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issueid=691 01-24-2011 07:18 AM
Orbinaut
Night Vision skin for Orbiter-Forum
Red text on Dark Nights skin

For those nights when you're outdoors stargazing, running Orbiter, and then decide to check in on the forum from your dual boot mobile astronomical computing platform (cheap laptop I picked up on ebay). Just create a duplicate Dark Nights skin and change ALL of the text red? Maybe name it Stargazer (NCC-2893). I'm going to see if there is a Stargazer for Orbiter right now.
Issue Details
Issue Type Feature
Project Site Support
Status Rejected
Priority 10 - Lowest
Suggested Version Unknown
Implemented Version (none)
Votes for this feature 1
Votes against this feature 2
Assigned Users (none)
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01-24-2011 07:46 AM
Clueless developer
 
This is definitely NOT a Night Vision skin! A true NV skin would be done in black letters on black background, with temperature difference of 0.1K forcing you to keep a fresh LN2 bottle handy {g}
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01-24-2011 09:56 AM
Webmaster
 
There are a whole heap of small graphical elements on the Dark Nights skin that would need to be changed to red(ish) too. Maybe there is an existing vB skin out there on the interwebs somewhere that could be adapted easier. Having said that, we are currently maintaining 11 skins (including seasonal ones) and I'm not presently in favour of adding more skins unless there is a strong demand for it.

Perhaps stick some red cellophane over your monitor?

EDIT: This one's not bad: http://www.sultantheme.com/forum/?styleid=145
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01-24-2011 06:37 PM
Tex Tex is offline
Webmaster
 
Red cellophane over your monitor while using a bright skin (like the default) is your friend. I tend to agree with Tim here, we are maintaining a lot of skins and adding another one at this time is not really something we'd like to do. If anything, I'd rather go the other direction narrowing the skin list down some, but that isn't going to happen any time soon.

That is a nice looking skin for night vision there Tim. Is that a free download somewhere?
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01-24-2011 09:55 PM
Webmaster
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tex
 That is a nice looking skin for night vision there Tim. Is that a free download somewhere?
Payware (but only $1.99 ): http://www.sultantheme.com/vbulletin...detail-6-1.htm
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01-24-2011 09:56 PM
Orbinaut
 
tblaxland, I used all of my red cellophane simulating a red light district experience in Amsterdam by covering my girlfriend with it last week since I'm probably never going there either thanks to the economy. The link points to exactly what I'm talking about. If I want to customise a terminal it takes a couple of mouse clicks. And what's to maintain about a skin except to change it? If its so difficult for you guys right now why can't you delegate "skin maintenance" to someone who would be happy to contribute.
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01-24-2011 10:07 PM
Webmaster
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jimblah
 tblaxland, I used all of my red cellophane simulating a red light district experience in Amsterdam by covering my girlfriend with it last week since I'm probably never going there either thanks to the economy.
Uh-ha, TMI

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Originally Posted by jimblah
 And what's to maintain about a skin except to change it?
Our skins are highly customised to suit Orbiter-Forum needs. When a new skin is introduced, there is a significant amount of work to add those customisations into it. Also, when we make a change to a forum template, that change needs to be propagated to all the skins. It all needs to be done manually and it is all time consuming.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jimblah
 If its so difficult for you guys right now why can't you delegate "skin maintenance" to someone who would be happy to contribute.
Thank you for your offer of assistance - it is appreciated. Unfortunately, the skins can only be maintained by administrators and we aren't in need of any more of those right now.

We'll keep your feedback in mind should we come to retire one of our other skins in the future
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01-24-2011 11:30 PM
Orbinaut
 
Thanks, I thought you were making fun of my idea with the red cellophane remark but given the circumstances it actually makes practical good sense from a field astronomy standpoint. I'll refrain from making replies like that in the future.
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01-25-2011 12:10 AM
Tex Tex is offline
Webmaster
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jimblah
 Thanks, I thought you were making fun of my idea with the red cellophane remark {...}
Our apologies if that is how you read our posts. It was meant as a genuine suggestion. The idea has been around and shared in the astronomy community for a long time now. Perhaps eventually we can introduce some sort of night vision skin. We are not opposed to the idea of a night vision skin, but adding another skin at this particular point in time is not something we had in mind.
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01-25-2011 07:47 AM
The Seeker
 
Given that it does not disrupt your use of other programs, I found it most helpful to maintain a color profile for the monitor that severely limits it. However, most displays can not dim sufficiently for stargazing anyway. That is one of the reasons, why using foils is quite popular.
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01-25-2011 11:59 AM
orb orb is offline
O-F Administrator
Ninja
 
You can use Stylish extension for browser (available for Firefox and Chrome) to change the appearance of Orbiter-Forum on the client side. There may already be styles created that change the appearance to what you described, which could be used with vBulletin, and you'd only need to change them to work just with orbiter-forum.com domain instead of some other (or all).
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