Show/Movie summaries + fanart = EPIC

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Just pushed a nice update to the show summary page for an early Christmas present. First thing you'll notice is the fanart is now full width and really makes the page pop. The fanart will resize depending on the browser width so small or large resolutions both look sweet.

Some other enhancements include the stats boxes with the raw numbers for scrobbles, checkins (stay tuned), unique watchers, and collected. Hover over them to get the exact numbers. Another cool section is your watched and collected progress. This gives you a quick snapshot of where you're at for a show without the need to go to your progress page. If you haven't watched/collected or have the show hidden or aren't signed in, this part won't show up.



If you click the Actors button, the cast photos will slide up into view. The character photos will start syncing tonight so you might see a normal headshot in the meantime until the show is refreshed.



UPDATE 12/29: Movie summary pages have been updated with this new look as well. In addition to actors, it also includes crew (directors, writers, producers). You can scroll long descriptions and the actors with your mouse/trackpad. If you're on a touch device, just scroll with your finger.

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Epic indeed!

Maybe you can do something like attached for actors. Could even use the same overlay as the info so you can see the bottom section of the fanart rather than solid background.
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I like it. I think making it hidden by default, then expand to show the actors would be cool. Then it won't take quite as much vertical space but its easy to expose the cast.
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Congrats Justin. You're only making good look awesome
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This looks awesome! And i got a glimpse at what check-ins are for (mobile phones?). There are a few problems though. With a few of my tv shows that i watched in its entirely it seems the "Your watched progress" is not filling correctly. I have that problem with a lot of tv shows that i deleted from my collection after i have seen them. Does that have anything to do with it?

http://trakt.tv/show/star-wars-the-cl...
http://trakt.tv/show/fringe
http://trakt.tv/show/south-park
http://trakt.tv/show/true-blood

Also it seems that the watched status and collected progress bars don't appear on tv shows that have been cancelled. Even if you have the entire collection in your library and/or watched all episodes.

http://trakt.tv/show/six-degrees
http://trakt.tv/show/welcome-to-the-nhk
http://trakt.tv/show/kuragehime

Edit: The problem seems to occur only with Google Chrome. I just tried these tv shows in Firefox and there doesn't seem to be any problems in that browser.

One more thing: It seems that with the new layout some of the tv show descriptions don't get shown all the way. They are cut off at the end.
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I have the same problem with shows like breaking bad. Plus the link to check back for next season points to a 404 page :)
But overall, very nice update!
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I tested all these scenarios in Chrome just now and they seemed to work. I tried 100% watched, 0% collected + the reverse of that + tried adding them removing. They worked for me. Can you take some screenshots of what you are seeing and what it should be set to?
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Sure. Here is a screenshot of where the watched status is not filled even though i saw everything.



And here is one where the watched status and collected progress bars don't appear.

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I've also added screenshots below, was easier because of built in image functionality. :)
Are the numbers (which are now not present) added server-side or through js. I checked the console, and no js errors are thrown, so i'm guessing somewhere, something else is going wrong.
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LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Another thing to point out, if you find shows with low quality fanart, please let us know so we can swap it out. Check thetvdb.com for what 1920x1080 fanart might be a better fit (or provide a link to the hi res fanart from somewhere else). Most shows look good, but older shows might have low res art.
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Good idea! Some fanart pictures are of low quality and need replacements. Also some are outdated like One Piece (more main characters added) or The Big Bang Theory (Amy Farrah Fowler and Bernadette Rostenkowski were added to the main cast).

Maybe you can make an automated script so that people can submit their findings right on the tv show or movie info page. You can also give some extra rights to some users so that they can help you guys with the updating of fanart.
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Hmmm, actually, that last part seems interesting. It off course depends on the plans for trakt. But making it more community driven might be a boost to the ecosystem. Off course, that is provided the moderators are not complete crap like on thetvdb (most of the times) :)
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I nominate myself as a moderator if this plan is ever implemented by the admins ;).

