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The New FXhome.com!

Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 12:30pm

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You've no doubt noticed the new-look FXhome.com already. We thought you might like a few pointers to the new and resdesigned areas.

Facelift

The old FXhome.com design was beginning to get a little wrinkly around the edges and so we decided to take a fresh look at the website to coincide with the launch of the new products.

All the regular sections are still present, although you can now find your way to them using a far more pleasant navigation system, rather than the previous menu which required you to have elf-like nimbleness.

Upgrading

Make sure you are logged in to your product registered account when you head over to the Store. That way you'll be shown all your possible upgrade routes, so you can pick the best option.

Chromanator users that bought after November 1st should check their email for an extra £10 discount on upgrades.

New cinema

The cinema has had a major revamp, making the Top 10 an even more exciting place to showcase your movie. Can you make it to the #1 spot for ultimate exposure?

We’ve even added a fun little box office simulator, in case you’ve ever wondered just how rich you could be when you finally make it in Hollywood. I'm afraid banks don't yet recognise FXhome dollars. smile

The Preset Library

Veteran users will remember the AlamDV2 plugin database, which grew larger than any of us had ever anticipated. Now it's time to unveil a similar system for the new products - the Preset Library.

All of our new products have an in-built preset system. This enables effects engines and filters to be set up automatically at the click of a button. The Preset Library has been designed to make sharing presets with each other an easy task.

As the Library grows, you’ll find that there is no longer any need to spend time crafting a smoke particle effect from scratch in EffectsLab – chances are, somebody will have already done it for you and uploaded the preset. Please have patience as we continue to enlarge the preset selection!

The aim is to add AlamDV2’s easy drag-and-drop functionality, while retaining all the power, quality and flexibility that you have come to expect from our new products. For beginners it should prove to be an incredible new feature, and even experts will find their workflow greatly improved.

Tweaking

As with all website redesigns, there might be a few rough edges we’ve missed, so we’re relying on the community to provide us with as much feedback as possible. What do you like about the new design? What don’t you like? If you find a problem, or think you have an idea for improvement, let us know!

We’ll be reading all the replies to this news post, of course, and you can also talk to us on the live webchat or chuck us an email at team@fxhome.com.
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 1:05pm

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Thonhaugen

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GOD!!!!

As an "amateour" web-designer, I just LOVE the new look on FXhome:-D

WOW!!!!
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 1:06pm

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This is really cool. Especially the new cinema!!! So far everythings shiney, no bugs that i see.

I'm off to explore the website!!!

Clinto
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 1:06pm

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Make sure you guys clear your cache or whatever, its a bit of an old mix between old and new until you do! biggrin
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 2:22pm

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OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!! YEAH cool
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 2:40pm

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OH MY GOD!!!!
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 3:54pm

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Great work Malone, it's beautiful!
And great luck with the new realeses.

Awsome
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 3:56pm

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Andreas wrote:

Great work Malone, it's beautiful!
Don't forget schwar, he made the design.
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 4:16pm

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Klut wrote:

Andreas wrote:

Great work Malone, it's beautiful!
Don't forget schwar, he made the design.
bummer, didn't know that.
to the whole team then, great work
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 4:28pm

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This is possibly biggest day in fxhome history! 5 new products! New website! Box office! Electric Mans 8000! And King Kong on the side. This has made my day great. Thanks fxhome team. And Waser. And Peter Jackson.
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 4:34pm

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Congratulations!
I'd just like to note one thing I've noticed throughout the website:
a lot of text is in white or gray, and it's impossible to read against the new white background. This includes usernames in the forums and the "buy now" and "learn more" buttons in the software front page.

Henry
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 4:36pm

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Try refreshing (or hard refreshing with Ctrl+F5), I expect it's due to your browser still having bits and pieces from the old site.
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 4:39pm

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it still is difficult to read the user names in the forum: bright yellow on light gray?? The problem in the software page was fixed, though
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 4:45pm

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Usernames on forum posts should be a clear red (like the currently selected menu item at the top of the page).
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 4:51pm

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ok, now they are
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 9:50pm

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I have noticed a few problems and thinks that would be great to integrate.

Money in Cinema: Should appear in profile/on sides of posts.

IMDB logos in sigs have an old FXH blue colored corner.

I guess that's it really... I love the site though! Nice design, perfect all together. Will the Preset library include stock footage?
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 11:36pm

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Lookin' sexy guys biggrin .
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 11:41pm

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Looks great, but you might want to make sure that the icons on the right don't have the ability to make a post larger (like in schwar's posts). Also the usernames aren't very noticeable (when I first opened the forums I couldn't find it razz Also, when you mouse over the FXPreset icon on the right, it says "AlamDV2 Plugin Maker".

