July 24, 2013 Website Updates and General Message


Posting rules: It shouldn't need saying, but... play nice. Please keep your discussions civil. You can disagree, just don't be disagreeable. And, of course, all of the usual stuff like no spamming. Tex adds: I'll be rigorously enforcing this as we go along. We're probably going to be a small community in a little lifeboat, so we can't have members at each others' throats. This is for the sake of the project as a whole. So when you post, pretend you're speaking in person with your very wealthy auntie who has always treated you wonderfully and currently lists you prominently in her will. I won't be tossing anyone out of the forums because we are all in this together (except spammers: immediate membership cancelation), but I'll delete suspect posts right away.


As of now we can safely say we have crested 3,000 members, even taking account of those registrants who have not completed the signup process. Pretty amazing to Doug and me.  Please finish your signup process!  If you do not get your confirmation email more or less right away (which contains a link which you must follow back to the site to complete your registration), then please contact us, tex@lightzoneproject.org.  Be sure to check your spam folder, btw.  We are getting much more rigorous about weeding out uncompleted signups. (More)

Also, we have made some backend changes to the website to better enable us to communicate with you via email.  Don't worry, we are not going to start emailing you like mad.  We are far too busy for that.  Right now this is just something we have done to better automate how we can sort and select members, and then export a list so that a mailing program can be used.  After some necessary weeding of the above mentioned people, my next task will be to reach out to members we haven't heard from in a long while, and who may not know about everything that has happened in the last several months. We may also begin a newsletter to run quarterly, just to make sure people are up to date with important changes here, like new raw profiles, versions, etc.

Finally, we've been tinkering with the gallery functions, including media galleries.  There are still some issues here, unfortunately, like being able to title things---Drupal is very powerful but strangely opaque at times---so we beg your forbearance.  Do please visit the Program Screenshots gallery page (link on the menu bar) and take a look at some new screenshots we have there, more to come.  Soon I'll have several videos and slideshows available as well.

Jim Kofron
Tex,

Tex,

You guys have been doing an awesome job! Thanks for keeping this product alive!!

Jim

tex
Jim, it's our pleasure.  Kind

Jim, it's our pleasure.  Kind of a hassle at times, it's true, but we're all a bit amazed at what's happened.  I can finally say that I'm working nearly as hard as Doug, but we all need to remember that it was mostly Doug who kept our lifeboat going for the first year.  And we have been so lucky to get the help we've gotten from the Dev Team, whom I will be highlighting soon in our "About" section.  Soon we'll have at least adequate support documentation---what I am working on now, and Doug too, it appears, with his excellent piece on "Contrast", which goes a long way to making the blend modes more understandable.

Jim Kofron
Speaking of documentation

I use a product (ScreenStepsLive) that is excellent for building visual-based help and explanations, and then deploying these out via the web. I could talk to the owners (its a small company) to see if they'd be willing to either give the Lightzone team space, or provide a nice discount...

Let me know if you're interested.

Jim

tex
Thanks, Jim.  I'm using Debut

Thanks, Jim.  I'm using Debut and others in that suite, for my video making (very reasonable software with great features for the money)and slideshows, and Greenshot for my still screenshots.  But I'll check them out and let you know.  Continuing to make some videos today.

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