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#1 Sep 29 2010 at 2:56 PM Rating: Excellent
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With Final Fantasy XIV's standard edition set to be unleashed, ZAM is pleased to announce a Final Fantasy XIV site re-design that should make searching our expansive database and wiki easier than ever! With a cleaner, fresher front page, you'll find it easier to browse through our coverage of the game.

A guided tour of our new features and functionality can be found here: http://ffxiv.zam.com/story.html?story=23463

We hope you'll look around and enjoy this new look, and if you have any compliments, comments, or feedback, please let us know!

Edited, Sep 29th 2010 11:03am by Pikko
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Lol, that change totally tripped me out for a second. . . Looks good.

Edit: Second look the red text is kinda bright on the white.

Edited, Sep 29th 2010 5:00pm by chomama
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#3 Sep 29 2010 at 2:58 PM Rating: Decent
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I threw up a little bit at work... This will take some getting used to...
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I clicked the refresh button and thought I had a stroke or something. Looks good.
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LESS CAPS, I feel like I am being yelled at and bring back the dark skin!

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It looks good, but it's too bright. Can we have an option for a darker skin that doesn't make the eyes bleed?
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#7 Sep 29 2010 at 2:59 PM Rating: Excellent
I'm not sure what this thread actually says, because I am blinded by the stark whiteness of it all... did I die?
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#8 Sep 29 2010 at 3:00 PM Rating: Good
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Looks cool if you ask me!
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Oh good I thought I was having a mental breakdown or something and my perception of color had gone temporarily byebye.

I kinda like it, it'll take some getting used to
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#10 Sep 29 2010 at 3:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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LOL I find it hilarious how I thought the exact same thing as previous posters when I hit F5. I was like "WHAT. Is this."

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#11 Sep 29 2010 at 3:03 PM Rating: Excellent
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Ohhh...bright...blind...can't see. Nice update but kinda glaring.
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#12 Sep 29 2010 at 3:03 PM Rating: Good
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I think it's fine. I don't visit the main page much though.

I have the forums bookmarked directly.
#13 Sep 29 2010 at 3:05 PM Rating: Good
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F'ugly!
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I like the better formatting.
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May I suggest a darker red? Like a crimson or maroon.
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Dark skin option will be back, not to worry!
#17 Sep 29 2010 at 3:14 PM Rating: Decent
The Red Text isnt doing it for me, but I've been using the light skin for a while anyways so that dosen't bother me.

Still, it's somewhat helarious hearing the "Ahhh, the light!" commends, like mom's basement vampire being exposed to daylight.
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So white blindness aside, which will go away with a dark option later, what do you guys think? I updated the OP with a link to the before/after comparison.
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The new lay out is much easier to navigate, kudos.

Now just give me back the blue skin. =)
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#20 Sep 29 2010 at 3:44 PM Rating: Excellent
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I also think it's much easier to navigate--I sometimes would hover over another tab by accident in the previous laytout (since they went sideways and not downwards), and end up with a different set of links that I don't want...
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Looks a bit more clean. I'll take the old one back though, so I can have the dark skin. :P
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av1JPq0Qmy4

All joking aside, for functionality I think it is an improvement. Aesthetically I liked it better before, but you said that will change, so - Seems good!
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Functionality seems to be an improvement so far. The Red is pretty loud tho. Maybe I'll get used to it ^^ I'm used to the white background and the red may look better on dark I dunno I'll have to see it that way. Thanks for the work!
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Like the new ingredient icons in the recipe database.
#25 Sep 29 2010 at 4:16 PM Rating: Good
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Nice page design. Was more red than I was expecting when I logged in today! And I miss the darker background I (had just discovered only 2 weeks ago) had been using. But layout is nice!
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Still not willing to support widescreen monitors?
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#27 Sep 29 2010 at 4:23 PM Rating: Good
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I, too, went searching for my account settings to switch to the darker blue background.
It looks good tho, clean with a better looking font.
I'll tell you more good things after I find my sunglasses.
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#28 Sep 29 2010 at 4:26 PM Rating: Excellent
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Alright! No more excuse for not using the public search function!

Red text, not so much. Red is for STOP and DANGER and ALERT! Blue is for easy going, calm and serene.

