Saturday, May 4th 2013

Presenting the All New TechPowerUp

Welcome to the all new TechPowerUp, a refreshing redesign of your favorite place on the web for PC hardware and technology.

Our brand new site design modernizes the site, makes it more usable, while not deviating from our focus on simplicity, without confusing it with minimalism. The site features clean and bright elements that are ready for ultra high-definition displays, and devices with high-density screens, such as iPad with Retina display, and the new breed of smartphones with 1080p displays. Our site not only scales up with some of these devices, but also its elements keep up with high-density displays.

Our new site design introduces a suite of new features to our main sections, including Reviews, Downloads, Case-mod Gallery, and our four databases. The Reviews section gets more usable summary lists, the Downloads section makes it easier to find what you're looking for. The Case-mod gallery is optimized for high-resolution images, and features an improved gallery view. We've always considered our four databases - Reviews, VGA BIOS, GPU, and CPU, our strengths, and optimized each with unique sets of new features that greatly improve usability. All the content is timed to the users' local time.

Work on the all new TechPowerUp began in early-2013, and was designed by taking inputs and feedback from all of our departments. In April, we opened the new design up for testing by the TechPowerUp Forums community, and took a great deal of feedback from it.

We're extremely happy to launch our new interface to the web, designed by everyone who holds the site dear.
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136 Comments on Presenting the All New TechPowerUp

#1
VulkanBros
by: Mussels
we need a one click access to the forums again, agreed.
Agreed
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#2
Casecutter
by: Mussels
we need a one click access to the forums again, agreed.
Well it's not better just talking the front page... but different. It may take some getting used to... is it me or does it feel like MaximumPC? . Now I didn't read all the posts I agree it does feel like the text is lighter and harder to read.

I detest that when you click on the Discussion (Comments) from a news headline that new format for comments stinks I want the old Forum pages back.
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#4
lemonadesoda
Now that I've used the new format for a few days, I'd like to add that the design is great except for the font selection on text. The kerning is terrible. rn looks like m and rm looks like an m with too many legs. It makes reading difficult.
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#5
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: lemonadesoda
Now that I've used the new format for a few days, I'd like to add that the design is great except for the font selection on text. The kerning is terrible. rn looks like m and rm looks like an m with too many legs. It makes reading difficult.
True.

You'd think with so many negative comments about it from me, you and others they'd fix it, wouldn't you?

Also, directly asking about the logic behind this design just gets ignored, too. Nice.

And we need that one click forum access back, as well.
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#6
Aximous
Even the greatest wizards sometime listen to what common people have to say.No?
It's not like "people are just stupid" and hate change.I don't think anybody here
is against a better looking layout, It's just: this is not it.
and I guess it's a matter of Time/Energy consumed for this new design and perhaps
personal pride for ignoring all complains loyal members and long time readers making
here. Well, what can I do? except maybe looking for my daily tech news elsewhere,
because, It's HARD to read , dammit!

Also, why visited links don't change color (purple)? is it a glitch or my browser's at fault here?
(chrome 26)
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#7
LAN_deRf_HA
Just noticed "controversial" news stories section. What metric is used to determine that? Does someone have to manually pick those?
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#8
W1zzard
by: LAN_deRf_HA
Just noticed "controversial" news stories section. What metric is used to determine that? Does someone have to manually pick those?
just number of comments with a date cut off
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#9
lemonadesoda
Since there has been no improvement in the front page news font choice, I have now installed this utility (Extension) into Chrome to FORCE the VERDANA font "Change Font Family Style" https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/change-font-family-style/aabledekpjmoghdjnpnhfkfpmjifklpb.

Legibility is vastly improved.

An unfortunate downside is that it affects all fonts everywhere on TPU, so it means to improve legibility in one area, the design style of the whole site is worsened. But there you do... crap design not fixed and not listening to user feedback has consequences.
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#10
BiggieShady
by: lemonadesoda
Since there has been no improvement in the front page news font choice, I have now installed this utility (Extension) into Chrome to FORCE the VERDANA font "Change Font Family Style" https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/change-font-family-style/aabledekpjmoghdjnpnhfkfpmjifklpb.

Legibility is vastly improved.

An unfortunate downside is that it affects all fonts everywhere on TPU, so it means to improve legibility in one area, the design style of the whole site is worsened. But there you do... crap design not fixed and not listening to user feedback has consequences.
IMO that's a wrong extension. You don't have to change the whole font family for entire site. Use Stylist, Stylish or Stylebot or similar to adjust style for only the element you want - the news section
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#11
lemonadesoda
Great thanks for the tip. I'll look them all up and report back on my fav

** EDIT **

Installed them all, but would recommend Stylebot as the simplest to use. How?

1./ Load up tpu front page
2./ Click on the stylebot logo "CSS"
3./ Click on the select button (top LHS of CSS menu with the "mouse arrow over a box" icon)
4./ Select offending (offensive font) paragraph on tpu webpage
5./ Change font family to Helvetica/arial on the CSS menu
6./ Profit!

****

Thanks again for the app tip.
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