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Today I learned about a feature in our new Gallery app: notes. The feature is best described using pictures.


One of the old Project Pokémon banners I had lying around, uploaded to a private album

When your mouse is in the giant dark-gray area, there's some buttons. One of them is the Add Note button.


The Add Note Button

Clicking the Add Note button adds a transparent, resizable, and movable rectangle to the image, which comes with a text box that lets you add text.


Once notes are added, they can be read by mousing over the image.



A new forum update is coming soon, and one of the features I'm looking forward to is Device Management. This makes it more difficult for others to gain unauthorized access to your account.

From the IPS Community website:


Notification of a new device sign in

If enabled, users can receive an email notification when a new device is used to log into their account:


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Email sent when a login from a new device is detected

When a user signs in for the first time, a special key is set to recognise the browser on subsequent logins. This mean the notification email does not trigger on a new IP address, which would be annoying when travelling or if using a network where the IP address changes regularly. Instead, the notification is only triggered if someone signs into your account from a new physical device or web browser.


UserCP Device Management

If enabled, a new page will show in the user's settings page showing all the devices which have been used to log into their within the last 90 days (which is recent enough that could still be logged in if "Remember Me" was checked).

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Recently Used Devices

Users can see the device, browser, physical location (obtained by a GeoIP lookup) and if applicable, how the login was processed (for example, if the sign in was with Facebook or Twitter, this will show). If they chose "Remember Me" when logging in, they can undo that (handy if you realise you accidentally left yourself signed in on a public computer).

If they see anything they don't recognise, a page to walk them through the necessary steps to re-secure their account is available.

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Secure Account Information




A new forum update is coming soon, and one of the features I'm looking forward to is the blog sidebar. Project Pokémon recently got Blogs. They're already your personal corner of the site, and with this, you can customize them even further.

From the IPS Community website:


The sidebar now features a space reserved for Blog owners to add a little further info, add links to social network sites, contact info, or anything at all they desire.

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The New Blog Sidebar

The sidebar will show across all of the Blog pages (unlike the Blog description) and uses the standard built in text editor which supports all of the usual features such as embeds, images, links, and all other editor plugins you have enabled.

Editing the sidebar is as easy as editing the Blog info via the Manage Blog menu. It's then a simple matter of toggling the sidebar on and entering the info.

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Editing The Sidebar



A new forum update is coming soon, and one of the features I'm hyped for are Reactions. We already have post liking, but sometimes a "like" just isn't specific enough.

From the IPS Community website:


Quite simply, reactions allow users to offer more fine-grained sentiments towards content than a simple up/down or 'like'. They are now in common usage on social networks, and so users expect to be able to be more nuanced in their response to something they see.

Let's see how they work in a post, and then cover the options you'll have available.


What you see above is the default setup for a site that has used the Like system in version 4.1. We include 5 reactions by default:

  • Like
  • Thanks
  • Confused
  • Sad
  • Haha

As you'd expect, you can click individual reaction counts (or the overall reputation score, if you enable that setting) to view who reacted to the content.

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On touch devices, on-hover functionality is not suitable, and so for these devices the reactions UI looks like this:


Reactions play well with all areas of the suite, including ... activity streams...


...and a couple of places we aren't quite ready to reveal yet ;) 

We have the ability to create custom reactions, so if you have any requests for reactions, let us know in the comments!


A new forum update is coming soon, and one of the features I'm hyped for are Clubs. Clubs are sub-communities where you can discuss various topics that you define.


From the IPS Community website:


Each club has three levels of user:

  • Leader
    A leader has all of the permissions of a moderator, and can add other moderators. They can also add content areas (see below). The club owner is automatically a leader.
  • Moderators
    Moderators, as the name implies, have the ability to moderate content posted within the club. As the site administrator, you can define which moderator tools can be used. You could, for example, prevent any content being deleted from clubs, but allow it to be hidden. Moderators can also remove members from a club.
  • Users
    Anyone else that joins the club.

Access Levels


Four types of club are available:

  • Public clubs
    Clubs that anyone can see and participate in without joining.
  • Open club
    Clubs that anyone can see and join.
  • Closed club
    Clubs that anyone can see in the directory, but joining must be approved by a Club Leader or Club Moderator. Non-club-members who view the club will only see the member list - not the recent activity or content areas.
  • Private club
    Clubs that do not show in public, and users must be invited by a Club Leader or Club Moderator


Approving and declining join requests



Each club can have their own forums, download categories, blogs, and calendars.




Club owners can add forums where members can create topics. Club leaders and club moderators have control over these forums and can pin, lock, move, merge, and hide threads in these forums.

These screenshots depict a single forum "Topics".




Project Pokémon recently got Blogs. With clubs, you can create a blog managed by the club leaders and club moderators.


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Clubs can also have files, similar to our downloads section.




And finally, the calendar.



And who knows? Maybe there'll be something else in there too ;)