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Chlomo v4

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Welcome to Chlomo v4, the biggest update we've ever made to the site.

One of the most requested feature was a mobile app. Like I said before: you're not getting one. But you are getting the closest thing to it: a mobile friendly site.

Chlomo v4 was designed from the ground up to play nice with smartphone and tablets, so that you're always getting the best experience regardless of what device you're using.

Our goals with the new version of chlomo were

1) Make it mobile friendly
About a third of the traffic comes from smartphones and tablets, and that number will only go up. It's about time they got their own version.

2) Make the site faster
Make the new design require fewer assets, implement smart image loading and last but not least add a "see latest posts" option.

3. Make the site more accessible
This means trimming as much fat as possible in terms of content, reducing noise, re-organizing the content and making the layout more intuitive.

So without further ado, here's what new in this latest version:

1) A new look >>16
2) A more prominent updates area >>17
3) Improved navigation >>18
4) Updates counter >>19
5) View latest posts >>20
6) User flags >>21
7) Smart image loading >>22
8) Native search >>23
9) Board catalog >>24
10) Post image via URL >>25
11) Themes >>26
12) Improved video embedding >>27
13) Pin it >>28
14) Share buttons >>29
15) Misc stuff >>30

Future plans >>31
Where did all the threads go? >>32

PS: special thanks to czaks for continuing the tinyboard project and making it even better: https://github.com/vichan-devel/vichan
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1) A new look

The new theme was designed to scale on all devices (desktops, tablets and smartphones). You can test it yourself by resizing your browser window (though you'll need to refresh if you want the updates to rescale properly as well). I also decided to remove as much much as possible from the old site, striving for a more industrial design. The result is more clean and focused look, even though I had to sacrifice some things that we loved like the banners and background images.
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2) A more prominent updates area

We put a lot of effort into keeping this site as up to date as possible so it's only natural we gave our constant stream of updates a bigger focus. Think of them as the headlines in a newspaper. You have 1 central story plus 8 smaller ones.
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3) Improved navigation

The new menu is more accessible and gives you quick access to the most important threads on all the boards
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4) Updates counter

Speaking of updates and navigation, here's another feature I added: an updates counter that shows how many updates came out since your last visit.
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5) View latest posts

Out of all the features we added this is by far one of the most important once. It allows you to view the last 100 posts in a thread. This is useful not only to those who have slower computers or a poor net connection but to especially people using mobile devices. Without this feature the mobile version of chlomo would not have been possible at all because try as I might, when you get to threads that have hundreds of posts there's not much optimization left to do, and the performance, especially on a lot of smartphones takes a huge hit.

The importance of this feature can not be understated.
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6) User flags

Another feature I wanted to add for a long time is user flags. This wasn't possible until now.
This uses the IP of your device to determine your location and seeing how, especially on smartphones and tablets, traffic can get redirected through apple or google (if you have an apple or android device) it might not be always 100% accurate. But for the vast majority of posters this will show the correct country.
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7) Smart image loading

Another feature meant to save bandwidth. Usually when you load a page, the browser will load all the all the images it finds and on chlomo that often means hundreds of pics for a single thread. What smart image loading does is load only the images that are in your view, plus a few above and below your view. This saves you a lot of bandwidth, especially on mobile devices where your net speed is usually pretty limited
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8) Native search

The old search system we used, based on google search was not that great, but it was better than nothing. Now however we have a proper search system
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9) Board catalog

Another awesome new addition are the catalogs, which gives you an overview of all the threads on a board
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10) Post image via URL

Now you can post images by entering their url
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11) Themes

Don't like the orange accent? Now you can change it

And yes, I realize the names might be misleading, but "orange, red, purple" sounded too boring
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12) Improved video embeding

As some of you might recall in the old chan, if too many videos were embeded in a thread it would cause performance issues, which is why we kept telling people to not embed them unless absolutely necessary. Well, that restriction is gone and you can post as many videos as you want.
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13) Pin it

Chlomo now has some high res icons ready for you to pin it to your iOS, Android or Windows starts screen or taskbar.
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14) Share buttons

Show your love for Chlomo by sharing it on Facebook and Twitter. The bigger the community, the more this place can grow and thrive
15) Misc stuff

Along with those feature there are also some minor improvements
- fixed the bug where the spoiler checkbox or video fields would not clear when making a post
- fixed the bug with wrong fields being auto-filled in chrome
- the visitor counter now updates automatically
- added a new markup option: strikethrough. Use it just like the spoiler tag except use "–" (double minus) instead of "**"
Future plans

With this update chlomo is now more complete than it ever was. We finally have proper mobile support and that was the last "must have" feature that I wanted. There will be always be small updates here and there but in terms of major functionality this site will remain as it is for the foreseeable future.

I plan to do an update to the gallery at one point to allow it to easily copy an image via URL, so that you can easily post it here.

Well, there is one last feature that I consider a "must have" something that would make me go "now it's finally complete", but it's so unrealistic that I don't take it into consideration. That feature is app-like notifications, a way for you yo receive instant updates from chlomo even if you're not browsing the site or don;t even have your browser open. The problem is that at the moment WIndows 8 is the only one that easily supports that with live tiles. All android and ios devices not to mention all those people using windows 7 would not benefit from it. So that is the last cherry on the cupcake … but I don't think we'll ever get to taste it.
Where did all the threads go?

You might have noticed that all the old threads are missing. We had to upgrade from the imageboard we were using before (tinyboard) to a spinoff called vichan. This switch allowed us to have features such as "see the last 100 posts" (which in turned allowed us to have a good mobile experience as well) and country flags.

It might have been do-able to upgrade the existing chan or it might have been too troublesome, but I decided it's also the perfect time to start fresh. So the old chan is now an archive, and you can find it at http://www.chlomo.org/archive
and the new chan will continue in the same manner as the old one.