Quick Preview Back From the Dead
First off in our feature round-up, I want to point out — in case you haven’t already noticed — that we have resurrected “Quick Preview” on the DVD and Original Custom Clip pages. We may add the new scrubbing UI to those pages as well, but currently we are not planning to use that as a replacement for the Quick Preview or to do away with the Quick Preview completely. I’m hopeful that this news is making a few people out there happy.
And speaking of the scrubbing UI, with today’s release we have rolled it out to pretty much every scene thumbnail sitewide — with the exception of the aforementioned DVD and Custom Clip pages, and the smaller “recently viewed” thumbnails. Please note, you can still avoid hitting the Flash player page, even after scrubbing a scene’s thumbnail, if you click the scene title link below that thumbnail. You can also right-click on the thumb to open a new tab or window and start the scene there, or right-click the link to open the Original Custom Clip page in a new tab or window.
Clips Continue To Grow Up
The Clips section is still in Beta mode, but it’s starting to come into its own with this release. We have made the 6 most recently-created clips visible on the member home page, we’ve added Clips Quick Links in the “Quick Links” section at the upper right of that page (1 click to your clip collection!), and the Clips page itself can now be sorted by name, date or popularity. Clips can also be filtered by a few different date ranges.
And, yes, the best this feature has to offer is still to come… I can’t wait to get the functionality we are currently working on out to you all, ’cause it’s gonna be cool. BTW, I don’t even know how much great content I’ve discovered since the clip creation feature went live, so please keep up the good work with those! Let’s see whose clips start showing up on the front page!
The final cool thing I want to share is in the clip creation form. On top of all the other Clips goodness, we have added “suggested tags” that appear as you type a tag into the “tags” field. The tags you will be offered are the same ones that appear on the Clips main page at the left, so hopefully it will be quick and easy for you to add clips to a popular category. In case you haven’t used this type of feature on other sites, here’s a quick rundown:
1. Once you’ve opened up the form to add your clip, click in the “tags” field and begin to type.
If the letters you type match tags in the main tags list, those tags will appear in a suggestions list immediately below the field. As you continue to type, tags that do not match automatically disappear from the suggestions list.
2. Use your “down arrow” and “up arrow” keys to move through the list, or run your mouse cursor over it. Once the tag you want is highlighted, hit the “Enter” key or click on the tag and the phrase you began typing is completed. A comma and a space are automatically added, and you can type your next tag or click the “Save” button to save your clip.
3. If none of the suggestions match your desired tag, ignore the suggestions and enter whatever you like.
As always, comments about any or all of the above are welcome and encouraged.