By Alex Wright
This will cover the same information that has been sent to all new registrations via private message. It has been included here in case you've accidentally deleted it, or need to reference it again.
Setting up your account completely is a two step process. For the most part, the public facing part of your account (such as your avatar, profile info, commission info, etc.) can be found on your profile page. The other part of your account, such as account security (we highly recommend setting up 2 factor authentication) is found in your account settings.
Most content on AD can be created through the Create dropdown menu at the top of the site. This will include Gallery images, forum topics, marketplace files, and more. I'll touch on all of our areas below:
Managing gallery content can be a tedious task, and AD wants to make it as easy as possible. You can manage and create new albums in the Member Gallery. Albums are a neat way to organize your content. We also support tagging your content for easier searches. Also, we allow for multiple file uploads, all at the same time.
The Marketplace is an area where you can sell files to other users, or buy from them. This would be for static assets such as books, visual novels, and video games. We do allow for versioning, in case the content does change.
Our commissions applications allows you to buy and sell commissions between you and another user. You can post a commission (for example, a YCH), and AD will handle the rest. You can choose if you want to set the price, or have an auction style bidding system with minimum increments, or an auction and buy now. AD handles the sale, and alerts you when your commission is purchased, or if you've won the auction. Payments for commissions will be handled through authorize.net, and payouts to artists will go through paypal.
Our own answer to Patreon, but with more robust features, Clubs gives you an area of AD that you can customize and control. As a club owner, you can choose what type of club (open, closed, private, or read-only) you create, and will be able to charge users a set monthly subscription fee for access to the club if you so choose. This gives you an area for things such as club-only commissions (if you want to keep your commissions to your club users, or offer them discounts, for instance), your own marketplace, and more. Clubs basically act as a self-contained version of AnthroDynamics.
Check out some tunes, or upload your own! Musicbox can even let you consolidate your content into albums, and gives you an artist profile to link all of your content together. If you want to charge users to download a song, no problem! AD will handle the sale of your music to others.
Are you a writer, or do you like to read? Check out the Literature area. You can create new stories, and choose times for your entries to be posted. Though if you are wanting to sell your literature, we recommend selling it in PDF format through the Marketplace.
If you want a social area that touches on many topics, check out the forum. You can leave us feedback and suggestions, and engage with other users, all fully integrated into the other areas.
I know this was a lot, and I apologize for the length. If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to PM me!
Hope this helps,
By Alex Wright
What do I do if my files are too large?
For images: There's a great deal of things that could help. Try to optimize your images using your imaging software's built in compression module. Failing that, try File Optimizer for Windows or ImageOptim for Mac.
For files: Definitely compress using 7zip. Usually .tar or .gz give the best compression ratios, but feel free to play around with them.
By Alex Wright
Managing your Content Filters
Managing the images you see on AnthroDynamics has never been easier. Browse to your profile page, either by using your user-menu dropdown, or clicking your name anywhere you see it on the site. On your user page, simply click "edit profile":
This will bring up the Profile editor. For now, Ignored Tags are located in the "Member Store" tab of the profile editor.
You can add as many, or as few tags as you like. Most new member accounts are generated with a list of pre-defined tags, but please feel free to edit these.
By Alex Wright
Creating and Managing Your Gallery
To get to the Gallery, select "Gallery" from the main navigation menu. This will bring you to the gallery main page.
Here you can see the different accessible galleries. These include member galleries, open to all members, the Comics, open to comic creators, FAQ Images, used for these topics, and Private Albums folder. Private Albums is a special folder which will allow some members to create and share albums only with select members. More on that later.
Adding Images to Your Gallery
To add an image to your gallery, simply click the "Create" menu, and hit "Gallery Image":
This will bring up the Gallery uploader. The first page of the uploader allows you to select which gallery you want to upload images into:
After selecting the category, you will have two options: Create new Album, or Select an Album. Regular member accounts will only be able to generate one album in the Member's Gallery, but will be able to upload an unlimited number of images to that album:
After selecting an album, you can use two methods to upload your images. You can hit the "Browse" button, your you can drag and drop your files directly into the uploader. Once you choose your files, you will have some more options. You will be able to delete files that were accidentally chosen (There is a trashcan in the bottom right of each image), add more files (again by browse or drag and drop), or finalize your selection:
Once you finalize your image selection, you will be able to add captions, tags, and a description to your images:
Once your uploads are complete, your album will be generated or updated to reflect these changes!
Managing your Album
You will always be able to edit your image captions, descriptions, and tags. You will have the option to delete your entire album at any given time, as well as edit your album's title and description. To do so, you can select either the "Delete Album" button or the "Edit Album" button located on the lower left of your album page. Be careful using the "Delete Album" button, there is no undo.
That's all for now!
By Alex Wright
Welcome to AnthroDynamics! If you're joining us for the first time, you may wish to create an account. By doing this, you unlock access to the Forums, Blogs, Galleries, and much, much more! As a reminder, all accounts are bound by our Terms of Service. Creating an account has just a few simple steps. Click "Sign Up" at the top of the page, or follow the link in the paragraph above. This will bring you to the following page:
There are 2 options, you can choose to create a new user account. You can type in a desired display name, your email address, and your password. Your other option is to sign up through Facebook, where you will just be asked to specify a display name.
Once you have signed up and confirmed your email address, you will have the option of signing into the site. Now comes the fun part!
My User Panel
Now that you are signed in, you will notice that the Sign Up button has changed! You should now see at the top of a page your User Panel. This panel has several options, but in general looks like:
That's all well and good, but what can you do from here? You will notice that you have a Create button with a drop down list on the left, and your user-name and avatar appear with a separate drop down list on the right. Clicking Create brings up the Create menu:
Content creation really is that simple. Do you want to post a status message? A topic? Do you want to generate a file download, or perhaps a gallery image? You will notice that this specific image was taken from a moderator account, and so the ability to create announcements also stems directly from this menu.
Okay, you might be thinking to yourself, that's really simple. But what about the other items on the user panel? Clicking on your User Name brings up a list of settings and account preferences that you can customize to your liking:
"Profile" will open a direct link to your profile here on AnthroDynamics. We will get to editing that page momentarily. The "My Attachments" link will bring you to a list of items you have attached to your posts through the "attach file" function at the bottom of the post box. "Manage Followed Content" allows you to edit what content you are currently following. Account Settings will bring up an overview of your account, allowing you to change your email address, your password, your Facebook login, and will also allow you to change your display name. Clicking on "Ignored Users" will display a list of users that you are currently ignoring, and allow you to add users to your ignore list based on member name. "Sign Out" does just what it says, it will sign you out of your account.
Also on the User Bar you will notice 2 (and possibly 3) icons. In order, these are "Notifications", "Messages", and "Reports". The last of these is used by moderators to respond to user-submitted reports of content, and most users will only see the first two icons. Clicking any of these icons will bring up a short list of the most recent items in their respective categories.
Editing My Account
Let's take another look at your User Profile:
You will notice that I have already adjusted my own avatar and profile background. To do so, simply click the corresponding icon, which will be the little image icon next to your username, or the "Cover Photo" icon in the upper right-hand corner. When selecting a cover photo, you will be able to reposition it within the header after it uploads. "Edit Profile", which is right next to Cover Photo, allows you to edit user-defined fields within your profile, such as "About Me", your Title, and other information tidbits.