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Hey, all. This is a strange time of the year, with lots of graduations and transitions from school schedules to summer ones. If you’ve been too busy this week to read our Eyefinity and SandForce SSD articles, though, I hope you’ll take the time to check them out. We’ve been, uh, running behind on our review schedules lately, but I think our articles still have something to add to the conversation. The Eyefinity piece, for instance, is an overview of the entire technology, not just a cookie-cutter hardware review of the Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity6. It’s a long read, but I think you’ll understand the technology better by the end. Similarly, Geoff’s take on the Sandforce SSDs aims to explain as much as we’ve been able to shake loose about how this controller works—and it’s different, make no mistake.

We’re on day three of the new look for the front page, by the way, and we’re still considering making some tweaks. Thanks for the feedback everybody has given us, both positive and negative. The positive folks generally don’t yell as loud, but we hear you, too.

We like the fact that Shortbread gets a little more prominent placement in this format, since Ronald’s work is a huge asset for us. But we’re aware of the criticisms that the bread isn’t exactly, heh, short in terms of screen space. I think we can code up a solution that works well for everyone. Just give us a little time to get it going.

Also, although I love that we have excellent photography and visuals on TR these days, we agree that some of the images in news posts have felt like a bit much. We’re going to drop down to a tad smaller standard image size going forward, although we will retain a visually rich look.

Of course, if you just don’t wish to adapt to the new layout, please go ahead and bookmark the old front page in its new location or navigate to it via the "At a glance" option in the "More…" menu at the top of the page. Some folks have worried about the fate of that page, oddly enough. Guys, we didn’t make this change out of spite, and we have no plans to remove the old page from that spot any time soon. It’s yours to use, if you wish.

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    • glynor
    • 10 years ago

    After using it for a bit, I still like it overall. Thanks for adding in a recent articles headlines panel though, as it makes it much easier to come back in and find a specific article later on without the whole scroll-scroll-scroll-scroll thing.

    Gotta say though, I agree about the shortbread. It was particularly bad over the weekend with a set of them all in a row. But then, like you mentioned Scott, I do like having them right there “out front”. With the old design it was often too easy to skip over them for the next “juicy” article headline below (despite always finding gems in there when I took the time to skim through them). Something in-between.

    • TurtlePerson2
    • 10 years ago

    I’ll add my vote to the old way. It’s confusing for me to figure out where the new content is in this new layout.

    When you look at the “What’s Hot” area of the top you see a whole bunch of information, which isn’t organized in a straightforward manner. It’d be much better if the three-square box below the big box were changed.

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    Advice to all of you: don’t click the widescreen button while entering a post – you will lose your post text.

    So, now to re-enter my post:

    First, thanks for the Breadbox, that is some real progress.

    Second, thanks for the short list of news links – that helps tremendously. Without that, I’d be bookmarking the “at a glance”.

    As for large pictures – I can’t say I really care. How big of a deal is this? Of all the things to get worked up about, this falls to the very bottom of the list. But, since it seems to have come up (no doubt most of the noise has been from a very limited number of people), if the image is generic, so to speak, then making it big just doesn’t seem fitting. If it’s some really slick original TR photo art, then, by all means, make it big.

    Finally – I just have to say that the new design seems to pay no attention to the wide format. This is truly strange to me because I thought that the large majority of monitors are now wide format – I know all of mine are. And where clicking the wide format button was useful before, it now does nothing, nothing but makes the site look plain awful. It seems a shame. Thankfully, the default width seems to get the job done pretty well. I’d suggest removing the wide format button if it is no longer going to move the content around in some meaningful and useful way.

    Oh, one last thing regarding article timeliness: by my thinking, when they arrive late it probably hurts you waaay more than it hurts us. Getting the scoop on other sites, even by just a few minutes, must generate some page hits for you. For me, your articles are worth waiting for. But, it’s just not right that you put out such high quality articles only to probably loose huge numbers of page views because they came out some number of days after they came out elsewhere.

    Good luck.

    Given the things mentioned above, the changes to the site work just fine for me.

      • Cyco-Dude
      • 10 years ago

      it’s kind of funny, in regards to the widescreen mode. in the default frontpage (previously news.x), it just makes all the boxes wider. in the alternate mode, you get a new column. i’ll have to try using the ataglance mode for a week to see, but i honestly think now that more columns could use the additional horizontal space better. i think the main reason is, you don’t have to move your eyes side to side as much.

      it’s good that tr has the ability to customize it’s content delivery in so many ways. i guess the next step would be a totally customizable website, where you can add what you want to see, and drag it to where you want it (not unlike your web browser’s toolbars). i wonder what it would take to do that?

      • Flying Fox
      • 10 years ago

      q[

        • flip-mode
        • 10 years ago

        That’s not really a counterpoint to anything I said, though.

    • alex666
    • 10 years ago

    Geez, I could not find shortbread on this new design.

    Thanks for the link to the old design, I’ll probably use it. I guess this new design works for some people, but not for these old eyes.

      • Cyco-Dude
      • 10 years ago

      it’s not so hard, scroll down. or sometimes, if it’s in the first five news items, it’ll be in that top left box under the main articles. if it’s not, there’s a breadbox link that’ll show the past several shortbreads.

      might be something though; always have the days shortbread up top or sticky’d in the news box? *shrugs*

    • BooTs
    • 10 years ago

    I find myself getting used to the new format already. I would like to say that I appreciate the move to smaller images. I have always enjoyed the photography and visuals on TR but the large pictures seemed really obtrusive. I’ll never say any more on this topic.

    -[

    • alexwalter88
    • 10 years ago

    I really think Shortbreads should have their own section or own area of the site rather than being mashed in with articles and other news. It would be nice to have a bookmark directly to a shortbread page and be able to see all of the latest shortbreads. This would also resolve the problem with them taking up space on your new front page.

      • Damage
      • 10 years ago

      The “breadbox” is linked from the front page, at the top of the news items, on the right. It’s just what you describe and has been available for many years now.

        • flip-mode
        • 10 years ago

        You beat me by mere seconds, Sensei.

      • flip-mode
      • 10 years ago

      It’s there. It’s called the Breadbox. Search the page and you’ll find it.

        • dpaus
        • 10 years ago

        Yes, it’s there – but even with Scott’s directions, it took me a few minutes to find it.

        I’m sorry, but I think it – and a list of one-line links to recent news stories – should be on the visible part of the page when loaded on a 1024×768 -class display. Showing me big, pretty pictures (most of which, while gorgeous, don’t actually convey /[

          • hapyman
          • 10 years ago

          I feel kind of dumb but it took me a search to find that breadbox link…

          If people want a shorter “Shortbread” couldn’t you guys just link a few of the main topics (from that days shortbread) on the front page with a link at the bottom for the extended list or breadbox?

          It may be hard to pick which topics deserve exposure on the front page but I think some topics are better than none.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 10 years ago

    Hang in there. For me, I have been reading everything, just have not commented. As always, they are great articles! And of course, the wabsite is as good as it always has been. Like I said change is good.

    • khands
    • 10 years ago

    Thanks for that last bit, I’ll probably be using the old design until you redesign from your new design, simply because how I navigated TR works better that way. I understand the new one for sure, it emphasizes differently and that’s fine for some, just not me.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    The new format makes more sense, but takes some getting used to.

      • Jigar
      • 10 years ago

      Nope, you still won’t get selected… 😛 J/K

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