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Updates!

We've just released a new version [1] of Siafoo into the wild. We've got way more awesome filters on the browse page. You can search for keywords, licenses, etc. to filter by. You can scroll through the filters way easier, and if you're really daring you can shift-click to apply multiple filters at once. The browse page too has been cleaned up, hopefully it will be easier to visually parse now.

Before:

http://www.siafoo.net/image/78

Now:

http://www.siafoo.net/image/79

We've also got redesigned comments.. they don't do anything niftier than before but they're pretty good looking. By the way, if you're wondering, an orange title means that a comment is new, and the comments with the shaded background are all yours. I'm sure you would have figured that out soon enough though ; )

And finally, we've got a search box on every page... check out the upper-right corner:

http://www.siafoo.net/image/76

Bonus points if you can figure out the keyboard shortcut to get into it. [2]

As always, for more info you can go to our What's New page.

Did You Know...

I'm not sure how many people actually know about the 'My Libraries' widget on the home page. For this to appear, you need to 'have' libraries -- in other words you need to own or be subscribed to at least one. It allows easy access to things in your libraries, including instant searching by title. With this release, it now highlights matching terms in your search results:

http://www.siafoo.net/image/77

On Feedback

Several of these features, notably the search in the menu bar and the reST in the 'About Me' in your user profile (read the What's New page if you don't know what I'm talking about) are things we planned to do... someday. But our motivation was that our users requested them. If you have a feature you'd really like to see, please let us know and we'll do what we can. Seriously.

On IE6

In case you're curious, most Siafoo users use Firefox 3 these days. Unfortunately there are a few people stuck in the past for whatever reason, stuck on Internet Explorer 6. We're aware it might not be your fault -- maybe you just installed Windows, maybe you're at a friend's house or on a public machine. But IE 6 is the least standards-compliant browser this author has ever had to design for, and it sometimes requires a huge time committment to get things to work. So, we've made the tough(?) decision to spend more time working on features of the site, and therefore we're lowering our goals for Siafoo on IE6 from As Good As Possible to Usable. This means that IE6 users might see more graphical weirdnesses start popping up as we continue to modify the site. Please let us know if anything is so bad as to be unusable, but we're no longer going to try to make it perfect. It's time to move on.

In Conclusion

If you'd like us to implement a feature or fix a bug, or just want to say hi, drop us a line. But for now, I'm going to bed :). Hope you enjoy the site. I'll see you all later.

[1]It's a new version, but we're only calling it Release 8.5. Why not 9? Because we didn't really plan it out or close any tickets on our Trac server, and because it's only been a week or two since the last release.
[2]I tried to come up with a shortcut that didn't override any commonly-used key commands; if this is getting in your way though let us know.