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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 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007  Student General Artist
awesome
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SesakaTH Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Student General Artist
Those look awesome, especially the changeable image one! :clap: I'll try that later on :+favlove:
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Grayda Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Professional 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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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Professional 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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kythca-stock Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
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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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Professional 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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kythca-stock Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
Ah cool. Not that it matters much to me, since i'm not a subscriber, but maybe someday... Thanks! :aww:
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Professional Photographer
You're welcome :) Good luck when you do get a sub :)
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noir-badger Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!! I will keep these in mind! *goes off to read the rest of the articles*
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007  Professional 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-badger Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Keep up your good work!!
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thanks! Most certainly will do ;D
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pickupjojo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Great great! I'll try it as soon as I can. Thanks. ;)
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Professional Photographer
No worries, best of luck and thanks for being an avid supporter of the series ;D
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viktoer Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional Writer
i think that is best
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viktoer Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional Writer
sorry that is for another news...
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S0RD3N Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007  Hobbyist 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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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional 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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RAINBIRD Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007   Filmographer
:headbang: worked for me...^^;
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional 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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RAINBIRD Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007   Filmographer
msn live Version.8 :D
i wanted the yahoo contacts feature...^^;
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Professional Photographer
I'm using it right now. Good stuff, however Jabber is a lot more promising ;P
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RAINBIRD Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007   Filmographer
:shrug: im happy with it as long as it works at the basic level of being an 'instant messenger'
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S0RD3N Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Hobbyist 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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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
ack! Kinda nasty way.. another way is to install Messenger Live Plus! and install the Status2FTP script. Every time you change your status, username, Personal message, whatever, it uploads your status to your FTP server. Then you can simply write a PHP script that parses the file and displays your status. Only catch is, you must have Messenger Live Plus! But that program is awesome anyway so yeah XD
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S0RD3N Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't live without Messenger Plus Live ;P Microsoft would come out with a new version of messenger, but I wouldn't upgrade until Patchou upgraded Plus! lol :)
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Professional Photographer
I've got it installed on this PC, but not on the other one. On the other one, it kicks people off, doesn't deliver messages and other strange stuff. And it IS Messenger Plus! that kicks people off, because I've uninstalled it, and it fixes the problem instantly..
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S0RD3N Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've only had a few problems with my messages not going to my contacts, but that's it. It usually only happens once or twice a month. I think it's been brought up before on the MsgPlus forum and I think Patchou is looking for a fix. Don't quote me on that though. ;P
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Professional Photographer
A fix? About time! This problem has been around long before MsgPlus for WLM was released..

The concept behind that still boggles my mind. It's great! :XD:
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BoffinbraiN Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
An excellent way to make rounded corners without images... :ninjaplot:
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
Make sure you thank =Monkeyshack for the excellent work :D
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007  Professional Photographer
It's great to see so many creative looking journals popping up all over DA, and this stuff makes it so much better :)
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thanks! Yep there's some great journals coming up and it's wonderful to see people who have never programmed before, touching the surface of HTML and CSS. And I hope to see things improving as time goes along ;D
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sa-cool Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007  Professional Photographer
wooow very cool
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thanks! Just remember you need to have a subscription to use these! A lot of people forget :P
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Skatefreak14 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007  Professional Photographer
As always! A great Edition to my CSS Archives! :+fav:
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thanks! Love the avatar btw ;D
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Skatefreak14 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
;)
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RAINBIRD Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007   Filmographer
:w00t: i'll be trying out that msn statistics next time i update my journal ...cool stuff as always gray!!
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thanks! Can't wait to see the updates! :D
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RAINBIRD Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007   Filmographer
i think its the msn status is fully working now ^^ i had a bit of trouble with its accuracy the first few days....seems the status is quite slow to update :shrug:
whats the status on journal games you mentioned before?
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007  Professional Photographer
It caches entries for 5 minutes to reduce server load so there's a 5 minute delay between status changes..

And the games aren't really going anywhere. I've run out of ideas and plus I'm working on a journal and website commission, so that's moar money ;P

Don't worry, things will be picking up soon :D
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RAINBIRD Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007   Filmographer
sure moneys first priority :salute:
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007  Professional Photographer
It is when your goal is to be out of home by mid-year :XD:
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:iconrainbird:
RAINBIRD Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007   Filmographer
i full support putting earning moneyz first ^^
g33ks gotta eat :D (or have a place to live as the case may be...)
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007  Professional Photographer
Or internet, if you're a true geek :P
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alperyesiltas Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
a great article as always ;)
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thankye! And great avatar btw! I was reading up on the "Paul is dead" conspiracy. REALLY fascinating read!
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Mirrasae Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007   Writer
Nice! This is cool!
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Grayda Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thanks! Just keep in mind that you have to be a subscriber to use these ;D
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