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effgee Dec 6, 2005 12:22 PM
macnn's new dress; on your machine by 1pm (EST) today!
After many, many moons and lots of hard work, the redesigned macnn and ipodnn sites will go online in a few minutes (*) (the forums will follow suit within the next week, give or take a day or two - promise; updatenn and dealnn to follow soon thereafter). We tried very hard to not only give macnn a "pretty face" (aka "updated brand image"), but also take a whole slew of other aspects into consideration, such as:
  • Create a new/evolved site structure for macnn so that readers can get a comprehensive overview of the days' news at one glance. To achieve this, we have developed an overarching portal page that provides news summaries from the entire macnn network and allows quick access to all the subsites (macnn, ipodnn as well as updatenn and dealnn in the near future). Each of the subsites will of course continue to have its own home page, which can be accessed directly if users choose to do so.

    http://www.gesamtbild.com/macnn/nn_structure01.jpg
  • Develop a cleaner interface that more clearly separates content/navigation/meta information, thus improving overall usability and the accessibility of the site's contents (for you fellow nerds out there: "accessibility" is used in a broad sense here, not not in reference to section 508).
  • Create a unified look and feel for all sites in the network, including the forums, which will not only create a stronger overall brand image but hopefully also make macnn (and the subsites) easier and more fun to read.
In case you would like to read a bit more about this, I have put a little case study online which should provide a bit more in-depth information on the development of this project, including a sneak peek at the new design.

And lastly, we tried hard to make to make the site compatible with all modern browsers - should you encounter a bug, please let us know about it (either here or via email) so that we can fix it asap. Please include all pertinent info (OS/browser kind + version) in your bug reports.

:)


(* - where "a few minutes" = 1pm EST)
 
Kevin Dec 6, 2005 12:24 PM
Blah blah, get to it. :)
 
effgee Dec 6, 2005 12:26 PM
:lol:

My work is done - it's the 'nn staffers who are getting "the switch" ready.
 
paul w Dec 6, 2005 12:29 PM
time to take a nice long look at the old macnn forums then?

(dude, I'm so excited)
 
effgee Dec 6, 2005 12:31 PM
you'll have a good week to take screenshots of the old forum layout ... macnn/ipodnn are getting new clothes today, forum will follow next week.

:)
 
residentEvil Dec 6, 2005 12:34 PM
So in other words, grab screen shots for history's sake for anything on the main page we make like to keep/use for backup up points/etc. archive.org is good an all, but you know some people will grab the old for just saying they go it :D
 
pathogen Dec 6, 2005 12:46 PM
The concepts look GREAT. Congratulations on getting the project this far along!
 
rickey939 Dec 6, 2005 12:48 PM
Wow, very cool!
 
rickey939 Dec 6, 2005 12:57 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by effgee
:lol:

My work is done - it's the 'nn staffers who are getting "the switch" ready.
Thanks so much effgee in advance, it's truly appreciated.
 
Demonhood Dec 6, 2005 12:57 PM
you mean we're not going with my idea???? i'm outraged!

:D
 
residentEvil Dec 6, 2005 01:00 PM
good 'ol newsfactor!
 
Dakar Dec 6, 2005 01:00 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Demonhood
you mean we're not going with my idea???? i'm outraged!

:D
*Runs screaming over a cliff*
 
residentEvil Dec 6, 2005 01:01 PM
And, no change yet. it is now 1:01pm EST :D
 
Severed Hand of Skywalker Dec 6, 2005 01:02 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Demonhood
you mean we're not going with my idea???? i'm outraged!

:D
No offence man but that screams designed by a programmer.
 
effgee Dec 6, 2005 01:05 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Demonhood
you mean we're not going with my idea???? i'm outraged!
Damn, that is much nicer - why didn't you show me this a few weeks ago? We could have implemented that design instead ...

:D
 
ambush Dec 6, 2005 01:07 PM
is it online yet? I notice no change at all :p
 
residentEvil Dec 6, 2005 01:10 PM
Must have meant 1pm EST on the west coast time + or - a few other timezones ;)
 
Severed Hand of Skywalker Dec 6, 2005 01:12 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by effgee
Damn, that is much nicer - why didn't you show me this a few weeks ago? We could have implemented that design instead ...

:D
Shut yer flytrap and upload the damn thing already!
 
Demonhood Dec 6, 2005 01:15 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Severed Hand of Skywalker
No offence man but that screams designed by a programmer.
short memory?
 
rickey939 Dec 6, 2005 01:16 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Demonhood
:lol:
 
Severed Hand of Skywalker Dec 6, 2005 01:17 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Demonhood
Actually the second it happened I left MacNN and didn't think I would return. Didn't get involved that much in the bitching.
 
Goldfinger Dec 6, 2005 01:30 PM
So you WERE involved effgee ? I thought you were not. I thought they would only base themselves on your mockups.

