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RocketReviews.com Site Updates

Look for more designs to be indexed in the Rocksim Library and the OpenRocket Libray. I updated the “spider” which searches the internet for designs. It now also looks inside zip archive files. This has already added dozens of designs to the indexes.

I made the “thumbnails” displayed in Photo Albums larger. The pages will take longer to display, but the photos look much better.

I added a “Search” tab to the Rocketry Plans and Instructions index. This will make it easier for you to find plans or instructions without having to search the entire site.

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Help Determine the Future of RocketReviews.com

I’ve begun working on a major update of RocketReviews.com. The main goal of the upgrade is very general – to make things work better.

I’ve adopted the Invision Power Services Community Suite (IPS) as the basis for the new version of RocketReviews.com. The IPS architecture is similar to the one I developed for the existing RocketReviews.com web site. Like the architecture I developed, IPS makes it easy to expand the site by adding new features (IPS calls them “applications” and “modules”) on top of the existing framework. IPS’s architecture, though is more robust and capable than the one I developed.

In addition to providing a framework for custom functionality, IPS ships with a number of full-feature applications including a discussion forum, an image gallery, a blog, and a chat application. IPS implements hooks allowing the existing application and custom ones added later to work together.

I’ve installed IPS at Community.RocketReviews.com. You can log into the

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Photos in More Places

It’s a minor update, but I think it adds a little class to the RocketReviews.com site ….

I added large photo to the start of Kit pages and Rocket Gallery pages. The photo displayed is selected at random from the photographs attached to the kit or rocket. If no photographs have been uploaded for the kit or rocket, the site chooses a random photograph from a flight associated with the kit or rocket or from the kit associated with the rocket.

To see an example, visit the Hawk’s Hobby Super Mark page. The picture displayed at the top of the page is one randomly selected from the flights of the rocket.