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IP.Board 3.2.0 - Visual Skin Editor

Since the very first release of IP.Board, those with a working knowledge of HTML and CSS have been able to alter the look and feel of the board to better match their site.

Over the years, we've made many improvements to the skinning system. For 3.2 alone we've added remote skin editing and more modular CSS to make editing much quicker.

Last year, we introduced the skin generator for customers with an active license. This has been a very popular service and quickly allows customers to produce a new skin that better matches their site colors. However, we felt that we could do better than this tool and do better than our competitors who allow you to 'blindly' change colors from the Admin CP without seeing the immediate effect it has on the board.

Wouldn't it be so much easier to just change the colors while browsing the board? We thought so.

Introducing the Visual Skin Editor
This brand new innovative new feature allows you to edit the board's colors right from the board itself! You don't need to know CSS, you don't even need to remember hex codes and you don't have to blindly edit oddly named CSS classes from the Admin CP.




Live Demonstration
As this feature is best demonstrated, I've recorded a short video in which I make a brand new red themed skin in about five minutes using this new feature.

The usual disclaimer applies: this is work in progress and contains some rough edges that will be smoothed out before release.



As you can see from this video, it's a cinch to create a brand new skin in IP.Board 3.2! If you can point and click and use a basic paint editor on your computer then you're able to use this tool.

We're thrilled to announce this feature and look forward to your feedback and questions.
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[quote name='ckeenan' timestamp='1308878059'] looks alot like something that xenforo has who is copying who

If by "looks a lot like something that xenforo has" you mean "looks like something that xenforo has much like Firefox looks like Microsoft Outlook", then yes.

You might want to go talk to your optometrist.

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Now that just blows away vBulletin's pathetic attempt using their Skin Generator - about time vBulletin started living in the 21st Century.

I cannot imagine what else will be done before the initial 'Gold' release, 3.2 is just 'mind-blowing' with features, innovation and very creative concept ideas.

Well done, the best move I ever made was 'chucking' vBulletin away! I have persuaded 3 people to switch to IPB since I bought it - and with features like this, I expect more to follow.

Praise the whole IPS team for this excellent Suite... Thanks!

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Perhaps I should have put those words in bold and not apostrophes! lol - it is not meant in anyway sarcastic - completely the opposite.

I'm an oldie compared to most users of IPB, guess my English literature would look that way compared to today's standards. :smile:

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This is going to be great and I cannot wait to use it but why disable the old skin generator? I just purchased another license yesterday and was counting on using the generator so that the site could be up much quicker.


Now I have to muddle through this and it will take me 3 times as long, if not longer. My plans of having this customized by 4 July are shot.

As long as you are selling 3.1, you should be supporting the customers who use it.

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I strongly suggest this feature is also for the Blog / Visual Theme Editor as well. One of the disadvantage of the Blog is, the users cannot make their theme easily and they have no knowledge about CSS.

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[quote name='Kami no Ou' timestamp='1309863409'] There's still one thing I want to see in: The ability to allow normal users to choose a specific User Group.
This has nothing to do with the blog entry?

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[quote name='Ryu Leon Heart' timestamp='1309561101']
I strongly suggest this feature is also for the Blog / Visual Theme Editor as well. One of the disadvantage of the Blog is, the users cannot make their theme easily and they have no knowledge about CSS.


This!

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