New site features: photos, articles, and more

I'm excited to announce the release of some major new features here on Trailspace:

The most obvious and widespread change is that every page on the side is wider, to take better advantage of today's larger screens. This should make the site easier to use, with more information on every screen, less scrolling, and a nicer visual appearance.

Along with the wider layout we've redesigned the Trailspace home page to provide easy access to the most-used and current content from all across the site, including recent articles, reviews, active forum topics, and more.

Speaking of member content, a lot of you have been asking to upload and share photos of your hikes and other adventures. Well now you can upload, store, and organize photos and photo albums right from your profile, or even while composing a forum post. (Just click on the "Insert/edit image" icon in the post editor.)

Finally, the old News and Gear Guide areas of the site have been combined and rechristened "Articles." The new Articles section of the site is better-organized, with a number of new topic areas that make it easier to find fresh and relevant content from a variety of authors.  You'll also find it easier to comment on articles, with comments now displayed right on every article page.

As always, if you run into any bugs, or have suggestions for changes or improvements, please post here or in the feedback forum or just send me an e-mail.


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Comments

Bill S
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July 10, 2009 at 12:28 p.m. (EDT)

Wow! I noticed the changes right away. I will have to try out the photo insert.

Great! Works easily!

Dave MacLeay (Dave)
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July 10, 2009 at 1:11 p.m. (EDT)

I should probably mention a couple photo-related features we're working on that didn't make it into this release: First and foremost will be an easier way to manage photos within an album, including changing the order of those images. We're also working on better integration with your profile photo, so you can select your profile photo from among the images you've already uploaded. The next release will also automatically link from each image you insert in a post to that image's detail page, like so:

mike068
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July 10, 2009 at 1:16 p.m. (EDT)

The new face lift and extra options look very nice thank you and great job.

 

 

Very Nice!

Dave MacLeay (Dave)
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July 11, 2009 at 9:18 a.m. (EDT)

Thanks guys!

trouthunter
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July 11, 2009 at 9:50 p.m. (EDT)

Great new look! Thanks for your hard work, I also will try the new photo feature.

My dog Boo Bear, in his prime! We have both lost our prime, but life is great. Thanks again for the new features.

f_klock
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July 12, 2009 at 8:36 a.m. (EDT)

Nieces Maizy and Alana, wife Michele, and me!

I like the new features. I think we'll see more user pics now.

Dave MacLeay (Dave)
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August 31, 2009 at 9:57 p.m. (EDT)

A quick update to let you all know that the additional features I alluded to above are now live. They include:

- A better interface for managing photos within an album, including changing the order of those images. When editing an album you can now uploade and select photos for that album just like you would for a forum post. You can also drag and drop to change the order of the photos within an album.

- The photo chooser is also better integrated with your profile, so you can select your profile photo from among the images you've already uploaded.

- Each image you insert in a forum post or article comment will automatically link to that image's detail page.

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