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Jan 01, 2017 08:23 |  #1

Has this topic been discussed on this forum? I have done a search but cannot find it. Photographers tend to accept what they are presented with both on websites or photo forums - but when presented with coloured shots on a charcoal background they often prefer it. (There is a discussion on this topic here: http://www.cambridgein​colour.com/forums/thre​ad30516.htm (external link) )

Now think about photo editors, can you name one that has a white background? Most have a grey or dark grey background and I feel there must be a reason for this. I like the design of POTN but I do wish there was a dark skin available. I have tried to create a stylesheet for the Stylish add-on for Firefox (https://addons.mozilla​.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/styli​sh/ (external link)). I had some success but found that there were some POTN features that I could not change. The next best, IMO, is the Owl add-on for Firefox; this inverts all colours on a web page but does not change the images.

Has anyone got any thought on this?


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Jan 01, 2017 08:39 |  #2

I would not regularly visit a site that had a dark background and white type.

Plus when you click they eyeglasses near a photo it opens with a dark background.


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Jan 01, 2017 12:17 |  #3

It was discussed ad nauseam with the launch of AMASS. Colors were adjusted and as stated when you click on the eye glasses the picture is presented on a gray background. It's also been noted this is Potn not Fred's site.


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Jan 01, 2017 12:23 |  #4

I have no complaints about POTN the way it is.


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Jan 01, 2017 13:14 |  #5

Thanks to all for your replies.

I was not contemplating an unalterable dark background (such as Fred Miranda's and Digital Grin) but a choice of style as offered on the Photography Forum and Large Format forums.


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Jan 01, 2017 19:58 |  #6

Or why not an 18% background against which posted photos are displayed?!


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Jan 02, 2017 15:20 |  #7

Stiga wrote in post #18229628 (external link)
Has this topic been discussed on this forum? I have done a search but cannot find it. Photographers tend to accept what they are presented with both on websites or photo forums - but when presented with coloured shots on a charcoal background they often prefer it. (There is a discussion on this topic here: http://www.cambridgein​colour.com/forums/thre​ad30516.htm (external link) )

Now think about photo editors, can you name one that has a white background? Most have a grey or dark grey background and I feel there must be a reason for this. I like the design of POTN but I do wish there was a dark skin available. I have tried to create a stylesheet for the Stylish add-on for Firefox (https://addons.mozilla​.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/styli​sh/ (external link)). I had some success but found that there were some POTN features that I could not change. The next best, IMO, is the Owl add-on for Firefox; this inverts all colours on a web page but does not change the images.

Has anyone got any thought on this?

You can click that eyeglasses icon to view that photo in darker background (will be even darker in next version).

Post backgrounds can not be made dark, as readability will suffer and my view is that post background must be neutral, what ever the surrounding theme is, so that you can rely that your post will show as you see it.

But there will be changes in the next version.

Yo will have a choice of
THEME: Paper White | Darker

Darker mode is in my opinion better looking and easier to eyes, but the "paper white" will be kept as a choice for those who like that. To make things even easier to eyes with large screens, you can adjust margins with great precision for different page groups. I'll put one screenshot of dark mode with custom margin for thread pages here:


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"Best of" in dark mode with normal margins:


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The new design is internally very different, also much more CSS (+media query) based, so it may be easier to adjust things, but I can not guarantee this completely. Some CSS items must be loaded inline in html source, still.

I'll post a full changelog as release gets near, should be quite soon.

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Jan 20, 2017 13:12 |  #8

Pekka wrote in post #18230965 (external link)
You can click that eyeglasses icon to view that photo in darker background (will be even darker in next version).

Post backgrounds can not be made dark, as readability will suffer and my view is that post background must be neutral, what ever the surrounding theme is, so that you can rely that your post will show as you see it.

But there will be changes in the next version.

Yo will have a choice of
THEME: Paper White | Darker

Darker mode is in my opinion better looking and easier to eyes, but the "paper white" will be kept as a choice for those who like that. To make things even easier to eyes with large screens, you can adjust margins with great precision for different page groups. I'll put one screenshot of dark mode with custom margin for thread pages here:

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"Best of" in dark mode with normal margins:

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The new design is internally very different, also much more CSS (+media query) based, so it may be easier to adjust things, but I can not guarantee this completely. Some CSS items must be loaded inline in html source, still.

I'll post a full changelog as release gets near, should be quite soon.

Many thanks for your reply and apologies for my slow response. For sure I look forward to updates as work progresses. Your images oif the next upgrade look promising.


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