The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby PhoenixRenaissance » December 25th, 2016, 1:09 am

It's all so fresh. I'm loving it!
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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby The_Hankerchief » December 25th, 2016, 1:20 am

I dig it!
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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby FUTURE10S » December 25th, 2016, 1:37 am

Personally, I love the new design. The part that I want to keep the same is still mostly the same (forums and panel for editing comics), and that's a 10/10 from me.

EDIT: Although I think the order should be newly updated, spotlight, upcoming, then most popular. Kinda wish newest was still a thing too.
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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby Chadderbox Studios » December 25th, 2016, 2:58 am

Love the new design, was very pleased to see when I logged on today. Was wondering if Smackjeeves was working on an app for apple and android at all?
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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby reddog_f13 » December 25th, 2016, 3:03 am

midgart wrote:Everything is looking nice, but I wish "fan" counts were still publicly viewable :/ which they don't seem to be right now, unless I'm missing it somewhere!


same here, i liked seeing who my new watchers were. :(

also can we get more light shades of blue over the white/ grey on, for example, the fave comics and comic profile page. makes it seem a little dull and blends a little too much together with the separate info sections. :?:
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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby WindowMaker » December 25th, 2016, 3:31 am

I might stand as an oddball here.

On previous rollout of SmackJeeves, I relied on several site's intrinsic features which are overlooked by most people:

  • Ability to be browsed without using JavaScript.
  • Ability to be browsed with non-mainstream browser.
  • Ability to be browsed via low-resolution desktop screen (e.g. 640x480).
All of them were reasons that I prefer browsing comics on SmackJeeves (and ComicFury) over Tapastic or WebToons.

This new design broke them all, and my usable view of main page looked like this:
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Only single thing gained in this mess is the HTTPS support (and it even botched out when JavaScript is enabled).

Fix, please.
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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby kcspice » December 25th, 2016, 5:21 am

I applaud everyone involved with this redesign!
So far, the only thing I'd like to see return is the fan count to be publicly viewable. It's kinda sad seeing my older projects with 200+ fans only viewable have 20 readers, a literal 1/10th of what it was
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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby estrachan » December 25th, 2016, 7:07 am

Oh my god, thank you SJ staff. This update is beautifull
It's the best xmas present ever.
Notification system is prefect.
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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby Ren Fowl » December 25th, 2016, 9:09 am

I personally, am really not huge on the way that the "Recently Updated" comics are now at the bottom of the page since now all of the comic stuff on the front page is just listed instead of being in tabs, but I suppose it's not that big of a deal. I just worry it might hurt newer comics in favor of comics that are already popular.
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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby Alexis_Royce » December 25th, 2016, 9:28 am

I love it. While it'll take a little getting used to, there's so much more information easily accessible in this version, which I find both convenient and highly pleasing.
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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby kwane » December 25th, 2016, 9:31 am

Eh, personally not a fan of the new layout and a few changes made but I'll have to get used to them I guess.
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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby eishiya » December 25th, 2016, 9:38 am

Ren Fowl wrote:I personally, am really not huge on the way that the "Recently Updated" comics are now at the bottom of the page since now all of the comic stuff on the front page is just listed instead of being in tabs, but I suppose it's not that big of a deal. I just worry it might hurt newer comics in favor of comics that are already popular.

This.
Looks designed for non-members, put the "most likely very pretty" comics at the top to get new users to browse around, even though for members I suspect the more new-comic-focused sections would probably be more interesting.

Could be remedied by letting people chose their ordering, but I suspect that would be a lot of work. Easy to forget SJ is one person's work.



Edit: More nitpicks!
- "X Updates/Month" and "X Updates/Week" doesn't immediately read among all the "Updates Wednesdays", etc. I think having "month" and "week" lowercase would make it more readable. In other words, don't title-case it! The weekdays should be capitalised because they're weekdays and because it helps visually distinguish them.
- "Hand-picked, local, organic, grass-fed comics." is only funny the first time around, and doesn't convey anything useful about what the Comic Spotlight is and how to be featured.
- The spotlight reel seems to be very slow at resizing to fit the window, leading to lengthy looks at the neighbouring spotlight banners while resizing. It feels rather unprofessional, as if I found a way to break the site, even though it's only cosmetic.
- There's a "Rising Stars" comic on the front page with 1 reader and a fair bit of pages. Either the algorithm for that is broken, or it's just suffering from not enough newer comics having covers uploaded. Also, "Rising Stars" makes it sound like the comics are getting a lot of attention ("Stars") when clearly most of these aren't. So, either there should be a minimum of attention for a comic to qualify (bad idea since the point is to feature underdogs I guess? I don't even understand the point of that section tbh), or the category should get a less misleading name.
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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby JoKeR » December 25th, 2016, 10:00 am

Sooooo ...
Only bugs I noticed so far when I use my iPod-touch 4G:
(1) The menu doesn't show up. Therefore I can't search stuff or log in or what ever else.
(2) If I click on Comics on the start page, the left side is blank (no list) only blue space and the comic-covers are outside the window to the right (nearly unreachable) and informations are clinched vertically to the right side under those cut covers.

Oh and Safari crashes very often ...nearly 5 times in 4 minutes.

I'm not a fan of this clean mobile look everywhere on the internet. But it fit very well for a page with many art content.
I miss a little bit the preview function of the old design, but that's the job of the covers now.
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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby Gibson Twist » December 25th, 2016, 10:22 am

Redesign looks solid to me. Good job, thanks for all your hard work, Dan. You're the tops.

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Re: The Next Generation of Butlers Is Here

Postby eishiya » December 25th, 2016, 11:02 am

WindowMaker wrote:I might stand as an oddball here.

On previous rollout of SmackJeeves, I relied on several site's intrinsic features which are overlooked by most people:

  • Ability to be browsed without using JavaScript.
  • Ability to be browsed with non-mainstream browser.
  • Ability to be browsed via low-resolution desktop screen (e.g. 640x480).
All of them were reasons that I prefer browsing comics on SmackJeeves (and ComicFury) over Tapastic or WebToons.

This new design broke them all, and my usable view of main page looked like this:
https://i.imgur.com/YFMNzNo.png

Only single thing gained in this mess is the HTTPS support (and it even botched out when JavaScript is enabled).

Fix, please.

The usability of the old SJ compard to the new one something I mentioned to Admin while he was working on the new layout, so you're not alone in this. Unfortunately we're a tiny minority that's not worth catering to ]:
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