ChessCube Version 4: a chat with Tracy

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Releasing a new version of ChessCube is no small task. We’ve had some great feedback on ChessCube v4 already (thanks!). In case you were wondering what goes into launching a new version of ChessCube, I managed to squeeze in some time with Tracy to ask her a few questions. Tracy is the lead developer working on the ChessCube that you see and love, and below are her thoughts on the new version.

Sarah: ChessCube v4 has quite a few changes from the previous version. What are the major changes?

Tracy: The major change was the new skin itself. We tried to keep functional changes to a minimum to make the transition easier.

Functionality that did change was:

  • Main menu and quick link menu (previous interface, top left buttons) functionality was simplified and menu options were moved to their context-specific areas (mainly areas in the left bar). For example, friend-related menu options were simplified and moved to the ‘Friends’ area of the left-hand menu
  • The previous ‘personal panel’ on the top left was removed and replaced on the top right, with the new ‘player card‘. All personal / profile-related menu options will be located in this area
  • Left accordion bar was replaced with the left-hand menu
  • New ‘Play anyone’ feature and a tweak of the playing status rules
  • Simplified overall functionality by removing features that aren’t often used and features that we’re going to be improving upon in the near future
  • The move-history of games was improved on, making the interface a lot more stable & portable

Overall, we tried to clean up the interface to make space for all the new exciting things that we’re going to be adding.

ChessCube Chat v4

ChessCube Chat v4

Can you talk a little bit about why it was time for an update?

Our previous version was great for its time, but started to get a bit cluttered as we added on new functionality. We also found that some older features were not being used optimally. We had new features that we wanted to implement plus we wanted to make the interface more fun.

So it was high time for a reshape and reconfiguration, to make way for the next era of the interface.

What’s involved with releasing a new version of ChessCube?

A lot of testing, sneak previews and a demo version running in parallel. Enthusiastic players enjoyed hunting for the secret preview URL, and also provided us with some good feedback.

What is your favourite part of the new ChessCube chat?

The player card – which has got lots more coming to it. Also, the fact that the simplified interface makes it easier to view and play on smaller screen resolutions.

There are some new features on the horizon that I have seen in the designs that I absolutely love. I cannot let the cat out the bag yet, but they are going to spice up the interface quite nicely.

Thanks Tracy! We’re looking forward to being able to show off the new features that are on the way!


4 Responses to “ChessCube Version 4: a chat with Tracy”

  • Francois Says:

    Can’t wait to see what you guys are planning for chesscube.

  • admin Says:

    And we’re looking forward to revealing it! :)

  • brandon Says:

    i want to cancel my account to put in a different name, how do i do it?

  • SeanW Says:

    You cannot delete your account. Accounts are linked to games played and to various reports (including abuse reports) and we cannot remove your name from these records for technical and administrative reasons.

    If you want a different name, please sign up again and get the name you want.

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