Improved Download Section

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Improved Download Section

Post by PeterJ » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:52 pm

The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed some changes we made earlier today to the 'download section' on the game pages.

@4thRock has worked wonders on the new design which gives a more tabular style as can be seen in the example image below:

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The new section includes an icon indicating the file type (disk or tape) as well as release year, publisher and language. The icons are provided by Flaticon and we have provided a link back to their site as they request.

The additional downloads section has also been improved with improved layouts and icons used to identify file types:

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I'm really pleased with the new layout.
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Re: Improved Download Section

Post by Ast A. Moore » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:33 pm

Looks much better now, for sure.
You’ll want to prioritize TZXs over TAPs, though. Currently, they seem to be sorted alphabetically, but since a TZX is an exact (more or less) replica of the original tape, it should take precedence over other formats.
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Re: Improved Download Section

Post by PeterJ » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:38 pm

Interesting @Ast A. Moore . I have been using my ZX-Uno a lot recently so I'm looking for .tap files first as I don't believe ESXDOS supports tzx format.
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Re: Improved Download Section

Post by redballoon » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:48 pm

Looking good, though sadly I think you chose the one of the worst cassette icons from the available icons at Flaticon. I'd suggest one of the simpler ones and you can even amend the colour of the icon of you were to login then edit.
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Re: Improved Download Section

Post by PeterJ » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:50 pm

@redballoon we looked at hundreds, and all the colour choices! If we want to change it in the future it's just a case of changing the graphic on the server.
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Re: Improved Download Section

Post by Ast A. Moore » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:51 pm

Ha! I purged all TAP files from my collection many moons ago. :D

Most of the TAP versions of original/commercial Spectrum software were obtained by cracking/reverse engineering the original loaders anyway, so, while they’re okay to use in a pinch (especially, like you mention, on a subset of systems that can’t handle TZX), they are essentially the antithesis of software preservation.
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Re: Improved Download Section

Post by redballoon » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:57 pm

PeterJ wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:50 pm
@redballoon we looked at hundreds, and all the colour choices! If we want to change it in the future it's just a case of changing the graphic on the server.
Oh I know - There's far too much choice, isn't there? It's an easy change to implement any chosen icon. Personally, I just think the current one looks out of place. I know, I know, we could be here all year ;)
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Re: Improved Download Section

Post by PeterJ » Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:16 pm

@redballoon and possibly the year after that :-)
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Re: Improved Download Section

Post by hikoki » Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:43 pm

The work, dedication and new changes are very welcome. You are great guys.
I must agree with Redbaloon as for the tape icon which is ......... IMHO. No big deal though, it's a matter of tastes.
To me it's more important that images cannot be enlarged with your fingers on touch devices.
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Re: Improved Download Section

Post by Kweepa » Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:05 pm

At least you could turn the tape icon the right way up!
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