If there is an automated script that lets people add tv shows fanart to trakt than i suspect a lot more people will use it than just the few ones now who on occasion ask for a rescrape here. Also as the number of movies and tv shows grow here on trakt it will become more difficult to maintain the fanart of it all with just two people.
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Should be 100% collected and 100% watched. Is on latest version of chrome on mac os x. This is the screenshot on firefox:

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This is weird, no clue how the browser could be doing that since its server side code that grabs that info. I'll see if I can reproduce, but I haven't been able to yet.
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It seems to be only for 100% status, I'll post some more screenshots below.
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Can you guys try now and see if the numbers work?
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I have no idea why it wouldn't work, it's working perfectly for me with any user account and any browser.
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Can you try signing out then back in to if this solves it for you too?
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Yup, solved for me :) thanks!
Can I ask what the issue was, cause it seems like a weird one.
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Not really sure. I change some backend stuff, but it really shouldn't have made any difference. It could just been a session issue that re-signing in fixed too.
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Could very well be, I didn't think to do that.
But thanks anyway ;)
Happy holidays!
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It is finally working for me! A minute ago the problem was still there, but after i signed out and than back in again the problem went away on all the tv shows.
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Just add the cast feature back in. It's basically Damien's concept from above with a nifty animation.

If you click the Actors button, the cast photos will slide up into view. The character photos will start syncing tonight so you might see a normal headshot in the meantime until the show is refreshed.

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Very nice, so the pics per actor will be different for each show? :)
And as dunpealhunter says, could there be an expand summary feature and maybe make the list of actors scrollable (like a photo album viewer where you have a button left/right to go to the previous/next set of actors)?

Anyway, maybe a bit too much asked before the holidays :D

Have a good end of the year ;)

And another question, again, if I may ask. With which technologies and frameworks is trakt built. Is there a description page somewhere. I'm interested because I am an assistant in teaching a course on software architecture, and we are looking for scalability stuff ;)

thanks!
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Interesting idea for a scrobble actor list, I'll give it a try. The site using a customized version of the codeigniter framework for the backend and mootools for the front end. It's hosted on amazon AWS (ec2, cloudfront, etc) which really makes scaling possible.
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Awesome work!
I think a horizontal scroll would work well on the actor list, esp for touch screens.

Happy Holidays!
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Ah, nice. Wasn't it annoying to set authentication up with codeigniter?
I looked at several frameworks a while back for a project of my own, and for my requirements (of which a very flexible authentication and authorization system) I found zend framework to be a better framework. But scalability or performance were not the main drivers there.
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Not really, custom coded an auth scheme that we needed. There are some good prebuilt ones out there too. CI's performance is very good.
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Awesome! Thetvdb has headshots of the actors from when they did the show so we get to see headshots of old tv shows from 20 years ago and more!

Is it also possible to expand the description of tv shows somehow? With for example The Simpsons we don't get to see the entire description.

Edit: It seems that for example the tv show Lost has 38 headshots of different actors. would it be possible to show all those headshots on trakt?
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You can scroll the actors now.
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It looks amazing!

Only one thing is missing imo.
There is the total episodes collected.
I'm interested in seeing how many people has collected the show.
So, just how many peoples the episode collected count is pulled from.
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Hover over that number, added the number of people who have collected all those eps.
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Aah :b Nice! :D
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Thanks for making scrolling descriptions possible. But maybe expanding the description with a button to show everything works better in this case. Like you can do with the biography of actors right now.
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Scrolling should work on desktop too. I just tested it on Firefox and Chrome and its ok for me. It doesn't show scrollbars, but it should detect a scroll event in both areas.

Expanding it will be hard with the limited vertical space since we have no idea how long a description might actually be.
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I found this on the thetvdb forum about the descriptions:

Current series summaries:
11,543 total records
197 over 2000 characters
1253 over 1000 characters
3001 over 900 characters
3931 over 750 characters
6381 over 500 characters

Since almost all the series descriptions have less than 2000 characters you can put that as the limit for how far the description has to be expanded at maximum. Anything above that and you can use scrolling. This way you can see the entire text in most cases without loosing the overall picture.

As you can see here http://forums.thetvdb.com/viewtopic.p... there has been a discussion in 2009 to limit the amount of characters in summaries in both the series and episodes to 1000. I don't know however if this has been implemented.
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I think it will affect the layout too much if the overview can expand, then actors can expand and scroll too. I'll keep it in mind, but right now everything fits together really well.
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Ok. i understand. How about instead of an expansion a pop-up? Something similar to what you guys did with the trailers for movies. Something like that would look like nice. Could that work?
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A small suggestion for Actors/Crew...lets say a crew member is a Producer, ScreenPlay and Director it would be nice if you joined them up into a single entry.

Terminator 2 (http://trakt.tv/movie/terminator-2-ju...) is a good example. Could make hover for James Cameron (Director, ScreenPlay, Producer)
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Good idea, this will be pushed shortly.
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the bug with fully downloaded/collected episodes is back. Showing no numbers for that ... :s