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Henrik Skotth
post Aug 21 2007, 04:55 AM
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Due to unfortunate circumstances, we haven't been able to completely finish the stuff surrounding the new search system, such as a widening of the layout here at GMC and some other things. The search itself is finished though, and it's REALLY cool (I know that I shouldn't be the one to say that, but I'm allowed! Kris said so tongue.gif )

Anyway, we decided to let all of you guys have a preview look. And not just one of them images that I post every now and when, this is the real deal!

So what are you waiting for, check it out!
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/beta/

Some final notes of stuff that we are aware of:
  • Those of you with Internet Explorer (at least IE 6) will notice that the content of the search results box flows out of it. I'm aware of this and it's going to be fixed.
  • Some of our european users will find the system a bit slow. That's because you use the US servers at the beta address. This is because we noticed that the search was REALLY slow when running it from the european servers. We hadn't noticed this untill just now, because we always test everything on the US servers. However, we know what the problem is and will have this fixed very soon.
  • Well... some other stuff that I don't remember right now should probably go on this list as well smile.gif


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post Aug 21 2007, 04:58 AM
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I'll be the first one to say; Verra Cool!

It's working fine in Opera here with the exception of the floating window going underneath the vid of kris going "YOU READY" laugh.gif

Noice.

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Henrik Skotth
post Aug 21 2007, 04:58 AM
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Some more things that we are aware of:

* Dragging the search results box doesn't work in IE yet
* Lots of pictures are missing from the search results - this is because only the later lessons have these bigger images. They will be there for all lessons soon, though!
* If the flash video on the startpage is shown, it will be seen through the search results box as well (at least in firefox). We'll make sure that won't happen when the system is completely finished.


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post Aug 21 2007, 04:59 AM
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Yes indeed! Here is your chance to have a final say before we finish the feature biggrin.gif

Also - note that you can now find all the lessons from your favorite instructor! smile.gif


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post Aug 21 2007, 05:12 AM
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Woah! It looks great, good job guys.


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post Aug 21 2007, 05:17 AM
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Great job! Can't wait until it comes into effect.


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post Aug 21 2007, 05:18 AM
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Very very very very very very cool smile.gif


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AWESOME
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Looks very nice except for already mentioned bugs! but anyway - looks very promising! Great job!


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post Aug 21 2007, 06:00 AM
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post Aug 21 2007, 06:38 AM
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Very nice, the search is a much needed feature!

Couple things :
* Opera 9.22 build 8801 : The background of the search box does not cover all the results ( only about the first 4 ).

* In the Lesson Suggestions list ( before results are shown ), it may be nice to make the instructor name clickable from there like it is in the search results to quickly filter if there's a particular instructor there you want to find lessons for. Same with the "section", IE: Solo lesson.



OT : Owen - Rock on for using Opera! XD


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post Aug 21 2007, 06:51 AM
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Awesome job! Search feature was a great idea.
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post Aug 21 2007, 07:10 AM
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I like the search feature, however now the page looks to be a little "busy". There almost seems to be too much information with the lessons all over the place for a main/intro page. Other than that, the idea of having the search is excellent.
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post Aug 21 2007, 07:13 AM
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Looks great! Can't wait, keep up the good work guys! smile.gif


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post Aug 21 2007, 07:55 AM
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This is Beta,and I like it already! ! biggrin.gif


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Very cool guys cant wait biggrin.gif
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post Aug 21 2007, 11:50 AM
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We need more AJAX, errr.. Cowbell! laugh.gif
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post Aug 21 2007, 12:02 PM
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Oh man this is awesome. You are a legend Henrik biggrin.gif


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post Aug 21 2007, 02:43 PM
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Thanks for the suggestion about clickable teacher names, exorcyze, we'll make sure that will be implemented!

jeff: That is one thing that we are a bit worried about, that there will just be too much on the startpage. Especially how it will look for first time visitors - for oldtimers we hope that the startpage might eventually be kind of a portal page with personalized suggestions etc. We're going to give that some more more thought!


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post Aug 22 2007, 03:21 AM
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what exactly is wrong with simple and effective solutions to problems? new nifty wiz bang stuff may seem neat at first, but the newness passes, and then the issue is, have you made life simple for the clients.? I don't see it.
The problem is having to jump through hoops to get to what we are looking for. All you did was put up a different hoop.

edit: Also, am I the only one who is annoyed at "suggestions" put there on the web site? Real waste of real estate, if you are concerned with the existing clients. Maybe It looks good in a marketing sense, but that does not do anything for us who are already here, and it uses up valuable front page real estate.

This being said, I love the content of the site, the teachers are great, Pavel, Marcus, everybody. I am very happy. This all to me is not that important, the content is what matters to me. Maybe your focus here is on marketing. I think Kris is pretty sharp, and maybe that should be your concern. It is not like any of us are leaving because we don't like the navigation system.

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