XenBase 1.5.6 - FLEXible Nodes and more

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Russ, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. Russ

    Russ Designer

    With our 1.5.6 release coming out I wanted to take a moment to share with you one of the new features included. One of the most requested things we get asked is how to achieve various node setups and while we do have a few node layouts they aren't quite as flexible as I would like.

    Previous Node Layout Types:
    • 0 - Default
    • 1 - Dual column minimal
    • 2 - Dual column extensive
    • 3 - modernized layout
    Basically we'll be getting rid of options 1 and 2 as you can achieve them easily with the new options:


    You can approach this in various ways: globally, on a per-category level or globally with per-category adjustments.

    These various node setups took under a minute to setup:

    So.. if you wanted the old "Dual Column Extensive" you'd just set a global width of 50% without checking the global minimize option. If you wanted the "Dual Column Minimal" look you'd set the global width at 50% while checking the box.

    Account Menu Improvements:
    We've added in the option to toggle FA icons in the user dropdown now:
    Additionally we've made it so you can now use a single property ( Style Properties: Popup Menus -> Account Menu) to adjust the width of the menu. The columns will automatically adjust.

    Other Misc Changes/Improvements
    • Overhauled QuickSearch as a NavTab, functions properly and looks a ton better
    • Moved Terms and Rules / Privacy to the normal footer links, this makes for easier styling on the branding area
    • Added ability to use the backstretch script on a specific div allowing for some cool customization
    • Various CSS fixes
    • Added additional FA Editor Icons out of the box to avoid additional setup
    • Additional Top Bar customization options

    This is not the complete change-log but just an idea of what's in it. It's a very solid release and I'm looking forward to getting feedback on it. Because of the node layouts I'm spending today and tomorrow just testing it as much as I can then we'll push out the updates.
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  2. Ashley.S.

    Ashley.S. Customer

    This would be the sort of thing I'm looking for, nice work (y)
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  3. KeVo

    KeVo Registered

    Definitely some sweet additions to this release. Looking forward to being able to have this! :D
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  4. kaieivindm

    kaieivindm Customer

    What about add-ons making new links in the user dropdown list? Will there be an easy way to add icons on them? Or still go via the template?
  5. Russ

    Russ Designer

    Unfortunately still will need to edit the template if it adds a link. I'll try to gather a list + instructions of some of the popular ones.
  6. creaky

    creaky Customer

    Another great update, especially the account menu.
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  7. ModeltogTossen

    ModeltogTossen Active Member

    Do we need to wait for this before upgrading XF to the new 1.5.6?
  8. Deebs

    Deebs Customer

    Not at all, running FA+ on 1.5.6 with no problems and only 1 template to merge, PAGE_CONTAINER I think.
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  9. ModeltogTossen

    ModeltogTossen Active Member

    Thank you @Deebs, for clarifying that.. Will then do my upgrade..
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  10. Russ

    Russ Designer

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  11. AlexK

    AlexK Well-Known Member

    How would somebody with a custom PE theme upgrade XenBase? Is it possible?
  12. Russ

    Russ Designer

    We're pretty good to our custom clients :), if you run into trouble with it we're here to help. Custom clients have access to the latest XenBase via a style license which we encourage you to upgrade as it's usually easy to do. If you get stuck you can just submit a support ticket.
  13. WoodiE

    WoodiE Customer

    Pretty good? I can't think of any way how the level of support could be any better. You guys have been great!
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  14. kaieivindm

    kaieivindm Customer

    Custom PE theme for 2 years no, and no issues at all. Russ and Steve fix the issue before it gets a problem really.
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  15. optrex

    optrex Member

    I see this is a resource with the note that it won't be put into xenbase, or has the situation changed?
  16. Steve

    Steve Designer

    Not entirely sure what you are speaking off, can you clarify?
  17. Russ

    Russ Designer

    This is going into our 1.5.6 update, it's not a separate resource.
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  18. Blast

    Blast Registered

    Oh Russ. You said you were gonna release the update today right? I can't wait already.
  19. Russ

    Russ Designer

    Ya we ran into some things as we were exporting... almost there.
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