Thoughts and plans for XF2?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dethfire, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. dethfire

    dethfire Customer

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    I assume you've had a chance to examine the dev copy of XF2? What are your thoughts and have you made any plans on your skins etc?
     
  2. Steve

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    We've skimmed the system but we haven't discussed much beyond some minor things. The approach will likely be similar with the new framework but we'd like to keep it as lightweight as possible. While it's nice to have options having to many can be a negative so we need to examine the uses of all the old options in XenBase.

    So far though we like what the XenForo devs have done to give us some better options to apply what we need to do with far less coding. :)

    With the release of the Developer Preview 4 (hopefully next week) we will be looking at it in much more detail. ;)
     
  3. WoodiE

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    Yes please! While I'm looking forward to what you come up with for XF2 I sure hope it stays on par with what you've done in the past. I hate having to install an add-on just to use a theme. I have no doubt you can make it look great and still be lightweight and fast.
     
  4. Steve

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    While I understand that, at the same time it can give so many more options and better implementation of those options when you have a add-on to work from as well. Though my thoughts would be you can still run the style without the need for an add-on, we have no interest in a update from ACP feature for styles, that just seems like a recipe for disaster and a support nightmare.
     
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  5. Russ

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    Tinkering with an idea of like a "XenBase Essentials" add-on, some basic features that a style just can't do. One of the most requested features is custom node icons and it's not something a style alone can handle. I've already been building properties for the framework and learning the template system so there's that!
     
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  6. Alfa1

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    Style based functions I would like to see in such addon:
    • Custom node icons with sprites (per category)
    • Style loading performance improvements
    • XFRM default icons (PDF icon for pdf file, etc)
    • Advanced navigation menu
     
  7. Commodore

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    Are we a still a year or 2 away from XF2?
     
  8. Ruby

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    On XF.com I saw Chris say it should be out later this year.
     
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  9. Commodore

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    Ahhh, but until add on developers are ready.. I cant see updating for a while as excited as I am (i just spent a ton of money).

    Hopefully the add on developers will be as excited to develop on the newest xenforo. Im looking for a new solution for portal software due to dismal support from the xenporta developer.
     
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  10. nome

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    XF 1.x is fine, plan using it for a long while.
     
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  11. Ruby

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    I think once Pixel Exit stops supporting 1.5 then I'll upgrade. I'm not in a rush.
     
  12. Russ

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    The previews are coming out fast that's for sure. They did mention wanting to launch the media gallery and resource manager at the launch so that may take quite a bit of time as well. I'm excited to see what we come up with for 2.0 :)
     
  13. Ruby

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    Are you going to have the same styles available for. XF2.0 as 1.5 or are you going to go with completely new styles?
     
  14. Ruby

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    How will custom styles be handled with 2.0 are we going to have to have you make a new custom style?
     
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  15. Alfa1

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    I think it may be 2018 before XF2 is stable and all major addons are updated. Then there is the issue of XF2.0 offering feature parity while 2.1 most likely will offer new features compelling enough to upgrade. I wonder if 2.1 will break addons, so to avoid that I rather focus on 2.1 instead of 2.0 Else I need to invest twice to get addons updated for XF2.
     
  16. Steve

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    We'll do our best to bring over existing styles.

    Consider it to be a completely redone style so any custom work will need to be on a paid basis, though we'll look into a loyalty program. ;)
     
  17. Ruby

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    That means I'll be in no hurry to upgrade to 2.0 7E57124E-0AA4-42CE-AB6F-C32FD39328CE-579-00000048E23F25EC.jpeg
     
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  18. Steve

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    I think you have at least 8-12 months before things really take off for XF2, between add-ons being rewritten and the XF devs going through the whole process of bringing XF2 to life in full on XF.com.
     
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  19. Ruby

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    That's better.
     
  20. Russ

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    PE will be on 1.x for quite awhile :D, tons of add-ons to be converted over it'll be a long time.

    One of my main goals with the next XenBase is just allow for easy changes. Our current version of XenBase is really easy to change compared to the default style and that's a major focus going forward. XF has already provided some initial style properties to make global changes easier and we'll be looking to improve that.
     

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