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KT Walrus last won the day on February 8 2020

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  1. I am using the PWA on this site. Apple does not support a back button when in a PWA. So the app must provide this navigation control on each page in the PWA. I don’t have Android to test, but it is my understanding that Google supports back button in PWAs. So It is up to IPS to provide a back button in IC if the PWA is to be as good as when in Safari on iOS.
  2. I tried using the PWA for this site (running the latest 4.6 beta) on my iPhone. The biggest issue is no BACK button is available in the PWA. Please consider adding a true BACK button in the navigation header that returns to the same position in the topic listing that you used to view the topic. The current navigation header "back" button simply goes to the first page of the topic listing (even if the topic being viewed is in the second or subsequent pages of the topic listing). Another related problem is that when you read a long topic, you have to scroll either all the way back to the top or use the link to the topic listing all the way to the bottom of the page. Even then, it always takes you back to the first page of the topic listing so you have to find your position in the topic listing again (maybe by navigating to subsequent pages in the topic listing). The browser's BACK button is what is really needed in the PWA. Since Safari doesn't add BACK/FORWARD buttons when in a PWA, it is up to the PWA to have a true BACK button on the page being viewed. I suggest changing the current navigation header back button into a true BACK button in the PWA (at least for iOS) and pinning the navigation header bar to the top of the viewport (using "absolute" CSS positioning). This would allow easy navigation regardless of how far down in the page you have scrolled. If the HTTP_REFERER is not the topic listing page, change the current navigation header button to go to the first page of the topic listing. If you choose to not make the navigation header button a true BACK button outside the PWA (for iOS), you should make sure the navigation header button has the correct page # in the link so you at least return to the page that contains the topic shown in the viewport. Would be nice to scroll to the topic in the topic list by using #topicid in the link (or other way to simulate the effects of not using the browser's BACK button. Anyway, this is the biggest problem I see in encouraging my users to "Add to Home Screen" and visiting my site in the PWA. This issue should be fairly easy to fix in the 4.6 default theme.
  3. I'm hoping IPS adds support for Cloudflare Stream video hosting in 4.6. I really want to encourage my users to post personal videos and Cloudflare Stream is a very economical and easy option for hosting and streaming video for smaller websites like mine. It should be easy to support since the Cloudflare Stream API is very simple to use. You do have to upload the video to Cloudflare, but Cloudflare takes care of transcoding, hosting, and embedding the video for streaming to any kind of user device.
  4. I can't find the devtools for 4.5.2. Did IPS change where they are downloaded?
  5. I suggest that IPS require all Marketplace downloads have the dev files for maintaining the download should the developer disappear available as a separate download. You can charge extra to download the dev files (say a fixed fee of $10 per Marketplace purchase) if you want to generate a little more revenue for the developers. I certainly have been very hesitant to install a Marketplace app/plugin if I am not sure I can easily take over maintaining the software myself (or hire someone else). Having the DEV files for the all software I deploy on my site is a requirement for me, and I would have to think for others as well.
  6. I'm starting a new community shortly and I just don't want my users to use deprecated features. Not a big deal, but if a feature is deprecated, I don't want to have someone use it and then react negatively when it goes away. Users don't like change (especially feature removals), in my experience.
  7. Is there an ACP setting to prevent any BBCode being parsed in user posts? I like to disable deprecated features for users before an update removes them permanently.
  8. Simply allow us as admins to set an attribute on each installed theme that designates the modes the theme supports, either light, dark, or both. Next, have the ACP Themes section support setting a default theme for light mode users and a default theme for dark mode users. Admins can then choose a third party theme for users in dark mode and the default IPS theme for users in light mode. IPS could even provide a separate dark default theme to be used by those of us that don't use third party themes. Finally, when a theme is loaded, it should be very simple to have a JS check for current mode and load the appropriate theme (as set in the theme attributes - light/dark/both). I think this would be pretty easy to implement and not put any burden for third party themes since the dark mode theme would be a separate theme from the light mode theme. No big changes required to the existing IPS theming system either.
  9. Have you looked at Cloudflare Stream? It is relatively inexpensive at $1 per thousand minutes viewed and $5 per thousand minutes stored (per month). ?
  10. I keep checking this site for a blog post that describes first class support for video attachments in 4.5... I hope 4.5 does indeed add much better support for uploading and attaching videos to posts. Video hosting is very easy these days with cheap video streaming services like Cloudflare Stream. In addition to video hosting, I hope 4.5 comes with a better uploader for videos. The current uploader is miserable for uploading large files like videos. Fortunately, there is a very good open source uploader called Uppy that handles uploading both large and small files (and was created especially for uploading videos). Finally, Cloudflare Stream requires tus to upload videos to Cloudflare and Uppy was created by the same company that created the tus protocol.
  11. I need to add a "Copy to Clipboard" button to a couple of Text and TextArea form fields. Please add an option to do this to the Text & TextArea form helpers. Without this button, it is very hard for my users to select text and copy it to the clipboard on mobile. See the Javascript Selection and execCommand APIs that seem to be well supported by most browsers these days.
  12. On desktop, the new email shows as full screen, while the previous digest email was centered and fixed width. Before: After: Someone might have changed an email template at IPS?
  13. This is how digest emails looked on Saturday and now on Sunday: The font-size is incredibly small for me to read on my iPhone now. Something must have changed recently and it is a step backwards. Could you change the template so Digest emails are easier to read on the iPhone? Specifically, showing the photos in a column all by themselves is not good for small screens. The text should span the entire width of the screen and large enough to see. See this Twitter email that I get which doesn't waste so much space for the main text:
  14. The IPS4 Post Form includes the Plupload JavaScript for uploading attachments to the post. On my site, I decided to disable uploading interactively for all attachments and to support only "Upload via Email". On the user's device, they only have to "Share" the photos/videos/files via email by sending to an email address I create for them on my site for uploads from their registered email address. Incoming emails are piped (via Postfix) into IPS4 and attached to the sender's profile page (I have an Uploads tab in the profile page). When an attachment is received via email, my site sends a notification with a link to a form for saving the upload to their Uploads page. The form allows them to add a caption/comment for the upload and save to their Uploads page. The site processes videos to add a transcript of the audio so they can edit that too before saving the attachment. Then, the Post Form on my site only has the "Insert other media" dropdown and not the "Drag files to attach" area. All attachments are uploaded via email on my site (so I don't confuse anyone with multiple ways to upload files on the site). Anyway, adding "Upload via Email" is a great feature that I have suggested many times to IPS, but they haven't implemented yet, preferring to stick with interactive uploading in the Post Form.
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