New web site

Discussion in 'Suggestions and Help with New Forum and Gallery' started by jwmadzelan, Mar 5, 2016.

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  1. jwmadzelan

    jwmadzelan PRO Member

    I was a little apprehensive when you started our new web site. I had learned to find what I wanted on the old one. But the new one is really good and getting better. Really like all your new features and layout.
     
  2. Lloyd Johnson

    Lloyd Johnson Administrator Staff Member

    Jon,
    I'm glad you're finding the new forum enjoyable. The good news is that we've just scratched the surface as to what it is intended to become. I've got lots of plans to bring more traffic to the site. Now that it is stable, I'll be sending a newsletter to a very large list of users and subscribers. I intend to have challenges, a 'Turning of the Month', polls and other things I'll discuss later.

    Please let me know if you have any suggestions or things that you'd like to see differently.
    Lloyd
     
  3. stuart johnson

    stuart johnson Super Moderator Staff Member

    Lloyd,
    Is there a way to start and stop the home page photos from scrolling or a way to view them stand alone? I would like to study them closer.

    Stuart
     
  4. Lloyd Johnson

    Lloyd Johnson Administrator Staff Member

    Here you go, Stuart...
     

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  5. stuart johnson

    stuart johnson Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks Lloyd, that is what I wanted.
    Stuart
     
  6. Medrod

    Medrod PRO Member

    I've taken a lot of time off since last winter doing other things. This is the first time I've been here since last spring. The site has a cleaner, crisper look and feel to it. I'm looking forward to getting more comfortable with it.
     
  7. Lloyd Johnson

    Lloyd Johnson Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks. And what I really like about it is that there hasn't been one security issue since I brought it online. The last one had attacks every week. I'm really looking forward to doing a lot more with it. As you may have read, I'll be releasing a completely new piece of software in a couple months and hope to have a tie-in from it to the forum/gallery.

    I'll be making a post in a week or so that will give you an idea of what to expect. Here is what I can tell you - my 5-4-3 pledge: 5 seconds, 4 mouse clicks = 3 bowls. In this new approach, the computer will do all the mundane things for you. You will still have almost unlimited ability to make changes but you'll be amazed at how easy it will be. No more switching between programs or even between screens. With single keystrokes you can change almost anything about the bowls.

    My target is to allow you to create 95% of the segmented bowls that are made every day but not 96% - ever. To go above 95%, the software has to become more complex and the user interface needs to be come more difficult and although I am capable of doing all those things, the purpose of the software is to make it usable by anyone the very first time you sit down to use it. So above 95%, new features makes the software worse, not better.

    In my 25 years of designing software, I've never been as excited about a software title as I am about this one. It's all 3D, database driven and as soon as I'm done with this initial PC version, I'll start working on a similar native Mac version. I also intend to have mobile device support - not for generating plans but rather to let you view the details you made on your desktop computer (cutting summary, ring views, etc) on your iPad or Droid so that you don't have to print out reams of paper.

    I'm not prepared yet to talk about pricing, but to any prospective customer that reads this, it will be given free to anyone purchasing the current Woodturner's Suite after July 1st of this year. There will also be introductory pricing for the early adopters. My goal, as always, is to keep the pricing at a place where everyone will be happy with their purchase.

    Lloyd
     
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