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New Layout, woo... hoo?

I had hoped to write a more cheerful message when I got this layout up, but unfortunately I ran into a few issues while doing so. I also attempted to upgrade a bunch of stuff as well as switch to a new forum software (and hopefully resolve the login issues that so many of you have been having), and long story short, I've simply run into some unexpected problems that have prevented a good portion of the site from being functional, for now.

The good news is that all the tabs and categories are up, as well as ratings and comments. But the forum and recordings section are gonna be down for now, and some things are just a little out of whack. Once again I chose to make major upgrades to the site late at night, and once again I run into issues that need a good night sleep to resolve. So I apologize for coming up short this time, but just sit tight, everything will be back soon better than ever.

***UPDATE*** Recordings section now back online.

***UPDATE 2*** Added links to category pages on Browse Tabs menu.

***UPDATE 3*** Add Latest Transcriptions and Latest Arrangements menus to the front page. Now you can view the latest tabs broken out into arrangements and transcriptions.

***UPDATE 4*** Added Top Rated Tabs page.

***UPDATE 5*** Forum is back up, as well as user profiles.

First off; I LOVE the green

First off; I LOVE the green on the top and bottom of the screen and stuff

The logo fits pretty well, and the black combo is NICE!

The menus are nice as well, Although

I'd ask a darker color for the top of the menu, the "Subject"

That pale color is kind of eww :/

Just my 2cents :p

Lolz, Rick said exactly what

Lolz, Rick said exactly what I wanted to say:
The top and bottom green is awesome but the other, pale green doesn't go well with it.

Maybe make it abit more like this: http://img235.imageshack.us/my.php?image=greenfe7.jpg

Tho, abit less bright maybe, but I think it matches better like that.

EDIT: Another thing, the "Recent comments" column doesn't show about what topic each comment is. I'd find that more important than displaying the first few words of a comment.

I just put the title of the

I just put the title of the page as well as the author of the comment on the recent comments list, and I added a link that lets you view all comments in chronological order, just for the heck of it ;)

Are your login issues resolved now?

i dont really mind the light

i dont really mind the light shaded menus. i kinda like it. one thing i would like is if you could have a select few colors for the layout. Im not too fond of green and more of a blue kinda person. so an option to choose colors would be great. Also THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FIXING LOGIN PROBLEMS <3.

My issue with blue is that it

My issue with blue is that it seems like that's the default color for every site that doesn't know what color scheme it wants to go with. I was trying to be original and go with green :). But it may be possible for me to allow users to choose between color schemes, I'll look into it.

i have nothing else to add,

i have nothing else to add, they said what i was thinking lmfao

Lmfao , So Sexy ;D

Lmfao , So Sexy ;D

I feel the green has a pretty

I feel the green has a pretty good feel on GameTabs

Idk about you, but when I think GameTabs, I think green... lol

Oh and yeah, Why doesn't it say "GameTabs" up at the top or something? it's like... missing

Love the new layout and color

Love the new layout and color scheme. Personally, I like the light green sidebars, but that's just me. It's different enough from other sites that it stood out *instantly* when I loaded the page.

Great job!

Nice layout I can't get to

Nice layout
I can't get to Private Messages anymore

Hmm, it's nice but... It

Hmm, it's nice but...
It seems to be lacking. I haven't come on here for a little bit, but I can't even find what I was looking for. What happened to the "Search by series bar"? And where ever did the download button go?

I think all the "Missing"

I think all the "Missing" Components are items he's still working on

If you actually read the above posts he said he had ran into some bugs

What you currently see now, is what the Site generally needs to run

The rest are luxuries and I'm sure he's working on getting it back together

Yeah, Rick's right... I'm

Yeah, Rick's right... I'm really sorry about having to put the site in safe mode, but it's necessary until I figure out how to resolve the mess I made last night, lol. Also, there will be no private messages on the new forum system, at least not at first. For now I'm putting up a contact form in people's profiles that can be used to send email to any user.

