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Simtropolis is my favourite online community and I made multiple donations to support it.
Before I make my next donation, I would like to know how much money (in absolute numbers) is required and how it is used (server, licenses, expense allowances). Can you publish this information?
Also, what happens when the monthly goal is not reached?
By Cyclone Boom
With a completely new forum software, it's time for a brand new bugs thread...
When reporting issues, it always helps to be as descriptive as possible, such as by including the following info:
A summary of the issue. Screenshots / videos to highlight what's wrong (with annotations if applicable).
Images are best uploaded to an online image host, and the direct link pasted into the editor.
Your system info (e.g. browser version / operating system, device type). When the issue started, or how often it can be reproduced. Any error messages shown?
This can help us to reproduce the problems, and then work on finding solutions.
Thanks all for your help!
Known bugs and issues can be found below in the following post. We'll work and aim to get these fixed ASAP.
By Cyclone Boom
Site Upgrade Announcement
I'm pleased to announce @Dirktator has confirmed that today, Simtropolis is scheduled to receive a significant site upgrade. In the process we'll be incrementing the site's version to ST9.0. The latest major update to the IPS Suite will be applied to bring a whole host of new and exciting features.
Reactions This will give more flexibility to describe why you like a content item.
It'll allow Reactions to be tailored to best suit our community, such as with custom sets & icons.
Recommended Replies A way for helpful, informative or useful replies to be highlighted inside a thread.
Will be a way of drawing attention to popular posts, including those providing answers to the OP's question.
Content Messages Allow announcements or important info to be seen within a content item.
Uses may include thread guidelines, reminders to follow, or even useful info for reference (e.g. links or images).
Promoting Content A range of possibilities to improve the accessibility of content. STEX files, CJs, forum posts, the whole lot.
Social media options can be explored, such as to connect with the site's Twitter as a content stream.
Fluid Forum View Optionally view the forum via a topic list or grid mode instead of traditional categories.
This is configurable for all users via a toggle, so it's possible to easily switch between the views.
Editor Uploading Improvements Simplified ability to attach images and files to a post.
Now possible to drag & drop into specific locations, without needing to insert manually.
Gallery Improvements A range of enhancements for uploading Gallery images.
Usability improvements also introduced for albums, and also the navigation with the image lightbox display.
City Journals Sidebar CJ authors can optionally add a sidebar with information about their entries.
This uses the post editor, so text or other media can be added. HTML access available on request.
Letter Profile Photos The default avatar replaced with a random coloured background, featuring the 1st character of a username.
This will only affect users who haven't changed their avatar from the anonymous grey silhouette.
There's also the Clubs feature, which will restore a similar functionality to the old Groups. The advantage here is it's integrated and built into the core software, whereas previously it was a 3rd party plugin that was made incompatible. We won't be rolling out the Clubs immediately, but we have some ideas on how they can be used more effectively this time around, since they'll allow more options.
Plus a visual overhaul and an assortment of other minor changes.
Along with a few other surprises in store coming soon, so watch out for those too...
Since this is a larger update than usual, the site may be unavailable for a slightly longer period. It's scheduled anytime from 12pm noon EDT / 4pm UTC onwards (view clock), and we anticipate this will be no more than 1 hour.
Should the downtime be prolonged, please check our Twitter feed for progress updates.
Bugs & Stability
The new version has been released in a client beta for several weeks, meaning stability has been tried & tested. However as is common with any new software product, there's a chance for undetected bugs to crop up when applied in unique environments. Please bear with us if there are any instabilities to start with, and report them below or in the bugs thread.
We'd love to hear ways the site and the above features can be improved or best implemented. If you've any ideas feel free to share them below. We'll also be opening threads specifically to gain feedback on specific aspects within the next several weeks.
Thanks everyone, and we hope you enjoy the new site!
By BC Canuck
I've been busy the last few days and only started looking through the 3 discs yesterday. I downloaded them on Monday (quite easy to do with the WinCDEmu software and now I understand how this works - couldn't be simpler). I just need to back-up the discs on a new flash drive (currently on my external hard drive - just in case - stuff happens...)
I am quite pleased with the contents. A bunch of these creators I have never heard of but have some interesting content. Tried and true favourites are here: FrankU, Mattb, Jasoncw, JBSimio and so on. But it is so "well organised" I love it. No more trolling through the STEX trying to remember who created something or depending on our own private search engine otherwise known as @Yarahi
That doesn't mean I won't be downloading some of the new stuff - great content still coming out!!
Thanks to @Dirktator for putting them together.
By BC Canuck
I'm not sure where to place this topic so I decided to start here with technical issues. I want to buy the 3 disc set from Simtropolis (I'm tired of searching forever for custom content on the STEX - I like organised/categorised searching so I can more easily pick and choose).
As I use Windows 7, I discovered I will need the WinCDEmu cd/dvd/emulator if I want to download digitally rather than wait the 3-4 weeks delivery within Canada.
I have never used this type of imaging software so I don't understand how it works exactly. Where does the information reside exactly? Is it on my computer once I set up the extra drive ie: V drive or elsewhere. ?? Can someone explain this to me please? Sorry about the dumb question, but I am more of the "concrete" mindset and age - the cloud still sounds rather airy/fairy to me I presume I can place this on my external hard drive which is 1 terabyte?
Just so I know, how big (gigs) are the 3 disc contents anyway. Maybe one of the staff can tell me.
Thank you for any enlightenment on this.
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