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Getting rid of the 'regular' Preview in 2.5.4 (Read 881 times)
 May 28th, 2013 at 3:36pm
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Getting rid of the 'regular' Preview in 2.5.4
Ajax Live Preview works very well (with the exception of GreyBox which I'm sure Carsten, at some point, will get working.  Wink )

Now, it looks like 'regular' Preview was added for 2.5AE but with Live Preview working so well and using a formatting that gives a much better emulation of what the final post will look like, do we need Preview at all?

The EventCalendar doesn't have it. (I thought it was more trouble than it was worth to even try to add it to the EventCalendar since it now has Live Preview working.) I don't think the IM posting needs it and having it on message posts just points out how different Live Preview now looks as compared to the old Live Preview and Preview.

Thoughts?

You can see Ajax Live Preview in action at http://testbed.dandello.net/cgi-bin/yabb254/YaBB.pl and at http://www.carsten-dalgaard.dk/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl.

 
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 Reply #1 - May 28th, 2013 at 4:44pm
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Re: Getting rid of the 'regular' Preview in 2.5.4
Dandello wrote on May 28th, 2013 at 3:36pm:
Now, it looks like 'regular' Preview was added for 2.5AE but with Live Preview working so well and using a formatting that gives a much better emulation of what the final post will look like, do we need Preview at all?

Generally speaking, people like how YaBB already works (they get used to it, and hate changes), so they probably wouldn't want to get rid of Preview even if Live Preview works well.

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: In our 2.4 forum I prefer using Live Preview except when I need to preview videos, in which case Live Preview doesn't display videos properly (so I need Preview to review them).

As such, please make sure Live Preview can display videos, and that it otherwise works well. Then for me personally, I don't think Preview would be needed (about this, I'm guessing I'll be in the minority of YaBB users at large).

In case it's an issue for future versions of YaBB ... this forum using YaBB Next Edition has neither Live Preview nor Preview available while sending or replying to a PM. As such, the way I preview a PM is to save it as a draft.

Also, at least here in this forum, a PM is managed within a pop-up window that requires scrolling, which for me personally is irritating even though I just deal with it since there's no other choice.

On the note of updating this particular forum with future versions of YaBB, please never, ever again update it with a version that hasn't been tested to know that it's relatively stable, and actually works the way it should.

This presumes that the absentee domain owner and absentee admin participate again. Roll Eyes

For years now, this forum has been an unacceptable embarrassment! Embarrassed

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From Carsten's Forum:
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I guess I should point out the obvious, that Preview isn't available here in Carsten's forum, and yet, I've been perfectly fine without it since Live Preview is what I prefer anyway.


If anyone is wondering, in Carsten's forum videos appear just fine while using Live Preview. Smiley

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Re: Getting rid of the 'regular' Preview in 2.5.4
I've tested Ajax Live Preview (many thanks to Carsten  Smiley) on the dev forum and it does support videos (even for guests), and in PMs having Live Preview active is now the default. (In fact there's no longer a choice - it's active, period, since the options for turning in on and off didn't work right and the current bunch of us working on it tend to the idea of if 'it looks the same (as in posting) it should behave the same' (as in options for posting).)

For me - I only use Preview or Live Preview when I'm not sure about the formatting of something or if I'm testing things.

And I noticed some time ago that Carsten's '2.4 tricked out to the hilt forum' doesn't have 'Preview'.

One thing dumping Preview will allow for the future - simplifying Quick Post ala vB (ala TAZ) and having an 'Advanced Posting' screen  for those who need it all the bells and whistles.
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Re: Getting rid of the 'regular' Preview in 2.5.4
Please keep up the great work. It's very much appreciated! Smiley
 
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