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A brave new world...

Posted: Sun, 22nd Jun 2003, 10:17pm

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Joshua Davies

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Welcome to the Second Age!

It has been a long time coming but, finally, it is here - FXhome.com! As you all know, Malone has been working incredibly hard to bring you the best possible website to complement our new product range. What you see here are the results of his labours - a remarkable achievement, we're sure you'll agree. Check out his FXhome.com Intro to the right if you want a few tips to get you started.

FXhome.com reflects the new direction we are taking, consolidating the fantastic community we already have while forging ahead into brave new territory. As the new product range is released over the coming months, the website content will expand accordingly, making FXhome.com the premier special effects community on the internet.

AlamDV3, Chromanator, DigiGrade and iPlugins 2 will each give the moviemakers among you fantastic new tools. Hopefully with each release we will see a leap forward in the ambition and quality of the already impressive Cinema entries.

We hope you all like FXhome.com and have a fun time getting used to all the new features. Stay tuned for more content and goodies over the coming months. Feedback is, of course, always welcome. This is your community; shape it with your dreams and actions.

Malone's Introduction to FXhome.com

You can find a more detailed list of the new features straight after this news item, but here are a few highlights:

Cinema Categories
This has to be one of the most often requested items! Many people will be happy to hear that all short test films will be in their own category and there will be an option to filter them out if you're not interested in watching them.

Cinema Chart
The new cinema chart shows the most popular movies from the last 30 days. No longer will the chart be dominated by the same old ten greatest movies of all time.

Forum Design
The improved forum design is far slicker and less clumsy. There are also new forum icons so you can show off your achievements and program purchases.

New Chat Program
The new web chat program is far more robust and feature-packed than the old one we were using. It provides a much better online experience.

 

Twisted Studios release DXM!

The old saying promises that 'good things come to those who wait.' That would certainly seem to be true this month - FXhome.com has at last been revealed, earlier in the month we were treated to the double bill of the Power Corps and NightCast trailers, and now Twisted Studios are ready to at last unleash their latest epic upon the world.

Directed by the Twisted Studios regulars Niko 'Sidewinder' Pueringer and Sam 'Mechaforce' Gorski, the movie in question is Deus Ex Machina, described succinctly by Niko as "minimum plot, maximum carnage." Sam elaborates on the plot, saying "this dude comes home from the grocery store, and finds that his wife is being arrested, and that his property was just seized - he vows to take revenge."

It is one of the most ambitious movies ever seen here and is filmed almost entirely against a greenscreen, featuring a 'cast' of over 500 and countless different effects. A complex process to be sure but, as Niko says, "there's a point where you just have to say 'it's good', and release it." But don't waste any more time reading this - go download the movie!

Posted: Sun, 22nd Jun 2003, 11:12pm

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Simon K Jones

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New Features

Glossary
This lists all of the common terms and definitions we use. An essential source of information for new users and old users that want to brush up their knowledge. Tarn has been busy beavering away to fill it out with tons of great info (but if you'd like to suggest a term we might have missed please email us). By the way, I'm quite proud of the coding behind this, took a lot longer than it should have.

Movie Management System
All you movie makers now have much greater control over your movie submissions. You can edit and re-edit your movie details (if your links change, for example). You can also add extra movie links yourself, if you want to include different quality files or file types. There are also screenshot submissions. You can add promotional images, behind-the-scenes shots, or just stills from the film. Other people will be able to view these on the movie info page.

Cinema Categories
This has to be one of the most often requested items! Movies are now categorized so you can easily browse and find the films you want to see. Many people will be happy to hear that all short test films will be in their own category and there will be an option to filter them out if you're not interested in watching them.

Cinema Certificates
The content of the submissions we get ranges from kids messing about in the garden to bloody horror massacres. The cinema certificate system will quickly show you what you can expect to see in the movie. It is a simple scale which shows what we personally think is the minimum age of a person that should be viewing the movie. Please note that it is only a guide and we won't be restricting who is allowed to see what movie - the final choice will be up to you.

Cinema Archive
The archive has been hugely reworked. As well as the new categories there are new searching and ordering options. The listings have been simplified to make it extra easy to browse and find what you want.

Cinema Chart
The new cinema chart shows the most popular movies from the last 30 days. No longer will the chart be dominated by the same old ten greatest movies of all time. This new setup should allow for much faster changing positions and some great chart battles (note that you can still order the archive accordingly if you want to view the all-time cinema classics).

Funbox Tweaks
The Forum Watcher box has been updated so you can now exclude forums you're not interested in. This means you can customise it to show only the topics you're personally interested in. There is also a new Box Office Chart funbox for newly released commercial films. You can use it to keep track of which films are doing well this week. Webcam script has also been updated for anyone that would like to 'borrow' it

Updated User Management Area
The new user management area has an improved layout and you can customise all aspects of the site from the one place. There are numerous new options for you to select. Also your profile editor lets you add much more information than before, including film and computing details.

More Forum Options
You can now disable signatures, avatars, smilies and ratings. Some people enjoy seeing these things but other people find that they just get in the way and take a long time to load. Well now the choice is yours, simply select what you would like to see and what you wouldn't.

