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The new mindat.org!

Last Updated: 3rd Mar 2015

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

All Change!

I have been working full-time on mindat.org since late 2013 (thanks to the generous donations for many of you), for the last six months I have dedicated my time to building a new version of the mindat.org site - including the first major home page redesign since 2006! But that's just a tiny part of what's changed.

Let's go through some of the details:

(Please note that inevitably some things are going to go wrong with the new site. Please be patient and report any problems in the message board or to jolyon@mindat.org)

Support for Mobile devices

Now, on most mindat pages, if you open it up on a tablet or a cellphone you get a version formatted for your screen.

Simplified search

The small search box on the search bar at the top gives instant searching for any mineral, locality or glossary page. If you want the old search form it's still here, just click the 'Advanced Search' button.

Cleaner mineral & locality pages

I've made these pages cleaner, and we now have up to four 'head' photos to better show the mineral or locality in question. If you see pages with several photos of very similar specimens please report this in the forum so we can adjust them - the automatic picks are not always best and we can override them.

Better polytype handling

Information on polytypes is now shown in tabular format on the parent mineral page, for example see pyrrhotite.

Nicer message board format

We have a nicer template for the messageboard, again it's designed to work on mobile and tablet devices better. And an easy link to recent messages.

Mineral photo gallery

There's a new type of photo gallery for showing photos of minerals - an automated gallery

For example here is the gallery for magnetite - http://www.mindat.org/gm/2538

Media Explorer

The photo viewer has been replaced by a new multipurpose media explorer tool.

Click on any photo and you will be able to zoom in/out using your mouse scrollwheel (or by two-finger pinch and zoom on a touch device).

If you load a higher-resolution image, you can actually zoom in to see greater detail - higher resolution versions are loaded as you zoom in.

Retina support! If you have a retina (or other high pixel density) display such as the iMac Retina, Macbook Pro Retina, or iPad 3 or higher then the media player will take advantage of it automatically as you zoom in.

The system also supports playback of video and 3d spinning rotations - more on this soon!

It also supports displaying stereoscopic images on a suitable 3D TV or monitor. Again, more information will be published on using this very soon but if you want to experiment, hit the '3' key once you've loaded a stereoscopic picture.

Basic instructions for media explorer

Click on the mindat logo to return to mindat

Use mouse wheel to zoom in/out, drag on image with mouse to scroll.

Press 1 to fit image to screen
Press 2 to fill screen with image
Press 3 to toggle 3D Stereoscopic view (interlaced frames)
Press 4 to switch left and right image in 3D View

Press < to make background darker
Press > to make background lighter

Have fun!

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Probably one of the best mobile friendly sites. I find other sites i use often very hard to use. I'm using a galaxy s4 and i like it. Will play around more with the site tomorrow.

Matt Neuzil
11th Jan 2015 5:46am
Jolyon, great news!
I am especially fond of the new media viewer and 3D viewer.

A little remark:
I think you should consider adding a button of switching to full pc version of the site while on mobile. All the major sites do so, and write into cookies that user prefers full version.
Some people have tablets with large screens and hate the mobile site versions, because sometime cannot find familiar links where they should be.

Pavel Martynov
11th Jan 2015 7:54am
Great work Jolyon!... a comment: when going to photos today or yesterday... is there a way to get JUST the photos upload that day? It seems to get the photo today to have to go to "newest" in "rate" ...is there another way?

John Montgomery
11th Jan 2015 12:44pm
I should have said (above) in "order by" and then "newest"...

John Montgomery
11th Jan 2015 12:46pm
Jolyon, this is wonderful. I know you are still working on the stereo thing but I found that the feature we discussed - being able to pan and zoom on cross-eyed stereo - hasn't been implemented yet. Or have I missed something?

Tony Peterson
11th Jan 2015 2:20pm
Not implemented yet - been too busy. It's a great idea, but it will take me some time. After Tucson maybe?

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
11th Jan 2015 6:24pm
Thank you Jolyon - It must have been a lot of work - you have a habit of spending the Christmas season on Mindat, it seems!

It was a bit wierd yesterday on my firefox and W7, but today perhaps the caches have cleared and it seems great - now I just have to learn to pilot it...

All the best for the Naw Year


Timothy Greenland
12th Jan 2015 4:21pm
Hi, I appreciate all your work on the site. A couple of things that I think could be improved: (1) I have a terrible time finding the page listing mineral shows. If it's this hard to find, there isn't much point of having it. (2) I can't find the page with member statistics (e.g., number of photos, ranking, etc.). I'm a bit dense with computers and don't have a lot of patience, so I may just be missing something.

Bob Carnein

Carl (Bob) Carnein
28th Feb 2015 10:21pm

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