Gesamtbild makes some nice stuff :thumbsup:
I see you got a division in the US. I wonder how it sounds when an American says "Gesamtbild" :lol:
 
BasketofPuppies Dec 6, 2005 01:30 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Demonhood
well, you see, it's like this:
a girl macnn and a boy macnn meet in a bar one day. they hit it off. girl macnn thinks the boy is pretty cute. so she agrees to go back to boy macnn's place for some "coffee". a slow dissolve to a windowed sunset later and macnn.com was conceived. :D
and yes, there was a custody battle (some would call it an attempted kidnapping) a year ago, but it was resolved without longterm psychological damage to the macnn child.
This again
 
gururafiki Dec 6, 2005 01:31 PM
Is this for real?
 
effgee Dec 6, 2005 01:39 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Goldfinger
So you WERE involved effgee ? I thought you were not. I thought they would only base themselves on your mockups. Gesamtbild makes some nice stuff. I see you got a division in the US. I wonder how it sounds when an American says "Gesamtbild"
:lol:

It sounds very funny! Like a "shazam" kind of sound. And thanks for the kind words - much appreciated.

Quote, Originally Posted by gurugrafiki
Is this for real?
Most definitely is. Looks like we had a last minute issue that needed fixing but I'm told the new site is going to launch any minute now. (am stuck with reloading myself)

:)
 
waxcrash Dec 6, 2005 01:44 PM
I hope the new design has some animated gifs of spinning skulls and flames.
 
gururafiki Dec 6, 2005 01:45 PM
OK. I'm excited now. Going to set up Automater to reload safari every 30 seconds...
 
Tesseract Dec 6, 2005 01:47 PM
Do the broken images on the homepage have anything to do with this?
 
ThinkInsane Dec 6, 2005 01:48 PM
By my chronometer, it is now 1:48 EST and I see no changes. 'Sup with that?
 
Nick Dec 6, 2005 01:49 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by waxcrash
I hope the new design has some animated gifs of spinning skulls and flames.
That's what I wanted, too. But eff is a pretty stubborn guy. :rolleyes:

:p
 
effgee Dec 6, 2005 01:53 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by ThinkInsane
By my chronometer, it is now 1:48 EST and I see no changes. 'Sup with that?
You of all people should know that macnn exists in its very own time zone!

:D

Quote, Originally Posted by Nick
... But eff is a pretty stubborn guy.
Most certainly so! We'll reconsider the skull n' flames thing once we have the appropriate sound bits for a real animation.

:cool:
 
dav Dec 6, 2005 01:55 PM
still waiting, but the "case study" looks sweet :thumbsup:
 
KeriVit Dec 6, 2005 01:56 PM
Looks the same to me. Good job!
 
residentEvil Dec 6, 2005 02:02 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by effgee
You of all people should know that macnn exists in its very own time zone!

:D

Most certainly so! We'll reconsider the skull n' flames thing once we have the appropriate sound bits for a real animation.

:cool:
I want skull/flames for my 'stars' in the forum :cry:
 
residentEvil Dec 6, 2005 02:04 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by effgee
You of all people should know that macnn exists in its very own time zone!

:D

Most certainly so! We'll reconsider the skull n' flames thing once we have the appropriate sound bits for a real animation.

:cool:
I want skull/flames for my 'stars' in the forum :cry:
 
DarwinX Dec 6, 2005 02:13 PM
A many thanks effgee and all MacNN staff. There is a reason why 'NN is the best and you're all a large part of that. There is of course some great personalities around here as well. Long live the 'NN!

Eagerly waiting!!
 
Kevin Dec 6, 2005 02:21 PM
Put it on
And don't say a word
Put it on
The one that I prefer
Put it on
And stand before my eyes
Put it on
Please don't question why
 
iomatic Dec 6, 2005 02:30 PM
Nicely done. However, I'm not a big fan of sideways text, whether in reality or virtual worlds.

US$.02 Non-refundable.
 
rickey939 Dec 6, 2005 03:17 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by gururafiki
Is this for real?
I'm beginning to question it now as well...it's only December guys...April Fools is a long way off!

;)
 
fiercewill Dec 6, 2005 03:17 PM
It's now, 3:15pm est. and nothing yet. Hit a little bit of a hiccup huh?
 
effgee Dec 6, 2005 03:26 PM
Seems more like a "throw-up" at this point. No clue what's going on. I'll post an update if I can - but at this point I'm just as clueless as the rest of you. Plus, I'm not all that fond of being made a swindler (re: the 1pm thing).

:hmm:
 
Goldfinger Dec 6, 2005 03:30 PM
Maybe they gave you the wrong date ? :lol:
 
effgee Dec 6, 2005 03:33 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Goldfinger
Maybe they gave you the wrong date ?
Dec. 6, 2006, maybe? **goestocheckical**

:D
 
chris v Dec 6, 2005 03:42 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Demonhood
you mean we're not going with my idea???? i'm outraged!

:D
Way to make one wistful for the good* old days.













* as in bad, not good.
 
effgee Dec 6, 2005 03:56 PM
this fresh off the IM newswire™ ...

"**** (AIM)
3:52:26 PM
it's happening"


"eff (AIM)
3:53:43 PM
well, it's gotta be 1pm somewhere"


:D
 
Agasthya Dec 6, 2005 03:58 PM
 
DarwinX Dec 6, 2005 03:59 PM
<2cents>

Me likes.

</2cents>
 
RAILhead Dec 6, 2005 04:00 PM
...except for the vertical text...

Come on guys, you ought to know better than that!
 
brapper Dec 6, 2005 04:01 PM
you tease.
 
effgee Dec 6, 2005 04:01 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by RAILhead
...except for the vertical text... Come on guys, you ought to know better than that!
We do - and have done it anyway.

:eek:
 
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