A year with Random and what’s ahead for it

Whoho! Today, we’re celebrating the first aniversary of Random. Random has been our default style through the existence of the second generation of ModernBB (that includes, but isn’t limited to ModernBB 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5). Through the current design language was introduced in ModerrnBB 2.2, which was released November 30th, 2013. So yes, we’re also celebrating 1 year ModernBB 2.2.

A brief history
Random, introduced as Randomness 1.0, together with Kindness, Awesomeness and Radicalness, was the default theme of ModernBB 2.0. It was a major redesign and completely different from ModernBB 1.6’s Air design. However, we weren’t to happy with the design and thus, ModernBB 2.1 focused on doing it all over again. This release, Randomness 2.0, introduced the general structure of the design as you still get it today.

Randomness 2.1 however, the version of Randomness that contains the currently used design guidelines, was released with ModernBB 2.2, while originaly made for ModernBB 3.0, and made improvements to performance, brought a brighter design and made other major improvements. Randomness 2.2 was the ModernBB 3.0 release and mainly focussed on making Randomness compatible with the new ModernBB 3 features.

Randomness 2.3 was part of ModernBB 3.1 and introduced some ideas from Vanellope (the project, not the ModernBB version), resulting in a major design enhancement to the topic view (and we got good comments on that one). Due to the good comments, the rest of ModernBB couldn’t stay behind, and thus, Randomness 2.5, part of ModernBB 3.2, redesigned all other pages, still staying true to the Original guidelines from Randomness 2.1.

Random 3.0 was released with ModernBB 3.3, it wasn’t a major difference for the eye, through Random 3.0 introduced support for ModernBB’s new style engine. Random 3.1 would improve further upon with ModernBB 3.4, including support for the new editor and other features. Finaly, the current Random 3.2 also brought support for the new ModernBB 3.5 features, but no major changes where applied.

Random 4.0
With the upcoming update to ModernBB, we will celebrate Random’s 1st anniversary with a redesign of the styles. This includes the default styles Random, Kind, Awesome and Radical, but also Luna, Pinkie, Shy, Happy and Magic, which you can download from ModernBB.be. These styles will (for now) support ModernBB 3.4.1 and up (so if you’re running an older version but want to use these new styles, your in luck, through you should update).

These new versions of the default styles will also include Improved information about them (updated screenshot, new logo, etc.).