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stuart
12-17-2008, 08:19 PM
How can I forget.... with our upgrade, we have some cool new features for our forum...

Multi-Quote
The much-requested multi-quote feature allows users to tag multiple posts that they wish to respond to by clicking a small button on each post. Once the user clicks the reply button, each tagged post is quoted.

To increase usability, by default, only posts within the current thread are automatically quoted. If you wish to quote posts in other threads with multi-quote, you simply need to click a link on the reply page, and the text of those posts will be added without a reload.
http://files.vbulletin.com/3.6/multiquote-k.png


Mark Forums Read with AJAX
If you wish to mark a forum read, you can simply click its status icon on the index page and the change will be processed without a reload. You can even mark individual sub-forums as read in the same way.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.6/markforumread.png


Quote Tags Link to Quoted Post
When quoting a post, the ID of the post is automatically included with the [quote] tag. When the quoted text is viewed in a thread, a small icon links back to the quoted post.

Example:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kier http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1079030#post1079030)
The output generated by the Archive is now buffered before being sent to the client. Plugins for the Archive that generate output must be adapted in order to work correctly.


New Buddy/Ignore List Editor Saves with AJAX
Along with a new interface, your buddy and ignore lists are saved with AJAX to prevent an unnecessary reload. Additionally to make the interface even easier to use, vBulletin searches for matching users as you type their names.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.6/buddyignore.png

Thread Tagging

A new way to facilitate searching and grouping of threads, it is now possible for users to add tags to threads they post or read.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/thread-tags-newthread.png

Tags can be added when creating a new thread, or to an existing thread by any user (with appropriate permissions).

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/thread-tags-showthread.png

Any users who then click on these tags will not only find all thread that have the same tag as the one clicked, but will also contribute to the building of a search tag cloud, which gives users a quick guide as to what has been searched for recently and most frequently.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/thread-tags-search-cloud.png


Thread Prefixes

Long requested by users, threads can now have administrator-defined prefixes to their titles.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/thread-prefixes-forumdisplay.png

Thread prefixes are divided into groups by the administrator, allowing different prefixes to be available in different forums.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/thread-prefixes.png


Reciprocal Friendships Between Users

As part of our new social networking system, users can now request that people on their buddy list confirm their friendship, after which time a person's list of confirmed friends will be viewable to other users.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/friends-edit.png


Public Messaging

While private messages between users have been in vBulletin since version 2.0, vBulletin 3.7 introduces the public messaging system, allowing users to communicate publicly via their profile pages.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/public-messages-profile.png


User Picture Galleries

vBulletin users can now create albums and upload pictures to their account.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/album-show-album.png

The ability to view these albums and pictures can be limited by the user to just board staff and people on their buddy list if they want privacy.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/album-show-picture.png


User-Created Social Groups

To further social cohesion between users and to encourage people to make friends, vBulletin now includes a facility to allow users to create their own social/interest groups.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/social-groups.png

These groups are enhanced by having their own public messaging system, and the ability to add pictures to the group from user albums.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/social-groups-messages-and-pictures.png


New Member Profile Page

In order to accomodate all the new features in vBulletin 3.7, the member profile page has been completely redesigned from the ground up.

The new page presents information in a far cleaner and more logical manner, while dividing up information into manageable chunks using a tabbed interface.

Individual profile field categories can be displayed alone in blocks in the right column, in addition to appearing by default in the 'About Me' tab.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/new-memberinfo-b.png


Member Customization of Profile Page

The administrator may choose to allow his members to use the profile page customization tool, which allows users to alter fonts, colors, background and borders etc. of their profile page in order to create a more personalized look.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/customize-profile-editor.png

The administrator can lock-down customization permissions, in order to prevent the personalized pages being made too offensively awful by aesthetically challenged members... nobody wants to see some of those really ugly MySpace pages on your vBulletin installation!

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/full-memberinfo-compare.png


Inline Editing of Profile Field Values

The 'About Me' tab of each member's profile page has edit controls, allowing them to quickly change values without leaving their profile page.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/profilefield-ajax-edit.png


Attachment Viewing Lightbox

Clicking on an attached image will now open a lightbox rather than open a new window, with the image scaled to fit the browser viewport. A click on the image in the lightbox will open it in a new window as before.

http://files.vbulletin.com/3.7/lightbox-showthread.png

And there's more that I haven't covered here... and there are a lot of changes for mods to make our jobs easier too...

Stuart