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PostSubject: Forum icons   Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:04 pm

Is it possible to make changes to these, or are they part of a stock theme?

The previous theme had new message icons which were easier to spot. A slight color shift might make the current icons stand out a bit.

I am also puzzled by the new message icon staying on in "Questions and Answers". This seemed to happen for me when the announcements were added. Is this happening for anyone else, or just me.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:31 pm

Not staying on for me - as for switching them, if you have a suggested set to import, feel free to point it out - they can be changed outside of the pre-formatted stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:45 pm

It is off now, there was a thread which I hadn't read (and didn't notice).

When you say set, does this mean I could send you an individual image or do they need to be in a package? I could drop the offending icon into Photoshop and make it stand out a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:27 pm

I looked into the forum a bit and see that you can add custom icons in addition to those with a theme.

Here is a quick and dirty "new posts" icon for consideration:

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/2323/ifoldernewbigv2zb3.gif

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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:52 pm

All appropriate & the "Hot + New" icon switched to that brighter one. Hopefully no one will miss the "Hot" animating it, since that would be a bear to edit.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:58 pm

It might not be too bad to edit. I'd like to see the icon so I can grab a copy.

I wanted to see what the reaction was to the non-animated one first.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:43 am

The editing was easy enough, getting it to stop resetting the palette was tough (but trivial once I figured it out). Need to use a restrictive web palette.

Here is one icon:
http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/1151/ifolderhotv2uo2.gif[/url


[url=http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/4242/ifoldernewbigv2gb3.gif]http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/4242/ifoldernewbigv2gb3.gif


Edit: I have no idea why I did the first one, that shouldn't be red.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:19 am

Ya should change the forum locked one so that its not slightly red. Always been bugging me with those two locked forums, because it looks like I should be trying to read em.

Love the new brighter icons =D
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:21 am

The Announcements one (the big skull as seen over in Questions and Answers) is also reallly hard to tell the difference between read and unread, it could use the brightening treatment too Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:38 am

Here is the first one:

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/921/ifolderannouncenewwn9.gif



And an attempt at the locked one, not sure how this is going to look:
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/2203/ifolderlockedbigqe8.gif



Here is a version with a bit more gold around the edge of the shield.

http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/7850/ifolderlockedbigiu9.gif
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:24 am

All installed - locked is INdistinguishable from old, but the locked icon makes it clear anyhow at least.


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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:50 am

I'm having trouble parsing that sentence. Do you mean that the icons are not very distinguishable? If so, what do you think would improve them?

My main issue is addressed: I can see which forums I need to read rather easily. I'm happy to make any other changes as requested.

On the locked icon, the ram looks a bit too cyan.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:53 am

That was posting too early after waking up - it's not very distinct from the old - but the icon in the corner makes it easy to tell what it is regardless of it matching or not.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:05 pm

Let me get my pants off my head for a second. Oh, I see, that was the *new* locked icon. I thought Phelkis was saying that it was too red. I'll make it more red.

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/5140/ifolderlockedbigft5.gif

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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:10 pm

Hard to miss with the red. Nice work!
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:31 am

Gah, why do the locked forums suddenly have the bright red icons that make you think theres new posts to read there? Why not unlock em anyways and just disable peoples post ability there or something.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:50 am

Adjusted the forum icon to another available completely distinguishable as different. (Used the new bright locked for actual unread locked posts)
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:58 am

The red locked icon was getting to me as well. Good UI design should be consistent, and using red to mean "new messages" seems like a good rule. I haven't seen what Zuth has replaced this with, but earlier this morning I attempted another version. (This made more complicated by the fact that I didn't have the original icon and had to free draw that damn skull)

http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/5234/ifolderlockbluevk3.gif

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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:17 pm

http://hitskin.com/themes/11/23/51/i_folder_locked_big.gif for the original - recommendation would be something equally "washed out" in color like the no new posts - that blue is pretty intense as it is right now. (Definitely distinguishes it, just IMO shouldn't be bright enough to draw the eye)
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:17 pm

That looks pretty bad. Bad enough that I tracked down another forum using the same skin and grabbed a copy of the original icon. With a bit of work in Photoshop the result follows:

http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/4079/ifolderlockedblue2wo6.gif

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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:18 pm

OK, I'll tone down the blue a bit and see how that looks.

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http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/9646/ifolderlockedblue3ms3.gif



I'll need to see it on the forum to judge how much difference that made.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:37 pm

I think another notch or two - its not intense, but still draws the eye a little.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:42 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:48 pm

After testing the newer one I can say I was wrong, old was pretty much a bulls-eye.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum icons   Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:29 pm

Looks way better than the red one, but I'm still not sure why we're trying to draw attention to the locked forums.
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