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LL Software Upgrade

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Hey everyone,

The forum software here at LL has been upgraded to a new version, and there are some new features that come along with it. The first part of this announcement briefly highlights exactly what is new, and then further down I talk about how to use the new features and important things that you should know.

What's New

We hope you are as excited as we are about what's new in this new version. Here are the highlights (click the link for more information on usage):

IP.Board 3.1.0

<a href="#links">Link Sharing</a>

Easily share links from LL to Facebook, Twitter, and more.

<a href="#tpreview">Topic Preview</a>

Preview the first few lines of a topic without loading the entire topic.

<a href="#pcustomize">Customize your LL Profile!</a>

Customize the look and feel of your profile page here at LL.

<a href="#status">Status Updates</a>

Let everyone know what you're up to, or what's currently on your mind.

<a href="#notifications">Notification System</a>

An easier way to be notified of all the various events that happen on LL.

<a href="#search">Search Engine Overhaul</a>

Search engine rebuilt from the ground up introducing more flexibility and power.

All new Mobile Skin

Mobile skin for many popular devices to enable easy access to your community.


Browse LL on your iPhone using the mobile app! Much easier and better integration with your phone. See here for more information: http://community.inv...rd-communities/

Download from App Store (FREE!):

<a href="#media">Automatic Media Embedding</a>

Automatic parsing of YouTube and other media into posts.

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<a name="links">Link Sharing</a>

As most Facebook and Twitter users have discovered, sometimes you see a link to a great article or topic and want to share it with your friends and followers. This new feature makes this very easy to do. You don't even have to leave the page to do it. The ease of use will encourage your members to share your links among their friends increasing the traffic to your forum.

If you have connected your forum account to Twitter and Facebook, then clicking on the share link icon for those services loads a pop-up enabling you to tailor your content before sending it. Of course, there are many more places to share links which is why we've included a few other methods by default and made it very easy to add your own.

Let's look at the feature in more detail.

The screen shot below shows a typical topic and the new share icons underneath. In this case, we've just clicked on the "Twitter" icon:


Now, lets hit "Share". We see a confirmation of our tweet and a link to it:


Let's take a quick look on the Twitter site to confirm it. (I've removed some of the URL in this screen shot)


Now, let's hit the Facebook icon:


A quick look on Facebook confirms the link has been added to my wall


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<a name="tpreview">Topic Preview</a>

When you 'mouse over' a topic entry, you'll see a little 'pop-up' icon. Clicking this loads an excerpt from the first post along with some data underneath. This is very useful for moderators who can quickly review un-approved topics and well as being useful for normal members who can quickly decide whether they want to open the topic or not.


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<a name="pcustomize">Profile Customization</a>

In the new version, you can now do a bit of customization with your profile. You can upload an image to tile in the background, or change the background.

You can do this by going to your dropdown --> My Settings --> Profile tab --> Profile Customization.

<a name="status">Status Updates</a>

Status updates have had several big improvements. Most notably, members can now comment directly on each others' statuses. We've also added a new Community Statuses page, allowing all member statuses to be viewed and commented on at once. Member profiles have been updated with a new tab to show a history of that user's status updates, as well as an overview of comments they've given on other status updates. Finally, Facebook and Twitter status integration means your users can bring their external statuses into your community, and vice-versa.

<a name="notifications">Notifications System</a>

There are all kinds of happenings on the board to be notified about. Tracked posts/topics, when someone quotes your post, when a new topic/post is made, friend requests, profile comments, etc... etc... some of these notifications are done via email, and some are done via PM. We now have inline notifications. You can get notified of various things that happen on the board while you're active, without getting an email or PM, but instead an inline pop up right on the board.

Visually, when an inline notification is first triggered, it will look identical to the existing private message popup. In fact, private messages no longer directly initiate the popup you have become familiar with - instead, they issue an inline notification (which initiates this popup). This was done on purpose for consistency, and for code reduction and reuse purposes.


Manage your notifications

You can view all of your notifications from a dropdown right beside the dropdown for your private messages (they also become instantly read when you open the pop up - very similar to how Facebook does it):



There's a "View All" link at the bottom of the menu, allowing you to quickly go to your notifications list should you need to review further back than the last 10 notifications you received.

Configure Notifications

You decide how you want to be notified, and what you want to be notified of. To manage your notifications, visit your user dropdown --> My Settings --> Notification Options (on the left) and scroll down to see all the options.

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<a name="search">Search System Overhaul</a>

The search page has been completely redesigned, and is much easier to use. There are more options to help filter and sort the information you're looking for.

Finding User Content

In the older, "Find my posts" and "Find my topics" have been merged into a more useful view "User's Content". This works across all applications so you can quickly view all of the content the user has created.


The new button on the user's profile.


The forum application's "Users Content" view. Note that this first view shows all topics the user has started and all topics the user has posted in, much like a "My Activity" feed.

Search Restriction

The global search box is now context sensitive so that when you are viewing a forum or topic, you have the choice to restrict your search.


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<a name="media">Automatic Media Embedding</a>

In the last version we introduced the new [ media ] tag, which is used to embed multimedia, like YouTube videos and more, into posts and other areas. This tag works just great, but we've heard from many of you that you think it would be better if media that works within the special tag was parsed and displayed automatically, even if the media tag was omitted.

In the new version, this is now the case. If you copy and paste a link that would correctly parse inside the media tag into your post without media tags, IP.Board's bbcode parsing routine will recognize this and automatically embed your YouTube video or other media right in the post without any other user intervention!

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Man this is so awesome. Logan you better never divorce me.

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:hug:Very nice. Thanks Rachel and Logan!

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Logan, this is how I feel about the new way youtube videos are displayed on BBB.

:twirl: :twirl: :twirl:

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Omg and the unanswered notifications alert!!!

:getdown: :getdown: :getdown:

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