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April 6, 2015

New forums design debuts this week

New--SQ-Forums_125.jpgFollowing extensive testing and internal reviews our newest Nikonians.org forums design will roll out this week.

Nikonians co-founder Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) has been discussing options with our members for the new forums appearance and functionality and his design team has delivered the final results.

The launch is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8. We have already published a special newsletter to alert you to the changes in advance.

New-Look_300.jpgThe design team had three goals in mind:

- Improve usability in general through reduced clutter, clearer functional use while providing a modern design.

- Reduce ?containerization? between the different areas of Nikonians, where new information and images might earlier have gone unnoticed.

- Improve usability on mobile devices including tablet computers.

Bo tells us the enhancements should improve your browsing experience:

Bo-Stahlbrandt_125.jpg?We have changed the forums lobby (the homepage of the forums) quite a lot and we have introduced a favorite marking system, where you can mark your most commonly used forums to appear in a separate group, a box placed above all the other forums.

A lot will hopefully feel familiar to our members, whereas some other items, such as the order of ?last update? vs. ?original post date? on threads might take some time to get used to. We feel this change makes sense because it makes for faster reading throughout the forums.?

The launch comes minus the familiar optional ?skin? or theme featuring a white background with darker text, but those members who preferred that skin will find it once again available in the near future.

Also on the agenda for later release is an improved text editor for editing messages and further enhancements on how images are displayed when included in messages, especially on smaller devices.

Posted by flashdeadline at April 6, 2015 2:07 AM

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