New Website about Apple.com

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  1. robbieDrobot macrumors newbie

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    Nearing the finishing stages of a site about www.apple.com since 1996 with all the pics I could find. Looking for comments/suggestions before it's done. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    www.thoughtdifferent.com

    Thanks
     
  2. theperson macrumors member

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    Very cool, very informative.

    Where did you get that coverflow? Looks really nice..
     
  3. robbieDrobot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Coverflow

    Been meaning to thank the guy on the site. Must go add it. Anyway here's a link to the dude who has that CoverFlow open source FLA with a handy XML file for changing your content.

    http://www.n99creations.com/vieweg.php?id=5

    I love him!
     
  4. timmillwood macrumors 6502a

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    it's quite a nice site but it seems a bit wide if the user was on 800x600 or 1024x768 there would be a lot of side ways scrolling
     
  5. robbieDrobot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Had to make that choice. Apple's new site as of June 07 is about 1100px wide. But if they can do it...

    Looks fine on 1280 which is anything in the last 3 years. Sorry to those on 1024, God help you if you're on 800. If your on 640... well done on getting that hunk of junk connected to the web...
     
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    I'm currently on 1024 (my parents computer) Lots of sideways scrolling.

    The coverflow thing is very slow to scroll, may just be the 1.9Ghz P4 and 256 Ram on this computer though.

    13th Janurary 2006 says iPod Video but has a screenshot of the introduction of intel.

    Also wasn't there already another site out there with a large database of screnshots of apple.com. I'll try and find it.

    Edit: found it. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kernelpanic/sets/283374/?page=4
     
  8. Cleverboy macrumors 65816

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    Good stuff. Always good to have more informational websites out there. You should think about killing the scroll bars in the top frame though... it looks a bit odd on my computer/Firefox with the extra scrollbars.

    ~ CB
     
  9. robbieDrobot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Will have a look at that. What res you running?
     
  10. stndn macrumors member

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    If you're not going to support 800x600, at least consider those using 1024x768.

    Most of us are still using 15" or 17", 4:3 monitors, with resolution set to 1024x768. Some lucky ones may get widescreen monitors which has no problem with displaying browsers in wider window settings. But for most of us who are used to not using the whole screen, the page is too demanding.

    Having scrollbars at the bottom of browser window is bad enough. Having one in the middle of the page (caused by top frame) is just too much.


    -stndn.
     
  11. robbieDrobot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is the big issue with the design at the moment. From the Analytics of the page 10% of the viewers are on 1024, everything else is higher. With Apples latest pages being the full 1024 I don't think there is much option unfortunately. The site is going to be constantly updated with the latest pages, so in a years time you can look back at today's page. By then I think 1024 sites will be a thing of the past. Just going to have to move with the times I'm affraid.
     
  12. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    i love it!

    makes me want to go on ebay and buy every mac pictured :D
     
  13. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Very nice site but no way will I participate in forums with white on black, just too hard to read.
     
  14. motulist macrumors 68040

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    1 ghz Powerbook here, and that coverflow interface is too choppy to be fun.
     
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  16. robbieDrobot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for that. It's been bugging me too. Will sort it out.
     
  17. zim macrumors 65816

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    I really enjoyed the site but have to be honest and say that my visit didn't last as long as I would have liked. The slowness of the cover-flow navigation made me leave... I am on an iMac G4 with 1GB of RAM.. I will revisit later on my MacBook.

    Suggestion on the page size..
    Selection from menu brings you to a layout with a scaled down view of the apple home page along with the information pertaining to changes and happenings. Then if someone needs to see the image of the home page larger they could click on it brining them either to 1. a new page, 2. a pop up (not my favorite idea, or 3. use something like LightBox to make the home page overlay the info.
     
  18. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    Where are you getting this information? Is that based on some measurements you're taking on your own site? I ask because it doesn't seem to jive with what I've seen:

    26% Higher
    54% 1024x760
    14% 800x600
    0% 640x480
    6% Unknown

    Source.

    Post Edit: "From the analytics of the page". I get it. Sorry.
     
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    There an error on the coverflow interface its says feb 200 instead of feb 2000.
     
  20. robbieDrobot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here's the PIE chart from today. 1024 x 768 is the lowest of all the resolutions at 11%. Thank God for Google.
     

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  21. elppa macrumors 68040

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    iReview!

    I remember the days.

    All that lovely hardware that helped Apple get back on track during the late 90s, early 00s.

    Top effort.

    The coverflow is silky smooth on my core duo 2GB RAM MacBook with Safari 3 beta.
     
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    This site is genius. Well done. I love its simplicity. I love that it serves one purpose. Very Apple. I just love it.

    Well done.
     
  23. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    Is there a chance this is a new site and most (or all) of the traffic you're getting is people coming from here, and maybe other forums of Web designers (who are obviously more likely to have hi-res display?

    Don't get me wrong. I hope these stats are indicative of your target market. Just making sure you're thinking it through.
     
  24. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I see you changed the forum colors. Much easier to read.
     
  25. robbieDrobot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've since changed the top of the page to work within 1024. You only have to side scroll the bottom frame now which isn't as bad and the only thing your really missing is ads.

    The site's been blogged all over the place now so it's not just designers. It would however only appeal to the hardcore Mac fans which probably explains the low percentage of 1024 displays.

    Thanks for all your comments. The site has changed so much thanks to everyones input, for the better. :)
     

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