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#PushingMXForward - The 2019 MX May Update 11 May 2019 12:59:57  

Dear ManiaExchange Community,

We are very proud to present this update to you. It's a big one with a lot of new features and many changes. This update paves the way for the exciting future we're working towards.

One of our key additions is the new MX Crew Support, where you can support our development and consistent work for the community - either through a direct donation or by purchasing merchandise, powered by our new partner Elbster. In return for your support, you will get access to new features like multi-replay upload, multi-track upload for mappacks (coming soon) and more.

The biggest addition is the new Mappack section, where you can create, search and manage Mappacks. Mappacks are not only playlists for tracks - they can also be used to handle track requests, to host contests and to create campaigns. Powerful tools inside the mappack feature make this possible.

We also got ourselves a new domain: mania.exchange.
It will co-exist with the regular domain, so no massive changes are coming in that regard.

Did you also notice the new graphics?   Keissla.wp and   Ozon created a new, modern MX logo,   shortz created new banners and   eyebo.wp made new backgrounds. Yes, backgrounds, because we have a new Nightmode for the page.

Here's the full changelog:

# Comeback of MX Support - Support the MX Crew in return for exclusive features:
# Multi Replay Upload on the fly
# Multi Track Upload for Mappacks (coming next week)
# Nametag with a star on MX
# Recent Supporter tracks on the front page

# List of new features
# Nightmode (thanks to TrackmaniaDude for the groundwork)
# New MX Logo / Corporate Design by Keissla and Ozon
# MX Merchandise powered by Elbster.de
# New Unlisted Feature for tracks
# New Tile- / Mosaicview for Track Search
# New .exchange Domain - Co-Exists with old Domain
# New Help buttons with pop-up tutorials (being implemented slowly)
# New banners by shortz and new background by eyebo
# New "Mixed" track style

# Small hotfixes
# Improved main menu
# Login with Maniaplanet redirects you to previous page now
# Various style improvements

# Brand new Mappack section
# Create mappacks (competition, requests, campaign, contests and normal)
# Create maprequests (public and secret)
# Set individual parameters for mappack submissions
# Add a Video URL to link mappack presentations
# Intuitive Select Mode for batch adding existing tracks
# Upload tracks directly into mappack (support for hidden & undownlodable upload)
# Powerful mappack management tools
# Add managers to help track & info management
# Manage user track submissions with built in tool
# Add internal comments for all managers to see
# Request changes to a track and monitor them
# Download ZIPs of (approved) mappack tracks
# Pyplanet support to add (unreleased) mappacks to servers
# API: Get info, tracklist and search mappacks
# Search and Request Tool Visuals are WIP!

# In the near future
# Improved mappack features (based on your feedback!)
# Inter-Mappack leaderboards
# Completely reworked LB system (we wanna think a little longer about it)
# ManiaCalendar integration in mappacks
# E-Mail notifications for PMs
# New News section for and by MX users
# New merchandise items (if there is demand)

# More distant future
# Full page redesign
# Further Maniaplanet integration

Please report all bugs and specific feedback in the feedback forum.

We hope you enjoy the new features and the site. Please consider supporting our work with the new MX Crew Support feature.

The ManiaExchange Team
Last edited by Ozon, 11 May 2019 13:06:33
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Lead Developer
Location: DE
11 May 2019 13:34:33  
Great work!
Learner Driver
Location: FR
11 May 2019 17:35:16  
Love the dark mode(l)
G-kart Racer
Location: GB
11 May 2019 22:48:40  
me looksie me like(l)(l)(l)
Great work guys.
Old Age Caravanner
Location: RS
11 May 2019 23:19:51  
But I do not like it at all, it is not possible to confess it is very confusing :$
Learner Driver
Location: CZ
12 May 2019 00:08:37  
^^^^^ I'm sure they would appreciate specifics about what you don't like or what you find confusing. :)

For my part, I think the new site looks fantastic. I also love the dark theme, and the new wallpapers and banners are just spiffy!

I haven't played around with the map packs yet, but it's a great idea and I'll certainly be using the feature!

I also think a support section is a good option for those who feel like contributing, and some branded merchandise to reflect the new site should help that.

Nice job!
Track Slacker
Location: US
12 May 2019 02:06:52  
The dark theme is beautiful, well done.

A few further ideas: track exploring returns only results for packs I own (display only maps I can play).

As for the leaderboard, I'd leave the cumulative lb in a corner as "Historical contribution for the replay system" and create a new leaderboard that focuses on new maps, like top50 replays by user at maps uploaded in the last 30 days. Or reduce replay weight in the lb (not on the track) by 1% every day old the track is.
G-kart Racer
Location: BR
MX Update 12 May 2019 06:21:58  
The new website update looks very, very nice.Good work indeed.:award::award::award:
Old Age Caravanner
Location: NL
12 May 2019 11:17:00  
Pretty cool & all but i'd rather see the replays fixed. Having to open a replay in the editor to watch it is a pain, used to just have to click them.
Quad Bike Racer
12 May 2019 11:39:04  
AR »DrHugs. says:
Pretty cool & all but i'd rather see the replays fixed. Having to open a replay in the editor to watch it is a pain, used to just have to click them.

Hey DrHugs, I think that might be an install issue on your side. Try reinstalling the Maniaplanet client or try a different browser and report back via PM, maybe we can figure it out.(y)
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