Well, after considerable buildup, a lengthy wait, and a fair amount of radio silence, it’s finally finished–the third revision of Chalkdust, my most popular Tumblr theme, is now live on the Tumblr Theme Garden!
The Tumblr Theme Garden listing has a brief rundown of the theme’s details, but for the sake of completeness, here’s the scoop!
- New sidebar allows for unlimited length on descriptions and links without cutting off content.
- Added jQuery script to title display to scale type for any length of title. Go nuts!
- Post widths are larger, and content for certain post types, such as video posts, now expands properly to fill its frame.
- Customizations are still present as before–you can choose the color for your background, title scrap, and title scribble. In addition, you can select which “doodles” to use for your posts; the ever-contentious heart makes its comeback, along with a star as an alternative. Or turn them off entirely.
- Toggle a sidebar display of your most recent “likes” to show off your impeccable taste.
- Support for high-resolution (retina) graphics! If you’ve got a device that supports hi-res graphics, you’ll be served the correct graphics for your display.
- Major CSS improvements, including embedded fonts throughout for consistent typography and CSS3 effects and transitions.
- Optional support for Disqus commenting and infinite scrolling, as requested by users (thanks for your input)!
- Hi-res graphics have reportedly been disabled in the most recent builds of Firefox (18.x and 19.x) and will not be reimplemented until the next major release. The theme graphics will, of course, default back to their standard resolution counterparts, so you’ll have no problems viewing blogs that use the theme. Chrome and Safari have both been tested to work with hi-res graphics.
If you’ve modified your blog with custom HTML and aren’t seeing the changes propagating to your blog, be sure to remove all customizations and reload the unmodified theme. Once the updated theme has been applied properly, you can modify to your heart’s content (but tread lightly, as it’s a complete rewrite)!
As always, thanks so much for all of your feedback and support–I’d love to hear what you think of the new version! Feel free to leave me a comment here, on Tumblr, or on Twitter. I’m also happy to answer any questions anyone might have about customizations or edits; if I receive enough of the same questions, I’ll feature the answers here for everyone to read.