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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Saturday, March 1, 2008
News Categories: Site News

Over the past six and a half years, Apple’s digital media device family has grown from one iPod and iTunes to include iPhone, Apple TV, and much more: today, there are four different current-generation iPods in 24 different versions to choose from, new updates to iTunes on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, and game-changing software updates for both the iPhone and Apple TV.

While iLounge has grown dramatically to cover all of these products, our main page has been bursting at the seams trying to handle it all. Comprehensive looks at new product releases, reports on different countries and companies, reader-submitted photographs, news, and tutorials have all had to fight for very limited real estate, sometimes disappearing from our main page within only a day of initial posting. If you’ve been looking for something that appeared on iLounge only a day or two ago, chances are good that you had to search for it.

Our new design remedies that. Sit back, or click once on the expanded main page, and you’ll find that all of our biggest and latest stories are right in front of you. Expanded feature, review, and news pages have more room for larger photographs, and more readable text. A bigger, easier navigation bar provides faster access to the site’s many sections. Access to our downloadable publications, created to help you get quick answers to your iPod/iPhone use and accessory buying questions, is always available at the bottom of the screen. And soon, you’ll find an improved translation feature that better converts our content into different languages, as well as major reworkings of the many section satellite pages linked from the main page.

We’re still tweaking a number of the site’s features, including fixing some broken links, and adding back things that have disappeared from the main page during the transition. Please report any serious bugs you discover to dennisl@ilounge.com, as we work to bring the new iLounge up to full speed. Enjoy!

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Comments

41

It’s strange how the ads float over the footer when you scroll.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on March 3, 2008 at 1:42 PM (PDT)

42

I love the new look!  And the site loads so much quicker now.  Keep up the great work iLounge.  You rock!

Posted by beckie66 on March 3, 2008 at 2:52 PM (PDT)

43

Safari 1.3.2 (v312.6), 2x500mHz G4, MacOS 10.3.9
Couple thoughts:
-Ads sometimes overlap footer
-Navigating/pausing top stories forces page to reload, which often pauses (spinning colour wheel) on broadband connection
-Trying to expand/contract using the drag feature left-side main page selections (poll, library, etc.) crashes Safari
-Trying to expand/contract same using the double-up-arrows or double-down arrows expands/contracts the menu you’re trying to view or hide, but then causes the page to reload (and it reloads without enacting the change you just tried to make)
-The above three make the site unusable for all but rudimentary navigating on my computer
-Site looks great, fade effects very smooth

I realize I’m using an outdated machine, but then some of us are also using “outdated” iPods.

Posted by Tommy B. on March 3, 2008 at 3:01 PM (PDT)

44

NICE overall new design, nice footer, but what is it for really? how about a totally useful footer or sidebar?

Posted by Thors10 on March 3, 2008 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

45

Props for listening!
I wasn’t going to come back today, but I’m happy to see the footer gone.
Much better, but still need to get used to this overhaul.

Posted by slb on March 3, 2008 at 6:01 PM (PDT)

46

Glad you removed the footer.  The site looks much better now and is easier to navigate.  Thanks for listening to your readers!

Posted by Cameron on March 4, 2008 at 9:26 AM (PDT)

47

why did u remove the stationary footer. i really liked it.

Posted by Dhruv on March 4, 2008 at 1:01 PM (PDT)

48

Please tell me you’re kidding Dhruv..

Thnx for removing it.
Much better

Posted by BB on March 4, 2008 at 4:46 PM (PDT)

49

LOL he’s got to be joking about that! thanks for listening out for our opinions guys!

Posted by Ahmed on March 6, 2008 at 9:33 PM (PDT)

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