What Happened?

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What’s this?

Nope, it’s not your browser, HTML debugging proxy or broken CSS style sheet. You are still visiting the AMIS technology weblog. Don’t be afraid: AMIS has just updated it with some new features and a new theme. And well, there are some differences for you to marvel at.

You might wonder, What’s new?

Well, first off we implemented the Mystique theme into our weblog. It implements a lot of the features we wanted in the first place without too much of a hassle. Do check the the nice AJAX driven components. Also check the developer’s website of this beauty using the URL in the footer.

Next to that we implemented an AMIS Tweet: a nice way for you guys to follow our developers in their day-to-day business. It’s a custom-styled Tweet-Tracker plugin for WordPress that allows us to use a Twitter search string over multiple accounts instead of only one.

One of the most important changes is the one where we allow you guys to register on our blog and interact with us through that account. Naturally your comments don’t need to be reviewed and will be displayed immediately, which should reduce the interaction time drastically. You are also allowed to upload your own avatar and add all kinds of information that you want to share with the world with your comments. It’s also a nice way of tracking all of your own comments and activity on our blog.

More features should be made available for our registered fans in the future, but we tend to keep content available to everyone as much as possible.

Sharing Your Code!

One of the most important new features in this version is that “you” are allowed to post code in the comments. It’s still a bit tricky (WordPress has a powerful output filter) but you should be able to use the [ code ] tags to post your own code. Do keep in mind that all <> tags are made safe using HTML entities. Please read our Howto for some examples.

No more Spoilers

Well, there is still a lot more. But we just don’t want to spoil it all. Have fun reading our posts and happy blogging.

SUGGESTIONS!

We do “love” suggestions on how to improve our blog. If you know how? Please enlighten us!
Contacting us by using the interact with us button should do the trick!

Regards,
Blog Administrator

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7 Comments

  1. Hi Marcus,

    First thanks for your comment and detailed description!

    To solve this problem I wrote a word counter..
    [code language="php" htmlscript="true"]
    /* Function by AMIS to limit words */
     function AMIS_Wordlimit($text,$limit="10"){
            $exp = explode(' ',$text);
            if(count($exp) <= $limit){
                    if(count($exp) == "1" && empty($exp[0])){
                            return "No bio was found for this author yet...";
                    }else{
                            return $text;
                    }
            }else{
                    for($i=0;$i<$limit;$i++){
                            $string .= $exp[$i].' ';
                    }
                    return $string.'...';
            }
     }
    [/code]

    This should limit the words displayed in the bio, and should stop it from being messed up in low res.

    Regards,
    Chris.

  2. The new layout is broken when viewed with Firefox 3.5.  The area “About the author” is hidden partially on the right side when not viewed with full screen width, e.g. with a bookmark sidebar opened or not maximized window. It overflows into the area beyond when it contains to much text and it flows over the text “more by <author>”
     
    Regards
    Marcus

  3. Updated the single.php with a custom author spotlight. The WordPress plugins dont seem to work correctly before the article loop.

    Added this code for our Author spotlight
    [code language="php" htmlscript="true"]
      <div class="AMIS_Authors">
    <div class="AMIS_title">About the author : <a class="websnapr" href="<?php the_author_meta('user_url');?>"><?php the_author_meta('display_name') ?></a></div>
    <div class="AMIS_main">
    <div class="left">
    <div class="image"><?php userphoto_the_author_photo() ?></div>
    </div>
    <div class="right block title" valign="top">
    <div class="bio"><?php the_author_meta('description') ?></div>
    <div class="links">More by <?php the_author_posts_link(); ?></div>
    </div>
    </div>
    </div>
    [/code]

    And for the time being the following CSS.
    [code language="CSS"]
    .AMIS_Authors {
    position : relative;
    border : 1px solid #AAA;
    background-color : #EEE;
    }

    .AMIS_main {
    width : 100%;
    height : 134px;
    position : relative;
    }

    .AMIS_main .left{
    padding : 2px 2px 2px 2px;
    border-right : 1px solid #AAA;
    left:0px;
    top:0px;
    width : 130px;
    height : 130px;
    position : absolute;
    z-index : 1;
    }

    .AMIS_main .right{
    left : 135px;
    top : 0px;
    width : 85%;
    position : absolute;
    z-index : 2;
    }

    .AMIS_main .right .bio{
    height : 70px;
    max-height:80px;
    font-size : 14px;
    padding : 10px 0px 10px 10px;
    }

    .AMIS_main .right .links{
    padding : 10px 0px 10px 10px;
    }

    .AMIS_title{
    padding : 2px 0px 2px 5px;
    font-weight : bold;
    color : #FFF;
    font-size : 17px;
    background-color : #D11;
    width : 100%;
    }

    .AMIS_title a:link{
    color : #FFF;
    text-decoration:none;
    }
    .AMIS_title a:visited{
    color : #FFF;
    text-decoration:none;
    }
    .AMIS_title a:hover{
    color : #FFF;
    text-decoration:none;
    }
    [/code]
    Hope you guys like it :)

  4. A recovery was performed to restore all the related tags. Somewhere in the update process we have lost them.

    Everything should be working now :)

  5. Would it be nice to allow the community of blog visitors to help tag (apply tags to) articles? That way we will all be able to find articles more quickly!