I like the new design. Good

I like the new design. Good job. I love green ^^

But i have some problem because i'm in 800x600, will it be fix?

And there was something called "newest addition tab", i found it very usefull. Will it be add later?

I'm french, sorry for mistakes xD

But whatever, thanks for this new design :D

Sorry man, you're gonna have

Sorry man, you're gonna have to get a better resolution then that. I wouldn't recommend anything under 1280 width.

Hmm, lemme guess: You aren't

Hmm, lemme guess: You aren't free to take submissions at the moment, amirite? :)

youarerite ;)

youarerite ;)

I like green, it's

I like green, it's calming....like weed.

I like the new layout, but

I like the new layout, but there is one small problem. The center of the page is not wide enough for some of the tabs. The side panels should be narrower so there's more room. I'm not sure if that hasn't been worked out yet or if it's suppossed to look this way.

But other than that the site looks nice.

I know, there's a lot of

I know, there's a lot of little issues like that that'll be worked out.

cool. I see you've anihilated

cool. I see you've anihilated the forum.

Yeah, it'll be back soon,

Yeah, it'll be back soon, don't worry.

i cant find the forums

i cant find the forums section

Hes Working on it , Don't

Hes Working on it , Don't worry about it o.o

DOES NO ONE READ!? lol

DOES NO ONE READ!? lol omg

He's working on it! he is but one man! cut him some slack

it's not like you're paying for the site, just wait >.>

Hey look, I poke out-a my

Hey look, I poke out-a my head! ^^

Well, I like the green, though it seems rather plain. Could use a faint background, but that's a minor thing.

Oh, and on the 15th I'm heading to LA for that Rock Band contest thing I won. I will be wearing the GameTabs.net shirt with pride, so when the vid gets put up I'll post a link. Just be ready archard in case you suddenly get an email from Gametrailers asking permission to use your site in their vid without payment in either way (unless they go for douche maneuver and just blur it out in editing).

Can't wait to get out there. Gonna be living the rock star life for 3 days! WOOOOOO!!!!

Love the new look!

Love the new look!

The new look is perfect But i

The new look is perfect
But i can't use the playback feature...
u know...
to play the various midis included with the tabs

...It might just be me

...It might just be me but..
you know how normally it shows recent tabs, recent recordings and etc. i really miss that O-o
usually i'd play all the recent tabs and tried them out...
i hope i'm not being an arsehole but is there a window that shows recent tabs, recent recordings, etc.

Btw luv the new look

Btw luv the new look

I believe these are all

I believe these are all details archard's working on at the moment.

Ohh working on it O-o maybe i

Ohh working on it O-o
maybe i should just sticky tape my hands together and not type or somthing..
sorry guyz.. my bad >-<

Why does no one seem to grasp

Why does no one seem to grasp that concept?

lol that really frustrates me and I don't know why

Yeah, sorry guys, but I have

Yeah, sorry guys, but I have school and work to worry about as well. I'll be working on getting everything back to normal again after I get home later this evening. The new forum should be up and running by tonight for sure.

I really miss the new tabs

I really miss the new tabs section I came here everyday just toplay all the new ones =[

same deal man, hope thats

same deal man, hope thats coming back :(

nice ! what i am missing

nice ! what i am missing is
1. a nice head logo (its just too simple, as it is right now)
2. front page with latest tabs and video submissions!

Don't worry guys everything

Don't worry guys everything will return to normal soon. I'm at school right now so I can't really do any work but I assure you all the features you know and love will return shortly, just sit tight :D

There used to be a link for

There used to be a link for midi, mp3, or wavs for the tabs. I miss it. D:

Guys, calm down! =D He's

Guys, calm down! =D He's doing his best. Just be patient, alright? Everything will be back eventually.

Heh Yeah... eventually...

