GBAtemp Network launches new website: FileTrip

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Oct 20, 2009
  1. Costello
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    [​IMG] GBAtemp Network launches new website: FileTrip
    Powerful Download Center
    After months and months of hard work, Costello and shaunj66 are proud to introduce FileTrip.net, an advanced standalone download system website that will be replacing our good old GBAtemp Download Center!

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    FileTrip is a unique download center that hosts thousands of files for the latest video game consoles and handhelds, as well as other systems including phones and PDAs. We've designed FileTrip to satisfy both file uploaders and visitors that are looking for a definitive source to download the latest versions of their favourite files, quickly and easily!
    Here is a quick summary of the best features that we want to share with you today:
    • Thousands of files available, including over 7,200 files imported from the GBAtemp Download Center! We have reorganized the categories to include more sections and systems. We're now hosting files for all kinds of systems: NDS, GBA, Wii, 360, PSP, PS3, iPhone, iPod Touch, Oldie consoles, mobile phones, PDAs and more!
    • Finding files has never been easier! We have designed a version-select system that allows file posters to group files together in order for visitors to always find the latest versions, while older versions are still archived -- because newer isn't always better. Each file version has it's own individual page, which allows you to view information unique to that specific version.
    • Always stay up to date! Subscribe to receive notifications of when a file is updated. If you own a flashcart, subscribe to your flashcart's firmware file group, and get notified instantly when a new version is made available! Notifications are also available for categories (unless you prefer RSS feeds - which we have an abundance of!) and when a comment is posted on your file.
    • Simplified file uploading We've made a huge effort to make file uploading a streamlined process: simply pick a category, enter the file name, select the file you want to upload and click "Complete"! Or get intricate and provide more details, upload up to 5 screenshots, a change log, and so much more!
    • File uploaders are REWARDED! We've designed a points system that allows file uploaders to be rewarded for their efforts. You'll find a good variety of gifts available with your FileTrip points, or you may even change your points to cash (all subject to T&C)!
    • There is so much more available at FileTrip! Read our 20 reasons why you should use and upload your files to FileTrip!.
    To help you get started, you may want to read this quick tour of the FileTrip features. We hope you will enjoy FileTrip and will become a regular contributor! Please note that links to files on the old download center will now automatically take you to the corresponding file on FileTrip.

    [​IMG] Visit FileTrip.net now!
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  2. shaunj66

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    <b>A few things you should know:</b>

    <!--coloro:#FF0000--><span style="color:#FF0000"><!--/coloro--><b>I already posted some files on the GBAtemp Download Centre - what has happened to these now?</b><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->
    All files from the GBAtemp Download Centre have been moved over to FileTrip in the entirety. If you want to re-claim these files, please register an account on FileTrip and visit the 'Connect to your GBAtemp Account' in the 'My Controls' area on FileTrip. This will issue you full ownership of your files.

    <!--coloro:#FF0000--><span style="color:#FF0000"><!--/coloro--><b>If I re-claim ownership (as above) will I gain points from the files I posted on the GBAtemp Download Centre?</b><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->
    Unfortunately not, everyone will start at 0 points.

    <!--coloro:#FF0000--><span style="color:#FF0000"><!--/coloro--><b>Can we upload other things also? Like say if I have a song that I made and want to show to friends, can I upload that and send it around? Or is it strictly videogames?</b><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--> (NeSchn)
    At this point in time, the files you can upload and host should be relevant to which category they are posted in. Any other files will be removed.

    <!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>A Brief FileTrip Features Tour</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

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    <td width="99%" valign="top"><b><!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u>The FileTrip Homepage</u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></b>

    The FileTrip homepage, much like the GBAtemp portal, is a hive of activity. This is where you can watch, monitor and use most of FileTrip's features from one central location.

    The first thing you'll probably notice is the system navigation bar, this allows quick access to every systems parent categories. The navigation bar is on every FileTrip page, so you're never more than 2 clicks away from easy access to all the categories you need.

    We will be posting regular news pieces in the centre of the FileTrip homepage in a blog-like fashion, so you can keep up with all the latest changes, information and hints and tips. On the left hand side we have a Top 5 Popular and Latest files box, which as its name indicates, lists the popular files of the moment. Below that is a box that will unlock a feature that is used by registered members - My Watched Files - this will allow members to watch their favourite files and receive e-mail updates to new versions, as well as have quick access from the homepage.

    Moving over to the right hand side, you'll see 'My Latest Files'. This allows registered members to get quick access to the 20 latest file versions they uploaded to FileTrip for quick and easy editing. Below that is a handy statistics box.</td>
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    <td width="99%" valign="top"><b><!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u>Category View</u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></b>

    Once you've selected a category, you'll be taken to category view. This may either immediately list files in that category, or if there are deeper category sections, will list those instead.

