Over the past week or so, hundreds and hundreds of you have provided feedback on Cutline by pointing out issues and requesting changes. Thanks to your wonderful input, I’ve been able to craft a newer, stronger, cooler version of the theme, and you can (and should!) download it now.
Although there are numerous cosmetic changes in version 1.02, there is one major update that you all need to be aware of, so please read on to get the scoop.
Version 1.02 Changelog
- 1. Major Update: automatic image styling removed
In all previous releases of Cutline, unstyled images received a core set of style treatments that caused them to be pushed to the right and given a frame. Instead of being a favor to users as I had originally anticipated, this actually caused many folks to consider sending me death threats. For very *ahem* practical reasons, I have begrudgingly eliminated this automatic image styling capability from the theme.
From now on, whenever you include an image without styling, it will just sit there and look out of place unless you apply an image handling class. The onus is now on you to make sure that your posts look as nice as I want them to, so don’t let me down, ok? 🙂
Actually, if you must know, the reason why I thought this change was necessary is because things like the Technorati icon in the “tags” generator would show up with default styling (pushed to the right and framed). This looked really goofy and out of place, and now I know that when items don’t behave as users expect, they get angry. I’m all about giving you some happy, so I had no choice but to remove the automatic styling.
- 2. Image padding reduced
- Instead of an 8px padding between your image and its frame, you’ll notice that framed images now have only 3px of padding. I think it looks a little cleaner and integrates more nicely with the theme as a whole.
- 3. “stack” class added to image handling
- One particular user pointed out that he was unable to produce a horizontal row of images at the bottom of his posts, and given the old set of image handling classes, this would have been impossible to accomplish. Check out an in-depth look at this new class on Image Handling with Cutline.
- 4. Blockquote text
- Blockquote (and pullquote) text is now darker and hopefully more legible across a wider variety of monitors.
- 5. Pullquote style
- Double-borders have been added above and below pullquotes to add style and further differentiate them from the regular post content. It’s the hotness.
- 6. List spacing
- I wasn’t happy with the vertical spacing of lists (
<ol>), so I increased the vertical margin between each list item.
- 7. Link rollover colors
- In previous releases, blue (unvisited) links would turn a lighter shade of blue when you hovered the mouse over them. I never thought this was enough of a visual cue, so I have changed the rollover color from #0af to #df0000, which is a nice, deep red. Plus, the red looks cool within the context of the theme, because now you have all the primaries making cameo appearances in the design. Yes, I’m a geek.
- 8. Comment dates
- Before, comment dates read like this: “Sep. 12th 2006.” Now, they read like this: “Sep. 12, 2006.” The change saves a tiny bit of horizontal character space, but I really just thought it was more appropriate for the comments.
- 9. Comment form links
If your post has one or more comments, the “3 Comments” link points to a URL that is appended with “#comments.” However, if your post has zero comments, the “No Comments” link points to a URL that is appended with “#respond.”
Prior to version 1.02, there was no destination link for “#respond.” Now is the time to rejoice, though, because I have caught this omission and provided you with a link. I know, I know — benevolent doesn’t even begin to describe me.
- 10. Comments link after the post
- You’ll notice that on the front page, each post has a link to the comments underneath the title, which is great for gleaning quick information about a post. The problem with this, however, is that if you actually read the post and then decide to comment, you have to scroll all the way back up to the top to click on the comments link. Unnecessary scrolling stinks, so now you’ve got a link to the comments after the post as well.
- 11. My name is now in the footer
- Some very cool people have suggested that I put my name in the footer because they thought it was better for branding than simply “Cutline.” I appreciate the love, so now my name is in the footer with an attribution to both this site as well as Tubetorial.
Four core theme files have changed for this release:
If you haven’t made any changes to your theme files, then you have nothing to worry about. Just overwrite them all and have a good day.
If you’ve changed your header images, don’t overwrite the
images folder within the Cutline directory! Don’t do it! Stop already!
If you’ve made special changes to your
style.css file, I am terribly sorry for this inconvenience. Your best bet is probably to overwrite your old file and then try and make your changes again.
One thing I would suggest, however, is that you add all new snippets of code in a segregated area of your stylesheet. That way, when a new upgrade comes down the pike, you’ll be able to copy and paste that code over into the new file.
Now, get to it!