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1  General / Using Ideal Villages / Re: Welcome to tornado (new member) on: October 04, 2011, 05:27:00 PM
That's great.  Very happy to see you.   Cheesy

Here is another site that has cool graphics in a kind of 'village' -- Tamarindo Beach.   This site has two more pages with similar graphics -- Playa Grande and Lodging.
2  General / Using Ideal Villages / Re: Welcome to tornado (new member) on: October 04, 2011, 04:24:06 PM
Here are some 'villages' at other sites on the Internet.   Perhaps we might want to provide some similar graphics for IV?  (not sure, but maybe) 

Wellesley College;

Montpelier, Vermont (city); 

Medieval town;

Here is a different kind of village -- Hatteras.
3  General / Using Ideal Villages / Re: Welcome to tornado (new member) on: October 04, 2011, 04:09:14 PM
Here is where you can upload an image.  When you upload it, it will be reduced to 115 x 115. 

I have uploaded the icon you already made to this village -- No. 117.  If you mouse-over, you will see that I have also added a link.   

4  General / Using Ideal Villages / Welcome to tornado (new member) on: October 04, 2011, 04:04:15 PM
tornado,

I'm so pleased to see you here.   You can see your IV 'control panel' here
5  General / Using Ideal Villages / FAQ on: September 12, 2011, 01:20:40 PM
It's time we put some frequently asked questions together, along with some usually given answers.  

Q:   What's a good way to get started on a village?  

A:    The first thing is to have a pretty good idea of what your village will be about.  Once you know that, there are two basic steps:  gathering materials and building the village.  

1:  Gathering.   This is actually where you will spend most of your time.  It usually takes quite a lot longer  to gather your building materials (images and links) than it does to build the village itself.  

Again, there are two main steps:  

a:  Gather some links: explore the Web and gather together the best links you can find on your subject.   When you find a link you might want to use, it's a good idea to place it in a "Village" folder right on your computer's desktop.  Just save it as an ordinary browser 'shortcut.'

b:  Gather some images:  next, locate some images you might use in the various icon-units you will be making.  You will mostly use images that you find on the Web, but occasionally you might use a photograph you have taken yourself.   When you see an image on the Web that you might want to use, download it to your desktop and place it in the Village folder on your desktop.  


2:  Building:  once you have some images and links, you're ready to start building the village.  

As described elsewhere, you open your IV control panel and commence making a basic village in just four quick steps:  
     a:  Make a village;
     b:  Upload an image (= make a thumbnail);
     c:  Make an IU (click on the thumbnail; cut & paste one of the URLs you collected into the IU Editor);
     d:  Place the completed IU in your village.  
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Icon-unit questions:  
Q:   What is a regular IU?  
A:   A regular IU is the kind that you see in all the IV villages.   It has three parts:  image; name; link.

Q:   How many types of IU are there?  
A:   Two: regular IUs and text-only IUs.  

Q:   What is a text-only IU?  
A:   It is just like a regular IU except that it does not have an image.   It has only two parts:  name and link.  

Q:   When would you use a text-only IU?
A:   In two instances:  you have not yet found an appropriate image;  or to place a link in a "balloon" (see below).    


Image questions:  

Q:  What if you make an IU but you later come across a much better image.   Can you substitute the new image for the old one, or do you have to build an IU all over again?  

A:   Just use the Change image feature to quickly replace the old image with the new one.  

It's easy:  
1:  Upload the new image just as would to make a new IU;  
2:  Open the IU Editor; find the IU you want to change; click on that IU to open it in the IU Editor.  
3:  Look look along the bottom of the screen -- you'll see a heading Change Image and a row of images underneath it.   The row of images contains all the thumbnails you have made so far.  
4:  Find the newly-uploaded image, and click on it.   You'll see that the new image has replaced the old one.  

Q:  What if you want to make an IU but you don't yet have an image for it?  
A:   No problem.  Just make a text-only IU in the IU Editor.   Later, when the image is ready, just add it using the Change image feature.  


Other:  

Q:  I now have ten villages and I'm having trouble keeping track of them.  Is there anything I can do?  
A:  Absolutely.  We recommend you make an "Index" page to keep track of them all.   Once you do that, just memorize the number that you will see in the URL for your Index page and you'll be able to find your villages with no problem.    