Heh Yeah... eventually... eventually the sun will burn out too =p

It's been a matter oh hours, go game or something it won't hurt you to go without posting a forum or listen to midi's for a day or 2. As for everyone else shut up and let Alucard do what needs to be done and don't bother mentioning what is missing till he finishes the damn thing. Chances are you are wasting energy and KB's of space on a pointless bitch about how a feature you miss is gone and boo-hoo it isn't comming back. Alucard knows the dance and how to please us =D give him a chance to work on this site without hounding him. Just wait for the Finished product, then complain =P Anyways, off to play guitar... Alucard I'm a fan of change, keep me on my toes... some of these people are nearly chewing off their arm to see finished product... take longer just because of that =P

HeheheheHAHAHAHA! XD

Nicely said, but who is this

Nicely said, but who is this alucard?

i think he meant archard,

i think he meant archard, lolz

Seems people right now are

Seems people right now are paying more attention to the layout than the whole point this site was created, TABS! If all you guys want to go to the forum or chat so much go to whatever site you want to.
P.S. Alucard backwards is Dracula lol

Well I think you are

Well I think you are forgetting something In order for Requests to be made you have to go to the forum

So, any more complaints? I

So, any more complaints? I know there are a few more things that need fixing but I think the majority of the work is done.

Fourm signatures no html?

Fourm signatures no html? unless i forgot to do something

HTML should work in your

HTML should work in your signatures. BB code will not though.

Yeah, make people read, this

Yeah, make people read, this thread was very frustrating >:(

I love the new look, green

I love the new look, green ftw!
I have two complaints, one isn't much of a complaint though.
First, the new forums are kind of weird, but I can get used to that.
Second, and this is the big one, is formatting issues for tabs. On many tabs the page isn't wide enough and the format of the tab gets screwed up, making it difficult to read. Hopefully you're working on fixing this already, or will fix it after reading this.
Keep up the good work! ;D

So you're almost done? Nice

So you're almost done? Nice job, dracula =)

i just realized there wasnt a

i just realized there wasnt a download tab button or the download midi button on the tabs.. lol. hope you'll fix this soon =D

I'm REALLLLLLLLLLY sorry if

I'm REALLLLLLLLLLY sorry if someone already mentioned this in one of the fifty comments i'm not going to read, but it looks like the tabs are cut off on the sides. just thought I'd let you know, just in case.

Yeah, looks like some weird

Yeah, looks like some weird formatting issues or something, tabs are getting all mashed up. I like the rest though I'm not surprised as I've liked every incarnation of gametabs thus far. ;)

I'm not sure where else to

I'm not sure where else to post this since I can't PM you archard. But if you get a chance I need the link to add/edit content so I can add new tabbers to the site.

I put the links to the files

I put the links to the files for tabs back up. Still have some other stuff to do, but I just haven't had much time today to do anything. Tommorrow I'll knock out most of the remaining issues.

As for the formatting issues, you should not be having problems if you screen resolution is above 1024x768. I made a topic in the forum a little while ago asking what screen resolutions people use, and almost no one reported anything below 1280 pixels in width, so I assumed it wouldn't be much of a problem to put up this layout. It seems like a lot of people are having problems though, and first I would recommend that all of you turn up your screen resolution if at all possible. I understand that some of you can't though, so I'll figure some way to accommodate you.

css min-width? worst case

css min-width? worst case you can make people scroll horizontally. you can also use js to grab horiz size and if it's too small, float both columns left?

THANK YOU! Log-in is on the

THANK YOU! Log-in is on the right. So much easier. I don't know if I'm like part Jewish or Chinese, but I find it easier to read from right to left, haha.

i like the new layout, but

i like the new layout, but its a bit too plain.... it would look better if the menus looked more like the header... maybe something along the lines of this:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k254/imporical/meh.jpg

Not a big fan of the way the

Not a big fan of the way the forums are intergrated into the site itself. I kind of like the forums being it's own page, more traditional, like the old one. This one is hard to read and navigate.

