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Lack of Interest Suggestion: When posting, start "More Options" in Preview mode

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Kevin, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    When responding to a thread, I am finding myself hitting "More Options" not to take advantage of the additional options (like attaching a file) but more often than not to see a preview before posting.

    I think it may be a slight time saver to already be in Preview mode when clicking "More Options" to begin with.
  2. Waddy

    Waddy Active Member

    In a thread, below the reply box the 'More Options...' button only actually gives you one more option which is to preview the reply, so do we really need anything more than a 'Preview' button?
  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Moderators and Admins have more options than just preview.
  4. Waddy

    Waddy Active Member

    Could we have a 'Preview' button and then a 'More Options...' button that only shows for Admins and Moderators, the whole add-reply page just seems a bit redundant for the average user.
  5. SteveL

    SteveL Member

    Bumping this thread.....LOL

    Im still working with my Staff getting use to all this and this same topic came up from him. It would be simpler and more efficient if the Preview Post button was with the standard one Post Reply. Virtually every other forum software has it that way so people are use to looking for it.
  6. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    Yes... I hate how I have to click more options, and then click preview just to get the preview.

    The more options button should do a preview as well.
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  7. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    But, when you talk about the average user, I wonder what percentage of those average users will in fact use a [Preview] button in the first place? In fact, I (admin) almost never ever use [Preview] myself, since forumpackages like XenForo come equipped with a great wysiwyg-editor, diminishing the need of any preview for me. In the good old vBulletin 3.8 I alwyas used [Advanced options] or whatever it was called to post and almost never used Quick Reply. In XenForo however I find myself always using the Quick Reply. I didn't need a [Preview] once.
  8. DarkUnderlord

    DarkUnderlord Member

    Is there an option to configure what buttons appear there? I've got a lot of users asking for a preview button there. I note "Upload a File" is there...

    ... or can we do some Ajax hokum and have a little drop down of options you can choose from? IE: Hover over "More options" and preview / upload a file appears there.
  9. Coop1979

    Coop1979 Well-Known Member

    Bumping this thread. Is there a way to add a "Preview" button between Upload a File and More Options...?
  10. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    From the quick test I've just done: Yes. Seemingly just a template edit, though to get it looking good I might need to get it to work slightly differently.

    Here's a screenshot from my test box:


    There's a few obvious issues straight away, such as where the preview loads (maybe an overlay would be better... hmmm) and the location of the preview button.

    Let me work on this, I will see what I can do.
    Andrej, DarkUnderlord and Coop1979 like this.
  11. x_Stricken_x

    x_Stricken_x Active Member

    The reason there's a "More Options" button and not just a Preview button is so that the transition from member to moderator/admin isn't that different, I'd assume. Otherwise you'd be used to seeing the "Preview" button, then wonder where it went when you see the More Options button. Obviously if you're familiar to the software you'd know, but it makes sense in a way.
  12. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Ok, I've got this done and I'll be releasing later after a few improvements :)

    Here's what it looks like:


    Notice there's now a Preview button next to Post Reply?

    Clicking it launches the preview in an overlay thanks to some custom js.

    There is a small bug whereby long posts go off the bottom of the screen, but I'll fix that before I release :)
    Coop1979 likes this.
  13. Coop1979

    Coop1979 Well-Known Member

    Hello :)
  14. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

  15. BGL

    BGL Well-Known Member

    Adding this to list of Must have add ons.
    Yorick likes this.

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