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First impression

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06-07-2010 07:24 AM
First impression.... very slow, compared to "other" html forums.
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Re: First impression

06-08-2010 03:43 PM in reply to: rkmcswain

Very, VERRRY slow, compared to forums using PHP and the like.

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Re: First impression

06-09-2010 06:51 AM in reply to: rkmcswain

Agreed.

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Re: First impression

06-09-2010 08:29 AM in reply to: rkmcswain

Very slow here also. Other complaints:

 

Not easy to distinguish read topics from those with new content. I do see that they are different colors, but not a highly distinguishable difference. Why not use a more different color? Or make the subject bold to indicate new content? And the "bubbles" don't tell you that until you hover over them - there should be different kinds of bubbles to indicate this status.

 

It's difficult to determine if a topic is of interest, without actually opening it, if the subject is truncated or if it is very vague (like "lisp help"). The technology exists, and is used on other websites, to hover on the subject and get a preview window.

 

This was hyped as a "state-of-art web experience". It is clearly not. I have not seen a lot of web based forums, but to get an idea of how much better it can be just go look at the AUGI forums (or see the attached image), which addresses the above issues nicely. Why couldn't Autodesk do something at least as good as AUGI?

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Re: First impression

06-09-2010 09:27 AM in reply to: Ken.Krupa

AUGI forum is horrible and not a good example, there has to be something better out there.

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Re: First impression

06-09-2010 10:09 AM in reply to: pendean

Hmm... interesting. So do you think the new Autodesk thing is better than AUGI's? Or even more horrible? Like I said, I'm not too familiar with other web-based forums, but AUGI's seems so much better than this one, and it addresses the issues that I mentioned. I'd be interested in why you think AUGI's is horrible. (I'm new to it also, and just curious.)

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Re: First impression

06-09-2010 01:23 PM in reply to: Ken.Krupa

kenkrupa wrote:

Hmm... interesting. So do you think the new Autodesk thing is better than AUGI's? Or even more horrible? Like I said, I'm not too familiar with other web-based forums, but AUGI's seems so much better than this one, and it addresses the issues that I mentioned. I'd be interested in why you think AUGI's is horrible. (I'm new to it also, and just curious.)


Augi, CadTutor, and Cadalyst all use vBulletin and are all superior to this one IMO.The Swamp uses SMF, which I'm not as familiar with, but it too is superior. I certainly wouldn't call vBulletin "horrible".
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Re: First impression

06-10-2010 07:08 AM in reply to: rkmcswain

Yup, vBulletin appears to be the most popular forum software out there. Then there's SMF, phpBB, MyBB and dozens of others. Have a look at the various resources for comparing forum software and try to find Lithium. Good luck.

 

http://www.forum-software.org/forum-reviews?sort=best-rated

http://www.forum-software.org/forum-comparator

http://www.forummatrix.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Internet_forum_software_%28PHP%29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Internet_forum_software_%28ASP%29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_internet_forum_software_%28other%29

 

There is plenty of forum software in common use out there that works well, and Autodesk has chosen to use something vanishingly obscure that works badly. Lithium's own forums work badly too, which can't be a good sign. The Lithium site uses corporate buzzwords that must have rang the right bells with somebody, which I guess counts for a lot more than things like efficiency and usability. Time to use the great new emoticon feature, I think. :smileysad:

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Re: First impression

06-10-2010 07:57 AM in reply to: rkmcswain

Agreed.  Extremely slow compared to the previous web forum.  When mousing over topics it takes a half second or so for the cursor to change from a pointer to a hand.  When using the scroll bar or mouse wheel to scroll through search results it's very choppy and slow to respond.  I'm sure this will all be worked out, just a matter of time...

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Re: First impression

06-10-2010 08:07 AM in reply to: rkmcswain

Everything I just read is not true for me.  When I mouse over items they display immediately, I can switch between any post immediately with no hesitation.  For me it functions exactly the same as the AUGI forum.  Actually I would say better as when I mouse over icons it tells me what they mean so I don't have to scroll to the bottom to look for the icon legend/key.  And I think it is more pleasant to look at than the AUGI forum for example.

 

And someone mentioned bold headings I think they look bold to me and there is a column displaying how many new replies there are.

 

Is any of the slowness tied to old computers full of years of installed programs?

 

 

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