Hello, and welcome to Create Your Own Choose-Your-Own-Adventures!
It's been a very busy month at the ol' "real job," and the work I've done on Choosology doesn't come across in a screenshot very well.
But I've added and polished the comments and rating for the adventure view, fixed several longstanding bugs, and now I'm taking on a new, scarier part of the site...
I will simply leave you with this:
the culmination of many hours of blood, sweat, and tears...
Time for a monthly update!
The screenshot this time around is even full-sized!
I've been spending my time on the adventure-viewing experience. At this point, adventures are perfectly viewable, rateable, and commentable! I still want to make a few new improvements, but the drudgery of updating the old modules to fit into the new hotness that is Choosology is mostly complete (with the major exception of the picture management pages).
You may also notice the "Return to previous screen" button; this will let you traverse back through the path you took, so you can go back to an interesting fork in the path and take another one easily. I have another trick up my sleeve regarding this functionality, but that will have to be another month's update...
Since the Search screen is fairly complete (in a phase 1 sort of way), today we have a screenshot of the adventure-viewing screen (work very much in progress) right here.
I'm using the existing Tutorial adventure just to test it out. As you can see, the existing picture and styling remains (except for the font... that didn't quite make it in yet). All of your adventures should survive the site upgrade with no problems.
I've also put the choices in their own box, and they're invisible until you hover your mouse over that area. This is also where the rating/commenting modules will be at the end of your adventure, but now it won't be so obvious that you're at the end of an adventure until you actually read the whole thing.
Finally, you can see that the viewing screen still has the logo and login widget at the top of the screen, but the background is black. This is because when you view an adventure, you go seamlessly into "theater mode" to read the adventure with minimal distractions. The site navigation is much more fluid now and it's always clear that you're on the site, even though each individual adventure has its own style.
Feel free to leave any thoughts or suggestions! And in the meantime, keep writing those adventures!
Well. I know I said I'd do these once a month, but man that month flew by! I blame the mere 28 days of February. Also I got involved in some important video game tournaments, and then I got sick. But everything is back on track! The screenshot (http://imgur.com/tymtFvS) I'd like to show today is the same page as before, but changes have been made.
The old chalkboard menu has been scrapped in favor of a cleaner-looking button system, I've added a search bar, and you can hide the Featured Adventures banner.
Anyway, this next month should be far more productive! Thanks for stickin' with me, and keep writing those adventures--you won't lose anything when the new site comes along, and everything you do now will count toward the new achievements as well!
Instead of just telling you guys that progress is being made on the new site, I thought I'd show you! In the future, I'll try to set up a little sandbox area so that you can see and use the new interface, but for now, I'll stick with screenshots.
The site's page on Facebook will have the fancier updates, but if you don't want to bother with that, you can take a look at the new Browse window (still in progress) here.