Welcome to Fansub 2020!

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Maiku_Ando

-sama
Staff member
Leader Council
Welcome to the new face of Fansub.TV for 2020 and our fast approaching 16th birthday!

Firstly, an apology from me.
It has taken far too long to get to this upgrade, it was originally planned back in 2017 and sadly never happened. Fansub got neglected, and suffered for it, this upgrade was long over do, and I'm sorry. I do hope this new update goes some way to make up for that.

So What's New?
Well lets start with that, "What's new" on the top menu bar is a new place to see everything that is new, posts, images, etc all in one place.

The Gallery
The gallery has always supported videos, but now it features automatic thumbnails to give a nice image for your video, automatic video transcoding to convert the video into an easy to stream format and a much better interface on the player.
The Gallery now fully integrates into the forum, now you can drop images, videos, or entire galleries into a post or a reply, you no longer need to search for some image host that is slow or deletes things randomly. It also supports embedding videos from Youtube and other video sites into the gallery and forum posts, and even messages.

Profile Conversations
A much better conversation system right on you member profile, leave messages, notes, images, even videos on friends profiles.

New styles and colours - Light and Dark
You can choose the style you want, at any time. Just press the paint brush on the bottom left of any page and choose the one you want.
Currently we have 2 themes and may add more later.

Fansub 2020 - (Light Theme)
I hope everyone likes the new theme, it is designed to be modern but reflect the past styles in a new and colourful way.

MATV - (Dark Theme)
Our original Maikuando.TV theme featuring K-On has been re-built to work on the new site.

Change of Direction
Previously the site was heavily focused on automation, and after we lost the Pulse updates things only got worse and we basically ended up being a glorified advert for Crunchyroll. That is no more, the front page is now back showing the Necromendations, giving you a real human opinion on what is worth watching, and taking you to the place to discuss it. From now on I want to bring back the focus of the site to the community, not just the forum, but the gallery, the blogs and not just anime, we are open to many things now. We have an entire forum dedicated to "The voice of change", it awaits any suggestions you may have, from gallery categories to game servers.

Some Departures
With this update, we say good bye to some features:

'Misc files & Game Patches'
This served as nothing more than a confusing second place to put things that really should be in the gallery, most of it was images or videos and some game files for a now closed MMO. This section has closed and is no more. The video and images contained within will be re-uploaded into the gallery later.

'Mini Blogs'
These were a feature of the previous software which although fun, no one actually used.

'Anime Streaming'
This was the anime episode updates on the frontpage, this has been replaced with the Necromendations. Although a nice colourful feature, it only served to take visitors away to Crunchyroll, and was also a cause for continued DMCA notices. There maybe a future use for some of it in a smaller scale, closed for now.

Known Problems
With any large upgrade, there are always some things which don't quite go to plan.

Gallery
The Gallery has lost 35 items, mostly images but 1 or 2 videos as well. These are still on the old Gallery and will be moved over and re-uploaded over the next week or so. I will try to put them under the correct owner if I can, and the original comments maybe lost.
Update 25 July 2020: All items have been restored, some of the items are "owned" by me still for the moment, will try to fix this.

Maikuando.TV
Visitors via the MATV domain will now get the default Fansub.TV style, there is a thread on that here.

Please leave any feedback you may have below.
 
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Kid-Wolf

~ Azur Lane Hunter ~
Staff member
Leader Council
It seems that the front page magically got borked it would seem. Although I do like the options of doing the MATV background though since it's a nice dark mode for me.
 

Maiku_Ando

-sama
Staff member
Leader Council
It seems that the front page magically got borked it would seem. Although I do like the options of doing the MATV background though since it's a nice dark mode for me.
If you mean the lack of menu and the youtube video at the top, its not broken, I just have not put it back in yet as it requires some code changes. Glad you like the MATV dark theme, I was really pleased I was able to get that working again.
 

Norren

Lazy Artist
Sempai
Looking good! I feel like we could still stand to have a proper dark theme, but that's probably way more CSS work than it looks like on the surface.
 

