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Blue Aura Conversion [R]; a Kman skin [ cool blue & white ]
Topic Started: Dec 4 2017, 07:07 PM (870 Views)
Helena
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A popular Kman skin, converted with the permission of Kman by Helena.
Date: December, 2017

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Notes: I started working on this conversion months ago, and finally decided to finish it now as zIFBoards wanes from existence. Conversions are tedious for me, but I thought this Kman skin was worth saving, so I took it on as a labor of love. I'm really glad to have finally completed the project.

I stayed as true as possible to the original images, designs and layout as possible within the ZetaBoards platform, but made the arbitrary decision to update a couple things like removing the underline links decoration, and making font-sizes larger in the main content areas. This helps readability in the mobile application. The original button set was used and filled in for ZetaBoards, including a new topic status icon set based on the forum marker design.

Possibly the most exciting thing about this conversion is that it is a mobile responsive theme, and will allow this classic design to be enjoyed for a long time as more and more users access forums via their mobile devices.

For as long as it lasts, here is a test board of the original skin with the skin codes in case anyone wants to install it as a last hurrah:
http://s13.zifboards.com/BlueAuraPreview/index.php

IF Screenshots:


Browser Compatibility:
Tested in FireFox, Chrome, Opera, and Edge, and the theme is compatible with all current versions of those browsers, and in Safari and Chrome mobile browsers. Please report any display issues in this topic.

Edit Permissions: Only text size or text color changes, please. since this is a remake of a classic design and not my own work, I cannot give permission for design changes.

Graphics: Pre-hosted images to copy/paste to your Theme Images page. Or use the quick transfer developer tool method linked on the page. Images will remain permanently hosted.
http://b2.ifrm.com/28122/87/0/p712841/ImageMacrosBlueAura.html

Extra Images
Blank Banner, Banner PSD and Team Icons (2 styles)


AdminCP > Themes > Choose Theme > Theme Settings
Theme Width: Set to no width limit
Install your banner in place of the hosted image URL in this code:
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<img src="YOURBANNERURL" alt="YOURBOARDNAME" />


AdminCP > Themes > choose Theme > Theme Layout
Layout


AdminCP > Themes > choose Theme > Theme Appearance
CSS
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DaPizzaMan
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For what it's worth, I saved the original board here: https://web.archive.org/web/20171205161853/http://s13.zifboards.com/BlueAuraPreview/index.php
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Helena
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Excellent! Thanks for adding that. In fact, doing that would be a good idea for anyone having favorite skins they don't want disappearing forever soon.

Also thank you for the help on finishing up this project and for continually refining your mobile codes. They keep getting better and better.

It seems there is always some last minute coding bugaboo that I need rescuing from, and this theme was no different.

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Nostalgia.
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Helena
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Nostalgia, yes. Here's my bit of contributing info to that cause....

Blue Aura was the Big Boards Resources skin before Lewis made the Tropical Sky custom skin for BB back in the first millennial decade. ^_^ It served the community well for a long while. Actually, since all the original test boards links are broken. I was only able to faithfully reconstruct the skin because we had it installed on a couple of test boards used by Big Boards. Even so there were broken images and such to deal with, and I couldn't find any existing instance of Kman's original banner or header area, so I did my best to create something compatible with his style.

This was also one of the skins loaded into a very popular InvisionFree skin changer code, so it got extensive use in pre-ZetaBoards days when it was a true novelty to be able to have multiple skins for your board.
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Indeed: https://web.archive.org/web/20070103213955/http://bigboardsresources.com/
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