I am all too aware of the problems that have plagued Sixteen Colors over the past year. Thankfully, that time should be over. I am constantly looking to recreate a bigger and better of Sixteen Colors. This has been the case since the first version went live many years ago. During this process I have waffled between many technologies to accomplish the task. Today is the time to make a big change in that regard, and I think it was a long time coming.
Sixteen Colors has run under the .NET Framework for the last five years or so. It has been good when reliable, and offered the best engine for converting ANSIs, ASCIIs, Amiga images, RIP files, XBins, etc. However, with the great work by Brian Cassidy on Image::Textmode and Cleaner on Ansilove, the landscape has changed. I have decided to switch over to a php version of the site for two particular reasons. First, it opens up a lot of options for hosting. Second, it hopefully opens the window for more contributors to the development of the site than just myself.
While I have been laying the foundation for this change for a while, my hand was forced recently. For the last month (two months? more?) the site has been completely useless. No images appear. Due to that limitation, I have rushed together a new version of the site that is very stripped down. I merely wanted a site that would allow you to view every image in every pack. That has mostly been accomplish with this current version. Unfortunately for the moment there is no search functionality, no favoriting, and a lack of metadata (such as artist and group lists). I hope to bring those back before long.
Please let me know what you think of the new site, how it can be improved, and any problems you run into.
* It may take a few hours for the new site to propogate for some people; if you're seeing the old site, that is probably why