Great job though, looks much more professionnal.

EDIT: Aha! A few old FXHome.com leftovers here with the IMDb icons and the plugin award. http://fxhome.com/users/profile_cache/profile10982.html
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 1:44am

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Where did the 'Top Posters' go? sad I liked that...when I was on it! wink

Also, just a minor nuance, but you may want to have the currency converter in the store to open a new window...just a minor thing though...

Lastly, are there going to be any new EL/CL/VL t-shirts this time around? Or hats? I would SO get an EL hat with the logo in front and the FXhome logo/website address in the back!

Anyway, the site looks a lot more professional. Good show, chaps!

(and anything Serpent said... smile )
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 2:27am

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Heh, all the waiting is over !!! Now what will everyone complain about? wink

As always top notch work!

cool
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 3:22am

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rogolo wrote:

Where did the 'Top Posters' go? sad I liked that...when I was on it! wink

Also, just a minor nuance, but you may want to have the currency converter in the store to open a new window...just a minor thing though...

Lastly, are there going to be any new EL/CL/VL t-shirts this time around? Or hats? I would SO get an EL hat with the logo in front and the FXhome logo/website address in the back!

Anyway, the site looks a lot more professional. Good show, chaps!

(and anything Serpent said... smile )
I was wondering about shirts too. And also, the top poster is under "Members" up at community. (Thanks to TimmyD for that find.) Also, CURRENCY, you need to put the USD price there too, people will be mislead.

Pooky I noticed that stuff too (I pointed the IMDB thing out btw.)

To solve the username problem (which I have noticed) would be to flip the +,-1 thing, with the username bar.
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 3:27am

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You might want to tone down the amount of graphics though... at the moment it's like 80% graphics and info and 20% actual content. Maybe make it smaller?
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 11:40am

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Hey all, congrats on the new site, on the whole it's looking great. biggrin A few views on the site though that you may or may not want to take into account:

- some texts, like the force ratings at the top of posts, a bit small & difficult to see
- could put usernames below lightsaber, above avatars?
- Cinema section is awesome but aesthetically, you have a lot of stuff that you have to scroll down to see.
- The new movies & recently added movies bits basically say the same thing, could be combined, with the thumbnails accompanied by date added?
- Top 9? Why not top 10 or top 5? But top 9??? You could have it start at 2nd in the top 9 on the right, so that the movie at 1 isn't repeated, & then you'd have a top 10.
- And making very niggly criticisms, I don't like the "Welcome to the box office!" text. It's being nice, but doesn't add anything. Deleting it could drag everything else up half an inch
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 12:13pm

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Tarn wrote:



The Preset Library

Veteran users will remember the AlamDV2 plugin database (...)
I'm a veteran !!!111 biggrin

and I love the new site.
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 1:26pm

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Just a few more things, kinda pertaining to what Mel said.

I think the idea of a Top 9 is, to be frank, stupid. It sho9uld be 10, that jut makes more sense. Or, the top one should get the banner and the other nine are listed in the top nine. And now there's only thumbnails next to the top 3 movies, which means for the other 90% of us who don't get in that minority, our movies get little to no exposure due to lack of graphic aid.

And another thing, the amount of days left in the chart is gone. I really liked that, it helped me figure out when to submit my movies.

Oh, and the signup button comes before the login button. I dunno if that' how it used to be, but that looks a little strange.

Again, these aren't HUGE things, but alot of us DID like the flow of the old site, and many of those things which made the old one functional are missing here.

Maybe just consider adding thumbnails to all the movies in the...err.....ghetto "top 9".

P.S. Make it Top Ten.
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 1:39pm

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It only says top 9 because theres only been 9 movies submitted in the last 30 days! We can't magically add more movies when they don't exist smile You want it to be the top 10 then submit another movie.

We also display the bigger poster image for the recent movies. This gives you more graphic aid than the old site did.

I will make a note of your other suggestions though.
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 6:44pm

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Hmm.. this is interesting. I'll give it a week or so before making any comments. Forum overhauls usually need some time to grow on people before you can really form an opinion without just whining about wanting the old look back.

I will say, however, that the presets look great. Some of those are rather nifty.

