However, me not being a phpBB admin, I really am useless to you. However, a quick look in their add on's tells me there is a gallery option. You may want to look into it if you are really interested in it. phpBB Gallery Discussion or here is the features page phpBB Gallery Features and here is the add on for the portal page showing the gallery in a banner (which should be easily incorporated into other pages if desired) add-on for gallery showing in a banner on the portal page
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Post by 4hams on Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:12 pm

Thanks again Savage. I will have to look into all of this but please keep any and all ideas coming.
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Post by 4hams on Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:16 pm

Ok I found something that lets me make transparent gif's.

Are we getting closer to something that will look decent as a header?
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Post by Steve on Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:21 pm

Looking good for sure. Now the name needs to be a little bigger.
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Post by 4hams on Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:30 pm

Yes it does I have just been trying to get it all working. I will increase the font size shortly!
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Post by smduff on Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:49 pm

Looks good but seems to load slow can you increase the speed?
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