    At the top of the category, you'll see a brief description of that area along with some useful links to the right. These links allow you to upload a file straight to that category, subscribe for e-mail updates of the latest files, get the RSS feed, and shuffle the list of files to show the Top 10 files in first position.

    Pinned files (indicated by a star icon as opposed to the regular folder icon) are staff picks and are usually the most popular files for the category you are browsing. Files are listed in a similar manner as to how they were in the previous GBAtemp Download Centre, but now include a star rating, screenshot link, along side much more relevant file information such as a snippet of the description, how many past versions of that particular file are available, file statistics, and more.

    A handy tip to remember is that if you click either the star or folder icon, it will immediately begin a download of the latest file version from that group!</td>
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    <td width="99%" valign="top"><b><!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u>File Page View</u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></b>

    This is where you'll be spending most of your time - these pages are dedicated to each and every single file and individual version of that file on FileTrip.

    At the top of the page you'll see the title and version number of the file you are browsing along with a 5 star rating. To the left hand side is a handy A-Z of the pinned and other files in the category for the file of which you are viewing, but can also be changed to show the top rated and most popular files from that category.

    The centre of the file view page will show a file description and the change log for the version of which you are viewing (as long as the file posted has included one). A screenshot for either that particular version, or an older version is also displayed below. At the bottom of the page you'll find a comment system that allows you to leave comments (publicly) to the author or to other FileTrip users.

    On the right hand side of the page, at the top, you'll see a version selector - as newer isn't always better, we allow members to upload new and old versions of files on FileTrip. These are then bound together in a group under a shared filename (eg. Acekard Official Firmware), this keeps things more organised and allows anyone that links to any given version of that file a chance to check out the other versions that are available - we even went so far as to alert users who are on an old file version that a newer one is available. As I mentioned before, each version of a file has it's own file page - so selecting another version will change to that file versions page - this allows you to see not only statistics for that file version, but the relevant change log, screenshot(s), file information and more.

    Also on the file view page is the main download link, a whole bunch of file statistics, links, feeds, associated URLs and more... You can flag a file to be moved, pinned, edited and more from this page also!</td>
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    <td width="99%" valign="top"><b><!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u>File Upload Process</u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></b>

    What we've really tried to improve with FileTrip is the entire file upload process. We really wanted to make it as streamlined and easy as possible to use, so all files are immediately organised. So if you think you're ready to start contributing files - and why wouldn't you with the perks we offer - then get an account and begin the upload process.

    The first page of the upload process will allow you to check for duplicates - this saves your time and ours - as duplicate files will be removed. So just begin typing in the field to check. If something is found and the file you're uploading isn't already available - great! As this will speed up your file upload by pre-entering information and taking you to the final step of the process.

    If nothing is found, even better, so click the button and begin the process. Step 2 will allow you to select a category for your file, in the future we will allow you to choose secondary categories for your file that will act as shortcuts for files that are relevant to one or more categories.

    Step 3 will list files you may have missed which will again allow you to pre-enter file information if we are already hosting a previous version of that file. Step 4 is the final step and will allow you to enter file information specific to the file you are uploading, so fill out the forms carefully, upload your file, and hit 'Complete' to finish.</td>
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    <td width="99%" valign="top"><b><!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u>'My Controls'</u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></b>

    My Controls is an area dedicated to maintaining your files and account. Everything you will need to be able to use FileTrip to it's maximum potential can be found right here.

    'My Overview' provides a quick insight into your accounts activity, including information such as file and user statistics, latest files, latest comments on your files and more...

    'My Files' is described further on in this features tour...

    'Subscriptions & Watched Files' allows you to quickly see which categories and files you are subscribed to and either access or delete them.

    'My Requests' is a management console for all requests you make to staff regarding files on FileTrip. You can check staff responses, decisions and past requests.

    'Change My Details', as the name implies, allows you to quickly change account information such as e-mail address, password, e-mail notification setup and more...

    'Connect GBAtemp Account' is where you will need to go if you want to re-claim ownership on your new account, of files that you had previously uploaded to the now defunct GBAtemp Download Centre, which have since ALL been moved to FileTrip. Just follow the simple on screen instructions to get started...

    'My FileTrip Points' allows you to check your point balance and see other information on the points system including current exchange rates and more.

    'Gift Shop' is described further on in this features tour...

    'Gift Orders' will list all your gift orders and will display current shipping information on them.</td>
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    <td width="99%" valign="top"><b><!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u>'My Files'</u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></b>

    The central location for editing and maintaining your uploaded files will be in your 'My Files' page. Here you will find all the files you have uploaded including all the individual versions of that file (but only versions you have uploaded - not others) by expanding each file row. From here you can mark a file as the latest version, turn on and off e-mail comment notifications, edit, merge and delete...

