What's coming in the new update - sneak peek!

Russ

Pixel Exit Staff
Hello everyone! I've been hard working away on our pre-made styles for quite some time and can finally share some of the new items coming to the newest update.

Clean-up and add-on compatibility
First some of the boring stuff. A big focus of this update was to extend add-on compatibility and clean-up where I could. With XF2 the bulk of the layout can be found inside PAGE_CONTAINER and we heavily modified that template to achieve a lot of the functionality we include in our styles. This led to potential conflicts with add-ons. I've gone through and modified how we approach a lot of the edits in that template. Below you can find a comparison from the old to the new setup. Essentially, the less red the better, it's somewhere that we changed the template. Green is simply a new code which shouldn't cause any problems.

Before/after
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While it does seem like a bunch of random colors displaying there... I promise this is a huge improvement over our previous approach.

Off-canvas re-design
I've taken a slightly different approach to the off-canvas menu. The old setup is still available via a single option just in case you don't like the new approach!

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Sidebar canvas
A popular feature that has been requested for some time is some sort of off-canvas sidebar where the sidebar collapses off-screen while viewing via mobile devices. This is now implemented (via an option).

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"Dark mode" - **Experimental**
A lot of newer smartphones are coming with a dark mode option which turns certain apps a darker color scheme to help with visibility. While this wouldn't work for our dark styles it will provide basic functionality to our light styles without the need to install a second style. I will note this functionality, as I stated, is basic. Having a second style as a dark option will let you customize it way further but you don't get the automatic style switching as shown below. This is not the final color scheme selection, it was just recorded for demo purposes. This is enabled via an option. I'm putting experimental on here as there's still plenty of testing to do but it will be in the update.

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Responsive padding/typography
XenForo by default lets you easily increase the padding/font size on styles. We utilize this on many of our styles but the problem is it stays the same on mobile. With our newest update, we've added an option that will be enabled by default on our styles with larger padding/typography that will be automatically adjusted for mobile devices. You can see the difference well in our Evolve style. This gets your content pushed up further so visitors can view more on their devices.

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The change-log is rather long but I'm excited to finally get these out. I'm in the final phase of testing everything and hope to have everything released soon. Thank you for your patience. Once I get the updates released, if your license expired recently just submit a ticket and I'll extend it as a courtesy.
 
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palhanow

Registered
Congratulations, Russ.

Very nice improvements, can't wait anymore for the new version of the products (and to renew my license).

By the way, the Nova style is going to be updated too?
 

Russ

Pixel Exit Staff
Congratulations, Russ.

Very nice improvements, can't wait anymore for the new version of the products (and to renew my license).

By the way, the Nova style is going to be updated too?
All of the styles will be getting updates. We build everything on our framework. Nova will benefit from those mobile changes coming!
 

JoyFreak

Well-Known Member
Hi, I've just seen this thread/news. I am truly excited for the update. If I had seen this quick enough, I would have opted to test the themes too but I'd assume you've already nailed the bugs by now. My licence has expired recently but I am looking to buy the XenBase, I don't know why I didn't just go for that first, instead of Core. I just wondered if XenBase came with a dark style too?
 

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