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  1. Improve performance

    Tried circuibee in both Firefox 5.0 and Chrome 14 on Ubuntu 11.04.
    Performance is terrible. In Chrome, panning the circuit doesn't properly erase the last frame, resulting in muck. Very slow on FF5.0

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    • Offer membership to raise money!

      GitHub and similar sites make money by requiring people to host public projects if they're using the free service. So there's one option for fund-raising right away.

      TypeKit is a subscription-based service that provides web fonts to subscribers. I wonder if you could make CircuitBee work the same way? i.e.: service is free if you just point people to the circuit here on the site (or embed a PNG/PDF), the full embedded browser would require an active subscription.

      Alternately, stick up a PayPal donation link and see if you can gather enough donations in a year to buy a coffee…

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        Hi Alex,

        You are absolutely right, as soon as we’re leaving the alpha stage we will have to find some ways of monetizing the site.

        A small fee for enabling public embeds of circuits might be good, but it really depends on the users and whether or not we’re providing enough value.

        We have been planning some advanced features which perhaps would fall under a ‘pro’ account. We’ll have to see how this goes in the days ahead.

      • Browse circuits by category and rating

        Would like to see circuits by category or tag with ratings e.g robotics, music etc

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          We’ll be adding this sometime soon, but we want to make sure it integrates nicely with the upcoming Google Site Search.

          We definitely want categories/tags for schematics, but we’re not yet sure Ratings are the right approach here. Do we really want to rate down ‘bad’ schematics, rather than to show how they can be made into ‘good’ schematics?

        • Website errors

          I need a real email address to send you screenshots of various issues I am seeing throughout the website please.

          Like, as example, the first time I try to use feedback it thanks me for the message I have not been given a chance to enter yet.

          The second time, I tried to type into the subject line, and the whole thing became white overlaying what I had typed plus more,.

          And the homepage's header is screwed up bad, even the FAQ's can't be clicked on.

          I'll stop there until we open up a dialog via legitimate email method...

          Thanks…

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          • riview stuff before it goes live

            I don't want to be funny, nice idea but there is some crap in here already and you have hardly started. I suggest you riview submissions before letting them on. A method of uploading code would also be nice as all MCU designs are out otherwise

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            • make an embed code that is suitable for forums

              I think the "iframe" used in the embed code is not allowed on most forums. To make it work, a special non-iframe embed code could be made using a clickable bitmap (png) image of the circuit that links to the schematic on the circuitbee site.

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              • have a rss feed

                have a rss feed of public circuits as they are uploaded.

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                • Firefox 5.0

                  When I use Firefox 5.0 to explore the main example in the home page, it pratically crashes every time!
                  I should always use Chromium to surf correctly CircuitBee, you should make CB, more flexible from this point of view!

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                  • Add an online circuit builder + generic component library

                    change the page to black in order I can work online without lost my eyes!!!!
                    And please continue! this is a great idea.

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                    • No idea, just a "well done" and a "thank you"

                      WELL DONE! THANK YOU! This site has made my day! Thanks for thinking it up and actually making it.

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                      • Search bar and description, + other

                        I think a public circuit search would be a good idea. A short description about the circuit including parts/quantity used. Also include user review, rating, picture of actual made circuit. Have employees/volunteers go out and find more content. Categories circuits like for arduino and other projects.

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                        • Add Parts List that compares prices from suppliers

                          So you can directly purchase components or get the circuit printed.

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                            • Present your app to FIRST Robotics...

                              If you haven't heard of FIRST Robotics, check them out: http://www.usfirst.org/. It's a world-wide robotics competition for youth (from primary grades up thru high-school). Wiring the robots can sometimes involve fairly complex circuitry, and being able to share designs with other teams and mentors would be helpful. The big FRC competitions begin in April/March each year, if you were able to get your links included in the distribution packages that go out to every team, you could gain thousands of new views over night! (FYI: I don't work for FIRST or any affiliate, but I'm a mentor for my…

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                              • Downloadable circuits

                                The ability to convert to pdf and download the schematic would be awesome to see. On the other hand I really like the idea of circuitbee and see myself using it in the near future

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                                • Searching

                                  Just an idea. You should be able to find schematics if you enter number/name of the chip, maybe if someone don't like projects with part XYZ would write "-XYZ". Also would be great if you would be able to download just one symbol from the schematics library (KiCAD of course just for start). Now there aren't many special symbols but in the future this place would be great place to find symbols (and I hope footprints later ;) ). About searching - maybe you could implement some "cook book" search.. for example I have chip ABC and DEF and XYZ…

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                                      We are considering a new interface for the symbol libraries list.

                                      We need to determine if users are actually reusing the existing libraries, or just always uploading a library specific to each schematic. If the latter then the current interface is unnecessary. But if the former, then we probably need to find a better layout for the libraries.

                                      Alphabetical listing is definitely a possibility.

                                    • Net highlighting

                                      I think it would be a nice feature to highlight a net/wire when you hover it with your cursor. It would be easier to see where a net/wire starts and where it ends.

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                                        Excellent suggestion, we should review this and see how best to implement this, mouse over might get a bit annoying, perhaps a delayed mouse-over event might be best?

                                        So if you leave the mouse over the net/wire for more than a second or two then it highlights?

                                      • create different colour themes for the circuit viewer

                                        Users should be able to select which colour scheme they want to use when embedding their schematics, some people prefer the Eagle defaults, others the KiCAD ones. There are bound to be more colour schemes out there too.

                                        Perhaps a set of options on the embed code, to select presets or specify each colour individually.

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                                        • add search to the viewer

                                          It would be great if we could search for specific components within a schematic and zoom in on them or cycle through them. You could search by component name, type, or reference.

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