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Post  j3801 on Mon 21 Jan 2013, 2:02 pm

Hi everyone,

Now don't get alarmed by the title of this topic. affraid

It is just that I have found out where in the Admin panel to adjust the individual colour scheme for the forum. bounce

I will be tinkering with it till I get something that is less generic and more suitable over the next few days. Very Happy

So if you see somethings change a few times during your visits don't panic, it will be me fiddling around. Rolling Eyes

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Post  mickrik on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 7:15 am

Hi There,


Nice shade of Brunswick green border is most suitable.

You could also have opted for Crimson Lake.

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Post  j3801 on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 7:24 am

Hi Mick,

Still toying around, trying to see what suits best.
The Brunswick green for the main colour was too dark, I kept it as the boarders though.

I was thinking of all fluro colours........ Shocked Shocked Shocked Laughing Laughing Laughing lol!

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Post  gswindale on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 7:26 am

First Neon livery would look good :-)


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Post  j3801 on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 7:35 am

Well what about the 'headboard'?
I think it's kinda wonky?

Edit:
Unless there are objections, I am thinking about 'locking in' the new colour scheme.
(except for the Icons below the logo, still not happy with them. may change their colours, do a complete change.)
Any body with bad eyesight let me know.

If any one cn make the headboard look better (ie real) please let me know and I will put yours up.

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Post  stephenholmes on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 10:28 am

Hello Justin
I think the style of the message boards looks great
I too like the brunswick green
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Post  Guest on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 10:56 am

Hello Justin,
Like the new colour scheme but one ctiticism, black print does not show very well against green background.

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Post  j3801 on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 11:03 am

Thanks for the feedback on the colours guys.
Still trying to work this lot out.

For those who are wondering, the outer boarders are in early Brunswick Green, the inner borders are Doncaster Apple green, the main text area is the A4's silver, the link text is Southern 'sunshine' yellow, the main text is Pullman Cream, the rollover is GWR lining signal red. The colour of my 'call sign' is LMS Crimson Lake.
I still have some tweaking to do so look out for more 'famous' colours. Laughing

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Post  stephenholmes on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 12:36 pm

Good afternoon Justin
I have noticed that the colour font palette doesn't seem to be working
I typed a test message and selected blue font and then preview but it just displays text in white font
Please can this be investigated
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Post  j3801 on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 12:48 pm

Hi Stephen

I don't know exactly what you did, but if you highlight the text then select the colour button and choose the colour it seems to come out fine.

Well at least it did on mine, does anyone else have any issues?

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Post  Markh5682 on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 1:39 pm

Hi Justin

I know it is only early days yet, but is there any chance of adding a selection of board themes (colour schemes) to the user preferences, so that users can set their preferred colour scheme as their own default, especially as some of us are not as young as we were and may have difficulty reading the posts, as I have with the current colours.

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Post  stephenholmes on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 1:44 pm

Thanks Justin
It seems ok now
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Post  j3801 on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 2:11 pm

Mark, I'll look into that. Still working out all the kinks and secrets of this forum.

Stephen, no problems.

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Post  Markh5682 on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 3:01 pm

Thanks Justin Very Happy


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Post  gswindale on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 8:51 pm

My only comment regarding the header area is that with the headboard & all the large images, coupled with the advertising bar; we have used up half the screen already before actually getting to the good stuff.


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Post  casperdog on Tue 22 Jan 2013, 9:20 pm

help,
I can't see images.I get this:



I use photobucket which worksfine. I can still see that and your Pullmans, but everything else is little icons which when i click gives a message something like unable to connect
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Re: Forum upgrade

Post  j3801 on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 1:06 am

Hi all,

Untill I sort out some bugs in the forum, we are going back to the 'defult colours' for a bit.

I will update this post shortly with colour checks.

Justin

Edit 1: I just had a moment, I had both this forum in 'defult colours' open and UKTS at the same time. I got confused as to which one was which becasue I couldn't see the logos! affraid

Edit 2: Ok, working on fixing the 'Green Scheme', I have one question: is the major problem the Cream on Green text or the Cream on Silver Grey?
I have a trail version going on that doesn't affect the main site but lacks all the alignment abilities of the main area.
I'm just trying to see which of the groups of colours people are having trouble with.
Below are some samples to see which is easier to read. The main problem is the text that is out side the forum posts is the same colour inside, you can't seperate them.


Geoffrey, I will try and create smaller icons and rearange the header area so less space is taken.

Edit 3: Ok I have both the Defult style and the Green scheme fully set up, just waiting on feed back on the text colour. The only other problem is I can't enbale user choice for colour schemes. Still trying to sort that one out.


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Re: Forum upgrade

Post  Markh5682 on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 4:40 am

Hi Justin

A dark text against a very light background is much easier to read than vice versa which can be hard on the eyes.

I don't know what colours you have available to you, but I took a screenshot and mucked around with the colours a bit so that they are still easy to read but different enough from the UKTS colours as to be able to distinguish between the two, here are a couple of examples, see what you think. Smile



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Post  j3801 on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 5:04 am

Hi Mark,

I can use any variation on colours, the host site has the ability to coustom generate the colour to match.
Here is a trial of a modified BR blue/grey with a bit of Pullman sream in the mix.

