I am part of a Community of Online Designers/Developers known as (Forrst) & within this group a few of us have chatted about ideas, services, webapps, mobile apps etc and decided to come up with a true new Project, actually an Agency - Non-Profit (for the most part) - MORE 4 THE LOVE OF A COMMUNITY, LEARNING, HELPING EACH OTHER, TEACHING EACH OTHER NEW TEQNICUES WE PICK UP ETC ETC... Basically We call ourselves a "Group" (International Community Projecters Group). We have been working together since almost 1st being Invited to Forrst & meeting each other by the same interests, talking to each other about work and snippets given etc... so we are about 11mths-12mths old now. :-) & IT'S TIME TO RELEASE NFOPic to the BETA Stage.
NOW THAT I HAVE SOME BACKGROUND, HERE IS WHAT WE NEED (Atleast for right now (BETA v1.0) then more as we progress, obviously.)
OK, What you see now at [url removed, login to view] is our ALPHA v1.0.1 and has been active for about 7mths, we have only been slowly working on it as this is our 2nd side project (We have a more important and larger project which takes most of our time.) So the Graphics (GFX), HTML Markup, CSS etc is only basic and really just playing with ideas, the main focus of work so far has been on the back end. However a Mascot Illustrator Donated a Mascot for the new Design I (myself) am currently working on. (ALL Designers/Developers/Helpers/Marketers/ETC who donate time or a skill etc or are wishing to join the team and work on the proejct FREE or FAIR Priced get their:
[BANNER] NAME/BUSINESS NAME [WEBSITE] - "Work Completed is blah blah."
or a similar format on our STAFF & SUPPORTERS Page... (which is currently in the works atm.)
We also have a LOGO, which a couple of different Designers gave to use but they do not suit the style of the project/colours/etc So I am in the middle of working on a few Ideas myself for the past 2 days.
RE-CAPPING SO FAR-:
* MASCOT [done]
* LOGO [coming along ok]
* HTML/CSS For DESIGN: [Starting up at the moment, not really clear which directiion to take. Though the site 'Material' for the pages has been completed]
So Now here is where YOU COME IN! The WORK IS SIMPLE, OUR CODE IS VERY WELL LAYED OUT & EASY TO MAKE CHANGES. SOME OPEN-SOURCE CODE HAS BEEN USED which makes understanding it and adjusting it quiet easy to follow.
HERE ARE THE TASKS REQUIRED TO BEGIN BETA V1.0 ->>
((Foreword: Our Main Competitor is [url removed, login to view] we want to be more minimal, yet use a style of coding that is fresh and can accomplish hat we need which some newer techniques such as jQuery/AJAX and PHP/mySQL combined to create speed across the front-end and back-end.))
(A) Create a more reliable CSS Stylesheet to be linked instead of embeded into the [url removed, login to view] or other site files. Use a strong use of <li> to transform the images and the complete design of site. (ALL IMAGES WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU BY MYSELF IN ADVANCED or Can be Requested if a Certain Image is Needed as .png or .jpg.
THE SITE DESIGN IS VERY VERY MINIMAL - Please Remember, & ALL Images will be Provided, Only CSS/XHTML/HTML Coding is needed throughout this whole project and all it's parts. ONLY a 1 PAGE Minimal Style Focusing on mainly new-age and fancy use of the new CSS3 to our advantage for the Design Template. (THERE WILL BE VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF IMAGES - Maybe 5-10 Max. In The Template Itself - Pre-Created/or Created Upon Request of what is neded for the Vision the Designer Has for Her/His Design)
(B) When an .nfo, .txt or .diz files are Uploaded, they are saved in a folder named /uploads this is for backup purposes and we created it for a future use - to host the images. Though, the reason uses the /uploads and the Upload Tool, it is simply to make the name of the file that is uploaded to remain the same (at the moment it is changed to a random group of letters/numbers - this was so the DB entries names would not be repeated. So we need to figure out a way if it is the same as a previous one on he DB and in the /uploads folder we give it a distinct difference (perhaps _1 , _2 , _3 etc for each continuing to grow by adding the following digit so no images and DB names will ever be the same - and this way they can also be read.
(C) After each Upload there should be a textarea directly above the PNG Image where a URL to the Converted File (eg: [url removed, login to view]) and there is a small link with 'Select & Copy' which selects the URL inside the textarea and copies to clipboard or they can just use normal right click & copy the link! ALSO an option that appears just below this that uses the API or just a FORM with URL to the Image Hosts Form php file (for remote uploading) of [url removed, login to view], [url removed, login to view] (& 1 or 2 other larger Image Hosts including our own - at first ONLY 2 - we can discuss which as the easiest for developers to upload from their sites to which we choose.) So the User is given an option by either Radio Button or tick box and can only select 1 or none (if using none, they can upload to their PC for use for later or use our [url removed, login to view] Hosted Images.)
C) Under each upload in a monospace or Times type font it should use the DB to fetch the name. EG: You are now viewing 'My [url removed, login to view]' click on the image directlt to Download.