    There's not a whole lot to say about this page, but it makes finding your files and file versions and performing quick owner actions extremely easy!

    Please note that when editing a file you are able to edit almost all information, except the category in which the file is posted in. If you think a file should be moved elsewhere please use the Flag function inside that file page.</td>
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    <td width="99%" valign="top"><b><!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u>FileTrip Reward and Gift Scheme</u><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></b>

    That's right - become a member and start earning 'FileTrip Points'. These are points that are tied to your account which act as a form of currency, in which you can exchange for gifts of varying values, to cold hard cash!

    So how do you earn points? There are a number of ways... As a member of the FileTrip community, you are entitled to receive FileTrip points on various occasions:

    - Submitting a file to FileTrip grants you 1 point. Note that deleting your own file or having your file deleted by a moderator will take back the point you earned for it. Submitting dummy files, test files, spam files or useless file is considered a serious offence; doing so will result in having your account deleted and possibly your IP address banned, thus preventing you from accessing the site.
    - On the information pages of the files you submitted, some ad banners are displayed. If a visitor decides to click these banners, and purchases a product on the target website within the next 30 days, the owner of the file of which the user was browsing before they clicked through, will be rewarded with 100 points!

    We have a large number of gifts for which you can exchange FileTrip Points for including free delivery, which means you get rewarded for contributing without paying a penny! You may also exchange your points for cash at an exchange rate of 200 points to 1 US Dollar. There is a minimum point requirement of 5000 FileTrip points before you can exchange for cash, and please note that all payments will be made via PayPal ONLY (under no circumstance will we offer payouts in any other form).

    Please be aware that clicking adverts yourself will not bring you ANY benefit - remember it's only the 'Click and Buy' banners that make you points - and not the other Google Ads that you may see on FileTrip. Simply clicking ANY banner will bring zero benefit. Only when a user uses that advert to click through and to actually make and complete a purchase from the affiliates store will your account be rewarded with 100 Points.

    The more files you upload the more points you get, and the higher the chance you get users clicking through and buying from the banners located on YOUR file pages!

    Besides posting files and having users complete a purchase through the adverts on your file pages, there are currently no other ways to make points.</td>
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    <img src="http://gbatemp.net/style_images/2/folder_post_icons/icon11.gif" border="0" class="linked-image" /> For more help and information on FileTrip features check <a href="http://filetrip.net/document.php?id=6" target="_blank">this page.</a>
    <img src="http://gbatemp.net/style_images/2/folder_post_icons/icon11.gif" border="0" class="linked-image" /> For more frequently asked questions check <a href="http://filetrip.net/document.php?id=5" target="_blank">this page.</a>
     
  3. Hatsu

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    Cool!

    Way better than the download Centre!

    Reason for edit: [​IMG] mthrnite likes this. [/p]
     
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    GREAT NEWS!!
     
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    This is so freaking epic. Great job!
     
  6. HBK

    Member HBK Clover - Fearless to Speak Now. ;)

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    Wow, VERY nice. [​IMG]
     
  7. NeSchn

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    Ooo, me likey. Too bad I don't upload and download alot of stuff, but if I ever need to, I'm gunna definitely use this.

    It sounds sexy and I like the template. Can we upload other things also? Like say if I have a song that I made and want to show to friends, can I upload that and send it around? Or is it strictly videogames?
     
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    Member yuyuyup GBAtemp Psycho!

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    it's the govt don't take the gbatemp flushot
     
  9. wchill

    Member wchill Resident chillxpert

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    But IDK what to upload... [​IMG]
     
  10. shaunj66

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    Good question. At this point in time, the files you can upload and host should be relevant to which category they are posted in. Any other files will be removed.
     
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    Member NeSchn GBAPimpdaddy.

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    Ahh alright, thanks for answering [​IMG]
     
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    Member Brian117 GBAtemp Psycho!

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    This shit is great. [​IMG]

    Great work guys!!!!
     
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    Interesting! I love the design. Nice and simplistic!
     
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    It was so hard to keep it a secret. [​IMG]
     
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    That's because...

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    gonna test it right away!!

    :yaygbatemp: (should make that emotion)

    edit: awwww, everything is good but there are no more images for each homebrew game. (i know it is useless but still i got used to it)
     
  17. Salamantis

    Member Salamantis GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    Great work everyone involved [​IMG] FileTrip is a really cool service.
     
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    Actually the point thing is a good idea. But:
    -When there are a lot more users, each download = 1 point (the point scale should be multiplied by 100 or something)
    -More sponsors
     
  19. mkoo

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    Suggestion: Add Java Me section to mobile. Preferably filtered my MIDP version.
     
  20. shaunj66

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    Register an account, and use the suggest a category link at the bottom of category pages and you can make all the requests you want [​IMG] Most will probably be filled. Thanks!
     

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