Looks like I might have to dig into the ol' pocketbook and pickup the new line of programs.
Posted: Fri, 16th Dec 2005, 1:02am

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I just found a bug: in the movie management page, the icon it shows for movies is the poster image squished to thumbnail size. In fact, that whole part is like in the old site (even after a couple CTRL-F5's)
Posted: Fri, 16th Dec 2005, 4:16am

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i do allot of web design and you did a amazing job.. it looks like a ton of work.. looks great, has worked great so far. biggrin im so happy lol although im kinda annoyed that i have to pay to upgrade from chrominator.. bleh.. shoulda just waited alittle while.. (i havent even used chrominator.. i just got it to play with once or twice untill your finished products were out) its all good i guess. great work though, keep it up
Posted: Fri, 16th Dec 2005, 5:37am

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On artiks lightsaber hilt tutorial some text is bright yellow and you have to highlight to read. Just thought id find something to cpmplain about =)
Posted: Fri, 16th Dec 2005, 6:53am

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cooldude wrote:

On artiks lightsaber hilt tutorial some text is bright yellow and you have to highlight to read. Just thought id find something to cpmplain about =)
That's because that's how Arktic wrote it, to match the old color scheme. What color you make the text in your posts isn't the CSB guys' job.
Posted: Mon, 19th Dec 2005, 2:08am

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Ok, the Ultimate FAQ needs some fixing. Also, when you search the forum, it highlits the text as white and bold. Impossible to read unless you know what you've typed or you highlight it. The purple stuff is obviously annoying to a lot of people. I will complain about everything I see, I just want to see a perfect site. Also, I have gotten used tot he position of the username location (and the gold highlight on gold users helped as well) so that kind of thing ios more of a getting used ot kind of thing.
Posted: Tue, 20th Dec 2005, 1:35pm

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Updates to everything WILL be coming, when I have free time!

Cheers,
Arktic.
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I love the new site but I have one minor problem with it. On my iMac at my mom's house the writing on the top menu (fxhome, software, preset library, etc) comes out jaggidy using both Safari and Firefox. At my dad's house using my powermac g5, the writing is perfectly smooth. How can I correct it at my mom's house?
Posted: Tue, 20th Dec 2005, 8:10pm

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Sounds like it could be a font issue. Could you post a screenshot?
Posted: Tue, 20th Dec 2005, 8:10pm

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Brettsta wrote:

I love the new site but I have one minor problem with it. On my iMac at my mom's house the writing on the top menu (fxhome, software, preset library, etc) comes out jaggidy using both Safari and Firefox. At my dad's house using my powermac g5, the writing is perfectly smooth. How can I correct it at my mom's house?
I have that same problem, both times under IE or Firefox but on different screens. Its something to do with the contrast.
Posted: Tue, 20th Dec 2005, 9:04pm

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malone wrote:

Sounds like it could be a font issue. Could you post a screenshot?
http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/6391/picture35xs.png
Posted: Tue, 20th Dec 2005, 9:36pm

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wow thats weird. I guess your browser doesn't support the precise size of the fonts. lame.
Posted: Wed, 21st Dec 2005, 9:52am

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Thanks for the screenshot, it does look very strange. Is that the only place on the website where that happens?
Posted: Wed, 21st Dec 2005, 4:17pm

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yep.

it only happens up there
Posted: Wed, 21st Dec 2005, 4:32pm

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I've tried tweaking the css to fix it. Could you give it a try again and see if it works now. You might have to refresh the page a couple of times before it changes.
Posted: Wed, 21st Dec 2005, 4:35pm

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It's fixed!!! I was looking at some of the forum posts, clicked refresh and there it was. Thanks so much!! I love this site smile
Posted: Wed, 21st Dec 2005, 5:45pm

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Another very minor thing - on the front page, and the latest news section...

When you hover over this, the mouse icon changes to the text pointer, whereas this should usually be the hand pointer (similar to when browsing the forums, the mouse becomes the hand pointer and the background is highlighted). Although the background on the front page changes, the mouse icon doesn't become a hand pointer, so its perhaps not immediately obvious that its a link to somewhere, just a thought.

But thats me being picky, good job with the whole revamp.

EDIT: I just noticed the same thing applies to the box office section - hover over the top 10 lists to see the "wrong" icon. However if you hold the mouse button down it changes to the "correct" icon

Dan
Posted: Wed, 21st Dec 2005, 6:03pm

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Oh wait. Its not fully fixed. The problem still happens in the cinema sub-menu and I think thats the last of it.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Dec 2005, 2:37am

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Also on the EL and CL pages. Observe.
Posted: Fri, 30th Dec 2005, 8:04pm

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read everyone elses comments and thats what i would say. with twice the love.