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IPB 3.2 - Early Beta Preview

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Kim, May 4, 2011.

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  1. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member


    Monumental improvement on the clunky chunky jackbooting 3.1 series.... lots of new toys... and lots of new slimmed down design features.... Many of which look ...erm...somewhat familiar ;)

    Wonderful to see how a little genuine competition can lift the bar so much, 3.2 is going to be a very popular version I am sure, which should add another nail in the coffin of the tired old software that has for a number of years misguidedly been touting it's self as the "leading" forum software.
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  2. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    IPB what?? sorry all I hear now is xenforo :3
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  3. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    Been using the site earlier today, I've got mixed views about it. I'm not blown away by what I've seen, but I do think the CKEditor is miles better than the TinyMCE used here. Also, it would suit XenForo a lot better style wise because it looks more modern and actually would blend in very well with the more modern look XenForo has, very unlike how TinyMCE does here and kind of spoils things I'd say.
  4. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    It does look awfully familiar I'll be honest. But I'll give them that they have definitely improved and made it more slim lined. There's still tons (especially in the usercp, amongst other areas) that takes many clicks to accomplish an action where on xenforo it's one click and done. With regards to the other touting they are leaders, i think with ipb making good progress and xenforo leading the way in innovating forum software they're days are truly numbered.

    edit: And they removed the threadmarkers/legend. That was def welcomed.
  5. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    LOL yeah I hear ya :p I adore my Xenforo.. and only have eyes for it!

    Interesting though, this IPB version is such a significant improvement on the last one, which was imho horrible... it's nice to see.
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  6. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    Couldn't agree more with you on that one, vBulletin really are getting left behind now because of the default style they use for vB4. Which still looks boxy, clunky and has that old look vB3 has. Style wise (not feature wise), vBulletin 4 is heading in the wrong direction and need to see that.
  7. Mikey

    Mikey Well-Known Member

    Don't lynch me, but I like it quite a bit.
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  8. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    No lynchings from me... I agree it is quite nice.

  9. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Now if they did a huge overhaul on the admincp I might consider using that perpetual license thats been collecting dust for many years now.
  10. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    They have a LIKE button, surprised nobody has brought that up.
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  11. GodForum.com

    GodForum.com Well-Known Member

    XF is the innovation leader ... the like system and trophy system are divine. :)
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  12. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Yeah, not so keen on the like placement in 3.2. I dunno, there's something about it maybe it's placement or some other issue I have with it but I prefer the like feature on xenforo.
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  13. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Indeed! :)

    One thing I do like about the IPB 3.2 is the profile.. best I have seen yet I have to say, although the "wall" concept is of course a straight FB copy, but the neatness and UI is spot on in that area.
  14. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    and attachment uploading :)

    IPB 3.2 is probably better than vB4.
    But they both look like slow ugly ducklings vs the sexy xenforo.
    IPB never attracted a developer following either.
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  15. GodForum.com

    GodForum.com Well-Known Member

    I think the best developers will all convert to the XF religion :)
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  16. Quillz

    Quillz Well-Known Member

    I think it's great. IPB is a really good BBS and will only cause vB and XF to improve, as well.
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  17. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    No probably, It's definitely better than vb4 to the point it would be a crime to even compare them both.

    Another thing I like about IPB 3.2 and suggested this via a tweet months ago is the removal of the threadmarker legend. They did both so that gets a mega thumbsup from me. They are heading in the right direction, Matt and charles treat their customers well which is something I don't think anyone can argue with.
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  18. Johnny Large

    Johnny Large New Member

    It also looks like the skins for 3.2 will be easier to customize. For me at least it was a pain to work with 3.1 skins :confused:
  19. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    Have you seen the members list in IPB 3.2. I did like how the A,B,C letters are positioned like phone book tabs down the left side. That looked pretty neat.
  20. Blue

    Blue Well-Known Member

    Do you have to reg a new account or can you login with your regular IPB account?
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