Here are two examples:  
Admin's Index page
Anne's Index page




To be answered:  

Q:   What if you want to use the same image twice in the same village?  

Q:   What if you want to place the same image (or IU) in two different villages?  

Q:   What is a "balloon"?  
6  General / Requests: Modifications & New Features / On the subject of requests on: February 08, 2011, 07:39:41 PM
Ideal Villages is a new application that we hope users will explore and enjoy.   It's an extremely versatile tool that will, with a little creativity, enable you to present, organize and explore many things using the resources of the World Wide Web.  

"IV" exists now in v.1 form.  We welcome your thoughts as to possible modifications and additional features for future versions.   Please bear in mind, however, that significant modifications and most new features cannot be done any time soon.

In the meantime, please build villages.  And have lots of fun doing so.   Cheesy   
7  General / Using Ideal Villages / Re: Different types of IVs on: February 07, 2011, 07:55:36 AM
Ayesh, these are all great ideas.   You are one of the first people to recognize how many potential uses IV has.   

As you make some of these villages, I hope you will share the URLs with the rest of us.   

During the next week or two, I will try to do that with some of my villages.   I think that sharing villages in this way could be one of the best parts of IV.   Smiley 






8  General / Requests: Modifications & New Features / Re: Screen shots of villages in /edit page on: February 07, 2011, 07:09:20 AM
Ayesh, please bear in mind that Yola is a company having millions and millions of dollars.  They have a paid staff of many people.  

We realize that IV has many limitations, and we hope to improve it as time goes on.   

In the meantime, it is here for people who can enjoy it.   

9  General / Requests: Modifications & New Features / User-alert before leaving unsaved village on: February 07, 2011, 01:24:09 AM
One of our esteemed users has suggested that we should add an alert to the user if he or she is about to leave a village that has unsaved changes.   

That is a great idea.   I'll ask our excellent developer if it can be added.   

 
10  General / Using Ideal Villages / Re: Instructions: How to make an Ideal Village on: February 07, 2011, 12:48:45 AM
Just noticed that there is a forum category to add suggestions. I will go there saving the professionalism of this thread :-)

We appreciate your consideration.   Wink
11  General / Using Ideal Villages / Re: Instructions: How to make an Ideal Village on: February 07, 2011, 12:47:51 AM
. . .  What about adding a message box asking user to save changes when he/she leave the Village Editor ?

. . .

I think that's actually rather easy to do.   I'll ask our excellent developer about it, after he has had a chance to rest up from all the IV work he did over the weekend.    Wink
12  General / Requests: Modifications & New Features / Auto-save? on: February 07, 2011, 12:45:28 AM
Would this be hard to implement?  I have no idea.   If it's not, should we try?   

13  General / Requests: Modifications & New Features / Making a village private (hidden village feature) on: February 07, 2011, 12:43:52 AM
We've had a request for the ability to make a village completely private by 'hiding' it from public view.  We agree that this is a desirable feature, and we hope to add it by, say, the end of the year. 

In the meantime, please keep in mind that your village is basically already very private.  It does not appear in any search engine or any public directory.   You can register under any name that you choose, so that your name is not associated with your village in any way.   

It's not completely hidden, but it's pretty well camouflaged!   Grin
14  General / Requests: Modifications & New Features / Backgrounds: textures, tiles and images on: February 07, 2011, 12:40:47 AM
Ayesh has requested that we add more options for background images.   At present, a user can have just about any color under the sun for his or her background.   However, we agree that offering textures and tiled backgrounds would be cool.   And being able to upload your own background image would be da' bomb.    Cheesy

We'll work on it, but please be patient.  It will take time. 
15  General / Using Ideal Villages / Sharing your village with other people on: January 22, 2011, 10:58:23 AM
When you create a village, it is automatically assigned its own URL on the World Wide Web.   The URL is in the form http://www.idealvillages.com/view/?village=x, where x is the number of the village in question.  

If you would like to share your village with someone else, just find the relevant URL and send that link to the other person.  

You can see this principle in action by checking out these villages:  
http://www.idealvillages.com/view/?village=21
http://www.idealvillages.com/view/?village=38
http://www.idealvillages.com/view/?village=44  




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