Forum Design
The improved forum design is far slicker and less clumsy. Hopefully it will be a lot easier for our new members to use. There are also new forum icons so you can show off your achievements and program purchases.

Plugin Section Design
The plugin section has been given a makeover. The horrible framed version has been replaced with a much sleeker all-in-one design. The layout is far less cluttered, giving faster loading times and making browsing the archive much easier.

Updated FAQs
All the FAQs in the support section have been updated as well as more being added. We will be keeping these more up to date than before so hopefully people will always be able to find the information they want.

New Chat Program
The new web chat program is far more robust and feature-packed than the old one we were using. It provides a much better online experience. This new one allows you to be in many channels/rooms at the same time and even create your own rooms.

New account and login system
The old system seemed to cause a lot of problem for people. This new system is much more streamlined and under our control, making it far easier to manage and diagnose problems.

Magic Code System
The new magic code system allows you to register new products with the website quickly and safely. You no longer have to submit secret program serials, instead you enter your code and new parts of the site will instantly be unlocked.

New caching system
On the old site every page was dynamically generated every time a person requested to see it, even if it never changed! This new system secretly saves the webpage after it has been generated, then when the next person asks it simply returns the saved version. This system means the site should be significantly faster.
Posted: Mon, 23rd Jun 2003, 4:11am

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av11d

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Wow... Wow... Wow... ooh one more time... Wow.

The new forum sort of reminds of the original original forum. Everything looks sweet.

There used to be a lot more terms in the AlamDV2 glossary, are you going to be adding those in eventually? Or is the glossary just for the programs rather than video in general?

Where do I rate the movies in the cinema? (I don't see the stars anymore)

Also, I miss the topic review thing when you were replying to a post (I'm missing it this very second now that I need to refer to an early post). Any chance of this coming back?

Anyway, it looks great, and all the best of luck in the future!
Posted: Mon, 23rd Jun 2003, 7:49am

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malone

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Id also like to say a quick thankyou to Sollthar for his fantastic new animated smilie set. The guy is a man of many talents cool
Posted: Mon, 23rd Jun 2003, 8:46am

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anonymous

Imagine my distress this morning as I staggered, bleary eyed, from my bed.

I turned on my computer and waited for the comforting buzz of the cooling fan, I opened up explorer, typed in www.alamdv.com.

As I sat waiting for the site to load, I became aware of something, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, something big was coming. Redirecting, said internet explorer, then my whole world changed, it was.......it was dark blue, a land filled with strange and disturbing sights, I ran around in circles....delirious....I collapsed to the ground, I held my head in my hands......slowly.....slowly, I realised it was all going to be okay, It was going to be better......



Okay dunno where that lot came from, just thought I had to write something, I have been a member and a user since the early beta versions came out so I have seen a good few changes.

I just wanted to say well done to everyone.


Regards


Paul (otteypm)
Posted: Mon, 23rd Jun 2003, 9:00am

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otteypm

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Okay, just testing if I am logged in or not, it says welcome back otteypm at the top but the last post put me in as a guest.

If this one don't work then whats goin' on?????

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ahhh it works now.....he who was blind, can now see.....


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Posted: Mon, 23rd Jun 2003, 11:36am

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Sollthar

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Heh, congratulations. The site IS very cool and it is fun browsing all the parts, looking for new things. biggrin


You guys rule... but I said that before wink
Posted: Mon, 23rd Jun 2003, 12:03pm

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moebius

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Man, this is way better than I ever envisaged! Wicked new interface and loads of new features to keep us geeks happy!

Great work, lads - the wait was worth it!
Posted: Mon, 23rd Jun 2003, 1:13pm

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Kram1563

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HEy very very cool, its nice to be lookign around to find newer things, i tried going onto alamdv this morning jsut wouldt work i thought hmm maybe they are up to something tard cool animated icon by the way biggrin
Posted: Mon, 23rd Jun 2003, 2:40pm

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Andreas

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Really nice work, would love to see the database in this site, guess its really huge.. Ill always stay on this site, If you want more emotion, contact me ;´) Ive done emotions to alot of sites.. great work
Posted: Mon, 23rd Jun 2003, 11:50pm

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>wipes drool from chin and refocuses<


YEEEEEAAAAHHH!!!

Top Notch Guys, again my hats off to you CSB-Digital guys for bringing the goods!

Cheers <raises imagainaery pint facing east across the pond>
Posted: Tue, 24th Jun 2003, 1:20am

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Joshua Davies

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Welcome back Joe, the chat rooms have changed - look forward to seeing you in the new #fxhome chat.
Posted: Tue, 24th Jun 2003, 11:23am

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Well, its still looking extremely impressive. wink
cool
Posted: Tue, 24th Jun 2003, 11:01pm

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ggbros

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WOW

Okay now where are the progs! tard
Posted: Sun, 29th Jun 2003, 12:51pm

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Marek

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thats what i wanna know... where the heck is chromanator?!!! i want to buy it soooo badly.

















soooooo badly!!!!!