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Section: Projects > Websites
Updated the UVLD section of the “Websites” project page with a new paragraph at the end (thumbnail creation). I've been moving the site to a new server for the client and stumbled upon that section, which I built a few years after the main website as an add-on, and had forgotten about.
Section: Projects > 3D Engines

Version 1.0 of the 3D Engines project has been uploaded, along with source code.

The content section has been written up (it was basically empty before...) and I redid all the screenshots to reflect the updated versions.

Live copies of the Java and Flash versions have also been put online.

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Updated the script so that it now tries to stay within the browser window, and I think I made a minor speed improvement by changing the growing image to an absolute positioning instead of relative.

Found another bug in which the image zoom object might never start growing and stays active if mouseover event is never caught.

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I decided the rather clumsy image effects on my posts with thumbnail galleries needed to be redone badly. They originally just displayed the full size pictures centered horizontally in the browser and then slightly above or below the current mouse position vertically, but this really did not work very well.

I just redid the HTML code in each of the thumbnail gallery posts so they are compatible with a new script I just now wrote [v0.9] in about two and a half hours. It kind of zooms in on the images when you mouse over them.

I still see a few bugs in the script and things I need to fix, but this is fine for now as I am exhausted and really need sleep. I thought this up as I was trying to sleep earlier, so I ended up giving up on sleeping in lieu of writing this to get it out of my system.

Things that need fixing still:
  • Do not allow picture to overlap browser window (if it can fit)
  • The animation seems a little choppy... need to see if it can be speed up
  • Possible optional addition later: Position pictures in different directions of the thumbnail (above, below, or centered around each corner)
  • IE bug when picture first loads and improper dimensions are read
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Section: Website > Projects
The original Project Page format was really overly crowded, as I knew from the beginning and was told by many people. Adam Shen, whom I have worked with on many web sites in the past, offered to help me with it by redesigning the structure, which is now completed. This version is much more clear-cut and user friendly. All of the field captions are mouse-over description popup boxes, but I removed the denoting underlines on them, past the first box, as it was starting to crowd and confuse the layout again. I may add more filtering options for this section later.