Maiku_Ando

-sama
Staff member
Leader Council
Looking good! I feel like we could still stand to have a proper dark theme, but that's probably way more CSS work than it looks like on the surface.
Glad you like it!
Proper Dark theme as opposed to the MATV theme? Or more dark? I know it has some light areas in the content area in the middle still, those can easily be changed to dark as well, let me know and I can make an even darker version if that is of interest. I was also planning on making the 'spring for fansub' theme like we had for the blogs, I really liked that. Also open to any ideas, there is no limit to what themes we can make or even install - so much easier than on the old forum.
 

Norren

Lazy Artist
Sempai
Proper Dark theme as opposed to the MATV theme? Or more dark? I know it has some light areas in the content area in the middle still, those can easily be changed to dark as well, let me know and I can make an even darker version if that is of interest. I was also planning on making the 'spring for fansub' theme like we had for the blogs, I really liked that. Also open to any ideas, there is no limit to what themes we can make or even install - so much easier than on the old forum.
Cool that it's easier. And yeah, when I think "dark theme" I think white and light grey text on dark grey backgrounds. At least on the forum when I switched to the MATV theme the center areas still were "light mode" type. Seems like it'd be a lot of subtle settings to tweak, so it might not be worth it short term.

Also, I'll think about things we can do to the front area. A css grid layout there for items and recommendations would tighten that right up, but lots of ways it could be done.
 

Maiku_Ando

-sama
Staff member
Leader Council
Cool that it's easier. And yeah, when I think "dark theme" I think white and light grey text on dark grey backgrounds. At least on the forum when I switched to the MATV theme the center areas still were "light mode" type. Seems like it'd be a lot of subtle settings to tweak, so it might not be worth it short term.

Also, I'll think about things we can do to the front area. A css grid layout there for items and recommendations would tighten that right up, but lots of ways it could be done.
It actually has options for almost every item, so it is just a case of finding the right bit and clicking a new colour, for the odd item which it hasn't got a built in option for there is a custom css entry and separate extra.css template for anything else. Really powerful, all these current styles I built just by editing the default. I just made two more rough styles, Spring and Full dark. Let me know what you think, they have some issues still, spring has the menu green on green which I need to fix, and I'm not sure on the white borders on the full dark.
I also fixed the block header images on the MATV themes, that was not showing as I hadn't copied over the images.

The front page is literally a bit of code for: take post from necromendations thread and drop it within a centre tag. The whole menu and youtube video is all missing still, and I'm looking at an articles / portal system. I think I need you involved in the planning and design discussions, I need to figure out how to do that.
 

Norren

Lazy Artist
Sempai
Ooh, Full Dark looks nice. :D So much easier on the eyes, thanks! What I'd do is drop the borders entirely and go with a slightly lighter grey for each post box, like so: (contrast on some things like the blue footer links at the bottom still need adjusting, but an example. that's just #4a4a4a body and #3a3a3a for the avatar sidebox there.)

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(Okay, I might have a little too much fun with Chrome's element inspector from time to time.)

As to the front page, are blogs integrated well enough that one of the Blogs could be used instead? It might be easiest to setup a landing page of articles with Wordpress' post list, since it'll automatically crop a post and add a "read more" link after so many lines.
 

Maiku_Ando

-sama
Staff member
Leader Council
Ooh, Full Dark looks nice. :D So much easier on the eyes, thanks! What I'd do is drop the borders entirely and go with a slightly lighter grey for each post box, like so: (contrast on some things like the blue footer links at the bottom still need adjusting, but an example. that's just #4a4a4a body and #3a3a3a for the avatar sidebox there.)

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(Okay, I might have a little too much fun with Chrome's element inspector from time to time.)

As to the front page, are blogs integrated well enough that one of the Blogs could be used instead? It might be easiest to setup a landing page of articles with Wordpress' post list, since it'll automatically crop a post and add a "read more" link after so many lines.
@Norren
I've not had a chance to look at the theme again yet, but I do want to open the discussion on the front page, please have a look at this new thread I opened for it The Front Page - Article System Discussion. With regard wordpress, currently it has zero integration, but there are add-ons that can do that.
 
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