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RichBa5tard
11-09-2006, 08:12 AM
As hwbot's new signature creator will soon be released to public, we'd like to get some feedback.

Automatically updated signatures with stats are usually quite dull, so we're basing our signature engine on templates which can be modified as much as you want.

Things you can change:
text: font, size, style, transparancy, outline, outline color, ...
background: color, transparancy, image (ideal for team logo), image scaling, image stretching, image x,y offset, border
content:
whether or not to display user info/rank/points/top scores/global awards/hardware awards
whether or not to display team info/rank/points/top scores/slogan
orientation: each kind of text/image can be chosen to put in one of the 9 orientations (top,center,bottem : left - middle - right) or at a specific x,y coordination

I think these parameters allows you to create the signature you want. : )

Example signature (default template, accessible for everyone):
http://www.hwbot.org/blog/wp-content/richie.png (http://www.hwbot.org/user.do?userId=1)


Comments? Something you'd change about the default template?

RichBa5tard
11-10-2006, 09:23 AM
Tweaked it a bit more to present awards better:
last attempt of today. This one presents the awards gently imho.

http://www.hwbot.org/blog/wp-content/sav.png
http://www.hwbot.org/blog/wp-content/richie2.png

non transparant version:
http://www.hwbot.org/blog/wp-content/richie_nt.png

Kain XS
11-10-2006, 10:17 AM
Very nice. So, when is it going to be released?
Where is the slogan going to be located?
Can we add more than one image? maybe an avatar and the other for the background?

RichBa5tard
11-10-2006, 10:31 AM
Very nice. So, when is it going to be released?
If all goes well, sunday evening.



Where is the slogan going to be located?
Can we add more than one image? maybe an avatar and the other for the background?

Crap, good point. I forgot about the slogan. :D Currently only one image is supported. I hope that will suffice for the begining.

I_G
11-10-2006, 06:05 PM
Very nice. :toast:

Thank you!

wittekakker
11-11-2006, 12:34 PM
Looking good, nice work!!!

Boble76
11-11-2006, 08:19 PM
GJ RB!! Nice work. :)

S_A_V
11-11-2006, 10:41 PM
Good work!

Something you'd change about the default template?
Color depth option: 8 bit (256 colors) or 24 bit (16M colors).
Current size of 24-bit picture (with default background) is 61Kb, but if I convert it manually to 8-bit - looks the same but 4 times smaller size (15Kb).

http://www.hwbot.org/blog/wp-content/sav.png
Sooner or later all awards cannot will be placed in one line :D

slykid
11-12-2006, 02:50 AM
nice

N3RO
11-12-2006, 04:36 AM
looks nice :)

will be my sign in some forums

jmke
11-13-2006, 01:09 AM
it's out now, go check it out:)

http://www.hwbot.org/signature.img?t=1&uid=21&iehack=.png

RichBa5tard
11-13-2006, 01:12 AM
The signature templating engine is indeed available for production. Click your user profile @hwbot.org to use it. : )

known issues:
- verdana bold font not installed on server, the users nickname/team & points are not in the correct font atm.
- caching not up and running yet. currently it's generated at request, but this will put too much load on the server if it gets popular. It may load slowly untill the caching system is put into place.
- transparancy issues with global trophies (they're a bit larger than the hw trophies)
- signature will not show untill the first member ranking is calculated, which happens every 6h

The last 2 bugs will be fixed at 6PM +1GMT.

Viss
11-13-2006, 01:24 AM
Very nice thanks :toast:

nhenhophach
11-13-2006, 01:53 AM
WOW, very nice, thank you.:toast:

M3kk
11-13-2006, 03:44 AM
Why shows for me 0 hwboints? :D

RichBa5tard
11-13-2006, 03:47 AM
Did you just register / verify your login before trying the signature? I refreshed the member points and now it shows up correctly.

M3kk
11-13-2006, 03:50 AM
10x :)

RichBa5tard
11-13-2006, 03:51 AM
The calculation of the member points happens only once each 6h. If you don't want to wait that long, donate me a decent server. :P

K404
11-13-2006, 02:40 PM
:D thanks!

N3RO
11-13-2006, 02:50 PM
It's only working on XS Forums?

I cant use the sign on techzonept and aquapc forums :(

I_G
11-13-2006, 07:06 PM
Some forums don't allow dynamic signatures. :(

RB, how do I get my WR PCMark04 to show in the lower left corner?

Thanks!

NickS
11-13-2006, 08:08 PM
I fail too much to have one in my sig, but awesome looking :)

RichBa5tard
11-14-2006, 01:33 AM
Some forums don't allow dynamic signatures. :(

RB, how do I get my WR PCMark04 to show in the lower left corner?

Thanks!

The default template chooses your best achievement, based on the number of hwboints you recieved for that score. As scoring 12.5k is in 3Dmark06 (very popular benchapp) is more of an achievement as being first in PCMark04 (rather unpopular benchapp), it has chosen to shown your 3d06 score instead.

The custom templates engine is working already, but I haven't created the GUI to modify the templates yet. You'll have to wait a while if you want custom signatures. :)


@S_A_V: thanks for the tip! It's still 24bit for now, but i enabled jpeg compression to 85%, which nearly looks the same, but compresses to +- 15 - 20kb.

RichBa5tard
11-14-2006, 01:41 AM
Just fixed:
- global awards: background is transparant
- team slogan: if available it's displayed below the team name
- fixed bug when no member rankings have been calculated yet
- image caching: signature is generated every hour

I_G
11-14-2006, 01:59 AM
Thanks for the explanation. Much appreciated. :toast:

eva2000
11-17-2006, 06:49 AM
seems like sig system has crashed the hwbot web site ????

RichBa5tard
11-17-2006, 06:50 AM
Don't know what killed the server, not sure that it's the signature engine as it generates the images only once an hour, not on the fly.

I can't reboot it untill I come home from work tonight, sorry guys. It will be down for approx another 3 hours.

N3RO
01-02-2007, 08:21 PM
Don't know what killed the server, not sure that it's the signature engine as it generates the images only once an hour, not on the fly.

I can't reboot it untill I come home from work tonight, sorry guys. It will be down for approx another 3 hours.
Hi ;)

Only one question,

How/when we can modify the background of the signs?

regards

RichBa5tard
01-03-2007, 03:09 AM
Either ask me politely to do it manually or wait till the interface to make custom sigs has been finished. ;)

libidinou
07-02-2007, 09:21 AM
HW 2.0 where i can take link to make my sign?
Thanks all.