Simplici7y

by Switch

Uploaded Jun 24th, 2023

Description

Simplici7y is a file sharing web application for the Aleph One community. Originally written in with Ruby on Rails 1.0 and hosted alongside The Pfhorums, Simplici7y is now a Django 4 Application deployed to Heroku from Github.

The project is named after a 7-polygon mapping challenge, which focuses on doing more with less.

When Fileball suffered downtime in early 2007, Jon Irons saw the need to fill the gap as soon as possible. He came to me with his idea for a new project. Jon's support was fundamental to the development and successful launch of Simplici7y, and I consider this project his as much as it is mine.

Simplici7y came online on the second anniversary of The Pfhorums. After Fileball was destroyed in a fire, S7 became the de facto place to publish. In the 16 years it has been online, there have been over 12 million downloads, 600 items and 1,400 reviews.

Version 2.0.0

On our 16th anniversary, 2.0.0 is a complete rewrite of the original Ruby on Rails application into Python / Django 4. This also includes:

  • Moved to modern hosting (Heroku / AWS) which means no more downtime!
  • Much faster file download and page load times
  • Better permissions and data validation (10,000 star feature)
  • Higher resolution thumbnails
  • Automatic deploys from git main branch for quick and easy development or bug fixes
  • An automatic admin backend for easy moderation
  • Trigram search for misspellings
  • Much more search-engine optimized with redirects from bad URLs and mobile-friendly CSS
  • All of this and more in 4k lines of code vs the previous 33k!

Feature development is now much easier, so head over to Github to submit requests or report any bugs you find.

  • Tags: utility
  • 4,507 downloads
  • 303 downloads of latest version
  • 2.3 rating ( 2.28 weighted for sorting )

3 Reviews

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

how do you get it to work?

elitesoldier on Jun 3rd, 2010, Version 1.0

No idea how to make it work, so i can't rate it.

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

getting there

irons on Jun 20th, 2007, Version 1.0

Good work so far, but I, like Treellama, have a few things to say. First of all, The main page map order doesn't really seem to have any set pattern. I think it would benefit from some organization, and perhaps truncating or eliminating the summary (from the front-page) altogether--this would save space and make the page less confusing.

I know searching is coming soon, so I won't talk any more about that. The only other miscellany I can think of right now is that version numbers on files since the 1.0 release have gotten messed up. For example, in JUICE, Treellama actually rated v1.1, while Ryoko was the one who rated v1.0, but they are swapped.

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

making progress

treellama on Jun 20th, 2007, Version 1.0

Simplici7y is very crude compared to Fileball yet, but it's actually still being developed so there's hope.

Some things I would like to see:

  • I didn't know it was possible to rate maps or leave comments until there was a message on the front page saying so. How about a "Place Your Rating!" link like Fileball has? The stars are very unintuitive.

  • I got a page of weird errors when I uploaded All-Shapes, but then it got posted OK. So I don't know what's up.

  • How about a file upload progress, like fileball has?

  • Also, it's difficult to find things. A keyword search would be very useful.

4 Screenshots

New Design

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Github project

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Application Layout

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