Format is great! Very easy to navigate now.
#29 Sep 29 2010 at 4:31 PM Rating: Good
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Looks a bit cleaner. It'll take a little getting used too, but I think I'll like it. Looking forward to the dark skin. Smiley: smile
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strange to see the new members and Guru members name with similar color.
Red is ok, but still prefer dark color
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#31 Sep 29 2010 at 4:50 PM Rating: Good
I think the new menu drop downs will make navigation much easier, great job! Like others, I'm not a huge fan of the red, but as long as we have the option to change that later, I'm perfectly fine with the change.
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looking forward to the darker scheme, white burns my eyes >.>
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The layout is better. Just say no to red text.
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Everything seems so... Big. I'm not much of a fan of the new look, to be honest... But eh. Guess I'll get used to it.
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#35 Sep 29 2010 at 5:03 PM Rating: Good
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For those being blinded:

Temporary solution


Personally I thought the original layout seemed a little bit smoother, but meh it's okay I suppose, would like to see the dark theme before I give any real feedback.
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Can I make a suggestion? Tough, cuz I'm gonna.

When looking at the recipes, it is nice there is a pop up for the ingredients, but can we get one for the item as well?

Also, is there a way, and if not, can there be a way to sort gear by who is favors? So if I am looking for pug gear, I can hit a button and it will pull up all pug gear.

Edit: as of now, when I hit pug in the filters for armor, it does nothing.

Edited, Sep 29th 2010 7:07pm by Castrophany
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Thought something was wrong with my comp when i refreshed the page. not really fond of the font sadly
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Thought something was wrong with my comp when i refreshed the page. not really fond of the font sadly

Same here. Not too crazy about the all-caps and the new font for the menus...looks like it's typewritten.

Other than that, I'm fine with the red text as long as a dark background is in the works. The new drop down menus also looks clean and is easy to use. Can't really test extensively since I'm still at work...lol
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For what it's worth, I'm okay with the all caps actually.
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the red text is hard to focus on.
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Castrophany wrote:
Can I make a suggestion? Tough, cuz I'm gonna.

When looking at the recipes, it is nice there is a pop up for the ingredients, but can we get one for the item as well?

Also, is there a way, and if not, can there be a way to sort gear by who is favors? So if I am looking for pug gear, I can hit a button and it will pull up all pug gear.

Edit: as of now, when I hit pug in the filters for armor, it does nothing.

Edited, Sep 29th 2010 7:07pm by Castrophany


I don't think we can fix that, as the tooltips works with links to the item and the recipe list is a link to the recipe page instead. I'll see if we can think of a solution though.

The favors thing is still pending, I will ask for an update.
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I don't think we can fix that, as the tooltips works with links to the item and the recipe list is a link to the recipe page instead. I'll see if we can think of a solution though.

The favors thing is still pending, I will ask for an update


Brilliant.

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#44 Sep 29 2010 at 6:59 PM Rating: Decent
Different definitely, but the burnt orange (more like an orange red, doesn't really look red to me at least.) is an awful choice. But the feature to check FFXIV's server status up at the top is a nice addition. Maybe it'll lower the odds of someone posting just to ask if their server is down. By the way Pikko, how often is the server status page updated? Sorry if it was already asked, I just got home and posted soon as I saw the changes.

EDIT: Oops, meant FFXIV's server status. XD And it amazes me how often I find myself forgetting a word somewhere. My proofreads have been getting sloppy.


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#45 Sep 29 2010 at 7:19 PM Rating: Decent
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I like the new look, all in all.
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Pikko wrote:
So white blindness aside, which will go away with a dark option later, what do you guys think? I updated the OP with a link to the before/after comparison.

I'd like to give a more serious response, but after 90~ seconds I started getting a headache so I'm going to stay away until the dark option is implemented.
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#47 Sep 29 2010 at 7:20 PM Rating: Good
I love everything except the red.
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The site is easier to navigate now but WHY the white theme? It hurts my eyes.
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#49 Sep 29 2010 at 8:37 PM Rating: Good
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Great goodness!!

The menus are actually navigable!!!!

Amazing!!!

(although more than 2 levels deep it gets a little tricky trying to keep that mouse straight still)
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I like the new look, looks real good.
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The red freaked me out for a second. Thought my video card was freaking out. Looks good though.
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