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Just a quick note...

By Julio Franco ยท 18 replies
Mar 26, 2004
  1. If you are using either a low screen resolution or something above 1024x768, then you probably can notice something different about our design layout. I recently came back from a trip to the US and took a brand new Sony LCD monitor with me, which got my default screen resolution up to 1280x1024...

    Right before the site was set to stretch according to user's screen resolution, which is good in a way but going up to 1280s and 1600s, the site doesn't look quite as good so I thought I may try setting a fixed width to 1024x768 which should also be enough for the rest of readers. A lot of sites do this kind of thing with the difference that most optimize width for 800x600 users but in our case, with most readers being PC Enthusiasts, we are confident that setting it higher won't hurt much if at all.
    In any case, the change has its pros and cons and I would like to hear your opinion whether you prefer one setting or the other, then decide which way to go.

    On another subject, we recently posted a new poll asking about your favourite Instant Messaging client... I go with Trillian, what about you? (see at the right side of your screen for options).

    Here are last poll's results:
    Your PC speakers setup

    5.1 system
    35% - 175 votes

    2.1 system
    22% - 109 votes

    4.1 system
    21% - 105 votes

    2 Speakers system
    14% - 73 votes

    6+ channels system
    6% - 31 votes

    No Speakers
    3% - 13 votes

    Total votes: 506
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    I like it. I run at 1280x960 and it looks fine. Looks W I D E S C R E E N.
  3. Edgeman

    Edgeman TS Rookie

    I use Miranda myself ( http://miranda-im.org ). Open source, lots of plugins, multiple networks (on ICQ/AIM/Yahoo/MSN/IRC at the moment with it).

    EDIT: oh, and I don't really notice a difference on the page but that's probably because I use 1152x864 which is not much more than 1024x768.
  4. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,946   +200

    I also use Miranda IM, it is the best IM program there is... amazing; ICQ is at over 10mb while Miranda is at 1mb :D

    And Miranda can take so many more networks with only plugin dll's
  5. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +131

    Eh, its alright, I prefered the "stretch" cause I could see more per screen.

    I run 1600 x 1200 res.
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I use 1600x1200 too, and funnily enough, I haven't noticed any difference, but that's probably because I don't use browsers fullscreen.

    I've used ICQ since Arris talked me into it, never tested others :)
  7. erickdj

    erickdj TS Rookie Posts: 69

    I run my screen at 1280x1024, the site looks better to me with the page fixed at 1024x768.
  8. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    I prefer stretched - but that's just a personal pref since I mostly run 1600x1200.
  9. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    I much perfer stretch.

    I run 1280x1024...

    what were the pros? because I dont see why you did this.

    You had a pole on resolution, and it was about 50% @ 1024x768 and 50% @ 1280x1024 I believe.. so its not like majority of your audience are all using 1024x768.
  10. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    Not exactly 50/50 agissi
    1280x1024 (+/-)
    39% - 287 votes

    39% - 283 votes

    9% - 67 votes

    8% - 60 votes

    3% - 23 votes

    1% - 7 votes

    Total votes: 727

    I also run 1280x1024 and the site looks fine, I don't really notice any difference
  11. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Ah ok, 40/40. I knew I wasnt exactly correct, but I knew those were the top2 resolutions and they both were about the same in audience #
  12. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,946   +200

    Hmm, yes, I run @ 1152x864 and I must say I prefer the "stretched" TS...

    This is just personal preference though...
  13. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    1280x1024 here and in the abscence of a "widescreen" TV, this will work nicely. ;)
  14. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Well it only changes on the frontpage, guides, etc. It doesn't change on the forums themselves so it hasn't really affected me & I don't run my browser maximised anyways.;)
  15. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Still... what are the pros if it affects so many of us conly.
  16. filthy_mcnasty

    filthy_mcnasty TS Rookie Posts: 78

    gotta agree that i liked it better stretched. it doesn't look bad i guess it's probably more that i got used to it stretched but that's my 2 cents.
  17. Edgeman

    Edgeman TS Rookie

    Just noticed that the old 3dspotlight.com URL stopped working today. Guess it's finally time to update those bookmarks ;)
  18. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    Looks awesome!
  19. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 7,421   +809

    Feedback indicates people likes the site streched better so we are rolling back to that... at least until the PHP-based site is done when we should be able to make tables/columns work 'smartly'.

    As for the 3dspotlight.com domain, I just renewed services, hopefully should be back up in the next 2 days.
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