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Published: February 5, 2007
Welcome back! Sorry for the long delay between articles. I'm cutting them back to once a month so I have time to prepare nothing but the best CSS samples for you ;D

Let's begin!

Rounded corners

You might remember this from a while back, but it's back yet again, with updated code! Thanks to long time supporter Monkeyshack, we have a new set of rounded corners code for you to get your slimy little mitts on. These look awesome and don't rely on external corner images to function.

You can download them from here: Corners Example by MonkeyShack. Any questions can be sent to myself or Monkeyshack

Dynamic journal?

Yes! It is possible! To a certain extent. How would you like a journal that changed appearance every time you viewed it? Using an older bit of code from my gallery, you can!

Download Random images in your journal.. Replace the items in the array with your own backgrounds or icons or whatever, upload to your website, then point your background image to the script and you're set!:

CSS:

.journaltext {
background-image: url(location.to/random.php);
}


Now each time you refresh your journal, the image should change. Now your journal looks different each time! Easy, wasn't it?

Favebox updates!

I know I covered this in the last article, but it's just making such great progress, I thought I'd mention it again.

Faveboxes let you add a box to your journal, much like the News Favourites system, and lets people "favourite" a journal. New updates include the ability to pick the colours for your Favebox, upgrading for older journals, as well as easier to use and maintain code, so you don't have to mess with ?'s and &'s and such, and usernames starting with a P now work thanks for pickupjojo!

If you haven't claimed your Favebox yet, get moving! Check it out here: Favebox v1 and if you're using an old Favebox, then you can upgrade it too, just follow the link in the deviation and find the upgrade button on the website!

MSN statistics on your journal!

Most people don't know this, but there's a way you can let people who read your journal, know if you're on MSN. Using a third-party service and a bit of creativity, you can create a section in your journal that shows if you're online or not. Using MSNFanatic's Block checker, you can link to an image and tell the world if you're online:

HTML:

Joe User's MSN Stats

Don't forget to change you@yourhotmail.com to your hotmail address and remove the spaces . If you run into troubles, make sure to read the Triople forums before coming to me and asking questions.

Got something cool?

Then don't be afraid to send it in. even if you don't know a single scrap of CSS, send me your suggestions and I'll see what I can do. Just Send me a note and I'll get back to you ASAP :D



And that's it for this month. Remember that this is now a monthly thing, not a fortnightly thing. I'm interested to see what you come up with!
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frozenpandaman's avatar
frozenpandaman General Artist
awesome
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SesakaTHStudent General Artist
Those look awesome, especially the changeable image one! :clap: I'll try that later on :+favlove:
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GraydaProfessional Photographer
Excellent! I can't wait to see that ! I've been meaning to update my journal so it's almost 100% dynamic, but like always, I've been lazy. This new game I'm working on is taking up most of my programming time ;P
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GraydaProfessional Photographer
I did do that, but I haven't done it in the last few.. if you're interested, take a look at [link] and that has all of the articles so far (with the temporary exception of this one..)

Enjoy! :D
kythca-stock's avatar
These are really great!

Is there anyway you can post links at the bottom of the articles to connect to the older ones? I would find that even more helpful!

:aww:
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GraydaProfessional Photographer
I did do that, but I haven't done it in the last few.. if you're interested, take a look at [link] and that has all of the articles so far (with the temporary exception of this one..)

Enjoy! :D
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Ah cool. Not that it matters much to me, since i'm not a subscriber, but maybe someday... Thanks! :aww:
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GraydaProfessional Photographer
You're welcome :) Good luck when you do get a sub :)
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noir-badgerProfessional Traditional Artist
Awesome!! I will keep these in mind! *goes off to read the rest of the articles*
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GraydaProfessional Photographer
Thanks! Hope you enjoy the rest of the series! I ought to begin on part 9 so I can have it read in time and not rush it :XD:

Thanks again!
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noir-badgerProfessional Traditional Artist
:D Keep up your good work!!
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GraydaProfessional Photographer
Thanks! Most certainly will do ;D
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pickupjojoProfessional Interface Designer
Great great! I'll try it as soon as I can. Thanks. ;)
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GraydaProfessional Photographer
No worries, best of luck and thanks for being an avid supporter of the series ;D
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viktoerProfessional Writer
i think that is best
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viktoerProfessional Writer
sorry that is for another news...
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S0RD3NHobbyist Digital Artist
Well last time I checked with Mess.be... The biggest msn messenger news website, MSN Block checkers do not work with MSN Messengers 7.x and later. :\ I tried your url to see if MSN has left another hole in the messenger protocol and apparently they haven't because it says "Offline" for me when I'm not ;P

Great tips!! I'd love to use some of these on my new journal... I'm not going to put my effort into it unless I get a year sub though... I'm not going to waste my efforts on a new journal css if I'm just going to lose it in a few weeks anyway rofl. I'll have to buy a new one or win one. :)
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GraydaProfessional Photographer
From what I've read, that's a half-truth. Back before 7.x came out, there was (and still is) the option to only allow those on your contact list, to contact you and see you online. It's like blocking everyone except those on your contact list. If you checked the box (meaning that only those YOU added could see you), then the block-checker would still work thanks to a loop-hole. With the MSNP upgrade (Don't remember WHICH upgrade however XD), that hole was fixed, and MSN versions after that came with the setting enabled by default. So that's why it might not work for you.

To fix that, open up MSN, go to Tools > Options > Privacy and uncheck the box which says "Only people on my Allow List can see my status and send me messages", then try again. It should work ;D

Best of luck!
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RAINBIRDProfessional Artisan Crafter
:headbang: worked for me...^^;
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GraydaProfessional Photographer
Which MSN are you using? Not like it matters, because they all run on the same protocol I think :XD:
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RAINBIRDProfessional Artisan Crafter
msn live Version.8 :D
i wanted the yahoo contacts feature...^^;
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GraydaProfessional Photographer
I'm using it right now. Good stuff, however Jabber is a lot more promising ;P
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RAINBIRDProfessional Artisan Crafter
:shrug: im happy with it as long as it works at the basic level of being an 'instant messenger'
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S0RD3NHobbyist Digital Artist
Nope it doesn't work still. It's always been unticked lol.. Probably the best bet for an alternative to this is things like Web2Messenger and stuff. There are a few out there, but they require you to add a bot to your messenger so they can keep track of your online status.
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