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Unread 07-11-2004, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default Ok groth walk me through this graphing thing

I see the code; how do I make all the transparent gifs though? I am a total graphics retard (MS Paint fuels my review articles). Give me a walkthrough and I'll try to get this done today
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Unread 07-11-2004, 04:20 PM   #2
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What graphics software do you have (other than MS Paint) With photoshop, you could knock this together in 20-30 minutes, assuming you had clear graphs to copy from - the most recent ones are a bit crowded.
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Unread 07-11-2004, 04:25 PM   #3
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Yeah, photoshop helps a whole lot. You can have gifs made transparent by some websites, like here.

Gimme a couple minutes, and I'll make a walkthrough (with pictures!).
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I think I have an older version of photoshop that came with my Wacom tablet
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Unread 07-11-2004, 05:10 PM   #5
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perhaps these will help you get started
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File Type: gif background.gif (16.9 KB, 15 views)
File Type: gif aquajoe.gif (1.2 KB, 18 views)
File Type: gif Cascade.gif (1.1 KB, 4 views)
File Type: gif cascadess.gif (1.2 KB, 6 views)
File Type: gif DDMaze4.gif (1.7 KB, 6 views)
File Type: gif DDRBX.gif (1.3 KB, 5 views)
File Type: gif DDTDX.gif (1.7 KB, 7 views)
File Type: gif DTEKWW.gif (1.2 KB, 4 views)
File Type: gif innovatekrev3.gif (1.1 KB, 4 views)
File Type: gif lumpychannel.gif (1.6 KB, 5 views)
File Type: gif MCW5000A.gif (1.2 KB, 5 views)
File Type: gif MCW6000A.gif (1.2 KB, 6 views)
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Unread 07-11-2004, 05:26 PM   #6
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Dang, you're fast!

It feels like talking about MSPaintwould be superfluous now.

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good lord that WAS quick. Maybe I should just open source the test results.xls and let you two be in charge of this endeavor
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Unread 07-11-2004, 05:49 PM   #8
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I can make the pretty pictures given the graphs, but I'm leaving the Javascript to Groth
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I'm okay with that, though I plan to hit the hay soon.

BalefireX, when I stacked up your gifs, some of looked displaced by a few pixels.
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Groth is there any way to modify your page so that instead of just a key.gif, there's a checkbox, an image of the line/point color, and then a link to the actual review?

That'd be pretty sweet.
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Unread 07-11-2004, 05:54 PM   #11
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Should be doable. Let me give it a bit thought.

Edit - that didn't take much thought! In keeping with the easy to maintain modular theme, along with curve and key, each block will get two or three line html file, containing a meta redirect to the review page.

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alright you two have a present via PM
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I'm okay with that, though I plan to hit the hay soon.

BalefireX, when I stacked up your gifs, some of looked displaced by a few pixels.
Yeah, thats due to the lossy compression on pH's graphs, and the fact that they dont seem to be identical between different graphs... close, but a pixel or two off. The one I used for the majority of the placement was the Cascade SS review. They all do line up correctly in regards to eachother, as they are all layers off the same PSD.

From the looks of that spreadsheet, the only ones I'm missing are the LR WW and the #rotor block - here you go:
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Cool.

I'm off to bed now and have a big bike ride planned for the morning, but I ought have the start of something by tomorrow afternoon.
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Work in progress

Thanks guys! To integrate it with the site's layout I am going to have to put the legend under the graph
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pH, you have a wacom tablet? which one? do you like it? i've been thinking about getting one, but not sure i'd like one. went in the middle and got a trackball, was too discouraged with the lack of accuracy of today's mices.

sorry, didn't mean to threadjack, just curious what you think.
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I have the entry level cheapo tablet. Works well enough; only use it on occasion (not much free time alas).
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Thanks guys! To integrate it with the site's layout I am going to have to put the legend under the graph
very slick pH
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thanks but my contribution was negligible. Managed to get the legend in a couple of columns below the graph; perhaps I can get this integrated into the site and working properly before bed
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thanks but my contribution was negligible. Managed to get the legend in a couple of columns below the graph; perhaps I can get this integrated into the site and working properly before bed
Very, very nice.

You can't use frames to put the legend beside the graph?
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frames? Nah. If I had left it as it originally waa (legend to left of graph) then it wouldn't fit on the Procooling design. Now it's good to go; if my wife gets off the PC I'll give the proper formatting a go.
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ooh, thats sexy
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Made a couple change to the column concept, added review link redirects.

Here.

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would this background image make it easier? The key would show for all the blocks no matter which ones you selected (far too many possible combinations to do an individualized legend for each one) Alternatively, have attached the legend as a GIF with clear background, so it could be set up to appear once you have submitted your choices.
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Very nice BalefireX; The maze4 type in the other one gives me a headache, lol

Great idea, much handier for comparasions. How much more complicated would it be to do it later on with specific pumps etc, when pHaestus gets pressure info? I take it because blocks have been sent back to their owners, that you can't do this for every block...
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