Latest edition of the new light-background design concept is discussed in this
So here we are again, just about 3 years since we began our last redesign, and it's time to push the mothership into this decade with a completely new
"front end" that's compatible with modern browsers, and much more efficient.
I'm beginning a massive overhaul of ATS so that we end up with what's commonly known as a "Responsive Web Application" -- or -- a website that works
normally on your desktop/laptop, yet gracefully scales down to run like a app on your smart phone and tablet.
NEW PAGES LISTED BELOW
Here's a look at a functioning preliminary design concept for the site home page... www.abovetopsecret.com...
-- update 9/14: this is now fully responsive down to smart phones held in portrait mode
Also a the "recent posts" page is coming close to final design... www.abovetopsecret.com...
-- update 9/13: this features a new "lazy load" that adds threads to the bottom as you scroll down
Persistent dark menu bar (not yet fully responsive down to phone-sized screens)
-- update 9/17, a refined minimalist dark menu
And update to the prototype home page's in-page menu is outlined in this
-- update 9/19
The completed top-tier framework is discussed in this post
-- update 9/21
NEW OCTOBER UPDATES
This post shows a new and much more refined navigations system that is a
solid choice for all screens.
October 19: This post shows a refinement of the release candidate design concept.
Many structural ideas are borrowed from our existing site home, but the colors are a bit less dark, the content can be wider, and the overall User
Experience is much more clean and obvious.
This version has not been reliably tested on all browsers yet. But you should see something close to this image (which is scaled 50%)
Since this is a significant redesign effort, I'm checking in on our members to get your feedback as I begin work on the rest of the pages.
The thread was updated with this video to show the new full-screen responsive design, stretching across two 1920 pixels-wide monitors.
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Being on a laptop, I really like the fact that it finally fills in the whole screen. Makes it easier to read and there is enough space left to
breathe. Doesn't look as jammed packed. I like this new format !!
i remeber back in the day.... looks ok..sorta 'plain janish' but that is the way of the future, all this cool fancy stuff gets redesigned to work
on smaller and smaller platforms and loses its spark...."It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one
most responsive to change"......i just better be able to keep my avatar
Thank you for asking us, very considerate of you, you didn't have to. I like it, it seems a bit pale to me and plain, but I do not know or
understand how it would play out across the different devices, I am on a laptop, sooooo. If it works for ATS it works for me, seems easy to navigate
like the current format.
I think the colours look ok, maybe a little faded though, I like the current contrast making outlines around windows, looks more 3D, which is good.
Not too sure about the pink lettering.
Seems like it needs a lot of scrolling too which is a bit off putting. Ease of use IMO is better, where things are listed clearly and lots of replies
/ threads / topics / forums are visible on the same page.
Like the contents page of a book is easier to choose from than from newspaper headline and column format, which requires scrolling and reading lots.
Essentially more information on a page is better than big column little choice.
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