We're soooo close. Last Sunday when I wrote my weekly From the Editor's Desk post, I was optimistic that by the time you read this week's FtED it would be on THE NEW CRACKBERRY. Instead, we're going to DELAY things (insert your BlackBerry-related "delay" joke in the comments), just to ensure the user experience is a little more polished for launch.
Don't worry though, we won't be pushing things back for too long. On our dev servers the new website is looking really good. If we were launching a brand new site we already would have pulled the trigger. We just want to take an extra week to go back through our existing content and tweak up as much of it as possible so it looks optimal on the new design. With changes to CSS styles, image sizes, etc., some of our existing pages are not up to par yet with the new look going forward. This means going into old articles and tweaking up the formatting one by one. CrackBerry is a massive site with a lot of popular pages, so that takes some time. Giving our writers a little extra time to get used to all of the new features on backend is another benefit of the slight delay.
The feedback has been ultra-positive on the changes we made. If you haven't ventured into the forums in a bit, GO THERE. They are absolutely buzzing.
So stay tuned for the new CrackBerry experience. It's coming soon... I promise! In the meantime, be sure to jump over to our CrackBerry Forums. We did pull an all nighter earlier in the week and reorganized the layout of the forums. We archived old devices, grouped things more logically in the forums given that we now have three BlackBerry platforms (BlackBerry 10, PlayBook OS, BBOS). The feedback has been ultra-positive on the changes we made. If you haven't ventured into the forums in a bit, GO THERE. They are absolutely buzzing.
And on that note, I'm off to the airport... again. CrackBerry's BlackBerry 10 Launch Campaign Headquarters are now closed. I actually tried flying home yesterday, but due to snow in Toronto everything got backed up and after six hours of sitting there my flight was cancelled. Hopefully today's flight home is a go.
Until next time,