Well the main reason I

Well the main reason I switched is because a lot of people were having login problems related to the old forum.

What specifically don't you like about it?

Well, because my display only

Well, because my display only goes to 1024 it's all jammed together in the center. So a few lines of text go way down the page. Also, the fact that there's nothing to break up posts besides a bit of space and indentions...I dunno, I guess I'm just used to the usual forum format.

I agree.

I agree.

I see, that's understandable.

I see, that's understandable. I guess I was wrong to assume that the vast majority of people would be using resolutions higher than 1024.

In that case I've gotten rid of one of the sidebars on the forum. That should make things a lot better. I may see if I can try to squeeze more information up top instead of on the sides, that way I could possibly eliminate one of the sidebars on the whole site altogether. For example, I could probably put all the tab navigation and user account information up top in like a drop down menu or something, as well as the search bar can most likely go up there. Then I can leave the sidebar up for just generic lists of content like new forum topics and recent comments, as well as an ad unit.

Tell me what you guys think of that. I know the last time I tried to take away the 'Browse Tabs' menu from the sidebar it was met with resentment =/

So would anybody object if I

So would anybody object if I moved all the user account stuff, as well as the search bar to the top navigation bar area, and moved everything over to the left sidebar? I think I may go ahead and do that.

I'd like that. not a big fan

I'd like that. not a big fan of the double sidebars. hurts my brain.

There are a few things I

There are a few things I don't like about the new layout. It doesn't have some features that I liked about the old layout:

- the ability to see how many comments there are on a tab.
- the ability to sort all tabs alphabetically. this is especially confusing when looking for a certain game and having to wade through many different categories to find it. For example, when i was trying to look for the Street fighter Yabs it was under Super Nintendo and not Arcade. I understand that you can sort By Instrument and click Guitar, but then it opens up all the tabs for every game. It would be nice to have just the games listed then clicking its name opens up the respective tabs. because of this, you have to wade through a ton of pages to get to what you want.
- the "most rated" tabs list

It would be nice if there was a search that could organize by name, views, comments, and such.

All in all, I love GameTabs, but I feel that the old layout had some features that are superior to the new one.

I don't understand your

I don't understand your second point. Are you saying you just want a giant list of games? I suppose I could do that, but that wasn't a feature from the old site, by the way. Maybe it'd be nice to have a page that lists all games, and you can filter them by the letter they start with?

Number of comments and the Most Rated list will be back, just be patient.

I'm playing around with the ability to let the user sort lists by different factors, and I think I will be able to do it soon. Name and comments can be done pretty easily, but views can't be done because I don't record page views. It may be possible in the future though.

None of these have anything to do with the layout, by the way ;)

Haha, my bad. I wasn't sure

Haha, my bad. I wasn't sure where I should have posted that. But yes, that's exactly what I was talking about. I look forward to the future revisions. Thanks for GameTabs!

Two things. I'm not a big fan

Two things.
I'm not a big fan of splitting the latest tabs into two categories. I don't really care if it's a transcription or an arrangement.

Second instead of new forum topics can we get a last updated forum topics? So we can see what's going on instead just the new topics.

why does it seem like the old

why does it seem like the old layout attracted more users?

I agree, it's getting really

I agree, it's getting really quiet around here.
However, my problem isn't the layout itself, but the forum. It's abit awkward to read through it, there's no Search-button, there's no Mark-all-forum-read-button and there's no Who's Online list. =(

More clicks to do stuff.

More clicks to do stuff. Site use always drops with every click required.

The site is attracting spammers now.

yeah, even archard hasn't

yeah, even archard hasn't come on in 5 days, and he runs the site!

How is there more clicks

How is there more clicks needed? The navigation is exactly the same as it was on the old layout.

Well, now that you've put

Well, now that you've put more lists back on the front page, like recent recordings, there are fewer clicks there. When I wrote that you hadn't done it yet. Uploading and submitting tabs is still harder, though.