D) Every time an upload is made there is already a system for databasing the files (this will be used for future search feature, so users can search for a name instead of uploading the same thing, also top 10, etc - BUT NOT FOR ATLEAST A FEW MTHS YET!!!)
So as in step (A) this system needs to be looked at and made to use the name of the NFO, TXT or DIZ (unless already in the DB, then it adds digits o the end - OR whatever the coder thinks is easier & better. WE WILL BE LEAVING ALOT OF TECHNICAL, CODING LANGUAGE STUFF, & DEVS THAT CAN USE THEIR OWN COMMON SENSE TO WORK OUT PROBLEMS WITHOUT NEEDING TO BE TOLD EXACTLY HOW All the Time!
So as for (D) the same file name, no matter the extension (nfo, txt etc) to use the exact name in the DataBase (obviously if any forbidden characters are used or is too long it needs to be fixed to work). BE REMEMBERING YOU WILL PROBABLY BE THE GUY ADDING THE SEARCH FUNCTION SOONISH (in a few months or less) So KEEP THAT IN MIND WHEN CODING THIS.
NOTE-: KEEP IN MIND, THERE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE ALOT OF FEATURE ADDITIONS, BUG FIXES, NEW FEATURES OR FEATURE UPGRADES -->> SO CODE WITH THE FUTURE CODERS IN MIND PLEASE!!!! KEEP EVERYTHING CLEAR AND PUT IN */ WHEN U THINK IT'S NEEDED FOR FUTURE CODERS OR FOR DESIGN OR FEATURE UPDATES/CHANGES. :-)
OK, that is it... I told you it was simple. Basically this ALPHA -> BETA Launch is to basically make a move forward in the right direction, start some heavy promo campaigns, and get things running really well. So far there is no bugs (we have heard of yet anyway), so we are ALPHA 1.0.1 (Bug Free) & THIS IS JUST A LITTLE NUDGE INTO BETA v1.0 & hopefully just a test mission for the right guy/girl for this project which many many more features to come over the weeks and months. We are a Small Community Group, but we do often hire out (out-source when too busy or need new set of eyes or kick ass design eye).
FYI- IF U GET THIS GIG & DO US PROUD WE HAVE SOMETHING STRAIGHT AWAY AGAIN ON A COMMUNITY SERVICE ([url removed, login to view]) and our main Project we currently have a need for a front-end developer/designer & a php/mySQL guy/girl.... BUT AGAIN, MORE ON THIS FOR WHOEVER CAN HANDLE THIS 'LIL [url removed, login to view] Adjustment.
1) Complete 4 Small Parts in Any Order to go from ALPHA to BETA Phaze on our Community Project [url removed, login to view] !
2) The most creative part of the project is using the Images, Site Elements, Logo, Graphic Buttons etc to fit all very MINIMAL AND COOL NEW-AGE using the best of CSS2 and CSS3 you can muster, cool snippets u can find around the web, using cufon or atfont-face and other coolness to PRODUCE by the END just a 1 SINGLE PAGE with CSS Navigation, so we can use it for every single page on the WebApp/Site.
(HOME - ABOUT US - STAFF & SUPPORTERS - CONTACT US - 'Anything we cannot think of yet, and also other Links or the Footer Navigation (EG: TOS - PRIVACY - DMCA - SUBMIT IDEAS).
3) Have Everything Bug-Free and find solutions of making your code as quick as possible to load, so far we are a 100% Bug-Free App. BUGS can always be taken care of in future updates, so its not end of the world if one is found in a few days after running live BETA - We just need reports on the problem for fixing/changing the feature around somehow...
OK THIS HAS BEEN A LONG SPEECH, as I wanted to give a full bbackground of the Group, then a Overall of what our App Does. (Converts NFO, TXT & DIZ Files In2 PNG IMAGES). A Very Simple WebApp in theory, and I wanted to show that by going through everything from the start of our Project Group to the NFOPIC Web Service and the constant work in the future it will be needing - From tiny new features 2 HUGE NEW IDEAS!
If you have any Questions or Concerns please ONLY ask in PMB. If you have any examples of prior PHP/jQUERY/AJAX/CSS3 Work especially, please feel free to show off some techniques. We are KEEN to let people we work with THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX, you know the plan, it may even be altered slightly in the process, BUT THERE ARE NO RULES ON HOW YOU ACHIEVE YOUR NFOPIC MISSION (Coder #4 to Work on The Project).
--------- DO NOT use Standard Generic Answers in your Response Area, Please just use PMB for any Personal stuff you wish to address, and feel free to let me know ur skill set in the Text Response Area - I LOOK FORWARD TO WOEKING WITH ONE OF U GUYS/GIRLS (for many projects if things go as directed).
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. THIS ASSURES ME YOU WILL ALSO BE PATIENT WHEN WORKING WITH OUR BaBY & SHOW US HOW YOU WILL HELP TO MAKE [url removed, login to view] 1 OF THE TOP 'nfo 2 png converters on the web!'
I AM SURE IT IS GOING TO BE A PLEASURE WORKING TOGETHER,