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Hello All!

Based on my recent Forest theme, this is another digital composition for an ocPortal website theme showcasing a feature allowing for distinct "welcome" and "site" pages. The 1920 x 1200 panoramic winter scene is enhanced with HTML5, JavaScript and JQuery code snippets to produce a satisfying winter scene.

I have tested this theme with the latest browsers and although they all render an adequate scene, they certainly do not do it with equal accuracy and performance. For best results, I suggest Firefox or Google Chrome. I did not make use of Adobe Flash elements this time around;), as I was fortunate to find JavaScripts and css3 animation techniques good enough for what I wanted to achieve. I came close to using Flash Christmas lights for my Christmas tree as all there was available in JavaScript were renditions of smashable lights. Why would someone want to smash Christmas lights is beyond my comprehension. However, after finding a snippet of code to randomize images display on and off, I made my own lights for it.  Unfortunately, I did not find a way to anchor them to the tree when re-sizing the scene, so the 'Mobile' version of the Welcome page is without blinking lights.

I hope you will enjoy the Winter theme, especially for this season. I wish you all the joys of seeing a white Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Jean 
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wauw….very nice theme Jean, gratulations!

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Hey, I spent toooooo much time viewing this offering, following the links, ending with delectable Celine singing in French (what else should I have expected from a French Canadian?), and then wandered off to YouTube (there was a reason) and got sidetracked by other Christmas melodies!

The reason I viewed Celine on YouTube was because there seemed to be a problem with the stream being served up via the page. It was a bit choppy and I'm not sure what to attribute to that. The original on YouTube streamed perfectly.

You may know what the cause could be because you constructed it, but if you have an explanation I'd be happy to take it on board.

Congrats on another job well done!

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Very nice as usual Jean :thumbs:.

Is that Lake Bled I see in the first image of "views from the trail"?

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Very nice as usual Jean .

Is that Lake Bled I see in the first image of "views from the trail"?


Thanks temp!
I got it as a wallpaper (1920x1080) HERE.

It certainly look like the monastery on Lake Bled in Slovenia, but there was no reference on the Image.
Lovely place anyway!

Jean:)
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Hey, I spent toooooo much time viewing this offering, following the links, ending with delectable Celine singing in French (what else should I have expected from a French Canadian?), and then wandered off to YouTube (there was a reason) and got sidetracked by other Christmas melodies!

The reason I viewed Celine on YouTube was because there seemed to be a problem with the stream being served up via the page. It was a bit choppy and I'm not sure what to attribute to that. The original on YouTube streamed perfectly.

You may know what the cause could be because you constructed it, but if you have an explanation I'd be happy to take it on board.

Congrats on another job well done!

 


Thanks for your comments, Fletch!:)
Celine reminds me of my youth in Montreal, especially her French songs.
 
The stream being served up via the page is coming from my server in Houston Texas, hopping from router to router until Portugal. I did test the page on many occasions during the past few days and the quality was always impeccable. Unfortunately, it seems that this is not always true from other locations around the world. I thought that streaming it myself would keep a better quality, since my reception of YouTubes in general is not always good and I assumed it would be worst in Europe. If you know of another mp3 source for that song from a faster server, I can substitute it and give it a spin for a few days and see if the results are better. In any cases, let me know if tomorrow the stream is better or not and anyone else listening to it for that matter.

Cheers!
Jean
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Definitely a lovely place.

I'm almost positive that its Lake Bled. The Perspective of the shot is throwing me off a little though, as it makes the gap between the mainland on the right and the island itself look a hell of a lot closer then it actually is.

And in case you are wondering, I have been there, but in the summer only.

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Jean said

… source for that song from a faster server, I can substitute it and give it a spin for a few days and see if the results are better … in any cases, let me know if tomorrow the stream is better …
My Bad!

I re-visited your stream and made another comparison with the YouTube original now that I am fully awake and in full possession of my faculties (debatable), and the first time I viewed the 'Santa-sledge-and-reindeer' scene it made me go back and look a bit closer!

It appears the original, put together by philman100, was just that - put together! S/he has used a mixture of stills and video, but hasn't merged them together as seamlessly as it should have been.

I see now the original is also 'choppy', so what I thought I saw on your page is directly attributable to the original's bad quality.

No need to change anything, and sorry for the red herring …!!

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Awesome theme! Has a really Nice feel to it. I could imagine some big million dollar website using it as a background during the Christmas time.

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Harry-S said

wauw….very nice theme Jean, gratulations!

Harry

Thanks for the appreciation Harry! :)  :)

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Tim Freeman said

Awesome theme! Has a really Nice feel to it. I could imagine some big million dollar website using it as a background during the Christmas time.

Thanks for the Good Words, Tim!

I just hope this "big million dollar website" shares the dollars with me as well; all in the spirit of Christmas, of course!  :cool:  :lol:
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Fletch said

Jean said

… source for that song from a faster server, I can substitute it and give it a spin for a few days and see if the results are better … in any cases, let me know if tomorrow the stream is better …
My Bad!

I re-visited your stream and made another comparison with the YouTube original now that I am fully awake and in full possession of my faculties (debatable), and the first time I viewed the 'Santa-sledge-and-reindeer' scene it made me go back and look a bit closer!

It appears the original, put together by philman100, was just that - put together! S/he has used a mixture of stills and video, but hasn't merged them together as seamlessly as it should have been.

I see now the original is also 'choppy', so what I thought I saw on your page is directly attributable to the original's bad quality.

No need to change anything, and sorry for the red herring …!!

 



No problem Fletch! Your comments half-awake or not are always appreciated.;)

There is only one streaming sound on that page (none with IE browser) and it is: Celine Dion - So This Is Christmas.mp3, which I've extracted from a YouTube video. The philman100 video you refer to is just a link direct to YouTube and will have whatever quality YouTube wants to stream of it. I must say however that I carefully chose that version because it was smooth with a clear sound for a old song of Celine Dion. I do not see the bad integration of the  different cut scenes on the version being transmitted to me by YouTube. I suspect that there are hundreds, if not thousands of YouTube servers around the world, not all serving the same versions of Videos, maybe.  

As I was checking just now for the streaming quality, I noticed that there was no more stream  :(of 'So This Is Christmas' on the page and the Audio JavaScript for HTML5 responsible for this was somehow corrupted on the server. This was not the case last night and I don't know how it can happen.O_o

It is now fixed, but I will have to check this from time to time.
Cheers!
Jean
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Jean said

Tim Freeman said

Awesome theme! Has a really Nice feel to it. I could imagine some big million dollar website using it as a background during the Christmas time.

Thanks for the Good Words, Tim!

I just hope this "big million dollar website" shares the dollars with me as well; all in the spirit of Christmas, of course!  :cool:  :lol:

Haha! Of course!

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