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#61 Post by Tempus » Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:17 pm

There's a new blog update here. In summary these are the points it covers:
  • Account System Restored. The re-write of the site has now surpassed where it initially was and accounts are now back. There's also been some minor re-design of the account layout, and I've made some mock-ups for parts of the site which aren't fully implemented yet such as account inboxes and settings.
  • Alt-Accounts Will Be Supported. You'll be able to have a second sub-account that's separate and has its own handle, display name, avatar, settings, talent profiles, assets, etc. It will still use the same email address and password and both sub-accounts will be easy to switch between.
  • Modes (e.g., the talent DB, asset store, your account) now keep track of their state. In short this means the modes can make more intelligent decisions about things like what columns to collapse when there's not enough space, allows them to remember where you were when you leave and come back, and allows you to link directly to things like searches. While some of these things already worked the state code allows this stuff to happen automatically without me having to hard-code everything.
  • Column Bug Fix. There was a timing-related bug when the columns expand that could lead to the UI initialising too early and rendering it useless. The column code has since been significantly improved and this bug is no longer an issue.
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Above you can see some WIP on the account inbox, modelled after gmail so that it's familiar to folks. There's more pictures in the blog post for this update.
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#62 Post by LeetMusic » Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:13 pm

Looks fantastic! Reserved my handle. :)

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#63 Post by hyesunxoxo » Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:04 am

Just reserved my handle. Hoping for the best!

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#64 Post by Scribbles » Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:09 am

really cool! I'll reserve my handle as a writer (I think you said writers would be a thing on there). I'm excited to see it when it's finished and full of artists
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#65 Post by puppetbomb » Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:03 pm

I had some trouble reserving my handle on Safari.

When I view the site from Safari (ver. 10.1.2), I only see the header (StoryDev logo, Talent, About, FAQ, Mailing List) and the Search, Results and Profile columns. The links to the FAQ and About sections don't go anywhere, but the search function works.

Everything seems to work fine on Firefox, though.

I'm not sure if these are known bugs, but wanted to let you know if this was an issue you weren't aware of.

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#66 Post by sasquatchii » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:40 am

I reserved my handle last month when I saw posts about this site floating around on twitter!

Just curious, but is there an ETA for when Story Devs will be up & running and ready for people like us to use it?
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#67 Post by quinnsea » Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:39 pm

Oof, this is a really neat idea and I'm excited! I already reserved my handle for writing/graphic design.
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#68 Post by FluffyCakeFactory » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:41 pm

I tried to reserve a handle, currently waiting for the confirmation mail.
I'm excited for the launch!

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#69 Post by Tempus » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:52 pm

Thanks for the kind words everyone!
Scribbles wrote:(I think you said writers would be a thing on there)
Yep, pretty much any skillset related to a visual novel will be able to be chosen once the site is finished.
puppetbomb wrote:I'm not sure if these are known bugs, but wanted to let you know if this was an issue you weren't aware of.
Ah, thanks for letting me know about these, I appreciate it :) I didn't know that happened on Safari, though that particular version of the site hasn't be tested against Safari since I didn't have access to it at the time.
sasquatchii wrote:Just curious, but is there an ETA for when Story Devs will be up & running and ready for people like us to use it?
Yes — 6 months ago! Every time I try to estimate when any aspect of it will be done I'm completely off so I've stopped estimating haha. What I can say is that my current goal is to update the demo available at http://www.storydevs.com and replace it with something that works on mobile, is more intuitive, and that has a working account system. Most of that is already working on my side
FluffyCakeFactory wrote:I tried to reserve a handle, currently waiting for the confirmation mail.
I'm excited for the launch!
Yeah, the mail server can take a while to send out the email, so it may take 5 - 20 minutes. Also, there was some changes to the mail server recently that may make it end up in spam. (And thanks for your interest!)

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Also, there's a new blog post going over some recent GUI improvements to the site. (This post has actually been done and sitting in drafts for a few days because I've been sick but... here it is!)
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Summary of improvements:
  • Account lists actually expand and are animated so that the sub-list's appearance isn't sudden and disorienting. (See gif above).
  • Column headers now change with the column body so that you have tools that match the column type.
  • Code for column headers can now be specified at the top of a column's file making them easier to edit. This isn't a user-facing benefit but... it's nice for me...
  • Loading animation is now more subtle. The flash-y animation with the diagonal stripes sliding past looked cool but it took too long for one cycle of it to complete. It was jarring if you have a fast connection and only ever see the first fraction of it.
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#70 Post by FluffyCakeFactory » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:28 am

I still haven't received an email. I checked out the spam folder but nothing... I used a gmail address if that helps? And I tried to use the same username I use here.

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#71 Post by Tempus » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:52 pm

@FluffyCakeFactory: I see your handle in the database and the email is logged as being sent out... I'm not sure what happened. I've manually marked you as confirmed. Sorry about the inconvenience and thanks for letting me know :) It might be worth adding support@storydevs.com to your contacts to make sure future emails from that address get through.
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#72 Post by FluffyCakeFactory » Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:22 pm

@Tempus: Thank you for doing it manually & sorry for causing you trouble. I will add the address to my cotancts! Let's hope the next mails will come through.

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#73 Post by Tempus » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:29 am

So I have been working on the site the past few months, I've just forgotten to keep this thread updated. The most recent post is about figuring out my process for creating vector graphics for the site's icons.

I'm probably not going to update this thread anymore because it's really tedious to format posts and embed images on LSF. Half my update-related images/gifs are wider than 800px so unless I recreate them (which for older images isn't even possible since the site has changed since) I literally can't embed them. Maybe I'll just bump it with links to posts and a short one-line description.

If you want to follow allow with the progress of the site there's a lot of places:
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