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    Steve Bullman reacted to opentype for a file, Enhanced Forum Views   
    The is a bundle of small layout tweaks I use on my own community sites to change the look of the forums app. I turned them into a plugin so I and anyone else can use them easily without any manual changes to the theme code. 
    The main feature is a forum listing change, which puts the users into focus with large avatar images of the person creating the topic and the last poster. I’ve seen this on a community website once and it instantly convinced me. Instantly showing the people behind the posts makes the topics more personal and users are more likely to answer this way. I also added a few other tweaks, which I find useful or which people have asked for in this community. 
    Demo 1: Typography.Guru
    Demo 2: Typografie.info
    What’s needed: 
    Forums app Detailed Feature/Settings Description:
    Turn the avatar mode for desktop views on or off. Avatar size. mini, small or medium. Remove last poster column from index. A cleaner look and faster loading of the index page.  Dim inaccessible forums. Shows forums which can be seen but not opened with 50% opacity.  Dim forum description. Shows the forum descriptions with less contrast so the titles stand out more.  Remove headline from index. Removes the H1 “Forums” headline if you don’t need it.  Remove tags. Removes the tags from the forum listing views. Creates a much cleaner look.  More feature might be added over time. Feel free to suggest forum layout tweaks in the support topic. 
    Compatibility: Should work fine with forums using the stock theme or themes close to the stock theme. I cannot guarantee it will work on heavily modified themes. Third-party apps/plugins should still be able to change or inject content in the affected forum views. I tested a few like Topic Thumbnails or Best Answer on Discussion Forums and they continue to work. Again, there can be no guarantee that there will be no conflicts with third-party apps/plugins, which change the same theme files as this plugin. 
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    Steve Bullman reacted to opentype for a file, Pages SuperBlocks   
    Create the community frontpage you always wanted just with drag&drop! This plugin & template set let’s you create a beautiful frontpage in the style of magazine or newspaper websites. You can display content from all your IPS apps: Core (Clubs, Calendar), Forums, Pages, Gallery (separate Download), Downloads, Blogs. That’s 9 block types in total! But there is more: You choose the look of each block from 6 different layouts! Mix and match however you like! Feature a single article, show your recent clubs, albums, blog entries … It’s totally up to you. And instead of the dull stock block listings, SuperBlocks are appealing and engaging by showing images and teaser texts from the items of your feeds. 
    Live Demo
     
    What’s needed: 
    Pages application You should be familiar with setting up Pages blocks How does it work:
    The SuperBlocks plugin provides templates for regular Pages custom feed blocks. So you get the full power of Pages custom blocks with all their settings and filters. And you use the blocks like any Pages block. You just assign a SuperBlocks template at the end to create a more stylish look for the block. 
    The SuperBlocks templates can be used in the main content area of any community page, which supports drag&drop slots. It doesn’t work in the sidebar and is not meant for pages with multiple content columns (e.g. a 3-column Pages page). You can create entire Page Builder pages with SuperBlocks or place individual blocks anywhere on your site. SuperBlocks in the main content area work with or without a sidebar next to them. 
    The layouts are chosen through the number of items you pick (or have) in your feed block. A value of “1” creates one big featured entry. “2” puts two entries next to each other with the first highlighed. “3“ puts three entries in a row. “4” features the first entry and shows the other three entries as a list. “5” uses a two by three grid. “6” features one entry, shows images for two more entries and shows the rest as text only in another row. Higher values than six will be ignored. On mobile the number of entries is reduced to save bandwidth and screen space. 
    SuperBlocks are of course responsive and by default the templates will try to balance the use of hi-res and low-res images. You can fine-tune this in the plugin settings in accordance with your app image settings and the pages you are creating using SuperBlocks. The templates with more entries are also automatically reduced to fewer entries on mobile devices. 
    What’s included: 
    Pages block templates in 6 different styles for each of the following feed types: Pages: Record Feed  Forum: Topic Feed Post Feed Calendar: Upcoming Events Clubs: Club Feed Download: Files Feed Blog: Entry Feed Gallery (separate Download):  Image Feed Album Feed A settings plugin with these features Show block titles on desktop Show block titles on tablets Show block titles on phones Key color Secondary color Badge overlay color Image settings per app to influence quality and page loading
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    Steve Bullman reacted to Martin A. for a file, Minimized Quote   
    This will not be updated to 4.5, as this is now a built in feature.
     
    This is a simple plugin that alters the amount of text/image shown in quote boxes. The changes are purely visual, no permanent change will be done to the stored post. It is also backward compatible with older posts. And everything will be restored if the plugin is disabled/uninstalled.
     
    If you're having issues, please send me a personal message. Do NOT post it as a review, as I don't monitor those.
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