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Post  casperdog on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 6:09 am

Hi Justin,

This is the problem i'm getting, explained better than last night.
Tried turning off my anti-virus in case thats blocking the link, but no joy.
Any suggestions.
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Post  j3801 on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 6:16 am

Clive,

The image is hosted on www.servimg.com, the site may have gone down for a bit when you tried to view the forum.
It could have also been caused by me working on the site. I will try to leave the site alone upgrade wise of a few days to see if this was the problem.
As you are useing google chrome, I am downloading that ATM to try to see if there is a problem with the sites coding for use in chrome,
Although that seems unlikely as I have chrome on my tablet computer and it works fine.

By the way my internet connection is having issues so some times this site flicks back to the greens whilst I'm working on it.
I just have one more quick thing that I want to do then I shall leave it alone to see if people prefer the BR Blue/Grey.
The only other version I will try is the same as this one but with Pullman Umber borders instead.

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Post  stephenholmes on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 6:28 am

Good morning Justin and all members viewing this topic
I agree with Marks suggestion ref dark text against a lighter background
I wear vari focals and despite this fact I still struggle viewing some text
I hope this information is of help to you deciding on what works best
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Post  j3801 on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 7:02 am

Hi Stephen,

I have taken Mark's ideas on board and have gone for lighter backgrounds behind the text.
Are there any issues with reading text on the current colours?

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Post  rufuskins on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 7:15 am

Justin

I'm happy with the current scheme.

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Post  stephenholmes on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 10:27 am

Good morning Justin and fellow members
I agree with Alec in liking the current scheme
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Post  j3801 on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 10:41 am

Hi guys,

Thanks for the feed back.

I'll leave it as these colours for a while.
I have done two other version, only difference is the boarder colour has been changed.
One being Brunswick Green and the other is Pullman Umber.

I will give each of the three versions ago and see which one people like best.

You'll probably get sick and tired of the colour changes.

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Post  mikehendle on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 10:51 am

Hi Justin,
I like the present set up for us oldies it's a lot easier to read,
Regards google chrome I use it and don't have the problems Clive is having.

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Post  bharrison on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 11:27 am


Justin,

What about LNER lettering like on teak sets for the slogen A 'Safe Haven for wiser minds in the train sim community.


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Post  j3801 on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 11:45 am

Hi Ben,

(insert I dream of Jeannie blink here)

Done.

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Post  Markh5682 on Wed 23 Jan 2013, 1:39 pm

Hi Justin

The current colours are fine, and the text is easy to read.

No problems viewing the site with Chrome here either. Smile

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Post  Markh5682 on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 8:59 pm

I have just been having a play around with the logo....................



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Post  mikehendle on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 9:15 pm

Hi Mark
Your new logo board looks good to me
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Post  Markh5682 on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 9:17 pm

Thanks Mike Very Happy

That is just a rough edit, it would need a lot of tidying up (or re-doing properly).


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Post  ianmacmillan on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 11:32 pm

I had a go....


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Post  j3801 on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 11:38 pm

Hi Guys,

Those are looking great.

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Post  Markh5682 on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 12:32 am

Here is a tidied up version



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Post  Markh5682 on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 1:03 am

I was feeling bored so I had another fiddle around. Laughing









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Post  stephenholmes on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 9:47 am

Great work guys
I especially like Ians headboard and Marks lion and wheel and his take on BRs hot dog
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Post  mikehendle on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 10:26 am

Hi

I like them all except BR sign of indecision one,that was the nick name at the time when BR bought out the double arrow logo.

Sorry Mark

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Post  j3801 on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 10:38 am

Hi guys,

Wow some great ideas are coming out.
I like the hotdog and the BR totems, they may make their way onto some customised items that I have planned for the future (rolling stock, station signs). That is also why I went for a headboard for the forum logo.

Mike, about the BR "arrows of indecision" one, I don't know. I'm in two frames of mind over it. Laughing lol!
Sorry couldn't resist.

Maybe they all could go somewhere on my evolving route idea.

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Post  dforrest on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 11:31 am

One comment from me on the forum and that is that the font used is too big. Is there any way to reduce the size of this?

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Post  mikehendle on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 11:37 am

Hi David,
I like this font size as my eye sight is not as good as it used to be,and some of the smaller sizes I have dificulty reading.
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Post  j3801 on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 12:02 pm

David,
If you don't mind me asking, what is your screen size?
I have a 23" one and the font is quite ok.
I don't have to sit close to the screen as I do on some sites to read what it says.
When I uped the size I went from 12 to 16. Perhaps a compromise at 14 could be reached?

(Just looking at the sizes there, thinking since when did size 12 font get so small. I remember when 12 could fill a page easy, you just used the larger fonts to make it seem like you did more work. I think U'd be too sacred to try 8. holy .... Shocked where did the text go..... Shocked )

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Post  bharrison on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 1:46 pm


I Like the new sign Idea's


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Post  Markh5682 on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 2:33 pm

Here is another one.



Without the blue border



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Post  mikehendle on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 2:36 pm

Hi Mark
That really looks good


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Post  stephenholmes on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 2:54 pm

Wow!
Mark you're on a roll......excellent work
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Post  Markh5682 on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 3:00 pm

Thanks Mike & Stephen Smile

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Post  Markh5682 on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 4:26 pm

Another variation



I have used transparencies in the above image, if you want to save the image, save it as a .png file to preserve the transparencies


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Post  stephenholmes on Sat 26 Jan 2013, 4:48 pm

Well done Mark
Very nice indeed
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